August 3, 2015 |
It's the afternoon of the release of Jill Scott's new album. It's also the 15th anniversary of her debut album, Who Is Jill Scott?, and the middle of the Jill Scott Summer Tour. Speaking by phone from the road in Cincinnati, the Grammy-winning singer says she feels as though she's given birth. "It feels like I've been pregnant for a long time," Scott says. The baby she's talking about is her fifth studio album, Woman. She's been working on it for 21/2 years. "I can finally let the baby go," Scott says.
December 4, 2014 |
Jill Scott stands by Cosby Philly-born singing star Jill Scott stands by her friend Bill Cosby on Twitter - and some of her followers don't like it. As Layla A. Jones of Philly.com reports, Scott got a request on Nov. 24 to sign a petition asking Temple University to sever ties with the beleaguered comic. (On Monday, Cosby did in fact step down from Temple's board of trustees.) At the time, Scott tweeted: "oh ok. So they've proven the alleged allegations? I didn't know.
December 2, 2014 |
The late Don Cornelius would've dug Friday's Soul Train Music's first WDAS Holiday Jam at the Liacouras Center. Cornelius, the man who created the African American dance program, loved Philly. The band MFSB's 1974 hit, "TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)" was once Soul Train 's theme song. This city loved Cornelius back, evidenced in part by Philly's Questlove's having penned Soul Train: The Music, Dance, and Style of a Generation in 2013. It made sense then that DJ Questlove was the glue holding Soul Train's WDAS Holiday Jam together, spinning vintage funk and rap between sets from '90s soul classicists Faith Evans, Joe, Ledisi, Kem, and Philly's own Jill Scott.
September 5, 2014
WE CAN see the articles now: "50 Ways to Rekindle Infrastructure Legislation. " "Filibuster Your Mate to Ecstasy. " "PACs Even Your Best Friends Won't Tell You About. " Cosmopolitan magazine, which has made the world a better place for decades by identifying male erogenous zones and providing erotic tips for its mostly female readers, has decided to start covering the decidedly unerotic realm that is our political system. On Monday, Cosmo throws its hat in the ring with its "#CosmoVotes" campaign, with candidate endorsements, stories on women-centric issues and a social-media blitz designed to turn readers into voters.
August 1, 2014 |
THE LIVELY James Brown biopic "Get on Up" says it loud, to borrow a phrase from its subject, even if it's not initially clear what's being said. No matter. In the end it's the performance of Chadwick Boseman that does most of the talking, unifying the movie's nervous narrative and confusing shifts in tone. "Get on Up" opens in a jumble of images/ideas/eras - young Brown surviving a near plane crash in Vietnam, an older version bringing a shotgun to scare tenants in one of his properties, a boy chasing his mom (Viola Davis)
July 19, 2014 |
Richard Nichols, 55, longtime manager of the Roots, died Thursday, July 17, in Philadelphia of leukemia, the band announced. Mr. Nichols, a native of Philadelphia, "managed the band from its inception in 1992, and was instrumental in every aspect of The Roots' creative, cultural, and professional life over the past two decades," the band said in a statement. He had been hospitalized for several months and was taken off life support Wednesday night and died Thursday afternoon, according to the Roots-affiliated website Okayplayer.com and Billboard magazine.
January 29, 2014 |
From Grammy winner Jill Scott's elegant black taffeta two-piece to Philadelphia Orchestra president Allison Vulgamore's satin gown in the deepest of teals, doyennes blanketed Saturday's 157th Anniversary Concert and Ball in shades of velvety midnight. But in every nighttime sky, there are stars that burst with color. It was a pretty high-fashion sight at the Academy of Music: Within the chic crowd of black and navy mermaid silhouettes and one-shouldered ensembles in eggplants and emeralds, there were pops of corals, swaths of reds, and a few flashes of pinky-purple, also known as Pantone's color of the year, radiant orchid.
January 27, 2014 |
A snowy afternoon did not stop 1,200 guests from descending on the Academy of Music for its 157th Anniversary Concert and Ball on Saturday night, complete with lots of bubbly and a phenomenal performance by Philadelphia's own Jill Scott. Scott, the Grammy Award-winning singer who got her start performing with neo-soul acts at the Five Spot in Old City, was practically gushing through her 25-minute set. "Do you understand the privilege it is for me to be here?" Scott said, her red-bottomed Christian Louboutin peep-toed shoes glistening on the stage.
January 22, 2014 |
THE GRAND Old Lady of Broad Street has surely learned how to get down for her anniversary Philadelphia Orchestra concert and ball in recent years, pumping up the traditional symphonic soiree and after-party with guest talents as diverse (and unexpected) as Billy Joel, Sting, Diana Krall, Blue Man Group, James Taylor, Paul Simon and, last year, Hugh Jackman. For this Saturday's fundraising (and fun-raising) 157th anniversary Academy of Music bash, organizers are going over-the-top with homegrown entertainment connections, including the top-billed Jill Scott, the Bacon Brothers and (in the great tradition of Lang Lang and Hilary Hahn)
January 20, 2014 |
Jill Scott remembers the first time she went to the Academy of Music to hear the Philadelphia Orchestra. "It was pretty extraordinary," the R&B and soul diva from North Philadelphia says. "I was maybe 7 or 8. I went with my mom. She didn't tell me where we were going. She just got me into a pretty dress, and we got off the bus. "It was Peter and the Wolf ," recalls Scott, who will headline the orchestra's 157th Anniversary Concert and Ball at the Academy on Saturday. The concert, hosted by Kevin and Michael Bacon, will feature Scott singing with the orchestra, conducted by director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and with Grammy-winning pianist Robert Glasper.