Posts Tagged ‘Jill Scott’

Museful Monday

In Communication, Griot, Music, Networking, News, Self Improvement, Video on July 8, 2019 at 5:23 am


Good morning sweetheart. How goes your morn?
I’m up feeling refreshed – waiting on the dawn.

May I get you a cup of jo and a warm face towel?
Would you like an additional consonant? How about a vowel?

Ooo child, the fun that I had over the Fourth of July weekend
included me, fireworks and a rather knowledgeable gentleman.

A really good friend
is always well-worth the spend.

The #ThoughtfulPositions that we find ourselves in…
Museful Monday come hug me; I’m most thankful for friends

that can meet me in thought and inject a win.
This is exactly how I want my week to begin:

I’m SO GONE with thoughts
of overlays that I’ve been taught.

Thank you, o’ relative fun-day.
I remain excited about my Museful Monday’s.

What bringeth you – me, to further top
just what I know is cooking in the shop?

Creativity in my composition has been renewed.
I filled ‘the pot’ with sweet grinds and it brewed.

Good Morning Museful MondayI’m so into you.

You’re strong and firm; comparable to Trinity/thrice.
I commit to sip intellectualism like CROWN ROYAL on ice:

Oh, I  appreciate this day, my life, my health, and my strength,
I’m Qui
Content this morning about my museful friend. Let the dawn begin.



Turned on by…

In Communication, Griot, Self Improvement, TV Shows on November 24, 2014 at 6:15 am


lifeThe little miracles that add up to a heart beating all day – strong.
I’m turned on by “the freedom of will,” to choose right from wrong.

I’m turned on folks! Because life is exactly what you make of it.
If good is your base, continue the chase – you’re certainly going to make it.

I’m turned on by knowledge! So I consume it everyday.
I’m always smiling, and question wilding to good minds that come my way.

Hey-ey. How you doin’?” I’m saying in my Wendy Williams voice.
I like the way it feels. Turned on by life — it’s my choice.

Good morning blogosphere world. If you’re reading and breathing, then you’re good,
I’m Qui
Glad to be kicking it with thee. I’m turned on that you stopped by my hood.

Every stimulation isn’t a sexual one, for my nipples did not perk on this cue.
I’m turned on because you’re healthy and strong. I’ve nothing but good love for you.

Qui Turned On Fall2014

Jam with me today: JILL SCOTT

Still Jill

In Communication, Griot, Music, Networking, News on November 7, 2012 at 2:03 pm

“It really is up to us,” Jill Scott says, “to stop and smell our own damn flowers.” The singer is jet-lagged, y’all. It’s been less than a week since she returned to the States from her European tour, where she made headlines in London simply by rocking a freshly cropped, red-tinted, teen-weeny ‘fro. Now Jilly from Philly is finally back home in L.A., where she’s lived for the last few years. At the moment, she’s tidying up and trying to figure out how she can take a relaxing bath before her son, 3-year old Jett, returns home after staying with family members while she was away.

The conversation shifts to women and empowerment. Says Scott, “I look at us in amazement and think to myself, ‘You are not just your job or your size or your interests or your man o ryour children. You are a bountiful bouquet.” This comes straight from the 40-year old, who celebrated the milestone birthday in April on the set of her latest TV movie, Steel Magnolias. “I owe myself a party,” she says, laughing and remembering the moment. “Something happened. It was like somebody clicked on a light.”

Still Jill

When Scott’s eyes adjusted to the shine, she saw a few things rather clearly: herself as a single mother “raising a little Black boy in America”; a new start in North Hollywood; and a businesswoman with her own label, Blues Babe Records, complete with a Warner Bros. Record distributing deal.

“I just felt it was time to grow,” the singer says of Blues Babe, inspired by a painful split with former label Hidden Beach. “I didn’t want to be under anybody’s thumb again or have to explain myself so much. That’s the best part of turning 40! I do not have to explain anything to anyone, and I don’t feel the need for approval. I am a lot of things, and to be confined in any way does not fit me. I don’t want to be in any boxes.”

