Much has been said about Grammy Award-winnning musician, Lauryn Hill, a large sum of it focusing on her controversial exit from the public eye after the critically-acclaimed Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill. Today she's under scrutiny yet again, this time it concerns supposed federal tax evasion charges. Thankfully the artist/freedom fighter isn't keeping quiet about the situation and has turned to her Tumblr page to release a public statement addressing what she dubs an intentional smear campaign and agenda to systematically destroy her and her art:
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.