Flashback: Jill Scott Interview | Vibe.com (2000)

Remember this Miguel? Before print decided to do something on her. At Felissimo – a trendy shop in midtown Manhattan specializing in expensive housewares and furniture- a soon to be famous poet/singer out of Philadelphia attends her first press day. A cheerful and upbeat Jill Scott lingers in the sectioned-off area of the shop, looking around and chitchatting with her publicist. But despite her cool demeanor on this hot Thursday afternoon in July, there are a few things on the singer’s mind. The rapidly approaching release date for her debut album, Who Is Jill Scott: Words and Sounds, Vol. 1, …

Something Different: A Lost Edwidge Danticat Interview

During the release of an anthology entitled The Butterfly’s Way, that author Edwidge Danticat put together, I had a chance to interview her for a now-defunct online magazine called Native. By Richard Louissaint Imagine this scene: a grandmother of Haitian descent serving up stories to a group of children—many of whom are little nieces, nephews, and grandchildren—as they sit around her. Before the start of each story, the grandmother shouts “Kric!,” and only begins speaking, in her native language Kreyol, after the young audience responds with an affirming “Krac!” In the oral tradition of Haitian storytelling, these two phrases “Kric” …