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We all have a group of friends we love to hang out and share our lives with. Whether it’s the friend you go to for advice or the friend who will turn up with you anywhere at any time, Black women build long-lasting friendships and cherish the memories we create with our BFFs. And from time to time, you come to admire women who, if you were very lucky, could be a great addition to your circle of friends. Here are some notable and admirable Black women I would definitely want to call a friend.
“The Unfu*kwitable Friend”
Some of our friends can’t be touched. No matter the obstacle, they are prepared. That’s totally Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. Most of us got to know her during her televised announcement of her decision to indict the six officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray. She tactfully read the charges and compassionately addressed the youth of Baltimore with a word of hope and promise that she was working hard on their behalf to seek justice. After the press conference, she was criticized, and naysayers wanted her taken off the case, but the detractors couldn’t have their way. Don’t mess with her!
In case you didn’t know, Jill Scott is in fact back. After taking a break from the music scene for some time, Jill is bringing us up to speed with her new album Woman — that also happens to be her second number one album on the Billboard 200 chart.
The 43-year-old Grammy winner and actress has opened up about life as a single mom, and how she’s moving on from divorce and a broken engagement. No matter how much pain she’s faced, one thing is quite clear: Her 6-year-old son Jet remains her constant light at the end of the tunnel.
“Jet is the reason for putting me back together, absolutely. He’s teaching me about everything, from nature to honesty to being vulnerable. He’s – wow!”
Questioning whether or not she could be a good single mother, Scott tells the San Diego Union-Tribune she receives confirmation every time Jet hits her with the knowledge she tried to drop on him.
“He shines a light on me, all the time, and then I get those good hugs and kisses from him, and it’s everything.”
Good morning. Jahreymecofasola!!! (correct spelling) 😊❤️ pic.twitter.com/xIHebKzkqZ
— ⭐Jill Scott⭐ (@missjillscott) July 25, 2015
It’s quite evident that young Jet continues to strengthen his mother, likely in ways hell never know.
“Jet is the reason for putting me back together, absolutely. He is teaching me with his beautiful, innocent, wholehearted, childlike love.”
Check out the music video for “You Don’t Know”
Jilly from Philly may be heading to a television screen near you!
Grammy Award-winning songstress Jill Scott has been cast in the pilot for John Singleton’s “Snowfall,” a one-hour drama that takes place in Los Angeles during the early stages of the 1980s crack epidemic.
Variety reports that the potential series follows the stories of “Franklin Saint, a young street entrepreneur on a quest for power; Gustavo Zapata, a Mexican wrestler-turned-gangster in search of his American dream; and Logan Miller, a prominent family’s ‘black sheep’ desperate to escape his father’s shadow.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Scott accepted the role of Sharon “Cissy” Saint, Franklin’s no-nonsense mother who is experiencing frustration in both her personal and professional lives due to sacrifices she made in the past to give her son a better life. Scott’s Baggage Claim costar Lauren London has also been cast in the pilot as Franklin’s party-girl aunt.
The drama, which based on a script written by Singleton and Eric Amadio has been ordered by cable television channel FX.
“’Snowfall’ takes us on a wild ride through one of L.A.’s most fascinating cultural and social periods, and no one can tell this story better than John Singleton,” said FX President of Original Programming Eric Schrier back in May. “The pilot script by John and Eric brilliantly depicts the era through the story of three captivating characters, and we can’t wait to see John’s execution of it.”
“I have always been fascinated with that volatile moment in time before crack changed everything. It’s a tense, insane and sexy era that touched every aspect of our culture,” said Singleton.
Production for the pilot began this summer.
Many of us released groans and moans when Jill Scott stepped forward to tweet her support for Bill Cosby during the middle of firestorm where women were coming forward, all over the place, accusing Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting them, over several decades.
Jill Scott, in many of our eyes is a woman’s woman. She’s sung and written so eloquently about our experiences that it seemed like when an issue, very particular to women, came up she would empathize with their issues. But that’s not what happened.
And after the deposition surfaced, where Cosby explained that he obtained Quaaludes to have sex (read: rape) women, Scott said that she could no longer defend him.
