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We Are Jersey Celebrates 9 Years of Excellence with Anniversary Bash and Special Announcement!

Photos by Black Box CMA (Justin Harris)

Newark, New Jersey — We Are Jersey, the premier platform celebrating the vibrant culture and talents of New Jersey, marked its remarkable 9-year journey with an unforgettable anniversary celebration on September 21, 2023. This grand event was brought to life with the creative flair of Royal Occasions, offering a mesmerizing visual spectacle and beautiful decor all evening.

The celebration, held at Allure Lounge in Newark, New Jersey, was a night to remember, featuring an array of highlights that showcased the essence of We Are Jersey:

Stunning Decor by Royal Occasions: The anniversary venue was transformed into a true Jersey gem, thanks to the visionary designs of Royal Occasions. Their décor added an elegant touch and served as a nod to New Jersey's rich history and culture.

360 Booth by Another Orange Creation: Attendees experienced a blend of classic and modern with the 360-degree photo booth provided by Another Orange Creation. It offered a unique and fun way to capture memories from the event.

Spectacular Performances: The night came alive with captivating performances by New Jersey's very own music sensations. Karma, Young Benny, Notes Overton, and Shelly Ferrell took the stage and left the audience spellbound with their incredible talents.

Performance by Notes Overton

Local Vendors and Special Guest Appearances: A huge special thank you and extension of gratitude for all of the local vendors and businesses involved. We were blessed with the delicious food by Baked By Bakers Kitchen alongside, High & Mighty, and more! We also had a special visit from Daniel Gordon who is developing an emerging app for artists as we announced our partnership with its pending release.

Vendor High & Mighty


Birthday Surprise and Speech by Daniel Banks Mother, Shanna Banks, the original editor for We Are Jersey

Summer/Fall Issue of We Are Jersey Magazine: As the highlight of the evening, We Are Jersey unveiled its much-anticipated Summer/Fall 2023 issue of We Are Jersey Magazine. The cover features none other than Newark's boxing sensation, Shakur Stevenson. This issue takes readers on a journey through Shakur's incredible career and New Jersey's cultural landscape, making it the perfect Thanksgiving read.

The We Are Jersey Magazine Summer/Fall 2023 issue promises to be a compelling blend of insightful articles, vibrant visuals, and stories that bring to life the essence of the Garden State.

"The 9-year anniversary celebration was a momentous occasion for us, and we are deeply grateful for the incredible support and talent that have been integral to our journey," said Bridget Papino, the founder of We Are Jersey. "With the release of our Summer/Fall issue featuring Shakur Stevenson on the cover, we are excited to share the magic of New Jersey with our readers as we approach the Thanksgiving season."

The event was a testament to We Are Jersey's unwavering commitment to celebrating and promoting the extraordinary talent, culture, and history that make New Jersey a true gem.

For more information about We Are Jersey and to access the latest Summer/Fall 2023 issue, please visit

About We Are Jersey: We Are Jersey is a premier platform dedicated to celebrating the unique culture, talent, and history of the Garden State. With a mission to bring New Jersey's finest into the spotlight, We Are Jersey has been at the forefront of recognizing and promoting local talent for nine incredible years.


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