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We’ve all been there before. You swore up and down that you found Mr. Right, but as it turns out, he was just a really great impersonator. Back at square one, you sit and wonder why you didn’t pay closer attention to the glaring signs that told something wasn’t right.
That’s exactly what our girl Jill Scott sings about on her new single, “Fools Gold,” which was co-written and produced Andre Harris. I was initially apprehensive about checking out this track when my co-workers first told me about it. With spring in full swing, the last thing that I wanted to hear is another depressing song about love gone sour, but I was pleasantly surprised after giving “Fools Gold” a try. Jilly from Philly definitely doesn’t disappoint with this smooth-sounding track.
I was living the dream believing things that just ain’t true
Oh I can’t believe I ever believed in you
You had me chasing fools gold
I was chasing fools gold
I was chasing fools gold
According to Billboard, Jill will be kicking off her summer 2015 tour Monday, July 13 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Listen to “Fools Gold” below and let us know if you’re passing or playing.
My husband is not one to watch reality TV. Wait, let me clarify. He is not one to watch MY reality TV shows – Love & Hip Hop, The Real Housewives of Atlanta and basically any reality show that features “ratchet broads fighting each other pulling weaves and throwing drinks.” His words, not mine…although he’s not too far off in his assessment. Though, they are my guilty pleasures, he rarely indulges with me…until one day he caught a glimpse of Hollywood Exes. Suddenly he was sitting down with me watching the show intently. I think I even caught him searching the DVR for an episode he missed.
While that show was watchable, it lacked the explosive antics that garner huge ratings other shows featuring mostly women have commanded. So why the interest in THIS particular reality show? Two words: Nicole Murphy. It suddenly hit me – my husband had a new crush.
I say new because he’s had several that I’ve known of over the course of our relationship. Jill Scott, Nia Long, Beyoncé, Rihanna…the list goes on. I actually think it’s cute how he tries to downplay his crushes to me, or say things like, “(insert celebrity here) is hot like you are” or something along those lines. While I appreciate the compliment and know that he thinks I’m beautiful, I know what he’s really trying to do is reveal his celebrity crush to me in a way that is non-threatening and respectful. And I appreciate that.
However, let’s be real for a second. The chances of him actually meeting his celebrity crushes are slim. And the chances of them actually giving him the time of day if he DOES meet them is even slimmer. Don’t get me wrong, my husband is charismatic, charming and FINE! But his fantasies are less likely to become realities, so I simply smile when one of his crushes pops up on the big screen or one of their songs plays on the radio. It’s just not that deep to me.
But what if your man had a crush on a co-worker, or the woman who makes his latte at Starbucks every day? Would it still be a big deal? Would you want to know, and if so, would you consider it disrespectful to have a crush on someone he actually has a shot at?
Just because we’re married or in a committed relationship doesn’t mean we can’t notice and appreciate an attractive person who isn’t our mate. While I only have eyes for my husband, I’m not blind and can see that Idris Elba could certainly get it – if I wasn’t married of course. But that’s Idris Elba…not the FedEx guy who delivers packages in my neighborhood. If I told my husband I was crushing on Idris, he wouldn’t care. In fact, he’d probably think I liked Idris because they favor each other. Yes, he’s that vain.
But if I told him I had a crush on the UPS guy, he’d suddenly be paying attention to my online shopping habits and tracking how many packages I had delivered from the Gap. Now, my crush isn’t so silly anymore when it’s a guy he thinks I could snag in real life, not just a fantasy celebrity crush.
So where do we draw the line? I think it depends on the intensity of the crush and the state of your marriage. If your crush is someone you see on the subway or at the gym but you’re still madly in love with your husband or your partner, then the crush could be considered innocent. But if your crush is your coworker whom you spend 8 hours a day with and your marriage is on the rocks, then I’d say your crush could become your mistress or your side piece if you’re not too careful…assuming they reciprocate your affections.
For me, the ideal crush situation would be with someone you either have no chance with, ie: a celebrity, or someone you wouldn’t be afraid to tell your significant other about. It assumes that you realize that while he or she may be fun to look at and even flirt with, you know that the fantasy of him or her is way more appealing than the reality of them…and that the reality of your REAL life crush – your husband or your man – is all you really need. Sure, crushes are fun and can distract you from the mundane for a bit; but if you find that your crush is occupying your mind way more than your man is, something is wrong. No one should take the place of the one you’re in an actual relationship with. Your ultimate crush should the one you go to bed with and the one you wake up to…and who you watch Hollywood Exes with.
