Concrete Rose: Six Rising Entrepreneurs From The Garden State

Concrete Rose: Six Rising Entrepreneurs From The Garden State

Over time, I’ve found that there are many people like me who work behind the scenes.

To know me is to know that I am from Jersey. I am not from New Jersey. I am from Jersey. It’s one word pronounced with six y’s at the end. To know me is to also know that I love the entertainment industry. As a child, I begged my mother for piano lessons after hearing Alicia Keys play the keys. From there, I wanted to dance like Chris Brown, rap like Pusha T and ultimately, I ended up writing poetry. Through all of my evolution, I ended up behind the scenes. I ended up planning poetry events, concerts and ultimately, writing about it on websites like this. Over time, I’ve found that there are many people like me who work behind the scenes. Despite being overshadowed by trends and on-stage talents from nearby cities like New York, Philadelphia, Washington and Baltimore, Jersey has produced backstage talents that often get overlooked by the general masses. Being a proud Jersey native, I’m not cool with this. I want my Jersey brethren to get their credit, so here are just a few names of people who work behind the scenes to make the entertainment industry what it is.

Steve “Steve-O” Carless

You may not know his name, but you definitely know his work. In his ten plus year career, Carless has worked with Big Sean, YG, Young Jeezy and 2 Chainz. Not to mention, he was the A&R for my favorite rap album of 2016, Darkest Before Dawn by Pusha T. However, his success is not a surprise to anyone. Carless got his start by working with the legendary Neptunes production crew. It’s hard not to be great after learning from Pharrell.

Eddie “Shy” Timmons

Eddie “Shy” Timmons is a songwriter and producer who is now signed to Sony music. He is most known for his work with Fetty Wap on his smash hit, “Trap Queen”. He continues to work with Fetty Wap, as well as rising artist, Bianca Bonnie.

Neil Dominique

He’s another name you may not know, but if you’ve been in your feelings lately, you may know his client. He goes by the name of Bryson Tiller. Dominique hit the jackpot in the music industry when he signed on to manage Tiller almost two years ago. With an artist like Tiller on his resume, it’s safe to say he’s got more W’s in the near future.

David Ali

Once again, here’s a name you may not know. Before venturing out to Cali, this music mogul was a native of the Garden State. Today, he is an alum of Interscope Records who founded his own entertainment group entitled “Above Ground”, which is the home of west coast rapper, IAMSU, and the HBK Gang. To top it all off, he has the pleasure of managing R&B songstress, Kehlani.

Karen Civil

The Elizabeth, New Jersey OG is notorious for being pretty much everywhere in Hip-Hop culture. From working with Meek Mill to J. Cole to Drake to Nicki Minaj, she’s pretty much anywhre there’s a story. Her website,, has garnered a major following as her, Live Civil, brand continues to grow and grow.

Brandon “Jinx” Jenkins

Hailing from my home county of Somerset County, New Jersey, Brandon “Jinx” is an editorial producer for the lifestyle brand known as Complex. Only in his 20’s, Jinx has done it all from working at Mass Appeal to interviewing Wale. He’s a rising star that could be coming to a TV screen near you one day soon.

Gary Vaynerchuk

Let’s be clear, Gary Vaynerchuk was not born in Jersey, but he was raised in the Garden State and got his business start in Edison, New Jersey. Vaynerchuk is the author of six books, early investor in Tumblr, the founder of VaynerMedia, which provides social media and strategy services to Fortune 500 Companies like Pepsi and the former owner of the $50 million dollar wine retailer known as the Wine Library. Vaynerchuk is also the self-proclaimed future owner of the New York Jets.
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8 Struggles Of Being 21 And Looking 12

The struggle is real, my friends.

“You'll appreciate it when you're older." Do you know how many times my mom has told me this? Too many to count. Every time I complain about looking young that is the response I get. I know she's right, I will love looking young when I'm in my 40s. However, looking young is a real struggle in your 20s. Here's what we have to deal with:

1. Everyone thinks your younger sister or brother is the older one.

True story: someone actually thought my younger sister was my mom once. I've really gotten used to this but it still sucks.

