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Did you know that sew-in’ weave and relaxer are the main cause of my major hair breakage?

Did you know that women all over the world have made the decision to go natural?

Did you know that these women have different reasons for going natural some are tired of damage hair, scalp problems, illness, hair loss, and  finances, ?

Did you know that many thousands of African American women and women all over the world have stopped relaxing their hair and are wearing their natural hair proudly?

Did you know that keeping your hair braided and keeping the relaxers out of your hair will help your hair grow thick, long and gorgeous?

Did you know that sew-in’ weave and relaxer are the main cause of my major hair breakage?

 Did you know that going natural is not a style, but a state of mind?

Did you know that if you are tired of seeing your hair in your comb, you need to go natural?

Did you that , two-strand twists, afro puffs, afros dredlocks (dreadlocks) are all natural? 


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But, He has a Bud Light

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8 people got busted on March 5, 2011

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Who is Milena Markivna Kunis?

Who is Milena Markivna Kunis? Mila Kunis is an American actress. Her television work includes the role of Jackie Burkhart on That ’70s Show and the voice of Meg Griffin on the animated series Family Guy. She has also played roles in film, such as Rachel Jansen in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Mona Sax in Max Payne and Solara in The Book of Eli.

Early life

Mila Kunis was August 14, 1983 in Chernivtsi,[3][4] in the Ukrainian SSR of the Soviet Union, to a Jewish family.[5][6] Her mother, Elvira, is a physics teacher and drug store manager, and her father, Mark Kunis, is a mechanical engineer and cab company executive.[2] She has an older brother, Michael. Her family moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1991.[2][5]
Kunis said that a lottery system allowed her family to make the move: “It took about five years. If you got chosen the first time around, you went to Moscow, where there was another lottery, and you maybe got chosen again. Then you could come to the States.” On her second day in Los Angeles, she was enrolled at Rosewood Elementary School not knowing a word of English. “I blocked out second grade,” she says. “I don’t remember, but my mom tells me that I came home and cried every day. I wasn’t that traumatized. It was just a shock.”[7] Kunis added: “I didn’t understand the culture. I didn’t understand the people. I didn’t understand the language. My first sentence of my essay to get into college was like, ‘Imagine being blind and deaf at age seven.’ And that’s kind of what it felt like moving to the States.”[8]
Despite reports to the contrary, Kunis did not learn English from watching The Price Is Right.[9] In Los Angeles, she attended Hubert Howe Bancroft Middle School. She was mostly taught by an on-set tutor for her high school years while filming That ’70s Show. When not on the set, she attended Fairfax High School, where she graduated in 2001. She briefly attended UCLA and Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.[10][11]

Career

Early career

At age nine, Kunis took acting classes after school at the Beverly Hills Studios, where she met her first and still current manager Susan Curtis. Said Kunis: “My parents told her, ‘Listen, we can’t afford head shots; we can’t afford anything. We can’t take her to auditions because we work full-time.’ … [Curtis] said, ‘Don’t worry. I’ll fix everything,’ and she did. I ended up getting the first thing I went out for, which was a Barbie commercial. All my parents said was, ‘You can do whatever you want to do as long as you get A’s and stay in school.'”[12] Kunis began appearing in print-ads, catalogues, and TV commercials for children’s products like Lisa Frank products, Mattel‘s Barbie, and Payless Shoes. She also modeled for a Guess girls’ clothing campaign. Her first TV role was as the young Hope Williams on an episode of the popular soap opera Days of our Lives.[13] She had a minor role on 7th Heaven as Lucy’s nemesis and supporting roles in Santa with Muscles, Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves, and the Angelina Jolie film Gia, as Gia Carangi‘s younger self.
In 1998 Kunis was cast as Jackie Burkhart in the Fox sitcom That ’70s Show. All who auditioned were required to be at least 18 years old; Kunis, who was 14 at the time, told the casting directors she’d be 18 but didn’t say when. Though they eventually figured it out, the producers still thought Kunis was the best fit for the role.[5][12] That ’70s Show ran for eight seasons, becoming the second longest-running live-action sitcom on Fox (after Married with Children).[14] Kunis expressed some frustration with working on one show for so long. “Eight years of doing the same [show] felt like being behind a desk, and I lost my drive,” she says. However, she quickly “had an epiphany. I decided I wasn’t going to take my career so seriously and make my job who I am. I just want to be happy with my life.”[11]

Family Guy

In 1999, Kunis replaced Lacey Chabert in the role of Meg Griffin on the animated television sitcom Family Guy,[15] created by Seth MacFarlane for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series plot centers on a family called the Griffins, a dysfunctional family. The series starred MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green and Mike Henry. Kunis won the role after auditions and a slight rewrite of the character, in part due to her performance on That ’70s Show.[16] MacFarlane called Kunis back after her first audition, instructing her to speak slower, and then told her to come back another time and enunciate more. Once she claimed that she had it under control, MacFarlane hired her.[16] MacFarlane added: “What Mila Kunis brought to it was in a lot of ways, I thought, almost more right for the character. I say that Lacey did a phenomenal job, but there was something about Mila – something very natural about Mila. She was 15 when she started, so you were listening to a 15-year-old. Which oftentimes with animation they’ll have adult actors doing the voices of teenagers and they always sound like Saturday morning voices. They sound, oftentimes, very forced. She had a very natural quality to Meg that really made what we did with that character kind of really work.”[17]
Kunis described her character as “the scapegoat.” She further explained, “Meg gets picked on a lot. But it’s funny. It’s like the middle child. She is constantly in the state of being an awkward 14-year-old, when you’re kind of going through puberty and what-not. She’s just in perpetual mode of humiliation. And it’s fun.”[18]
Kunis was nominated for an Annie Award in the category of Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production in 2007.[19] She also voiced Meg in the Family Guy video game.

Early film work (2001–2007)

In 2001, she appeared in Get Over It opposite Kirsten Dunst. She followed that up in 2002 by starring in the straight-to-DVD horror film American Psycho 2 alongside William Shatner which was a sequel to the 2000 film American Psycho starring Christian Bale. American Psycho 2 was panned by critics;[20] later, Kunis herself expressed embarrassment over the film.[21]
In 2004 Kunis starred in Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding. Although the film was shot in 2004, it did not have a theatrical release until 2007.[22] Most critics didn’t like the film, which mustered a 25% approval from Rotten Tomatoes.[23] DVD talk concluded that “fans would be much better off pretending the movie never happened in the first place”.[24]
That same year Kunis was in the never-released film Tom 51, a comedy about a young man who goes through 50 jobs before winding up as a driver for a call-girl service. Kunis worked with Clifton Collins, Jr. on the project, who later went on to be one of her co-stars in Extract.[25]
In 2005 Kunis co-starred with Jon Heder in Moving McAllister, which was not released theatrically until 2007.[26] The film received generally poor reviews and had a limited two week run in theaters.[27]
While doing press for the film, writer and co-star Ben Gourley spoke fondly about the overall experience of working with Kunis, stating: “She’s happiest around people, talking, hanging out, experiencing life. I don’t think she spent over ten minutes a day in her trailer. She was always outside hanging out with the crew, rehearsing or talking to fans. She’s accepting of everyone she meets.”[28]
She followed up that project with After Sex playing alongside Zoe Saldana (who also appeared in Get Over It).[29] In October 2006 she began filming Boot Camp (originally titled Straight Edge). The story centered around a group of troubled teens, sent to a rehabilitation program housed in a remote camp on the island of Fiji. What their parents believe is a state-of-the-art deluxe institution in a beautiful natural environment turns out to be a prison-like boot camp where they are abused and brainwashed.[30] Although the film did not have a theatrical release in the United States, it was released on DVD on August 25, 2009.[31]

