Richard T. Jones Biography

Height: 5' 6" (1.68 m)
Wiki Biography: Born in 1972 in North Philadelphia, Jill Scott grew up in the ghetto with her mom and grandmother. A deeply loved and gifted child, she learned to talk at only eight months and was reading by age four. Always the center of attention, her principal in elementary school described her as a little butterfly. After running from Jill's abusive stepfather, mother and child moved in with Jill's grandmother, with whom she had a very close bond. After a rough but memorable childhood, Scott attended Temple University, studying secondary education. She was planning on becoming a high-school English teacher. When she was placed at a school as a student-teacher, her fellow professors disapproved of her unique method of teaching the kids: she often incorporated singing and melody in order to help with memorization. Due to the negative comments she was receiving, she quit. Shortly thereafter, a friend helped her in joining a local theater troop. After some hard work, she earned a spot on the Canadian cast of Rent, began to do poetry readings and befriended some big names in the Philly artistic community, included Jeffrey A. Townes (DJ Jazzy Jeff). It was here that Scott's musical career took off. Encouraged by Jazzy Jeff and Ahmir-Khalib Thompson (Ahmir "Questolove" Thompson) of the hip-hop group The Roots, Scott wrote several songs in only three days during the summer of 1999. One of them, entitled "You Got Me," was performed by Erykah Badu and The Roots, and won a Grammy for Best Rap Performance (Duo or Group). A few months later, after Jeff burned 100 demo CDs and marketed the soul singer, Jill Scott signed with the new label Hidden Beach. During this whole process and since then, she collaborated with Will Smith and Common, and worked on soundtracks for Down to Earth (2001), Wild Wild West (1999) and In Too Deep (1999) Amazingly, she made 50 songs for her debut album and had a lot of trouble trimming it down. Finally, after much deliberation, "Who Is Jill Scott? Words & Sounds, Vol. I" was released in July 2000. It featured music that was youthful enough for the younger generation and soulful enough for those above 40. Accolades came pouring in for her unique contribution to hip-hop: "Who Is Jill Scott?" was certified platinum, and she received three Grammy nominations (including one for Best New Artist), three NAACP Image rewards and one Soul Train Award for Best Female R&B Album. Her fame carried her on stage as she performed on VH1's Divas Live with Aretha Franklin; speaking of Aretha, Jill Scott was the 2001 recipient of the Aretha Franklin Award as "Entertainer of the Year" at the Lady of Soul Awards.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Brooklyn South Off. Clement Johnson 1997 - 1998 Crime
Judging Amy Bruce Van Exel 1999 - 2005 Drama
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles James Ellison 2008 - 2009 Action
Twisted Wilson Jefferson 2013 - 2014 Crime
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Auggie Rose Officer Decker 0000
Renaissance Man Pvt. Jackson Leroy 1994 Comedy, Drama
Jury Duty 1995 Comedy
Black Rose of Harlem Cateye 1996 Action, Crime, Drama
The Trigger Effect 1996 Drama, Thriller
Event Horizon Cooper 1997 Game Show, Reality Tv, Sport
Johns 1997 Drama
Kiss the Girls 1997 Crime, Drama, Mystery
The Wood 1999 0, 0
Lockdown Avery Montgomery 2001 Drama, Thriller
Book of Love: The Definitive Reason Why Men Are Dogs Ben Strong 2002 Romance, Comedy
Phone Booth Sergeant Cole 2003 Mystery, Thriller
Full Court Miracle 2003 Drama
Twisted 2004 0, Comedy, 0
Collateral 2004 Crime, Drama, Thriller
Riding the Bus with My Sister 2005 Drama
G Summer G 2005 Drama, Romance
Traci Townsend 2006
Why Did I Get Married? Mike 2007 0
Vantage Point Holden 2008 Comedy, 0, 0
Why Did I Get Married Too? Mike 2010 Biography, 0
Cutting Room Steve 2010 Comedy, Horror, Mystery
Forgiveness Pastor Joseph Jenkins 2011 Drama, Mystery
King of the Underground Himself 2011 Comedy, Drama, Horror
Game of Life Mark 2011 Drama
Atlas Shrugged II: The Strike Eddie Willers 2012 0, Sport, Game Show
Note to Self Curtis Sr. 2012 Comedy, Drama, Romance
The Great Divide Jeff 2012 Comedy
Caught in the Crossfire Captain Emmett 2012 Crime
The Last Letter Mr. Tines 2013 Thriller
Hear No Evil Samuel 2014 Drama
Cru Richard 'Rich' Hughes 2014 Drama
Concussion Andre Waters 2015 Drama, Sport