Jill Scott Chats With CNN

CNN ‘Daybreak’ host Carol Costello spoke with about her new book of poetry, ‘The Minutes, The Hours.’ Scott believes that women have kind of got the feminist movement jacked up. “I do, I think we got it jacked up,” she said. “It began with you know we’re confident and we are capable of earning the same amount of money, doing the same kinds of jobs, we’re intelligent enough and it’s not fair that we don’t have the same wages. And what it’s become is I’m strong and I don’t need anybody. I don’t need you to help me, I don’t need you to look after me, I don’t need anybody, and that’s just not true.” Read on for the complete transcript.

CAROL COSTELLO: Grammy winning singer and songwriter Jill Scott
has tried her hand at a new form of writing, “The Moments, The Minutes,
The Hours.” It’s a book of poetry Scott called from her personal journals.
It’s very spicy. You should read it.

I had a chance to talk to her about her work.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

Some of the things I found most interesting are the poems about hip-hop
women, because, frankly, that really annoys me. Like when I see videos
like “The Candy Store.”

JILL SCOTT, RECORDING ARTIST: I think that there needs to be a balance.
We talk a lot about sexual aspects in music, and that’s fine, because we
are human beings and we’re sexual beings. But I really feel that there’s
another side to relationships, a huge side to relationships that gets missed
out on because we focus a lot of the music only on sexual aspects or the
thrills of sexual activity. But there’s more to a relationship than that.

COSTELLO: So when you write do me, screw me, tease me, oh God where
are the love songs,… SCOTT: Yes.

COSTELLO: … that’s what you’re saying?

SCOTT: That’s exactly what I’m saying. I miss love songs. You know I’m
glad when a love song comes out.

COSTELLO: But why are women writing those songs and not men?

SCOTT: Well you have to understand we’re in a market that sells sex,
the kind of music out.

COSTELLO: But think back to Marvin Gaye.

SCOTT: Sure.

COSTELLO: Talk about love songs.

SCOTT: Sure.

COSTELLO: And beautiful music.

SCOTT: But he also sang “Let’s Get It On,” which was still, to this
day, you know — the thing, the difference is with a song like “Let’s Get
It On” from Marvin Gaye, it was very poetic.

COSTELLO: OK, I’m going to read you something you’ve been quoted as
saying. You said I think we kind of got the feminist movement jacked up.

SCOTT: I do, I think we got it jacked up. It began with you know we’re
confident and we are capable of earning the same amount of money, doing
the same kinds of jobs, we’re intelligent enough and it’s not fair that
we don’t have the same wages.

And what it’s become is I’m strong and I don’t need anybody. I don’t
need you to help me, I don’t need you to look after me, I don’t need anybody,
and that’s just not true. We fall into a role, as well, sometimes I’ve
noticed that the ideal we fall into it being the woman who can cook and
clean and iron and be baby faithful (ph) and that’s it. That’s all we become.

You know that’s good for some women; but for me, I feel that it’s more
important to be everything that I am. I’m a writer, I’m a singer, I’m an
actress, I’m a philanthropist. There are so many things that I don’t even
know about myself yet that I’m open to. I cannot just be my husband’s wife.

(END VIDEOTAPE)


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