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Jill Scott Tells Essence She’s Got A New Man At Home

August 1st, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Today, Jill Scott will star as James Brown’s second wife Deidre “DeeDee” Jenkins in the biopic “Get On Up.” In lieu of the silver screen spotlight, Scott appears on the cover of the September issue of Essence Magazine. On the cover, the Philly native is seen wearing an alluring bodycon dress while wearing a blonde wig styled by Ursula Stephens, Rihanna’s well-known hairstylist. Can we say werk?

The magazine reports Scott has found love again but this time she will keep her romantic life private. She tells Essence:

“My only job is to be happy. So for everybody that cares about me and is not trying to be all up in a celebrity’s business, just know that I’m happy. My son is happy. We enjoy our lives.”

The “He Loves Me” singer also notes she is back in the studio, recording her fifth album. But before you take your calendars out to mark the date, Scott claims it will be a long time before fans hear her new music. She proclaims, ”I’m a wood-burning stove; It’s a slow brew.” In the interview, Scott also covers her 63-pound weight loss journey (#SheDidThat) and exploring how to enjoy fashion with her new body.

To read more of Scott’s interview, pick up your copy of Essence now!

 

“It Was Important For Me Not To Judge Her” Jill Scott Talks About Playing An Abused Woman In “Get On Up”

July 30th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Source: Huffington Post

The new James Brown biopic, Get On Up, that comes to theaters tomorrow deals with the good, bad and ugly of James Brown’s life. And trust, it’s not all a bed of roses. He’s lived through some very horrific situations. But he didn’t leave all of his demons in the past. It’s a well documented fact that James Brown was abusive to at least one of his wives, Deedee Brown. And the movie doesn’t shy away from that.

Singer, actress, poet, renaissance woman Jill Scott portrays Deedee Brown and there is one scene where we see her being hit. In her recent interview with Huffington Post Live, Jill Scott spoke about how challenging it was for her to play this particular part and how she learned a new lesson about love during the process.

See what she had to say.

Was it hard as a woman not to snap out of character and respond to being hit?

Honestly, being with Chad, he was so-he so embodied the spirit of James Brown that when we were on set, I forgot about Jill Scott. I was Deedee Brown and he was, without a question, James Brown. That was my husband. Between shooting, I’d get him something to eat, I’d make sure that he was fine, I’d massage his back. We were really in the moment.

Was it challenging for you to play this role as a woman, as a mother

It was kind of hard to play someone who loves someone so deeply and has this abusive relationship. You kind of have to forgive and also, not judge. This is not my life. And eventually, they parted ways.

My mother– and I’ll say I–we were in an abusive relationship, early on in my life, I must have been four when it was all over. I give my mother so much credit for walking away from it, being that brave and never looking back. We were never in that situation again. To understand someone who would stay, for a period of time, I really…it was very important for me not to judge her and just love the man.

Even now, she will tell you that she’s very much in love with James Brown, today. So that’s a level of devotion and love. It taught me about love. It’s not always sweet— I’m not trying to say to stay in that relationship. Please don’t stay in an abusive relationship if you’re in one, please don’t stay, please don’t stay, don’t stay.

But at the same time I’m a voyeur and I’m an appreciator of humanity and I’m interested in people. This was a real lesson for me on a different kind of woman, a different kind of love. I only know my version, I only know my brand. But this was a great experience for me and a pleasure to get to know James Brown on a different level.

We all will if you watch the film, you will find out why he was the way he was, why that voice came out of that spirit the way that it did. Why his body moves the way it does. This was the man who was the father of Michael Jackson, the father of Prince, the father of Fela, the father of so many artists. And there’s a reason for it. You don’t just wake up great for nothing. You have to go through the hell sometimes to get to heaven and that’s just the way it is. You’ll see that.

 

You can watch Jill Scott’s entire interview with Huffington Post in the video below. The domestic violence portion starts around the 2:20 mark.

Eve, Regina Hall and Jill Scott All Tapped To Star In Lifetime’s “With This Ring”

July 13th, 2014 - By Toya Sharee
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We’re glad to see the Lifetime network is taking a break from the bio-pics to feature some of our favorite starlets in a new film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Eve, Regina Hall and Jill Scott have been tapped to star in the original movie “With This Ring”.

The movie focuses on three single women who after attending a lavish New Year’s Eve wedding, vow to be married themselves within a year. Only 12 months will tell who actually makes it to the altar.

Tracey Edmonds, Sheila Ducksworth (Soul Food) and Gabrielle Union are all behind the film’s production and Nzhinga Stewart (The Game) serves as writer and director. “With This Ring” is scheduled to begin filming in Cleveland in August for a debut later this year.

“With This Ring” is the latest project to join a series of films aimed at African-American audiences including the remake of “Steel Magnolias”, “A Day Late And A Dollar Short” and bio-pics focused on the lives of Gabrielle Douglas, Whitney Houston and Aaliyah.  We’re looking forward to seeing these talented ladies on screen together.