Breakthrough (2008–2010)

Kunis was featured as Rachel Jansen in the 2008 movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall, co-produced by Judd Apatow. She had originally auditioned for Apatow for the film Knocked Up. Although she did not get the part, the audition led to the role in Forgetting Sarah Marshall.[32] Kunis said that the improvisation in the film was challenging, but “the best kind of challenging [...] a great exercise.”[33] The film garnered positive reviews[34] and was a commercial success, grossing $105 million worldwide.[35] Kunis’s performance was well-received; Joe Morgenstern of The Wall Street Journal praised her “fresh beauty and focused energy”,[36] while James Berardinelli wrote that she is “adept with her performance and understands the concept of comic timing”.[37] She was nominated for a Teen Choice Award.[38] In an interview, Kunis stated: “I give Judd Apatow so much love for hiring me and letting me do something different, letting me break free of That ‘70s Show, letting me show that I could do something outside of Jackie.”[32]
Also in 2008, she starred alongside Mark Wahlberg in the action movie Max Payne, portraying Mona Sax, a Russian assassin. The film is based on the popular video game of the same name. Kunis underwent gun training for her role.[39] She stated about her training: “It’s crazy. I had never fired a gun before and here I am playing an assassin. But let me tell you, I’m really great at shooting guns now! The physical part of this film has definitely been fun. I did some boxing and a little bit of martial arts work.”[40]
Max Payne was relatively successful at the box office, grossing $85 million worldwide[41] but was panned by critics[42] with several reviewers calling Kunis miscast.[43][44][45] Director John Moore supported Kunis and had no qualms with the decision to cast her. “Mila just bowled us over,” says Moore. “She wasn’t an obvious choice, but she just wears Mona so well. We needed someone who would not be just a fop or foil to Max; we needed somebody who had to be that character and convey her own agenda. I think Mila’s just knocked it out of the park.”[40] For Kunis, the role presented a chance to explore new territory as an actor. “I’ve always wanted to be in an action movie. Mona is fierce and feisty and not willing to play second fiddle to anyone. I’d say that she and Max are very evenly matched.”[40] She was nominated for another Teen Choice Award for her role in the film.[46]
In 2009, she appeared in the comedy Extract with Ben Affleck and Jason Bateman. The film received mostly positive reviews[47] and grossed $10.8 million at the box office.[48] Justin Chang of Variety called Kunis “fine”,[49] and Roger Ebert, while criticizing Extract for not being believable, wrote that Kunis “brings her role to within shouting distance of credibility.”[50] Director Mike Judge commented that part of what was surprising to learn about Kunis was her ability to make references to the cult animation film Rejected. Judge said: “As beautiful as Mila is, you could believe that maybe she would cross paths with you in the real world.”[51] After seeing Kunis perform in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Judge wanted to cast her in the role of Cindy in Extract: “I just thought, ‘Wow, this girl’s perfect.’ And she really wanted to do it, which was fantastic.” Said Kunis, “I’m a huge fan of Mike Judge’s from Office Space, so I was, like, ‘Okay, this is a very easy decision.’ I told them I would do anything needed to be in this production – like craft service, or, say, acting.”[52]
In 2010, she starred alongside Denzel Washington in the action film The Book of Eli. Although the film received mixed reviews,[53] it has performed well at the box office grossing over $157 million worldwide.[54] Film critic Richard Roeper praised Kunis’s performance calling it a “particularly strong piece of work”.[55] Several other reviews were equally positive of her performance, including Pete Hammond of Boxoffice magazine, who wrote that she’s “ideally cast in the key female role”[56] Even reviewers who did not necessarily like the film complimented her performance, such as James Berardinelli who stated that “the demands of the role prove to be within her range, which is perhaps surprising considering she has been thus far pigeonholed into more lightweight parts”[57] and Colin Covert of the Star Tribune who wrote that she “generated a spark and brought a degree of determination to her character, developing an independent female character who’s not always in need of rescuing.”[58] Some critics, however, called her miscast.[59][60][61] Kunis received another Teen Choice Award nomination for her performance.[62] The directors of The Book of Eli, the Hughes brothers, appreciated Kunis’s ability to convey vulnerability mixed with boldness and optimism. Albert Hughes stated: “Mila is a firecracker. She plays Solara in a way that lets you watch her grow.”[63]
Kunis was also cast in a minor role in the 2010 comedy Date Night starring Tina Fey and Steve Carell.[64] She garnered several positive reviews for her performance.[65][66][67] Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter wrote that she played her role “with enjoyable comic relish.”[68]

Future projects

She and Natalie Portman play rival ballet dancers in Darren Aronofsky‘s upcoming Black Swan. The film is set to premiere as the opening film at the 67th Venice International Film Festival in September 2010.[69] The film is also scheduled for a gala screening at the 35th Toronto International Film Festival later that month[70] and then its initial release to the public a few months later on December 1, 2010.[71]
Kunis took ballet training to prepare for her role in Black Swan.[72] The training was grueling, requiring one hour of cardio followed by four hours of ballet seven days a week. She was restricted to a 1200-calorie a day diet (“because I have to have bones sticking out”) so she was looking forward to the final day of production.[73]
Kunis was cast alongside Justin Timberlake in the romantic comedy Friends with Benefits about two friends who try to take their relationship to the next level. The film is set to begin production in July 2010.[74] Kunis is also slated to star in Cover Girl , the latest romantic comedy from Donald Petrie. The production is expected to begin shooting in Cambridge, England in September 2010.[75]

