Lauryn Hill
American singer, rapper, songwriter, record producer, actress
Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Noelle Hill is an African American singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer, and actress. Early in her career, she established her reputation as an actress in Sister Act 2: Back In The Habit, and then as the front woman of the hip-hop group Fugees. In 1998, she launched her solo career with the release of the critically successful album and the 19m-seller, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
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Little Simz: Tiny Desk Concert
NPR - 7 days
Little Simz has been compared to Lauryn Hill for her self-reflective wordplay. And though the British lyricist is a relative new-comer, her Tiny Desk performance was poised and confident. (Image credit: Claire Harbage/NPR)
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Recording Academy President Neil Portnow Addresses The Grammys 'Race Problem'
Huffington Post - 12 days
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What White Women Can Learn From Adele's Grammys Speech
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We, Too, Sing America: 17 Songs That Reflect On Being Black In America
Huffington Post - 17 days
Music has always been a sacred outlet of expression for black Americans. From singers like Nina Simone to Marvin Gaye, music made by black artists can provide a unique perspective on the meaning of being black in America. Songs like Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit,” which bemoans racist lynchings in the South, and Lauryn Hill’s “Black Rage,” which captures the many sources of black frustrations, echo tales of injustice, despondency and rage. In fact, it was Simone who said that “an artist’s duty is to reflect the times.” And she certainly wasn’t alone in her pursuance of that mission. So in honor of the musicians that used their music to amplify the struggles of black Americans, we’ve compiled a list of 17 songs that sing truth to the black experience.  Billie Holiday — “Strange Fruit”  Sam Cooke — “A Change Is Gonna Come”  Curtis Mayfield — “Keep On Pushing”  Nina Simone — “Why? (The King Of Love Is Dead)” ...
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Todrick Hall Discusses His Return To Broadway After YouTube Stardom
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Todrick Hall is a singer, songwriter, dancer, actor, choreographer, playwright, costume designer, Broadway performer, American Idol finalist, star of his own self-titled MTV Show and viral YouTube sensation with over 2 million subscribers and 350 million views. Dancing since the young age of 9, Hall is a classically trained ballet dancer who has traveled the world performing with Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Royal Caribbean & Holland America Cruise lines, Walt Disney World and Disneyland’s California Adventure. His Broadway credits include Oprah Winfreys “The Color Purple” and The 2010 Tony Award Winning Musical “Memphis!” In the four years he has been a full-time YouTuber, he has had the honor of opening the Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards, being a Judge on “Rupaul’s Drag Race” and “Gay for Play,” choreographing music videos for Beyonce, writing and starring in the Virgin America Safety Video, Fiat Commercials and the theme song for the ...
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Miss Piggy Sings A Lauryn Hill Classic In This Glorious New Mashup
Huffington Post - 4 months
You’d better watch out for Miss Piggy singing Lauryn Hill’s “Doo-Wop (That Thing).” “The Muppet Show” diva performs the former Fugees star’s 1998 smash hit in Adam Schleichkorn’s latest masterpiece. “The most frequent request I’ve seen in the comment section is a mashup with a female lead, so I’ve been planning this one for a while now,” Schleichkorn, a.k.a. Mylo the Cat, wrote in a YouTube post on his “isthishowyougoviral“ channel on Wednesday. “Anyway, I understand that my channel name is isthishowyougoviral, but if this doesn’t go viral, it’s seriously all good,” he added. “With all the nonsense going on in the world today, these videos are meant for a two-minute escape and smile, that’s it.” Check it out in the clip above, and see how it compares to Hill’s original video below: type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Coverage + articlesList=56e3e36be4b0860f99d9302a,5716519de4b06f35cb70ab68,57069c1ce4b0a506064e7ae ...
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Nicki Minaj Literally Bowed At Lauryn Hill's Feet When She Met Her
Huffington Post - 4 months
Nicki Minaj may have become one of the top emcees on the charts in recents years but that doesn’t mean she can’t fangirl over the women who came before her. After she performed at Tidal X: 10/15 on Saturday, the “Beam Me Up Scotty” artist went in complete stan mode when she met Lauryn Hill, who also performed, backstage. Minaj posted a video on Instagram showing her getting emotional and literally bowing down at Hill’s feet. “I’m in love with you,” she told Hill before she hugged her. “I’m in love with your spirit, your mind, everything about you.” Excuse me while I have an outer body experience. Shaking, crying, a MESS!!!! this lady is the reason. Omg. The QUEEN. Goddess! The epitome! The bar! The *faints*. Ms Lauryn Hill told me to keep "spittin dat fire". Is this real life!???? A video posted by Nicki Minaj (@nickiminaj) on Oct 15, 2016 at 10:42pm PDT The Young Money rapper also posted two photos of her and L-Boogie, noting in one caption t ...
