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August 2, 2004 | By Tom Moon INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Between the first two songs of her album-previewing "Buzz" concert Friday at the Theater of Living Arts, Jill Scott caught fans up on what she's done in the three years since she last toured. She got a cat, the Philadelphia singer, songwriter and poet told the worshipful capacity crowd. She painted her house - and as if to prove her handiness, she later dropped a choice couplet about how she can "stain in polyurethane. " And the place erupted when, in the introduction to a new song titled "Whatever," she talked about getting married and the virtues of monogamy.
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January 4, 2001 | by Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Staff Writer
Can Jill Scott bring home a Grammy to Philadelphia two years in a row? Last year, this talented young artist shared a songwriting win with the Roots. This year, she's up for an amazing three Grammys for her stellar debut album blending urban soul, hip-hop and jazz, "Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1. " Scott will compete in the best R&B album category against another hometown crew, Boyz II Men (with "Nathan/Michael/Shawn/Wanya") and also the D'Angelo project "Voodoo," which featured studio production by local guys James Poyser and the Roots' ?
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April 2, 2012 | Lauren McCutcheon
HAPPY BIRTHDAY this week to singer-songwriter-poet-actor and hometown honey Jill Scott, who does it all at 40 Wednesday. North Philly's favorite daughter has represented our fair city so well for so long, we wouldn't know where to start in running down her accomplishments. Suffice it to say, if this gorgeously laid-back diva sings, says or tweets it, we wanna be there. In her stars? No stopping her now. More music, more writing, more mothering and definitely more love to give.
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July 24, 2011 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
Jill Scott is off to a fresh start. "My music is a lot more free," says the North Philadelphia-raised R&B singer, actress, and poetess, speaking about the changes she's gone through, artistically and personally, in the years leading up to her new album, The Light of the Sun , which entered the Billboard album chart in the top spot when it was released on her own Blues Babe label last month. Since the release of her previous album, The Real Thing: Words & Sounds Vol. 3 , the 39-year-old Scott - who will headline the Jill Scott Summer Block Party at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden on Aug. 6 along with Anthony Hamilton, Mint Condition, and Doug E. Fresh - has had her world upended.
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May 8, 2001 | By Regina Medina Daily News wire services contributed to this report
Let this be a lesson to all: The sniffles, if left untreated, can turn into a major problem. Just ask Philly R&B singer Jill Scott, who was released from Temple University Hospital yesterday after being treated for a lung infection that began as an itty-bitty cold. The illness has forced Scott, 28, to miss the first few dates as the opening act on Sting's tour, said Karen Taylor, the crooner's spokeswoman. The singer, recently named one of People mag's Most Beautiful People, was scheduled to perform Saturday at the kickoff of Sting's North American tour at Washington, D.C.'s MCI Center, as well as tonight in Greensboro, N.C. Taylor said the Grammy nominee is resting at home, and it hasn't been determined when Scott will head back to performing.
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November 25, 2007 | By Dan DeLuca INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
On stage at the Fillmore at the TLA, Jill Scott beams beneath an Afro that billows like a halo around her head. For the singer, spoken-word poet, and actress, this year has been a creative whirlwind. She recorded her deeply personal and impressively soulful third album, The Real Thing: Words and Sounds, Vol. 3, in Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Miami. She toured behind the album in the United States and Europe. And the newly divorced North Philadelphia native traveled to Atlanta and Africa for extended film shoots.
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June 18, 2010
Brooklyn, N.Y.-born soul singer Maxwell returns to town in a great double bill with Philly's own Jill Scott . Maxwell, whose 2009 album "BLACKsummers'night" marked his first release in almost a decade, has been enjoying some incredible success after such a long break. The album not only debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and was Maxwell's fourth platinum album, it also netted the singer R&B Album of the Year and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance awards at the Grammys. Meanwhile, co-headliner Scott has been prepping her fourth studio album, "The Light of the Sun," slated for release sometime this summer.
NEWS
May 4, 2005 | By Annette John-Hall INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Just like the hundreds of students gathered in the Ira Aldridge Theater on the Howard University campus to hear her read from her new book of poetry, Jill Scott sets goals. "I have a checklist," the platinum-selling recording artist reveals to her adoring audience. "First, I wanted to be Storm from the X-Men, but that didn't work out. I wanted to be a ballet dancer, but that didn't work out, either. I wanted to be in a Broadway play. I checked that off. I wanted to win a Grammy.
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July 16, 2000 | By Tom Moon, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Jill Scott is saying goodbye to the Chocolate Pagoda at Buddakan. She has admitted defeat: She couldn't get close to finishing the dense, three-layer temple. As the plate is cleared, she offers a rhapsody of respect and admiration. "How I have loved you," she sings, surging into an operatic flourish. Then comes a bit of scat in her forlorn jazz-diva voice, next a brief girlfriend-who-won't-take-no-mess. It's a performance, sure. Right down to the flickering of those mischievous eyes.
NEWS
January 20, 2014 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
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.
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December 4, 2014 | The Inquirer staff
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.
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December 2, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
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.
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August 1, 2014 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
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)
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July 19, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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January 29, 2014 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
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.
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January 27, 2014 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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January 22, 2014 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
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)
NEWS
January 20, 2014 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
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.
NEWS
November 15, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
6ABC's Rick Williams takes off his anchor hat for the weekend to star in the Moorestown Theater's take on "Thoroughly Modern Millie," about a small-town girl who travels to NYC to marry rich. The whole ordeal is flapper-fringed, and even includes a bit about white slavery in China (it all works, I promise). Williams performs regularly with the Moorestown Theater Company, previously calling it a good excuse to spend time with his family. Williams will play Trevor Graydon III, the wealthy head of the titular character's company, whom Millie tries to woo. Performances run this weekend and next at the Moorestown Upper Elementary School (325 Borton Landing Road)
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