6.11.2012

Lauryn Hill breaks silence on why she left the music industry in statement on federal tax charges


I'm a huge Lauryn Hill fan, so I had to share this. She answered a lot of things I have been questioning in regards to her sudden disappearance from the music industry. Well, she breaks it down in this statement.

According to her Tumblr page, it has been reported that she has been charged with three counts of misdemeanor failure to file taxes. "These charges were incurred for the years of 2005-2007, during a time in which Ms. Hill had removed herself and her family from society, in order to keep them safe, healthy, and free from danger."

In response to these charges, Ms. Hill has issued the following statement:

“For the past several years, I have remained what others would consider underground. I did this in order to build a community of people, like-minded in their desire for freedom and the right to pursue their goals and lives without being manipulated and controlled by a media protected military industrial complex with a completely different agenda. Having put the lives and needs of other people before my own for multiple years, and having made hundreds of millions of dollars for certain institutions, under complex and sometimes severe circumstances, I began to require growth and more equitable treatment, but was met with resistance. I entered into my craft full of optimism (which I still possess), but immediately saw the suppressive force with which the system attempts to maintain it’s control over a given paradigm.

I’ve seen people promote addiction, use sabotage, black listing, media bullying and any other coercion technique they could, to prevent artists from knowing their true value, or exercising their full power. These devices of control, no matter how well intentioned (or not), can have a devastating outcome on the lives of people, especially creative types who must grow and exist within a certain environment and according to a certain pace, in order to live and create optimally. I kept my life relatively simple, even after huge successes, but it became increasingly obvious that certain indulgences and privileges were expected to come at the expense of my free soul, free mind, and therefore my health and integrity.

So I left a more mainstream and public life, in order to wean both myself, and my family, away from a lifestyle that required distortion and compromise as a means for maintaining it. During this critical healing time, there were very few people accessible to me who had not already been seduced or affected by this machine, and therefore who could be trusted to not try and influence or coerce me back into a dynamic of compromise. Individual growth was expected to take place unnaturally, or stagnated outright, subject to marketing and politics. Addressing critical issues like pop culture cannibalism or its manipulation of the young at the expense of everything, was frowned upon and discouraged by limiting funding, or denying it outright. When one has a prolific creative output like I did/do, and is then forced to stop, the effects can be dangerous both emotionally and psychologically, both for the artist and those in need of that resource. It was critically important that I find a suitable pathway within which to exist, without being distorted or economically strong-armed. During this period of crisis, much was said about me, both slanted and inaccurate, by those who had become dependent on my creative force, yet unwilling to fully acknowledge the importance of my contribution, nor compensate me equitably for it. This was done in an effort to smear my public image, in order to directly affect my ability to earn independently of this system. It took a long time to locate and nurture a community of people strong enough to resist the incredibly unhealthy tide, and more importantly see through it. If I had not been able to make contact with, and establish this community, my life, safety and freedom, would have been directly affected as well as the lives, safety and freedom of my family. Failure to create a non toxic, non exploitative environment was not an option.

As my potential to work, and therefore earn freely, was being threatened, I did whatever needed to be done in order to insulate my family from the climate of hostility, false entitlement, manipulation, racial prejudice, sexism and ageism that I was surrounded by. This was absolutely critical while trying to find and establish a new and very necessary community of healthy people, and also heal and detoxify myself and my family while raising my young children. There were no exotic trips, no fleet of cars, just an all out war for safety, integrity, wholeness and health, without mistreatment denial, and/or exploitation. In order to liberate myself from those who found it ok to oppose my wholeness, free speech and integral growth by inflicting different forms of punitive action against it, I used my resources to sustain our safety and survival until I was able to restore my ability to earn outside of it!

When artists experience danger and crisis under the effects of this kind of insidious manipulation, everyone easily accepts that there was something either dysfunctional or defective with the artist, rather than look at, and fully examine, the system and its means and policies of exploiting/’doing business’. Not only is this unrealistic, it is very dark in its motivation, conveniently targeting the object of their hero worship by removing any evidence that they ‘needed’ or celebrated this very same resource just years, months or moments before. Since those who believe they need a hero/celebrity outnumber the actual heroes/celebrities, people feel safe and comfortably justified in numbers, committing egregious crimes in the name of the greater social ego. Ironically diminishing their own true hero-celebrity nature in the process...."

