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What Did You Think Of Nicki Minaj’s Meeting With Lauryn Hill?

October 17th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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Over the weekend, two Hip Hop heavyweights, one legendary and one contemporary, had the chance to meet. I’m talking about Lauryn Hill and Nicki Minaj. The two performed at the Tidal X benefit concert where proceeds went to the Robin Hood Foundation, an organization that seeks to eliminate poverty in New York. Backstage, Nicki had a moment when she met Lauryn, a pioneer in the rap game, particularly for women MCs.

Naturally, Hill is a bit of an idol to Minaj and when she met her, she didn’t keep that to herself. She literally got down on her knees and bowed in Ms. Hill’s presence. As she did so, she said, “I’m in love with you. I’m in love with your spirit, your mind, everything about you.”

When I first saw the video on For Harriet’s Instagram page, I scrolled through the comments to see what the reaction was. There were several people who applauded Nicki for bowing in the presence of greatness, showing respect to her foremother. But there was another woman who posed the question

Naecissist said:“Wonder what Lauryn is thinking. All I have in my head watching this is ‘showing off your ass cuz you’re thinking it’s a trend.’”


It’s a fair question. There’s no doubt that outwardly, Nicki Minaj and Lauryn Hill have different styles with drastically different content. Still, I would like to think that both women could recognize that there’s a place for the other in the world of Hip Hop. There is room for the more conscious rapper and the one who focuses on materialism, bravado, and being a boss in a male dominated industry. I’m a proponent of women being able to represent themselves fully and if we need both Lauryn Hill and Nicki to do that, then so be it.

I just found the whole interaction to be a bit of a performance. I’m sure Nicki really does revere Lauryn Hill; but something about this encounter, perhaps the way Nicki started speaking in baby voice, or the touching of her forehead to the ground, just struck me as exaggerated. And I wonder what this meeting would have looked like if she weren’t being recorded.

Not that there’s anything wrong with a staged meeting, to illustrate her true love for Ms. Hill. It just reads differently than a more natural approach would have.

What do you think about the meeting of these two ladies? Did it strike you as odd or interesting?

Veronica Wells is the culture editor at She is also the author of “Bettah Days.” You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter @VDubShrug.

Did Y’all See? Lauryn’s Energy Is Off And Miss. Tina Talks Lemonade

May 13th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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This week on Did Y’all See? the editors are talking about Lauryn Hill consistently showing up late for performances and the apology she issued in response to a disgruntled fan. Then the ladies shared their thoughts on the teens charged in the death of Amy Joyner-Francis. There was a game of “Who’d You Rather?” between “Underground” stars Aldis Hodge and Alano Miller. Find out what the MN editors had to say about Mama Tina’s thoughts on Lemonade and see who they shouted out for this week’s “We See You!”

Check it all out in the video above.

When Energies Don’t Align: The Problem With Lauryn Hill’s Apology

May 9th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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I was in fifth grade when The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill came out. The album was destined to be in my life. The first copy was gifted to me. And then when I left it, trying to play DJ at my school dance, one of my mother’s friends was gracious enough to buy me another copy. And I’m thankful for that because The Miseducation literally ministered to me, long after elementary school.

Sadly, that was one of the last times I was so deeply affected by Ms. Hill’s work. Whether her priorities shifted after the births of her children or the slow end of her relationship with Rohan, things changed drastically. And while my soul will always be grateful to Ms. Hill for The Miseducation, Lauryn and her message are different now. And that was cool. People change. And unlike so many other people, I wasn’t personally offended by the transformation.

When she started cancelling or showing up hours late for concerts, only to perform strange renditions of the songs we loved, I wasn’t particularly bothered because I knew better than to spend my money to see a woman who was different, whose music was different.

I could only assume that Ms. Hill was showing up late for so many concerts because, as Kanye said, her heart is not in it anymore. And that explanation was fine for me. It made sense.

But this weekend, after a fan confronted Ms. Hill for showing up 3 hours late for a concert and only performing for 30 mins, she provided another one.

#PressPlay: Yikes a fan went off on #LaurynHill for apparently being 3 hours late to her show

A video posted by The Shade Room (@theshaderoominc) on

Though showing up late for shows had become Hill’s modus operandi, this time she felt the need to apologize for her tardiness.

lauryn hill's apology

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While there were quite a few people who seemed to understand the explanation about energies and even accepted the apology, most people did not.