Still, yesterday during her interview with “The Breakfast Club,” Jill explained why she was initially so adamant about supporting him.
Charlemagne: You said being an artist and a Black man that is beloved is one of the most dangerous positions that you can be in, can you elaborate on that?
Jill: I remember the day when, I was in New Jersey, and I saw every kid with an Allen Iverson jersey. Every kid, everywhere. And I thought to myself, he’s in trouble. When you are looked past your skin and at your talent, when you looked past your skin and at what your bring to something that people love, that means you’re beloved, beyond the color of your skin, your race and all that.
And it was maybe a month later, he was on the cover of The Daily News, in Philadelphia, with his braids out and he was two shades darker on the cover. It was like they had vilified him that quick. Bringing a lot of light and attention to the prospect of a human being simply being a human being, coming from a Black man, is dangerous in my opinion.
Look at what happened to Michael Jackson, look at what happened to Kevin Clash, I’m talking about Elmo, how he was so beloved by everyone. I’m not trying to dismiss the fact that people have done some terrible, foul things, with the understanding that men all have proclivities. Rich ones, smart ones, dumb ones, backwoods ones, all men have proclivities. That just means something that’s natural to you that’s probably really bad.
But what I see is that our heroes–and please understand–I’m from North Philly, Bill Cosby is from North Philly. That man was like a father to me. He showed me everything about life that I did not see in North Philadelphia, not just because I watched the television shows, but I did watch them. I watched “The Cosby Show,” “Fat Albert,” “A Different World” made me want to go to college. ‘College, ain’t nobody around my way going to no college.’ I appreciate and respect that legacy, still that’s a man. And I’ve always been about that with fame and famous people.
But I felt the need to remember the Michael Jacksons, the Kevin Clashes and how people were really trying to destroy that legacy.
What’s the dude’s name? Phil Spector. He killed a woman, tried and convicted but he’s still in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. If I’m not mistaken, Elvis liked ’em young. I’m not saying that this is right. I’m saying that all men have proclivities and I really feel that whatever is done to some, do to all. Don’t decimate the legacy of the good.
You’re trying to tell me that regardless of how much good I do in the world, if I do something bad, just something terrible, everything else gets pushed away.
The history and list of men with dirty, terrible things–and guess what, the more money you get, the more easily and more apt you are to the worst things because they’ve always been in you. If nobody’s helped you or guided you or stopped you.
Then Angela Yee asked what does she think should happen to Bill Cosby.
Charlemagne interrupts to say that the best thing for him to do would be to pass away.
So, Jill never got a chance to answer that question.
But she did continue
Jill: All I’m saying is that, looking at the big picture was the reason that I could not make any real decisions other than love. If it’s your father, if it’s your dad and 50-60, let’s say 100 people say something terrible about your father, the one that’s raised you, the one that’s been there, the one that took care of your skinned knees, and I’m not saying this because I saw the man on television. Bill Cosby has been good to me. He had his daughter drive to New York, to get something for my throat and I tore it up. I drank it everyday. It’s hard…
Charlemagne: You came out and said you had to stop defending him though.
It doesn’t look good. My mind is present. My heart did not want to believe anything negative about someone that I love and admire and respect so much but my mind is still present and I was like ‘Damnnit, there’s no way around this. It looks bad, it smells bad, it tastes bad.’
All I know is that I’m a human being and my love ain’t watery. And just cuz it got hot, it didn’t just jump and eviscerate and evaporate. People may not understand. You don’t understand I’m a person.
And this man…If I could explain all the people who died in North Philly, especially when I was growing up. If I could explain the differences between myself and, I felt like, so many other people. I felt very alone. And I saw someone, just making strides, knocking down doors… It was inspiring to me.
And I would hope that if the shoe was ever on the other foot, that something was being said about me that was terrible, horrible, vile and disgusting, I would hope that somebody who’s ever claimed to appreciate, love and respect me would be like ‘Wait, wait. I’m not jumping to anything. I’m going to hold tight.’
Other women on her thoughts on Bill Cosby
What I got from elder sister about the Bill Cosby situation, she said, ‘I don’t agree with you but you have the right to feel the way you do.’ Now, what the rest of the world didn’t know is at the same time, my father has dementia. So I’m losing my dad and I’m losing my dad…at the same time.