As if.

The most cursory dig into Scott’s discography proves that she’s so original, she can’t be boxed in — musically or otherwise. That would be a silly, impossible notion. Go deep in side the musical crates, and it easy to understand why she is so revered, even beyond her unflinching and undeniable vocal prowess. People love Jill and are on a coveted Black America first-name basis with her because of the woman’s sheer willingness to go there and bring the listener along on the journey she takes in a single song; the shape-shifting and genre-bending, the passion, the theater and the drama. She has wiethin her an almost childlike sincerity and enthusiasm, whether she’s flashing that million-dollar smile or arching one shady brow. As she sings in “So Gone (What My Mind Says),” ‘This ain’t no movie, man. I’m a real woman…’

THIS FALL, SCOTT APPEARED in Lifetime TV’s highly anticipated Steel Magnolias, a remake of the 1989 classic film about the lives and friendship of six women in a small Louisiana town. The all-Black ensemble cast — directed by Kenny Leon– is in some ways an embarrassment of riches, featuring Alfre Woodard, Phylicia Rashad, Queen Latifah, Adepero Oduye and Condola Rashad, the latter whom Scott described as “ridiculously great. Not only does she live up to her lineage [as Phylicia’s daughter], she exceeds it.”

Scott plays Truvy, a a genial, self-proclaimed “glamour technician” whose home-based beauty salon doubles as the womens proverbial kitchen table. In order to authentically deliver iconic lines such as, “There’s no such thing as natural beauty,” Scott recalled the accents of her family members,m who hail from Rocky MOunt, N.C. And although she says she refused to watch the original film again — “I didn’t want to do a Dolly Parton portrayal of Truvy” — she may have inadvertently taken a page out of the country legend’s book: they both attended beauty school to prepare for their roles. “I went so that I could learn how to hold a comb, put some curls in, move the chair with my leg,” Scott explains. “The simple nuances of a hairdresser.”

Although she has a theater background and several film credits, Scott is aware that, as a musician-turned actor, she is still on proving ground. “People know me as a singer and a writer. I didn’t want anybody to think I was just going to take on this incredible, difficult, challenging craft and treat it like it’s something I’m just trying“, she says. “It’s real work, and that 4 a.m. call never feels good.”

SCOTT HAS FOUR “CAREER” muses: “Whoopi. Barbara. Bette. Diana,” she says of Goldberg, Streisand, Midler and Ross, respectively. “Renaissance women, all. They have no boundaries. Whoopi Goldberg has [won] every award there is: Tony, Grammy, Oscar, Emmy! What’cha want? She’s got ’em. and she earned them.”

Scott’s takeway? “Longevity. Longevity is key,” she says, deliberate in her repetition.

Typically, three to four years pass between Scott’s album releases, during which the singer just … lives. Enjoys her son. Pryas. Falls in love. In her current musical lull, Scott is writing a lot of plays, poetry, “a television show or two” and an opera she’s been mulling over for a decade. And though she has no idea what her fifth studio album may be, she suggests listeners should expect the unexpected. “I’ve done a great deal in the urban contemporary market,” Scott says. “it’s time for me to branch out. ‘Cause I sing jazz, I sing funk, I sing blues, I sing classical music, I sing gospel– I sing. So it’s time to go further. If I’m supposed to be singing in Portuguese, there’s what’s gonna happen.”

Scott will offer no apologies for this, of course. She will be too busy tending to her garden, stopping to smell her own damn flowers.
[Karen Good Marable
Ebony Magazine – October 2012]

Zoe Saldana plays Elizabeth Taylor

In Communication, Griot, Movies, Networking, News, Qui Audio Byte, Self Improvement, TV Shows on October 1, 2012 at 8:15 am

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Could you imagine a biopic of Michael Jackson being portrayed by a white guy, or a biopic of Elvis Presley being portrayed by a latino or perhaps the story of Che Guevara being portrayed by a black guy?

