“I am a child of former slaves who had a system imposed on them. I had an economic system imposed on me.” Lauryn Hill Jailed !

Lauryn Hill was sen­tenced to three months’ jail fol­lowed by three months’ home con­fine­ment for fail­ing to pay $500,000 to the tax­man in the United States.

Hill claimed the sum was out­stand­ing because she had “with­drawn from soci­ety” after alleged threats again­st her fam­ily.

She was imprisoned after fail­ing to pay the amount with­in the stip­u­lated two-week time­frame.

Another thing that was ridicu­lously pat­ron­ising was dur­ing her tri­al, Hill was ordered by the judge in Newark, New Jer­sey to under­go coun­selling because of her “con­spir­acy the­or­ies” — includ­ing that artists are being oppressed by a plot involving the mil­it­ary and media…these are home truths that many are too dumbed down to believe.

Hill pleaded guilty to charges of tax eva­sion last year. Her law­yers said she had paid more than $970,000 of an out­stand­ing tax bill which amoun­ted to more than $2m.

Hill van­ished from pub­lic life to raise her five chil­dren by Rohan Mar­ley — the son of acclaimed reg­gae sing­er Bob — fol­low­ing the suc­cess of her album ‘The Mise­du­ca­tion of Lauryn Hill’ in 1998.

Shortly before she was arres­ted last year, Hill penned a diatribe declaim­ing the music industry.

In the rant, Hill blas­ted pop music for a “cli­mate of hos­til­ity, false enti­tle­ment, manip­u­la­tion, racial pre­ju­dice, sex­ism and ageism.

“Over-com­mer­cial­isa­tion and its res­ult­ing restric­tions and lim­it­a­tions can be very dam­aging and dis­tort­ing to the inher­ent nature of the indi­vidu­al.”

Dur­ing her tri­al, Hill claimed she is still forced to live under the per­ni­cious eco­nom­ic hier­archy imposed by the slave trade.

She told the court: “I am a child of former slaves who had a sys­tem imposed on them. I had an eco­nom­ic sys­tem imposed on me.”

Hill had faced a max­im­um sen­tence of one year each on three counts. Her attor­ney had sought pro­ba­tion.


Rishma Dhaliwal

Rish­ma Dhali­wal

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Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal

Edit­or / PR Con­sult­ant at No Bounds
Rish­ma Dhali­wal has extens­ive exper­i­ence study­ing and work­ing in the music and media industry. Hav­ing writ­ten a thes­is on how Hip Hop acts as a social move­ment, she has spent years research­ing and con­nect­ing with artists who use the art form as a tool for bring­ing a voice to the voice­less. Cur­rently work­ing in TV, Rish­ma brings her PR and media know­ledge to I am Hip Hop and oth­er pro­jects by No Bounds.

About Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal
Rishma Dhaliwal has extensive experience studying and working in the music and media industry. Having written a thesis on how Hip Hop acts as a social movement, she has spent years researching and connecting with artists who use the art form as a tool for bringing a voice to the voiceless. Currently working in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media knowledge to I am Hip Hop and other projects by No Bounds.

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