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Friday, September 18, 2009

Part 1 - Where Do You Stand: Lauryn Hill Checks Your "Motives & Thoughts"

Music Successes:

w/The Fugees "Blunted on Reality" 2million records sold
w/The Fugees "The Score" Multi-platinum
Solo "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" 18 million
Solo "MTV Unplugged 2.0" Platinum

Question: Why Do Platinum Artists Flee Underground?

Lauryn Hill has successfully removed herself from the mass media and any attempt of them to reproduce or exploit for profit any part of her music and or image. Therefore what is found are snippets of the real Ms. Hill scattered in the media and on the internet.

The answer in her words:

"Fantasy is what people want, but reality is what people need. I've just retired from the fantasy part." ~ Ms. Hill MTV Unplugged 2.0 (2001)

Breaking her silence to protest the child molestation, rape and the pedophile corruption that swept the Catholic church, she perform "Damnable Heresies" and "Social Drugs" at the Vatican in December 2003 for Christmas. This is what she had to say:

"I am sorry if I am about to offend some of you. I did not accept my invitation to celebrate with you the birth of Christ. Instead I ask you why you are not in mourning for him in this place? I want to ask you, what have you got to say about the lives you have broken? What about the families who were expecting God and instead were cheated by the Devil? Who feels sorry for them, the men, women and children damaged psychologically, emotionally and mentally by the sexual perversions and abuse carried out by the people they believed in? Holy God is a witness to the corruption of your leadership, of the exploitation and abuses which are the minimum that can be said for the clergy. There is no acceptable excuse to defend the church."

She continues the battle cry with a call to the Vatican to "repent" and encouraged the crowd to "not seek blessings from man but from God."

Hill performs at Def Poetry Jam, Episode 1 (S01 E05) Air Date: 2005

"Motives & Thoughts"

Excerpts from the January 2006 interview for Essence magazine with Joan Morgan titled, "They Call Me Ms. Hill:"

Morgan: You experienced a great deal of success at a young age. How did you handle the demands of celebrity?

Hill: I don’t think I ever handled celebrity. For a period of time I had to step away entirely. There were many temptations, enticements, entrapments—whether it was the dependence on image or just some false sense of security. I created from such a sincere, pure place, but those enticements produced a very toxic situation for my creativity, my person. At 23, you don’t know how to handle that in a diplomatic manner, especially when everybody around you has been affected by the money, the fame, the attention. Celebrity itself becomes an addiction. One of my hopes for artists today is that they don’t get trapped in images that don’t really reflect who they are. Everybody is sort of bound to this supercool, supermature, superperfect, superconsistent image. It looks great on the shelf but it can also hurt people, and stunt their growth, because their image is growing, but their persons are not.
Morgan: After The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was released, you became an icon for many young Black women who identified with your music and your image. Is that status ever oppressive?

Hill: I think what’s oppressive is anything outside the truth. If that icon status is the result of people’s appreciating the value of my honesty, then it’s well deserved and organic. It only becomes repressive when it’s founded on a false concept or image. And that’s what I’m constantly trying to remove myself from. 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. There was much more strength, spirit and passion, desire, curiosity, ambition and opinion that was not allowed in a small space designed for consumer mass appeal and dictated by very limited standards. 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. I thought it was okay for me to write a song about something complicated if I was going through something complicated. But I discovered people could only acknowledge red and blue and I was somewhere between. I was purple. I had to fight for an identity that doesn’t fit in one of their boxes. I’m a whole woman. And when I can’t be whole, I have a problem. By the end I was like, “I’ve got to get out of here.”
Morgan: So you made a conscious decision to remove yourself from public life for a considerable time. What did you discover?

Hill: For two or three years I was away from all social interaction. There was no music. There was no television. It was a very introspective and complicated time because I had to really 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. It took a considerable amount of courage, faith and risk to gain the confidence to be myself. I had to deal with folks who weren’t happy about that. I was a young woman with an evolved mind who was not afraid of her beauty or her sexuality. For some people that’s uncomfortable. They didn’t understand how female and strong work together. Or young and wise. Or Black and divine.
Morgan: Is this a clarity that came with becoming Ms. Hill?

Hill: I’ve always been wise beyond my years. I’ve always been a teacher. When I was a child, I was teaching adults, because I was always learning. I’m Ms. Hill because I know I’m a wise woman. That is the respect I deserve.

June 12, 2009 TV One Blogs, The Spin, posts the following:


It was hard finding Ms. Hill's words not chopped up into propaganda to dismantle her music, style, message, image and causes. Even so in the rare interviews she did grant and impromptu protest she gave, one can only begin to get a glimpse into the mind of this genius. Crazy, never. Misunderstood, always as many artitsts that flee underground for their sanity are forced to live. Dave Chappelle sums it up best:

"Let me tell you something. People talk about Martin Lawrence. People use to always ask me, 'Is he crazy?' I use to hate that...When we did Blue Streak we were promoting it and Martin had a stroke and almost died and what ended up happening is I had to all the press for Martin. But it was really scary and at the time the public didn't know how bad he was. And then after that when I saw him I was like, 'Oh my God Martin, are you OK?' He said, 'I got the best sleep I've ever gotten in my life'...That's how tough he is. That's a tough dude...But let me ask you this: What is happening in Hollywood that a guy that tough will be on the street waiving a gun screaming, 'They're trying to kill me!' What's going on? Why is Dave Chappelle going to Africa?Why does Mariah Carey make a $100 million deal and takes her clothes off on TRL? A weak person cannot get to sit here and talk to you. Ain't no weak people talking to you. So what is happening in Hollywood? Nobody knows. The worse thing to call somebody is crazy. It's dismissive. I don't understand this person so their 'crazy.' That's bullshit. These people are not crazy, they strong people. Maybe their environment is a little sick." ~Hulu Dave Chappelle on Inside the Actors Studio Season 12, Episode 1206 Original Airdate: February 12, 2006

In July 2005, USATODAY interviewed Ms. Hill as stating:

"If I make music now, it will only be to provide information to my own children. If other people benefit from it, then so be it....In order to bare one's soul, one has to display their whole vulnerability, which most people will never do. These people who bare their souls end up being the source of ridicule."
Where do you stand? As ARapperNamedBilal ask, "Are you part of the problem or part of the solution?"

It's just Mia and these are their thoughts.

You will never guess who's next...

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