Happy Birthday, Lauryn Hill

Posted by The G on May 25, 2013 under Celebrities | Comments are off for this article

Photo and autograph courtesy of the G Archives.

Lauryn Hill - The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

Happy birthday to Ms. Lauryn Hill.  Over the years, I foolishly believed a lot of rumours about her that I heard on the internet and I judged her harshly without ever doing research to see if they were indeed true.  Turns out, the infamous “Lauryn Hill is racist” rumour is not true.   Is she a creative genius who, like so many creative geniuses is totally misunderstood by the public at large because they don’t even know what it’s like to possess that much creativity?  Definitely.  Lauryn is not afraid to speak her mind publicly, and sometimes (most times) it doesn’t translate well to the masses.  I recently watched her “Unplugged” performance which many have viewed as career suicide.  After a commercially successful album that incorporated so many styles of music, she disappeared from the public and resurfaced with a rant filled acoustic album.  Looking at it now, you see that Lauryn is an amazing story teller who is not afraid to appear “imperfect” or unpolished, because that is reality.  The critics were split down the middle as saying “she’s amazing” or “she recorded a public meltdown.”  It’s up to you to decide.  After meeting her recently, I saw first hand that her kindness squashed so many rumours I’d heard about her because she was extremely cool to myself and my friends.  It has in fact made me protective of her, because so many times, her name is mentioned and folks just have something bad to say (and often, with no back up info on why they feel that way) because the media loves to trash her.   My advice is experience something or someone first hand before you rush off to judge.  You might be pleasantly surprised.  Happy birthday Ms. Hill.  Hope you have a great day!

Also born on this day, rock and roll god Paul Weller of The Jam!


An Encounter with Ms. Lauryn Hill

Posted by The G on May 15, 2013 under Encounters with G | Comments are off for this article

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Ms. Lauryn Hill and Geoffrey Dicker

Ms. Lauryn Hill and Geoffrey Dicker

Ms. Lauryn Hill is amazing!  She’s only released a few albums in her career but they are genius.  She is sometimes as noted for her outbursts in the press and her reclusive nature as much as her music and she may be serving prison time for tax problems.  With that kind of reputation and an amazing career, you’d think she might not be the friendliest person around, but I am here to tell you, Ms. Lauryn Hill was absolutely delightful in person.  She gladly signed autographs and took photos with a couple of fans who waited quite a while to meet her.  As she signed album covers, she told us some of the behind the scenes stories about the photo shoots and was not rushed at all.  I was so pleasantly surprised by how cool she was and we returned the love because a talent like hers does not come around very often.  Thanks so much Ms. Hill!  I really hope she avoids serving a prison term because we all know that paying taxes is the equivalent of taking a torch to your hard earned money, but that’s a conversation for a different day.  As I said to Ms. Hill, I hope to see her again very soon and no matter how long it takes or what happens before she comes around again, myself and her legion of fans be waiting for her!  Thanks again Lauryn!  Love you sister!

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