Media publicity

Kunis was ranked #54 in Stuffs “102 Sexiest Women in the World” (2002); Maxim named her #47 on its 2006 Hot 100 list.[76] In 2008, she was ranked #81 on the Maxim Hot 100 list. She was also ranked #81 on the FHM U.S 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2008, although she is unranked in other FHM magazines from different nations. Kunis was also described as one of the “most attractive geeks” in 2008 by Wired.com due to her much-publicized affinity for World of Warcraft.[77] The same year she was featured and on the cover of the October issue of Complex Magazine.[78]
In 2007 Kunis participated in a video for the website Funny or Die playing alongside James Franco. The video was a parody of the MTV show The Hills and was a huge success for the website with well over one million views.[79] Shawn Levy, director of Date Night, stated that part of what made him decide to cast Kunis with James Franco in the film was the chemistry he felt they had in the Funny or Die video.[80]
In December 2008, Kunis was featured in Gap’s “Shine Your Own Star” Christmas campaign with other celebrities such as Jennifer Hudson, Jason Bateman, Mary-Louise Parker, Jon Heder, and others.[81]
In 2009 she was ranked #5 in “Maxim Magazine’s Hot 100″ list.[82] In addition, she won the award for “Hottest Mila” at the 2009 Spike Guys’ Choice Awards beating out Milla Jovovich.[83] Also in 2009 Premiere.com ranked Mila the most beautiful woman in Hollywood.[84] In 2010 she was featured in the “Women We Love” segment in Esquire with an accompanied video.[85] For the 2010 “Maxim Magazine Hot 100″ Kunis ranked #22,[86] and for the 2010 FHM Hot 100 list she ranked #17.[87] Kunis has kept this type of media attention in perspective and has remained grounded by saying: “You’ve got to base your career on something other than being FHM’s top 100 No. 1 girl. Your looks are going to die out, and then what’s going to be left?”[8]
In 2010 Kunis served with Randy Jackson as the Master of Ceremonies for the 9th Annual Chrysalis Foundation Benefit. The Chrysalis Foundation is a Los Angeles-based non-profit organization formed to help economically disadvantaged and homeless individuals to become self-sufficient through employment opportunities.[88][89]

Personal life

Kunis has spoken with affection about her parents and has credited them for being a positive influence and keeping her focused on what is important in life. “I had a normal upbringing and went to public school,” she says. “If I ever, even for a second, started getting a big head, I was brought back to reality pretty quickly. My parents are why I’m pretty grounded.”[11] Kunis has been dating actor Macaulay Culkin since 2002.[90] Although there have been rumors of the couple getting married, Kunis has denied this, saying:

In an interview with BlackBook Magazine Kunis stated that marriage is “not something that’s important to me”.[92] Regarding her relationship with Culkin she said she tries her best to protect their privacy. “We don’t talk about it to the press. It’s already more high profile than I want it to be.”[93] When questioned if it was difficult to stay out of the tabloids and press, Kunis responded: “I keep my personal life as personal as I physically, mentally, possibly can.” Asked if that is difficult she said, “I don’t care. I will go to my grave trying. It is hard, but I’ll end up going to a bar that’s a hole in the wall. I won’t go to the “it’s-happening” place.”[94]
She has identified herself in interviews as a fan of the online computer game World of Warcraft and has received a certain amount of attention from the game’s fan community as a result. She has not released what server she is in but says she is with her close friends in the Alliance.[95] In an interview with Jimmy Kimmel, she said she does not use voice chat in the game after another player recognized her voice.[96] Although Kunis has described herself as a “computer nerd” she does not have a Myspace, Facebook or Twitter account.[97]
In an interview with H Magazine Kunis stated that she does not devote as much time to World of Warcraft anymore, but enjoys hanging out with her friends when she can. “When we have ‘friends night’ and we all get together, we play board games like The Settlers of Catan.” She also mentioned that she and her friends enjoy doing Murder Mystery tours, where they drive around the Los Angeles area exploring locations of famous murders that have taken place.[98] Kunis also enjoys traveling, and often goes on trips with her older brother, Michael. She and Michael have explored countries such as Fiji and Korea. “I like the way he travels,” she explains. “He grabs a map, says, ‘Let’s walk,’ and makes you explore.”[11]
When asked to describe her perfect day Kunis said: “It would be going for a swim, lazing around the house, playing with my dogs, drinking a root beer float, catching up on TiVo, having some food, a glass of wine and calling it a night.”[97]

Filmography

Film
Year↓ Title↓ Role↓ Notes
1995 Make a Wish, Molly Melinda
1995 Piranha Susie Grogan Television movie
1996 Santa with Muscles Sarah
1997 Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves Jill, Party Guest Direct-to-video
1998 Gia Gia at Age 11 Television movie
1998 Krippendorf’s Tribe Abbey Tournquist
1998 Milo Martice Uncredited
2001 Get Over It Basin
2002 American Psycho 2 Rachael Direct-to-DVD
2004 Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding Tina
2005 Tom 51 Little Boy Matson also known as Tom Cool
2005 Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story Meg Griffin (Voice) Direct-to-DVD
2007 After Sex Nikki
2007 Moving McAllister Michelle
2007 Boot Camp Sophie
2008 Forgetting Sarah Marshall Rachel Jansen
2008 Max Payne Mona Sax
2009 Extract Cindy
2010 Book of Eli, TheThe Book of Eli Solara
2010 Date Night Whippit
2010 Black Swan Lily post-production
2011 Friends with Benefits filming
Television
Year↓ Title↓ Role↓ Notes
1994–
1995
Baywatch Anne
Bonnie
Episodes: “Aftershock
Hot Stuff
1995 John Larroquette Show, TheThe John Larroquette Show Lucy 1 episode
1995 Hudson Street Devon 1 episode
1996 Unhappily Ever After Chloe 1 episode
1996–
1997
Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher Anna-Maria Del Bono 5 episodes
1996–
1997
7th Heaven Ashley 4 episodes
1997 Walker, Texas Ranger Pepper Episode: “Last Hope
1998 Pensacola: Wings of Gold Jessie Kerwood 1 episode
1998–
2006
That ’70s Show Jackie Burkhart 200 episodes
2002 Get Real Taylor Vaughn 2 episodes
2002 MADtv Daisy 1 episode
2004 Grounded for Life Lana Episodes: “Space Camp Oddity
The Policy of Truth
2000–
present
Family Guy Meg Griffin (Voice) 114 episodes
2005–
present
Robot Chicken Various (Voice) 10 episodes
2009 Cleveland Show, TheThe Cleveland Show Meg Griffin (Voice) Episode: “Pilot
Music videos
Year↓ Title↓ Artist↓
1999 In The Street Cheap Trick
2000 Itch, TheThe Itch Vitamin C
2001 Rock and Roll All Nite KISS
2001 Jaded Aerosmith
2003 End Has No End, TheThe End Has No End The Strokes
2008 LA Girls Mams Taylor feat. Joel Madden
Video games
Year↓ Title↓ Role↓
2006 Saints Row Tanya Winters (Voice)
2006 Family Guy Video Game! Meg Griffin (Voice)

Awards and nominations

Awards
Year↓ Award↓ Category↓ Film↓ Result↓
1999 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Series – Young Ensemble That ’70s Show Nominated
1999 YoungStar Award Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Comedy TV Series That ’70s Show Won
2000 Teen Choice Award TV – Choice Actress That ’70s Show Nominated
2000 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Series – Young Ensemble That ’70s Show Nominated
2000 YoungStar Award Best Young Actress/Performance in a Comedy TV Series That ’70s Show Won
2001 Teen Choice Award TV – Choice Actress That ’70s Show Nominated
2001 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series – Leading Young Actress That ’70s Show Nominated
2002 Teen Choice Award TV – Choice Actress That ’70s Show Nominated
2002 Young Hollywood Award One to Watch – Female That ’70s Show Won
2003 Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actress – Comedy That ’70s Show Nominated
2004 Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actress – Comedy That ’70s Show Nominated
2005 Teen Choice Award Choice – TV Actress: Comedy That ’70s Show Nominated
2006 Teen Choice Award TV – Choice Actress: Comedy That ’70s Show Nominated
2007 Annie Award Best Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production Family Guy Nominated
2008 Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Breakout Female Forgetting Sarah Marshall Nominated
2009 Guys Choice Awards Hottest Mila N/A Won
2009 Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Actress: Action Adventure Max Payne Nominated
2010 Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Actress: Action Adventure The Book of Eli Nominated

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Who is Mary-Louise Parker?

