ALL ABOUT EVE JANE CLAIR
Q: Why did you decide to start EJC?
E: I’ve always had this hidden desire to have a blog; Jane and Clair ended up pushing me to get off my sh*t and start one with them. I’ve always had a lot to say and so many interests to share and to articulate to anyone who would care. When they brought the idea to me I was floored by the inspirations behind it as well as the concepts they shared with me. It was like they were reading my mind and speaking my inner desires. I am so impressed with both Jane and Clair, and the fact that they really understand me to my core. The three of us wanted to provide an outlet and platform for females of color -both young and old - to witness not just one, but three, perspectives and passions that went deeper than just surface things. Yes we talk about beauty but we each have a strong inclination toward and opinion about what is happening in the world and what the motivation and hidden constructs are that drive those happenings. We also make it a point to post about the unconventional quirks and interests we have as well. Black women are not one, or even two-dimensional. I decided to be apart of this site, because I saw and felt the potential of having a site, or online community, that had the room and flexibility to go anywhere, reach so many topics and corners of the world, and turn #evejaneclair into something even bigger than we all imagined.
J: It all started a few years ago when Clair had a master plan to create a community for women of color to voice their opinions and ideas; I just couldn’t say no to such a wonderful experience. And it was only right that Eve was included to add her greatness and intellect. For me, the creation of EJC was to create an environment for women to feel comfortable enough to express their opinions about all aspects of life. I always express that I want women to not apologize for being themselves and that is one of the many reasons EJC will continue to blossom. I work with wonderful women that inspire me on a daily so without a doubt I want to continue to spread the wealth.
C: For me, Eve Jane Clair is much more than a blog, it’s a living testament that women can get along, work together, better each other and encourage one another despite how stereotypes portray us. When I came up with the idea a few years ago and reached out to Jane we were not old enough or mature enough to really have anything to contribute. Our first blog had only three posts before we walked away from it. When I revisited the idea, Eve was at the forefront of my mind because I knew that she was perfect to complete the trio and Jane is a gifted writer so her involvement this time around was automatic. Eve and Jane are two women that I could have easily been intimidated by when judging their talent, perspective and ambition but I chose to see them as my network instead of my competition. Success aside, this blog will always be special to me because it keeps me close to two ladies that I have the privilege of calling my friends.
Q: If you could insert yourself into any movie or TV show which one would you choose and what would be your role?
E: TV Show: Soul Train as a host/dancer A Different World as Freddie’s best friend who was just like her but less liberal and in a sorority. Girls: The black friend who isn’t a limited representation of what it is to be black Film: Avengers as Storm, Drumline as a female drum major lol
J: I have to answer this question as my younger self, so it would have to be Disney Channel’s The Proud Family. I would play Penny Proud. This was one of my favorite TV shows; it was very funny and all-around fun to watch.
C: Two words, Rocket Power, that's the number one show I would want to be part of - endless fish tacos, extreme sports, shorelines and my adolescent self. A Different World is one of my favorite shows but I don't know how I would fit in. Maybe House of Lies, I can see myself thriving in a cutthroat environment where I swindle the rich with no remorse. I also volunteer myself to be Olivia Pope's black voice of reason because we're three seasons deep and no one has pulled her up yet. Movie? A Few Good Men is my favorite and I would have loved to argue that case or any Fast & Furious flick with a BMW.
Q: Which rapper embodies your alter ego?
E: Busta Rhymes.
J: Because I can be sensitive and insensitive in the same breath, I have to say Drake.
C: Puff Daddy easily. Flossy, bossy and we both think we're talented in areas where we lack.
Q: Favorite poem?
E: Marianne Williamson's "Our Deepest Fear"
J: I have a few but one of my favorites is “No Struggle, No Progress” by Frederick Douglass.
C: Officially, it is Nikki Giovanni’s Ego Tripping (there may be a reason why). I heard that poem for the first time while watching A Different World. But, because of length I find that I recall D.H. Lawrence’s "Self-Pity" more often.
Q: Do you have a hidden talent you wish you nurtured more?
E: Singing or sprinting (hurdling).
J: Yoga. I’ve always been good at it but I never made it a part of my lifestyle.
C: Dance. I used to tap and I would love to get back to that again. I watched a few youtube videos of the Nicholas Brothers and the Berry Brothers and fell in love again.
Q: What is the #1 most played song in your iTunes?
E: Elusive by Lianne la Havas
J: Dollar and a Dream III by J. Cole
C: Just Like Water (Live) by Lauryn Hill
Bonus: What is the most embarrassing song in your Top 25?
E: Impossible - Brandy featuring Whitney Houston.
J: I don’t have an embarrassing song in my Top 25 but in my Songs’ list it will have to be Southside by Trinidad James featuring ForteBowie. Judge me.
C: The Dream - Let Me See That Booty. I might play it at my wedding.
Q: What are your vices or guilty pleasures?
E: High expectations. Gluttony. Non-American accents. When I love something, I obsess over for weeks and research everything related to it or him or her. Collecting notebooks. Watching choreography. Charmed, the show. YouTube. 1990s animated movies, especially the Goofy Movie.
