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Flickers is a podcast exploring the work and lives of musicians who incorporate spirituality in their music. Each episode focuses on spiritual themes that appear in the musician's discography. Season 2 examines the themes of love, justice, and freedom as found in the music and life of Ms. Lauryn Hill. Hosted by Lauryn Hill researcher, Krystal Roberts and hip hop scholar, Matt Linder.

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Flickers is a podcast exploring the work and lives of musicians who incorporate spirituality in their music. Each episode focuses on spiritual themes that appear in the musician's discography. Season 2 examines the themes of love, justice, and freedom as found in the music and life of Ms. Lauryn Hill. Hosted by Lauryn Hill researcher, Krystal Roberts and hip hop scholar, Matt Linder.

    How We Met Lauryn Hill

    How We Met Lauryn Hill

    February 23, 2022
    How We Met Lauryn Hill
    Lauryn Hill with only one studio album had a significant impact on many hip hop artists that came after her. Her impact on women rappers is not to be understated and even the wave of Drakes and melodic rappers can be directly traced back to her. But her influence is more than just her music but how she presented and carried herself as strong, feminine, and confident in God. And also the ways in which she spoke up against misogyny, racism, classism, capitalism, and so many other -isms. Besides her dope music these are just a few of the reasons why her legacy is felt even today, a legacy that has reached far beyond music and into the very lives of her fans. Those personal encounters with Lauryn and her music are the stories we’ll hear today.
    Key Moments:
    Montage of Lauryn Hill’s life and career. - 00:00
    Krystal Roberts and Matt Linder introduce themselves and why they're doing this podcast. - 03:07
    Lauryn's influence on other artists - 06:09
    Krystal shares what Lauryn has meant to her. - 08:39
    Raven Jones Stanbrough relives her experience of buying and listening to “Miseducation” for the first time. - 12:23
    Cona Marshall and Raven recount how revolutionary Lauryn’s look was in the late 90s and the personal impact of Lauryn’s look on them. - 15:50
    Eric House talks about singing “Joyful, Joyful” at church and “Killing Me Softly” at summer camp. - 23:48
    Alex Nava discusses Lauryn’s collaboration with Santana and the influence of Latinos in hip hop. - 27:54
    Julius Tunstall speaks on Lauryn’s influence on his music and how it made him grow as a Black creative. - 32:32
    Otis Lambert on how Lauryn allowed him to rap about real topics and not care what others think. - 40:16
    Cheryl Kirk-Duggan relates Lauryn’s life to her own and how Lauryn’s music has been a part of her academic work. - 47:45
    After the credits: Hear Matt’s introduction to Lauryn story and how she made him fall in love with hip hop. - 55:55

    Hosts: Lauryn Hill researcher, Krystal Roberts, and Hip Hop scholar, Matt Linder.
    Contributors: Raven Jones Stanbrough, Cona Marshall, Cheryl Kirk-Duggan, Alex Nava, Eric House, Julius Tunstall, and Otis Lambert aka OT The GoldN' Child.
    Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok: @theflickerspod
    Website: https://www.flickerspodcast.com/ (flickerspodcast.com)
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    Take the next step and text this episode to a friend who is a Lauryn Hill fan, a hip hop fan, or a music fan. They can subscribe on their favorite podcast app here: https://www.flickerspodcast.com/listen (https://www.flickerspodcast.com/listen).
    Logo design byhttps://twitter.com/PaperCutPrayers ( @papercutprayers).
    Theme music by https://linktr.ee/jtulius (Julius Tunstall).
    Additional music fromhttps://yonsofficial.com/ ( Yons),https://www.beatstars.com/fndguitar ( fndguitar),https://www.beatstars.com/nabilsioty ( Nabil Sioty), andhttps://ashukamadeit.com/ ( Ashuka Made-It).
    Episode Transcript: https://share.descript.com/view/SVDKcRYnVrk (https://share.descript.com/view/SVDKcRYnVrk)
    Resources mentioned in this episode:
    Krystal Robert's Master's Thesis -...

