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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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Regina Hall And Jill Scott Talk Giving Ultimatums

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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.

Triple Threat: 16 Musicians Turned Actors

December 25th, 2014 - By Rich
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It’s pretty amazing just how many musicians turned actors successfully! The fifteen on this list include songwriter/singer Ne-Yo, megastar Beyonce, talented soul crooners Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson and more!

Slide through!

Sources: NextMovie, Essence.com

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Triple Threat: 16 Musicians Turned Actors

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

December 24th, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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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?

15 Celebs Who’ve Been Hacked

December 8th, 2014 - By Rich
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This was the year of celebrity hacks! These 15 celebrities who’ve been hacked by storm releasing everything from nude photos to photos of lovers all over the Internet. Consider this your cheat sheet.

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Jill Scott: Defending Bill Cosby

December 3rd, 2014 - By Rich
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There really is no delicate intro or a sleek, well-worded segue to open the discussion on a hugely controversial topic involving a figure the world grew to know and love as “Dr. Huxtable” – our favorite TV dad who changed the game in terms of how the world perceived a successful, modern black family has been accused of rape … several times. ” Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable” was a parental staple in our homes for many years and, without a doubt, holds a very special place in all of our hearts. “Cliff Huxtable” was a fictitious character, played by a very powerful man in Hollywood but what do we know about Bill Cosby, the man? Is he a serial rapist who preyed on young women looking for a mentor to aid in launching a showbiz career? Our first mind says, “Oh, God no. What? No way! This is slander! It’s nonsense. Total asinine. Nope. Won’t hear it.” And the powerhouse of love herself, Jill Scott, feels the same way.

On Sunday afternoon, Jill Scott defending Bill Cosby on Twitter rubbed all kinds of folks the wrong way. Black Twitter waged war against the songstress who is well known for her lyrical advocation of feminism, womanhood and the joyful pains of both. Considering, earlier this year, Scott was presented with an honorary doctorate degree from Temple University by Bill Cosby himself – no doubt, she takes personal offense to the recent allegations against America’s favorite dad – citing her personal affiliation to Cosby and blaming the media for attempting to “destroy a magnificent legacy” with “insane” rumors for which there is no solid “proof.”

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But is the proof in the pudding? Cosby’s alleged illicit behaviors have been swirling around the rumor mill for decades now! Just how many more women have to come forward with frighteningly similar stories for one to take pause and chew on facts? All personal feelings aside, fact is, at this point, 19 women have accused the same man of doing the same things around the same time when victim shaming was a rape victim’s reality – not including the mass of women he’s settled sexual assault disputes with out of court.  Should we just chalk this up to coincidence? A conspiracy to dethrone a TV king turned philanthropist? Or, could Mr. Cosby just be a very troubled, sick man who’s done horrible things to several women once upon a time? Could it be?

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One thing is for certain, Jill Scott is not the only one who feels a way behind this. Like, we get it, our feelings are hurt too – it’s like being in a perpetual state of denial – the betrayal! Who is this person, for real? What does all this mean? The unfortunate reality of the mere mention of his name along with such despicable doings is truly inconceivable. It hurts. Scott so eloquently articulates in her body of work the pains of entrusting even a piece of her heart to a man who may not have the slightest intention of breaking it, yet, somehow ends up doing so. Could this be the case, here? Just how much proof do we need?

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?

Haters Back Down: In Defense of Jill Scott

September 5th, 2014 - By Rich
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“If your man got a problem with your stretch marks, I suggest you stop fucking with b***h n****s.”– Katt Williams, comedian

First and foremost, please excuse the crass verbiage in the above quote from my dear brother Katt Williams. In my many years of maturing into grown a** manhood, this statement probably encapsulates much of the mentality one needs in understanding the beauty of a real woman.

Let me preface this with the following. I have had an eternal crush on Jill Scott since her first album, Who Is Jill Scott, dropped in the seminal year of 2000. I’ve listened to her glorious voice for thousands of hours, met her on a few occasions and interviewed her once. During the coveted BET Experience and Awards Gala earlier this year, I was blessed with the opportunity to again see Jill perform at the Staples Center in L.A. My boy Terry and I gazed above, “Now, that’s a woman.” She was poetic in her singing, her presence was powerful and she defined curvy in a form-fitting black dress. She owned the crowd and, by the time Maxwell came on, we were ready to go.

I am fiercely protective of Jilly (my cute nickname for her) too, even though…yeah…I don’t know her. But, I do.

In a great many ways, Jill Scott represents every Black woman. She’s absolutely beautiful. She’s not rail thin. She’s supremely talented. And she’s decidedly Black. And yet, when the unwittingly salacious image of her emerged (she has denied that a nude image is her), I heard through the tweetvine, that people were being sickeningly disrespectful. I admit, I looked by accident. It was emailed to me, along with a bunch of overly enthusiastic friends. I also confess, I liked what I saw. It never occurred to me that her selfie image is one that anybody could hold contemptuous thoughts about. I didn’t read a single tweet or comment that talked about Jilly in a negative fashion. I don’t run with those types.

“This ain’t no movie, man. I’m a real woman. Been down this road before.” – Jill Scott on “So Gone (What My Mind Says)”

I’ve deduced Jill’s so-called detractors must be a) fully, utterly colonized mentally, b) still young enough to drink from a sippy cup, c) never met a real woman or d) a b***h n***a, as Katt Williams so eloquently put it. Again, excuse the colloquialism, but it really does serve this conversation so well. Real life isn’t a rap video chock-full of vixens or a magazine spread. Real people have stretch marks!

Moreover, Black women have been besieged – psychologically assaulted even – for centuries by a Eurocentric standard of beauty that flourishes to this day. This is why actress Jennifer Lawrence (who I’m a huge fan of) catches no flack and Jill catches hell. And, a lot of these nameless, faceless people are Black. This is how deep the self-hatred is. You diss Jill, you’re dissing yourself. Or your mother. Your auntie. Sister. Queen.

Thank goodness, Jilly from Philly – like most Black women – is mightier than they think. She’s prettier than they realize. And, she’s greater than they can ever imagine. She’s ours. :)

“I will not be bowed. I have earned every inch of my life. What you see, you cannot touch.” – Jill Scott, in the aftermath of the invasion of her privacy 

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

-Maya Angelou

“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?