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Tariq Trotter of “The Roots” Explains Success on “The Tonight Show”

Front man of The Roots and New Jersey’s own Tariq Trotter sat down with Steve Adubato on “One-on-One” to discuss why The Roots is the ideal band for “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” as well as his nonprofit, GrassROOTS Community Foundation.

Trotter speaks about his daily gig with Jimmy Fallon. “It’s a blessing. It is a wonderful gift that allows us to interact with the artists that we have always idolized,” he states.

The Roots seems to be the perfect fit for “The Tonight Show.” “We occupy a very unique place in pop culture,” Trotter says. “We’ve always been recognized as the glue that holds together all these different worlds.”

What’s something about Jimmy Fallon that we may not know? “Jimmy is the nicest person in show business that I have interacted with.” Trotter has been in the business for some time, and says that Fallon has always come from a sincere place.

Trotter created GrassROOTS Community Foundation, a nonprofit to service communities in both New Jersey and Philadelphia to promote the health of women and girls.

The Roots transcend age and genre, and continue to do so every night on “The Tonight Show.” To learn more about them, head over to their website. To learn more about GrassROOTS Community Foundation, click here.

CNN’s Hero of the Year Maggie Doyne on Her Work in Nepal

CNN’s Hero of the Year and New Jersey’s own Maggie Doyne sat down with Steve Adubato on “One-on-One” to discuss her work with the children of Nepal.

Maggie Doyne, founder and CEO of the BlinkNow organization, says that when she was 18, she decided to take some time to travel and find herself. She set out to figure out exactly what it was she wanted to do. “Fast forward 20,000 miles and I ended in Northeastern India during the civil war that was happening in Nepal.”

Then, she traveled to Nepal, where she saw many orphan children. She had the idea to create a home that she would want to live in if she were in that position. So, she started a children’s home and is now the mom to 50 kids.

“We have to start somewhere. I am just a normal girl that grew up in New Jersey.” She encourages us to not think that we cannot make a difference. We may not be able to make a big difference right away, but we can make a small one now.

When she found out that she was chosen to be CNN’s Hero of the Year for 2015, the Mendham native could not believe it. “It’s surreal,” she states. How will it impact the future of her organization? “It’ll share our story and get more people to realize that education is the path.”

BlinkNow is an organization that serves an ever-growing, ever-inspiring community in Surkhet, Nepal. Their mission is all about the children and women of Kopila Valley.

To learn more about BlinkNow, head over to their website.




Celebrity Chef Amanda Freitag on “Chopped” and Her New Book

New Jersey-born celebrity chef Amanda Freitag sat down with Joanna Gagis on “Life & Living” to discuss her life-long passion for food, her role as a judge on The Food Network’s “Chopped,” and why she calls her new book, The Chef Next Door.

Freitag says that her love of cooking came from a love for eating, with food being “the answer to everything” growing up in Cedar Grove. “It was a typical suburban upbringing in New Jersey,” she explains. “My parents both worked, so they didn’t have time to cook a lot.” So, she set out to find good food. She started working in a restaurant when she was a teenager and fell in love with the energy, vibe, and adrenaline.

This Jersey girl has spent 20 years in food industry, and has written a new book for all different levels of cooks. She knows that many people are afraid of the kitchen when they first start cooking, and even has a chapter in her book titled, “The Scary Stuff.” Her advice? “Just do it.” Her book is an instructional tool, a home chef’s own personal cheerleader.

Freitag says that her experience as a judge on “Chopped” has taught and inspired her. After 396 episodes, she says “it has been fantastic.” Some of the ingredients used in the chef’s baskets are new to her, prompting her to try to cook with them herself.

Freitag is a big part of the Montclair Food & Wine Festival, calling Montclair her “backyard growing up.” She cites some wonderful restaurants in Montclair, and states that she loves “the chefs and the community.”

“This book was a long time coming,” she states, calling it  “a love letter to the home cook.” To order the book, head over to Freitag’s website. To learn more about “ Life & Living,” head over to their official Facebook page.