Fresh off a dynamic first season of 'This Is Us', NJ's own Ron Cephas Jones will address graduates at his alma mater. Ramapo College has announced the actor, known lately as William on the hit NBC show, will speak at the commencement next month. The Paterson native graduated from Ramapo. He's also been on 'Mr. Robot,' and 'Luke Cage'.

Union County native and Rutgers grad Kurt Sutter has let fans behind the scenes of his 'Sons of Anarchy' spinoff.  In his first on-set video, Sutter mentions his Jersey working class upbringing. The new biker drama for FX, 'Mayans MC,' started shooting this month.

Bruce Springsteen has joined forces with buddy, Joe Grushecky on a political protest song, "That's What Makes Us Great." Grushecky & the Houserockers are selling the track, online.

'Guardians of the Galaxy's Awesome Mix Vol. 2' really is awesome. It's another round of classic tunes, like Fleetwood Mac's "The Chain," Electric Light Orchestra "Mr. Blue Sky," George Harrison "My Sweet Lord" & Cheap Trick with "Surrender." The album hits stores Friday. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 lands in theaters on May 5.

Amid Disney's long list of live-action reboots, Will Smith is in talks to play the Genie in Aladdin, directed by Guy Ritchie. To recap, Jon Favreau is taking on The Jungle Book 2 and The Lion King while Tim Burton is remaking Dumbo. A live-action Mulan directed by Niki Caro is slated for late next year.

Proud Jersey Girl Erin Vogt’s first reporting gig involved her Fisher Price tape recorder. As a wife and momma of two kiddies, she firmly believes that life’s too short to drink bad coffee.  A fan of the beach, Dave Grohl and karma, in no particular order.

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