HOUSTON (AP), July 6, 2006 - The portrayal of black women in popular music and videos is too often degrading and the black community must find a way to change these images, singer Jill Scott says.
"It is dirty, inappropriate, inadequate, unhealthy and polluted," Scott says. "We can demand more."
The 34-year-old singer spoke Monday before a panel that discussed the issue took the stage at the Essence Music Festival's empowerment seminars as part of the magazine's Take Back the Music campaign.
Scott told the audience that if they are offended by these images, they should stop buying the albums and encourage people in their lives to do the same.
"This is about choosing what we will allow in our lives," she said. "We can force things. We can change things. Challenge the music industry with your purchasing power."
Scott used an eloquent speech, interlaced with song, to illustrate that black women are more than their sexuality and that music should represent that.
"There are many stories to be told that aren't about our sexuality," she said.