MMF Celebrates Black History in Music, Feb. 24

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The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is by far one of the staples in not only greatest albums of all time, but a great album that merges both R&B and Hip-Hop.

On February 24, 1999, Lauryn Hill took home 5/10 Grammys at the 41st Annual Award Show which included: Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Best R&B Song, Best R&B Vocal Performance, and Best R&B Album. Her having 10 nominations made her the only women to have been nominated for that many in one night.

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Here is her performance of ‘Zion’ with Carlos Santana:

Lauryn Hill was known for her vocals in rhymes as 1/3 of the Fugees. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was released on August 25, 1998 with the mega hit, Doo-Wop (That Thing) leading the way. The album also held hit singles, ‘Ex-Factor,’ and ‘Everything is Everything.’ The album has garnered dozens of awards and in 2003 was placed at #313 on Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of all time.

Lauryn Hill might have left fans empty handed without more music, but this album still lives on and has become a staple in music history.

 

MMF Celebrates Black History in Music, Feb. 10

MMF Celebrates Black History in Music, Feb. 10

Diana Ross released her 6th solo album on February 10, 1976. It became her second self-titled album following her 1970 solo debut. The album featured 9 tracks, 4 on one side and 5 on the other along with hits ‘Theme From Mahogany (Do You Know Where You’re Going To’) , ‘Love Hangover,’ and ‘Smile.’

The album reached #4 on the Billboard 200, #4 on the R&B Album chart and became Ross’ best selling album since her 1973 release, Touch Me In The Morning. It went Gold in the UK with over 100,000 copies sold. The album became her first since her 1970 debut to spawn over 4 hit singles. The album scored Ross a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Performance, Female Artist and a Oscar nomination for Best Song.

The album was rereleased in 2012 in a dual disc package filled with remastered and alternative versions of the original songs along with previously unreleased tracks.