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TMZ’s Adam Glyn of Union

Meet the Toast of Union, New Jersey, TMZ’s Adam Glyn!

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino chatted with New Jersey’s newest star at his favorite hometown hotspot, the “legendary” Tiff’s Burger and Alehouse, over some of his menu favorites and beers!

Adam graduated from Union High School and is an alum of Kean University.  His college experience, however, wasn’t “typical.”

“I didn’t have the normal college life,” Adam explained. “Instead of partying, I would drive into the city and do stand up. I would work in the comedy clubs for stage time.”

Paying his dues paid off BIG TIME for Adam.  One night after a show, a rep from a then-little known website called TMZ offered Adam a two week contract.  He has now been with them for over six years!

TMZ has led to amazing opportunities for Adam. In addition to hob-knobbing with A-list celebs on a daily basis (which we learned all about in this bonus segment!), Adam has opened up for the best comics in the biz, including fellow #HipNJ native Artie Lange.

Recently, Adam added “game show host” to his illustrious resume. Monday-Friday at 5:30pm on My9, you can catch Adam on “South of Wilshire“.  Set in the Crenshaw District in Los Angeles, contestants watch videos shot in local restaurants, bars, churches, tattoo parlors, gyms, basketball courts and more, and have to guess which celebrity frequents there.

Needless to say, Adam has accomplished his main goal- to feel like he doesn’t work.  “I’m 31-years old and I feel like I’ve never had a job,” exclaimed Adam.  “It’s been great so far.”

For more on Adam, please be sure to follow him on Twitter! 


Montclair’s Vital

#HipNJ‘s Cara Di Falco sat down for lunch at Montclair‘s Vital with Chef Kwame Williams to hear about his family’s journey through the restaurant world!

Kwame’s sister Nataki sparked the roots of this restaurant in Montclair. Having years of finance experience and his prior experience in the kitchen, she was sure they would have a hit on their hands.

Kwame got his culinary start and received a degree from the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City, then continued on to receive much of his experience from 4 star restaurant The Ryland Inn.  Kwame works endlessly to perfect and master his recipes and is always daring to try something new.

With a fresh juice bar and many meat and dairy free options, Vital has specially crafted their menu to cater to a larger audience through all meals of the day!

In the interview Kwame tells us “the health aspect is in the Jamaican culture very heavily with the roots and the juicing and the fresh fruits.” All dishes are hand prepped from scratch in the kitchen, never artificial and never frozen.

The Williams sibling trio prides themselves in being one of the very few sit down Jamaican restaurants unlike many takeout franchises. Their goal is to bring healthy and fresh traditional food to the table with a resort ambiance.

Alongside the restaurant business, Kwame donates much of his free time introducing healthy foods to children through Edible Schoolyard and speaking at schools.

For more on Vital, visit their website.  And for more on Cara’s visit to Vital, visit to view Vital’s curried cauliflower recipe!

“A Thousand And One Journeys: The Arab Americans” Documentary

By: Armand V. Cucciniello III

Actor Morgan Freeman once said, “Black history is American history.” The same might be said of Arab American history according to #HipNJ resident and independent filmmaker Abe Kasbo, who recently completed production of the first-ever documentary chronicling Arab immigration to the United States.

“A Thousand & One Journeys: The Arab Americans” brings to life the rich heritage of Americans of Arab descent and their contributions to American society and culture. The film presents an otherwise untold story of nearly 200 years of immigration history of peoples from the Levant, North Africa, and the Arabian Peninsula to the U.S. from the late 19th century to the present day.

Produced by Zeitoune FilmWorks, the film was the brainchild of Kasbo, a resident of West Caldwell who emigrated from Syria in 1980 at the age of 10.

“I grew up in Syria, I came here as an immigrant,” said Kasbo. “There are misperceptions about people from Syria and the Middle East, Arabs in general. I found that there’s an extraordinary chapter of American History missing that is built on these people and their accomplishments.”

Topics covered in the 86-minute documentary include immigration struggles, cultural practices, religion, family and folk traditions. The film brings a much-needed balance to the emotive political discourse in which Arab immigrants often find themselves.

“The Arab American story is unique because of what is happening right now [the widespread misconceptions about Arab Americans], because of what is happening in the political life cycle of the country,” Kasbo said. “It’s more important now than ever to be able to tell this story.”

Featured in the production are previously unseen historical film footage, antique photographs, and a series of interviews with prominent Arab Americans like M*A*S*H actor Jamie Farr, Senator George Mitchell, the late two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Anthony Shadid, consumer advocate, Ralph Nader, White House correspondent Helen Thomas, General John Abizaid, and many others.

The stories narrated are, in many ways, similar to those told by other immigrant populations in the U.S., like the Italians and Irish. From economic and linguistic hurdles faced by immigrants, to overcoming stereotypes, the stories told – when juxtaposed next to other immigration narratives – are distinctly American.
“The story of Arab immigration is the American immigration story,” said Kasbo at a screening of the film at Seton Hall University in January. “And Arab American history is American history,” he added.

“A Thousand & One Journeys” was released in October 2015 and has been screened in New York City and various locations across the country. The film should be of interest to historians, anthropologists, folklorists, documentary film buffs, and the general public interested in immigration and American history.

Upcoming screenings of the film include the Garden State Film Festival in Atlantic City on April 2. To purchase a copy of the documentary, and for more information, visit the film’s website.

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