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Baker's Dozen: Summer In The City

Cross My Mind

"I was just thinking about you, wondering what you doing, I mean what you've been up to . . . "
-- Jill Scott, "Cross My Mind"

I was just thinking about Jill Scott.

The soulful songbird reportedly is in the midst of a divorce from her husband, Lyzel Williams, after five years of marriage. The couple dated for seven years before they got married in 2001. Ironically, Jill just recently finished work on Tyler Perry's next movie, Why Did I Get Married?, in which she plays an abused wife married to a tormenting husband. "I believed in that film so much; I took time off from recording my album just to be in it," Jill told the Metro newspaper. "I'm not good at doing five or 10 things at one time. Whatever project I'm working on, that becomes my main focus."

The two-time Grammy award-winning songstress is expected to her release her third studio effort, tentatively titled The Real Thing, in the fall. Jill also plans to talk about her separation in an upcoming issue of Essence magazine.

But that's not what crossed my mind about Jill.

About two months ago, while I was food shopping at the Super Fresh supermarket in the Philadelphia area, I saw pure beauty in the frozen food section. As I was putting frozen pizzas in my food cart, I looked up and saw the one and only Jill Scott. She was alone -- no bodyguard, no husband, no publicist, just her and a shopping cart. I thought to myself, "what the hell is she doing at the supermarket?" I stalked watched her as she was looking at various frozen Lean Cuisine dinners.

We were alone -- just Jill and I. I wanted to give her a big hug and a kiss. Her music has been such an inspiration to me through the years. But I decided not to bother her for an autograph. I figured I leave her in peace in the frozen food section.

Aw, who am I kidding . . . I chickened out.

I didn't want to cause a ruckus at the supermarket and draw attention to the fact that I was stalking Jill in the frozen food aisle.

As I walked by, Jill looked up at me and then saw that I had a piece of paper in my hand (it was my shopping list). She then smiled at me.

"Hi," I said.
Jill replied back with a quick "Hello."

She then continue to push her shopping cart through the aisle.

I turned around and looked back at Jill -- her svelte figure looked even more scrumptious from behind.

But what crossed my mind was how beautifully human Jill Scott really is.

And the next time I see Jill at the supermarket again, I'm going to holla at her . . . and pay for her groceries. LOL!

Jill Scott -- "Cross My Mind" (music video)

Jill Scott -- "Hate On Me" (new single)

Jill Scott in concert at Radio City Music Hall (concert review)