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Book Discussion "The Moments, the Minutes, the Hours, The Poetry by Jill Scott"

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Jill Scott's first-ever poetry collection delivers the same earthy, personal, and tell-it-like-it-is voice that fans have grown to know and love. Writing poems and keeping journals since 1991, she shares her personal poetry collection inThe Moments, The Minutes, The Hours. Praised for her honestly erotic, soulful and very real lyrics, Jill Scott uncovers the beauty in healing, the comfort of family, and the stunning vitality of life.

Meet the Author: Jill Scott

Jill Scott (born April 4, 1972) is a Grammy-winning American singer-songwriter, actress, and poet. Since 1999, Scott has made a reputation for being a classic, thought provoking artist gained by her 2000 multi-platinum selling debut, Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who_Is_Jill_Scott?_Words_and_Sounds_Vol._1). Their followups Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds Vol. 2 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beautifully_Human:_Words_and_Sounds_Vol._2) released in 2004, and The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Real_Thing:_Words_and_Sounds_Vol._3) released in 2007 both achieved gold status. She made her cinematic debut in the films Hounddog (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hounddog_%28film%29) and Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married? (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Why_Did_I_Get_Married?) in 2007. She also appeared as the lead role in the BBC/HBO series The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_No._1_Ladies%27_Detective_Agency_%28TV_series%29).

Scott has established the Blues Babe Foundation, a program founded to help young minority students pay for university (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University) expenses. The Blues Babe Foundation offers financial assistance to students between the ages of sixteen to twenty-one, and targets students residing in Philadelphia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philadelphia), Camden (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camden%2c_New_Jersey), and the greater Delaware Valley (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delaware_Valley). Scott donated USD$100,000 to help start the foundation. The foundation was named after Scott's grandmother, known as "Blue Babe." On the foundation's website, it defines its mission statement as one where it "seeks to provide financial support and mentoring for those students who have shown the aptitude and commitment to their education, but whose families may not have the resources to ensure completion of their undergraduate degrees."

In Spring 2003, the Blues Babe Foundation made a donation of more than $60,000 to the graduating class of the Creative Arts School in Camden (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camden%2c_New_Jersey), New Jersey (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Jersey). Any student, who maintained a 3.2 GPA (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grade_point_average) received a yearly stipend for the next three years, that was put toward his or her college education.

At the Essence Music Festival in July 2006, Scott spoke out about how women of color are portrayed in the lyrics of rap songs, and in rap music videos. Scott criticized the content for being "dirty, inappropriate, inadequate, unhealthy, and polluted" and urged the listening audience to "demand more."

Author’s Website (http://www.missjillscott.com/)
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