A Jamie Foster Brown Interview
Hey gang, I ran into my girl Eve down in Austin during the Texas Relays at the University of Texas. Our mutual friend Bev Kearney invited both of us. I was shocked to see Eve. She looked marvelous. I had lost track of her for years and was glad to sit down with her for a minute to catch up on her life. Wanna hear what’s up? She left her old boyfriends (even her last two fiancés are now just friends), she’s under new and improved management, and she was about to choose a new record label as we spoke. She’s an all-new Eve with people surrounding her who will make big things happen in her music and movie careers. She’s got a new way of looking at life, the men in her life and herself. I asked her, “If you were a man, would you marry yourself? Find out her answer and what she plans to do next. I enjoyed this. Welcome back to S2S, my little baby.
Jamie: You look so beautiful. Everybody was talking about how beautiful you look.
Eve: Thank you.
Jamie: How are you keeping that body in shape like that?
Eve: [laughs] I work out a lot more and I eat a lot better than I ever did. But I still pig out. Today I’m probably going to pig out. [laughter] But I don’t do it every day. I’m trying to find that balance.
Jamie: We talked about this: You said you’re doing a lot of self-evaluation and I mentioned to you, if you were Eve, would you marry Eve?
Eve: Right, when we were talking about relationships and stuff. I definitely can’t get frustrated with the kind of guys that I deal with: “Oh, he gets on my nerves,” or more like, “I can’t believe he would do that.” It’s like I have something in me that’s attracting that kind of men, so I know I have to do self-reflection because I want to bring the right kind into my life. And that is a great question, “Would I marry myself?” Probably. I would absolutely marry myself.
Jamie: Why would you marry Eve?
Eve: I think I live in a place of reality; I don’t live behind my profession. It’s not all that I am. What people see on TV and who I am when you hang out with me; it’s the same person but to a different degree. There are many facets to me. Like, I read a lot. People don’t know that. Like, I don’t look at myself in the mirror the way other people look at me. I think, at the end of the day, especially for a man, I would make a great partner because I believe I’m a humble person. I believe I’m a very good person to communicate with. I’m a great supporter. I’ve got morals and values. As modern as I am as a woman, I feel like I am old-fashioned in a certain sense when it comes to men. I never would want to, just because of my career, make a man feel any less than. I’m looking for a real partner in life, so I know that I would just be an amazing partner.
Jamie: Do you cook and all that?
Eve: I mean, I’m not, like, a chef in any way, but there are certain things that I do know how to do. Unfortunately, because I live alone and I travel a lot, I don’t do a lot of cooking. But in a committed relationship, when I have children, I want my children to remember me in the kitchen. So that will become a priority for me once I have a family.
Jamie: You told me you were engaged to a Ghanaian guy. You’re in Africa a lot. Why is that?
Eve: I was going to Ghana for a while just because that’s where he is from. He’s an amazing man. We keep in touch every so often. He was a great guy, but I knew it wasn’t right. We definitely didn’t have the same things going on in our heads, as far as what it is we wanted as a life. He pretty much was down to do whatever I wanted to do and I don’t need that, you know?
Eve: I need somebody in my life that’s going to challenge me. Like, I definitely want to be priority, but I don’t want a sap. You know what I mean?
Eve: I don’t want somebody who is just like, “Whatever you say, whatever you want, anytime.” I don’t need that in my life ’cause you can’t grow like that. You want to be with somebody who you challenge and who will challenge you so that you can grow together.
Jamie: How did you meet him?
Eve: I had a trip to Ghana. Actually, I was performing there. We met through some mutual people that we knew and it just went from there.
Jamie: What kind of work did he do?
Eve: He’s basically just a businessman. He has a fleet of businesses, like oil and telecommunications—stuff like that.
Jamie: But you fell in love with Africa. You fell in love with Ghana. You told me you would have the pepper soup and then have some fufu [a type of porage]. [laughter] What was bringing you back to Africa?
Eve: You know, my first trip to Africa was Nigeria. And I have to say that it wasn’t a great experience. It was actually a very scary experience.
Find out what made Eve’s first experience in Africa so frightening when you pick up the July 2010 issue of Sister 2 Sister magazine, on stands now!