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First Look Movie Review: Jill Scott’s New Movie on Lifetime Movie Networks

The multi-talented diva and new mom, Jill Scott, stars in a new film on Lifetime Movie Network premiering Feb. 21. Check out my review of Sins of the Mother.




Jill Scott Stars in Sins of the Mother, a Lifetime Movie Network film premiering Sunday, February 21, 2010 at 8pm/5pm PT.

I just love me some Jill Scott.

Her style, her voice, her amazing talent. Am I the only one missing The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency? And as a woman, when Jill sang "I’m about to take my earrings off and get me some vaseline" in her hit song, Gettin in the Way, millions of women, including myself, knew EXACTLY what she meant.

So when my new friends at the Lifetime family, (have you checked out my new blog on www.lifetimemoms.com) asked me to preview and review Jill’s new film on Lifetime Movie Network, I was like, WHoo hoo!

The movie, Sins of the Mother, is a touching story about the harsh realities of love, forgiveness, and closest of bonds between mother and daughter is based on the book, Orange Mint and Honey by Carleen Brice.

In the movie, Jill Scott plays Nona, a single mom and reformed alocholic. (I know what you’re thinking, but stay with me) Her daughter Shay, played by Nicole Beharie, is mad at the world. And specifically her mother. But Shay, a graduate student, finds herself broke, burned out and unable to cope with the stresses of school, she is forced to return to her mother’s house. When she returns home, Shay finds Nona (Jill Scott) completely transformed, living a stable life with the help of her sponsor, and with a new young daughter.

But you know how it is when you put people in a box of who you think they are. Even if they change, you aren’t willing to accept it. You aren’t willing to get past the pain they caused you in order for you to forgive them. This is Shay’s journey.

Shay is stuck in the past, mad at the world and in a place where there is no forgiveness. The film shows her journey to reconciling her anger and learning the sacred art of forgiveness toward her mom.

Jill Scott, on the other hand, is a mother who can’t control if and when Shay’s forgiveness will come, who can’t undo her past and desperately wants to be believed in and respected in the present.

The other thing I learned watching Sins of the Mother is that, quite frankly, being angry takes a lot of energy! Who needs the stress? Shay carries all sorts of anger and stress with her everyday like a designer handbag.

Everyone needs an outlet. In the movie, Jill Scott’s character finds a special place and a special way to deal with her fears and anxieties (let me know what you thought of it), and as I watched the film, I thought, I could definitely use one of those.


As I watched the scenes of Nora going to her “place,” I thought about the many ways I’ve dealt with fears and anxieties in my life, and also the ways I could have handled them better.


I thought about my own daughter. Though I try my best as a mother and thankfully have been blessed thus far to have not fallen into any addictions (does Big Love on HBO count?), I know that I will inevitably make mistakes as a parent. My prayer is that none of them will deeply scar my children (but I’ve started a therapy fund for them just in case) and that in the end they will forgive me.  My mom often said of her own mother, “She did the best she could with what she had at the time.” I get that.   At the end of the day, that’s all any mom can do.

Sins of the Mother premieres Sunday, Feb. 21st at 8pm on Lifetime Movie Network  

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