If you watched the Soul Train Awards last weekend, you likely heard Regina Hall say what quite a few of us feel about Jill Scott, “she’s our girl.”
Not only does Jill Scott write and sing our most intimate thoughts and life experiences, she provided a listening ear and an encouraging word to Dani Ruelas Jones-Nash, a woman who was having a terrible day; so much so, when Jill saw her, she was in tears. She wrote about her blues and why she decided to push past them in a Facebook post.
“So, here I am, having the worst day of my life…I put on my smile for the world everyday. I makes me happy to make others happy. But today was bad. And I decided f**k it, face it anyways Dani. Don’t call out and crawl under your rock of depression until you recover like you always do. Go to work with your sad face on and be vulnerable. Don’t hide today and nurse your wounds, don’t wear the happy mask. Make this day better. Your steps are ordered by the Lord.”
True to her word, Jones-Nash was walking into her job at Walgreens when she noticed a familiar face. She described the experience below.
As I’m walking up the stairs, I see a familiar face…she says “hello” and smiles (I was staring at her like I saw a ghost, and I did not have on my winged eyeliner or any lipstick so I was pretty scary )… I was still crying and started telling her about my horrible day… and pouring it out like a faucet (I kept telling her I promise I won’t make a scene) and she was more patient than my therapist, and ain’t nobody as patient as Denise Jones. She listened. I told her that my cousin loves her and I just did her nails because she is going to see her tonight and I don’t wanna take a picture with her cause of the obvious but I want to call my cousin (she didn’t answer )and take a pic for her. She said “no, you are gonna take it with me, as a matter of fact give me your phone, we gonna take a video”: Miss #JillScott
Check out the video.
It’s hard to find real, authentic representations of friendship, love and support between Black women in the media. Even at work, when our team attempts to order stock images of Black women talking and laughing together, they are hard to come by. But most of us know that this is not how it goes down in the real world. There are plenty of women who come alongside each other in times of celebration and sadness. What’s even more beautiful about this video is that, even though Dani knew Jill’s public persona and her music, the women were still strangers to one another. Yet, Dani felt comfortable confiding in Jill and thankfully she responded by empathizing with her pain and suggesting that she keep pushing. How lovely!
I’m sure by the end of this video Dani was crying some happy, grateful tears as well.