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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Magazine Publishing Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Europe
Favorite Quote:
What's That About?

Birthplace

Born:
6/25/1946
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Magazine Publishing Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Europe
Favorite Quote:
What's That About?

Birthplace

Born:
6/25/1946
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Magazine publisher Jamie Foster Brown was born on June 25th in Chicago, Illinois, to Mamie Lee and Peter James Foster. After graduating from Calumet High School, Brown worked for Equitable Life Insurance for a short time before deciding to attend college. While taking classes at Roosevelt University, Brown worked for the Zenith Radio Company and then transferred to the University of Stockholm in Stockholm, Sweden, where she received her B.A. degree.

Brown’s entertainment career began in 1979, when she founded the Washington Theater Group, an organization that marketed group sales for theatrical performances. From there, Brown worked for Black Entertainment Television (BET) as an advertising secretary to the network’s founder, Robert Johnson. Brown was eventually promoted and produced BET’s flagship shows, Video Soul and Video LP.

In 1988, Brown founded Sister 2 Sister magazine, a monthly trade newsletter targeting prominent women in the entertainment and media industries; the newsletter has since evolved into a popular cultural magazine. As the popularity of Sister 2 Sister magazine grew, Brown created a syndicated radio show, The Sister 2 Sister Celebrity Update. This program is heard on thirty-nine radio stations across the nation and has aired on the BBC in London, England. Brown extended her readership in 1998, when her tribute book to Betty Shabazz, Betty Shabazz: A Sisterfriends’ Tribute in Words and Pictures, was published by Simon and Schuster.

As a respected voice in the black entertainment industry, Brown has appeared on several national television shows including 48 Hours, Leeza, Sally Jessy Raphael, Entertainment Tonight and Hard Copy. Brown has also lectured at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, speaking about the effect of popular music on American culture.

Brown received numerous awards for her influence in the media industry, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Midwest Radio and Music Association; the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Award for Outstanding African American Women; and the Impact Super Summit Award. In 2008, Brown received a Doctorate in Humane Letters from Bennett College.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Jamie Foster Brown describes her mother's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Jamie Foster Brown describes her parents' relationship
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Jamie Foster Brown remembers lessons from her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Jamie Foster Brown describes her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Jamie Foster Brown remembers her father's work ethic
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Jamie Foster Brown describes her parents' musical background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Jamie Foster Brown describes the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Jamie Foster Brown describes her relationship with her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Jamie Foster Brown remembers celebrating Christmas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Jamie Foster Brown describes her community in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Jamie Foster Brown remembers Calumet High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Jamie Foster Brown remembers her early work experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Jamie Foster Brown remembers meeting her husband, Lorenzo Brown
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Jamie Foster Brown remembers her husband's courtship
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Jamie Foster Brown recalls her trip to Fairfield, Alabama, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Jamie Foster Brown recalls her trip to Fairfield, Alabama, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Jamie Foster Brown describes her wedding
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Jamie Foster Brown talks about her husband's academic career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Jamie Foster Brown describes her sister's career at the Chicago Sun-Times
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Jamie Foster Brown remembers living in Sweden
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Jamie Foster Brown recalls the birth of her son, Randall Brown
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Jamie Foster Brown describes her early experiences of motherhood, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Jamie Foster Brown talks about her relationship with her husband
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Jamie Foster Brown describes her early experiences of motherhood, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Jamie Foster Brown talks about her experiences in Sweden
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Jamie Foster Brown remembers her interview at Black Entertainment Television
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Jamie Foster Brown recalls working with BET founder Robert L. Johnson
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Jamie Foster Brown remembers hosting fundraisers in Sweden
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Jamie Foster Brown recalls lessons from BET founder Robert L. Johnson
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Jamie Foster Brown recalls becoming an assistant producer at BET
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Jamie Foster Brown remembers interviewing musicians at BET
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Jamie Foster Brown recalls her column for Impact magazine
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Jamie Foster Brown remembers founding Sister 2 Sister magazine, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Jamie Foster Brown remembers founding Sister 2 Sister magazine, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Jamie Foster Brown describes her interview with Bobby Brown
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Jamie Foster Brown describes the style of her interviews for Sister 2 Sister
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Jamie Foster Brown reflects upon the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Jamie Foster Brown talks about her interviews with hip-hop artists
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Jamie Foster Brown describes her promotions at Downtown Locker Room stores
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Jamie Foster Brown talks about the Intergenerational Celebration program
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Jamie Foster Brown recalls her awards and honors
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Jamie Foster Brown describes her book, 'Betty Shabazz,' pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Jamie Foster Brown describes her book, 'Betty Shabazz,' pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Jamie Foster brown describes the history of her home in Bowie, Maryland
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Jamie Foster Brown talks about her home in Bowie, Maryland, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Jamie Foster Brown talks about her home in Bowie, Maryland, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Jamie Foster Brown describes the Washington Theater Group
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Jamie Foster Brown describes her oldest son
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Jamie Foster Brown recalls the shooting of her son, Randall Brown, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Jamie Foster Brown recalls the shooting of her son, Randall Brown, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Jamie Foster Brown recalls the shooting of her son, Randall Brown, pt. 3
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Jamie Foster Brown recalls the community's support after her son's shooting
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Jamie Foster Brown describes her plans for the future
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Jamie Foster Brown shares her advice to aspiring magazine publishers
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Jamie Foster Brown reflects upon her career
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Jamie Foster Brown reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Jamie Foster Brown describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Jamie Foster Brown talks about her marriage and values
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Jamie Foster Brown describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Jamie Foster Brown shares a message to future generations
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Jamie Foster reflects upon the importance of history
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Jamie Foster Brown reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Jamie Foster Brown narrates her photographs