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Beyoncé bleeds on stage and 7 more highlights from Tidal X
Yahoo News - 4 months
You're in good hands when Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj are around to perform, tell you what to do and even bleed rather than interrupt the show. Name a more iconic duo. Minaj and Bey returned for the second annual Tidal X concert Saturday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn along with Blood Orange, Alicia Keys and Tip (T.I.), among other performers.  SEE ALSO: Solange Knowles' new album is a meditative exploration on being black in America The event, which first kicked off last year, brings Jay Z-approved acts together in partnership to raise money for the non-profit organization Robin Hood to help fund music education in New York City.  Here are eight of the most unforgettable moments from Tidal X: 1015 (as it was officially called), including a dangerous wardrobe malfunction and some strong words about the threat of a Trump administration.  1. Prince Royce's aggressive charm Prince Royce repped the Bronx with his Latin R&B. After performing his cover of "Stand by Me," he actually passe ...
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Is BDS Simply a 'Campus Movement?' How Deceitful Can Thomas Friedman Actually Be?
Huffington Post - 9 months
On May 25 the New York Times published an op-ed by Thomas Friedman with the incendiary title, "Netanyahu, Prime Minister of the State of Israel-Palestine," which attempts to show just how far the Israeli Prime Minister has gone to destroy any notion of a two-state solution. That Friedman would have only now caught on to the demise of such a possibility should indicate just how far out of touch he is. Friedman spends his space talking about Netanyahu's purging of Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, and his naming of "far-right Avigdor Lieberman" as his Yaalon's replacement. But he begins his piece with this entrée: "Israel has recently been under intense criticism on the world stage. Some of it, like the 'boycott, divestment, sanctions' (B.D.S.) campaign, is a campus movement to destroy Israel masquerading as a political critique." Friedman seems to take always alluding in some way or another to BDS as an obligation. Not only does he do so with remarkable consistency, he also always g ...
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5 Reasons Why Women Should Nap
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Winston Churchill, Lyndon B. Johnson, Napoleon Bonaparte, John F. Kennedy, Thomas Edison, Stonewall Jackson, Ronald Reagan and Salvador Dali were napping enthusiasts, proving that the nap is a powerful tool for...powerful men. When I searched Google for "influential women nappers" I got Lauryn Hill, Nicki Minaj and Lil Kim. Apparently hypnogogic siestas are responsible for some dope rhythmic and rhyming chanted speech. The only other slammin' female napper I could find was Eleanor Roosevelt, who enjoyed a lovely catnap before speaking engagements. (They didn't call her the First Lady of firsts for nothing. I believe it was she who introduced the mic drop.) Are we to believe that women shouldn't nap--that we would not benefit from a mental breather in the middle of a hectic day? Aw, hell, who wouldn't gain from lying down, closing one's eyes, clearing one's mind and drifting off to a restorative island of content and thoughtlessness--a floaty, calm and gentle slumber. But you know w ...
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Lauryn Hill annoys fans again
CNN - 10 months
It's been almost 20 years since Lauryn Hill left The Fugees to record her solo album "The MisEducation of Lauryn Hill," which fans still love.
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19 Songs That Beautifully Capture Motherhood
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Countless musicians have paid tribute to their moms with gorgeous, heartwarming and fun songs. But many artists who have their own kids also celebrate motherhood with lyrics from the parent's perspective.  In honor of Mother's Day, we put together a list of beautiful songs about motherhood, from famous musician moms. 1. "Sweetest Devotion" by Adele "The song is all about my kid," Adele told USA Today in an interview last year. "The way I've described it is that something much bigger has happened in my life. I love that my life is now about someone else." 2. "Speechless" by Alicia Keys (featuring Eve) Alicia Keys wrote "Speechless" after giving birth to her first child, a son named Egypt, in 2010. A tribute to her baby, the song's lyrics include, "When I wake up in the morning babe / Can't believe my eyes / Sweetest little part of destiny." 3. "I Hope You Dance" by Lee Ann Womack This early-2000s chart topper was ...
