Freed From Behind Bars, Lauryn Hill Finally Speaks

Freed From Behind Bars, Lauryn Hill Finally Speaks

Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill is finally speaking out since being released from jail last week by penning an open letter in honor of her supporters.

According to reports, Hill posted, then deleted, a personal message for the world to read onto her personal blog this week.

In the handwritten note, which she posted on her blog and later deleted, she thanks everyone who sent her letters, packages, and books while she was serving three months behind bars for tax evasion. “Know that many of your letters not only touched me, but continued to confirm for me what I already knew but needed to hear again: that sincere expression has a serious purpose,” said a grateful Ms. Hill. “If one of you had been touched, picked up, encouraged, or prevented from succumbing from some measure of social or spiritual decline, then it was worth it.” (Rap-Up)

According to recent reports, Lauryn had a request to tour next month approved by a judge.

Lauryn has been confined to 3-months of home detention as part of her sentence for tax evasion — but here’s the thing … She wants to go on tour from Nov. 15th through Dec. 31st, so she asked the judge to give her a pass so she could tour — and we’ve learned the judge is down with it. As we reported … Lauryn was freed from jail last week and she wants to resume her career STAT. Lauryn — who has a new single out — can now start signing on at specific venues for the concerts. But prison officials will still keep tabs on her — she’ll have to run all the details — dates, cities, hotels — past her probation officer. On New Year’s Day … the party’s over, and Lauryn will have to return home to complete her home detention sentence. (TMZ)

Details of the singer’s recent release in conjunction with the premiere of a new track called “Consumerism” spread last week.

After serving a three-month sentence for tax evasion, Lauryn Hill is being released from prison later today and is marking the occasion with a new single called “Consumerism.” Hill speed-raps through a laundry list of societal ills over a chaotic rhythm that’s more Death Grips than “Killing Me Softly.” Her pointed voice brutally targets “corporate greed in Jesus’ name,” decrying ageism, sexism, racism, fascism, “compromised commercialism” and “neo-McCarthyism.” Hill’s release follows a controversial three-month sentence for failing to file tax returns on over $2 million in income over a two-year period beginning in 2005. Leading up to her incarceration, she cited historical racism as one of the bigger reasons for her tax woes. On a brighter note, she recently inked a deal with Sony and a new record is reportedly in the works. (Rolling Stone)

Although brief, Hill publicly spoke out from behind bars back in July.

Ms. Hill has received a lot mail, and would like to let everyone know that she is doing well. She also asked me to pass along this message: “I have known since very young to look for the purpose and lesson in everything, including the trials. Although it has taken some adjustment, I cannot deny the favor I have encountered while in here, and general warm reception from a community of people who despite their circumstances, have found unique ways to make the best of them. Thank you for the letters of concern and well wishes that I receive in the mail every day. Although I may not be able to write everyone back, please know that they have been received, read, acknowledged, and appreciated. With Love back, MLH” (Lauryn Hill’s Tumblr)

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