Sure in the 1920’s during the black-and-white film era white men played the part of indians in classic American ‘cowboy and indian’ tales and let us not forget about the rise of black face in 1830 that spanned entertainment for roughly 100 years – with a whites only cast playing to a whites only audience. Who was going to protest?

Todays SAG roster hosts a plethora of fantastic actors of every race. So why are some filmmakers still opting for the ol’ switch-a-roo?

A lighter, less black version of Nina Simone is the current biopic portrayal in question. “Born the sixth child of a preacher’s family in North Carolina, Simone aspired to be a concert pianist. Her musical path changed direction after she was denied a scholarship to the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, despite a well-received audition. Simone was later told by someone working at Curtis that she was rejected because she was black.” –[]

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She lived the life of a true black woman in the darkest shade of stride.
She embraced her reflection in the world and rode gracefully on the highs.

It’s only been 9 short years since Ms. Nina Simone has died;
And film producers have chose to cast her in a Dominican/Puerto Rican light.

Not that there is anything wrong with a lighter skinned sister,
But Nina was black – the sun god of Africa surely kissed her.

Cleopatra was born of Greek & Egyptian blood then portrayed by Elizabeth Taylor.
Liz’s performance was stunning, but comparable to the tanned Cleopatra? No nailer.

The importance of LIKENESS’ is important – history is always at hand.
I really couldn’t imagine MLK being portrayed by a white man.

And even though Michael J. narrowed his nose and bleached his dark skin
I couldn’t imagine a white guy playing his Jackson 5 beginning or his end.

And even though Elvis P stayed high and kept a default set of bloodshot eyes,
I couldn’t imagine casting his portrayal as a bellbottom sporting black guy.

I’m all about artistic likeness’; reeling reality is what sustains her.
I’m wondering if Elizabeth Taylors life could be portrayed by Zoe Saldana?

I’m thinking about mistold stories – if mistold enough times they will be come fact.
Imagine someone portraying Ms. Nina Simone, but the actress isn’t even black.
Don’t do that.

Everyone deserves to see history in the correct likeness, forfeiting legends and reflecting the facts.
Likeness is an important part of our historic culture – even Barbie doll manufacturers understand that.

Jill Scott recently spoke on the news that Zoe would be portraying Ms. Simone,
and commented Zoe’s a great actress, but “may need a prosthetic nose…”

Jill also commented that Zoe Saldana may need a darker shade of foundation.
I’m Qui
Passing the mic to theeHow do you feel about the likeness of cultural relations?

If accurate depictions of icons is vastly important to you
Sign this petition before Elvis is played by a brown dude.

Feeling JAZZY

In Communication, Griot, Self Improvement on September 24, 2011 at 1:41 pm

It’s Saturday afternoon and I’m feeling carefree,
As if there’s nothing else to focus on in this big ol’ world but me.
Ooo Wee!

It feels good. I was early to rise
and thanked my creator who reigns beyond the skies.

My eyes are bright and my tail is bushy – I’m ready to play.
Besides Sunday through Friday, my favorite day is: SATURDAY.

I’m feeling jazzy and snazzy – I’ve got my hair in loose curls,
I’m feeling everything is new, a brand new entrance into the world.

Everything is fresh. Old news has long passed on.
I’m happy about life and today is my celebratory jones.

I had a birthday a month ago {LEO} to mark another blessed decade.
Having spent two of them writing Griot hymns – my QE vocal display.

There’s nothing like communicating (to me), there’s nothing like chatting it up.
Today I’m feeling extra receptive — and so I’m jazzin’ it up.

Gil Scott Heron wouldn’t stop me from doing it & Jill Scott would give me a high five.
I’m living this this thang like its golden; I do love this thang we call LIFE.

If you love it, put your hands up and celebrate like you’re the birthday girl or birthday boy!
I’m Qui
and I’m glad to celebrate life with thee. RIP to the late Mr. Davis (aka) Troy.

