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In The Wake Of The Unrest In Ferguson, Lauryn Hill Releases Brilliant Song, “Black Rage”

August 21st, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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As the unrest in Ferguson continues (though it was a more peaceful evening last night according to reports), Lauryn Hill has decided to speak on the situation in a way she does best–through song.

Through Soundcloud, Hill released an unreleased track that she recorded a long time ago, in her living room, called “Black Rage.” She has performed it at shows in the past, but didn’t put it out for the public, as it’s something of a demo, or “sketch” as she puts it. Seeing the anguish caused by the killing of Michael Brown, she thought it would be fitting to finally share the song. This is what she had to say on Twitter about it:

“An old sketch of Black Rage, done in my living room. Strange, the course of things. Peace for MO. – MLH”

I know you’re probably thinking that with Hill’s unpredictable output, criticized performances, changing voice and the reception to “Neurotic Society” after she was released from jail, this song might be all over the place. It’s not at all. Putting her own twist on “My Favorite Things,” Hill gives a detailed background on why things like the protests in Ferguson are happening, and why folks are so fed up. Police brutality, a poor economy, imprisonment and more, as Hill puts it, “black rage is founded on wounds in the soul.”

I didn’t know what to expect from the song when I hit play, but I’m glad I did. This is the type of music and message we need right now. Social commentary at its finest…and it’s uptempo (well, sort of)!

Take a look at the lyrics and check out the song for yourself below.

Black Rage

You’ll Never Guess Whose Cute Kid This Is…

July 23rd, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Lauryn Hill's son and Rohan


This young man is Zion Marley, Lauryn Hill’s son with Rohan Marley. If you’ll recall, on her iconic album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, L-Boogie wrote a song for her first-born called “To Zion.” In it, she talked about the worries she had and the pressure put on her by industry folks when she became pregnant, and the joy she felt after Zion came into the world. Hill also said that her pregnancy helped her come out of writer’s block, so we have Zion to thank for that classic album! But that was back in 1998 (the year the album was released). Zion Marley is now 16 (and will turn 17 next month) and looks exactly like his father and his grandfather, Bob Marley. Zion recently traveled to Brazil with his father for the World Cup, and Rohan shared those images on his social media. You can check those out, as well as more images of Lauryn’s oldest child, below and on the next page.

Lauryn Hill Goes Off On Fan After Starting Concert Nearly An Hour Late

July 23rd, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Perhaps Lauryn Hill has forgotten that respect resides on a two-way street. The legendary songstress performed at the House of Blues in Chicago last week. However, instead of sending fans home feeling inspired and uplifted, some left with quite a sour taste in their mouths. According to TMZ, the “Killing Me Softly” singer took the stage 10 minutes shy of an hour before the performance was actually scheduled to begin. To make matters worse, sources say that Ms. Hill’s opening performance wasn’t so good. After hearing one song, a fan began to express his frustration. It’s unclear what the fan said or how disrespectful he got, but when Lauryn caught wind of his remarks, she lectured him about being respectful and demanded that security have him removed from the venue.

“When I get up on this stage, don’t be disrespectful,” Lauryn said. “You could go. No seriously, you can go. Please refund him back his money. If a little patience is too much, it’s alright. You can go. I would prefer that. You not gonna mess up my vibe for the rest of these people. You not gonna do that! You can get up, you can get your money refunded and you can go. I’m alright with that. I’m okay with that.”

Then, Lauryn began calling for security.

“Excuse me, excuse me, there’s a gentlemen over there who just did something I don’t like. Can you please escort him out and refund him his money? I don’t play that. I don’t need to win you over and you don’t need to win me over. You can go and you can take all of your money right back, it’s alright. I do this because I love it—not because I owe you anything. You understand that? I do this because I love it. You can get on your blogs and you can tweet and say whatever you want to. I don’t give a rat’s a–. Give that man his money back. I wanna point this gentlemen out for you. Security, security, you see this man right here sitting with his girl with the screw face on? Give him back his money please. Let him go.”

