This post is just a little congratulatory salute to Lauryn Noelle Hill – – American Neo soul singer, songwriter, rapper, actress, record producer and agent provocateur – – who created one of the greatest pieces of art – – The Miseducation of Lauren Hill. Some consider this body of work to be one of the best albums of all time. Her beauty, wisdom, artistry, bravado and trUthfulness were undeniable then. Even now, as a recent song called NOBODY featured on esteemed rapper Nas’ new album – – King Disease II – – so clearly demonstrates, she remains the authentically talented, Ms. Hill.
Ms. Hill’s journey since the famed album has been filled with speculation, public gossip, drama and hearsay from “others” who did not understand or support her absence or creative journey as well as her personal mistakes. She remained steadfast and resolute to follow a unique path least favored by artists in honor of her own spiritual growth co-creating for a divine purpose. I do not profess to know the actual trUth of her life events, however, certain experiences resonate for me not just in the high points but the low ones as well. To be persecuted or misunderstood, if you are not following the crowd, is to be expected. What is often unexpected is the relentless pursuit and abuse of your PERSONHOOD for simply walking and living your trUth as unconventional as it might appear to “others” especially when you are not hurting anyone. The expectations of “others” for you, no matter how unfair or intrusive to personal freedom, can be difficult to navigate. Perhaps this is the path designated for only those souls – – some might mislabel as crazy, weird or misfits – – with missions too profound to easily dissect with the ordinary “eye”. There is NOBODY like Ms. Hill but thank God she chose to just be herself (ups/downs, highs/lows, lies/trUths, pain/growth etc.). This is the reality of self acceptance and radical self love in action. Ultimately, a final assessment will be “unveiled” about her highlighting all that was previously missed or MIS-understood. We’ve all been MISeducated, remember? So, listen to Ms. Hill and tell me she ain’t what I know her to BE.
Bold. Authentic. Divine.