Jill Scott and Eve along with friends Black Thought, Peedi Crakk and company shoots the music video for Scott’s new single “Shame” at the Cecil B. Moore Recreation Center March 21, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The set was filled with music, laughter, and dancing children filled.
Scott’s new album is set to release late this year, will feature a mix of musical influences ranging from hip-hop to blues. This album symbolizes the rebirth of the neo-soul siren, whose last album ‘The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3’ was released back in 2007.
Scott recently stated, “I really wanted to go back to my original state. I love hip-hop, and I was born to it,” she goes on to say, “I needed to come back to it, it’s been awhile, and I’m in a new environment.”
More important to Scott than the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, is staying rooted in her community. She does this through her Blues Babe Foundation, which sets to assist minority college-bound students artistically and academically. Scott even went as far as to step in when she heard the Cecil B. Moore Recreation Center near where she grew up was next to be torn down by the city of Philadelphia.
“When I found out it was closing, it just hurt my feelings because kids like me needed a place to go,” she says. “We just started to really take care of this facility because we don’t want it to shut down.”
This was the same rec center where Scott began writing poetry and music as a child. “Every community needs a rec center,” says Scott. “I put a lot of my love and my heart here.”
– Aleta Watson