Another fan who attended the concert expressed that the remainder of Lauryn’s concert was as mediocre as the opening song; however, that may not necessarily serve as a reflection of how the rest of the concertgoers felt. As previously, stated we don’t know exactly what the fan did to set Lauryn off. Personally, I believe that with the same passion Lauryn so adamantly demanded respect from that fan, she should be just as passionate about giving her fans that same respect. Follow Jazmine on Twitter @JazmineDenise

Tim Allen Used To Be A Drug Dealer!? Celebs We Were Surprised To See Had Run-Ins With The Law

July 3rd, 2014 - By Whitney Larkins
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Behind all of the glitz and glamour, some of Hollywood’s most talented and well-known people have found themselves caught up in legal turmoil. And while that’s not a surprise, we didn’t expect to see these specific individuals in handcuffs and posing for mug shots. Here are 15 celebrities who we never thought would have run-ins with the law over the years.

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Porsha Williams

An arrest warrant for Porsha Williams was issued after she put her hands on resident troublemaker and co-star, Kenya Moore, at the Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion taping. Williams quickly turned herself in to Atlanta law enforcement for her glamorous mug shot. She was charged with assault and rumors swirled that Porsha would not be returning for another season of the show, due to the fight. But the joke is on us! Porsha has recently confirmed that she will be back for what will surely be a drama-filled season seven.

Now You See Them, Now You Don’t: 10 Super Reclusive Celebs Who Like To Stay Out Of The Spotlight

June 4th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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If you’re looking for them, many of the people on this list can’t be found on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or Instagram. They’re reclusive. They don’t like to talk a whole lot and they don’t like to come out of the house for the parties, dinners and things that many of your current favorites put on designer threads for. These uber-talented people like to live privately, keeping their business on the low low and allowing their art to speak for them. Maybe that’s why we like them so much? Here are 10 famous folks known for being reclusive.




Only D’Angelo could step out of the spotlight after releasing his classic debut album, Brown Sugar, come back with the tightest set of abs for Voodoo, step back out and gain a smooth 100 pounds (which we only found out because he got arrested), drop the weight, and return as if all of this never happened. D’Angelo did some touring last year and talked about his music in Brooklyn last month for the Red Bull Music Academy, but for the most part, he weaves in and out of the spotlight, leaving fans in suspense about his next move (like when a third album is coming out!).

Cute! Lauryn Hill’s Oldest Daughter, Selah, Performs “Doo Wop (That Thing)” Alongside Her Mom In Melbourne

May 28th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Lauryn Hill's daughter Selah

When your mother is Lauryn Hill and your grandfather is Bob Marley, there’s no way you can avoid being gifted in some way. And while we’ve seen Lauryn Hill’s daughter, Selah Marley, try her hand at modeling when she posed for Teen Vogue a few years ago, we can also see that Hill’s look-a-like oldest daughter can hold a note too.

While performing in Melbourne, Australia last week, Hill tore the house down with “Doo Wop (That Thing)” and near the end, brought 15-year-0ld Selah with her waist-length braids out to sing too. She wasn’t afraid to take on the chorus with the background singers supporting her, and Selah sounded great! Definitely an adorable mother and daughter moment that we love to see, and we know Hill is all about her kids, and likes to bring them on-stage to shine alongside her when she performs. Lucky!

Check out the video for yourself below, courtesy of Black Celeb Kids. While it’s short, it’s definitely sweet. You can also check out more pics of Selah, who is growing up fast, on the next page.

Smarty Pants: Famous Black Women You Didn’t Know Attended Ivy League Schools

May 27th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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With all the stories in the news about young men and women around the country beating the odds and being accepted in a handful of Ivy leagues schools (we love those stories!), we thought we’d show some love to all the ladies who attended Ivy League colleges over the years (including Brown, UPenn, Columbia, Dartmouth, Harvard, Yale, and Cornell–none tried Princeton). Not every woman on the list was able to graduate (some left to pursue surefire opportunities in the fields they majored in), but kudos to them for getting accepted in and being able to walk the halls of the “ancient eight” schools at one time or another.

And before you check me, everyone already knows Michelle Obama attended Princeton and Harvard, so that’s the only reason her fabulous self isn’t on this list. Enjoy!

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Aisha Tyler

The funny lady and co-host of the CBS show The Talk attended Dartmouth. She obtained her degree in environmental policy (very far from the comedic work she does now), and was very involved in campus activities. She was part of the co-fraternity, The Tabard, and started an all-female acapella group called The Dartmouth Rockapellas.

