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Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill (born May 26, 1975) is an American hip hop singer, initially establishing her reputation as the most visible and vocal member of The Fugees. She was born in South Orange, New Jersey and began singing and acting at a very young age. Her acting roles included the TV show As the World Turns (as "Kira Johnson" in 1991), and the film Sister Act II: Back in the Habit, the latter of which showcased her vocal abilities. Though the Fugees had originally formed in 1988, Hill's membership was disrupted by her acting and her education at Columbia University. The Fugees' first album, Blunted on Reality, was much-hyped but fell far short of expectations. This was followed by The Score, a multi-platinum selling album that established all three Fugees (Hill, Pras Michel and Wyclef Jean) as international successes.

Hill's other acting work includes the television series "King of the Hill" (as "Arletta the Elevator Operator"), the play "Club 127," and the motion pictures Hav Plenty (1997) and Restaurant (1998). She appeared as a singer in the soundtracks for Conspiracy Theory in 1997 on the track, "Can't take My Eyes Off of You," and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood in 2001 on the "Selah" track.

In 1998, Hill released The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, a critical smash hit that ended up on numerous best-of lists for the year, decade and all time. Among the singles on the album was "Doo Wop (That Thing)." In 1999's Grammy Awards, Hill was nominated eleven times and won Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Song, Best R&B Album, setting a new record for a female performer. The album's title was inspired by Carter G. Woodson's book, The Miseducation of the Negro.

Soon after, Hill and her recording company were sued by Vada Nobles, Rasheem Pugh, Johari Newton and Tejumold Newton, known as "New Ark Entertainment," who claimed to have been denied full credit and compensation for their assistance on the album. They received an undisclosed amount of money and were given credit for drum programming and a small amount of lyrical, instrumental and production work.

Hill is noted as a humanitarian, and in 1996 she received an Essence Award for work which has included the 1996 founding of the Refugee Project, an outreach organization that supports a two-week overnight camp for at-risk youth, and for supporting well-building projects in Kenya and Uganda, as well as for staging a rap concert in Harlem to promote voter registration. In 1999 Hill received three awards at the 30th Annual NAACP Image Awards held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in California. She was named with Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. and others among the "10 For Tomorrow," in the EBONY 2000: Special Millennium Issue. In 1999 Ebony magazine named her one of "100+ Most Influential Black Americans."

In 1996, a call to the Howard Stern radio show stated that the caller heard Hill say "I would rather die than have a white person buy one of my albums" during an MTV interview. This is considered unlikely, however, as no recording could be found of the supposed incident. [1] (http://www.snopes.com/quotes/lauryn.htm)

Though a Fugees reunion was discussed by all of the members of the group, it has not yet happened, reportedly due to conflicts between the three Fugees, including a much-rumored feud between Hill and Wyclef Jean. Hill released an MTV Unplugged album laced with verbal interludes in 2002 to mixed reviews.

On December 13, 2003, Hill shocked officials at the Vatican by denouncing them for "corruption, exploitation, and abuses," apparently in reference to allegations of the child molestation of boys by Catholic officials in the United States of America and the cover-up of offenses by Catholic Church officials. Among those in attendance were Edmund Cardinal Szoka, American-born President of the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City, and President of the Governatorate of Vatican City. Two days later Pope John Paul II told a group of Bishops from Sudan that, "Scandalous behavior must at all times be investigated, confronted and corrected" in the Catholic Church.

Hill has four children by her husband, retired (American) football player Rohan Marley, son of the late reggae artist, Bob Marley: Zion David Marley, born 1997, Selah Louise Marley, born 1998, and second son Joshua, born 2002. A fourth child was born in 2003.

Hill's nickname is "L-boogie."

The three Fugees were reunited on September 18, 2004 at Dave Chappelle's Block Party in Brooklyn, New York. They headlined a bill that included a star-studded cast of who's who in hip hop, including Kanye West, Common, Mos Def, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott and others.