Normally, when we feature a new song, we ask y’all pass or play? But I’m just going to let you know right now that there’s really no need to pose the question. Jilly from Philly came back with a vengeance with the surprise release of her new single, “You Don’t Know.”
Jill has been everywhere recently. Showing up in movies, defending Bill Cosby on Twitter and even snagging a magazine cover or two. But the way we came to know and love her, the music, seemed to take a backseat. The video for the new single, seems to prove that the music didn’t take a backseat. But instead proved that in the four years since Light of The Sun was released, she’s just been cooking up in the lab, putting in her good work. And now, it’s finally ready for us to hear.
“You Don’t Know, is a bluesy, horn-heavy and desperate ballad about a woman who has been through it all–in the name of love.
Far too many of us can relate. So Jill had to bring her special brand of authenticity to this one. You can’t fake this type of pain. And barefoot with mused hair and her face all tore up, she did just that. The emotion is palpable.
Take a look at the video below and let us know play or play?
Celeb Hairstylist Felicia Leatherwood On Working With Ava DuVernay, Natural Hair On The Red Carpet And Naturalistas Abroad
— Felicia Leatherwood (@LovingYourHair) June 19, 2014
Felicia Leatherwood is one busy woman. The celebrity hairstylist, who is based out of LA, stays with heads in her chair. “It gets so crazy!” she tells me, and she’s not kidding. Leatherwood is often so busy perfecting coifs for her clientele that she was actually doing hair while we were having our interview. But that’s what happens when your work goes viral and you’re the go-to hair guru for the likes of naturalistas like Ava DuVernay, Teyonah Parris and Jill Scott. We chatted about how she linked up with DuVernay, what magic she’ll work on the director’s hair for today’s Oscars, and how having locs and natural hair in general on the red carpet impacts women trying to embrace their hair abroad. Leatherwood is taking part in the fourth annual Natural Hair Academy expo in Paris, which takes places on March 21. She’s looking to teach everyone, from celebrities to everyday women with limited access to products and natural hair knowledge, how to love and manage their hair.
How She Connected With Ava DuVernay
There’s a young lady named Teyonah Parris. I did her hair a couple years ago when she was on the SAG Awards red carpet. It was a natural hairstyle. It went viral and people knew me from doing Jill Scott, but they really started seeing what else I could do with that hairstyle. It was a sculpted updo. Ava admired that and we met at a dinner, and she was like, “Oh my God, you’re Felicia! I want you to do my hair.” I said “sure.” We were introduced by Afrobella. That’s how it came about. But she knew me from my work with Teyonnah, basically.
What She Has Planned For Ava On Oscar Sunday
That’s a good question. I make this stuff up as I go. I don’t always have a plan for the hair. I kind of just let my ancestors guide my fingers and my creativity and just come up with stuff. I love doing natural hair, so for me, it’s just about being creative and letting that part of me come out when I’m working the hair. It’s something that just kind of happens.
What Seeing Natural Hair On The Red Carpet Means To Her
At the end of the day, I want people to be comfortable with whatever they’re wearing. If it’s natural, I want them to love it. If it’s straight, love it. You gotta just own your hair. But the opportunity I get as a hairstylist is to create something based on what’s already beautiful about you, but just put more of that out there. I’m proud to be a part of that process. I love working with Ava. I have a lot of fun because she’s not just natural, she has locs. You don’t often get a chance to see locs showcased in a way where people start taking notice and saying, “Wow, I might want my hair locked as well!” Locs are becoming a big thing right now, which is really interesting. But people like Ava, in being able to do her hair and show how beautiful locs can be, and look, and how professional and glamorous they are–it’s making people rethink what locs originally were.
