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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Sen. Kamala Harris Handpicked 45 Songs To Create A Black Music Month Playlist
Huffington Post - 8 months
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) recognizes the resounding power black artists have had over the years and she’s paying tribute to them with a special music playlist she curated herself.  In honor of African-American Music Appreciation Month, which is recognized in June, Harris released a public playlist on the music-streaming service Spotify that includes some of the most talented and influential black musicians. “Our nation has an indelible soundtrack, songs that have become anthems recognized across the world,” Harris said in a statement to HuffPost. “Much of that soundtrack is inspired and informed by the vast contributions of African-American artists in jazz, R&B, rap, hip-hop, and beyond.” The playlist features 45 songs from timeless artists like Lauryn Hill, Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone and Prince, as well as hits from more contemporary artists like Andra Day, Janelle Monae and Chance The Rapper. There are popular rap songs by hip-hop artists like Migos and soulful sl...
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Jay Z Thanks Rappers Who Inspire Him, Says Black People Are 'Magic'
Huffington Post - 8 months
Jay Z went on a rare tweetstorm Thursday night to thank damn near everybody in the hip-hop game and their mama, and to proclaim that black people are “magic.” Presumably off the high of being the first rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame that evening, Hov took time to thank many of the artists who’ve inspired him throughout the years. In a series of tweets (with some hilarious commentary in between), Jigga Man gave a shoutout to nearly a hundred artists, including hip-hop icons, past collaborators, those he’s had beef with and newer artists. “Thank you to all the people that have inspired me,” Jay Z started, before firing off names including Biggie, Tupac, Chuck D, Lauryn Hill, Nas, Andre 3000, Lil Wayne, Redman, Big Daddy Kane, Drake, Future, Kendrick Lamar, Chance the Rapper, Tee Grizzley and too many other people to name.  At one point during his shoutouts, the hip-hop mogul ― who only has 262 tweets since starting his account in 2008 ― promised th...
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This Video Of Lauryn Hill Dropping Wisdom At Only 25 Is A Must-See
Huffington Post - 9 months
It’s hard to believe that it has been nearly 19 years since the release of the iconic album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which thrust Hill, barely in her mid-20s at the time, into the pantheon of music legends.  Friday marks Hill’s 42nd birthday, but while she’s most celebrated for insightful and moving songs like “Ex-Factor” and “Doo Wop (That Thing)”, Hill should be equally remembered for the many gems of wisdom she’s dropped over the years. Take, for example, the video above, where Hill, at just 25 years old, addressed a group of college students in 2000.  Still riding off the success of her debut album, the singer discussed her spiritual awakening, and realizing one’s potential. “You know I live in this physical body, this is like my address... This is where I live. But there’s something much deeper,” Hill said. “Who I am has nothing to do with the hair and shoes and stuff (even though I  like shoes); it has nothing to do with that.” Hill also sp...
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Usher, Lauryn Hill to perform at Montreux Jazz Festival
Reuters.com - 11 months
MEZIERES, Switzerland (Reuters) - Usher, Lauryn Hill, Macy Gray and Erykah Badu are booked to perform at the Montreux Jazz Festival during its 51st edition, organizers said on Thursday.
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Little Simz: Tiny Desk Concert
NPR - about 1 year
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 - about 1 year
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What White Women Can Learn From Adele's Grammys Speech
Huffington Post - about 1 year
function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); During Sunday night’s 59th Grammy Awards, Adele’s “25” was named Album of the Year. Many people ― really, anyone who has watched and listened to the revelatory, ground-breaking, stunning, visual album “Lemonade” ― felt that Beyoncé had been robbed of the honor. Turns out, Adele herself was one of those people. The 28-year-old singer used her Grammy speech, as well as her time with the press backstage, to say that despite being honored and humbled, the awa...
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We, Too, Sing America: 17 Songs That Reflect On Being Black In America
Huffington Post - about 1 year
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 1 year
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 - over 1 year
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,5716519de4b06f35cb70ab68,57069c1ce4b0a506064e7a...
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Nicki Minaj Literally Bowed At Lauryn Hill's Feet When She Met Her
Huffington Post - over 1 year
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 ...
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Beyoncé bleeds on stage and 7 more highlights from Tidal X
Yahoo News - over 1 year
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 pass...
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Is BDS Simply a 'Campus Movement?' How Deceitful Can Thomas Friedman Actually Be?
Huffington Post - over 1 year
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 ...
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5 Reasons Why Women Should Nap
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
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 ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Lauryn Hill
    FORTIES
  • 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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 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.
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    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.
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  • 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.
    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.
  • 2013
    Age 37
    Judge Arleo allowed her to postpone part of her confinement in order to tour in late 2013 under strict conditions.
    Hill was released from prison on October 4, 2013, a few days early for good behavior, and began her home confinement and probationary periods.
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    Hill reported to the minimum-security Federal Correctional Institution, Danbury on July 8, 2013, to begin serving her sentence.
    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.
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    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).
    On May 4, 2013, Hill released her first official single in over a decade, "Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix)".
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    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.
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  • 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.
    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.
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    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.
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  • 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.
    In Spring 2011, Hill performed at the Coachella Valley Music Festival, New Orleans Jazz Fest, and at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
  • 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.
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    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.
    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.
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    In January 2010, Hill returned to the live stage and performed in stops across New Zealand and Australia on the Raggamuffin Music Festival.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
    Reports in mid-2008 claimed that Columbia Records then believed Hill to be on hiatus.
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    By August 2008, Hill was living with her mother and children in her hometown of South Orange, New Jersey.
    In early 2008, Marley and Hill's fifth child, Sarah, was born.
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  • 2007
    Age 31
    Also in June 2007, Hill released a new song, "Lose Myself", on the soundtrack to the film Surf's Up.
    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 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.
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  • 2004
    Age 28
    In 2004, Hill contributed a new song, "The Passion", to The Passion of the Christ: Songs.
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  • 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.
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    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.
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    The two had been living in a high-end Miami hotel, but around 2003 she moved out into her own place in that city.
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    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.
  • 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.
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  • 2001
    Age 25
    Around 2001, Marley and Hill's third child, Joshua Omaru, was born.
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    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.
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  • 2000
    Age 24
    During 2000, Hill dropped out of the public eye.
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    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).
  • 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.
    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.
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    In May 1999, she made People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People list.
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    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".
    In February 1999, Hill received four awards at the 30th Annual NAACP Image Awards.
    In the run-up to the 1999 Grammy Awards, Hill became the first woman to be nominated in ten categories in a single year.
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  • 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.
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    In November 1998, Marley and Hill's second child, Selah Louise, was born.
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    During 1998 and 1999, Hill earned $25 million from record sales and touring.
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  • 1997
    Age 21
    Hill became pregnant, and in August 1997, Marley and Hill's first child, Zion David, was born.
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    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.
    Hill recorded her solo record The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill from late 1997 through June 1998 at Tuff Gong Studios in Jamaica.
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    Hill had a cameo appearance in the 1997 film Hav Plenty.
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    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.
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  • 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.
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    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.
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    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?
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1993
    Age 17
    Hill graduated from Columbia High School in 1993.
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    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.
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    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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1975
    Born
    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.
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