2. You ALWAYS get carded.

Every. Single. Time. Since I know I look young, I never even bothered with a fake ID my first couple of years of college because I knew it would never work. If I'm being completely honest, I was nervous when I turned 21 that the bartender would think my real driver's license was a fake.

3. People look at your driver's license for an awkward amount of time.

So no one has actually thought my real driver's license is fake but that doesn't stop them from doing a double take and giving me *that look.* The look that says, “Wow, you don't look that old." And sometimes people will just flat out say that. The best part is this doesn't just happen when you're purchasing alcohol. This has happened to me at the movie theater.

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4. People will give you *that look* when they see you drinking alcohol.

You just want to turn around and scream “I'M 21, IT'S LEGAL. STOP JUDGING ME."

5. People are shocked to find out you're in college.

If I had a dollar for every time someone had a shocked expression on their face after I told them I'm a junior in college I could pay off all of my student loan debt. It's funny because when random people ask me how school is going, I pretty much assume they think I'm in high school and the shocked look on their face when I start to talk about my college classes confirms I'm right.

6. For some reason wearing your hair in a ponytail makes you look younger.

I don't understand this one but it's true. Especially if I don't have any makeup on I could honestly pass for a child.

7. Meeting an actual 12-year-old who looks older than you.

We all know one. That random 12-year-old who looks extremely mature for her age and you get angry because life isn't fair.

8. Being handed a kids' menu.

This is my personal favorite. It happens more often than it should. The best part of this is it's your turn to give someone a look. The look that says, "You've got to be kidding me".

Looking young is a real struggle and I don't think everyone realizes it. However, with all the struggles that come with looking young, we still take advantage of it. Have you ever gone to a museum or event where if you're under a certain age you get in for a discounted price? Yeah? Well, that's when I bet you wish you were us. And kids' meals are way cheaper than regular meals so there have definitely been a couple times when I've kept that kids' menu.

So, all in all, it's not the worst thing in the world but it's definitely a struggle.

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16 'Golden Girls' Quotes That Are Still Golden In 2019

Blanche, Dorothy, Rose, and Sophia..four unique middle aged women from different backgrounds under one roof.


One of the greatest shows of all time (at least in my opinion) is Golden Girls. I was not born yet when it first aired in 1985, but thankfully it is on Hulu. Here are just some of the many quotes from the series's seven-year run.

1. Crying is for plain women. Pretty women go shopping. -Blanche Devereaux

2. Go to sleep sweetheart. Pray for brains. -Dorothy Zbornak

3. Dorothy, was Sophia naked just now, or does her dress really need ironing. -Rose Nylund

4. People waste their time pondering whether a glass if half empty of half full. Me, I just drink whatever's in the glass. -Sophia Petrillo

5. I've been having a giood time, and there wasn't even a man in the room. -Blanche Devereaux

6. As they say in St. Olaf, Helgenbargenflergenflurfennerfen. -Rose Nylund

7. Have I given you any indication that I care? -Sophia Petrillo

8. I'm as jumpy as a virgin in a prison rodeo. -Blanche Devereaux

9. Blanche, I could get herpes listening to this story -Dorothy Zbornak

10. I had a knack for coming up with the firmest, most appealing yams. -Rose Nylund

11. No, I will not have a nice day! -Dorothy Zbornak

12. Look, you didn't ask for my opinion, but I'm old, so I'm giving it anyway. -Sophia Petrillo

13. There is a fine line between having a good time and being a wanton slut. My toe has been on that line. Blanche Devereaux

14. You'll have to excuse my mother. She suffered a slight stroke a few years ago which rendered her totally annoying. -Dorothy Zbornak

15. Everybody likes me. -Rose Nylund

16. Silly rabbi. Tricks are for kids. -Sophia Petrillo

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