If Ne-Yo had a song called ''Mr. Independent,'' it would be Jacques's signature tune. The 22-year-old Howard University junior describes himself as a ''go-getter'' who likes to make his own money and provide for himself. Long out of the family nest, Jacques juggles school and a part-time job in retail. The native Marylander also has a soft spot for dogs – just ask him about Eyrie, his poodle-collie-terrier mix. Aside from dog walks, Jacques keeps fit by running, swimming and hours at the gym. When not at the gym, you can catch him kicking back at Ultra Bar, Aqua and the Fireplace.
What's on your nightstand?
I don't have a nightstand. I use my refrigerator because it's next to my bed. It has a lot of DVDs, hair products, stuff like that.
(Photo by Julian Vankim)
Where do you keep the condoms and lube?
I keep the condoms in my shoe organizer. It hangs over my door and has a lot of compartments.
What are your television favorites?
CSI: Miami, Friends, Lie to Me, Family Guy.
What was your favorite cartoon when you were a kid?
Bugs Bunny. I love Bugs Bunny.
What superhero would you be?
Batman. When I was young, I had everything Batman – the figurines, the car, everything.
Who's your greatest influence?
My mother. She sacrificed a lot for me. She was always there for me, and I appreciate it.
What's your greatest fear?
Being stranded and not having anyone to call or any way to get back to my life.
Pick three people, living or dead, who you think would make the most fascinating dinner guests imaginable.
Eva Pigford, Trey Songz and Oprah.
What would you serve?
I like seafood. So, fried shrimp, calamari – anything like that.
How would you describe your dream guy?
Shorter than me. Good hygiene. Athletic, in good shape. Smart. In school. Has a job. Someone who catches my eye.
Define good in bed.
Someone who can keep up with me.
Who should star in a movie about your life?
Michael Jackson, because he missed out on a lot in his childhood and I can relate to that. My parents didn't really let me go out, I didn't have a lot of friends. They made me really focus on school.
Who was your first celebrity crush?
Chris Brown for males. The first female would be Janet Jackson.
Who gets on your nerves?
Cheaters and liars. They get under my skin.
If your home was burning, what's the first thing you'd grab while leaving?
My dog. Everything else can be replaced.
What's your biggest turn-on?
A nice smile. The first thing I notice about someone is their face.
What's your biggest turn-off?
Someone who doesn't have style.
What's something you've always wanted to do but haven't yet tried?
Bungee jumping. It seems scary, but it would probably be fun.
What's something you've tried that you never want to do again?
When I was living on campus, every semester I would have to move into a new dorm. That's something I would never do again: force my self to move, move, move.
Boxers, briefs or other?
Who's your favorite musical artist?
At the moment, Nicki Minaj.
What's your favorite website?
XTube. I go on there a lot.
What's the most unusual place you've had sex?
In the shower.
What position do you play in the big baseball game of life?
What's your favorite retail store?
What's the most you'll spend on a haircut?
What about on shoes?
What's your favorite food to splurge with?
What's your favorite season?
Winter, because you can wear more clothes, there's more things to accessorize.
What kind of animal would you be?
Snake, being that they're quick and eat a lot. I love to eat.
What kind of plant would you be?
A palm tree.
What kind of car would you be?
The newest Charger. I love that car.
What are you most grateful for?
A lot of people in my family have died of health problems, or currently have them, so I'm grateful for my health.
What's something you want more of?
Education. I want to finish my bachelor's and go to graduate school.
State your life philosophy in 10 words or less.
If you want something, go get it.