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The Weeknd And Lauryn Hill Perform On 'Tonight Show' After Canceled Grammys Duet
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Looks like that nixed Grammys duet between The Weeknd and Lauryn Hill finally came to fruition.  During the Canadian R&B star's set on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on Friday, the former Fugees member surprised the audience when she joined him onstage to perform his single "In the Night." Naturally, the duo sounded great together.  Following the performance, the "Can't Feel My Face" singer sent a tweet expressing his gratitude toward Hill. He called the performance, the "most important experience of my life."  most important experience of my life. thank you Ms. Hill — The Weeknd (@theweeknd) February 20, 2016 Of course, the duet comes just after the two were reportedly set to perform together at the Grammys on Feb. 15. However, Hill pulled out of the performance last minute, with her rep claiming, "The Grammys announced a performance by Ms. Lauryn Hill prematurely and without approval."  Hill's rep also added: "Any performance that could have ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Lauryn Hill
  • 2016
    Age 40
    In April 2016, Hill hosted and headlined what was billed as the inaugural Diaspora Calling! festival at the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn.
    More Details Hide Details The festival's purpose was to showcase the efforts of musicians and artists from around the African diaspora. Moments after the less than 40 minute show ended, she said her driver had gotten lost and she could not help that. Less than 48 hours later, after a large backlash from her fans on Twitter, she took to her Facebook page and claimed she was two hours late for concert because of need to 'align her energies.'
  • 2015
    Age 39
    Hill contributed her voice to the soundtrack for What Happened, Miss Simone?, a 2015 documentary about the life of Nina Simone, an American singer, pianist, and civil rights activist.
    More Details Hide Details Hill was originally supposed to record only two songs for the record, but ended up recording six. She also served as a producer on the comp alongside Robert Glasper. Hill said of her connection to Simone: "Because I fed on this music... I believed I always had a right to have a voice. Her example is clearly a form of sustenance to a generation needing to find theirs. What a gift." NPR critically praised Hill's performance on the soundtrack, stating: "This album mainly showcases Lauryn Hill's breadth and dexterity. Not formally marketed as Hill's comeback album, her six tracks here make this her most comprehensive set of studio recordings since The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill in 1998."
    In May 2015, Hill canceled her scheduled concert outside Tel Aviv in Israel following a social media campaign from activists promoting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign.
    More Details Hide Details She said she had wanted to also perform a show in Ramallah in the West Bank but logistical problems had proved too great. Hill stated: "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."
  • 2014
    Age 38
    She also continued to draw media attention for her erratic behavior, appearing late twice in the same day for sets at Voodoo Fest in November 2014.
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    During 2014, Hill was heard as the narrator of Concerning Violence, an award-winning Swedish documentary on the African liberation struggles of the 1960s and 1970s.
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  • 2013
    Age 37
    Judge Arleo allowed her to postpone part of her confinement in order to tour in late 2013 under strict conditions.
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    Hill was released from prison on October 4, 2013, a few days early for good behavior, and began her home confinement and probationary periods.
    More Details Hide Details She put out a single called "Consumerism" that she had finished, via verbal and e-mailed instructions, while incarcerated.
    Hill reported to the minimum-security Federal Correctional Institution, Danbury on July 8, 2013, to begin serving her sentence.
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    On May 6, 2013, Hill was sentenced by Judge Arleo to serve three months in prison for tax evasion and three months house arrest afterwards as part of a year of supervised probation.
    More Details Hide Details She had faced a possible sentence of as long as 36 months, and the sentence given took into account her lack of a prior criminal record and her six minor-aged children. By this point Hill had fully paid back $970,000 in back taxes and penalties she owed, which also took into account an additional $500,000 that Hill had in unreported income for 2008 and 2009. In the courtroom, Hill said that she had lived "very modestly" considering how much money she had made for others, and that "I am a child of former slaves who had a system imposed on them. I had an economic system imposed on me."
    Following a deal with Sony Music, which involves Hill creating a new record label within the company, Hill was said to be scheduled to release her first album in fifteen years during 2013 (that did not happen).
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    On May 4, 2013, Hill released her first official single in over a decade, "Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix)".
    More Details Hide Details She later published a message on her Tumblr describing how she was "required to release it immediately, by virtue of the impending legal deadline." The release received some criticism for lyrics that appeared to tie societal decay to certain LGBT social movements. Hill responded that the song was not targeted at any particular group but was instead focused on anyone hiding behind neurotic behavior.
    By April 22, 2013, Hill had paid back only $50,000 of the $554,000 she owed immediately; U.S. Magistrate Judge Madeline Cox Arleo criticized Hill, saying "This is not someone who stands before the court penniless.
    More Details Hide Details This is a criminal matter. Actions speak louder than words, and there has been no effort here to pay these taxes." Hill also faced possible eviction from her rented home in South Orange as well as a civil lawsuit from the town for running a business, that being holding recording sessions, out of a home without a zoning permit.
  • 2012
    Age 36
    On June 29, 2012, Hill appeared in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey in Newark and pleaded guilty to the charges; her attorney said she would make restitution for the back taxes she owed.