Including the most-liked comment on the post from Jeffrey Jay Johnson,

With much respect to your explanation…I will continue to support you by requesting and playing your music from time to time but more importantly how do I get my money back for the tickets I paid for…..because the energy that poetically flows through my bank account would like to be refreshed and refilled.


I completely understand not having the energy to fulfill an obligation. Most of the things I commit to, I ultimately end up not wanting to do when the time comes. But she is the one booking these dates. I would suspect that she’s doing so months in advance. So there is plenty of time to get your energy aligned.

Furthermore, her decision to prioritize her energy over that of her fans, those who chose to spend their hard earned money on her concert tickets is insulting. I wonder did she consider what their energy would be like after standing for three hours, only to hear a 30 minute performance. And these people had it easy. Another person commented on that same Facebook post saying that they waited for Ms. Hill at New York’s famous Blue Note club, outside…in February. Freezing temperatures. And then when they finally got inside, she didn’t even say hello to the crowd, let alone apologize for being so late and making them so miserable in the process.

Then there’s the level of privilege and disconnection about this type of behavior that particularly rubs me the wrong way. If any one of us consistently showed up to our jobs 3-4 hours late, with no prior notice, those jobs would quickly choose to stop supporting us.

I’m not exactly sure of Ms. Hill’s current situation with the IRS or her financial standing, now that she’s paid them, but I’m sure her decision to take all of these performances has something to do with all of that.

Honestly, if I were a fan who was still buying tickets to see her, I would much rather an honest explanation about financial obligations and not really wanting to perform for audiences as often as she does. That makes more sense. That sounds far more plausible. And it’s less insulting to her fans and their intelligence than something about energies not aligning for the past five years.

Pass Or Play? Lauryn Hill Gifts New Music This Christmas With “A Cradle In Bethlehem”

December 26th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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It’s been a minute since L-Boogie a.k.a. Lauryn Hill blessed us with her undeniable talents that put her at the forefront of R&B/soul music in the late ’90s an early ’00s. Nevertheless, she’s back and we’re welcoming of her soul soothing presence.

To add peace, prosperity, and damn good music to your Christmas playlist, Hill released a new track on Dec. 25. Although unfinished, she shared with the masses her rendition of Nat King Cole’s 1960 carol “A Cradle in Bethlehem” via Soundcloud. And as expected, she’s giving us all the feels of nostalgia.

While we twiddle our thumbs and await an announcement of a new album from Lauryn, she has decided to touch her loyal fans in a different. Instead of knocking out tunes in the booth, she’s actually gearing up for two intimate performances at the start of the new year. One of the shows will take place at the Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 1 and the other at Brooklyn’s Brooklyn Bowl on Jan 4.

Press play and take a first spin of Ms. Hill’s new track. Are you feeling it?


Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind The Making Of “Sister Act 2: Back In The Habit”

August 31st, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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As a child of the ’90’s, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, was on the required viewing list. We knew the plot, the songs and chuckled at all the nuns with the huge personalities. Many of us love that movie and know it like the back of our hands. And while that might be the case, there are some behind the scenes details that we never learned. Well, all of that is about to change today.

Fighting For What’s Right: Celebrities Who Aren’t Afraid To Get Political

August 29th, 2015 - By Iva Anthony
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Some celebrities understand the power they wield, using their celebrity status as a platform to discuss social issues such as racism, police brutality and injustice. These famous people weren’t afraid to talk about political or social issues in public, and we salute them.

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Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae’s appearance on “The Today Show” last week double as a public confessional as she expressed her views on the ongoing issue of police brutality in the country. Monae, who was joined by her artist Jidenna, performed “Hell You Talmbout,” a song that pays homage to several victims of police and racially motivated violence. She concluded the performance with a message about police brutality, but producers of the show weren’t having it and pulled the plug on her performance. Viewers at home watched as the camera panned to one of the show’s anchors in the middle of Monae’s message.




Lauryn Hill’s ‘Tonight Show’ Performance Will Have You “Feeling Good”

August 1st, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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A Lauryn Hill performance in itself is a rare happening, so when the musical legend made a TV appearance Thursday (July 30) night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, we were all shocked and glued to our televisions.

Her performance featured a show-stopping number paying tribute to the late and great Nina Simone. “Feeling Good” was Hill’s choice of song as she put her own twist on the track with her signature raspy vocals.