The Number One Hair Question She Always Gets
It’s all about moisture. That’s the biggest thing. A lot of people don’t know what their hair is supposed to feel like. Some people’s hair is supposed to feel dry. That’s what it is. You can soften it when it’s wet, but once it’s dry…you have to understand our lineage: Who we are as a people, African people, the region in which we originated is hot. If you have straight hair in heat that’s like 105, 108, 109 degree weather, your hair would burn off. They had to have this hair in order to protect themselves. We’re not used to that because things have changed a lot for us. We think we need to have everybody else’s hair. You need to have your own hair and make sure you’re treating that the best possible way. The best way to treat your hair is to put things in your body that help the hair survive and grow and be strong. The best way you can treat your hair is to not be stressed out. Yoga helps the hair to grow! All the oxygen that gets to flow in the body is what gets the blood to flow to stimulate more hair growth. Drinking water is important. And I think a lot of times, people talk about their hair being dry, and I think it’s because they don’t have all those elements together. Some people are supposed to naturally have dry hair depending on their texture or curl. Other people? You can always put something on it. But a lot of times, I have women who have tried every product under the sun and still have dry hair. And when I feel their hair, it’s the kind of dry that’s supposed to be natural. It’s not the kind of dry that I feel like, “Okay, something is wrong here.” I know what that feels like. There’s a way that your hair should feel naturally that I think women need to be introduced to.
On Traveling Around The World Teaching About Natural Hair
What I do is I travel around and do events like the Natural Hair Academy, and I show women what their hair is supposed to feel like. I let them know that it’s okay where it’s at right now. There’s nothing wrong with your hair.
How She Got Involved With The Natural Hair Academy
About four years ago, women in Europe started asking me to conduct workshops. So I decided to go overseas and bring the knowledge we have here, there in person. I started in London, and then Chimole [Williams], who I’ve been working with for a while, and I like her a lot, she introduced me to the Paris group and said “Hey, they need your help over here. Women are asking about you over in Paris. Would you be interested?” And I said “sure.”
We have access to a lot here in the States. So when you start traveling outside of the States, it’s not the same thing. I try to take my knowledge to other places, and be there firsthand so people can come and consult with me and find out about their hair. I teach them product knowledge. I teach them which products are the best for their texture of curl. And I love going over to Europe and feeding that market. The women there, they’re more engaged and more appreciative of the fact that I traveled. They show up in droves. The Natural Hair Academy is very successful, and every year it has been successful. It’s grown leaps and bounds from the first time I ever worked with them.
The Lack Of Access To Products For Black Naturalistas Abroad
That’s the problem. Getting these products out to these women in other places. I go to Africa, I go to Europe, and they just don’t have access. Brazil does not allow our products to come over into their country. There are a few brands that have gotten there, but it’s not easy. You might have women in Brazil asking me how they get the products that I mention. There are people in the Caribbean trying to get a hold of products. So the natural movement is slowly growing, but it’s not as dominant as it is here for us. You can walk up the street and get what you need here, but they go through a lot. Especially when you even talk about Africa. Ordering? By the time it goes through customs and everything gets filled out, it’s like, “Wow.” Their money is spent and they don’t always get what they ask for. I’ve been going back and forth there as well. It’s a whole different thing, including in Nigeria. I’ll be there in May to train some of the stylists there about natural hair.
What She Wants Frustrated New Naturalistas To Know
Women who are struggling and having a hard time, there are three things they need to do: If they’re going to follow someone on YouTube, they should follow someone who has a texture like theirs! You have to. If you’re looking at a woman like Tracee Ellis Ross’s hair and wanting that, but your texture is more like Lupita’s hair, that’s not reasonable. You’re defeating your purpose. Both those women have gorgeous hair, but you need to follow someone whose hair is more on the level of what you have.
The other thing that they need to do is find out where the next natural hair show or meetup is in their town and go to those meetups. You can connect with women who definitely have hair that’s similar. Find out where they go and who does their hair and see if there’s a natural hairstylist in the area that can help assist someone who’s transitioning.
And they need to have a friend who is natural. And to tell them that you need support because you’re trying to do this thing but you just don’t know what to do and you’re having a hard time and you’re ready to give up. If you let somebody know that before doing it, they will help you, because they want you to hang in there. Being natural for a lot of women is not only about, “Oh I’m wearing my hair natural.” It’s also representing that I’m accepting who I really am and I’m loving it. That’s important for any woman of any shade or color to get–love for self. We grew up with a lot of self-doubt and self-esteem issues from some childhood and teenage years. So to become a woman and finally be in a position to say, “I’m feeling beautiful about what I have” is a big, big deal. So I encourage them to talk to someone who has done the journey and has been successful with it.
The beauty of most love songs is the fact that you can identify them with a special person in your life (past, present, or future). But when you find out that the song was written for a particular person, it makes the lyrics more tangible and the hope for true love more attainable. Though many of these relationships didn’t last, we still have these songs as artifacts of a relationship that was so strong that the writers wanted to mark their union in lyrical prose. With that, let’s go through a list of songs that the writers revealed were dedicated to a particular person when penning the lyrics.
