This year our Special Trailblazing Woman of Excellence honor was presented to Grammy Award Winning Rapper, Songwriter, Actress, and co-hostess of the Daytime CBS TV Show, ‘The Talk’ -- West Philly’s Own EVE!
She has earned rave reviews from critics and set "a new standard in hip-hop," according toEntertainment Weekly. Eve can currently be seen daily as a co-hostess of the hit CBS Daily program, ‘The Talk,’ a 60 minute talk show that discusses the day’s latest headlines as well as interview segments with some of today’s biggest celebrities.
Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she was the inaugural winner of the Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration in 2002 for the song "Let Me Blow Ya Mind," with singer Gwen Stefani. Eve was also number 48 on VH1's "50 Greatest Women of the Video Era" list.
Throughout her musical career she has collaborated with numerous other prominent artists including: Alicia Keys, Ludacris, Jill Scott, DMX, Swizz Beatz, Dr. Dre, Juicy J, The Roots, and Missy Elliott. Aside from her Grammy Award, she has been the recipient of countless other musical honors including a BET Award for Best Female HipHop Artist and an NAACP Image Award for Best New Artist when she originally exploded onto the scene in 2000.
As an actress Eve has appeared in multiple films such as xXx with Vin Diesel, both Barbershop and Barbershop 2: Back in Business with Ice Cube, The Cookout with Queen Latifah and Meagan Good, The Woodsman with Kevin Bacon, and Flashbacks of a Fool with Daniel Craig. On television she is best known for starring in her own self-titled UPN sitcom, Eve, as a fashion designer named Shelly. She also had a recurring role on Glee as the rival glee club coach, Grace Hitchens, and appeared on four episodes of the Oxygen series Sisterhood of Hip Hop as one of the distinguished music mentors to up and coming female rappers.
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Patty Jackson had a chance to welcome Eve back home and speak with her backstage at the 2019 Women of Excellence after she received her award. Watch a segment of the interview below and see what Eve said about her mother, acting, new challenges, and the WDAS Women of Excellence event.