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    In June 2012, Hill was charged with three counts of tax evasion for not paying federal taxes on $1.8 million of income earned between 2005 and 2007.
    More Details Hide Details During this time she had toured as a musical artist, earned royalties from both her records and from films she had appeared in, and had owned and been in charge of multiple corporations. In a long post to her Tumblr, Hill said that she had gone "underground" and had rejected pop culture's "climate of hostility, false entitlement, manipulation, racial prejudice, sexism and ageism." She added that, "When I was working consistently without being affected by the interferences mentioned above, I filed and paid my taxes. This only stopped when it was necessary to withdraw from society, in order to guarantee the safety and well-being of myself and my family."
    In February 2012, Hill performed a new song titled "Fearless Vampire Killer", during a sold-out performance at the Warner Theater in Washington, D.C. In late 2012, Hill toured with rapper Nas; her portion of the tour, titled Black Rage, is named after her song, released October 30.
    More Details Hide Details Hill has described the song as being "about the derivative effects of racial inequity and abuse" and "a juxtaposition to the statement 'life is good,' which she believes can only be so when these long standing issues are addressed and resolved."
  • 2011
    Age 35
    In July 2011, Hill gave birth to her sixth child, Micah, her first not with Rohan Marley; the father remains publicly unknown.
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    In Spring 2011, Hill performed at the Coachella Valley Music Festival, New Orleans Jazz Fest, and at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
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  • 2010
    Age 34
    Hill joined the Rock the Bells hip-hop festival series in the U.S. during August 2010, and as part of that year's theme of rendering classic albums, she performed The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill in its entirety for the first time.
    More Details Hide Details She increased the tempo and urgency from the original recording, but at times had difficulty in communicating with her band. Hill continued touring, including a set at the 6th Annual Jazz in the Gardens, in Miami Gardens, Florida in December.
    Hill appeared at the Harmony Festival in Santa Rosa, California, in June 2010, her first live American performance in several years. An unreleased song called "Repercussions" was leaked via the Internet in late July 2010, debuting at number 94 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (and peaked at number 83 the following week), making it her first Billboard chart appearance as a lead artist since 1999.
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    Many of the songs that Hill had performed and recorded over the past six years were included on an April 2010 unofficial compilation album titled Khulami Phase.
    More Details Hide Details The album also features a range of other material found on the Ms. Hill compilation.
    In January 2010, Hill returned to the live stage and performed in stops across New Zealand and Australia on the Raggamuffin Music Festival.
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  • 2009
    Age 33
    In April 2009, it was reported that Hill would engage in a 10-day tour of European summer festivals during mid-July of that year.
    More Details Hide Details She performed two shows for the tour and passed out on stage during the start of her second performance and left the stage. She refused to give refunds to angry consumers for the show. On June 10, Hill's management informed the promoters of the Stockholm Jazz Festival, which she was scheduled to headline, that she would not be performing due to unspecified "health reasons." Shortly afterward, the rest of the tour was canceled as well.
  • 2008
    Age 32
    One of the few public appearances Hill made in 2008 was at a Martha Stewart book-signing in New Jersey, perplexing some in the press.
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    Reports in mid-2008 claimed that Columbia Records then believed Hill to be on hiatus.
    More Details Hide Details Marley disputed these claims, telling an interviewer that Hill has enough material for several albums: "She writes music in the bathroom, on toilet paper, on the wall. She writes it in the mirror if the mirror smokes up. She writes constantly. This woman does not sleep".
    By August 2008, Hill was living with her mother and children in her hometown of South Orange, New Jersey.
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    In early 2008, Marley and Hill's fifth child, Sarah, was born.
    More Details Hide Details The couple was not living together, although Marley considered them "spiritually together" even while listing himself as single on social media. Hill later said that she and Marley "have had a long and complex history about which many inaccuracies have been reported since the beginning" and that they both valued their privacy.
  • 2007
    Age 31
    Also in June 2007, Hill released a new song, "Lose Myself", on the soundtrack to the film Surf's Up.
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    In June 2007, Sony Records said Hill had been recording through the past decade, had accumulated considerable unreleased material and had re-entered the studio with the goal of making a new album.
    More Details Hide Details Later that same year, an album titled Ms. Hill, which featured cuts from Miseducation, various soundtracks contributions and other "unreleased" songs, was released. It features guest appearances from D'Angelo, Rah Digga and John Forté.
  • 2005
    Age 29
    In 2005, she told USA Today, "If I make music now, it will only be to provide information to my own children.