Who is Mary-Louise Parker? The entertainment and acting world knows Parker as an American actress. Some of her most famous roles were in Fried Green Tomatoes, Boys on the Side, Proof, The West Wing, Angels in America, and her current lead role on Showtime’s television series Weeds portraying Nancy Botwin.

         

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Early life and 1980s

Parker was born August 2, 1964  in Fort Jackson, South Carolina, the daughter of Caroline, who was of Swedish descent, and John Parker, a judge who served in the U.S. Army.[1] Because of her father’s career, Parker spent parts of her childhood in Tennessee and Texas, as well as internationally in Thailand, Germany and France.[2][3] Parker majored in drama at the North Carolina School of the Arts. She then got her start in a bit part on the soap opera Ryan’s Hope. In the late 1980s, Parker moved to New York, where she got a job measuring feet at ECCO. After a few minor roles, she made her Broadway debut in a 1990 production of Craig LucasPrelude to a Kiss, playing the lead role of Rita. She had moved with the production when it transferred from its origin Off-Broadway. She won the Clarence Derwent Award for her performance and was nominated for a Tony Award (although she did not play the role when the film was made). Parker also briefly dated her co-star Timothy Hutton during this time.
That same year, Parker was noticed by critics when she appeared in the movie adaptation of another Lucas play, Longtime Companion, one of the first movies to confront AIDS in the public arena. This role was followed by her appearance in 1991’s Grand Canyon, which also starred Mary McDonnell, Danny Glover, Alfre Woodard and Kevin Kline. Parker’s next film was Fried Green Tomatoes, alongside Jessica Tandy, Mary Stuart Masterson, Kathy Bates and Cicely Tyson.

1990s

Parker maintained a strong theater presence in the early 1990s, but also built her reputation on the big screen, starring with Susan Sarandon and Tommy Lee Jones in The Client (1994); with John Cusack in Bullets Over Broadway (1994); and with Drew Barrymore and Whoopi Goldberg in Boys on the Side (1995), as a woman with AIDS. Her next role was in a movie adaptation of yet another Craig Lucas play, Reckless (1995), alongside Mia Farrow, followed by Jane Campion‘s The Portrait of a Lady (1996), which also starred Nicole Kidman, Viggo Mortensen, Christian Bale, John Malkovich and Barbara Hershey. In addition, she appeared alongside Matthew Modine in Tim Hunter‘s The Maker (1997).
Parker’s theater career continued when she appeared in Paula Vogel‘s 1997 critical smash How I Learned To Drive, with David Morse. In the late 1990s, she appeared in several independent films including Let the Devil Wear Black and The Five Senses.

2001–2003

In 2001, Parker appeared alongside Larry Bryggman in David Auburn‘s Proof on Broadway, for which she won a Tony Award. However, Parker again lost out when the play was made into a film and the role was given to Gwyneth Paltrow. During this period, she left the theater for three years to look for other roles: among them, Red Dragon and Pipe Dream (2002).
Next was a guest role on the NBC drama, The West Wing, as women’s rights activist Amelia “Amy” Gardner, which soon became a recurring role as a love interest for Deputy Chief of Staff Joshua Lyman. For this role, Parker was nominated for both an Emmy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. During the fifth season, however, Parker became pregnant and her character was written out of the series after appearing in four episodes.
On December 7, 2003, HBO aired an epic six-and-a-half hour adaptation of Tony Kushner‘s acclaimed Broadway play Angels in America, directed by Mike Nichols. The miniseries—about a group of lost souls in New York during the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s—was hailed with international critical acclaim. Parker played Harper Pitt, the Mormon Valium-addicted wife of a closeted lawyer, appearing full frontally nude. For her performance, Parker received Golden Globe and Emmy awards for Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries.

2004–2006

In 2004, Parker appeared in the comedy Saved!, and a TV movie called Miracle Run, based on the true story of a mother of two sons with autism, as well as appearing in Craig Lucas’ Reckless on Broadway. Parker took the lead role that had been Mia Farrow‘s on screen. The production, directed by Mark Brokaw, earned Parker another nomination for a Tony Award for Best Actress in 2005.
Parker returned to The West Wing in several guest appearances in 2005 and 2006, the show’s final season, portraying the Director of Legislative Affairs under the President-elect Matt Santos.
In 2005, Parker took on the lead role in the television series Weeds, a Showtime comedy-drama. Parker’s character, Nancy Botwin, is a suburban mother who, following the death of her husband, decides to sell marijuana to make money, while also attempting to maintain her community reputation. She stars alongside Kevin Nealon, Alexander Gould, Hunter Parish, Elizabeth Perkins, and her Angels in America co-star Justin Kirk. The show currently ended its fifth season, and has been confirmed to return for a sixth season which starts August 16, 2010.
In November 2005, Parker was honored with an exhibition of her career at Boston University, where memorabilia from her career were donated to the University’s library. Parker received the 2006 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy, given by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, for her lead role in Weeds. In that category, she defeated the four leads of Desperate Housewives. She dedicated the award to the late John Spencer, best known for his work as Leo McGarry on The West Wing. After receiving the award, Parker stated: “I’m really in favor of legalizing marijuana. I don’t think it’s that controversial.”[4]

2007–present

In March 2007, Parker played the lead role in the TV film The Robber Bride. Her next role, Zerelda Mimms, in the Andrew Dominik film The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, opened in cinemas in September 2007. Parker appeared alongside Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Rockwell and Garret Dillahunt. In August 2007, Parker continued her role in the third season of Weeds. In July 2007, Parker was nominated for two Emmy Awards, one for Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie for playing Zenia Arden in The Robber Bride and the other for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Weeds.
In August 2007, she posed nude for an ad for the third season of Weeds. In the ad, she appears as Eve in the Garden of Eden, with a snake draped around her body and a cannabis leaf behind her ear.[5]
On November 9, 2007, Parker was honored as the Entertainer of the Year by Out magazine at the Out 100 Awards, which were celebrated in New York City.
Parker appeared in 2008’s The Spiderwick Chronicles and in off-Broadway‘s Playwrights Horizons in the New York premiere of Dead Man’s Cell Phone, a new play by Sarah Ruhl, alongside Drama Desk Award Winner Kathleen Chalfant.[6]
She filmed the Donna Vermeer film Les Passages alongside Julie Delpy. Following this, she returned to work on the fifth season of Weeds which the season finale aired in September 2009. In the spring of 2009, Parker took the lead role in the upcoming revival of the play Hedda Gabler, which opened to garner a series of bad reviews.[7]
Parker will portray Sarah opposite Bruce Willis in the upcoming film, Red, an adaption of the comic book mini-series of the same name. The film is scheduled for worldwide release on October 22, 2010.[8]

