Jazmine Sullivan Covers Essence / Talks New Music, Therapy, & More

Published: Tuesday 22nd Jun 2021 by Sam

Check out Jazmine Sullivan, who covers the July/August issue of Essence Magazine. 

The soul-filled songbird has seen her star soar to higher heights with the release of her critically acclaimed EP ‘Heaux Tales’ – home of the Gold-certified ‘Pick Up Your Feelings.’

Sullivan’s recent success comes after a lengthy spell out of the spotlight.

Speaking with Issa Rae (who interviewed her for the publication), she opened up about her personal journey (including tearful therapy sessions), new music, and a whole lot more.

Peep pics and quotes below…

ON HER INSPIRATION FOR NEW MUSIC: It’s about being inspired to do it. I don’t want to believe that I’m my best when I’m heartbroken, but a lot of inspiration does come from heartbreak. And it hits a different way if you are going through things personally. Especially if that’s what you like to write about—and I do write a lot of heartbreak songs, because I’ve been in a lot of bad relationships that just gave me material. Then there’s when the label says, “B–ch, it’s been six years. Just write a damn album!” [laughs]

ON TELLING BLACK WOMEN’S STORIES: “Before now, I had really just been concerned about expressing myself and getting my story out there—and people have connected to that. But for this project, it was important for me to share the stories of the women I love and hold dear to my heart. I feel like they are just as banging and dynamic as me. And I want to give space and opportunity to women, period…”

ON MAKING SPACE FOR OTHER BLACK WOMEN: “I feel like we get caught up in thinking there’s ‘only one’ of us. There can only be one R&B superstar; there can only be one rap girl at a time. That’s not true. God was not stingy when He was giving out gifts. And you’re not the only person. There are many other women, especially Black women, who can do what you do. And let’s all create spaces for each other to get out there and do that…”


ON HAVING A MASTER PLAN…OR NOT: “I wish I could say I had a master plan, but I really didn’t. I was just doing what felt natural, and luckily I had gotten with a record company and with people who allowed me to do that. But for me, I just wanted to express myself in the most natural way, and that means me writing my stories. So many of the songs at that time came from a lot of the childish stuff I was going through. For example, busting windows out of an ex’s car and literally going straight from doing it to not being able to sleep. I was restless, because I was still in the moment. And so I just started writing about it. I let my girlfriends hear it, and they were like, ‘Girl, do your thing—whatever this leads to.’ And it led to my world opening up in such a different way…”

ON FINDING THE RIGHT THERAPIST: “The first five minutes I was holding back tears, because I was like, ‘Wow, this is the first time I’m actually speaking about my feelings. And it’s not in a song. It doesn’t require notes. I don’t need to impress anybody with what it is that I’m actually doing. This is the first time.’ So I was holding back tears even doing that. But after that first five minutes, I was surprised by how much I was enjoying speaking to somebody, and somebody listening to me, and I didn’t have to perform to do it. But finding the right therapist is a process—because I went to therapy one time, years ago, and I hated the experience, and I feel like it stopped me from going for a long time. And then I found this new lady, and it’s a totally different experience. So you have to find the right person for you, that you actually want to open up to. But once you do that, a weight lifts off of you—just from speaking, just from telling your story. And that’s what Heaux Tales was. It’s like, ‘Tell it, girl. Tell it. Set yourself free.’”

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Great feature!

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[Photo Credit: Essence / Brad-Ogbonna]

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  1. Your Name June 22, 2021

    Pics not very flattering. The photographer and creative director should be fired.

  2. 🍭marilyn monh-O-E🍭(💫Perfectly Splendid✨) June 22, 2021

    Did she borrow her wig from homeless people or animal shelter 💅🏿

    • Comett June 22, 2021

      Stfu you Miserable ass troll

      • 🍭marilyn monh-O-E🍭(💫Perfectly Splendid✨) June 22, 2021

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      • STFU Marilyn June 22, 2021

        You ain’t got no OF or pornhub you lyin ass b****.

      • Shayla Queen™ 👑 June 22, 2021

        Fxxk off, hater. You as irrelevant as Jasmine SulliMAN. You can never be Marilyn Da Real Diva, you jealous höe.

    • 🍭marilyn monh-O-E🍭(💫Perfectly Splendid✨) June 22, 2021

      Bye b I t c h 👋 u have no right to talk to the real DIVA👠 get lost! Ghost!

      • STFU Marilyn June 22, 2021

        I’ll get lost when you drop that OF link you always talkin bout, lyin ass b****. Imma embarrass yo lyin ass

    • Shayla Queen™ 👑 June 22, 2021

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      • STFU Shayla June 22, 2021

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      • Shayla Queen™ 👑 June 22, 2021

        My p**** was too dry because your d*** was too small to get me wet 💋

  3. whytte n blacc bitchesss June 22, 2021

    then she is aware of a female swinger in philly who can sing like whitneuy houston\ who is being stalked..she about to release a mixtape especially if she is talking therap;y and she lives in phila…. she has knowledge on a new female singer who cant leave her home in philly due to the number of poeople who is stalking her.. her initals art kc she know who im talking about .. let her breath till she drop I will let yall know when her album is out but she is gonna blow…stop stalking her

    • Whyyt n blcc bitzzez June 22, 2021

      Haha we don’t. Spell check on tgj

  4. Shayla Queen™ 👑 June 22, 2021

    Go away you fat flop

    • F*** c I’m illa June 22, 2021

      Tell flopmilla that! We hate that ugly fat untalented horse faced b****

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