    More Details Hide Details If other people benefit from it, then so be it." When asked how she now felt about the songs on 2., she stated "a lot of the songs were transitional. The music was about how I was feeling at the time, even though I was documenting my distress as well as my bursts of joy." The Fugees embarked on a European tour in late 2005. Old tensions between Hill and the other members of the group soon resurfaced, and the reunion ended before an album could be recorded; Jean and Michel both blamed Hill for the split. Hill reportedly demanded to be addressed by everyone, including her bandmates, as "Ms. Hill"; she also considered changing her moniker to "Empress". Hill's tardiness was also cited as a contributing factor. Hill began touring on her own, although to mixed reviews; often arriving late to concerts (sometimes by over two hours), performing unpopular reconfigurations of her songs and sporting an exaggerated appearance. On some occasions, fans have booed her and left early.
  • 2004
    Age 28
    In 2004, Hill contributed a new song, "The Passion", to The Passion of the Christ: Songs.
    More Details Hide Details A remix version with John Legend of his "So High" ended up receiving a Grammy Award nomination for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. Around this time, Hill began selling a pay-per-view music video of the song "Social Drugs" through her website. Those who purchase the $15 video would only be able to view it three times before it expired. In addition to the video, Hill began selling autographed posters and Polaroids through her website, with some items listed at upwards of $500. For the first time since 1997, the Fugees performed in September 2004 at Dave Chappelle's Block Party in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. The concert featured Hill's nearly a cappella rendition of "Killing Me Softly". The event was recorded by director Michel Gondry and was released on March 3, 2006, to universal acclaim. The Fugees also appeared at BET Awards 2005 during June 2005, where they opened the show with a 12-minute set. One track, "Take It Easy", was leaked online and thereafter was released as an Internet single in late September. It peaked at number forty on the Billboard R&B Chart.
  • 2003
    Age 27
    In December 2003, Hill, during a performance in Vatican City, spoke of the "corruption, exploitation, and abuses" in reference to the molestation of boys by Catholic priests in the United States and the cover-up of offenses by Catholic Church officials.
    More Details Hide Details High-ranking church officials were in attendance, but Pope John Paul II was not present. The Catholic League called Hill "pathologically miserable" and claimed her career was "in decline". The following day, several reporters suggested that Hill's comments at the Vatican may have been influenced by her spiritual advisor, Brother Anthony.
    Hill slowly worked on a new album and it was reported that by 2003, Columbia Records had spent more than $2.5 million funding it, including installing a recording studio in the singer's Miami apartment and flying different musicians around the country.
    More Details Hide Details By 2002, Hill had shut down her non-profit Refugee Project. She said, "I had a nonprofit organization and I had to shut all that down. You know, smiling with big checks, obligatory things, not having things come from a place of passion. That's slavery. Everything we do should be a result of our gratitude for what God has done for us. It should be passionate."
    The two had been living in a high-end Miami hotel, but around 2003 she moved out into her own place in that city.
    More Details Hide Details Hill later said that she and Marley "have had long periods of separation over the years".
    Furthermore, according to a 2003 Rolling Stone report, he had never secured a divorce; but Marley later disputed this and made public to a blog a 1996 divorce document from Haiti.
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  • 2002
    Age 26
    With the mixed reviews and no significant radio airplay, 2. debuted at number three on the Billboard 200, but then quickly fell down the charts and ended up selling less than 500,000 copies in the U.S. Neither the album nor its songs placed in the 2002 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll.
    More Details Hide Details Her song "Mystery of Iniquity" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female Rap Solo Performance and used as an interpolation by hip-hop producer/songwriter Kanye West for his single "All Falls Down", as sung by Syleena Johnson.
  • 2001
    Age 25
    Around 2001, Marley and Hill's third child, Joshua Omaru, was born.
    More Details Hide Details He was followed a year later by their fourth, John Nesta. While Hill sometimes had spoken of Marley as her husband, they never married, and along the way she was informed that Marley had been previously married at a young age.
    In July 2001, while pregnant with her third child, Hill unveiled her new material to a small crowd, for a taping of an MTV Unplugged special.
    More Details Hide Details An album of the concert, titled MTV Unplugged No. 2., was released in May 2002 and featured only her singing and playing an acoustic guitar. Unlike the near-unanimous praise of Miseducation, 2. sharply divided critics. AllMusic gave the album 4 out of 5 stars, saying that the recording "is the unfinished, unflinching presentation of ideas and of a person. It may not be a proper follow-up to her first album, but it is fascinating." Rolling Stone called the album "a public breakdown" and Robert Hilburn of the Los Angeles Times said the album's title opened Hill up for jokes that she had become unhinged. NME wrote that "Unplugged 2. is a sparse and often gruelling listen, but there is enough genius shading these rough sketches to suggest that all might not yet be lost."
