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Lauryn Hill Releases Statement about Industry Corruption, Her Safety, & Not Paying Taxes

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Black radio personalities, rap radio stations,r&b radio station, hip hop music radio, black female singers (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)[/caption] This story was origainlly posted June 9, 2012. This is a statement from Lauryn Hill about her recent tax problems and her views as an artist. Just like we talk about radio, syndication and many other issues that we perceive as problems in the industry we are not recording artists but we believe in freedom of speech. Ms. Hill's views are her own and they are not necessarily those of Radio Facts (radiofactsorg.wpengine.com) and we wish her the best in resolving her current challenges. "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 (read more click "next")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 (read more click "next")numbers, committing egregious crimes in the name of the greater social ego. Ironically diminishing their own true hero-celebrity nature in the process. It was this schism and the hypocrisy, violence and social cannibalism it enabled, that I wanted and needed to be freed from, not from art or music, but the suppression/repression and reduction of that art and music to a bottom line alone, without regard for anything else. Over-commercialization and its resulting restrictions and limitations can be very damaging and distorting to the inherent nature of the individual. I Love making art, I Love making music, these are as natural and necessary for me almost as breathing or talking. To be denied the right to pursue it according to my ability, as well as be properly acknowledged and compensated for it, in an attempt to control, is manipulation directed at my most basic rights! These forms of expression, along with others, effectively comprise my free speech! Defending, preserving, and protecting these rights are critically important, especially in a paradigm where veiled racism, sexism, ageism, nepotism, and deliberate economic control are still blatant realities!!! Learning from the past, insulating friends and family from the influence of external manipulation and corruption, is far more important to me than being misunderstood for a season! I did not deliberately abandon my fans, nor did I deliberately abandon any responsibilities, but I did however put my safety, health and freedom and the freedom, safety and health of my family first over all other material concerns! I also embraced my right to resist a system intentionally opposing my right to whole and integral survival. I conveyed all of this when questioned as to why I did not file taxes during this time period. Obviously, the danger I faced was not accepted as reasonable grounds for deferring my tax payments, as authorities, who despite being told all of this, still chose to pursue action against me, as opposed to finding an alternative solution. My intention has always been to get this situation rectified. When I was working consistently without being affected by the interferences mentioned above, I filed and paid my taxes. This only stopped when it was necessary to withdraw from society, in order to guarantee the safety and well-being of myself and my family. As this, and other areas of issue are resolved and set straight, I am able to get back to doing what I should be doing, the way it should be done. This is part of that process. To those supporters who were told that I abandoned them, that is untrue. I abandoned greed, corruption, and compromise, never you, and never the artistic gifts and abilities that sustained me."

Jay Z Agreed to Move Forward with Barneys Department Store Amidst Accusations of Racial...

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jayz This is a situation that would leave one scratching his head. Jay Z did his own investigation into allegations that Barneys is guilty of racial profiling. He was vilified in the press and Change.org for not immediately pulling out of his campaign with the retailer. The rapper/mogul has an agreement with the retailer to sell some of his fashion items. Under pressure to cancel his deal, Jay Z announced last week that he had decided to move forward with the retailer nonetheless with some "substantial changes in their partnership." Apparently Barneys had a change of heart about those changes as they turned around today and cancelled Jay Z's offsite fundraiser to kick off the event on Wed due to "unforseen circumstances." Unfortunately, this puts Jay-Z in an awkward position. How will he respond to this?  It would have been to Barneys' GREATEST benefit to move forward with the event to CORRECT their reputation as a store that racially profiles black customers. It appears now they could care less.
TV ONE ANNOUNCES NEW SEASON OF AWARD–WINNING SERIES UNSUNG 9

TV ONE ANNOUNCES NEW SEASON OF AWARD–WINNING SERIES UNSUNG

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Radio Facts: Lisa Lisa & Cult JamTV One will premiere the new season of its NAACP Image Award-winning music biography series Unsung on Wednesday, October 30 at 8PM/ET, with a profile of rap and hip-hop outfit Heavy D & the Boyz. Known for its thorough portraits of singers and music acts whose success or legacy in the industry was cut short due to personal crises and transformative circumstances, Unsung will shed light on the rise-and-fall stories of a new group of artists in each one-hour episode this season. “A truly unique documentary experience, this series continues to profile wildly gifted acts of the last 30 years, revisiting their career trajectories and unveiling the reasons for their apparent withdrawal from the public eye,” said D’Angela Proctor, SVP of Programming and Production for TV One. “With highly personal eyewitness accounts from the artists’ families, friends and colleagues, as well as commentary from music industry insiders, we ensure that their stories do not go unsung.” Unsung episodes include: Hit "Next" to see who's being featured...

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 8PM/ET - Heavy D & the Boyz

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 8PM/ET - Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 8PM/ET - Geto Boys

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 8PM/ET - The Delfonics

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Hot 97's Mr. Cee Arrested for Soliciting Male Prostitute 1

Mr Cee Resigns from Hot 97

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September 11, 2013 (New York, NY) – Official Statement on Mr Cee’s Departure: “Due to some personal circumstances that have become public, after 20 years of...
Lauryn Hill Sends Positivity to Concerned Friends and Fans from Jail

Lauryn Hill Sends Positivity to Concerned Friends and Fans from Jail

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Radio Facts: Radio Facts: Lauryn Hill released a statement via her Tumblr account about how she is doing in prison. Ms. Hill has received a...
 ESPN Anchor Stuart Scott Honored With Inaugural Beachbody Challenge Inspiration Award

ESPN Anchor Stuart Scott Honored With Inaugural Beachbody Challenge Inspiration Award

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