Personal life

On January 7, 2004, Parker gave birth to her first child, William Atticus Parker. The boy’s father is actor Billy Crudup, whom Parker met during rehearsals when they co-starred onstage in a 1996 revival of the William Inge play Bus Stop. After nearly eight years together, the couple split when the actress was seven months pregnant.
In December 2006, Parker began dating actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan, whom she met on the set of Weeds.[9] In March 2007, Parker stated that the relationship was “going great.”[10] The two briefly split in June 2007, but later reconciled.[9] On February 12, 2008, Parker and Morgan announced their engagement only to break up again in April 2008.[11]
In September 2007, Parker adopted a baby girl, Caroline “Ash” Aberash Parker, from Ethiopia.[12][13]
Since June 2009, she has been dating singer-songwriter Charlie Mars.[14]

Works

Filmography

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1989 Signs of Life Charlotte
1990 Longtime Companion Lisa
1991 Fried Green Tomatoes Ruth Jamison
Grand Canyon Dee
1993 Mr. Wonderful Rita
Naked in New York Joanne White
1994 Bullets Over Broadway Ellen
The Client Dianne Sway
1995 Reckless Pooty
Boys on the Side Robin
1996 The Portrait of a Lady Henrietta Stackpole
1997 Murder in Mind Caroline Walker
The Maker Officer Emily Peck
1998 Goodbye Lover Peggy Blane
1999 Let the Devil Wear Black Julia Hirsch
The Five Senses Rona Nominated—Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
2002 Red Dragon Molly Graham
The Quality of Mercy Sarah Richardson Award winning short film
Pipe Dream Toni Edelman
2004 Saved! Lillian
The Best Thief in the World Sue Zaidman
2006 Romance & Cigarettes Constance Murder
2007 The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Zee James
2008 The Spiderwick Chronicles Helen Grace
2009 Solitary Man Jordan
2010 Howl Gail Potter
Red Sarah filming
Television
Year Show Role Notes
1988 Ryan’s Hope
Too Young the Hero Pearl Spencer
1994 A Place for Annie Linda
1995 Sugartime Phyllis McGuire
1998 Saint Maybe Lucy Dean Bedloe
Legalese Rica Martin
1999 The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn Dr. Valerie Crane
2000 Cupid & Cate Cate DeAngelo
2001-2006 The West Wing Amy Gardner Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series (2002)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2003)
2002 Master Spy: The Robert Hanssen Story Bonnie Hanssen
2003 Angels in America Harper Pitt Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
2004 Miracle Run Corrine Morgan-Thomas
2005 Vinegar Hill Ellen Grier
2005-present Weeds Nancy Botwin Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2006)
Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2005)
Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Comedy Series (2007, 2008, 2009)
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2007, 2008, 2009)
Nominated—People’s Choice Award for Favorite TV Drama Diva
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2006, 2008)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture (2007, 2009)
2007 The Robber Bride Zenia Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie

Theatre

Year Play Role Notes
1990 Prelude to a Kiss Rita Nominated—Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play
1996 Bus Stop Cherie
2000 Proof Catherine Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play
2004 Reckless Rachel Nominated—Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play
2009 Hedda Gabler Hedda Tesman

Other

Parker has written for Esquire.[15]

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Who is Lauryn Noel Hill?

Who is Lauryn Noel Hill?[1] The entertainment and music world knows her as Lauryn Hill. Hill is an American recording artist, musician, producer and actress. Early in her career, she established her reputation in the hip-hop world as a member of the Fugees. In 1998, she launched her solo career with the release of the commercially successful and critically acclaimed album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. The recording earned Hill five Grammy Awards, including the coveted Album of the Year and Best New Artist.[2]
Following the success of her debut album, Hill largely dropped out of public view, in part due to her displeasure with fame and the music industry. After a four-year hiatus, she released MTV Unplugged No. 2.0, a live recording of “deeply personal songs” performed mostly solo with an acoustic guitar.[3] Hill also participated in a short-lived Fugees reunion during the mid-2000s. Hill is the mother of five children with Rohan Marley, the fourth son of reggae musician Bob Marley.[4]

Early life

Lauryn Hill was  born May 25, 1975 in South Orange, New Jersey, the second of two children born to high school English teacher Valerie Hill and computer programmer Mal Hill. As a child, Hill listened to her parents’ Motown 1960s soul records. Music was a central part of the Hill home. Mal Hill sang at weddings, Valerie played the piano, and Lauryn’s older brother Malaney played the saxophone, guitar, drums, harmonica, and piano. In 1988, Hill appeared as an Amateur Night contestant on It’s Showtime at the Apollo. She sang her own version of Smokey Robinson‘s song “Who’s Lovin’ You?“, where she was booed tremendously,[5][6] but persevered and ended up with audience applause.
Hill was childhood friends with actor Zach Braff and both graduated from Columbia High School in 1993, where Hill was an active student, cheerleader, and performer. Braff has spoken of Hill attending his Bar Mitzvah in 1988.[7] In February 1992, Hill lost the Columbia High School Talent Show to rock-and-roll band “Southern Cross”. Hill enrolled at Columbia University in 1993 and attended for about a year before dropping out to pursue her entertainment career.[8]

Personal life

Hill and Wyclef Jean dated through the majority of the Fugees time together, a relationship that friends have called “complicated”.[5] (Jean married another woman in 1994) In the summer of 1996, she met Rohan Marley, son of the late reggae icon Bob Marley, and openly had a relationship with him. Jean knew about this relationship. Hill soon became pregnant by Marley, who himself was already married. She kept the identity of the baby’s father a secret to almost everyone; Jean assumed the baby was his when he first visited her in the hospital.[5]
Hill and Rohan have had five children together: Zion David Hill-Marley (3 August 1997); Selah Marley (12 November 1998); Joshua Marley (January 2002); John Marley (summer 2003) and baby girl Marley, who was born in early 2008.[9][10][11][12] Rohan Marley told People magazine in August 2008 that although the baby is 7 months old, she is still without a name.[13][14]
Since 1998, Hill has lived in both the Caribbean and an upscale hotel in Miami,[5][14] but in August 2008, it was reported that Hill was living with her mother and children in her hometown of South Orange, New Jersey .[12]

Acting career

Hill began her acting career at a young age, appearing on the soap opera As The World Turns as Kira Johnson. In 1993, she co-starred in Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit as Rita Louise Watson, in which she performed the songs “His Eye Is on the Sparrow” (a duet with Tanya Blount) and “Joyful, Joyful”. It was in this role that she first came to national prominence, with Roger Ebert calling her “the girl with the big joyful voice”. Her other acting work includes the play Club XII with MC Lyte, and the motion pictures King of the Hill, Hav Plenty, and Restaurant. After her rise to musical stardom, she reportedly turned down roles in Charlie’s Angels, The Bourne Identity, The Mexican, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions.[5]
She appeared on the soundtrack to Conspiracy Theory in 1996 with “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You“, and on Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood in 2002 with the track “Selah”.

