When L. Boogie released her classic album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill in 1998, her future seemed bright and full of promise. The album sold more than 19 million copies worldwide, and brought Lauryn Hill international success and fame. At the 1999 Grammy Awards, Hill broke records by becoming both the first woman ever to be nominated in ten categories in a single year, and the first woman to win five times in one night. Surely, the Queen of the Hill was here to stay.
So when Hill was arrested, charged and pled guilty, in June, 2012, to three counts of failure to file tax returns for income earned in 2005, 2006 and 2007, many were surprised. What happened? Not only was Hill known for her success as an entertainer, but she was also known for her humanitarian projects such as funding an outreach organization for at-risk youth and staging a rap concert in Harlem to promote voter registration.