Jill Scott DISHES To "Rolling Out" On Raising Her Son, Infatuation & Blacks In The Media
In the latest issue of ROLLING OUT, one of our absolute fave fab chicks Jill Scott talks about love and infuation, the difficulties of raising a son and comments on how American media protrays Blacks. See the highlights inside and check out her commentary on racism.....
Baggage Claim star Jill Scott covers the latest issue of ROLLING OUT where she reveals her thoughts about how reality tv and its impact on the worldwide perception of Black Americans. And we can't help but agree with her on that one.
Here are the highlights:
On raising her 4-year-old son Jett:
“There are some things I have to instill in him as we move along. I need him to be a thinker. I don’t believe we have to make ourselves fit into someone’s comfortable space. This is a real world and we are real people. Compassion for other people counts. You have to think about your surroundings — with the world, not just America. Be mindful of where you are, and I hate to say it, but be on guard. That burns me up that I have to think about my own protection. It’s a part of where we are, where we have always been. It’s just open now. I prefer [racism] to be open and in my face. At least I know what I’m dealing with. We all know what we’re dealing with.”
On negative portrayals of Blacks in the media:
“If I’m in another country and all I see [are] McDonald’s commercials, why wouldn’t I think that’s what America is?” she says rhetorically. “When the representation of an entire people is based on fictitious reality shows, it builds a certain box of who and what we are. To be perfectly frank, we’ve got the wives of doctors fighting in ball gowns. The television and the Internet are creating boxes for us and I believe we are starting to fall for it. Why wouldn’t everybody else? [There] has to be a balance. We’re not so simple. I think that’s a big part of the problem. You can’t expect someone to think differently if they are only shown a specific image. Unfortunately, it’s a tarnished image.”
On her ideals of love vs. infatuation:
Love is hard. Finding someone to fall in love with is the hardest part of all. Infatuation is easy. We get caught up in someone’s looks, or their money, but not the person. Or, we’re into someone for a couple of months and then the novelty fades and we’re on to the next. Love is bigger than just the emotion for the moment. Love requires patience. It requires communication. It requires and demands mutual respect and understanding. In this quick-paced world, we want immediate gratification. Our idea of love and having that is great, but the immediate gratification of having it all is what most people are after in this microwavable world. That’s what makes it such a challenge. We have to change our mentality if we want relationships that will last. Finding someone or meeting someone who is equally yoked — that’s major. Not just financially, but someone who is willing to participate with you in life and love. All of those things are what I was told to look for.”
Effortless gorge. Watch Jill discuss racism in America with Rolling Out here.
Jill Scott also dropped by The Breakfast Club where she talked about working on two new albums (including a disc of lullabies), her comedic role in "Baggage Claim” (Sept. 27th), and revealed that she had a run-in with fellow diva Anita Baker. Though she didn't go into detail, she hinted that she didn't appreciate Ms. Baker's attitude.
Ms. Philly also sang the praises of Philly-native Meek Mill, but cautioned about the traps of success and how his style of rap has changed.
“He’s been dope for a long time and I wish him luck, and success, and focus. It’s hard to transition from being the underdog and not being noticed to being noticed everywhere.”
Listen to the clip above.....
Photos via DeWayne Rogers