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20 comments:

  1. uH lAUREN, THAT'S ALL GOOD AND DANDY. WE KNOW THE WORLD SUCKS - BUT PAY YOUR TAXES.

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    1. Nah, we should all stop paying.

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    2. you still don't get it!

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    3. The IRS is not even a government entity and your taxed without representation continually(something frowned upon by the Constitution)...The tax game is the final card used to discredit a human being and manipulate persons back into an ever entangling system of systems(penal being one of them). There is no written law establishing the validity of taxes. You waive your right to freedom when you participate in such schemes of coersion. Most people are not aware of this fact and continue to help abuse those that are. Go and see the irony in your comment. Taxation is participation in one of the biggest frauds ever to malign a people. It is not legal. You do realize that you get back only a fraction of what is taken from you and every year at tax time you get the shakes like a junky waiting for a fix. When you get that refund, it last two seconds and then you fiend for another year...Taxes, this is not about taxes. It is about manipulation and control. It is about keeping you enslaved whilst making you believe you are free.

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    4. Anonymous - Once you watch the movie Freedom To Fascism, YOU will stop filing a 1040

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  2. "My Grace Is sufficient for Thee for my Strength is made perfect in weakness" - 2 Corinthians 12:9 His Eye is still on the Sparrow...Still on Lauryn Hill : )

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  3. She said all of that and all u can say is pay your taxes smh. She's right entertainment has become brain washing

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  4. Why didn't she just say The Jews?

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  5. Beautiful article!! Lauryn is awesome and truly blessed with wisdom and truth!

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  6. Beautiful article!! Lauryn is truly blessed with wisdom and truth!

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  7. thank you for posting this ... but where to find this community of creative artists who are about the truth? where do we look? guess we have to collect one by one through the paths of our own lives

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  8. Give unto Caesar what belongs to Caesar.... sad she had no one around she could trust to advise, consult or guide. If you put more faith and trust in God and not man, things may have turned out differently.

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  9. ASA ALL PRAISE IS DUE TO ALLAH(GOD) THANKYOU MY BEAUFUL SISTER FOR ALWAYS KEEPING IT SO REAL,AND THIS PART FOR THOSE WHO DONT UNDERSTAND YET (CLEAR THIS) OR GET THE DEFINTION OF THE UCC & GOOGLE THE REDEMPTION PRIMER, NOW REALLY DO YOU KNOW WHO ALMIGTY GOD CAME TO IN THIS LAST DAY IT WAS/IS YOU THE BLACKMAN& WOMAN OF AMERICA. I ONCE BELIEVED NOW I KNOW WE ALL SHOULD BE KNOWERS TODAY!!!! YOUR BROTHER IN THIS MIGHTY STRUGGLE ISA MUHAMMAD ASA.

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  10. May you always find peace in the truth, justice and freedom you seek for the precious life you possess and the children by which you are tested to teach the truth about the way of life given by the creator of all. He gave us the opportunity to serve and obey Him and by Him we survive if in truth we live. Fight on Lauren and never give up. Be with truth and those who sacrifice for truth and in this peace is salvation for you and for all who have the courage to walk away from the evil in this world. Yours in the universal faith in the creator......Asiyah

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  11. This sounds like you only did what everyday people do; we wish for safety both emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually for our children; we try the best we know who to protect them from harm; we work and we pay out taxes even when the irs says we owe more; we lose our jobs and our lives are threatened with instability; so, in other words, you are just like us, now that you not longer have access to certain resources and millions....welcome aboard...it will be just fine...there are some nice everyday people out here and you don't have to go underground to find them...wake up Lauren...I know your mama taught you better than that

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  12. Can I write a essay and not pay my taxes to?

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  13. I love you Lauryn, I miss you but you have left enough for us until you return with your "FOI" Love always and forever!!!!!

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