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The Many Voices Of Lauryn Hill :NPR Interview

In a recent interview with NPR Lauryn Hill breaks the silence on why she stopped doing music. Over the past decade ever since “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” was released, one would see a blog post or article asking, what happened to Lauryn Hill? Well now she tells all.

Interviewer Zoe Chase asked Hill, Why did you stop putting out music?

Hill: “There were a number of different reasons,” she says. “But partly, the support system that I needed was not necessarily in place. There were things about myself, personal-growth things, that I had to go through in order to feel like it was worth it. In fact, as musicians and artists, it’s important we have an environment — and I guess when I say environment, I really mean the [music] industry, that really nurtures these gifts. Oftentimes, the machine can overlook the need to take care of the people who produce the sounds that have a lot to do with the health and well-being of society, or at least some aspect of society. And it’s important that people be given the time that they need to go through, to grow, so that the consciousness level of the general public is properly affected.  Oftentimes, I think people are forced to make decisions prematurely. And then that sound radiates.”

I personally thought that Lauryn Hill got tired of making music all together or stopped to take care of her 5 children which makes perfect since. Now it seems as if Lauryn Hill is excited to start back singing again, with no promises of new material, but that’s okay for now I think her fans are just happy to hear she’s singing again.

Hill: “I don’t know if you know this, but I have five children,” she says. “The youngest is 2 now, so she’s old enough that I can leave her for a period of time and know she’s going to be OK. That’s one reason [Hill is starting to perform again]. And I think it’s just time. I’m starting to get excited again. Believe it or not, I think what people are attracted to about me, if anything, is my passion. People got exposed to my passion through music and song first. I think people might realize, you know, ‘We love the way she sounds, we love the music, but I think we just love how fearless she is. How boundless she is, when it comes to what she wants to do.’ And I think that can be infectious.”

Check out more of the interview here

“Ella Ann: First Girl on the Moon” from Honey Magazine

The fashionably-futuristic, nail spitting, take-no-ish-from-nobody certified Honey girl always stepped out flossing nothing less than fierce, rocking to the beat of her own bass track. But on September 15 of last year, none of that mattered when stray bullets struck Ella Ann twice.

The 20-year-old of the Cali duo The Bangz, born Kourtney Elliott, waited in her Benz in front of an acquaintance’s home one late summer evening. Her racing psyche was most likely on the anticipating studio session that would seal the paint on their next single, ”Found My Swag,” when bullets that were allegedly intended for someone else found their way to her. As untouchable as her longtime boyfriend, KC, thought of his free-spirited girl, the merciless streets of Watts, California proved him wrong. For months, Ella Ann lay in a doctor-induced coma fighting for her life.

Despite rumors, Ella Ann is awake — struggling with the aftermath of a stroke and physical therapy, but Honey girls are strong. So we sat down with her partner-in-rhyme, Sabi and boyfriend KC to talk candidly about Ella Ann’s rehabilitation and recovery and why she is truly “The First Girl on the Moon.”

Below is an interview with Sabi and KC following the world premiere of The Bangz’s exclusive video “The First Girl on the Moon.”

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Also, check out Ella Ann’s recovery video

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Angela and Vanessa Simmons do Honey Magazine

Ok, let’s talk about the whole virginity thing.

A: Ok, the whole virginity thing came out because of the breakup I had previously. And on the show, of course, it came up that I was saving myself for marriage. Is it weird that people know that now? Yeah, kind of. Do I care that much? Not really, because it’s not like it’s a bad thing. No, it’s not for everybody.

Everybody doesn’t have to wait because that’s not what they feel their destiny is. But this is what I have to do in order to get a relationship where it’s all good. I just think that when the sex factor is taken out of the relationship, you really get to know a person. Sometimes people jump in headfirst and the person that you’re with never got to know your emotional side. Is it easy? No. I mean, I’m meeting these guys and they’ve been doing whatever they’ve been doing and it’s like, “Are you serious?” Yeah, I’m serious and if you like me enough then you’re going to wait and you’re going to respect me and hopefully you’re not going to cheat because you, as a man, “need” it. I think it’s a good thing. I’m showing a guy that I can wait and hold off and it’s been a whole year and I haven’t even done it. I think it’s an eye opener to some guys.

A lot of little girls do need to know that at 15 and 14-years-old, they don’t need to be doing that. It’s crazy how right-now our society is. All these young girls having all these babies and it’s so sad. I just think that children today are so different than when we were growing up. Honestly,I didn’t kiss anybody till I was in like ninth grade. I got called a prude and I was like, “Geez, I didn’t know it was that serious.”

A: See that, Vanessa’s laughing

V: No, I’m not laughing because mine was later.

