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Celeb Hairstylist Felicia Leatherwood On Working With Ava DuVernay, Natural Hair On The Red Carpet And Naturalistas Abroad

February 22nd, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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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.

Love Songs Inspired By Real People

February 13th, 2015 - By Kendra Koger
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Jill Scott Reveals Six Month Dating Rule

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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”

January 29th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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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:

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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.

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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 Reveals Six Month Dating Rule

January 23rd, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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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

January 21st, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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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]?

Jill: Mothers!

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.

First Look: “With This Ring” Starring Jill Scott, Eve, And Regina Hall

December 24th, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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With This Ring

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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 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:

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!