    • 59 min
    Zion: The Joy of My World

    Zion: The Joy of My World

    March 2, 2022
    Zion: The Joy of My World
    Summary: Zion. The name of Lauryn Hill's son. The representation of God's holiness on earth. For Lauryn, Zion is both things, a holy place and the holiness she found in giving birth to her son. We explore "To Zion" and the choice she made to continue on with her pregnancy, despite pressure from friends, family, and record executives to end her pregnancy. In addition, Raven Jones Stanbrough will walk us through Lauryn's religious history via "Everything is Everything."
    Timestamps:
    Lauryn Hill describes the ways she loves and experiences love. - 00:00
    Cheryl Kirk-Duggan, Julius Tunstall and Raven Jones Stranbrough examine the Lauryn's choice to keep Zion in light of love through the song "To Zion." - 4:53
    Personal impact of "To Zion" on women, who like Lauryn, similarly found themselves pregnant at an unexpected time. - 10:57
    Alex Nava explains the dual meaning of Zion. - 18:59
    A brief exploration of Lauryn's religious history. - 21:34
    Cona Marshall explores Lauryn's religious history through "Everything is Everything." - 24:49
    Femi Olutade breaks down the history of Abba Moses. - 33:30
    Cona walks through the Gospel music connection in "Everything is Everything." - 36:19
    Julius Tunstall on the expanding of Lauryn's Religious Understanding - 37:57

    Hosts: Lauryn Hill researcher, Krystal Roberts, and Hip Hop scholar, Matt Linder.
    Contributors: Raven Jones Stanbrough, Cona Marshall, Cheryl Kirk-Duggan, Alex Nava, Julius Tunstall, and Femi Olutade.
    Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok: @theflickerspod
    Website: https://www.flickerspodcast.com/ (flickerspodcast.com)
    Subscribe: https://www.flickerspodcast.com/listen (https://www.flickerspodcast.com/listen)
    Rate and Review us on https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/flickers/id1437163252 (Apple Podcasts), https://open.spotify.com/show/0I6YVTVdAvERnz6j95Im3K (Spotify), https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/flickers-733168 (Podchaser,) and https://goodpods.app.link/nAAlMWy9dmb (Goodpods).
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    Join the conversation about Lauryn over at our https://goodpods.app.link/pcYGQALzsnb (Goodpods group).
    Take the next step and text this episode to a friend who is a Lauryn Hill fan, a hip hop fan, or a music fan. They can subscribe on their favorite podcast app here: https://www.flickerspodcast.com/listen (https://www.flickerspodcast.com/listen).
    Logo design byhttps://twitter.com/PaperCutPrayers ( @papercutprayers)
    Theme music by https://linktr.ee/jtulius (Julius Tunstall).
    Additional music from https://beatsbyhype.com (beatsbyhype), https://www.beatstars.com/fndguitar (fndguitar), https://www.beatstars.com/nabilsioty (Nabil Sioty), and https://ashukamadeit.com (Ashuka Made-It).
    Episode Transcript: https://share.descript.com/view/GBSvBGQQ71N (https://share.descript.com/view/GBSvBGQQ71N)
    Additional Resources:
    https://medium.com/@folutade (Dissect Season 5 blog posts on Kendrick Lamar’s “DAMN.”)
    "https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5614846 (God, the Black Man and the Five Percenters)" - Christopher Johnson
    https://youtu.be/b1CY8tjxcSY (Whitney Houston and Lauryn Hill's church), New Hope Baptist Church
    https://www.instagram.com/ziondmarley/?hl=en (Zion Marley) and https://www.instagram.com/selah/?hl=en (Selah Marley) Instagram Pages
    Essence article on https://www.essence.com/culture/assata-shakur-facts-call-return-from-cuba/ (Assata Shakur).