Iggy Azalea In Her Feelings Over Jill Scott And Eve’s Comments About Her “Blaccent”; Scott Responds: “Chile Please”
Late last week, Eve and Jill Scott stopped by Sway in the Morning to promote their Lifetime movie, With This Ring (which was a big hit by the way). During their chat with Sway, the conversation turned to Iggy Azalea. Considering that Eve is a popular rapper before she’s an actress, it makes sense.
Both women shared their honest opinions on the Australian MC, with Eve trying to be as kind/diplomatic as possible, and Jilly from Philly keeping it all the way real.
When asked her thoughts on Iggy Igg, Eve had this to say during the chat:
“At the end of the day I get it. I get that people might be upset about certain things, but, yeah she’s white, but they grew up with our shit. Hip-hop is everywhere — every neighborhood, every country, every city — and it didn’t just hit. Yes it’s from us and it’s our thing but she’s representing a group of girls right now as well. I think people right now are too quick to give too many accolades to new people. That’s the one thing I just can’t stand. Let her do her thing. It’s not my cup of tea but she’s representing for somebody. She’s doing her thing. What are you gonna do?”
As for Jill, she said that Azalea sounds like a rip of a few different popular rappers, and that stops her from really getting into the “Fancy” rapper’s music.
“It’s a little challenging for me, because I come from the era that she pulled from. To me, it’s a mixture of Da Brat and Eve. That’s what it sounds like to me, so that’s a little challenging for me. But I’m a mixture of Sarah Vaughan and five other things so for somebody else that comes from that era, they’d be like ‘You aight.’ So that has been the only thing that stops me, is that I know where that comes from. It sounds like a big bite to me. The tone of the voice.”
Eve also made it clear that there is one aspect of Azalea that she’s not feeling: the whole accent thing.
“The ‘blaccent.’ Is that horrible? A lot of people gonna get mad at that, say what you want, but fuck it. I’m saying it in a sense that, she’s from a different place. I’ve said this before, It would be dope to hear her with her swag. What are you, who are you and what is that? That’s the only reason I say that. [Australians] are so dope. That’s my only thing about it. I think she’s fly, she’s good to look at, I think she’s a pretty girl and she has a dope body, all of that’s fine, but I just wish there was a little bit more of possibly inserting where she came from.”
Well, Iggy felt some type of way about those statements. She had this to say on Twitter yesterday:
But Jilly from Philly was sure to let the rapper know that she wasn’t trying to stereotype her at all. She just likes what she likes, and doesn’t like what she doesn’t like. Period.
No comment yet from Eve, but you can check Eve and Jill’s original comments from their Sway interview below. The conversation about Iggy starts at the 8:15 mark:
Jill Scott says you won’t catch her in relationships that last longer than six months unless she happens to encounter an extremely remarkable guy whom she sees herself having a pretty solid future with. Having loved and lost, the With This Ring actress says that she has learned quite a bit—so much so that she has a six-month cut off period for her romantic relationships.
“I’m older now so I see a little bit better than I did before. My longest relationships now are about nine months,” she told ABC News Radio. “Actually, now it’s grown to six months.”
Within that time span, Scott says she usually learns all she needs to know about a man and whether or not she has found someone worth moving forward with.
“There’s no need for me to waste my time or anybody else’s. I know by then. If you make it over the six month hump, you have done something. I must really like you.”
The one-time divorcee went on to say that genuine love for self and your partner is a must to sustain a lasting marriage.
“You can hold your stomach in for four hours, but you can’t hold it in forever,” she metaphorically explained. “You have to be who you are and you have to genuinely love who you love in order to have a lasting marriage. Getting married is one thing; staying married is something else.”
What are your thoughts on Jill’s six-month dating rule? Would you say that she’s on to something?
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Regina Hall And Jill Scott Talk Giving Ultimatums And Making Vows To Get Married In Their Real Lives
When you hear the premise of the new Lifetime movie “With This Ring,” — three women attempting to get engaged or married within a year–you might think Well, that’s far fetched! What type of thirsty women act like that?
But honey, the basic human need to be loved, mixed with societal pressures, combined with the sound of your biological clock ticking in your ear will have you doing some strange things. Y’all saw Mary Jane Paul trying to inseminate herself…The desperation can get real.
And today, when Eve, Regina Hall and Jill Scott, the women starring in the upcoming Lifetime movie With This Ring, appeared on “Today” they also spoke about some of the crazy lengths they’ve gone through trying to get married.
