August 6, 2013 |
Last week, we brought you news that Robert Glasper, the wide-ranging jazz pianist, would release a new album by his band the Robert Glasper Experiment on Oct. 29. Now you can hear the album's lead single, "Calls," below. A luscious neo-soul cut with vocals by R&B singer Jill Scott, the track comes from Glasper's sequel to last year's "Black Radio," which won the Grammy Award for R&B album. In addition to Scott, "Black Radio 2" is to feature guest spots by singers and rappers including Anthony Hamilton, Snoop Dogg, Common and Faith Evans, as well as Patrick Stump of the emo-rock band Fall Out Boy. (That one should be interesting.)
October 5, 2012 |
There is no one compelling reason to remake Robert Harling's 1989 weeper "Steel Magnolias" with an all black cast, but there are six pretty good ones. The doomed but determined young woman plotline seems hopelessly (and medically) retro and the original tagline ("I'd rather have 30 minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special") sentimentally absurd (if your doctor advises you to not get pregnant, honey, don't get pregnant). But in a world where roles for black women are few and far between, "Steel Magnolias" does offer the chance for half a dozen of our finest actors to work together without donning maids uniforms or the native garb of the "The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency.
August 24, 2012 |
We all know the statistics. The average American woman is a size 14. And yet most fashion brands refuse to respond, only cutting their clothes up to a size 10 or 12. But two women from Los Angeles, Aly Jill Scott and Roberta “Ro” Cysne, are setting their sights on bringing true democracy to fashion with their new line JilRo, which offers stylish designs, such as silk ruffle-front cocktail dresses, high-waisted pencil skirts and skinny riding...
October 18, 2007 |
Jill Scott pauses for a moment, takes a big swig from an imaginary drink and wipes her lip with emphasis. "It's just a metaphor for something I want more," she confides to the packed crowd Tuesday at the House of Blues. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that she's talking about sex. And she mentions it repeatedly throughout her highly erotic performance. Her ad libs and interludes are so risque, they can't be quoted in a family newspaper.
February 8, 2007
The Roots have long been one of the leading forces in the kind of forward-looking, eclectic hip-hop that often gets categorized as "progressive" or "alternative." Their 2006 release, "Game Theory," is up for best rap album at Sunday's Grammys. So it's a busy weekend, made still busier by a headlining concert at the Gibson Amphitheatre with the potent supporting bill of Jill Scott, Lupe Fiasco and Akon.
July 6, 2006 |
The portrayal of black women in popular music and videos is too often degrading and the black community must find a way to change these images, said Grammy-winning R&B singer Jill Scott on Monday, at the Essence Music Festival's empowerment seminars that are part of the magazine's Take Back the Music campaign. "This is about choosing what we will allow in our lives," Scott said. "We can force things. We can change things. Challenge the music industry with your purchasing power."