Lauryn Hill Avoids Prison + Inks Major Deal

Lenny Kravitz, Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Lion Babe, Thundercat, SZA & More Rock The Afropunk Festival 2015 in Brooklyn, NY.

Lauryn Hill appeared in a New Jersey courtroom yesterday to face sentencing on tax evasion charges. Hill avoided receiving jail time during the hearing, where it was revealed the singer recently inked a million-dollar deal with Sony. Hill's return to Sony would bring her full circle to write a new chapter of her career with the recording company that released her seminal solo LP, The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill, over a decade ago. Hill's lawyers are seeking probation for the singer as she organizes her affairs to pay the $968.000 tax bill - something a tour and a new project could potentially help.

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