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They headlined a bill that included a star-studded cast of who's who in hip hop, including Kanye West, Common, Mos Def, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott and others. Berlin, King of Ragtime: Scott Joplin and His Era (ISBN 0195101081) — the most authoritative book on Joplin's life. The three Fugees were reunited on September 18, 2004 at Dave Chappelle's Block Party in Brooklyn, New York. Edward A. Hill's nickname is "L-boogie.". It is still performed occasionally. A fourth child was born in 2003. In 1974 Kenneth MacMillan created a ballet for the Royal Ballet, Elite Syncopations, based on tunes by Joplin, Max Morath and others.

Hill has four children by her husband, retired (American) football player Rohan Marley, son of the late reggae artist, Bob Marley: Zion David Marley, born 1997, Selah Louise Marley, born 1998, and second son Joshua, born 2002. Marvin Hamlisch's adaptation of the Joplin song "The Entertainer" reached number 3 on the Billboard magazine Hot 100 music chart in 1974, and a much wider and deeper interest in ragtime in general and Joplin in particular was created. Two days later Pope John Paul II told a group of Bishops from Sudan that, "Scandalous behavior must at all times be investigated, confronted and corrected" in the Catholic Church. The second ragtime revival was prompted by the release of the movie The Sting in 1973, which despite being set in the 1930s still anachronistically featured a Joplin soundtrack and introduced new generations to his music. Among those in attendance were Edmund Cardinal Szoka, American-born President of the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City, and President of the Governatorate of Vatican City. The first was in the early 1950s when ragtime was regarded as a happy nostalgic music of a more innocent time. On December 13, 2003, Hill shocked officials at the Vatican by denouncing them for "corruption, exploitation, and abuses," apparently in reference to allegations of the child molestation of boys by Catholic officials in the United States of America and the cover-up of offenses by Catholic Church officials. After Joplin's death ragtime music experienced two bursts of popularity.

Hill released an MTV Unplugged album laced with verbal interludes in 2002 to mixed reviews. Before this, his only posthumously published piece had been "Reflection Rag", put together by Stark in 1917 from fragments of Joplin melodies in Stark's archives. Though a Fugees reunion was discussed by all of the members of the group, it has not yet happened, reportedly due to conflicts between the three Fugees, including a much-rumored feud between Hill and Wyclef Jean. It had not been published in sheet-music form in Joplin's lifetime. [1] (http://www.snopes.com/quotes/lauryn.htm). There was, however, an important find in 1971 — a piano-roll copy of the lost "Silver Swan Rag," cut sometime around 1914. This is considered unlikely, however, as no recording could be found of the supposed incident. After Sweatman's death in 1961 the papers were last known to go into storage during a legal battle among Sweatman's heirs; their current location is not known, nor even if they still exist.

In 1996, a call to the Howard Stern radio show stated that the caller heard Hill say "I would rather die than have a white person buy one of my albums" during an MTV interview. However these were unfortunately few, since Joplin's music had come to be considered passť. In 1999 Ebony magazine named her one of "100+ Most Influential Black Americans.". Sweatman took care of these papers and generously shared access to them to those who enquired. and others among the "10 For Tomorrow," in the EBONY 2000: Special Millennium Issue. Joplin's musical papers, including unpublished manuscripts, were willed to Joplin's friend and the executor of his will, musician and composer Wilber Sweatman. She was named with Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. Michael's Cemetery in the Astoria section of Queens.

In 1999 Hill received three awards at the 30th Annual NAACP Image Awards held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in California. He was buried in St. Hill is noted as a humanitarian, and in 1996 she received an Essence Award for work which has included the 1996 founding of the Refugee Project, an outreach organization that supports a two-week overnight camp for at-risk youth, and for supporting well-building projects in Kenya and Uganda, as well as for staging a rap concert in Harlem to promote voter registration. His death did not make the headlines for two reasons: ragtime was quickly losing ground to jazz and the United States would enter World War I within days. They received an undisclosed amount of money and were given credit for drum programming and a small amount of lyrical, instrumental and production work. Joplin died there on April 1, 1917. Soon after, Hill and her recording company were sued by Vada Nobles, Rasheem Pugh, Johari Newton and Tejumold Newton, known as "New Ark Entertainment," who claimed to have been denied full credit and compensation for their assistance on the album. In mid-January 1917 Joplin was hospitalized at Manhattan State Hospital in New York City, and friends recounted that he would have bursts of lucidity in which he would jot down lines of music hurriedly before relapsing.

