When it comes to getting the latest news of today’s artist, our next woman featured in our weekly ‘Women & Humor’ series, has been making a name for herself doing just that. Known as Jen From BK, the Hot 97 personality and editor and chief of Hot97.Com talks to Comedy Hype about her love life, inspirations, and of course comedy.
CH: HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF, LIKE WHAT WOULD PEOPLE SAY ABOUT YOU?
JBK: I’d say….very down to earth, witty, semi-prude, ambitious, high strung, and creative lol….and that’s only HALF of it nah I’m kidding lol. I’m very independent and as much people tell me I need to ask for help when it comes to certain things, I’d rather do it on my own almost 90% of the time. I want to be able to say “Yeah Jen, YOU did it.” I think you gain more respect that way. Some people might think I may be too direct or standoffish but I’m really not. I blame my “resting bitch face.” You know, the face that looks like you’re mean when you’re not? Well in reality, I’m super sweet and chill! I’m also a great listener, a lot of people like to hear themselves talk and will yap and yap and yap, and never shuttup but not me. I like to listen and observe and my friends always vent to me. But let it be known, if I’m passionate about something, forget it. There’s no shutting me up. But overall, I’m just that friend, homegirl, Jen Boogie….and a kid at heart. =)
CH: HAVE YOU EVER MET OR DATED SOMEONE FROM SOCIAL MEDIA. IF SO WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO THEM?
JBK: No I haven’t but I’m not against it. My sister met her husband through social media (talking MySpace days) and my best friend found her current boyfriend (who she calls the love of her life) through Facebook so hey, to each it’s own. Love comes in mysterious ways.
CH: GROWING UP IN NEW YORK, I’M SURE YOU’VE SEEN A LOT. WHAT ARE SOME INSTANT TURN OFFS WHEN TRYING TO TALK TO YOU?
JBK: I’m assuming you meant *guy* lol. But I hate it when guys “pssstttt” at you, throw corny lines, and never, ever try to grab my arm or hand. It’s not gonna be pretty. I will go OFF! The worst part is walking by a construction site in NYC. it’s like you’re being fed to the lions.
CH: IN A GUY IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BEING FUNNY AND SILLY?
JBK: Absolutely. A funny guy will make you laugh without trying, it’s effortless and not forced. Most of the time, the funniest people are the ones who don’t even think they’re funny! Silly to me is just straight up goofy. I mean you can be a cheeseball, I am, but at least I know when to turn it off. You don’t wanna come off as a scrub, that’s just corny.
CH: HOW WAS DATING FOR YOU IN H.S AND HOW IS IT NOW?
JBK: I’ve actually been in back to back long term relationships. The first one wasn’t too good since he cheated on me and was living off of me for years but I was just a young teenager then. Now in my current relationship, it’s a lot more mature. You think about your future, have bills to pay, family to worry about etc. I really hate being a grown up LOL. You know, I actually don’t know what it’s like to date? Weird right? But believe it or not, I don’t really care for it. I like being in a relationship, having a partner. Some people are so worried about being made fun of or teased for being in a relationship but I don’t. I think it’s a beautiful thing.
CH: WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
JBK: My inspiration varies…..I really look up to Oprah, Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce, Angie Martinez, Ellen. Women who are positive, have integrity, brilliant, great businesswomen, charismatic and incredible entrepreneurs. They’re all so respected in the industry because they’re great at what they do, I aspire to have the same with my career. Longevity is so important to me. As far as what inspires me, being underestimated. The doubters and the haters add fuel to my fire.
CH: ARE YOU INTO COMEDY? IF SO WHO ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE COMEDIANS AND WHY?
JBK: I LOVE comedy. One of my favorite comedians are Dave Chappelle…they need to bring back Chappelle Show. That show & Martin are a few of the only shows that would have me in tears when I watched. I also love Kevin Hart, Tina Fey, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy and the ever so fabulous Lucille Ball. I own all of the I Love Lucy seasons. She is the Queen of Comedy to me. All hail Lucy.
CH: TEXT OR PHONE CALLS? AND WHY?
JBK: I prefer texting when it comes to casual conversations or when I don’t want to be bothered lol…phone calls when it comes to business. Things can appear one way via text than it does when you talk on the phone so sometimes talking on the phone should be your best choice. I can’t express how many times I’ve gotten into arguments with friends and family and even my boyfriend because a text was read the wrong way.
CH: WORKING IN RADIO IM SURE YOU HAVE TO BE PRETTY VOCAL AND CREATIVE. WHEN DATING WHAT ARE SOME THINGS YOU’VE DONE TO KEEP THINGS INTERESTING?
JBK: Sexy lingerie, undergarments, dirty talk. I don’t wanna reveal too much because that’s for me and my boyfriend to know. Hey I said I was a semi-prude earlier LOL. But it’s better to be a lady in the streets and….you know the rest.
CH: HOW IMPORTANT IS A SENSE OF HUMOR WHEN IT COMES TO DATING OR IN A RELATIONSHIP?
JBK: Huge. The key to life is laughter. If you don’t like to laugh or just have fun, you’re probably boring as f–k lol. I really love to laugh. Life is so much better when you can laugh. I can’t stand people who are serious all the time. Like, lighten up man. Live. LAUGH.
CH: WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO DATE YOU LONG TERM?
JBK: You gotta be respectful. I’m so big on respect. Treat your lady like a queen and guess what guys, she’ll do the same! *gasp* SHOCKING! Men think there’s this whole science to a perfect relationship. There really isn’t. Just treat your woman like the goddess she is, emotionally, physically, mentally, and it’ll be bliss. That’s all it takes. Other than that, you have to wanna have a future, be driven and be family oriented. I’m big on family, if you aren’t that won’t fly.
CH: WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WOULD CHANGE ABOUT GUYS?
JBK: A LOT! But one of the main things is changing their resistance to change. Men don’t like changing or being told what to do. Change is okay people. Change = growth and there is nothing wrong growing with your partner. I’d also make them more sensitive lol. Like way more, enough so that we can watch rom-coms and Disney flicks together.
CH: FUNNIEST PICK UP LINE YOU EVER HEARD?
JBK: “Excuse me miss, do you see that? Do you see that? *Pointing to the floor*. There goes my heart”. Dumb and funny at the same damn time.
CH: WHATS NEXT? WHAT CAN WE LOOK OUT FOR FROM YOU?
JBK: I’m trying to take what I’ve learned in my career thus far to the next level. I’ve been working behind-the-scenes for so long, I think, now, I’ve finally acquired all the skills necessary to bring projects to life and make them successful. I’m working on my #LadiesFirst movement. We are about to do a bunch of exciting things and I’m launching the site weloveladiesfirst.com with my team so keep a look out for us! The time is now and I’m ready to show everyone what I can do.
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