Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Lauryn Hill Compares Taxation to Slavery


At her sentencing for tax evasion Lauryn Hill read a statement comparing taxes to slavery...

 Before she was sentenced Lauryn Hill explained,
"I was put into a system I didn't know the nature of. I'm a child of former slaves. I got into an economic paradigm and had that imposed on me. I sold 50 million units. Now I'm up here paying a tax debt. If that's not likened to slavery, I don't know what is."
Ms. Hill was sentenced to 3 months in prison and a $60,000 fine.

59 comments:

Anonymous said...

Girl Bye!

Anonymous said...

She was an American citizen her whole life - paying taxes should not be a new concept to her unless maybe she was homeless the entire time.

Anonymous said...

I love you Lauryn. No further comment.

Anonymous said...

Only in America can you make millions from your voice or your talent, in many other countries you still working that day job in the factories.

With that being said, keep ya head up Ms. Hill

MrHilltopper13 said...

Always wondered why you have to pay money to make money!!! That is a form of slavery!!

Honey Bun said...

She is ungrateful and bitter because she don't know how to manage her money . Lost all respect for Miss Lauryn , they say it's best not to meet your Idols , well in this day and age it's best not to know your Idol's business because you may just stop liking them as much...

Who taking care of her "3 ,4 kids" ?, that's a quote from her songs.

Girl bye.

Anonymous said...

@ no you only pay money when you make money, you got that wrong

Anonymous said...

So her parents were slaves?? That would make her parents like 100 years old if they were former slaves...GTFOH. People kill me always wanting to be on some high-level/beyond human comprehension/next shit. Taxes aren't new so please STFU.

Anonymous said...

They cant put lauryn hill in jail! Hell no!! America you suck!! Fuck u America!! U don't deserve a talent like lauryn hill on your shores if this is how you treat her! You have airheads like beyonce nd britney running arnd promoting airheadedness and the plastic life all over the world but you put lauryn hill in jail?? DISGUSTING! Fuck u AMeRiCa. You clearly don't know what to do with the power nd influence that US media & entertainment have over the world

Anonymous said...

Die slow America you suck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

okay lauren....how in the hell did you come up with that comparison?

Anonymous said...

But Lauryn Hill could've just said she didn't know she hadn't payed and blamed everything on her accountant - probably would've saved her the jail time. I bet this little speech had the judge going 'mmmmh, slavery huh? Let's see how you like jail..' Still love you Lauryn. Xoxo

Anonymous said...

Lauryn, you better get In the field, and get to picking!!

Anonymous said...

Stay strong Queen Lauryn, America just loves to try fuck up & destroy real beautiful strong black women in order to replace them with shallow plastic models that are ugly inside&out plus intellectually and spiritually empty smh. This is such a shame

Staten Island Girl said...

bitch you have no idea what slavery is like. You made MILLIONS OF DOLLARS!!!!!!!!! you were able to live and thrive in this country WHERE YOU KNOW YOU HAVE TO PAY TAXES! people kill me with that shit . i pay 19% in fucking taxes on my check and i make a whoooooooole lot less that.

Self entitled bitch.

Anonymous said...

someone seems like they are constipated because they are FULL OF SHIT...Lauryn, shut the fuck up with that stupid shit...and then here's the kicker....she's supposedly SO smart but anyone with half a brain knows that you don't say dumb shit like that to a man with a gavel and sentencing rights over your ass...Not even if your delusional self believes this internally...

Anonymous said...

Sounds to me like she's trying to say these are taxes on her records sold in that three year period and she believes the record company as opposed to her personally should've payed the taxes on those records as majority of proceeds go to the record company anyway. I just don't understand why this judge would send her to jail even and especially after she's payed???!! Fucken ridiculous

Anonymous said...

Lauryn been fell off her rockers, smdh.

Anonymous said...

I don't get it - you either got bad advice or just said fuck it. Either way you got to pay in funds and time . Those 50 mil units you sold how much you want to bet those you sold to paid taxes? Keep if movin L Boogie

Anonymous said...

Once again FUCK YOU AMERICA

Honey Bun said...

All I know is when I had my student loans to pay , which I paid , I would have gladly taken a 3 month jail sentence in lieu of them bitches! real talk , I would be $20K richer today, SMH

I wish the government done cut me a deal like that!

Anonymous said...

I used to think she was deep. This bird is off.

Anonymous said...

I understand her, I really do...the slavery thing not so much, but I understand what she is saying.

(learning throat) what she was telling the judge, I have paid over what you had expected and you still want to sentence and fined me, because I was able to do what you thought could not be done. You are angry and want to show me that you have power, so this is your way of doing it.

Lohan, Britney, Paris Hilton, Charlie Sheen and many others, all have put others people lives in danger including themselves, but haven't spent a night in jail behind it. This just show how backward the system is. The judge could have simply said, I am glad that you were able to come up with majority and know that you have to pay your taxes on time and every time.