I’m not looking for anybody to feel sorry for me, I’m just saying that I am a person and there’s stuff that happens in the course of life that other people don’t understand.
As someone who had heard of Cosby’s sexual assault allegations in the past, there was no doubt in my mind that when these women started stepping forward again this year, there was a great deal of truth behind many, if not all of their stories. Still, it wasn’t a fact I took pride in. I wasn’t happy to be right about this one. I was disappointed in not only Bill Cosby but in the people who were so ready and willing to demonize the women who stepped forward to tell their story.
It was amazing to me that people who had never met or interacted Bill Cosby , and not Heathcliff Huxtable, were so willing to believe his complete lack of response over more than 40 women coming forward to say that he had violated them. It seemed that the only thing that made Bill more credible and reliable than these women were his celebrity status, the good work he had done for the community; when in actuality, one has little to do with the other.
And though I’ve been staunch and adamant about this guilt, I listened to Jill’s rationale and I understood it. This was someone who knew him personally. When she asked what Angela Yee would have done if it were her father being accused. And I agree with Jill, you can only love someone for what they’ve been to you. And for her, his impact and influence was huge. She didn’t stop loving him just because he had a history of being horrible and predatory, at the same time he was inspiring, giving back and uplifting. If many of us look over our own lives, we have someone like that in our lives as well.
But Yee’s question about punishment remains. And in their discussion, it’s unfortunate that more time was spent speaking about Bill Cosby’s legacy than there was time dedicated to the physical, emotional and psychological damage he perpetuated on these women, for decades. That’s a part of his legacy too. It doesn’t have to be one or the other. Obviously he is a conflicted and hypocritical man. But a part of life is being held responsible for our actions. And if you love someone truly, you’ll want them to be held responsible as well. Since he might never serve time in jail, is it so unreasonable to remove a statue in his honor and cease to air the reruns from his decades-old television show? That’s the absolute least that could be done.
With that being said, Jill makes an impeccable point about what you do for one, do for all. There are far too many White men who haven’t had to pay as severely, or at all, for their shortcomings in the way that Black men often do.
You should definitely check out the entirety of Jill Scott’s interview. Y’all know she speaks the truth.
Jill Scott’s number one selling album Woman really tells some complex stories. Earlier, we told you about the single “Closure” about deciding to sleep with a man one, last time before you end the relationship. When Jill appeared on “The Breakfast Club,” Angela Yee couldn’t wait to ask her about this concept and whether or not she believed this could work in real life.
See what Jilly from Philly had to say about the concept.
I think it can work. Hey, listen, any port in the storm is where I’m at with it. It’s worked.
For me, I’ve had that experience and that last one was not the best one. My feet were already on my way out. I knew this was it. It’s a rap. This is the last time, Making a conscious decision and then saying I’m going to give my body this one more time. I didn’t second guess or regret or anything.
Charlemagne: What’s the point of that though? Why can’t a phone conversation be the end of it?
Sometimes phone calls work with some people. Sometimes they don’t. Like I said, any port in a storm. When you’re trying to get away from something that’s not necessarily beneficial to you–you’ve had that conversation before. ‘Look, we’re not going to do this anymore. It was great but…I want more for my life.’ Then here he comes again, smelling like that and then all of a sudden, you change your mind and then you’re right back where you started. You know when someone has that “thang” it’s really challenging to walk away from it.
This is not about a love relationship. This is about two people that are friends, homie, lover, friends if you will. And we have a great time. But in order to get more, in order to have a well-balanced relationship, a participant in your life. Not just somebody who makes it good, real quick and then disappears. I’m talking about a partnership, in order to have that, you’ve got to make way, you’ve got to make room. That’s the reason for the Closure.
Initially, when I heard that song, I thought Jill was talking about a man she’d once loved. But listening to the sound of that broke down brotha’s voice, I should have known better. This man was just a cut buddy. Which changes things. True, there is still a chance that you could get in that room and experience some things that will make you reconsider; but if you never loved the person, then it might not be so hard to walk away.
Still, it’s easier said that done.
