In the decades after ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,’ the Fugees singer has yet to record a follow-up. Lauryn Hill blames ‘politics’ and a lack of ‘appreciation’ for why she never released a second studio album.
1998’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill remains one of the most critically-acclaimed and commercially successful albums of all time – and fans of Lauryn Hill have been waiting over two decades for a follow-up. The notoriously reclusive Lauryn, 45, shared insight into why she has yet to record her second studio album on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums podcast, exclusively available on Amazon Music. In an email interview, the Fugees singer chalked the silence up to the lack of “appreciation” from her label, and the toll recording took on her family. “The wild thing is that no one from my label has ever called me and asked how can we help you make another album– EVER…EVER. Did I say ever? Ever!”
“With The Miseducation, there was no precedent. I was, for the most part, free to explore, experiment, and express. After The Miseducation, there were scores of tentacled obstructionists, politics, repressing agendas, unrealistic expectations, and saboteurs EVERYWHERE. People had included me in their own narratives of THEIR successes as it pertained to my album, and if this contradicted my experience, I was considered an enemy. Artist suppression is definitely a thing. I won’t go too much into it here, but where there should have been overwhelming support, there wasn’t any.”
Lauryn also said she was reluctant to put her family through the process of recording another album. “I create at the speed and flow of my inspiration, which doesn’t always work in a traditional system. I have always had to custom build what I’ve needed in order to get things done. The lack of respect and willingness to understand what that is, or what I need to be productive and healthy, doesn’t really sit well with me,” she said. “The warp speed that I had to move at, in order to defy the norm, put me and my family under a hyper-accelerated, hyper-tense, and, unfortunately, an underappreciated pace. I sacrificed the quality of my life to help people experience something that should have been unreachable before then.
“When I saw people struggle to appreciate what that took, I had to pull back and make sure I and my family were safe and good. I am still doing that. I continue to tour and share with audiences all over the world, but I also full-time work on the trauma, stifling, and stunting that came with all of that, and how my family and I were affected.”
In the 22 years since Miseducation, Lauryn has released a trickle of new music, including a handful of non-album singles and a live album: MTV Unplugged 2.0, taken from her 2002 performance of the same name. The album, which contained new music from Lauryn, received poor reviews. Internet music commentator Todd In The Shadows dissected the performance and the context around it. While he extended sympathy to Lauryn and what she was going through at the time, he described MTV Unplugged 2.0 as full of “unfinished, unreleasable songs with no hooks that all sound the same.” Lauryn hasn’t put out a major project since.
While looking back on The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’s legacy, the former Fugee singer said, she does hear things on the record “that could have been done differently but the LOVE in the album, the passion, it’s intention is to me, undeniable. I think my intention was simply to make something that made my foremothers and forefathers in music and social and political struggle know that someone received what they’d sacrificed to give us, and to let my peers know that we could walk in that truth, proudly and confidently. At that time, I felt like it was a duty or responsibility to do so. … I challenged the norm and introduced a new standard. I believe the Miseducation did that, and I believe I still do this—defy convention when the convention is questionable.”
Christie Brinkley, 66, Goes ‘Swimming In The Rain’ In Black Swimsuit On Turks & Caicos Vacation — Watch
Christie Brinkley is living her best life! The former model shared a clip of herself singing in the ocean, while rocking snorkeling gear.
Christie Brinkley has never looked happier! The 66-year-old took to Instagram on January 16 to share a clip of herself singing in the rain, offering her take on the classic 1952 Gene Kelly song. “I’m Swimming in the Rain,” she captioned the video adding, “[I] hope this gives you a laugh.” In the clip, Christie rocked a black one piece swimsuit, blue flippers, and snorkeling gear as she waded about in the crystal blue waters. The former Sports Illustrated covergirl is certainly living her best life while on vacation in Turks and Caicos.
“This made my day!!” one fan commented, while another wrote, “Fun and joyful!!! You are sunshine in the rain!!!” Of course, this wasn’t the first time Christie has proved she’s completely ageless. Most recently, she kicked off the new year with a gorgeous snap of herself posing beside the crystal blue ocean. “Cliffhanger,” she captioned her January 9 pic, in which she rocked an aqua blue bikini top and black, high-waisted bike shorts. Christie also stayed protected in a wide-brim straw hat, as she accessorized with a silver watch and a gold ring.
She doesn’t only look chic while relaxing on the beach, Christie also proved she can look glam while gardening. The former model posted a series of pics of herself on Instagram on January 11, which showed her watering some plants along the entrance to a seemingly private beach. She rocked a strapless red swimsuit, along with a large floral wrap which she wore as a skirt. The blonde beauty used the snap as an opportunity to discuss the state of America amid the Capitol riots on January 6. “It hurts my heart so much to hear all the terrible news,” she wrote in the photo’s caption. “We need to cultivate peace, calm and understanding. We need to grow love and mutual respect.” We can’t wait to see what Christie gets up to in 2021!
