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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!

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Cara’s Cucina Holiday Gifts

Who said you had to battle the mall parking lots to get those last-minute holiday gifts? Your best party pleasing options are right in the kitchen!

Cara Di Falco of Cara’s Cucina is here with #HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino to give you some easy and delicious ideas to bring to your next #HipHolidays bash:

1) Cardamom Spiced Crumb Cake

Cardamom is an under-used yet oh-so-flavorable spice that screams “holiday!” As a bonus gift, include a pan that your guest can keep. We suggest something from the Gotham Steel collection, a #HipHolidays 2017 pick.

2) Homemade Granola

For those that are sticking to their healthy diets throughout the holidays (more power to them!), homemade granola is a perfect guilt-free snack. Put it in a seasonal mason jar to give it an extra festive flair!

3) Aunt Linda’s Anisette Cookies

This Italian favorite is a holiday staple that is sure to wow any crowd!

4) Marinara Sauce

Who doesn’t love a dish of al dente pasta with some fresh tomato sauce (or gravy, depending on which side of the debate you are on)?! Your hosts will be moved by this gift from the heart.

For more on Cara and her recipes, visit CaraDiFalco.com.

Look Good, Feel Good on Thanksgiving

Look Good, Feel Good on Thanksgiving with Nadia Murdock and Dawn Del Russo

Two Garden State lifestyle experts visited the #HipNJ studio to dish on how to look good, feel good on Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Fitness with Nadia Murdock

Don’t let the holidays knock your diet off track! Fitness and lifestyle expert Nadia Murdock gave our Lisa Marie Latino some ideas to resist the dessert table’s temptation and demo some easy workouts the whole family can enjoy! For more healthy lifestyle how-to’s, visit NadiaMurdockFit.com.

Thanksgiving Fashion with Dawn Del Russo

Garden State fashion expert Dawn Del Russo has a cornucopia of styles to share with you for #Thanksgiving! She stops by to model three looks for our Lisa Marie Latino. For more on Dawn’s fashion finds, visit LiveTheGlamour.com and DawnDelRusso.com.