Jill Scott – A whole lot of woman
Soulful, bold, passionate and authentic. Jill Scott. A whole lot of woman. She is a hard working woman who never shies away from trying one more time. How else? She was raised by two strong women, her mom and grandmother. Imagine all the invaluable knowledge she gathered while sharing a bed with her “nana” until the age of 18. Jill is famous for her in-your-face honest poetry and lyrics. She’s not afraid to put into words exactly how she feels.
She wrote a book of Poems that was released in April 2005 named “The moments, the minutes, the Hours.” She released numerous albums and was nominated and won a couple of Grammys. What strikes me most about her is that she is as real as real can get. She struggles with the same issues that we struggle with and she is damn honest about it. In the article below she said that she forgives herself for her mistakes and flaws. She takes ownership for whatever is happening in her life. Even when her heart got broken in a failed relationship she took her fair share of responsibility for what went wrong. She didn’t put it all on her partner.
Jill Scott doesn’t make excuses for things that doesn’t go according to plan. She knows that life is hard and can change at any moment. I love the way she accepts herself for the imperfect person that she is. She knows what is good for her and what isn’t. Jill describes her writing style as the voice of many women. “I put myself in each woman’s place…and found that it became more about me, all of it, with the envy, the anger, the frustration, the loneliness, the joy, the passion and the rapture. And that’s what makes it juicy…”
What attracted me to her? …Her authenticity and her honesty. And not just the fact that in 2008 she invented a new brand of bras for full figured women called “Butterfly”. That is pretty awesome though. I’m listening to a compilation of songs, “Inspiration” by Jill Scott & Erykah Badu and I love it!!
Jill Scott is a whole lot of good woman.
If Jill can do it…so can you and me.
Jill Scott: On Her Body, Her Love, and the Beauty of Being a Woman – Article from http://blackdoctor.org/485506/jill-scott/
Singer, spoken-word poet, writer, actress — is all wrapped up into the beautiful woman known as Jill Scott. Her creativity in poetry and music has earned the multi-talented Scott three Grammy Awards and counting.
It’s hard to believe 17 years have passed since Scott’s debut album, “Who Is Jill Scott?” dropped — for the singer as much as anyone.
“I know,” Scott said. “It’s crazy that time has flown by like this. I crack up over it and I’m also bewildered. Can you believe this? A woman came up to me and said, ‘I gave birth to my son with your music in the background.’
“I said, ‘you’ve got to be kidding.’ But she wasn’t. It was surreal. She was 27. She listened to me in high school and now she’s a grown woman with a son and a job.”
The same can be said for Scott. She’s a grown woman with a 7-year old son and a beautiful career. “I’m well aware of how fortunate I am. How many people get to do what they love?”
Now, 45 years young and married, Jilly from Philly reveals what’s really on her heart.
On Weight Loss
“I eat healthfully and work out, and balance it with rest. I’m grateful all of this [fame and success] started when I was fully an adult. The first 2 years I went like a crazy person, from this country to the next. And I had pneumonia four times in a year.
I learned early on that maintenance is super-valuable in this business. I ride my bike for 8 to 10 miles pretty much every day. Sometimes I’ve ridden for 20 miles and I don’t know it until I have rubber bands for legs, particularly when something heavy is on my mind.”
“But sometimes I get up and do it and other times, I don’t. But I forgive myself. If all you’re worried about is the size of my jeans, then I’m probably not for you.”
“I like to coerce. I like to be seductive. I’m old school. I like the old style of seduction. There’s more to being a woman and a lady that bending over and showing how your butt moves. I like eye contact and I like to be a little bit more seductive.”
“To be so definitive about who you are is always a challenge because I don’t know what tomorrow will bring that could change me forever. Today, I am a person that enjoys putting my hands in the dirt and growing my food. I am a person who still takes long walks. I’m a voyeur. I like to watch people live, laugh and have conversations. I’m an “ear-hustler.” I like to read. It’s imperative that I get rest, I’ve learned. I’m a romantic. My child comes before everything. I have a whole new reason to exist and it’s better than anything I’ve ever done. I’m on a mission that I do know.”
On Being a Woman
“One of the biggest aspects of being a woman, being an adult, thoroughly and authentically, is holding you accountable. I’m looking at what’s been done but also what part I had to play in my own joy or demise.”
“I allow my feelings to be hurt. A girl blames the guy for breaking her heart. A woman looks at her own decision… to date that guy, or girl, or whoever it is that you’re dating. You are accountable for who you allow in your life. You are accountable for what you do with them. There are so many places in this album where I listen back and say, “Well, God-darn girl, you better say it!”
“But, I journal it out. I cry it out. I sing it out. I take long baths. I take walks. I exercise, I buy new clothes. I do something that feeds me and I check the hell out of myself so I don’t make the same mistakes by dating the same person, again. Our choices become our habits.”