Lisa Rinna Fans Think She Looks Like A Kardashian With New Blonde Highlights Makeover
Lisa Rinna has debuted a new longer hairstyle and perfect makeup showing off her plump pout. Fans are remarking how the ‘RHOBH’ star looks like she could be a Kardashian sister.
Well hello Lisa Kardashian! The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Rinna is celebrating her new lipstick line, and released several glam photos of her wearing one of the products on her pillowy pout. In one snapshot she shared via Instagram on Jan. 15, fans said Lisa looked like she could be Kim Kardashian‘s twin! The 57-year-old ditched her iconic short shag for a long and perfectly styled hairpiece by celebrity wig and hair stylist Clyde Haygood, who just so happens to have worked on Kim’s tresses as well!
Lisa’s brunette locks featured blonde highlights, and the hair was pulled back with long extensions coming from a slight bouffant lift at the back of her head. The Bravo star’s skin looked extra bronzed in the photo, and she wore a rosy eye with super long and full lashes, perfectly contoured brows and dark liner that made her eyes look similar to the shape of Kim’s.
The mother of two’s famous oversized pout also resembled that of the SKIMS founder’s pillowy puckers. Lisa’s already large lips looked gorgeous in a shimmery pink shade from her new beauty line called “Rose All Day.” Add chunky hoop earrings and fans were doing a double take in the comments that Lisa bore such a striking resemblance the 40-year-old Keeping Up With The Kardashians star.
User @sanapapix commented, “Could pass for Kim K with this pic,” along with a hearts for eyes smiling emoji. @mettel74 told Lisa, “You look like Kim Kardashian…” to which @maryehorsman43 agreed, saying, “I said the same.” User @mellimoo21 marveled, “It is Kim Kardashian.” Fan @pamulafloyd told Lisa, “You have some @kimkardashian going on there.”
Other fans were completely wowed by Lisa’s long hairstyle, as she’s worn her short shag cut for nearly her entire career. Thus any time Lisa changes things up with her tresses, her IG followers notice. Fan @mez_mo_rizing told her “So love the hair on you…let your hair grow…it looks amazing on you,” while @alexeichamberland said, “Make this permanent.” User @dustin_barks commented, “Your hair is everything!!! Beautiful!” Fan @angela.marie.frangione gushed, “Wow you look like you went back in time! You look half your age! Beautiful!” This really is one of Lisa’s best looks, as her hair and makeup are absolute perfection.
‘WandaVision’ Recap: The Key ‘Ultron’ Connection You May Have Missed & What It Could Mean
‘WandaVision’ made its grand debut on Jan. 15. Wanda and Vision seem to be living the perfect sitcom life, but nothing is what it seems. There was one particular moment that hints at trouble ahead.
The first two episodes of WandaVision launched on its premiere day, and the second episode began to set the stage for the unraveling of what’s really going on. Wanda and Vision are still living out their black and white sitcom life without a care in the world. Wanda goes to a get-together in honor of the upcoming talent show with the other ladies of the neighborhood, including Agnes and Geraldine (a.k.a. Monica Rambeau). Wanda also meets the leader of the pack, Dottie. After everyone leaves, Dottie tells Wanda that she’s “heard things” about Wanda and Vision.
Wanda is caught off guard and assures Dottie that she doesn’t mean anyone “any harm.” Dottie replies, “I don’t believe you.” Suddenly the radio turns on and someone calls to Wanda. “Can you read me?” the mystery man asks. Dottie asks Wanda who is on the radio before turning to Wanda and saying, “Who are you?”
The voice continues to call out to Wanda. “Who’s doing this to you, Wanda?” the man asks. Wanda is in complete shock. A few moments later, the radio and the glass in Dottie’s hand explodes. When Dottie starts bleeding, it’s in color.
The next scene is a commercial for a Strucker watch. A close-up of the watch is shown, and there are some very telling clues about what’s at the heart of this story. The watch bears the HYDRA symbol and “HYDRA” is written in plain sight. The Strucker watch is a clear nod to Wolfgang von Strucker, one of the leaders of HYDRA. HYDRA has been one of the MCU’s biggest threats since Captain America, and it appears HYDRA may be far from extinct.
Strucker, Wanda, and Wanda’s brother Pietro were first introduced in a credits scene following Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Strucker showed List where the Scepter was and introduced him to Wanda and Pietro, who were being held prisoner in separate cells. This led right to Avengers: Age of Ultron. Strucker was eventually arrested by the Avengers and later killed by Ultron.
The reasons behind Wanda’s alternate reality are not explained in the first two episodes. If HYDRA is making a comeback, then it will be met with full force by S.W.O.R.D., the subdivision of S.H.I.E.L.D. that stands for Sentient World Observation and Response Department. The S.W.O.R.D. symbol is seen on the toy helicopter Wanda found in her yard and on the back of the Beekeeper’s suit at the end of the second episode.