  • 2000
    Age 24
    During 2000, Hill dropped out of the public eye.
    More Details Hide Details The pressures of fame began to overwhelm her. She disliked not being able to go out of her house to do simple errands without having to worry about her physical appearance. She fired her management team and began attending Bible study classes five days a week; she also stopped doing interviews, watching television and listening to music. She started associating with a "spiritual advisor" named Brother Anthony. Some familiar with Hill believe Anthony more resembled a cult leader than a spiritual advisor, and thought his guidance probably inspired much of Hill's more controversial public behavior. She later described this period of her life to Essence saying "People need to understand that the Lauryn Hill they were exposed to in the beginning was all that was allowed in that arena at that time… I had to step away when I realized that for the sake of the machine, I was being way too compromised. I felt uncomfortable about having to smile in someone's face when I really didn't like them or even know them well enough to like them." She also spoke about her emotional crisis, saying, "For two or three years I was away from all social interaction. It was a very introspective time because I had to confront my fears and master every demonic thought about inferiority, about insecurity or the fear of being black, young and gifted in this western culture." She went on to say that she had to fight to retain her identity, and was forced "to deal with folks who weren't happy about that."
    In early 2000, Hill was one of many artists and producers to share the Grammy Award for Album of the Year for Santana's 1999 multi-million selling Supernatural, which she had written, produced, and rapped on the track "Do You Like the Way" for (a rumination on the direction the world was headed, it also featured the singing of CeeLo Green and the signature guitar runs of Carlos Santana).
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  • 1999
    Age 23
    Also, her concocted duet with Bob Marley on "Turn Your Lights Down Low" for the 1999 remix tribute album Chant Down Babylon additionally appeared in the 1999 film The Best Man and later received a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.
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    In June 1999, she received an Essence Award, but her acceptance speech, where she said there was no contradiction in religious love and servitude and "being who you are, as fly and as hot and as whatever," drew reaction from those in the public who thought she was not a good role model as a young, unwed mother of two.
    More Details Hide Details This was a repetition of criticism she had received after the birth of her first child, and she had said that she and Marley would soon be married.
    In May 1999, she made People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People list.
    More Details Hide Details The publication, which has called her "model-gorgeous", praised the Hill for her idiosyncratic sense of personal style.
    In May 1999, she became the youngest woman ever named to Ebony magazine's 100+ Most Influential Black Americans list; in November of that year, the same publication named her as one of "10 For Tomorrow" in the "Ebony 2000: Special Millennium Issue".
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    In February 1999, Hill received four awards at the 30th Annual NAACP Image Awards.
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    In the run-up to the 1999 Grammy Awards, Hill became the first woman to be nominated in ten categories in a single year.
    More Details Hide Details In addition to Miseducation works, the nominations included her rendition of "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" for the 1997 film Conspiracy Theory, which had appeared on Billboard charts, and Hill's writing and producing of "A Rose Is Still a Rose", which became a late-in-career hit for Aretha Franklin. She appeared on several magazine covers, including Time, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Teen People and The New York Times Fashion Magazine. During the ceremony, Hill broke another record by becoming the first woman to win five times in one night, taking home the awards for Album of the Year, Best R&B Album, Best R&B Song, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, and Best New Artist. During an acceptance speech, she said, "This is crazy. This is hip-hop!" Hill had brought forth a new, mainstream acceptance of the genre and led to Hill becoming known as one of the Queens of Hip Hop.
  • 1998
    Age 22
    In November 1998, New Ark filed a fifty-page lawsuit against Hill, her management, also her record label, claiming that Hill "used their songs and production skills, but failed to properly credit them for the work" on Miseducation.
    More Details Hide Details The musicians claimed to be the primary songwriters on two tracks, and major contributors on several others, though Gordon Williams, a prominent recorder, engineer, and mixer on Miseducation, described the album as a "powerfully personal effort by Hill" and said "It was definitely her vision." Hill responded that New Ark had been appropriately credited and now were seeking to take advantage of her success. New Ark requested partial writing credits on most of the tracks on the album as well as monetary reimbursement. After many delays, depositions took place during the latter part of 2000. In part, the case illustrated the difficult boundaries between songwriting and all other aspects that went into contemporary arranging, sampling, and recording. The suit would eventually be settled out of court in February 2001, with Hill paying New Ark a reported $5 million. A friend of Hill's later said of the suit, "That was the beginning of a chain effect that would turn everything a little crazy."