I know a few women who like to pretend they can have sex casually. But truth be told, they cared more than they wanted to…and in most cases, couldn’t even save face and hide it.
Proceed with caution.
What do you think about this concept? Are you the type of woman who could have closure sex? Have some of you done it before? Did things work out as planned? Do tell.
Hip Hop music is cool, but I’m an R&B music lover to the core. And as we’ve all noticed, the genre is not what it used to be. Thankfully, we still have gems like Jill Scott, who released her first album in four years today. After listening to the project in its entirety, I can say that the wait was worth it. Jilly from Philly rarely disappoints. We were able to catch up with the Grammy Award-winning songstress prior to the release of Woman, and she was an open book as she discussed love, heartbreak and raising a camera-shy 6-year-old in the age of social media.
MN: Woman‘s release date was scheduled closely to the 15-year anniversary of your first album, Who Is Jill Scott?. It feels like the first album poses a question while the latest offers an answer. Was that your intention or is it just a coincidence?
No, actually, I was going for that. And I’ve been making an attempt to answer the question every album. That’s been a part of my little journey.
MN: Your single “Fools Gold” resonated with so many women because it was so honest and relatable. Do you ever feel like you need to hold back because you’re too real in the studio?
Yup. But I think that’s what being an artist is all about. To me anyway. The artists that I enjoy are rough and honest. Salvatore Dali is one of my favorites. He’s an artist. He put his blood and his sperm and his urine and his skin into his artwork. I think that’s just a part of my musical testimony that I live a life, and sometimes I get things right and sometimes I don’t and I sing about it.
The plan is to offer other people the understanding that we don’t really always get it right. Sometimes, we fail at love and things that we hoped would work out. I want women to know, particularly in this hard-hearted world, that it is still worth it. Men too. It’s still worth it. Love is still worth it! You might get your feelings hurt. You just might. But that is the risk that you take. If you are someone who seeks thrills and you jump off of a building, there’s a big possibility that the parachute will not open. There’s also the possibility that you’re going to see something that nobody else could see in this moment but you. I find that to be invigorating and life affirming.
Money does not make everything alright. Being hot or sexy to many other people is not going to make everything alright. You gotta go through the fire. So I’ve been going through the fire. I’ve been experiencing living, and I’ve been doing it for quite some time now. I see the difference from when I was a younger girl to where I am now. I wouldn’t change anything. I wouldn’t change it for the world. I like this headspace. I wish I could have my 22-year-old body back. That would be awesome, but I can enjoy this, and grow and learn and inspire others not to give up. Just keep going. Keep going, regardless of how hard society may appear to be.
MN: Well, that’s encouraging.
That’s the plan. I’d rather talk real shit.
MN: Part of being a woman is being a mom, and I know that at a recent show in Harlem you stopped a photographer from snapping a photo of your son. How do you manage to shield him from the spotlight in the age of social media and camera phones?
I wouldn’t mind if he didn’t mind. He said he was uncomfortable, and that’s the kind of kid that I have. He’s going to communicate how he feels. He said, “I’m uncomfortable.” I watched his mouth, and that was enough for me. So I asked her to stop.
How do I protect him? He’s around some of it. Of course, I use my discernment as his mother, and I ask him what he’s okay with. We talk about it beforehand. We might get somewhere, and I’ll say, “You coming on stage with Mommy?” He’ll say, “Yeah!” But then the time comes, and he sees all those people and feels all of that energy and he doesn’t want to. And that’s alright. That’s okay with me. He doesn’t ever have to come on the stage if he doesn’t want to. He’s the best boy I ever knew.
MN: Speaking of the digital age and social media, it’s sort of like the gift and the curse. I imagine that it’s frustrating when people you don’t know are spewing negativity your way just because they woke up and are having a bad day. But you always seem to handle them well. How do you pick and choose which comments you decide to respond to and which ones you let slide?
I don’t know. It’s not really a conscious decision when it comes to answering these things. Sometimes people are so angry that I just block them. I don’t want to hear or read anymore that you have to say because you’re so off base, and you’re so angry and it has nothing to do with me, actually. I realize that. Then, sometimes, I address things because I think that I could possibly help someone to understand. But at the same time, it’s really not my job to make you understand me. But I’m allowing you to see me. This goes right back to the Salvatore Dali and the artists that I love; I’m allowing you to see me. I’m not selling my soul for anyone or anything.