Why TYLER PERRY is helping out ‘The Married’

In Communication, Movies on April 3, 2010 at 1:45 pm
Click to play this Smilebox collage: Why Did I Get Married II

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I really don’t know WHY he does what he does, or what inspires him, but I do know that WHY DID I GET MARRIED TOO is a pretty compelling movie, especially if you’re in a long term committed relationship.

I don’t think Mr. Tyler is married so I’m going to have to give a healthy amount of credit to his research and observation. He’s obviously got a few friends with experiences to lend…and boy was Tyler dead on in connecting with his audience on the opening night of his ‘relationship reel’ [4.2.10].

Tyler Perry opposite Sharon Leal
These two had a pretty good thing going. They were fruitful, productive, and steady. Sometimes “steady” can be percieved as “mundane”. Routine is blan. So when the Mrs. started “flirting-in-the-office” with an associate Lawyer she began to change. She gained a spark. She began to glow. She took more care in her sex appeal and appearance and guess what? Her husband noticed and confronted the issue. He handled the details of the situation “beautifully” — you’ve got to see this part of the film. It could very well be instrumental in your own life.

Malik Yoba opposite Janet Jackson
The Mrs. was a Psychologist and her spouse an equally career rewarding gentleman who prided himself on “support”. Seems their 14 year marriage suffered a blow when they lost a child, (the only one they had). Obvious problems within the marriage went unnoticed and wounds post the lost of their child — never healed. The Mrs. ended up with “the strong black woman syndrome” and felt she no longer needed her husband. Facing divorce is ugly and this couple went miles past “ugly”. You definitely need to see thier obstacles in action – to avoid them all together. It’s chalk full of warning signs.

Michael Jai White opposite Tasha Smith
This couple was the most animated and dramatic. Their only beef..NO TRUST. The Mrs. didn’t trust her husband and almost shot the garnder and the maid because of it. lol! It’s full of miscommunicative comedy/drama. The wife is accusatory and over reacts to everything, but it seems she does so to keep the attention of her husband. She’s sexy but it’s obvious her trust has been shot due to her spouses past infidelities. He certainly has his work cut out for him in rebuilding her confidence and strengthening their union. This relationhip chemistry will crack you up. Enjoy & Learn.

Lamman Rucker opposite Jill Scott
Recently married, a new child and a recent move from Colorado to Atlanta seemed like a good idea in theory, but due to bad economics no jobs awaited the Mr. — and it weighted him down like a lead anchor. Stress came in the form of worry. During their retreat to the Bahamas his stress level was increased when his wifes ex-husband showed up uninvited. Matters became even more complicated when his wife went behind his back to secure his future with the a new job. She meant to be helpful, but her husbands pride was issue that was hard to overcome. How many men have that problem?

Richard T. White
This young man was the ex-husband to Jill Scotts character and not only did he bust up the retreat in the Bahamas, because he had “the right” as a member of the timeshare deed, but a declining health issue made his situation far more serious. Alone and ill is no way to live…and served as a perfect segway for his re-entrance into the clicks life.

If you’ve ever read my thoughts – then you know I’ve not ever been a Tyler Perry fan.
However, post seeing this delicate and intricate balanced film – I’m a fan of “the man”.

Unless you’re a writer/filmmaker – you may not understand it all too complete
but to Write, Direct, and Produce is quite the phenomenal feat.

So my respect is intensified for the filmmaker of such reflections.
Even though I loved this film – I still lack a “love Madea” connection.

She ain’t for everybody – but Tyler Perry is definitely all over the board,
I’m Qui

& this filmmaking thang ain’t easy — God Bless Perry while he’s on the POSITIVE hoard.

“Why Did I Get Married Too” — is quite the moral laiden and helpful score.
Don’t miss an opportunity to go out and learn something new through SUPPORT!

PS…some of the dialogue was cliche and cheesy…but overall, it’s a fun film.