Jill Scott Reflects On The Current State Of Rap And Its Depiction Of Women

July 9th, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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During the 2006 Essence Festival in New Orleans Jill Scott spoke out about how women of color are portrayed in rap lyrics and their accompanying music videos, calling the content “dirty, inappropriate, inadequate, unhealthy, and polluted” as she told the audience in the superdome they needed to “demand more.” Eight years later, we caught up with Jilly from Philly during the 20th annual Essence Fest to ask her whether she feels any progress has been made on that front or if her words still ring true today. Check out the video above as Jill Scott reflects on the current state of rap and its depiction of women. Do you agree?

Real Talk: Jill Scott On What She Thought Motherhood Would Be, & What It Actually Is

June 10th, 2014 - By Karen Taylor Bass
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Welcome to our weekly column, Reset. Written by Karen Taylor Bass, this column, published each Tuesday, is about life lessons learned and mastered mentally, spiritually, and physically and how they contribute to a successful life and career.

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How many of you dislike fake folk who talk up experiences in ways that seem unrealistic? What about the celebrities you admire talking how motherhood is amazing and perfect? Then you realize they are eating baby food to stay slim and have an around-the-clock nanny because they can’t deal.

I love Jill Scott because she is absolutely raw and naked — unafraid to talk life challenges, regardless of the forum and outcome. Motherhood is not about comparing yourself to the next mother. It’s about realizing that life happens so you deal with it the best way you know how by pressing reset every once in a while.

I had the pleasure of chatting with Jill Scott for my book The Brand New Mommy: From Babies To Branding To Bliss about her take on motherhood and why it’s necessary that women portray the real deal, raw, and unfiltered as it relates to birthing ‘dem babies from branding to bliss.

Here’s an excerpt of our conversation from the below:

How was your experience when you were pregnant with Jett?
Jill Scott: When I was pregnant, I heard only beautiful stories about being a mother; the tender moments, little sweet fingers, softness. I so wanted a child and this little person inside me, was my very own miracle. I was excited, happily fat and full of dreams. I imagined nursing my baby while wind chimes clinked outside. I would glow and feel beautiful. My mother would help me. My grandmother would school me, friends would be on deck to support me and my child’s father/my husband would bring me tea and love us both. This would not be my reality.

Branding2Bliss_frtcvrWhy do you think motherhood was initially challenging for you?
JS: In actuality, my mother was across the country caring for my sweet grandma Blue. My friends were busy with full, demanding lives and my son’s father, well… we could hardly bare breathing in the same room. After 36 hours of labor and a vaginal birth, I was sore, exhausted, hormonally unbalanced, emotionally taxed and deeply afraid to be alone. I never felt more alone in my life.

What do you think is one of the biggest misconceptions about motherhood?
JS: Breastfeeding and how easy it is. Ha! I tried to breastfeed. A lactation consultant came. I tried. Every 15 minutes he screamed. I was going crazy; my poor little person. I had no choice but to supplement. I felt like sh*t. Nothing was like I thought. Absolutely nothing.

When did you realize you had to press RESET?
JS: I allowed life and everything to get to me. My mom was far, my grandmother (and best friend) was dying, and the friendship with my son’s dad had disintegrated and I wasn’t prepared for the sad me. I’ve always been moderately positive and always counted the good/bad and prayed for the good things to come. Who was this insanely emotional replica? What had motherhood done to me? I tried to rationalize and knew that I had a lot to be thankful for and I needed help.

How did you press RESET?
JS: I looked at my poor little baby and thought, “I’m already failing you.” My ego and my spirit were puddles under the floor. I just wanted to be a great mother but I wasn’t doing too well. I wasn’t feeling too good either AND I was wallowing in it. It felt like I was dying. I know it sounds extreme but that is truly how I felt.

I had to choose my child. I got up, put that baby in the little lamb singing chair thingy and asked myself what was really really wrong. OK so he didn’t breast feed, I thought, but he’s alive ain’t he? And maybe his father and I didn’t make it to forever, but we made a beautiful, healthy boy and he’s alive ain’t he? Shoooot maybe my friends couldn’t drop their lives. Who the hell was I to ask them to anyway? I was being a punk. I took a long look in the mirror at the new mother I saw and quietly screamed, “Stop bitching and focus.”

While my baby slept, I cried one more “good” cry. I felt better. I needed rest. I asked friends who loved us to come anytime they could, for an hour, so I could sleep. They did. I felt better. I hired a loving, mature, woman with three adult children, a southern background and the skin the color of rich fertile soil to be OUR nanny. She gave me breaks and a chance to heal. The crying nights became easier. My patience blossomed. I discovered my Jett was lactose intolerant. OH :-( I changed his formula. We felt better. I befriended a trainer (Scott P). I kick boxed through massive depression and aggression. My ex-fiancé and I communicated (kinda). I went back into the studio. It was cathartic. I could see myself finding a rhythm. I was nurturing to my child, patient with us both. Life got better.

