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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.
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.
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.
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.”
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:
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.
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”
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
Lauryn Hill pulled a fast one on us. While we’ve been distracted by all the social media buzz about Caitlyn Jenner, we totally missed the fact that she has up and finally joined Instagram.
Hill made her social media move without much warning or fanfare.
L-Boogie made her debut by posting photos from her 40th birthday party. On her first ‘Gram day Hill shared of 16 pictures, reports Vibe.
Says Hill on her page bio, “I was a bit skeptical about using Instagram but ya girl is here!! Let me give this thing a try!”
Right now, ms_laurynhill has 18.4k followers.
Meanwhile the once-reclusive Hill has been busy performing. She recently joined Jazmine Sullivan on the stage of NYC’s Apollo Theatre to sing Nina Simone songs at a screening of the new Simone documentary and is scheduled to headline with Lenny Kravitz and Grace Jones at the upcoming AfroPunk NYC festival.
Are you following her?
When her acclaimed album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was released in 1998, many of us found ourselves belting out the lyrics to Miss Hill’s iconic song, “To Zion,” at the top of our lungs.
Seventeen years later, the muse behind the song is all grown up. In fact, Zion Marley just recently went to prom with his girlfriend, Kristen Richardson, and his famous family shared the moments on Instagram (photos below). They are adorable!
The teen will turn 18 in August and there is no word yet on what college he will attend in the fall. His older sister, Rohan Marley’s daughter, Eden graduated with honors from St. John’s University this month.
Congratulations to the Marley children!
Lauryn Hill recently took to Facebook to inform fans in Israel that she will be canceling an upcoming concert just three days before the scheduled performance. Judging by her statement, the 39-year-old experienced a scheduling “challenge” when trying to set up shows in Tel Aviv and Ramallah. She explained that she desired to appear in both Palestinian and Isreali territory, but those plans did not work out. In her attempt to avoid sending the wrong political message, Hill decided to cancel the entire trip.
According to The Guardian, Hill was targeted by a social media campaign launched by activists who pressured her to cancel the concert and boycott Israel “over its occupation of Palestinian land.”
Her statement reads:
Dear Friends and Fans in Israel,
When deciding to play the region, my intention was to perform in both Tel Aviv and Ramallah. Setting up a performance in the Palestinian Territory, at the same time as our show in Israel, proved to be a challenge. I’ve wanted very much to bring our live performance to this part of the world, but also to be a presence supporting justice and peace.
It is very important to me that my presence or message not be misconstrued, or a source of alienation to either my Israeli or my Palestinian fans. For this reason, we have decided to cancel the upcoming performance in Israel, and seek a different strategy to bring my music to ALL of my fans in the region. May healing, equanimity, and the openness necessary for lasting resolution and reconciliation come to this region and its people.
Ms. Lauryn Hill
Do you believe Lauryn made the right decision?
It’s quite alarming to hear about all the beef behind the scenes going down between former bandmates and TV stars that hate each other.
Grab a cup and some sugar.
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