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Friday, October 23, 2009

Part 6: Where Do You Stand? Jill Scott says, "We're Beautiful People & We're In a State of Crisis"

Music Success

2000 - Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1 2x Platinum

2001 - Experience: Jill Scott Gold

2004 - Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds Vol. 2 Gold

2007 - Collaborations

2007 - The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3 Gold

2008 - Live In Paris Gold

2009 - The No. 1 Lady Remixed

Why Do Platinum Artist Flee Underground?

Jill Scott splashed on stage with a smile and a voice as big as her heart. It is only natural that she would follow her beloved sister Erykah Badu in this series. Although the industry tried to make controversy between them with the song "You Got Me," which was originally sang with Jill then later recorded and release with Erykah. These two ladies showed America what it is like to be Lady Like by stunning the world in support of one another.

Here is the answer in her words...

"We can all see the effects of being false. We see our president. When somebody is just living for money, it becomes a detriment and that they may not be honoring the artist for fear. Fear stops your growth. You have to do this out of love, not out of fear of being broke. If that means paying to get into a venue so that you can perform, or performing for free. Do it because it's in you, not just because it looks good on you." August 2004

In the 2001 interview with Thelma Golden she was asked:

TG: You put a lot of importance on being real. What does that mean to you?

JS: Being myself--good, bad or indifferent--has been a trial, honestly. Because people see me in my videos and they see me in photos smiling, and they're like, "Oh, she's just a smiler, that's who she is." Sometimes I'm not smiling, or maybe I'm crying.

TG: How has success changed the way you live?

JS: Now everybody's looking at me, and it's been difficult to adjust to that. Sometimes it's a little heartbreaking for me. The success is great. But me? I'm still North-Philly Jill, who loves to catch the bus and walk the streets and not know where I'm going. But because my face is so familiar, I don't meet people genuinely anymore. And that hurts, I have to say.

TG: I saw you perform in New York, and it was amazing for was amazing was just being in that environment with so many people--particularly so many women--who were clearly just vibing off of what you had to say. It was an amazing experience that I don't think I'd ever had in public before.

JS: I really try to open myself wide and say, "Look, all right y'all, we don't talk to each other enough and I know everybody can't say what they need to say to me now, but I'm going to say what I need to say to you." Because we're beautiful people and we're in a state of crisis. We are. We don't like each other. We don't like ourselves.

TG: I know you started out in the spoken word scene in small clubs. How do you achieve that intimate feeling when you're singing in those big concert halls?

JS: The person onstage is very similar to myself, but it's not me. Before I go onstage, I have to go inside. I let fear go. I'm not worried if my shoes look right, or if my hair's standing up. I don't care about anything else but this moment right now, and it has an impact. I've seen people cry, I've seen people hug each other--people who don't know each other. It's a beautiful experience for me. It's like, "I'm glad you're here, you are welcome to be here, but I'm doing this because I need to."

When asked by Isoul H. Harris, "What is your motivation?" she replied:

I really like to smile. I want to do things in my life that make my pores smile, and my nose and teeth smile. And when I feel that glow, I feel so much closer to God.

Jill Scott is not pretenious and presents herself as a breath of fresh air. I hope you enjoyed tribute to another great artists. It's just Mia and these are her thoughts...Namaste.

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