Alrighty, I know calling this Afrobella of the Week is a total misnomer for two reasons.
1. I run out of gas by Friday or wind up too busy, so it really winds up being Afrobella of the Fortnight. But that doesn’t have the same ring to it, now does it?
I distinctly remember the first time I saw Jill, in the video for “Gettin In the Way.” It was a landmark moment for me, because I had never seen a sassy, thick, naturally beautiful woman on BET in a primo spot before. I mean, that video was on during the day, not relegated to Midnight Love hours.
Ever since then, I’ve loved Jilly from Philly. I’m a total stan. I own all of her albums, and Dave Chappelle’s Block Party was on repeat at our place for a while (because I love Jill, and Dead Prez, and The Roots, and Cody Chestnutt… but most of all because I MISS Dave Chappelle!!! Come back to your fans, Dave!).
To me, Jill Scott is the essence of soul.
Not to mention the fact that people tell me I look like her all the time.
I know that I don’t, not REALLY, but hey – it’s a much better compliment than “you look like Sybil.” (A brief aside – does ANYBODY remember Sybil? I KNOW Rich from Four Four does, he has to! I loved this song!)
Seriously, I had a lady come up to me at Publix to ask me if I was Jill Scott one time. I was so delighted I just about skipped out of the store.
Lordy, if I could interview Jill Scott I would probably make a babbling fool of myself. I’d wind up crying and telling her how much I love her music.
Even though Jill’s hair is straight and retro in her latest video, I had to name her Afrobella of the Week. She’s so amazing. I had a difficult time choosing a Jill Scott video – do I pick a live version of “You Got Me”, or “Golden,” which always lifts my spirits? Then there’s “Gimme,” which is guaranteed to get y’all dancing on this beautiful Friday? Or how about this incredible clip of her singing “Good Morning Heartache”? (Fresh, look out for LaMichael at the beginning!)
I even contemplated posting this audio-only clip of “The Thickness”, just because Jill so eloquently captures the essence of what Afrobella is all about. Seriously, if you’re a big beautiful black girl and you’ve never heard “The Thickness,” you owe it to yourself.
But I finally decided on “Daydreaming,” with Lupe Fiasco. Jill sounds perfect and looks absolutely gorgeous! I adore her makeup in this video. This is my JAM, y’all. Hope you enjoy it.
Congratulations, Jill – you’re Afrobella of the Week!