Woodson's book, The Miseducation of the Negro. However, the irregularities are just as likely due to the primitive technology used to record the rolls. The album's title was inspired by Carter G. It has been claimed that the uneven nature of some of Joplin's piano rolls, such as one of the recordings of the Maple Leaf Rag mentioned above, documented the extent of Joplin's physical deterioration due to syphilis. Among the singles on the album was "Doo Wop (That Thing)." In 1999's Grammy Awards, Hill was nominated eleven times and won Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Song, Best R&B Album, setting a new record for a female performer. A surviving copy of the 'Pleasant Moments' roll has not yet been discovered. In 1998, Hill released The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, a critical smash hit that ended up on numerous best-of lists for the year, decade and all time. These are the only records of his playing we have, and are interesting for the embellishments added by Joplin to his performances.

She appeared as a singer in the soundtracks for Conspiracy Theory in 1997 on the track, "Can't take My Eyes Off of You," and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood in 2001 on the "Selah" track. Despite this, he recorded six piano rolls that year — Maple Leaf Rag (for Connorized and Uni-Record labels), Something Doing, Magnetic Rag, Ole Miss Rag, and Pleasant Moments (all for Connorized). Hill's other acting work includes the television series "King of the Hill" (as "Arletta the Elevator Operator"), the play "Club 127," and the motion pictures Hav Plenty (1997) and Restaurant (1998). He suffered later from dementia, paranoia, paralysis and other symptoms. This was followed by The Score, a multi-platinum selling album that established all three Fugees (Hill, Pras Michel and Wyclef Jean) as international successes. Joplin wanted to experiment further with compositions like Treemonisha, but by 1916 he was suffering from the effects of terminal syphilis. The Fugees' first album, Blunted on Reality, was much-hyped but fell far short of expectations. The score to an earlier ragtime opera by Joplin, A Guest of Honor, is lost.

Though the Fugees had originally formed in 1988, Hill's membership was disrupted by her acting and her education at Columbia University. It was performed only once during his lifetime, in 1915. Her acting roles included the TV show As the World Turns (as "Kira Johnson" in 1991), and the film Sister Act II: Back in the Habit, the latter of which showcased her vocal abilities. Joplin continued to experiment with other musical forms as well; after moving to New York City, Joplin attempted an ambitious ragtime opera, Treemonisha, which he produced himself at great personal expense. She was born in South Orange, New Jersey and began singing and acting at a very young age. After some months of faltering, Joplin continued writing and publishing, and in those days before recorded music was a best-selling composer based on sales of sheet music. Lauryn Hill (born May 26, 1975) is an American hip hop singer, initially establishing her reputation as the most visible and vocal member of The Fugees. The first work copyrighted after Freddie's death, Bethena (1905), is a very sad, musically complex ragtime waltz.

Download sample (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/d2/LaurynHillRedemptionSong.ogg) of Hill covering Bob Marley's "Redemption Song". Perhaps his dearest love, Freddie Alexander, died at age twenty just two months after they married, of complications resulting from a cold. Joplin had several marriages. Maple Leaf Rag boosted Joplin to the top of the list of ragtime performers and moved ragtime into prominence as a musical form. It has been estimated that Joplin made $360 per year on this piece in his lifetime.

Joplin received a one-cent royalty for each copy and ten free copies for his own use. In 1899, Joplin sold his most famous piece, Maple Leaf Rag to John Stark & Son, a Sedalia, Missouri, music publisher. The other five were two songs (mentioned previously), two marches, and a waltz. Of the six, only Original Rags is a ragtime piece.

