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      If only all Afrikans could espouse the same level of appreciation for Ms. Hill as that which I espouse.

      With all due respect, those of you who are discussing Ms. Hill's humanness have missed the point. Those of you who looked at her bone-straight mushroom wig and immediately read on the surface level (what? she's not conscious anymore? is she abusing alcohol/drugs? etc.) missed the point.

      I completely feel where the Sista is coming from, because I feel like I am there and have been there my whole life. It's like a person cannot express themselves in any way (especially physically) without having someone else or everyone else come along and try to (emtily) scrutinize, replicate, imposterize, commercialize, hijack and co-opt their personal style. It's like the Sista cannot freely come into who she is without others following and invading her being or trying to pigeonhole her essence. Hence, her reclusion, her demanding distance, her dictating how she is presented (makeup, hair, etc.) and her snatching the rug out from under the pop culture mut as soon as it began snapping at her heels.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Nia Maishani
      If only all Afrikans could espouse the same level of appreciation for Ms. Hill as that which I espouse.

      With all due respect, those of you who are discussing Ms. Hill's humanness have missed the point. Those of you who looked at her bone-straight mushroom wig and immediately read on the surface level (what? she's not conscious anymore? is she abusing alcohol/drugs? etc.) missed the point.

      I completely feel where the Sista is coming from, because I feel like I am there and have been there my whole life. It's like a person cannot express themselves in any way (especially physically) without having someone else or everyone else come along and try to (emtily) scrutinize, replicate, imposterize, commercialize, hijack and co-opt their personal style. It's like the Sista cannot freely come into who she is without others following and invading her being or trying to pigeonhole her essence. Hence, her reclusion, her demanding distance, her dictating how she is presented (makeup, hair, etc.) and her snatching the rug out from under the pop culture mut as soon as it began snapping at her heels.

      Go 'head, L Boogie.
      Sis i can appreciate where youre coming from. And i also appreciate lauryn hill to the fullest. I am one of her biggest fans, But as far as our discussing lauryn hills humanness. She is what she is, Human. In my opinion its something that needs to be discussed. I dont think any of us missed the point. Amatter of fact i think we went straight to the point.. Lauryn said it best herself,
      "Now lauryn is only human, dont think i havent been in the same predicament, let it sit inside ya head like a million women in philly pen, who try to sell there souls because its in."

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      This was the first story I heard of Lauryn "having difficulty". I overstood the issue to be she was no longer following the status quo. She would would no longer take her earnings and pay the prices for an illusion. The illusion of the life of the rich and famous, living a green(d) colored life. Make more money to maintain the lavish lifestyle, an image.

      Lauryn Hill: Brainwashed?
      Tuesday, June 11, 2002
      By Roger Friedman
      Lauryn Hill

      Has Grammy winner Lauryn Hill come under the influence of a cultish Svengali? People around her say she has, and that he accounts for her strange behavior and equally weird new album of songs.

      The 27-year-old singer-songwriter, once part of the Fugees, surprised her fans this spring when she followed up her Grammy-winning debut album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill with a double album of morose acoustic songs, some of which sound unfinished and many of which are inexplicable.

      The songs were recorded last summer for an episode of MTV Unplugged, and then released last month on CD. So far the album has not been much of a hit.

      Hill’s friends point to someone whom they refer to as a "shaman," a self-appointed religious man who's invaded Hill’s life and become her adviser — as well as possibly her lover.

      Hill, who lives in Miami and Jamaica with her two children and their father Rohan Marley, son of the late Bob Marley, has apparently become so enamored of this swami that she's doing everything he says — and then some.

      Hill — who is mostly reclusive now — alluded to this fellow in an interview with MTV Online when she was promoting the Unplugged special.

      She said: "I met somebody. That person had an understanding of the Bible like no one else I ever met in my life. I just sat at their feet and ingested pure Scripture for about a year. I started to see I was my worst enemy. I was the problem, my own self-image, who I thought I should be, as opposed to who I really was. I just ate it up.

      "I started to see that my concept of spirituality was totally wrong," Hill continued. "Real religion is no religion at all. Truth is the true covering, and when I started to see that, two things happened. My creativity came back in an overflowing abundance, and I got into direct confrontation with everybody I love."

      According to sources, Hill may have left Marley — who is still married to another woman — and is now possibly married to her "religious adviser."

      "This started right after Miseducation came out, and it's only gotten worse," says my source.

      With Wyclef Jean and Pras, Hill formed the Fugees several years ago. The group was a huge hit with the album The Score and the single "Killing Me Softly."

      But Hill broke away from the group and went off to do her own album — and has never returned. Jean has parodied the situation on his own solo albums. Now there's at least some explanation of what's happened to Lauryn Hill.

      "She's not in touch with her parents," says my source of Hill's New Jersey family. "This guy has separated her from everyone."

      Hill told MTV Online, which did not pursue the line of questioning, about her Svengali: "I don't speak about him publicly, because he is a good friend of mine. He's not an ambitious person. He just shares, and people want truth. I believe God will make a way and he is going to identify [the man] ... I saw somebody living what he was saying. It wasn't a bunch of jargon. His life was a living testimony of faith and of passion and systematic rebellion ..."

      What's really upsetting in all this is that Hill also told MTV Online that she has consequently shuttered her charity called The Refugee Project. The foundation started in 1996 was designed to help the underprivileged. Hill's mother Valerie was president, and the charity ran a summer camp for impoverished kids and donated money around the world.

      Raquiba Sealy, Hill's friend, said in a 1999 interview with Umagazine.com: "Lauryn will tell you herself, 'Long after I'm done singing and rapping, the Refugee Project will be here making a difference.' The passion has always been there. She loves people, and she wants to see a better world."

      Last month however Hill told MTV: "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."

      http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,54993,00.html

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