A: Well see that, Vanessa’s was later. I just thought it was, you know, normal. I thought it was normal but then you find out for some people it was first grade.

V: First grade? That doesn’t count.

A: It does count! If you kissed somebody, you kissed them.

V: I mean first grade I would get excited and tell if somebody chased me.

A: At the end of the day, I don’t think relationships can be 100 percent private. I can try to duck and hide and pretend I’m not dating someone but I’m a normal person and I’m doing things everyone does. If a relationship that I was in for two years doesn’t work, then it ends. It’s life. How many boyfriends do you really go through before you find your husband? Right now, I’m happy and fine in my relationship. I’m honest about it. I’ve been with him for like a year now and it’s a long-distance relationship so it’s really different. It’s a lot of travelling and a lot of back-and-forth.

On Pastry:

V: When we first came out I remember they said the meanest things: “Oh, what do they know about sneakers?” We kept working, getting better and learning more. Two years later, the list of things that Pastry is about to foray into is freakin’ mind-blowing. We’re reinventing it.

A: We’re re-launching. We had a little clothing out there and now we’re in the middle of remixing and changing it all up. And we have some really cool shoes coming out.

V: We’re just taking it to a place where we’ve always wanted it to be

A: It’s like Pastry redeveloping itself. It’s like a new turnover.

V: Remix.

A: Remix, you wanna say remix – it’s not a song.

V: Yeah, it’s like Pastry remix.

How would you guys change, as far as stepping into a mogul’s shoes and claiming it as your own?

A: That comes with making sure you’re the boss of your own stuff. Making sure you make those calls like “Did you get the approval for this?” or “I didn’t see this yet.” It’s very…

V: …not letting things slip between our hands because it’s our name on it.

A: That’s what you snatched [the recorder] for? To say that? When I’m on a roll, you snatch it from me.

V: You weren’t on a roll, you were stuttering.

A: I was not stuttering, it was coming out!

V: Kidding, I’m kidding.


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Ilikevans EXCLUSIVE Interview: Carlitta Durand


Up and coming singer Carlitta Durand who has a very elaborate and unique voice. She is also associated with The Foreign Exchange, NicolayPhonte, Yazarha, Zo!, Darien Brockington, check out all of theses great artist. I refer to them as an example of musical genius. Just pure flowing music that you can feel. Carlitta Durand is also currently on tour with all the people I just mentioned, also check out her mixtape Carlitta’s Way, its an excellent work of art. I encourage you to listen to it.

1. How young were you when you got into singing? Who were some of your musical influences?

Been singing my whole life, started singing gospel first, recorded my first gospel album at 16….everyone from Aaliyah to the gap band, MJ, prince, Chaka Khan, atlantic star, Monica brandy, Mariah, bobby brown…alanis morrisette…a lil bit of everybody

2. I’ve heard your mixtape “Carlitta’s Way” , should listeners be expecting a similar sound from your upcoming album and how is recording for the new album going?

Yes, It’ll be quite similar, got a lil bit more detailed when it comes to arranging and writing…but as far as the sound it’ll be the same..recording is going well, im at the point where im just recording new songs now b/c i want it to be just right

3.I see now that you have been touring with The Foreign Exchange recently, How did you come about this opportunity? How long have you know them?

I’ve been working with Phonte since 2006 so him and Nicolay just asked me to come along since i’ve been working with them anyways on other projects..

4. I had the opportunity to hear “Nights over Egypt” on Zo!’s new EP, How did you guys come together and collaborate on that song?

Everything and everyone is pretty much all intertwined, we all know each other, so its nothing for any one of us just to call up one another if they need some work done…so ZO hit up Phonte, Phonte hit up me and its history from there..

5.What are some things you like to do for fun, what are some of your hobbies?

cook, give massages lol…watch movies, read, laugh, paint, write

6.Tell me about the group Carlitta Durand and the Fat Snacks?

Well fat snacks is my band, whenever i have a gig they play with me…they are awesome BTW

7.At what point did you decide you wanted to sing for a living?

About 3 years ago, can’t see myself working in an office or anything like is the only way

8.Do you song write or play any instruments?

I used to play the piano, wish i would have stuck with my lessons lol..i write music(lyrics)

9.Explain how you connect with music. What draws you to music, how does music make you feel?

Music is my transforms any mood im in….my muse…i love music.

10.Where do you see your career this time next year with the new album and everything?

I see nothing but great blessed…but its all in Gods hands…

11.How do you feel you’ve evolved musically over the years?

I’ve just matured more, my vocal capabilities have strengthened, i am a better writer, i’ve learned A LOT and im still learning…its only gotten better…its true when they say practice makes perfect, i sing everyday and that has definitely  made a difference in my singing skills..