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Throwback from MTV UNPLUGGED 2002.
It’s almost 10yrs since Mrs. Hill broke down on stage in front of her fans during an emotional performance about the war of the mind, and the struggle to maintain a sense of identity in the industry, and her cypher is even truer today as it was then. This sistah is deep and always metaphoric and sometimes seemingly prophetic, reminding me of an Axiom of Nana Assata Shakur “I think that in order to struggle you have to be creative. In my life, creativity has been something that has sustained me; it awoke my spiritual struggle.” Mrs. Hill’s struggle is a struggle we all shoulder in one way or another as Black women, that is the struggle against a standard that renders our beauty, culture, and intellect as second class and/or invalid. Listening to Afroetic spoken word reminds me that our struggle is a beautiful one, and just helps put s*it back in perspective after a long day on the Corporate Plantation (Work). Enjoy some!
*yeah, that’s right, Lauryn Hill said “It All Falls Down” before Kanye West did, and did it better and bolder. Be sure to click on the next video for the next song on this MTV Unplugged series. “I get out” is definitely recommended.
- Lauryn Hill Is Back, and Her Makeup Is Cooler Than Ever (bellasugar.com)