Sincerely,
ValleyGirl

Anonymous said...

Girl bye pay your damn taxes! Everyone else has to and they don't have millions to do it. Everyone always making excuses as to why they can't do what they are suppose to.

And to the person saying fuck America you do know you can always get out! No one is forcing you to stay here.

where's my stimulus? said...

well at least she has a ready made title for that album she been making for 15 years now:
"The Incarceration of Lauren Hill"

Anonymous said...

Folks, any country you reside in whether its here or in the heart of Africa, you have to pay taxes.

Anonymous said...

This is nothing new. This explains why Beyoncé works so hard. She do as she's told, forget what you hear. This story here is the reason we see Beyoncé daily she's slaving for the youth souls to be whores, just as she's told. Ms. Hill is trying to tell you airhead bitches what's going. If you followed her story she told you that she checked out of society due to not being able to bring positive to the table. You're only being promoted if you bring negative to the table such as Trinadad James what the fuck ever is his name is, Beyoncé is the worst of them all. She is the worst ever. She is worst than Jay-z. Jay-z tries to at least hide his shit. Beyoncé is just the sex kitten as she is suppose to be, and you all call them the power couple. Please EDUCATE YOURSELVES.

Anonymous said...

They are using her as an example to send a message. Sheen, Lohan etc. evidently pay their taxes. However, the justice system is majorly flawed and needs an overhaul. Maybe the jail time is in lieu of the interest she owes. We don't know what deal her lawyer cut so we really don't know if it's truly unfair or not.

Anonymous said...

If she was white and gay, Obama would've given her a pardon by now.

Anonymous said...

10:38, not in Saudi Arabia. The Rothschild has enslaved the world to pay taxes. Americans pay taxes to work, eat, and live. That is triple taxation. We are debt slaves.

Anonymous said...

From my knowledge there are no income taxes on the Cayman Island. I personally would not want to live there tho.

God IS GOOD!! said...

@ Honey Bun, I KNOW THAT'S RIGHT! Everybody has to follow the law... pay yo taxes. God knows how long our particular bridge is. Patience, endurance and perseverance are strong words. They are strong parts of what a person’s (character) needs to be made of. We may not think that patience or endurance is a big deal but God does. Endurance produces character, and character produces hope. ◄ James 1:12 ► King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.) Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
**
Don't quit be patient! The strongest people aren't always the people who win, but the people who don't give up when they lose. God Bless~ Tracy~

Anonymous said...

Except...there was no way out of slavery. You couldn't buy or beg your way out of slavery. You had to be a slave. You couldn't pay someone and have your time in slavery reduced. Your situation is nothing like slavery, it's just another broke hoe who doesn't like to pay her bills.

Anonymous said...

I hate paying my taxes too...I wonder if I say to the government you bitches can kiss my ass I am not your slave will they lock me up too. Hey Lauren when you get out of jail you are still going to have to pay taxes so get your money ready to be taken anyway.

Anonymous said...

Lauryn was talking of enslavement by her previous record company, not by the US as a country. I really believe one should read her ENTIRE statement before commenting. Still, USA sucks! I can't believe the bullshit US is pushing & promoting nowadays, particularly when it comes to black men women. It is just pitiful. This country should not have the access that it does to pollute the rest of the world. I hope something is done about this soon.

Anonymous said...

@11:49 don't you dare call Ms Lauryn Hill a hoe, you lowlife neighbourhood cumbucket stupidass slow trifling slut

Anonymous said...

@11:10am Why not? Have you ever vacationed there? Nothing better better than a beautiful island life.

Anonymous said...

...and still her diehard fans who refuse to believe she's crazy will take this and translate some bullshit out of this.

Anonymous said...

@12:27 I've heard a lot of the ppl there are really ignorant and backward. I know a few that are. They worship white folks and deny black ppl citizenship. Hope they have got it together by now. No shade.

Anonymous said...

She means slave to the economic system. The fact that such a sizeable chunk of what we all earn through one's hard toil is taken away from us and wasted on wars and feathering career politicians' nests amongst many ills i think is the problem. She does pay tax anyway because everytime you buy goods at the store or purchase a home your paying tax. We're all overtaxed if you ask me. Just look at some of the roads in New Orleans, you'd think a series of meteors had crashed there, i don't see the government putting the taxes collected to good use there.

Anonymous said...

She's an idiot!!! Ever since Wyclef and Rohan got with her she went off the rails. She is talented, but don't tell us that you forgot to pay your taxes!! Bye, get your head together and drop a proper record. P.S. Oh yeah, show up for your concet dates on time and ready to sing as well!!!

Anonymous said...

Critical thinking is a must if you want to understand what is really going on in this world. Lauryn understands the real system. A few of the commenters (@10:50, 10:57, 12:00 & 12:45) understand but most people are in the dark and happy to live that way. Some of us, like Lauryn, aren't.