Musical career

Fugees

The Refugee Camp (“Fugees“) formed after Prakazrel “Pras” Michel approached Hill in high school about joining a music group he was creating. Soon after, she met Michel’s cousin and fellow Haïtian immigrant, Wyclef Jean. At some point, Hill was nicknamed “L Boogie”, as she began to convert her poetic writing into rap verses. Hill’s singing gained worldwide acclaim with the Fugees’ remake of “Killing Me Softly with His Song“, accompanied by a sample from Rotary Connection‘s “Memory Band”.
The Fugees’ first album, Blunted on Reality, peaked at #49 on the U.S. Hot 100. The album sold over two million copies worldwide. Blunted on Reality was followed by The Score, a multi-platinum, Grammy-winning album that established two of the three Fugees as international rap stars. Singles from The Score include “Ready or Not“, “Fu-Gee-La“, “No Woman, No Cry” (made famous by Bob Marley), and “Killing Me Softly” (made famous by Roberta Flack).

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998)

In 1996, Hill began production on an album that would eventually become The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. The title was partially inspired by The Education of Sonny Carson, a film and autobiographical novel.[15] The album featured contributions from D’Angelo, Carlos Santana, Mary J. Blige and a then-unknown John Legend. Songs for the album were largely written in an attic studio in South Orange, New Jersey and recorded at Chung King Studios in Jamaica.[16][17] Wyclef Jean initially didn’t support Hill recording a solo album, but eventually offered his production help; Hill turned him down.[5]
Hill was once an artist on Ruffhouse Records.
Several songs on the album concerned her frustrations with The Fugees;[16] “I Used to Love Him” dealt with the break-down of the relationship between Hill and Wyclef Jean.[16] “To Zion” spoke about her decision to have her first baby, even though many at the time encouraged her to abort the pregnancy so as to not interfere with her blossoming career.[18]
The Miseducation contained several interludes of a teacher speaking to what is implied to be a classroom of children; in fact, the “teacher” was played by Ras Baraka (a poet, educator and politician) speaking to a group of kids in the living room of Hill’s New Jersey home.[15] The singer requested that Baraka speak to the children about the concept of love, and he improvised the lecture.[15]
Though The Miseducation was largely a collaborative work between Hill and a group of musicians known as New Ark (Vada Nobles, Rasheem Pugh, Tejumold and Johari Newton), there was “label pressure to do the Prince thing,” wherein all tracks would be credited as “written and produced by” the artist with little outside help.[5][19] While recording the album, when Hill was asked about providing contracts or documentation to the musicians, she replied, “We all love each other. This ain’t about documents. This is blessed.”[5] Hill, her management, and her record label were sued in 1998 by New Ark, claiming that they either co-wrote or co-produced 13 of 14 tracks on the album.[20] The suit was settled out of court in February 2001 for a reported $5 million.[2]
In 1998, Hill released The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which was both critically and commercially successful. It sold over 423,000 copies in its first week and topped the Billboard 200 albums chart for four weeks and the Billboard R&B Album chart for six weeks; it would go on to sell more than 18 million copies over the next decade.[2] The first single off the album was “Lost Ones” (US #27), released in Spring 1998. The second was “Doo Wop (That Thing)“, which reached #1 in the Billboard charts. Other singles released in support of the album were “Ex-Factor” (US #21), “Everything Is Everything” (US #35), and “To Zion”.
At the 1999 Grammy Awards, Hill was nominated 10 times, becoming the first woman ever to be nominated 10 times in one year: Hill won five Grammys including Album of the Year (beating Madonna‘s critically acclaimed Ray of Light and Shania Twain‘s bestselling Come on Over), Best R&B Album, Best R&B Song, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, and Best New Artist. Hill set a new record in the industry, becoming the first woman to win five Grammys in one night. Between 1998 and 1999, Hill earned $25 million from record sales and touring.[5]
Hill became a national media icon, as magazines ranging from Time to Esquire to Teen People vied to put her on the cover.
In the late 1990s, Hill was noted by some as a humanitarian. 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. In 1999 Ebony named her one of “100+ Most Influential Black Americans”. She was named with Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. and others among the “10 For Tomorrow,” in the EBONY 2000: Special Millennium Issue.

Self-imposed exile and MTV Unplugged No. 2.0 (2000–2003)

After the release of her debut album, she explored other methods of expressing herself, including creating an extensive amount of music, poetry, and clothing designs.She started writing a screenplay about the life of Bob Marley, in which she planned to act as his wife Rita.[5] She also began producing a romantic comedy about soul food with a working title of Sauce, and accepted a starring role in the film adaptation of Toni Morrison‘s novel Beloved;[5] she later dropped out of both projects due to pregnancy.[5]
Hill became dissatisfied with the music industry; she felt she was being unfairly controlled by her record label, and disliked being unable “to go to the grocery store without makeup.”[15] She fired her management team and began attending Bible study classes five days a week; she also stopped doing interviews, watching television and listening to music.[19] She started associating with a “spiritual adviser” named Brother Anthony.[21] Some familiar with Hill believe Anthony more resembled a cult leader than a spiritual advisor,[5][22] and thought his guidance probably inspired much of Hill’s more controversial public behavior.[21][22][23]
In 2000, she dropped out of the public eye. She described this period of her life to Essence: “People need to understand that the Lauryn Hill they were exposed to in the beginning was all that was allowed in that arena at that time… I had to step away when I realized that for the sake of the machine, I was being way too compromised. I felt uncomfortable about having to smile in someone’s face when I really didn’t like them or even know them well enough to like them.”[4]
She also spoke about her emotional crisis, saying, “For two or three years I was away from all social interaction. It was a very introspective time because I had to confront my fears and master every demonic thought about inferiority, about insecurity or the fear of being black, young and gifted in this western culture.”[4] She went on to say that she had to fight to retain her identity, and was forced “to deal with folks who weren’t happy about that.”[4]
On July 21, 2001, Hill unveiled her new material to a small crowd, for a taping of an MTV Unplugged special. An album of the concert, titled MTV Unplugged No. 2.0, focused on the lyrics and the message rather than the musical arrangements. “Fantasy is what people want, but reality is what they need”, she said during the concert. “I’ve just retired from the fantasy part.” Most of the songs featured only an acoustic guitar and her voice, somewhat raspy from rehearsal on the day before the recording. Hill used the set as an opportunity to give information on why she had been absent from the public for a period of time and what she had found while away.
Unlike the near-unanimous praise of The Miseducation, 2.0 sharply divided critics. AllMusic gave the album 4 out of 5 stars, saying that the recording “is the unfinished, unflinching presentation of ideas and of a person. It may not be a proper follow-up to her first album, but it is fascinating.”[24] Rolling Stone called the album “a public breakdown”.[5] Slant Magazines Sal Cinquemani wrote, “Hill’s guitarwork is multi-textured and fine-tuned but her vocals lack confidence and seem to toe the edge of her range throughout the album. And though the stripped-down nature of the show is fitting, many of the songs sound as if they are still in their infancy.”[25] Despite the mixed reviews, 2.0 debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 and went platinum four weeks after its release.
Despite Hill’s departure from the media and celebrity, she continued to have some success in the music world. Her song “Mystery of Iniquity” was nominated for a Grammy without promotion or radio airplay and used as an interpolation by hip-hop mega-producer Kanye West for his single “All Falls Down” (eventually recorded by Syleena Johnson).

