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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,
MLH”

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”

 

Ready Or Not! Did You Know Lauryn Hill Joined Instagram?

June 4th, 2015 - By Ann Brown
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I’m here!!! #instagram

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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, 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?

Guess Which Singer’s Adorable Son Just Attended His High School Prom

May 26th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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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!

Zion!!!!!!!!

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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 Cancels Concert In Israel To Avoid Tension

May 5th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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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.

Respectfully,
Ms. Lauryn Hill

Do you believe Lauryn made the right decision?

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Lauryn Hill (And Her Daughter) Perform “Doo Wop (That Thing)” For Nigeria

May 4th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Unfortunately, Ms. Lauryn Hill has developed a reputation for being exceptionally late to her recent performances. But that wasn’t the case when she was attempting to fly and then perform in Lagos, Nigeria.

For some reason, after waiting seven hours in the airport, she was forced to cancel her trip. In an attempt, to appease and apologize to her fans, she recorded a shortened version of herself singing “Doo Wop (That Thing)” with her background singers and her 7-year-old daughter Sarah Marley.

She also issued a more formal apology via her Facebook.

Hello Lagos, Nigeria! We are disappointed to report that we will not be performing at tonight’s concert. From our end,…

Posted by Ms. Lauryn Hill on Friday, May 1, 2015

You can watch the performance in the video below. Be sure to keep your eyes on the little one, she was very much here for the camera.

They all sound great!

Why Maxwell, Sade, Lauryn Hill and Missy Elliott Need To Hurry Up And Release New Music Already

April 23rd, 2015 - By Nneka Samuel
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Legend has it that every five minutes, someone somewhere in the world asks R&B crooner Maxwell when his next album will drop.

If you follow the “Pretty Wings” singer on social media, you’ll know this statement isn’t far from the truth. He can’t seem to catch a break from well-meaning, hungry fans itching for that new new.  And while there has been an influx of soul-stirring music in recent months from the likes of D’Angelo (after a 14-year hiatus), Prince, J.Cole, and Kendrick Lamar, to name a few, our hearts and ears still long to hear the latest from not only Maxwell, but these other legendary artists who like to take their precious time making music: Sade, Lauryn Hill, and Missy Elliot.

I’ll be the first to admit I still harbor a school-girl type of crush on Maxwell, so my unrequited love for the man may get in the way of sensibility.  But he did make a few promises he couldn’t quite keep. After the 2009 release of his Grammy award-winning BLACKsummers’night album, Maxwell promised back-to-back albums, a trilogy, in fact.  Six years later, fans are still waiting on pins and needles for the second album to be released.  The only thing we’ve had to tide us over is his 2012 duet with Alicia Keys, “Fire We Make.”  We’re happy for the crumbs but, damn, can we get a full on meal, please?  Maxwell even said a duet album was in the works with Keys, but that too has yet to come to pass. Can you blame me for my thirstiness?  This is the man who brought us classics like “Sumthin’ Sumthin,’” “Ascension (Don’t Ever Wonder),” “Fortunate,” and “This Woman’s Work.” This is a man who is ever humble and whose gratitude speaks volumes.  I’m getting all verklempt.  Let me move on.

I grew up in a household where three particular songstresses reigned supreme: Anita Baker, Phyllis Hyman, and Sade. And while I love all of them, Sade has always held a special place in my heart. Perhaps that’s because she also has a beautiful African name that people have trouble pronouncing (There’s no “r” in Sade, folks. Quit it already).  The despair, the heartache, the highs, the lows.  Sade sets a mood like no other artist can and understands romantic love in a way I have yet to experience.  But she’s also on that 10-year plan.  Her last album, Soldier of Love, was released in 2010, which means fans have (at least) five more years to wait before hearing another musical gem.  That’s if she even feels like returning.  On the Soldier of Love tour, Sade said on more than one occasion that it may be her last (which is unacceptable because I have yet to see her live).  After releasing an album and touring the world, Sade loves to return to virtual obscurity.  She is the queen of going off the grid and the ease with which she does this is part of her lore and mystique.  Sade doesn’t give many interviews, and you know good and well that she’s not on social media.  It’s clearly not about the fame with her; it’s all about the music. That’s what makes Sade even more respected, treasured and missed when she disappears off of the face of the earth.

