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#HipNJ Chats with Makeup Mogul Bobbi Brown

#HipNJ’s Maria Falzo recently chatted with makeup mogul Bobbi Brown in this #HipNJ Exclusive!

Bobbi spoke at length about her latest venture, The George Inn. The George is a 32 room, luxury, boutique hotel located in the heart of Brown’s beloved Montclair.

“We love this town,” Brown says of Montclair. “The hotel is really a reflection of our aesthetic and how we like to live.”

Maria and Bobbi also chatted about balancing motherhood with a successful career. “You just have to learn to not sweat the small stuff, and really prioritize what’s important,” she says. “There’s no question, my family was always the top of my list.”

The pair also discussed Bobbi’s next move in the lifestyle world! She will be launching wellness supplements next month on QVC.

For information about Bobbi and The George Inn, click here.

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#HipNJ Speaks With Chuck Wepner (HipNJ Exclusive)

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino had the opportunity to speak with former heavyweight boxer Chuck Wepner, who is known as the inspiration for the Rocky movies.

“I lived in Bayonne all my life, and I liked to play sports a lot,” the Jersey native says of his upbringing. Wepner got out of US Marine Corps in 1959 and joined Golden Gloves tournament in New York. He became a Golden Gloves heavyweight champion, a first for anyone from New Jersey. “The rest is history,” he states.

Wepner’s career took off quickly, as he went from training in a gym in Bayonne to travelling all over the world. He fought in England, Tokyo, Puerto Rico and more. “I didn’t try to dodge anybody,” he says on never turning down a fight.

In 1975, Wepner fought Muhammad Ali. “That was the only fight I ever trained for full-time,” he says. “I gave my best shot, but I just wasn’t good enough to beat Muhammad Ali.” The fight, which lasted fifteen rounds, changed his life forever. “After the fight, the world changed for me,” Wepner says. He went into the fight as an underdog, and came out of it as a respected heavyweight.

Shortly after, Wepner retired as the oldest guy in the heavyweight division. To this day, Wepner remains in good health. “There aren’t too many guys left from my era,” he says. Wepner, on the other hand, still goes to the gym. “I consider myself pretty lucky to be in the good condition that I’m in at this age.”

Over the years, Hollywood has taken an interest in Wepner’s story. He provided inspiration for Rocky, and ESPN aired a documentary titled “The Real Rocky” in 2011. “You have to keep yourself alive,” he states. He has done just that, as his fight with Ali is still a topic of conversation.

About a month before Rocky came out, Wepner received a call on which he was told that Sylvester Stallone had written a movie inspired by him. He was invited to see the film, which went on to win an Oscar for Best Picture.

Chuck is a new film featuring Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts and Elisabeth Moss that tells Wepner’s story. He was extremely involved in the production, from casting to going through scripts. The film is currently in limited release, but will soon go national.

Wepner has lived in Bayonne 77 out of his 78 years. “I like it here,” he says, noting the accessibility of both New York City and the shore. He currently works at Carlstadt-based Allied Beverage Group. “If you don’t move, you lose,” he says.

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Life and Living with Joanna Gagis and HipNewJersey.com

In case you missed it, #HipNJ‘s co-founders Maria Falzo and Lisa Marie Latino sat down with Joanna Gagis on Life and Living to discuss all the great things happening on HipNewJersey.com

#HipNJ is dedicated to bringing businesses and communities together to generate a positive impact for the citizens of New Jersey by utilizing digital media platforms. Statistics show that digital media as an information distribution outlet is projected to take the place of television in the marketplace in the near future.

One of our features, HipNJ Cares, focuses on working cooperatively with non-profits to optimize their outreach and increase awareness of their missions to land a tangible local footprint. 

“We have such great businesses, small businesses and large corporations […] we showcase the good that New Jersey has to offer,” Latino states in the interview.

“We’ve done a lot of networking,” Falzo further explains their engagement to cultivate “the sense of what it means to get that large business into a community.” 

Make sure to watch the full interview on YouTube!