Vatican controversy

On December 13, 2003, Hill made headlines by denouncing “corruption, exploitation, and abuses” in reference to the molestation of boys by Catholic priests in the United States and the cover-up of offenses by Catholic Church officials.[26] The statements were made during a performance at a Christmas benefit concert at the Vatican. Reading from a prepared statement,[26]

Hill called on the church leaders to “repent” and encouraged the crowd to “not seek blessings from man but from God.”[28] She then performed the songs “Damnable Heresies” and “Social Drugs”.[28]
High-ranking church officials in attendance included Cardinal Camillo Ruini, Monsignor Rino Fisichella and Cardinal Edmund Szoka.[29] Pope John Paul II was not present.[29] The segment was cut from the television broadcast. Both the Vatican and Columbia Records refused to issue official statements regarding Hill’s actions.[30][31] Monsignor Fisichella told reporters that Hill had acted “in poor taste and very bad mannered. It showed a complete lack of respect for her invitation and for the place where she had been invited to perform”.[32] The Catholic League called Hill “pathologically miserable” and claimed her career is “in decline”.[33]
Hill responded to the controversy on December 16: “What I said was the truth. Is telling the truth bad manners? What I asked was the church to repent for what has happened.”[34] The following day, several reporters suggested that Hill’s comments at the Vatican may have been influenced by her “advisor” Brother Anthony.[35]

Short-lived return of the Fugees (2004–2006)

The Fugees performed on September 18, 2004 at Dave Chappelle’s Block Party in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. They headlined a bill that included a star-studded cast of hip-hop celebrities. The concert featured Hill’s nearly a cappella rendition of “Killing Me Softly”. The event was recorded by director Michel Gondry and was released on March 3, 2006 to mostly positive reviews.[36][37]
In 2005, she told an interviewer that “The Fugees was a conspiracy to control, to manipulate and to encourage dependence. I took a lot of abuse that many people would not have taken in these circumstances.”[38]
The Fugees also appeared at BET‘s 2005 Music Awards on June 28, 2005, where they opened the show with a 12-minute set.
One track, “Take It Easy”, was leaked online and therefore was released as an internet single on September 27, 2005. It peaked at #40 on the Billboard R&B Chart. The song was mostly panned by critics, as The Village Voice wrote, “Turns out that a Fugees reunion wasn’t really what anyone was waiting for; we just wanted Lauryn to start rapping again.”[39]
The Fugees embarked on a European tour from November 30, 2005 through December 20, 2005. The group played in Austria, Slovakia, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Germany, Belgium, Italy, France, England, Ireland and Switzerland.
On February 6, 2006, the Fugees did a special “Reunion Concert” in Hollywood, that was offered as a live webcast on the Verizon Wireless website. The Fugees were featured in numerous Verizon Wireless VCast advertisements in magazines and on TV around that same time. A new song titled “Foxy” was made available on VCast and a third new song was leaked, unofficially titled “Wannabe”, which uses the same hook as the Michael Jackson song “I Wanna Be Where You Are“.
Old tensions between Hill and the other members of the group soon resurfaced, and the reunion fizzled before an album could be recorded. Jean and Michel both blamed Hill for the split. Hill reportedly demanded to be addressed by everyone, including her bandmates, as “Ms. Hill”; she also considered changing her moniker to “Empress”.[12] Her chronic tardiness — sometimes stalling up to 45 minutes after the two had taken the stage to join them — has been cited as another contributing factor to the break up.[12]
Michel told the press in August 2007, “Before I work with Lauryn Hill again, you will have a better chance of seeing Osama Bin Laden and George W. Bush in Starbucks having a latte, discussing foreign policies… At this point I really think it will take an act of God to change her, because she is that far out there.”[40]

