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Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill is an American hip hop singer, initially establishing her reputation as the most visible and vocal member of The Fugees. She was born in South Orange, New Jersey and began singing and acting at a very young age. Her acting roles included the TV show As the World Turns (as Kira Johnson in 1991), and the film Sister Act II: Back in the Habit, the latter of which showcased her vocal abilities. Though the Fugees had originally formed in 1988, Hill's membership was disrupted by her acting and her education at Columbia University. The Fugees' first album, Blunted on Reality, was much-hyped but fell far short of expectations. This was followed by The Score, a multi-platinum selling album that established all three Fugees (Hill, Pras Michel and Wyclef Jean) as international successes.

Hill's other acting work includes the television series King of the Hill (as Arletta the Elevator Operator), the play Club 127, and the motion pictures Hav Plenty 1997) and Restaurant (1998). She appeared as a singer in the soundtracks for Conspiracy Theory' in 1997 on the track, Can't take My Eyes Off of You, and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood in 2001 on the Selah track.

In 1998, Hill released The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, a critical smash hit that ended up on numerous best-of lists for the year, decade and all time. Among the singles on the album was Doo Wop (That Thing). In 1999's Grammy Awards, Hill was nominated eleven times and won Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Song, Best R&B Album, setting a new record for a female performer. The album's title was inspired by Carter G. Woodson's book, The Miseducation of the Negro.

Soon after, Hill and her recording company were sued by Vada Nobles, Rasheem Pugh, Johari Newton and Tejumold Newton, known as New Ark Entertainment, who claimed to have been denied full credit and compensation for their assistance on the album. They received an undisclosed amount of money and were given credit for drum programming and a small amount of lyrical, instrumental and production work.

Hill is noted as a humanitarian, and in 1996 she received an Essence Award for work which has included the 1996 founding of the Refugee Project, an outreach organization that supports a two-week overnight camp for at-risk youth, and for supporting well-building projects in Kenya and Uganda, as well as for staging a rap concert in Harlem to promote voter registration. In 1999 Hill received three awards at the 30th Annual NAACP Image Awards held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in California. She was named with Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and others among the 10 For Tomorrow, in the EBONY 2000: Special Millennium Issue. In 1999 Ebony magazine named her one of 100+ Most Influential Black Americans.

Though a Fugees reunion was discussed by all of the members of the group, it has not yet happened, reportedly due to conflicts between the three Fugees, including a much-rumored feud between Hill and Wyclef Jean. Hill released an MTV Unplugged album laced with verbal interludes in 2002 to mixed reviews.

On December 13, 2003, Hill shocked officials at the Vatican by denouncing them for corruption, expolitation, and abuses, apparently in reference to allegations of the child molestation of boys by Catholic officials in the United States of America and the cover-up of offenses by Catholic Church officials. Among those in attendance were Edmund Cardinal Szoka, American-born President of the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City, and President of the Governatorate of Vatican City. Two days later Pope John Paul II told a group of Bishops from Sudan that, "Scandalous behavior must at all times be investigated, confronted and corrected" in the Catholic Church.

Hill has three children by her husband, ex-footballer Rohan Marley, son of the late reggae artist, Bob Marley: Zion David Marley, born 1997, Selah Louise Marley, born 1998, and second son Joshua, born 2002. Hill was said to be expecting a fourth child in 2003.

Hill's nickname is said to be L-boogie.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Lauryn Hill Facts

BirthdayMay 26, 1975 (48)
BirthplaceSouth Orange, New Jersey, USA
Height5' 6" (1m68)  How tall is Lauryn Hill compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill: MTV Unplugged No 2.0
King of the Hill
Rhyme & Reason
Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives
Goodnight Moon & Other Sleepytime Tales
Concerning Violence
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