Anonymous said...

12:04 chile please Lauryn is a hoe she fucked not one but TWO married men. If Alicia Keys, Fantasia, and Gabrielle Union are called home wreckers and hoes then so is this enccentric nut case

Anonymous said...

2:10 yeah that's nice and all but what does that have to do with not paying your damn taxes. It don't matter how much "truth" Lauryn knows she wasn't smart enough to figure out that if you dont pay your taxes your ass goes to JAIL!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Lauryn, you better get In the field, and get to picking!!
9:54 AM

lol fo sho

Anonymous said...

There's some strong hatred for Lauryn Hill in here. Most of those who hate her, if they sat back and thought about it, can't even really say why they hate her. What is it? She uses too many big words? She doesn't care about fame? Don't y'all see that we are being conditioned to hate Lauryn and people like her? Her message is too much and they don't want us to hear what she has to say. She comes out with new music and they put a crazy beat to it so we can't hear what she's saying. And now they're putting her in jail?! Yet Lindsay Lohan is walking free? This is so sick and twisted and anyone who can't see it is blind!

Anonymous said...

Girl shut the hell up! Didn't you just sign a deal with SONY of all places and you want to talk about slavery?! Get a grip you loon!

I hate how she tries to act all enlightened? Well if your so hip to the game, then how come you're falling for all the obvious traps?

Anonymous said...

"I was put into a system I didn't know the nature of. I'm a child of former slaves. I got into an economic paradigm and had that imposed on me. I sold 50 million units. Now I'm up here paying a tax debt. If that's not likened to slavery, I don't know what is."

Anonymous said...

Girl Bye!
9:29 AM

^^^^^^^^

LMAOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! Love how that sound in order!

Anonymous said...

Any idiot...knows that there is no free money in America. No one is trying to run a game on your dumb ass. Just pay your bills. You pay a phone bill? You pay rent (yes, that's debatable). Are those forms of slavery too. Having to pay bills and pay taxes on your income is a form of slavery??? Bitch...slap. Even if you're a teenager and you work a damn summer job someone has to pay taxes on your income. TAKE SEVERAL SEATS!

Anonymous said...

Lauryn Hill, you just made yourself sound even more ridiculous than you already are.

Ain't got no Marley money? ...all you got was the 6 kids? FOH

Bee Gee said...

Ok sista but what about that social paradigm that you got into. You know, one of the many that plague the African-American existence: Having a ton of kids with the same worthless negro..

Anonymous said...

LMAO @ Bee-Gee!!!!

Anonymous said...

Income taxes, property taxes. School taxes. sales taxes. Which tax is she complaining of being birthed into? And if she takes issue with it, why dont she live off the land somewhere in montana. Her and her six kids could self-fertilize a whole damn farm.

BeyonceLawsuit said...

stay focused lauryn

Anonymous said...

dont worry Lauryn. Once america is destroyed by nuclear war missiles. There wont be anymore taxes under the babylon system. Until then pay the taxes.

You just lost one said...

(1) Lindsey Lohan et al charges are STATE charges.
(2) Lauryn's are FEDERAL charges. They stem from criminal provisions of the Internal Revenue Code.
(3) Different laws
(4) Relative to many people, Lauryn lives a privileged existence. I truly fucking detest folks who flippantly throw around slavery like it was some fucking catch-all for a bad situation.
(5) When Rohan sells those kids down the river to Vicksburg, she can come tell me about slavery.
(6) DC cashed my check in a week, the Feds in two. I pay my fucking taxes. Lauryn is/was a %.01er...even with a janky contract.

Anonymous said...

Fuck this bitch who gives a shit about her.she wasn't moaning when she was making millions.and she hates white ppl so much always bringing up old shit.my great grandfather was in killed in poland in the war and family were messed up.but I dont hate anyone for that. what happened in the past is done

Anonymous said...

@9:43 AM I agree she's using slavery as a crutch like so many of my black brothas and sistas do, but don't compare your great grandfather's death in the war in Poland to slavery. That's an insult. You white people always like to throw up silly shit and compare it to black oppression. How is war and slavery on the playing field? Yes, both incidents happened a long time ago, but African Americans are still suffering from the lingering effects of their enslaved ancestors. You never have and never will experience prejudice and injustice the way African Americans do because being white gives you privileges and breaks blacks don't get. In terms of Lauryn and her comment, she just made a fool of herself. 9:43 AM Lauryn is an idiot just like you. She's comparing apples and oranges i.e. slavery and taxes. They're two different things and she just insulted me, you and all the other non-celebrity working class folks in america who pay their taxes.

Anonymous said...

"America just loves to try fuck up & destroy real beautiful strong black women"

Go on, keep saying that if it makes you feel righteous. You're beautiful, strong, witty, smell good and you rock at Scrabble. America can't handle this, and so as we speak it is out to get you!

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