Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill Opens Haitian Art Exhibit In Flatbush

While Lauryn Hill was the only non-Haitian member of the Fugees, Pras and Wyclef Jean considered her “Haitian by association.” To show her appreciation of the culture – as well as the Caribbean and African Diaspora as a whole – she’s opened up an art exhibit to coincide with her performance at Kings Theatre this Friday. 

Lauryn Hill goes on tour, delays house arrest

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Last week, we reported that Lauryn Hill was recently released after serving a prison sentence for tax evasion. Hill was supposed to be under house arrest for three months, but now a judge has granted her permission to delay house arrest so that she can go on tour.

From BET:

Ms. Hill ended her three-month prison stint for tax evasion last Friday (Oct. 4) and plans to begin a series of live shows from Nov. 15 through the end of the year. […] while Hill is required to log dates, locations and other details with her probation officer, the site says her three-month home confinement will now begin on New Year’s Day.

Lauryn Hill released from jail, creates new music

Lauryn Hill is once again a free woman after serving three months in prison for failing to pay more than $1.8 million in taxes between 2005 and 2007.

The Grammy-award winning artist pleaded guilty earlier this year.

Her new single “Consumerism” was released on the last day of her sentence. 

From The Telegraph:

Her new single Consumerism is a spirited rap attack on societal ills. She targets ageism, sexism, racism, fascism, “compromised commercialism” and “neo McCarthyism” in the track.The single picks up on criticism Hill made at the time of her arrest in 2012. On a post on her Tumblr blog she chastised pop culture’s “climate of hostility, false entitlement, manipulation, racial prejudice, sexism and ageism.”

Lauryn Hill Rails Against Racism, Oppression and IRS in Open Letter

Ahead of her three month jail sentence for tax evasion, Lauryn Hill posted a lengthy open letter on her Tumblr.

In it, Hill breaks down and dismisses the concept of “reverse racism,” addresses the continued oppression of African Americans, and discusses her tax troubles and trial.

The concept of reverse racism is flawed, if not absolutely ridiculous. Most, if not all of the negative responses from people of color toward white people, are reactions to the hatred, violence, cruelty and brutality that they were shown by white people for centuries.

Lauryn Hill Responds to Accusations that “Neurotic Society” Lyrics are Homophobic

A couple of weeks ago, writer Monica Miller called out Lauryn Hill for what she felt were homophobic lyrics in Hill’s latest song, “Neurotic Society.”

In a piece that appeared on BET.com, writer Monica Miller claimed that Hill’s use of terms like “girl men” and “drag queens” perpetuated injustice.

Well, Hill has responded to those claims in her latest post on Tumblr:

Lauryn Hill Writes Letter of Thanks to Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, and Other Supporters

Considering her imminent three month stay in federal prison, things must be extraordinarily difficult for Lauryn Hill and her family at this time.

But Ms. Hill still took the time out to thank those that expressed support and encouragement throughout her legal struggles.

She recently posted a letter on her Tumblr, naming specific individuals who wrote letters to the judge on her behalf; including Alicia Keys and Stevie Wonder.

From Lauryn Hill’s Tumlbr:

I want to extend a sincere thank you to the following people, who wrote letters to the judge on my behalf:

Lauryn Hill Sentenced to Three Months in Federal Prison

Lauryn Hill has been sentenced to 3 months in federal prison for tax evasion, as well as another 3 months of home confinement.

Additionally, she’ll serve a year of probation and must pay a $60,000 fine.

In a courtroom statement, Hill contended that she’d always intended to pay her taxes, but was unable to come up with the money during a time in which she’d dropped out of the music industry.

Hill will begin serving her sentence on July 8th.