Jill Scott and her charming son Jett are the cover subjects of Ebony Magazine’s May 2013 issue, which also features a report on how Black America can save young men who are growing up in single-family homes, poverty and violence.
Inside, Jill is very honest as she talks about the struggles of being a single mother, all while revealing that no matter what she does, she can not teach her son how to be a man. Only a man can do that.
Peep a few of the excerpts from the interview below:
On being a single-mom:
That I-can-do-it-by-myself mentality is a lie. I’m sorry if I hurt anybody’s feelings, but you cannot do it all by yourself. You need a village: some aunties, grandmoms, friends. I couldn’t do this by myself and would be a fool to think I could.”
On raising a young man:
It’s challenging being a single mom…No matter what I do, I’ll never be a man. Ever. I can show Jett how to be a thinker, how to enjoy music or how to feel, and to conquer. But I cannot show him how to be a man.”
Motherhood is getting your hands and your feet in the soil…When Jett puts my face in his hands and tells me, ‘Mommy you’re so pretty’ or smells me, it’s so wonderful.”
On being sexy:
The way I see things, I think that’s sexy. The way I think and the way I pray, I believe, are very sexy. I’ve never been the girl with too few clothes on. My mother told me… ‘It’s what you don’t do that makes you sexy moreso than what you do.’