    In November 1998, Marley and Hill's second child, Selah Louise, was born.
    More Details Hide Details Of being a young mother of two, Hill said, "It's not an easy situation at all. You have to really pray and be honest with yourself."
    During 1998 and 1999, Hill earned $25 million from record sales and touring.
    More Details Hide Details Hill, along with Blige, Missy Elliott, Meshell Ndegeocello, Erykah Badu, and others, found a feminist voice with the neo soul genre. The first single released from the album was "Lost Ones", which reached number 27 in Spring 1998. The second was "Doo Wop (That Thing)", which debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It exemplified Hill's appeal, combining feelings of self-empowerment with self-defense. Other charted singles from the album were "Ex-Factor", "Everything Is Everything" and "To Zion". In the 1998 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll, Miseducation came second in the list of best albums and "Doo Wop (That Thing)" second in best singles.
  • 1997
    Age 21
    Hill became pregnant, and in August 1997, Marley and Hill's first child, Zion David, was born.
    More Details Hide Details The couple lived in Hill's childhood house in South Orange after she bought her parents a new house down the street.
    In 1997, the Fugees split to work on solo projects, which Jean later blamed on his tumultuous relationship with Hill and the fact he married his wife Claudinette while still involved with Hill.
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    Hill recorded her solo record The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill from late 1997 through June 1998 at Tuff Gong Studios in Jamaica.
    More Details Hide Details The title was inspired by The Mis-Education of the Negro book by Carter G. Woodson and The Education of Sonny Carson, a film and autobiographical novel. The album featured contributions from D'Angelo, Carlos Santana, Mary J. Blige and the then-unknown John Legend. Wyclef Jean initially did not support Hill recording a solo album, but eventually offered his production help; Hill turned him down. Several songs on the album concerned her frustration with The Fugees; "I Used to Love Him" dealt with the breakdown of the relationship between Hill and Wyclef Jean. Other songs such as "To Zion" spoke about her decision to have her first baby, even though many at the time encouraged her to have an abortion so to not interfere with her blossoming career. Indeed, Hill's pregnancy revived her from a period of writer's block. In terms of production, Hill collaborated with a group of musicians known as New Ark, consisting of Vada Nobles, Rasheem Pugh, Tejumold Newton, and Johari Newton. Hill later said that she wanted to "write songs that lyrically move me and have the integrity of reggae and the knock of hip-hop and the instrumentation of classic soul" and that the production on the album was intended to make the music sound raw and not computer-aided. Hill spoke of pressure from her label to emulate Prince, wherein all tracks would be credited as written and produced by the artist with little outside help.
    Hill had a cameo appearance in the 1997 film Hav Plenty.
    More Details Hide Details In 1998, Hill took up another small but important role in the film Restaurant; Entertainment Weekly praised her portrayal of the protagonist's pregnant former girlfriend as bringing vigor to the film. box
    Hill's tumultuous romantic relationship with Jean led to the split of the band in 1997, after which she began to focus on solo projects.
    More Details Hide Details The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998) remains Hill's only solo studio album. It received massive critical acclaim, showcasing a representation of life and relationships and locating a contemporary womanist voice within the neo soul genre. The album debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 and has sold approximately eight million copies there. It included the singles "Doo Wop (That Thing)" (also a number one), "Ex-Factor", and "Everything Is Everything". At the 41st Grammy Awards, the record earned her five awards, including Album of the Year and Best New Artist. During this time she won numerous other awards and became a common sight on the cover of magazines. Soon afterward, Hill dropped out of the public eye, dissatisfied with the music industry and suffering with the pressures of fame. Her last full-length recording, the new-material live album MTV Unplugged No. 2. (2002), sharply divided critics and sold poorly compared to her first album and work with the Fugees. Hill's subsequent activity, which includes the release of a few songs and occasional festival appearances, has been sporadic and erratic. Her behavior has sometimes caused audience dissatisfaction; a reunion with her former group did not last long. Her music, as well as a series of public statements she has issued, have become critical of pop culture and societal institutions. Hill has six children, five of whom are with Rohan Marley, son of reggae legend Bob Marley.
  • 1996
    Age 20
    Meanwhile, in the summer of 1996 Hill had met Rohan Marley, a son of the late reggae legend Bob Marley and a former University of Miami football player.
    More Details Hide Details Hill subsequently began a relationship with him, while still also involved with Jean.
    In 1996, Hill founded the Refugee Project, a non-profit outreach organization that sought to transform the attitudes and behavior of at-risk urban youth.
