MY 13-YEAR-OLD daughter, Eve, has been onstage since before she was born. As the star of so much of my writing over the years, she’s accustomed to being the center of attention.
In July 2001, when my very-pregnant wife, LaVeta, traveled with me to New Orleans for a conference, Eve was there. And though we tried to pretend we didn’t have an unborn chaperone along for the ride, Eve refused to be ignored.
In between eating po’boys and beignets, dodging packs of man-eating mosquitoes and fighting humidity that clung to us like buffalo pelts, we watched Eve poke and prod LaVeta’s organs. Very interesting sight. Looked like a scene out of “Alien.”
I wrote about it, of course, just as I wrote about all of Eve’s exploits over the years. Not only did I write about her, I pushed her to explore her outsized personality on film, producing a comedic webisode called “The Candy Ring,” with Eve in the starring role.
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Solomon Jones is an Essence bestselling author and award-winning columnist. He is the creator and editor of Solomonjones.com and morning host on 900 am WURD radio. Click here to learn more about Solomon