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The Pulse of Entertainment - August 7, 2015

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Jill-Scott-2014.jpgBillboard and Grammy winner Jill Scott debuts at #1 with her new album ‘Woman'

"I try to learn to not do more than I need," Billboard and three-time Grammy winner Jill Scott said about her fifth studio album titled "Woman" (Blues Babe Records/Atlantic Records) which is independently released. "I'm not going to put out anything I don't want. I'm a passionate singer."

Passionate she is, so passionate she became a business woman to get her music out to her fans in a way where she would have creative control - by forming her own label. Her label Blues Babe Records is distributed by Atlantic Records in order to control her music and her image.

"I own my own record label so I don't have that kind of pressure," Scott said when asked about the selection of what songs to include on the album. "I'm in it to win. I contacted some old friends and new friends. All it takes is one good producer."

Jill is also an actress with credits that include Why Did I Get Married, the James Brown story Get On Up and Hounddog. A Philadelphia native Jill Scott started with an independent label, Hidden Beach Recordings, their first artist. She went on to form he own label Blues Babe Records with distribution but Warner Bros Records and now Atlantic Records.

The "Woman" tour kicked off July 9, 2015 and ends August 28th. It arrives in Jackson, MS August 11th at the Durham Performing Arts Music Hall, Houston, TX August 12th at the Bayou, and Oakland, CA August 21st at the Fox Theater. The album debuted at #1 on U.S. Charts according to The New York Times, which also reports it sold 57,000 albums the first week along with 1.6 million streams.

Jill confessed when asked about struggles that "the initial struggle I had was trying to work and be a mom. That was my struggle. Night time is the right time (to record). I would climb in the bed at 4 a.m. and my son is up at 6:30 a.m. wanting to talk. I'm the kind you wake me up and I'm up. It takes me hours to get back to sleep. (As a result) I stayed in a hotel and then picked him up from school. He gets what he wants and I get what I want."

Jill said she enlisted help from producers such as Andre' Harris on "Prepared" and "Can't Wait," David Banner on "Closure", Warryn Campbell on "Wild Cookie" and 98th Wonder on "Beautiful Love." "Woman" is executive produced by Scott and Andre' Harris. Log onto her website at to learn more - www.MissJillcott.com.

Grammy winner David Banner host ASPiRE's new ‘ABFF Independent' series ‘Protect and Serve,' airs August 8, 9 and 10, 2015
davidbanner2.jpgGrammy winning Rapper/Producer David Banner (Lil' Wayne) hosts the new season of ASPiRE's "ABFF Independent" series which showcases popular and winning American Black Film Festival Award short films and documentaries. Banner will host the "Matters of the Heart" and "Protect and Serve" themed episodes.

"Actually it's really, really, really an amazing story," said the three-time BET Award nominated Jackson, Mississippi native about how he obtain this hosting gig. "I moved back to Atlanta to get back to my South roots. The first person I meet was Paul Butler. He was running ASPiRE at the time. We always wanted to work together but didn't want to push it. The show came and he called and said, ‘Well I don't have the money you use to' and I said, ‘Are you passionate about it?"...I said, ‘Yes.' Paul is the type of person, word is bond. I did it for him and I am glad I did it for him. I think it's bigger than what we thought... controlling our own image."

David Banner is also a poet, actor, public speaker and activist. He holds a Masters in Education from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He debuted independently in 2000, and then in 2003 he signed with Universal Records and released four albums. He is currently with Republic Records and has released "Death of a Pop Star" (with 9th Wonder) in 2010 and "Sex, Drugs and Video Games" in 2012. Born Lavell William Crump, he changed his name to David Banner after the Incredible Hulk character.

As an actor Banner has starred in Ride Along (2014), The Butler (2013) and Stomp The Yard (2010). David's episodes of "Protect and Serve" air August 8th at 12 p.m., 8 p.m. and 11 p.m., August 9th at 4 p.m. and August 10th at 3 p.m.

Find out more about "ABFF Independent" film television series by logging onto www.ASPiRE.tv or about David Banner by logging onto www.David-Banner.com.

(Syndicated Columnist: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times.www.ThePulseofEntertainment.comEVENT: Sat October 24, 2015the "Uplifting Minds II" Free Entertainment Conference at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, CA host by KDAY 93.5FM.EVENT: Sat April 16, 2016 the "Uplifting Minds II" Free Entertainment Conference arrives in Baltimore at Security Square Mall. www.UpliftingMinds2.com.)

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