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Naomi Eisenberger on The Good People Fund

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino sat down with Naomi Eisenberger, Cofounder and Executive Director of the Good People Fund.

This non-profit organization strives to discover and assist virtuous individuals who are seeking to make a difference in the world. Eisenberger explains, “We go out and look for good people who have decided there is something wrong with the world and they want to devote themselves to fixing it”. They help provide funds, counseling, mentoring, and the overall fundamentals for running an organization.

The Good People Fund supports charities such as AmpleHarvest.org. Gary Oppenheimer, founder and Executive Director, runs this organization that works to eliminate the waste of food. It encourages home gardeners to donate spare food to food pantries. Another charity supported by The Good People Fund is Interfaith Food Pantry. This organization consists of religious institutions in the Essex area who come together to provide food to people in the inner city of Essex County.

Eisenberger describes what makes her so passionate about what does. She states, “ When you sit with these individuals you cannot help but feel passionate about what they are doing. They are so inspiring”.

For more information on the Good People Fund, visit GoodPeopleFund.org.

Making the Hip New Jersey Studio – EPISODE 3

#HipNJ has launched our own mini reality series, Making the Hip New Jersey Studio! The series details our quest to craft the perfect studio setting and getting it to the place where we truly believe that it can be.

We hired New Jersey-based graffiti artist Shawn Mack, who showed Lisa some design ideas. Now, Lisa needs to call him up tell him that he needs to try again. “He’s going to have to go back to the drawing board.”

Lisa calls Shawn and tells him that while she loves his artwork, she feels that it does not match the site. “It’s not a problem, but it is a problem,” Shawn replied.

Shawn agreed to soften it up, and we are excited to see what he comes up with.

Mack runs CreativSite, specializing in creativity and custom design work for interior/exterior, canvas and more. To learn more, check out their website, “like” them on Facebook, and “follow” them on Instagram.

To see what happens next, be sure to stay tuned. New episodes will be released every Wednesday on our official YouTube page.

Rising Star Gina Royale

HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino sat with Gina Royale, one of the Garden State’s rising stars on the music scene, to discuss her music.

Royale started her first EP, Heir, when she was a senior in high school, and released it June 2015. Then, she went to William Paterson and began work on her second EP titled Brain Waves, which was released June of this year.

Royale describes her music as pop contemporary. She recalls a moment after a performance when someone said to her, “You sound like an edgier Taylor Swift.”

The singer writes all of her own music, from the melody, lyrics, and composition. She writes about things going on in her own life, as well as prominent social issues like eating disorders, racism, and sexual abuse.

Battle Cry,” an anthemic song about a falling out with a friend, stands out on the new EP as an empowering reminder to stay strong and to surround yourself with positivity.

Be sure to follow #HipNJ on social media for details on how to enter our giveaway to win Gina’s latest EP, Brain Waves!

We asked Gina to sing us out, and she happily obliged. Be sure to watch the video above to hear her powerful “Battle Cry.”

To learn more about Gina Royale, visit her website, and head over to iTunes to purchase her music.