Lauryn is featured on Nina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina Simone compilation, the accompanying soundtrack to the Netflix documentary What Happened, Miss Simone. Hill’s contributions to the project include vocals on several tracks like “Ne Me Quitte Pas,” “Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair,” “Wild Is the Wind,” “African Mailman” and “I’ve Got Life

Watch her rock the house with a stellar performance of “Feeling Good.”

Lauryn Hill Can’t Travel Across The Pond: Banned From Performing In England

July 13th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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In recent months, Lauryn Hill has been wowing fans new and old in New York, Philly and Los Angeles with her powerful performances. Unfortunately due to her past legal trouble with the IRS, she is unable to perform or even enter the United Kingdom. She shared on her Facebook page:

“Hello All,
I’ve been informed that I won’t be able to enter the UK for a period of time due to my past legal situation. For this reason I have to cancel my concert on July 15th. Know that I was looking forward to performing in London this summer, and that I appreciate all of my fans and supporters both in London, and throughout the UK. I look forward to seeing you again as soon as I’m able to.
Love and Respect,

In the Facebook post, Hill is referring to her 2013 prison stint for tax evasion. The IRS says Hill did not pay more than $1 million in taxes over 10 years. Instead of paying, Hill served three months in federal prison.

Despite this recent setback, Hill is featured on a tribute album for the late Nina Simone titled “Nina Revisited” and will be touring in other European countries such as Italy, France and Spain.

Check out her cover of Nina Simone’s song, Black Is The Color Of My True Love’s Hair, below.

Pass Or Play: Lauryn Hill Covers Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good”

June 19th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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It looks like the Nina Simone documentary What Happened, Miss Simone? is shaping up to be a huge success. Not just from the looks of the trailer but also the soundtrack.

Earlier, we told you that Jazmine Sullivan covered Simone’s song “Baltimore” about poverty and racial injustice in the city…much like today.

As the June 26 Netflix premiere date approaches, more information about the soundtrack is coming out. Turns out, Lauryn Hill is covering “Feeling Good.”

Any decent Lauryn HIll fan can recognize that her voice has changed over the years. It’s more raspy, grittier, with perfectly timed breaks.

These changes lend itself very well to this song particularly.

Take a listen to Lauryn Hill’s cover below and check out the full soundtrack list below.

1. Lisa Simone – “Nobody’s Fault but Mine (Intro)”
2. Ms. Lauryn Hill – “Feeling Good”
3. Ms. Lauryn Hill – “I’ve Got Life” – Ms. Lauryn Hill
4. Ms. Lauryn Hill – “Ne Me Quitte Pas” – Ms. Lauryn Hill
5. Jazmine Sullivan “Baltimore”
6. Grace – “Love Me or Leave Me”
7. Usher – “My Baby Just Cares For Me”
8. Mary J. Blige – “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”
9. Gregory Porter – “Sinnerman”
10. Common & Lalah Hathaway – “YG&B”
11. Alice Smith – “I Put A Spell On You”
12. Lisa Simone – “I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl”
13. Ms. Lauryn Hill – “Black Is The Color Of My True Love’s Hair”
14. Ms. Lauryn Hill – “Wild Is The Wind”
15. Ms. Lauryn Hill – “African Mailman”
16. Nina Simone – “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free”


Flashback Friday: 10 Hits, Remixes, And Rare Songs By Lauryn Hill

June 5th, 2015 - By Rich
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Lauryn Hill turned forty recently. It seems like just yesterday she was the 17-year-old with the micro braids who stole the show in Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit. In that time she has become a cultural icon and one of hip hop’s-and black music in general’s-most elusive artists. She hasn’t released a proper album in seventeen years, she has been known for showing up incredibly late for shows, and the reason that The Fugees 2005 reunion album was cut short after a few recording sessions.

Nonetheless, Ms. Hill is a treasure. In her sleep she can out-rap, out-sing, and out-write almost everyone who is hot in 2015. That’s the reason that in spite of it all, we keep rooting for her. I still believe that one day she will make that incredible follow-up (it will be nothing like Miseducation) and we will be there to embrace her with open arms. Over the past twenty-three years, Lauryn Hill has been much more than the soundtrack to breakups. She has made cameo appearances that have often gone overlooked and I think she wanted that to happen. Without further adieu, this weeks’ Flashback Friday will be ten hits, album cuts, remixes, rarities, and overlooked but are amazing.

Flashback Friday: 10 Hits, Remixes, And Rare Songs By Lauryn Hill