R&B crooner John Legend was among a handful of musicians who appeared last night on A&E’s “Shining a Light Concert,” a special about race in America.
To promote the program, he gave an interview to USA Today in which he recalls being a victim of racial profiling when he attending the University of Pennsylvania. When asked if he’d experienced racism on a personal level, he answered:
Are we lucky or what? Philadelphia has always been a city of song, from the days when the Founding Fathers hoisted mugs in its taverns to today, when local lass Taylor Swift is at the top of the pop charts—though not on this list. Because to be on this list, you have to have one of the finest singing voices ever to have let freedom ring in this town. Here, in ascending order, are the 13 best singers who’ve called Philly home.
In December, Philly-born singer Jill Scott took to Twitter to defend Bill Cosby, saying that “media/society is attempting to destroy a magnificent legacy … who has done more for the image of brown people than almost anyone.” But after it was revealed this week that Cosby admitted to buying Quaaludes with the intent of giving them to women he wanted to have sex with, the soul singer is changing her tune. Once again, she used Twitter to share her newfound thoughts:
Philly-bred singer/actress Jill Scott took to Twitter yesterday to defend Bill Cosby following a string of sexual assault allegations against him that have been resurfacing recently. It all started when a fan tweeted that she heard Scott was taking sides with Cosby.
@JasBaileyTweets sides with Mr. Cosby? No. I side with substantiated proof when media/society is attempting to destroy a magnificent Legacy
— ⭐Jill Scott⭐ (@missjillscott) December 1, 2014
And it continued …
(h/t The Root)
Philly’s Jill Scott goes by many names — neo-soul queen, poet, actress — but today she will receive a new title from Temple University, when she is presented an honorary doctorate from her alma mater. The certificate will anoint her Doctor of Humane Letters. More from Essence:
Temple University President Neil D. Theobald said Scott’s “values and achievements embody the mission and ideas of the university.”
Besides her award-winning music career, Scott is also the founder of the Blues Babe Foundation which helps underserved students in the Delaware Valley with their postsecondary educational goals through financial assistance and mentorship. The foundation is named after her grandmother.
On Thursday First Lady Michelle Obama will host a “Women of Soul” concert at the White House, and she’s invited Philly’s Patti LaBelle and Jill Scott to perform.
Other featured singers: Aretha Franklin, Melissa Etheridge, Janelle Monae, Ariana Grande and The Voice winner Tessanne Chin.
The best news is that we can all see it, because it’s streaming live Thursday, March 6th on the White House website, and will be televised April 7th.
For the first time in its 85-year history, the Academy Awards is putting on a concert to showcase the five original scores and four songs nominated for Oscars this year, and Philly’s Jill Scott is among the performers.
Extra reports that Usher has chosen North Philly-raised neo-soul queen Jill Scott to be a guest mentor on the upcoming sixth season of The Voice. In the interview, he calls Scott his secret weapon. “[She’s] incredible, as a writer, as a musician, as an actress,” he says. “All those elements really help to prepare artists.”
You can catch her on The Voice when the show kicks off on Feb. 24.