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Profession

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

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
Magazine Publisher

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 25, 1946 in Chicago, Illinois to Mamie Lee and Peter James Foster. She graduated from Calumet High School in Chicago, Illinois and attended Roosevelt University. She later received her B.A. degree from the University of Stockholm in Stockholm, Sweden.

After graduating from high school, Brown worked for the Equitable Life Insurance Society and later worked at the Teletype Corporation. She was then hired as William A. Nail’s assistant at Zenith Electronics and later worked as a secretary at Foote, Cone & Belding in Chicago, Illinois. In 1972, Brown and her husband, Dr. Lorenzo Brown, moved to Sweden. Together, they managed a cleaning business while finishing their respective degrees. In 1978, they returned to the United States and moved to Washington, D.C. There, Brown founded the Washington Theater Group, an organization that marketed group ticket sales for theatrical performances in 1979. In 1981, Brown was hired as Robert L. Johnson’s advertising secretary at Black Entertainment Television (BET). From 1981 to 1985, Brown worked as an assistant producer of BET’s Video Soul and Video LP programs. She left BET in 1985, and was hired at Impact magazine. In 1988, Brown founded Sister 2 Sister magazine and later created a syndicated radio show, The Sister 2 Sister Celebrity Update. Brown also appeared as a regular guest on the Joan Rivers Show and on the Tom Joyner Morning Show. In 1998, Brown published Betty Shabazz: A Sisterfriends’ Tribute in Words and Pictures. Brown also appeared on an episode of E! True Hollywood Story in 2009, and in the 2012 film Think Like a Man. Later, in 2015, Brown appeared in the television series Unsung.

In 1998, Brown received the Midwest Radio and Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She was inducted into the National Association of Black Female Executives in Music and Entertainment, Shero Hall of Fame in 2002. She then received the Golden Scissors Lifetime Achievement Award and the Association for Women in Communications, Matrix Award for Professional Achievement. In 2008, she was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from Bennett College. The following year, Brown received the Freedom Sisters Award from the Ford Motor Company.

Jamie Foster Brown was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on February 5, 2007 and April 11, 2019.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Jamie Foster Brown lists her favorites
  • 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