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12/28/2010, 10:54 a.m.
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Lauryn Hill at the Wilbur Theatre. Liz Papi

The crowd began chanting “Lauryn, Lauryn,” and when she finally appeared the fans roared with approval. Ms. Hill was backed by an eight-piece band and three back-up singers. She opened with Bob Marley’s “Forever Loving Jah” and throughout the one and half-hour set followed with hits from “The Mis-

education of Lauryn Hill” — “When It Hurts So Bad,” “Doo Wop (That Thing)” and “To Zion.” Her band was tight and she commanded them like a maestro, but it was difficult to hear her during the show.

I wasn’t sure if it was the sound or something was up with her voice but she clarified it when she said that she was fighting a cold and later said “that she hadn’t sung in awhile.” But that didn’t deter the crowd from soaking it all in.

The songs were laced with a more of a rock-ish vibe then RandB, but the head-bobbing, Lauryn-lovin’ crowd was just vibing to her anyway. They went absolutely bananas when she sang “Killing Me Softly With His Song.” If this show was a preview of what’s to come, I definitely can’t wait to see her when she goes on tour in 2011. 

The Roxbury Unseen Success Project

My holiday week continued at Hibernian Hall with attending a film premiere showcasing Roxbury’s arts, culture and nightlife scene. The film highlighted internationally renowned Boston artist Paul Goodnight along with Wally’s and Slade’s, which also included tidbits about some of the era’s nightclubs like Paul Mall’s and the Savoy from back in the day. The documentary also featured several arts organizations including the Roxbury Film Festival, BalletRox and Black Nativity.  

Despite the snowstorm, it was well attended and there to support the premiere was Dr. Edmond Barry Gaither, Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists executive director, Mel King, PR maven Kelley Chunn, Tito Jackson, Lisa Simmons and Steve Tompkins. The event was catered by Seasoned with Soul (their food was dee-lish!) and music was provided by Jammin’ Joe Johnson.

Coming Up

The Roots perform tonight (Dec. 30) at 8 p.m. at Showcase Live in Foxboro.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve and First Night with The Color of Film Collaborative. The Color of Film will screen several films from the Roxbury International Film Festival including “The Cycle” and “American Faust: From Condi to Neo Condi” at the Stuart Street Playhouse beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The Wilbur Theatre presents a second show with the infamous Wu- Tang Clan on Monday, Jan. 3.

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