2004–present

Hill has been slowly working on a new album[5] and in November 2004 shot a music video. The album had a slated street date of November 2005, and neither it nor the music video have been released.[41] It was also reported that as of 2003, Columbia Records had spent more than $2.5 million funding Hill’s new album, mostly spent on installing a recording studio in the singer’s Miami apartment and flying different musicians around the country.[5]
In 2004, Hill contributed a new song, “The Passion”, to The Passion of the Christ: Songs. Around this time, Hill began selling a pay-per-view music video of the song “Social Drugs” through her website.[42] Those who purchase the $15 video would only be able to view it three times before it expired. In addition to the video, Hill began selling autographed posters and Polaroids through her website, with some items listed at upwards of $500.[42]
In 2005, she told USA Today, “If I make music now, it will only be to provide information to my own children. If other people benefit from it, then so be it.”[38] When asked how she now felt about the songs on 2.0, she stated “a lot of the songs were transitional. The music was about how I was feeling at the time, even though I was documenting my distress as well as my bursts of joy.”[38]
She has toured several times in recent years, though most of her concerts have received mixed reviews.[43][44][45] Hill is often late to concerts (sometimes by over two hours) and reconfigures her well-known hits in to “unrecognizable scat chants” while “sporting frizzy orange hair and exaggerated makeup”.[12][46][47] On some occasions, fans have booed her and left early;[48] some fans have also demanded their money back after concerts.[49]
On October 6, 2005, Hill emceed and performed two songs at the Take Back TV concert launching Al Gore‘s CurrentTV.[50][51][52]
In June 2007, Sony records said though Hill has “consistently recorded over the past decade” and has what amounts to “a library of unreleased material in the vault”, she had recently re-entered the studio “with the goal of making a new LP.”[53] Later that same year, Think Differently music quietly released a 22 track compilation titled Ms. Hill which featured cuts from The Miseducation, various soundtracks contributions and other “unreleased” songs.[54] It features guest appearances from D’Angelo, Rah Digga and John Forté.[55] It is unclear if the album is sanctioned by the artist — many of the songs are obviously in unfinished format and clock in at under one minute — but it is currently listed on AllMusic and Amazon.
Also in June 2007, Hill released a new song, “Lose Myself” on the soundtrack to the film Surf’s Up under her new professional name, Ms. Lauryn Hill. The song is also played over the credits.
Reports in mid-2008 claimed that Columbia Records currently believe Hill to be “on hiatus.”[12] Rohan Marley disputed these claims, telling an interviewer that Hill has enough material for several albums: “She writes music in the bathroom, on toilet paper, on the wall. She writes it in the mirror if the mirror smokes up. She writes constantly. This woman does not sleep”. One of the few public appearances Hill made in 2008 was at a Martha Stewart book-signing in New Jersey, perplexing some in the press.[56]
On November 4, 2008, Hill was scheduled to perform at the Avo Session Basel music festival in Basel, Switzerland. Her concert was canceled “for personal reasons”.[57]
In April 2009, it was reported that Hill would engage in a 10 day tour of European summer festivals during mid-July of that year. She performed two shows for the tour and passed out on stage during the start of her second performance and left the stage. She refused to give refunds to angry consumers for the show. On June 10, Hill’s management informed the promoters of the Stockholm Jazz Festival, which she was scheduled to headline, that she would not be performing due to unspecified “health reasons.”[58] Shortly afterward, the rest of the tour was canceled as well.[58]
In January 2010, Hill returned to the live stage and performed in stops across New Zealand and Australia on the ‘Raggamuffin Festival’ – A music festival that celebrates reggae music. She performed songs from the Miseducation album and some Fugees hits.
On April 19, Hill appeared at the Tanzania Education Trust Gala And Reception in New York City for a Charity Event. When making this public appearance, she was asked by paparazzi whether she is working on a new album, to which she replied “Yeah, possibly”, suggesting that she may be working on new projects, and possibly a sophomore album.[59]
On June 8, it was announced that Hill would be the very special guest performer at Rock the Bells Festival series. Five days later, Hill appeared at the Harmony Festival in Santa Rosa, California, her first live American performance in several years.
In a June interview with NPR reporter/producer Zoe Chace as part of NPR’s 50 Great Voices Series, Hill confirmed that she was planning to begin recording again[60] and discussed her hiatus and five children.[61] Ronald Isley of the Isley Brothers has confirmed he is working with Hill on his upcoming album as well.[62]
An unreleased song called “Repercussions” was leaked via the internet on July 25th, 2010[63][64]. On the issue of August 28th, 2010 the song debuted at number 94 on Billboard‘s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, making it her first Billboard chart entry to since November 1998.[65]

Humanitarian

In the late 1990s, Hill was noted by some as a humanitarian. 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. In 1999 Ebony named her one of “100+ Most Influential Black Americans”. She was named with Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. and others among the “10 For Tomorrow,” in the EBONY 2000: Special Millennium Issue.

Legacy and influences

Lauryn Hill has been cited as an influence by many, especially those in the neo-soul movement of the 2000s. Musicians who have acknowledged Hill’s importance include Nicki Minaj, Prince,[12] John Legend,[66] Alicia Keys,[67] D’Angelo,[15] Mary J. Blige,[2] and Jazmine Sullivan.[2] In 2005, Talib Kweli released a song about the singer, titled “Ms. Hill”, on Right About Now.[68][69]
Michelle Obama, wife of U.S. President Barack Obama, told the BBC that she frequently listens to Hill’s music on her iPod,[70] while 2008 Republican presidential candidate Senator John McCain‘s daughter Meghan stated that her father listens to Hill: “I borrowed his car once in D.C., and I was like, looking through [his] CDs, and I was like, ‘Oh, Lauryn Hill.'”[71] Actors Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington are also reportedly fans of the singer.[12] D’Angelo, who appeared on “Nothing Even Matters,” referred in an interview to at least one church reportedly having used the song in a service.

Discography

Studio albums
Live albums

Filmography

 

 

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    Aldo Clementi, Italian composer died he was , 85.

    Aldo Clementi  was an Italian composer died he was , 85.

     (25 May 1925 – 3 March 2011)

    Life

    Aldo Clementi was born in Catania, Italy. He studied the piano, graduating in 1946. His studies in composition began in 1941, and his teachers included Alfredo Sangiorgi and Goffredo Petrassi. After receiving his diploma in 1954, he attended the Darmstadt summer courses from 1955 to 1962. Important influences during this period included meeting Bruno Maderna in 1956, and working at the electronic music studio of the Italian radio broadcaster RAI in Milan.[1]
    Poesia de Rilke (1946) was the first work of his to be performed (Vienna, 1947). Of more significance was the premiere of Cantata (1954), which was broadcast by North German Radio (Hamburg) in 1956. In 1959 he won second prize in the ISCM competition with Episodi (1958), and in 1963 he took first prize in the same competition, with Sette scene da “Collage” (1961).[1]
    He taught music theory at the University of Bologna from 1971 to 1992.[1]
    Clementi died on 3 March 2011.[2]

    Style

    In 1983 David Fanning described Clementi’s style of decelerating canons as “sharing in the widespread post-serial depression of the 1970s”,[3] while in 1988 Paul Griffiths referred to the “Alexandrian simplicity of his solution to the current confusion in music.[4] Clementi himself described his works as “an extremely dense counterpoint, relegating the parts to the shameful role of inaudible, cadaverous micro-organisms”.[4]
    His music has been featured at Ultima, the Oslo Contemporary Music Festival (2009),[5] performed and recorded by ensembles including the Quatuor Bozzini,[1] the Ives Ensemble[6] and the Contemporary Music Ensemble of Wales[7] and broadcast by BBC Radio 3.[7][8]

    Selected works

    • Episodi (1958) for orchestra
    • Ideogrammi n. 1 (1959) for 16 instruments
    • Triplum (1960) for flute, oboe and clarinet
    • Collage (1961) – stage work
    • Informel 2 (1962) for 15 performers
    • Collage 2 (1962) for electronics
    • Informel 3 (1961–63) for orchestra
    • Intavolatura (1963) for harpsichord
    • Variante A (1964) for mixed chorus and orchestra
    • Concerto (1970) for piano and 7 instruments
    • Concerto (1975) for piano, 24 instruments and carillons
    • Clessidra (1976) for chamber orchestra
    • L’orologio di Arcevla (1979) for 13 performers
    • Variazioni (1979) for viola solo
    • Capriccio (1979–1980) for viola and 24 instruments
    • Dodici variazioni (1980) for solo guitar
    • Fantasia su roBErto FABbriCiAni (1980–81) for flute and tape
    • Es (1981) – stage work
    • Parafrasi (1981) 18 voice canon realized with processor
    • Adagio (1983) for quintet with prepared piano
    • Ouverture (1984) for 12 flutes
    • Concerto (1986) for piano and 14 instruments
    • Fantasia (1987) for 4 guitars
    • Tribute (1988) for string quartet
    • Berceuse (1989) for orchestra
    • Romanza (1991) for piano and orchestra
    • The Plaint (1992) for female voice and 13 instruments
    • Sonate Y. (2002) for solo violin

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