By 1898 Joplin had sold six pieces for the piano, most very advanced tunes that were fine musically, but not anything special. But despite all this travelling, his home base was in Sedalia, Missouri where he moved in 1894, working as a pianist in the Maple Leaf and Black 400 clubs, both social black clubs for respectable gentlemen. In 1895, Joplin was in Syracuse, New York, selling two songs, Please Say You Will and A Picture of Her Face. What is known is that he was part of a minstel troupe in Texarkana around 1891.

He may have joined or formed various quartets and other musical groups and travelled around the midwest to sing. By the late 1880s Joplin had left home to start a life of his own. This is something that would serve him well in later years, and fuel his ambition to create a "classical" form of ragtime. He would later further his musical education by attending the George Smith College in Sedalia, studying composition. Showing musical ability at an early age, the young Joplin received piano lessons for free from a German music teacher, who gave him a well-rounded knowledge of classical music form.

By 1882 his mother had purchased a piano. After 1871 the Joplin family moved to Texarkana, Texas and Scott's mother cleaned homes so Scott could have a place to practice his music. While for many years his date of birth was thought to be November 24, 1868, new research by ragtime historian Ed Berlin has revealed that this is inaccurate. He was the second of six children.

Joplin was born near Linden, Texas to Florence Givins and Giles (sometimes listed as "Jiles") Joplin. 1867–April 1, 1917) remains the best-known ragtime musician and composer, setting the standard for the many who followed. Scott Joplin (ca. Maple Leaf Rag first section, Ogg Vorbis format, 17 seconds, 148 KB (info...).

When Your Hair Is Like the Snow (1907) lyrics by "Owen Spendthrift". Weeping Willow (1903). Wall Street Rag (1909). Treemonisha (1911).

The Sycamore (1904). Swipsey (1900) with Arthur Marshall. Sunflower Slow Drag (1901) with Scott Hayden. Sugar Cane (1908).

The Strenuous Life (1902). Stoptime Rag (1910). Something Doing (1903) with Scott Hayden. Solace (1909).

Silver Swan Rag (1971) posthumous publication. Searchlight Rag (1907). School of Ragtime (1908). Sarah Dear (1905) lyrics by Henry Jackson.

Rose Leaf Rag (1907). The Rose-bud March (1905). Reflection Rag (1917) posthumous publication. The Ragtime Dance (1906) this version was shortened and published to recoup losses from the 1902 version.

The Ragtime Dance (1902). Please Say You Will (1895). Pleasant Moments (1909). Pine Apple Rag (1908).

A Picture of Her Face (1895). Peacherine Rag (1901). Paragon Rag (1909). Palm Leaf Rag (1903).

Daniels. N. Original Rags (1899) arranged by Chas. The Nonpareil (1907).

March Majestic (1902). Maple Leaf Rag (1899). Magnetic Rag (1914). Little Black Baby (1903) lyrics by Louis Armstrong Bristol.

Lily Queen (1907) with Arthur Marshall. Leola (1905). Kismet Rag (1913) with Scott Hayden. I Am Thinking of My Pickanniny Days (1902) lyrics by Henry Jackson.

Heliotrope Bouquet (1907) with Louis Chauvin. Harmony Club Waltz (1896). Gladiolus Rag (1907). Fig Leaf Rag (1908).

Felicity Rag (1911) with Scott Hayden. The Favorite (1904). Euphonic Sounds (1909). Eugenia (1906).

The Entertainer (1902). Elite Syncopations (1902). The Easy Winners (1901). The Great Crush Collision March (1896).

Country Club (1909). Combination March (1896). Cleopha (1902). The Chrysanthemum (1904) dedicated to Freddie Alexander, Joplin's second wife.

Cascades (1904). A Breeze From Alabama (1902). Binks' Waltz (1905). Bethena (1905).

Augustan Club Waltz (1901). Antoinette (1906).

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