I need—as a woman, as a mother, as an arist—for people to get this. Love is currently very watery, and when it gets hot, it just evaporates. I don’t subscribe to that notion. If you love, then you do. Hard and sincerely. If that means that you take an L for it, then you just may possibly have to do that. But guess what? You learn. And if you’re blessed to live another day, you can share that experience as well.
MN: Speaking of love, a while back you shared that one of the ways that you knew your marriage was headed for divorce was that your ex-husband stopped eating your food. Why do you believe something like that is a telltale sign that a relationship is probably in trouble?
Well, you know me. I believe that there’s always a part of family and love in the kitchen. Whether you’re making lemonade or something a little fancier, love is in it. Imagine your mother has slaved over a meal. She’s made a great effort to make you a delicious meal, and you don’t eat it. She might take the L once, or twice. But after a while she’s going to feel some kind of way and after a while, she’s going to stop cooking altogether because you don’t appreciate it. It was one of those things where I just didn’t feel appreciated, and it was a big sign to even bigger signs.
MN: What would you like listeners to walk away with after hearing Woman in its entirety?
I would say that you’ve been privy to a journal entry—many. You know, we write in our journals sometimes, everyday. Then sometimes, you skip a month, or skip three, and then you go back to your journal and you see where your head was. You see what you were thinking and how you were feeling and you say, “Aw, dag. I was really bugging,” or “This is where my life started to change. This page. I’ve grown here. I see myself here.” I have journals from when I was 12. I don’t know what they’re going to get out of this album, but I do know that I’ve made a concious effort to put a lot of incredible musicians together for it. It stands many genres of music and the core is storytelling. I think I’m a storyteller more than people give me credit for being a singer, and I appreciate that. But I think I’m a storyteller, really. My voice and energy merges into whatever it needs to tell the story. That’s the most important part for me. So if you relate to something, or you can see the pictures, great. And I hope that it fills your nights and your days and it will be in the background when you write your journal.
If there’s one thing Jill Scott knows how to do, it’s sing a girl’s life story. And it seems like there’s going to be a lot of that on her appropriately titled album Woman. We were already feeling the singles “You Don’t Know” and “Fools Gold.”
But Jill sped up the tempo with her latest single, “Closure.”
It basically tells the story of a woman who sleeps with her ex for one, last time before moving on.
Check out the lyrics.
Don’t be expecting no breakfast in the morning babe,
You got all you gon’ get.
This is it.
This is closure.
We ended our time for a reason
Our trouble was never pleasing
each other. We got the right seasoning
That ain’t enough to plant our dreams in.
This song here, is in your face funky with clear percussion, piercing horns and of course Jill’s gritty, soulful vocals.
I love it! So much so that I had to add it to my iTunes collection with a quickness. Take a listen to the song below and let us know if you’re feeling it.
Pass or Play?
Grammy Award-winning vocalist Jill Scott, who defended Bill Cosby against previous drugging and sexual assault allegations, announced that she is no longer standing behind the troubled comedian. The declaration came in a series of tweets posted to the singer’s Twitter account Monday.
You may recall, when sexual assault allegations surrounding the actor resurfaced last year, Scott jumped to her mentor’s defense and accused the media and society of “trying to destroy a magnificent legacy.”As previously reported, in court documents obtained by the AP from a 2005 deposition, Cosby confessed to purchasing Quaaludes with the intent of giving them to young women with whom he wanted to have sex.
Brace yourselves, ladies and gentlemen. Jill Scott will be blessing us with a new album in less than forty days.
According to Billboard, Jilly from Philly has chosen to title the new project Woman. We’ve already had the privilege of hearing two singles from the highly anticipated album, “Fools Gold” and “You Don’t Know.”
Scott, who executive produced the album along with Andre Harris and Aaron Pearce, describes the project as “classic Philly soul meets country rhythm served with captivating storytelling.”
As previously reported, Jill will be kicking off her summer tour next month. Woman is scheduled hit stores July 24.
We are totally here for this.
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.