Jill Scott’s RESET (in her words):

I’ve learned that

Motherhood is the most demanding job created.

Motherhood is not a dream or a fable etched in the mind.

Nothing is simple when you love someone this much. Nothing is neat when you’re this needed

Life doesn’t stop because you’ve given birth.

A new life begins and you own it and make it yours.

 

Karen Taylor Bass loves to share interesting and motivational stories about women pressing reset on their terms. Follow Karen @thebrandnewmom 

A Little Mood Music: 9 Songs To Help You Reset & Be Your Best Self

May 27th, 2014 - By Karen Taylor Bass
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Welcome to our weekly column, Reset. Written by Karen Taylor Bass, this column, published each Tuesday, is about life lessons learned and mastered mentally, spiritually, and physically and how they contribute to a successful life and career.

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Music is power. The right song can take you from pain to inspiration and transform your mood to belief, power, and I can-do-it. Yes. Life is a soundtrack and when you select a winning compilation, all your struggles seem worth it.

I have pressed reset several times and taken many missteps to master the lessons and create a journey worth living. Life will never be perfect, but if we select inspiring grooves on the path to renewal, it makes life worth living.

Get ready to let it all go, be free, get naked with your emotion, and allow the magic of music to uplift you. Here is to hope, love, and inspiration.

Allow me to share some of my favorite tunes, which have provided me with the ultimate instruction and playbook to love self stronger; have faith; and, ultimately change the course to press RESET, when stuff isn’t working.

Happy Birthday Patti: Patti LaBelle’s Greatest Performances

May 24th, 2014 - By M A
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The incomparable Patti LaBelle has been captivating the music industry since she first hit the scene more than 50 years ago. Since that moment, she has mesmerized us with her incredible range, soul and passion, while blazing a trail for powerful female contemporary singers like Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys and Christina Aguilera. So as Patti prepares to celebrate her 70th birthday, we figured there was no better tribute than taking a look back at some of this diva’s most incredible performances.

2014 Commencement Speakers & Honorees Give Graduates A Glimpse Into What’s Possible

May 22nd, 2014 - By Michelle Alerte
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It’s that time of year again. Hardworking students, sporting the dazed look of achievement as they face the Big Bad World outside of the gates of their college campus. But before they head off on their own, there are a slew of entrepreneurs, artists, activists, teachers, and visionaries who are pushing the 2014 graduating classes to spread their wings and fly. These commencement speakers and honorees are giving graduates a little glimpse into what is possible.

ICYMI: The Hottest Stories Of The Week

May 17th, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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This week we recap the news with the New York Times hiring their first African-American executive editor, Temple University bestowing Jill Scott with an honorary doctorate degree and the Knowles-Carter camp speaking out about Solange assaulting Jay Z. For all this and more, check out the articles below!

The Standard Hotel confirms that employee responsible for leaking the Solange fight tape has been terminated.

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The Carters Release Statement On Elevator Attack: “Jay And Solange Each Assume Their Share Of Responsibility”

Beyonce and Jay Z have finally provided a meaningful response to the biggest news story of the week: Solange’s vicious attack on her brother-in-law after the Met Gala May 5 via a statement to the Associated Press.

A Diamond Will Make It Better- Jay Z And Solange Seen Jewelry Shopping

Update: Extended Video Of Solange Violently Attacking Jay Z In Elevator Released

TMZ obtained footage from an elevator at an Met Gala after party of Solange viciously attacking Jay Z in an elevator.

Jill Scott To Receive Honorary Doctorate Degree From Temple University!

May 15th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Source: WENN

It looks like Diddy and LL Cool J aren’t the only ones receiving honorary doctorate degrees this graduation season! According to Essence, our girl Jill Scott will also be honored by her alma mater . The Philadelphia singer will be presented with a Doctor of Humane Letters degree today at Temple University!

“(Her) values and achievements embody the mission and ideas of the university,” said university president Neil D. Theobald.

In addition to being a three-time Grammy Award-winning songstress, Jill is also the founder of the Blues Babe Foundation, which offers financial assistance and mentorship to underserved students in the Delaware Valley who are seeking to pursue postsecondary educational goals.

“The brainchild of Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and poet Jill Scott, the Blues Babe Foundation was formed for the purpose of nurturing college-bound students of color, artistically and academically,” the non-profit’s description reads. “The Blues Babe Foundation is committed to assisting students in under served communities by providing programs that promote leadership and academic excellence. The foundation’s scholarship program offers financial support and mentoring for students that have shown the aptitude and commitment to their education, but whose families may not have the resources to ensure completion of their undergraduate degrees. We also engage students in grades 6 – 12 through programs such as Camp Jill Scott and Clean Up Your Neighborhood. In addition to its support of young people through their public schools, the Foundation also fulfills its mission by including support of community centers and community -focused organizations as a part of its scope.”

The “Golden” singer majored in secondary education at the university before dropping out due to financial issues.