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Jill Scott On Bill Cosby: The Media/Society Are Trying To Destroy His “Magnificent Legacy”

December 1st, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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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.

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:

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@JasBaileyTweets sides with Mr. Cosby? No. I side with substantiated proof when media/society is attempting to destroy a magnificent Legacy — ⭐Jill Scott⭐ (@missjillscott) December 1, 2014

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.

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?

Jill Scott, Jennifer Lawrence & The A-Lister Nude Photo Leak: Is It Even Worth It To Take Nude Photos?

September 5th, 2014 - By Nicole Akoukou Thompson
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Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Arianna Grande, Amber Heard, Victoria Justice, Kim K., Mary E. Winstead, and now songstress Jill Scott are the latest A-list celebrity victims to have their privacy invaded by way of a nude photo leak. More than 100 household names were targeted by hacker thieves, including Gabrielle Union, Keke Palmer and Rihanna, and many more stars sit in fear that they might be next.

It should go without saying that these victims should not be blamed or slut-shamed after being violated and having private photos distributed to the masses against their will. To claim “It’s their fault for taking the picture in the first place” or ask, “What kind of honorable woman takes naked pics?” directly contradicts the reality of female sexuality and denies the common uses of technology for pleasure in today’s society. The only person at fault is the perpetrator/violator. And the punishment for such an egregious and adolescent act should be jail time and a swift and merciless kick to the center of that person’s chest.

The rapid cyber-attacks, possible system-wide breaches and/or individual attacks on personal Apple iCloud accounts have put many on the offensive, and it has forced countless celebrities and non-celebrities, alike, to ask: is it even worth it to take a nip shot for the boyfriend if it means that one day it might end up on the desktop of every perv from here to Cape Town? Couples and lovers must decide if a tawdry photo that’s meant to entice a sexual partner today may be used against them tomorrow.

Revenge porn is real; on a daily basis, thousands of men and women have their rights and privacy violated when a disgruntled ex or perverted stranger takes it upon himself to share unauthorized photos with unintended audiences. Those explicit images can ruin careers, relationships and lives, and it compromises a person’s self-esteem and promotes distrust and self-loathing. Numerous individuals have attempted suicide after such a breach, fearing that they will never live down the shame of the nude images poached and shared on the internet.

Now, individuals have to question if they can trust, not only lovers and friends, but the penetrable technology that’s meant to keep their digital secrets safe. They have to decide if they have enough faith in humanity to share private photos in a click-baiting, technology-driven world that’s hell-bent on making every image a shareable meme.

For those in a relationship, and for many who are not, the answer isn’t so simple. Snapshots of their naked bodies already live on the devices of loved ones, so it isn’t simply a matter of opting not to take anymore  nude photos but trusting that ones that already exist won’t ever live outside of a personal photo gallery. And not sending nude photos or videos may be problematic for many couples separated across the country who wish to maintain a sexually intimate connection in lieu of a physical one.

There’s no solution to this problem other than people not being evil human beings. Men and women are going to keep snapping photos of their naked bodies, as they rightfully should. But, the risk is that they’re vulnerable. The human body is nothing to be ashamed of, but considering the weaknesses in the technology that serves the population, many might want to think twice before taking a photo in a tailored birthday suit. What do you say? Do you think it’s worth it to take nude photos?

“I Will Not Be Bowed:” Jill Scott Addresses Nude Photo Leak

September 4th, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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Jill Scott Addresses Nude Photo Leak

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Yesterday afternoon you probably noticed Jill Scott was trending for several hours on Twitter (and she still is this morning). Unfortunately, she’s not a hot topic because she’s released new music or landed a major movie role. In fact, the soulful singer actually became the person least likely to have a nude photo leak when images of her half-naked and allegedly topless hit the world wide web. Don’t you just love (read: Hate) the Internet?

An image of Jill bottomless in a robe was the first leak to hit the net, prompting everyone to groan about how this really wasn’t a nude pic, but when a second image of what appeared to be Jill topless in a body wrap began to surface on Twitter, timelines lit up with praise (and of course some criticism) of the busty musician’s body. The conversation continued well into the night and eventually Jilly from Philly had to speak out on the drama herself. She tweeted:

I def took the 1st pic w/ a robe; weight loss chronicle but the 2nd, sorry freaks, is not me. I wish I had that space between my thighs.

“Watching me watching me watchin’ watchin’ watchin’ me”. SOME things I’m smart enough not to do. Smfh.

Considering Jill Scott is still one of the top trending topics this morning, we can only imagine some of the comments she’s received in her mentions and we’re going to assume those are what led her to lay out a few facts around 8a this morning. She wrote again on Twitter:

1) How quickly they forget (smh). I did nothing wrong & nothing that was YOUR snake concern. My photo was hacked; my PRIVACY INVADED.

2) I will not be bowed. I have earned every inch of my life. What u see, you can not touch & if it’s not ❤️ & understanding-

3) you are not a part of my village therefore making your attempt to harm me null. I’m not even delayed. Shame for spreading. Shame 4 adding

4) I love and appreciate my body. My style has always been graceful. Love Village I see you & feel you too. Thank you for being beautifully

5) human. Thank you for empathy. Thank you for KNOWING better. Thank you for speaking up. Breathe.

6) lastly- poor boys & mean girls- there is light in u. Move from stilted satisfaction. Ur effort 2harm, defeats u. Traps u. Thereissomuchmo

Let’s hope Jill can get those pics of her off of the Internet soon and find the hackers who invaded her privacy. What do you think about how she’s handling this?

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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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.