See what they had to say.
About the premise of the movie
Jill: I thought it was pretty realistic. Regardless of what we do and how much we accomplish, everybody wants to be loved.
Who is applying the pressure [to be married]?
Regina: And there’s a cultural pressure.
Eve: It’s cultural but I think we also apply pressure to ourselves, especially women who have a lot going on. Sometimes it takes a little while for us to find the right person because we’ve been working on our careers. And we’re like ‘oh, I forgot to do that?! I forgot to get married. I forgot to have kids.’
Eve on married life.
It’s honestly, really good. It’s different. It is different but I love it. I’m happy.
Have you ever heard of anyone really making that vow to get married in a year?
Regina: I did. I made that vow. I was talking to my girlfriend Sandy and I was like by this age, a certain age, we have to get married. We can’t walk around blaming being single on our careers. And we said we’re even going to marry the person, the same thing [as in the movie] the one we don’t…
Jill: I did put pressure on someone to get married. An ultimatum. I did that. It was whack. It was a terrible, terrible decision. I said if it doesn’t happen by New Year’s Eve, it’s over. I was asked on December 30.
What did we learn from this interview ladies? You don’t have to force it!
Watch their appearance on “Today” in the video below and you can check out “With This Ring,” which is pretty awesome, by the way, on Saturday, January 24th on Lifetime at 8/7c.
Lifetime is taking a break from biopics and getting back to it’s roots with a new romantic comedy starring some of our favorite ladies on the big screen. On January 24, the network will premiere “With This Ring,” a story about three single friends — Regina Hall, Eve, and Jill Scott — who vow to get married within one year.
As you can imagine, hilarious mishaps will ensue along the way of this mission in this cute flick which also stars Deion Sanders, Stephen Bishop (Heeey!), Brian White, Jason George, and Brooklyn Sudano. As Lifetime tells it:
After attending their friend Elise’s (Sudano) wedding to Nate (Bishop) on New Year’s Eve, Trista (Hall), a career-driven talent agent, Viviane (Scott), a successful gossip columnist, and Amaya (Cooper), a struggling actress, make a pact to get married within the year to either a new love or a man waiting in the wings. But the close friends face their own set of challenges – Trista has not gotten over her commitment-phobic ex-boyfriend Damon (White), Viviane is secretly in love with Sean (George), the father of her son, and Amaya is desperate to break up her boyfriend Keith’s (Sanders) unhappy marriage so they can live happily ever after. Each woman starts the year with high hopes and dreams of what will happen over the next 12 months…but will they all make it to the altar?
The movie is based on the best-selling novel The Vow by Denene Millner, Angela Burt-Murray, and Mitzi Miller and we have to say we can’t wait to watch this one. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think. Will you watch “With This Ring” on Lifetime January 24 at 8pm?
Jill Scott is a firm believer in the principle of presumption of innocence and she proved as much today when she got into a bit of a tiff with her Twitter followers over the Bill Cosby rape allegations. The debate seemed to jump off when Jill retweeted the tweet below, likening the accusations against Bill Cosby to those against Michael in the ’90s.
@missjillscott all I can think of reading all this is the parents confessing they lied bout their child being abused by Michael. ⏰ will tell
— ☆Solebound Lyrics☆ (@sole_lyrical) December 1, 2014
Of course that stamp of approval led many to lash out at the singer and accuse her of victim blaming. And though Jill’s initial response was “We will respectfully have to agree to disagree,” she soon began providing more detailed explanations of her support of Bill Cosby. When one follower said she was hurt by her position, Jill responded with, “hurt? By an opinion? I’ve been a solider on many levels for women. I know rape but I’m also aware of propaganda.” The debate went on from there:
Though Jill tried to wrap the argument with this bit of positivity below, several followers still questioned the singer and urged her in so many words to do better.
But Jill kept her calm in a debate with one woman, refusing to accept that her support of Bill Cosby’s legacy is akin to telling women not to come forth after they’ve been raped. She then went on to encourage women to do so.
Rape is a despicable, cowardly crime. If you’ve been raped- plz do NOT shower, go to police IMMEDIATELY, have a rap kit done. GET EVIDENCE.
— ⭐Jill Scott⭐ (@missjillscott) December 1, 2014
It’ll be interesting to see how this ends. What do you think about Jill’s comments on Bill Cosby’s legacy and the media/society’s attempt to tear it down without proof?