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Upon hearing the Cecil B. Moore recreation center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was closing down, singer Jill Scott decided to use her return to the music scene as a way to raise money to keep the neighborhood institution open.
Joined by Black Thought and rapper Eve, Jill went back to the center to shoot the video for her new single “Shame.” Set to be the lead-off single from her upcoming “Light of the Sun” album, it was co-written by Jill, who describes it as a return to her original roots of hip-hop.
“I really wanted to go back to my original state,” Scott said. “I love hip-hop and I was born to do it. I needed to come back to it, it’s been awhile and I’m in a new environment.”
That new environment Jill speaks of is Warner Brothers Records. After over a decade with Hidden Beach Records, Jill parted ways with the label after a long court battle that eventually ended with the singer winning her musical freedom.
Jill says she is finally ready to move forward with a new sound and hopes her fans will be pleased when “Light of the Sun” is released later on this year.
Singer Jill Scott , who was most recently seen in the HBO original series “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency,” has signed on to star in the Lifetime telepic “Sins of the Mother.” Production started earlier this month and the film will make it’s debut on Lifetime’s sister channel, Lifetime Movie Network, in the Spring of 2010. “Sins of the Mother” revolves around a grad student who returns home to face her abusive, alcoholic mother — played by Scott — only to discover that her mom is sober and has a 3-year-old daughter and new life. Telepic is based on the novel “Orange Mint and Honey,” written by Carleen Brice. Elizabeth Hunter adapted the novel for TV, while Paul Kaufman is directing. Damon Lee (“Obsessed”) is the exec producer for Mother Road Prods., which is behind the project. Jill will next star in Tyler Perry’s “Why Did I Get Married, Too?” — a sequel to “Why Did I Get Married.” No word yet on the fate of Jill’s HBO series. Executives at the network have still not made a decision on whether it will be picked up for another season.
Have you guys been watching Jill Scott and Anika Noni Rose’s new HBO drama, The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency? The show first aired two weeks ago and I have seen repeats of each episode about 20 times. I watch very little television, mostly news and HGTV, so having an adult show I can watch and enjoy is truly a pleasure. Jill Scott is truly an amazing actress- just in case anyone thinks her performance in “Why Did I Get Married” was just a fluke. Anika Noni Rose is also amazing in her role as Jill’s secretary. Anika is such an underrated actress. She keeps getting cast alongside well known singers so attention for her is always rather sparse. Still, she owns each role she plays and just like in Dreamgirls, her comedic and sweet nature totally saves the day.
Jill Scott is pregnant with her first child, the R&B singer and actress revealed to reporters at the Television Critics Association conference in Los Angeles on Friday. Promoting her new HBO series The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, based on the popular novels by Alexander McCall Smith, Scott said she discovered that she was pregnant just before leaving for Botswana where she filmed the show. “The first trimester I spent in Botswana,” said the star, who is due April 25. “That was one of the biggest challenges of my life. First trimester! You’re sick every morning. It was seven hours time difference, the heat, the bugs, the 14 hour days.”