Ever since Jill Scott first hit the music scene back in 2000 with her debut album, Who Is Jill Scott? I have been a huge fan. No matter what she does, I always support it because she just seems to have a great spirit about her and is always in a positive place with her life.
Jill is the cover girl for Rolling Out magazine current issue and inside, she dished on racism, love, relationships and how blacks are depicted on reality TV.
Excerpts and more pics from the cover shoot below.
On instilling values in her 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 blacks and reality TV:
If I’m in another country and all I see [are] McDonald’s commercials, why wouldn’t I think that’s what America is? 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.
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