    • 41 min
    Love: It Ain't Working

    Love: It Ain't Working

    March 9, 2022
    Love: It Ain't Working
    Summary: Lauryn Hill experienced good love growing up in a loving, caring, and supportive family. But once she went out into the world and started to interact with others, she began to realize that not everyone experienced that sort of grounding familial love. She discovered that the love she was experiencing outside of her family came with baggage and was often broken. And yet, that type of broken and messy love taught her lessons about what love she deserves and what love truly is. It is through the anger of "Lost Ones" and heartbreak of "Ex-Factor, " the opening tracks from "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill," that we as listeners begin to understand her conception of love. A love that Eric House uncovers through a musical and lyrical analysis of both songs.
    Timestamps:
    Lauryn Hill and Cheryl Kirk-Duggan on the Difficulty of Love. - 00:00
    Eric House and Otis Lambert on Miseducation of Lauryn Hill album interludes. - 2:04
    Eric House breaks down "Lost Ones" and "Ex-Factor" and details the surprising ways the songs express what Lauryn learned about love. - 3:10
    Krystal Roberts and Matt Linder's reaction to Eric House's analysis of "Ex-Factor." - 15:57
    Lauryn Hill speaking on the baggage we bring to our love. - 24:33

    Hosts: Lauryn Hill researcher, Krystal Roberts, and Hip Hop scholar, Matt Linder.
    Contributors: Cheryl Kirk-Duggan, Otis Lambert aka OT The GoldN' Child, and Eric House.
    Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok: @theflickerspod
    Website: https://www.flickerspodcast.com/ (flickerspodcast.com)
    Subscribe: https://www.flickerspodcast.com/listen (https://www.flickerspodcast.com/listen)
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    Follow our Harklist for Season 2 highlights: https://harkaudio.com/lauryn-hill-season-highlights-77939 (https://harkaudio.com/lauryn-hill-season-highlights-77939)
    Join the conversation about Lauryn over at our https://goodpods.app.link/pcYGQALzsnb (Goodpods group).
    Take the next step and text this episode to a friend who is a Lauryn Hill fan, a hip hop fan, or a music fan. They can subscribe on their favorite podcast app here: https://www.flickerspodcast.com/listen (https://www.flickerspodcast.com/listen).
    Logo design byhttps://twitter.com/PaperCutPrayers ( @papercutprayers)
    Theme music by https://linktr.ee/jtulius (Julius Tunstall).
    Additional music from https://yonsofficial.com (Yons) and https://www.beatstars.com/nabilsioty (Nabil Sioty).
    Episode Transcript: https://share.descript.com/view/ksBpK1G2NqE (https://share.descript.com/view/ksBpK1G2NqE)

    • 26 min
    The Spirit of Freedom

    The Spirit of Freedom

    March 16, 2022
    The Spirit of Freedom
    Summary: A mixtape of Lauryn Hill songs that speak of freedom. From her personal emancipation to her freedom as black woman in the United States to the freedom she wants all of humanity to have. Krystal and Matt breakdown "I Get Out." And then we hear from Cona Marshall, Cheryl Kirk-Duggan, Eric House, Alex Nava, and OT The Goldn Child as they cover "Lost Ones," "Final Hour," "I Used to Love Him," "Oh Jerusalem," and "Freedom Time."
    Timestamps:
    Cona Marshall speaks about Lauryn Hill as the preacher. - 00:00
    Krystal Roberts and Matt Linder discuss "I Get Out" from the "Unplugged" album. - 2:28
    Cheryl Kirk-Duggan on "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" - 10:25
    Eric House on "Lost Ones" - 14:28
    Alex Nava on "Final Hour" - 22:17
    Alex Nava on "I Used to Love Him" - 28:55
    Otis Lambert on "Oh Jerusalem" - 33:12
    Cheryl Kirk-Duggan on "Freedom Time" - 35:17