J: Guilty pleasures: reality television, the worst kind you could think of. Vices: Greed, impatient, moody.
C: My only vice is cursing which is probably why I do it so much. Don't get me wrong, I have a filter and excel at code switching so it's not something that just happens, I'm very deliberate with it. Food is my ultimate guilty pleasure, ice cream and mac & cheese are all I need to keep a smile on my face. Throw on a good PBS special or, oppositely, some trash TV and I'm set.
Q: What do you keep in your purse?
E: A book. iPad. Floss. Gum. Staple everyday lipstick and lip liner. Liner. My wallet. Headphones. Chargers. Notebook. Planner. Umbrella. My keys. A book called Women Who Run With the Wolves (check out our book club page!).
J: Wallet, Shea Moisture lotion, pens, journal, The Four Agreements book, iPhone charger, eos lip balm, wipes, make-up bag, keys, socks( I carry them at all times), and gum.
C: Wallet, phone w/ charger & headphones, planner, pen, lotion, hand sanitizer, make up bag, gum, glasses case, whatever book I'm reading and pepper spray.
Q: Choose one word that describes you best.
J: Open. I try my best to live with an open heart, mind, and spirit. I’ll always be a student of the world, open to learn/love any and everything.
C: Black :)
Q: What traits are you attracted to in others?
E: Focus, Integrity, Open, Tolerant, Positive, Confident, Intellectual, Charismatic, Consistent, Ambitious, Authentic, Graceful, Creative, Bold in some form or fashion, and someone who doesn’t try to overtly impress others.
J: Just to name a few. Positivity, honesty, respectful, fearless, pure heart, sincerity, sense of humor, intelligent, and willing to have a good time.
C: Let me retrieve my list... Honesty, confidence, resourcefulness, humor, curiosity, tact, imagination, knowledge, ambition, spontaneity. That's ten, I'll stop there.
Q: Who is your celebrity significant other?
E: Mos Def or a mash-up of Morris Chestnut, Lenny Kravitz, Kevin McCall, Jesse Williams, Common, Luke James, Maxwell, Jay Electronica, Theo James, Derek Luke, Jason Momoa, Idris Elba, Tom Hardy, and Andre 3000.
J: Luke James. Currently, I’m crushing really hard on him.
C: I'll sooner talk about Luke James, Tyrese, Idris Elba, Myles Kwesi Hutchful (notice a theme?) but the one celebrity that embodies everything that I'm looking for including appearance is Nate "Bait" Parker. Listen to him speak and you'll understand.
Q: Do you think you can have it all?
E: Abso-freaking-lutely! Planning for it now.
J: Of course! But I want to have more than all because sometimes having it all just isn’t enough.
C: Yes, but not at the same time. Life has seasons and balance is required.
Q: Detail one of your most embarrassing moments.
E: Asking what per anum meant in a graduate level course class. I couldn’t decipher the professor’s accent so it sounded like he was pronouncing a whole other term.
J: I can’t pinpoint my most embarrassing moment. But I will note that I’m extremely introverted, so it doesn’t take a lot for me to feel embarrassed.
C: Walking into Target on a rainy day and slipping into a split at the front entrance. There have been other moments but this story is what I'm willing to tell.
Q: What would you name the autobiography of your life?
E: Meeting Myself and Truly Liking Her: The Life of...
J: Living a Full Life to Die Empty
C: Female - The Other "F" Word: Becoming a Woman
Q: What do you want to be remembered for?
E: Being well-rounded, intellectual, being enterprising, giving, having lived a full life, having loved and was loved fully romantically, by my family, and friends, staying true to myself and grounded, being selfless in relation to others, and having wonderful children, having achieved so many things, creating my own kind of internal and external beauty, and being seen as a role model, empathetic; being unaccepting of ignorance, mediocrity, discrimination, and people who hold others back and capitalize off of their privilege and others unfortunate circumstances.
J: I always find these kind of questions the most difficult to answer because I haven’t fully discovered my purpose yet and I don’t enjoy talking about myself. But to answer the question I would love to be remembered for my kind and loving spirit. My hope is to continue to share the wealth of knowledge after I’ve physically left the world. I’ve always been selfless and willing to provide a platform/voice for others. I would want people to know that I loved and was unapologetic for the woman I was. I aspire to leave a legacy that is led with honesty and perseverance.
C: Simply put, I don't want to be remembered for anything versus through many things such as people I've touched and work that I've done. The people I revere most are those who remained nameless and faceless and still persevered on my behalf knowing that they would never get credit for it and well before I was even a thought. I am very unapologetic about my pride, pursuits and passions. I hope to be blessed with a platform that encourages and allows others to operate in the same manner. Tupac said it best "I'm not saying I'm gonna change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will change the world.” Now, I don't think changing the world is beyond my grasp but I want my legacy to be one that enabled those, that society has deemed insignificant, to take their rightful place at the table. Militant in mindset and philanthropic in action.
Black Power is giving power to people who have not had power to determine their destiny - Huey Newton
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