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Watch Ms. Lauryn Hill Perform New Song, ‘Rebel/I Find It Hard to Say,’ on ‘Charlie Rose’

Ms. Lauryn Hill stopped by 'Charlie Rose' to perform her new song, the Amadou Diallo tribute “Rebel/I Find It Hard To Say”

Earlier this month, Ms. Lauryn Hill surprised many of us with her first new music in a very, very long time. Streaming exclusively on Tidal, “Rebel/I Find It Hard To Say” is an updated studio version to a song off the 2002 MTV Unplugged 2.0 (Hill’s second solo album).


Originally titled “I Find It Hard To Say (Rebel),” “Rebel” was written about Amadou Diallo, the 23-year-old Liberian-born college student who was shot and killed by four NYPD officers in the Bronx on February 4, 1999.

The song carries a haunting relevance in 2016 America—something that Hill herself noted in a statement on Tidal: “Old tune, new Version, same context, even more relevant now: sick and tired of being sick and tired,” she said.

More recently, the singer took time off her Diaspora Calling tour to perform the song at the Charlie Rose studio. She was backed by a full band and backup singers as she delivered a powerful performance of the emotionally-charged song. Watch the full performance below.

Ms. Hill is currently in the middle of her Diaspora Calling! tour alongside special guests like Nas, Machel Montano, Kehlani, Talib Kweli, Little Simz, Noname, Seun Kuti, Jojo Abot, EL and a number of other artists from across the diaspora. Head here for the full list of dates.

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Six Things History Will Remember Kenneth Kaunda For

News of Kenneth David Kaunda's passing, at age 97, has reverberated across the globe. Kaunda, affectionately known as KK, was Zambia's first President from 1964 to 1991.

Following Nelson Mandela's passing in December 2013, Kenneth Kaunda became Africa's last standing hero. Now with his passing on Thursday, June 17 — after being admitted to the Maina Soko Military Hospital in Lusaka earlier in the week — this signals the end of Africa's liberation history chapter.

It is tempting to make saints out of the departed. The former Zambian struggle hero did many great things. He was, after all, one of the giants of the continent's struggle against colonialism. Ultimately however, he was a human being. And as with all humans, he lived a complicated and colourful life.

Here are six facts you might not have known about him.

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