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W e Are Jersey Magazine is a subsidiary company birthed out of the parent business entitled Jersey Turn’t Up Entertainment. Having achieved rising success within only two years of business, the owners wanted to create something that would expand their networking repertoire while promoting positive talent both locally and abroad. The idea of creating We Are Jersey Magazine began when co- CEOs, Daniel Banks & Bridget Papino, were featured in the July 2014 issue of another magazine company. After discussion with the owner of that magazine, as well as experiencing the positive responses that exposure generated towards their entertainment business, they decided to begin a magazine company of their own that would target a new type of entertainment promoting style. We Are Jersey Magazine’s goal is designed to provide exposure, references and resources that will influence all those aspiring to do something positive with the talents they possess. Through the lives of the individuals that are highlighted in the magazine, it is the desire of We Are Jersey Magazine to encourage, uplift and inspire anyone to continue to soar to greater heights and deeper depths with their abilities. While We Are Jersey Magazine primarily focuses on talent within the state of New Jersey, it is open to talent presented from abroad. The single focus is the promotion of positive talent so others can read and possibly experience for themselves the benefits that these talents offer. “We Are Jersey” is a positive platform with great opportunities. are highlighted in the magazine, it is the desire of We Are Jersey Magazine to encourage, uplift and inspire anyone to continue to soar to greater heights and deeper depths with their abilities. While We Are Jersey Magazine primarily focuses on talent within the state of New Jersey, it is open to talent presented from abroad. The single focus is the promotion of positive talent so others can read and possibly experience for themselves the benefits that these talents offer. “We Are Jersey” is a positive platform with great opportunities. 5


Contributors EDITOR SHANNA BANKS PUBLISHER DANIEL BANKS AND BEE PAPINO PHOTOGRAPHERS

MODELS FIND OUR MODELS ON INSTAGRAM @WEAREJERSEYDIAMONDZ FEATURED DJ HOVER INSOMNIAK973 TORI HELENE. SOULFULL SEAN LARRY FYB TANER YUNG LEE HAZE HAFFNER

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12 DJ HOVER Social App StationHead Ambassador and DJ. Check out his show Strictly Business on Stationhead.

18 INSOMNIAK973 Essex County’s own, Insomniak973, is balancing the businessman life of doing real estate, as well as telling his story using his melodic style.

22 TORI HELENE

Pittsburgh born R&B artist is gaining her momentum since her latest EP entitled “Delusional” in March 2019. Check it out!

24 SOULFULL Lyricist and videographer Soulfull, straight out of Franklin, NJ is quickly making a name for himself in the rap game. When you mention Jersey artists with bars, he belongs on your list.

30 SEAN LARRY Viral principal known as Sean Larry gives us insight on his path as a mentor for the youth despite the obstacles he has faced. He continues to strive to motivate his community and beyond. Stay tuned with your favorite author, entrepreneur, educator, host, producer, and life coach!

38 YUNGG LEE Humble emcee , Yungg Lee. known for his punchlines and deliveries makes it known his sound focuses on messages to and for the people. Stay tuned for new music on the way!

44 FYB TANER Paterson raised artist was inspired to take a shot after being motivated by his uncle and cousin. From the basement to working with big names, FYB Taner is who you want to look out for from the Garden State.

52 HAZE HEFFNER Upcoming artist and entrepreneur Haze Heffner has gone from Rhymes with Reason to help the youth, to performing shows across the tri-state. Stay tuned for his new project "Static" releasing May 30, 2019.

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ORI HELENE IS a and inspired by the greats; Stevi

Pittsburgh born, Wonder, JoJo, Brandy, Christin Cincinnati raised Aguilera, and Beyoncé. R&B artist. She

began singing at the Tori Helene started her music young age of 5 years old and began career by singing in her school choirs and participating in local writing her own talent shows around the greater Cincinnati area. She attended a music at just school for the Creative and 10 years Performing Arts during old. Tori her Junior year, and immediately began Helene recording her always own music at age 16. During knew her sophomore from a year of college, she released her first young EP “Darkangel”, as age that a snippet of her dark she was signature melodic trap and R&B. Tori Helene released destined to be an her latest EP entitled “Delusional” entertainer. She is heavily influenced in March 2019.

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the importance of education despite only completing up to eight grade herself. Regardless of the chances stacked against him all through his adolescence, and still today, Stevens keeps on being strong and centered.

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At this time, Sean Larry is School Principal and host of the erment for the youth, and black male digital broadcast Walk in Your Excellence, which covers a wide identity. scope of subjects that sway the social and political atmosphere Being among the first to of America and features change graduate in his family, Sean Larry focused individuals who are aspires to inspire. Raised in Jersey activists in their fields. He has been City, Sean Larry, like many of his highlighted in Essence Magazine students today, grew up in poverty and a visitor on ABC and TV One without his parents, who both telecom companies. He has filled in struggled with drug addiction. In a as the keynote speaker at Cornell home with his eight siblings, their and Columbia University and has grandmother, who instilled in them

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Consultant, and Leadership Coach. Upon publishing his first book entitled, UnSeen Thoughts, and traveling as a motivational speaker, he went back to school to obtain a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership, Politics, and Advocacy from New York University. Sean fills in as the Founder and Executive Director of Sapphire Education, Leadership, and Life Coaching Firm, LLC and Principal of Newark Collegiate Academy, a KIPP School. Sean appreciates reading, running, playing piano and violin, and as of now lives in New York City.

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