    Hosts: Lauryn Hill researcher, Krystal Roberts, and Hip Hop scholar, Matt Linder.
    Contributors: Cona Marshall, Cheryl Kirk-Duggan, Alex Nava, Eric House, and Otis Lambert aka OT The GoldN' Child.
    Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok: @theflickerspod
    Website: https://www.flickerspodcast.com/ (flickerspodcast.com)
    Subscribe: https://www.flickerspodcast.com/listen (https://www.flickerspodcast.com/listen)
    Rate and Review us on https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/flickers/id1437163252 (Apple Podcasts), https://open.spotify.com/show/0I6YVTVdAvERnz6j95Im3K (Spotify), https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/flickers-733168 (Podchaser,) and https://goodpods.app.link/nAAlMWy9dmb (Goodpods).
    Follow our Harklist for Season 2 highlights: https://harkaudio.com/lauryn-hill-season-highlights-77939
    Join the conversation about Lauryn over at our https://goodpods.app.link/pcYGQALzsnb (Goodpods group).
    Take the next step and text this episode to a friend who is a Lauryn Hill fan, a hip hop fan, or a music fan. They can subscribe on their favorite podcast app here: https://www.flickerspodcast.com/listen (https://www.flickerspodcast.com/listen).
    Logo design byhttps://twitter.com/PaperCutPrayers ( @papercutprayers)
    Theme music by https://linktr.ee/jtulius (Julius Tunstall).
    Additional music from https://www.beatstars.com/fndguitar (fndguitar), https://www.beatstars.com/nabilsioty (Nabil Sioty), https://soundcloud.com/user-361963035 (Venus Beatz), https://beatsbyhype.com (Beats by Hype), and https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6AO53tzVY2GX2De_QJXTKA (brokebwoy).
    Episode Transcript: https://share.descript.com/view/YI9ug6qtjOZ (https://share.descript.com/view/YI9ug6qtjOZ)
    Resources mentioned in this episode:
    https://www.amazon.com/Check-While-Wreck-Womanhood-Hip-Hop/dp/1555536077 ("Check It While I Wreck It: Black Womanhood, Hip-Hop Culture, and the Public Sphere") by Gwendolyn D. Pough

    • 43 min
    Babylon System

    Babylon System

    March 23, 2022
    Babylon System
    Summary: "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" was an album very clearly held together by a theme, love. And then when Lauryn performed on that stage in MTV studios with a brand new set of songs with just her and an acoustic guitar, there seemed to be a lack of cohesion within the songs themselves as well as the performance as a whole. Initially derided by critics and fans, "MTV Unplugged No. 2.0" went on to influence artists such as Kanye, Lecrae, and many others in hip hop. But what might not be apparent from a single or a dozen listens of the performance is that the album's songs are narratively connected. This album is her story but it is also the story of all humanity, where Lauryn takes us from Genesis to Revelation and through the words and life of Jesus.
    Timestamps:
    The Media, Critic, and Fan Response to "MTV Unplugged No. 2.0" - 00:00
    Bob Marley's "Babylon System" As The Inspiration for "Unplugged" - 4:50
    Femi Olutade Dissects "Mr. Intentional" - 8:16
    "Adam Lives in Theory" as the Story of All Humanity - 13:00
    "Freedom Time" as the Central Theme of "Unplugged - 20:06
    Femi talk through various "Unplugged" songs ("Just Like Water," "I Gotta Find Peace of Mind," "The Mystery of Iniquity," and "I Get Out") as the narrative of the Bible - 34:29
    "The Conquering Lion" as Jesus and the one who destroys the "Babylon System" - 35:59
    Krystal and Matt React to the Narrative that Femi found within "Unplugged" - 45:44