Now, Lauryn Hill…where to begin? The Fugees hip-hop songstress was on top of the world with her debut solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.  She skillfully balanced love and heartbreak with freeing lyrics that reminded us of our greatness and our potential.  Miseducation garnered Hill five Grammys, or maybe it was a billion (she was holding quite a few at the end of the night), and then she basically disappeared, only to reappear with her poorly received MTV Unplugged No. 2.0 album.  It was followed up by a self-imposed exile fueled by limited engagements, showing up super late to shows, tax woes, and dissing sprees from critics, former group members, and so-called fans who claimed the singer went off the deep end.  While we rightfully want more music from Ms. Hill, we can’t fault the woman for growing or switching up and trying on new styles, musically and creatively.  Isn’t that what artists do best?  Still, we long for her full on return and hope that maybe the best is yet to come.

When Missy Elliott burst onto the music scene, everything about her was bold and unapologetic, from her lyrics to her fashion sense, and her videos.  Aside from her music, Elliott has helped launch and guide the careers of singers like Aaliyah, Nelly Furtado, Keyshia Cole and countless others.  Let’s not forget that her surprise appearance during Katy Perry’s Super Bowl halftime performance stole the show. Perry fans wanted more from this “new” artist, and that goes to show you how long she has been out of the spotlight.  In recent years, Elliott has been vocal about her autoimmune disorder, Graves’ disease, which at times kept her from even being able to hold a pen to write music.  But Elliott says she’s anxious to return.  I think her fans are more anxious to hear whatever goodness she has in store.

Despite desperately wanting these artists to come out with more music already, fans get it.  We’re not privy to the intricacies of the music industry or the inner workings of these artists’ lives – the personal triumphs and devastating blows.  We’re not there as they raise their children or spend precious time with their families.  Nor do most of us know anything about the pressures of fame.  So when fans get word of canceled concerts, delayed albums, or absolute silence from our favorite artists, we have to remember that they’re human too. They bleed, laugh and love just like we do.  And just like us, they need to live their lives.  (Everyone can’t be like Beyoncé, dropping albums all willy nilly.)  But their music is the soundtrack to our daily lives; their voices timeless, classic and ever-inspiring.  And no matter how many times we’ve heard their hits, once a song of theirs comes on the radio, it’s like coming home.  Not many artists can evoke that sentiment.  So if you’re reading this Maxwell, Sade, Lauryn Hill or Missy Elliott, we’re ready whenever you are.

“The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill” To Be Inducted In The Library Of Congress Recording Registry

March 26th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, perhaps the most acclaimed album of the 1990s, will now be inducted into the United States Library of Congress Recording Registry this year, 17 years after it was released. Laced with honesty and a Black feminist approach to love, pregnancy and culture, the former Fugees member’s solo album was deemed brilliant by critics and fans, alike.

In their press release, The Library of Congress said of their choice:

“Lauryn Hill’s debut solo record, following the breakup of the Fugees, is a work of honesty in which Hill explores her feelings on topics that included the deep wonder of pregnancy, the pitfalls of modern relationships and the experience of the sacred. The album effortlessly fuses soul, rhythm and blues, rap and reggae. Hill’s vocal range, smooth clear highs and vibrato are stunning. The rapping is rhythmically compelling while always retaining, and frequently exploiting, the natural cadences of conversational speech. Standout guest performances include Carlos Santana’s soulful acoustic guitar solo on “Zion,” and duets with Mary J. Blige and D’Angelo on “I Used to Love Him” and “Nothing Even Matters,” respectively.”

The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill was inspired by Carter G. Woodson book, The Mis-education of the Negro and written in the attic of her New Jersey home during the pregnancy of her first child, Zion. The recording  of the album was officially completed at the Marley family’s Tuff Gong Studios in Jamaica.

Below is an interview Lauryn Hill did  on why she created  The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill. 

Curtain Call: 10 Stars Who Left Hollywood Behind To Raise A Family

January 29th, 2015 - By Asha Boston
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According to Jay-Z, Hollywood is the most addictive drug in the world. If that’s true, we know a few stars who have gone cold turkey. We’ve told you in the past about stars leaving the entertainment industry behind for an education, and for Jesus, but the 10 individuals on this list left to raise their families and give their children a life outside of the Hollywood hills.

 

Kellie Shanygne Jackson (Williams)

After nine years of playing Laura on “Family Matters,” Kellie Williams decided to leave the glitz and glam of Hollywood behind to raise a family. It must feel good to be away from Urkel for good! *winks*

Every now and then she takes on acting work, but Kellie seems extremely happy with her husband and very adorable kids.