The Jigga Effect: Women Jay Z Helped Put On

April 4th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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Women Jay Z Helped

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Jay Z went from being a Brooklyn drug dealer to a rapper to a business mogul worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Though some might consider the Bed-Sty native crude and self-serving, once upon a time he didn’t have a problem helping a few ladies climb the ladder to success right along with him — or at least climb the charts for a few weeks. In case you didn’t know, here’s a list of women Jay Z helped put on throughout his career.

For more on Jay Z, check out A Genius Leaves the Hood: The Unauthorized story of Jay Z.

No Wyclef, No Cry! Wyclef Jean’s Accountant Says “There Ain’t No Money” Is His Bank Account

March 27th, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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The legal troubles are deep and wide for former Fugees members. It looks like Lauryn Hill is not the only one catching heat for what she owes.

Wyclef Jean’s former lawyers filed a six-figure legal judgment because he failed to make payments to help reduce his debt. Despite the lawsuit, Jean’s business manager had some unfortunate news for the musician’s lawyers: Wyclef Jean is broke.

According to The Smoking Gun, Jean’s accountant stated in a January e-mail to creditors: “There ain’t no money.”

According to reports, other records note both federal and state authorities have notified Jean of his $2.9 million tax liens during mid-2012. Currently, this amount remains outstanding. Based on information received from the New York State Supreme Court filings, Wyclef Jean agreed to pay the law firm of firm Shukat Arrow Hafer Weber & Herbsman a settlement of $100,000 to resolve his outstanding bill of $133,000.

Jean was required to pay $10,000 by August 1, 2013 and $50,000 at the end of the year. If he made those two payments, the law firm would have waived the remaining $40,000. Records show Jean failed to make those payments and the law firm concluded he would have to pay the entire $100,000, plus ten percent annual interest.

Due to his defunct payments, the Shukat law firm filed another $102,027.40 judgment against Wyclef. Prior to filing the judgment, the law firm notified Jean’s business manager again. Jean’s accountant David Levin told them to proceed with the filing because once again he noted: “In my most professional verbiage…there ain’t no money.”

This is not the first incident where Wyclef Jean has been called out for money issues. When he announced his candidacy to be the President of his home country of Haiti, the IRS came after him with $2.1 million dollars in tax liens. Also the charity for Haiti’s Earthquake Relief Aide supposedly funded the singer and his lavish lifestyle.

Are you surprised about Wyclef Jean’s money problems?

UPDATE: Publicist Says Lauryn Hill’s Tax Woes Are A Myth

March 24th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Lauryn Hill Tax Woes

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After a report from RadarOnline that Lauryn Hill was hit with seven tax liens spread like wildfire last week, the singer’s publicist, Kathryn Frazier of Biz3 Publicity, put out a statement to Pitchfork denying the news, saying:

“Contrary to media gossip (fact checking seems to be a dying art-form) there are no changes in Ms. Hill’s legal status. Ms. Hill has finished her sentence, has been fulfilling her agreement with the IRS, and is taking care of all outstanding matters in regards to this situation. She is not in jeopardy of any further charges. The press is reporting on paperwork that had recently been filed, and has now become public record.”


It looks like Lauryn Hill may be in the hot seat with Uncle Sam again. According to Radar Online, the IRS has filed seven additional tax liens against the 90s singer.

The documents, which accuse Lauryn of bailing on her taxes between the years of 2005 and 2011, were filed on Jan. 14 and collectively sum up to a whopping $866,868.05. According to the six-year breakdown, the mother of six owes $422,008.26. For 2006, she owes $19,838.75; 2007, $61,158.50; 2008, $58,405.71; 2009, $30370.91; 2010, $13,247.73; and 2011, $261,838.19.

This of course, is major news since Lauryn was convicted last May of failing to pay nearly $1 million in taxes. She actually just completed a three-month prison sentence in relation to the previously filed tax evasion charges last fall.

“To me, it is obvious that the accumulation of generational trauma and abuse have created the very behaviors the system tries to punish, by providing no sufficient outlets for the victims of institutional terror,” she wrote in a Tumblr post following her 2013 conviction. “Clearly, the institution tries to hide its own criminal history at the expense and wholeness of the abused, who ‘acting out’ from years of abuse and mistreatment, reflect the very aggression that they were exposed to.”

At this point it’s unclear what Lauryn plans to do about her tax woes or if she has already been actively working to get these issues resolved, but we’re hoping that she can get a handle on the situation and pay off her debt.