“That strong mother doesn’t tell her cub, ‘Son, stay weak so the wolves can get you.’ She says, ‘Toughen up, this is reality we are living in.'” Lauryn Hill.
It took me a while to find a quote that suited my relationship with my mother. We’re not as close as other mothers and daughters. I don’t think that’s a bad thing, or at least she’s not said anything. Most of what she’s taught me was the realisation that life is hard, but you can prepare yourself. Which I think this explains really nicely.
Lauryn Hill is now a lot more private then she used to be. In the mid 1990s she made her name though her own music, including starring in Sister Act II . Her name rang a bell and then I realised, after reading her wiki page it’s due to her work as part of the Fugees- specifically her vocals on Killing Me Softly With His Song.
Unfortunately, it’s not carried on. Although her first solo album was well received the second was not. After sporadic touring and appearances she was found to have been evading tax. She pleaded guilty and had a short stint in prison back in 2013. It has picked up for her; lending her vocals for a 2015 documentary about Nina Simone, What Happened to Miss Simone?, and working with community projects highlighting the work of black artists.
I’ll leave this hear to play us out on: