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Style and Activism Unite at New Jersey Young Democrats Black Panther Movie Premiere

Politics and pop culture intersected last Thursday at the New Jersey Young Democrats Black Caucus movie premiere event. The Black-Tie affair and fundraiser commemorated the new Marvel Comics superhero film, Black Panther, with an exclusive preview screening in Newark. #HipNJ recognizes the timely event that unites style, pop culture and activism.

 The screening held on February 15th gave viewers an exclusive look at the critically-acclaimed film before the public release. CityPlex12, a theatre co-owned by Newark native Shaquille O’Neal, hosted the night’s festivities.

NJYD Black Caucus President, Keith Jones II, describes the night that honored the historical pop culture moment. “You could feel the energy in the room last night” describes Jones, “It felt like a celebration of our culture, a moment of pride and unity, and culminated in excitement about the genuine representations of people of African descent we’d get to see on screen.  With everything that is going on in the world, particularly in these last few days, it was nice to experience something that would lift our spirits, even for just a few hours”.

Attendees from all over New Jersey came out dressed to impress in formal wear and outfits inspired by traditional African clothing.

The NJYD Black Caucus is an offshoot from the New Jersey Young Democrats organization. Their ambition is to utilize education as a means of motivating young voters into becoming more politically active.

New Jersey Author and Entrepreneur Makeba Green

Lisa Marie Latino brings Newark native Makeba Green, author of the book Successful Leaders of New Jersey: Volume I, into the #HipNJ studio to talk about her newest release Entrepreneurship, The Best Job In the World. Green is an entrepreneur and philanthropist – dedicating her photography business, OMG Photography, to fundraising for the purpose of student scholarships.

Green’s motivation behind the book is her passion for inspiring the next generation of leaders. By showing the accomplishments and failures of today’s most effective managers, Green thinks her advice will resonate with the young audience better than simply relaying typical biographies. She says that even prominent CEOs have moments of doubts and failure ranging from not wanting to complete simple tasks to failing at important assignments.

The issue is especially important to Green who sites the support she received from both of her parents as the impetus she needed to succeed. Growing up in an urban setting, she could see that not everyone had a system of encouragement to help them in times of need.

Some people that she covers in her book are Modia Butler, adviser to Senator Cory Booker; Ras Baraka, Mayor of Newark; and Donald Payne, Jr., Essex County Congressman, just to name a few.

Makeba adopts a positive view on life and touts the advice of Richard Douglas who said, “Without struggle there is no progress”. She likes this quote because she feels that you cannot truly know success until you have experienced some setbacks. Additionally, she is not afraid to pave her own path by “marching to the beat of her own drum”, as she puts it.

Makeba Green is truly an inspiration to youths who are otherwise intimidated by the possible failures that come along with striving for excellence. You can purchase Green’s book in paperback or Kindle edition. Order your copy today!

Hudson Yoga Project Announces Teacher Training Scholarship for Wellness Wednesday

The Hudson Yoga Project located in Hoboken is enthusiastic to inform #HipNJ of their first donated scholarship for the upcoming 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training for this weeks #WellnessWednesday. The scholarship is for the March 2018 session and is made possible by a $3500 donation from Jennifer Deare – a recent graduate from the 2017 Yoga Teacher Training Summer Intensive course.

Deare is a Hoboken resident and the Founder and CEO of D3 NYC, a Marketing Communications company. Deare’s motivation for her benevolent deed is her own positive experience within the Hudson Yoga Project community. She was moved by the dedication of her peers who scraped together the necessary tuition for the program. Ultimately, she wanted to help a potential student realize their dreams.

The Hudson Yoga Project was opened by business partners Patrick Franco and Curtis Berger who wanted to create a more genuine yoga community. Their belief is that the Asana practice, along with an intimate group of yogis, makes for a welcoming atmosphere. The mission is an attempt to reject the current climate of anger and protest – the most likely common denominator between people today.

The studio offers over 40 Vinyasa style classes per week ranging from beginner to advanced and including prenatal yoga classes. Novices will find that the studio is a friendly and supportive environment since all classes are light-hearted and inspirational by nature.

For more information about the upcoming 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training and the Hudson Yoga Project in general, there will be an information session at the HYP studio lead by Patrick Franco on Sunday, February 11 at 6:15 p.m. You can apply for the HYP Jennifer Deare Teacher Training Scholarship by completing the application on their website.