6.29.2012

Update: Music artist Lauryn Hill pleads guilty to tax evasion charges; faces three years in prison

In a previous blog, I shared that Lauryn Hill took to her Tumblr page to address the reports that she had 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," it read. 


Well, on June 29, Hill pleaded guilty to those tax evasion charges in a New Jersey federal court. She reportedly could face up to three years in prison and $75,000 in fines. Sentencing set to take place in November. [Read More]


It's too bad that the perspective that Hill shared about the corruptness of the music industry will be overlooked by those who feel she only shared that because of the present tax situation. I see people mostly cracking jokes on Twitter about her. I'm not trying to defend her for not paying her taxes, but it should not take away from the truth that she shared. Real talk.

"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," she said.

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