We all know the back story…
…a talented singer, Grammy award winning music sensation and actress leaves the business unexpectedly to sit at the feet of a Jamaican obeah man, have 5 children by the son of a prophet, and the rest is history. Well, something like that.
This is what I like about Lauryn or those in general who do what the heck they want to do and pick up the pieces later and hold them as life lessons, instead of life beat downs. This was a young woman who always wanted to be a mother, a wife and use her voice to take over the world. She did, the music world. But when love found her, or she, it (depending on the version you heard) she submitted to it. Amongst claims that she was being abused, cheated or or taken advantage of, Lauryn used the time to have that little tribe she wanted and redefine herself. The Reinvention is optimum to being an alpha female.
So, she doesn’t look like the Lauryn we liked anymore. And that’s the thing. She’s doing it for herself based on the values she has in her life, and obviously her family is first. She’s messy, unpredictable, and we’d still buy her album on a comeback, at least for curiosity. She keeps folks guessing and talking about her. This doesn’t diminish the fact that she is still a musical icon winning one of the most Grammy awards for a female artist. But that meant little if she couldn’t have it her way.
I nominate Lauryn Hill for induction into the Alphanista Hall of Fame. What say ye?