    Hosts: Lauryn Hill researcher, Krystal Roberts, and Hip Hop scholar, Matt Linder.
    Contributors: Julius Tunstall, Raven Jones Stanbrough, and Femi Olutade.
    Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok: @theflickerspod
    Website: https://www.flickerspodcast.com/ (flickerspodcast.com)
    Subscribe: https://www.flickerspodcast.com/listen (https://www.flickerspodcast.com/listen)
    Rate and Review us on https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/flickers/id1437163252 (Apple Podcasts), https://open.spotify.com/show/0I6YVTVdAvERnz6j95Im3K (Spotify), https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/flickers-733168 (Podchaser,) and https://goodpods.app.link/nAAlMWy9dmb (Goodpods).
    Follow our Harklist for Season 2 highlights:https://harkaudio.com/lauryn-hill-season-highlights-77939 ( https://harkaudio.com/lauryn-hill-season-highlights-77939)
    Join the conversation about Lauryn over at our https://goodpods.app.link/pcYGQALzsnb (Goodpods group).
    Take the next step and text this episode to a friend who is a Lauryn Hill fan, a hip hop fan, or a music fan. They can subscribe on their favorite podcast app here: https://www.flickerspodcast.com/listen (https://www.flickerspodcast.com/listen).
    Logo design byhttps://twitter.com/PaperCutPrayers ( @papercutprayers)
    Theme music by https://linktr.ee/jtulius (Julius Tunstall).
    Additional music from https://yonsofficial.com (Yons), https://www.beatstars.com/fndguitar (fndguitar), https://beatsbyhype.com/ (Beats by Hype) and https://www.beatstars.com/nabilsioty (Nabil Sioty)
    Episode Transcript: https://share.descript.com/view/SG6S7QjVBr7 (https://share.descript.com/view/SG6S7QjVBr7)

    • 54 min
    Unreleased: What You Haven't Heard

    Unreleased: What You Haven't Heard

    March 30, 2022
    Unreleased: What You Haven't Heard
    Summary: Krystal Roberts and Matt Linder reflect on their favorite contributor moments from Season 2, the Lauryn Hill season. They also walk through their top three bars from Lauryn Hill's unreleased songs that have been the most impactful on them.
    Timestamps:
    Krystal and Matt discuss their favorite moments from Season 2 - 1:45
    Krystal and Matt share their top three bars from unreleased Lauryn Hill songs. - 11:27
    Hosts: Lauryn Hill researcher, Krystal Roberts, and Hip Hop scholar, Matt Linder.
    Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok: @theflickerspod
    Website: https://www.flickerspodcast.com/ (flickerspodcast.com)
    Subscribe: https://www.flickerspodcast.com/listen (https://www.flickerspodcast.com/listen)
    Rate and Review us on https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/flickers/id1437163252 (Apple Podcasts), https://open.spotify.com/show/0I6YVTVdAvERnz6j95Im3K (Spotify), https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/flickers-733168 (Podchaser,) and https://goodpods.app.link/nAAlMWy9dmb (Goodpods).
    Follow our Harklist for Season 2 highlights:https://harkaudio.com/lauryn-hill-season-highlights-77939 ( https://harkaudio.com/lauryn-hill-season-highlights-77939)
    Join the conversation about Lauryn over at our https://goodpods.app.link/pcYGQALzsnb (Goodpods group).
    Take the next step and text this episode to a friend who is a Lauryn Hill fan, a hip hop fan, or a music fan. They can subscribe on their favorite podcast app here: https://www.flickerspodcast.com/listen (https://www.flickerspodcast.com/listen).
    Logo design byhttps://twitter.com/PaperCutPrayers ( @papercutprayers)
    Theme music by https://linktr.ee/jtulius (Julius Tunstall).
    Additional music from https://yonsofficial.com (Yons).
    Episode Transcript: https://share.descript.com/view/Tpc6PMnXgIO (https://share.descript.com/view/Tpc6PMnXgIO)

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

baileygrows ,

Resurgence of Love for Ms Hill

Joyful Joyful oh Lord we adore… MS HILL! Biggest respect for the care and consideration of this podcast- the level of depth in which mass amounts of industry professionals were used to speak about Lauryn Hill’s contribution to the music community amongst the background of the culture climate at the time…. Gave me and all listeners a new Insight and respect for the creative genius of this trailblazer. The editing was incredibly well done and the content was compelling- I have all Lauryn/Fugees Spotify on repeat! Matt and Krystal outdid themselves ❤️

OT The GoldN Child ,

Super dope content

Love the first episode of season 2, can’t wait to hear the rest of them. Keep it up!

MSc-L ,

For Lauryn Hill fans and more …

The style of this podcast is such that it plays well with headphones or simply in the background. You’ll want to listen to each episode more than once. The hosts, Krystal and Matt, have created a balance between their own commentary and the clips of others that is reminiscent of an NPR deep exploration program. Well worth a listen …. and then listening again.