Jill Scott sounds off on race, relationships and real love


The mistake was made, love slipped from my lips, dripped down my chin and landed in his lap. –“Love Rain”

Since debuting in 2000 with the masterful Who Is Jill Scott? album, Scott has inspired millions through song. She’s currently working on a new album that will feature Ne-Yo, David Banner and others.

Scott also delves into acting and will co-star in a movie that represents the essence of black love. In Baggage Claim, Scott co-stars alongside Paula Patton, Derek Luke and Boris Kodjoe in a film directed by David Talbert. The movie tackles the issue of love versus infatuation. Scott understands how we sometimes fall in love with the idea of falling in love instead of thoroughly examining the person we choose to be with.

“Love is hard,” Scott admits. “Finding someone to fall in love with is the hardest part of all. Infatuation is easy. We get caught up in someone’s looks, or their money, but not the person. Or, we’re into someone for a couple of months and then the novelty fades and we’re on to the next. Love is bigger than just the emotion for the moment. Love requires patience. It requires communication. It requires and demands mutual respect and understanding. In this quick-paced world, we want immediate gratification. Our idea of love and having that is great, but the immediate gratification of having it all is what most people are after in this microwavable world. That’s what makes it such a challenge. We have to change our mentality if we want relationships that will last. Finding someone or meeting someone who is equally yoked — that’s major. Not just financially, but someone who is willing to participate with you in life and love. All of those things are what I was told to look for.”

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