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.