    More Details Hide Details Part of this was Camp Hill, which offered stays in the Catskill Mountains for such youngsters; another was production of an annual Halloween haunted house in East Orange. Hill also raised money for Haitian refugees, supported clean water well-building projects in Kenya and Uganda, and staged a rap concert in Harlem to promote voter registration. A 1997 benefit event for the Refugee Project introduced a Board of Trustees for the organization that included Sean Combs, Mariah Carey, Busta Rhymes, Spike Lee, and others as members.
    In 1996, Hill responded to a false rumor on The Howard Stern Show that she had made a racist comment on MTV, saying "How can I possibly be a racist?
    More Details Hide Details My music is universal music. And I believe in God. If I believe in God, then I have to love all of God's creations. There can be no segregation."
  • 1993
    Age 17
    Hill graduated from Columbia High School in 1993.
    More Details Hide Details Pras, Hill and Jean renamed their group the Fugees, a derivative of the word "refugee", which was a derogatory term for Haitian Americans. Hill began a romantic relationship with Jean. The Fugees, who signed a contract with Columbia/Ruffhouse Records in 1993, became known for their genre blending, particularly of reggae, rock and soul, which was first experimented on their debut album, Blunted on Reality, released in 1994. It reached number 62 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart but overall sold poorly and was met by poor critical notices due to being a (management-forced) attempt at gangsta rap attitudes. Although the album made little impact, Hill's rapping on "Some Seek Stardom" was seen as a highlight. Within the group, she was frequently referred to by the nickname "L. Boogie". Hill's image and artistry, as well as her full, rich, raspy alto voice, placed her at the forefront of the band, with some fans urging her to begin a solo career.
    Hill also appeared in Steven Soderbergh's 1993 motion picture King of the Hill, in a minor but pivotal role as a 1930s gum-popping elevator operator.
    More Details Hide Details Soderbergh biographer Jason Wood described her as supplying one of the warmest scenes in the film.
    She subsequently co-starred alongside Whoopi Goldberg in the 1993 release Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, playing Rita Louise Watson, an inner-city Catholic school teenager with a surly, rebellious attitude.
    More Details Hide Details In it, she performed the songs "His Eye Is on the Sparrow" (a duet with Tanya Blount) and "Joyful, Joyful". Director Bill Duke credited Hill with improvising a rap in a scene: "None of that was scripted. That was all Lauryn. She was amazing." Critic Roger Ebert called her "the girl with the big joyful voice", although he thought her talent was wasted, while Rolling Stone said she "performed marvelously against type... in the otherwise perfunctory film."
  • 1991
    Age 15
    Hill took acting lessons in Manhattan while growing up. She began her acting career in 1991, appearing with Jean in Club XII, MC Lyte's Off-Broadway hip-hop rendering of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.
    More Details Hide Details While the play was not a success, an agent noticed her. Later that year, Hill began appearing on the soap opera As the World Turns in a recurring role as troubled teenager Kira Johnson.
  • 1988
    Age 12
    In middle school, Hill performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" before a basketball game. Due to its popularity, subsequent games featured a recording of her rendition. In 1988, Hill appeared as an Amateur Night contestant on It's Showtime at the Apollo.
    More Details Hide Details She sang her own version of the Smokey Robinson track "Who's Lovin' You? ", garnering an initially harsh reaction from the crowd. She persevered, though she later cried off-stage. Hill attended Columbia High School, where she was a member of the track team, a cheerleader and was a classmate of Zach Braff. She also took violin lessons, went to dance class, and founded the school's gospel choir. Academically, she took advanced placement classes and received primarily 'A' grades. School officials recognized her as a leader among the student body. Later recalling her education, Hill commented, "I had a love for – I don't know if it was necessarily for academics, more than it just was for achieving, period. If it was academics, if it was sports, if it was music, if it was dance, whatever it was, I was always driven to do a lot in whatever field or whatever area I was focusing on at the moment."
  • 1975
    Lauryn Hill was born on May 26, 1975, in East Orange, New Jersey to English teacher Valerie Hill and computer and management consultant Mal Hill.
    More Details Hide Details She has one older brother named Malaney (born 1972). Her Baptist family moved to New York and Newark for short periods until settling in South Orange, New Jersey. She had a middle-class upbringing, knowing both many white Jewish families and many black ones. Future actor Zach Braff lived in the neighborhood, and she attended his Bar Mitzvah. Hill has said of her musically oriented family: "there were so many records, so much music constantly being played. My mother played piano, my father sang, and we were always surrounded in music." Her father sang in local nightclubs and at weddings. While growing up, Hill frequently listened to Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, and Gladys Knight; years later she recalled playing Marvin Gaye's What's Going On repeatedly until she fell asleep to it.
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