Tuesday, 25 September 2012


Sister Lauryn Hill in 2000 at the age of 25yrs old, delivers this lecture to a hall filled of what seems like mostly white young people.

One can hear Sis Lauryn's wisdom from the the first Fugees album Blunted On Reality (which I bought as it was released) dealing with all manner of spiritual, political and cultural challenges facing her and other young Black people. Of course, facing adversity is nothing new to Lauryn as from the age of 13 she faced down this incredibly intimidating situation of being booed (and not in the good way we 'boo' in london!) in front of hundreds of people here at this live show.

The lecture shows how Sis Lauryn benefited from the very supportive and loving relationship with her mother (present in the audience) as well as explaining that her mother imparted clear and consistent moral and ethical principles unto Lauryn. Sis Lauryn emphasises, and uses the film The Matrix to illustrate her points, the importance of us not being victim to internalising the white power structure within us.

Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm

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