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M.I.A. is pregnant

Maybe M.I.A. was talking about “retiring” from live performing recently because she is pregnant? This is a pic of the singer onstage last night in Brooklyn (lifted off of Brooklyn Vegan):

The baby’s daddy is presumably M.I.A.’s new fiance Benjamin Brewer of the New York-based dub punk band The Exit.

Best of luck to Ben and M.I.A.!

Food blogs (for vegans)

I hope all my vegan friends (and my friends who love vegans) know about the essential Post Punk Kitchen. The awesome punk ladies behind the site (Isa Moskowitz and her cooking partner Terry Romero) host a fun lo-fi cooking show on public access TV in Brooklyn. The duo has given more to the tastebuds of the vegan community than anyone I know.

Isa Moskowitz and Terry Romeo in their kitchen. (Photo by Evan Sung for the New York Times)

Isa Moskowitz and Terry Romeo in their kitchen. (Photo by Evan Sung for the New York Times)

And, believe me, I can vouch for the deliciousness of the Post Punk Kitchen cookbooks (Veganomicon, Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World and Vegan with a Vengeance). My lady friend cooks us yummy recipes from the books nearly every night.

Hands down Moskowitz and her punky pals are my favorite vegan chefs. Their shows are hilarious, too. They should concoct an elaborate plan to take over the Food Network airwaves and teach the people about delicious cruelty-free food.

Here are some other blogs for vegans:
* Vegan Metal Bike Dad Punk Blog
* Vegans of Color
* heeb'n'vegan
* The Urban Vegan
* Vegan Freak
* My Sweet Vegan
* Alternative Vegan
* Could it be SEITAN?
* Rural Vegan

And I would be remiss if I did not include the new and fabulous Vegan Treats with Stumps and Jiggles by two of my dear friends.

Any vegans in the house?

What the hell happened to Lauryn Hill?

It was ten years ago this month that Lauryn Hill released the brilliant The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, the debut album that scored her an unprecented amount of Grammy nominations for a woman. Hill was intelligent and beautiful, poised to be pop’s next savior.

But then the former Fugee went AWOL, resurfacing only to release a sad follow-up album and perform a smattering of uneven concerts. Her much ballyhooed reunion with the Fugees came and went with her former bandmates saying out loud that Hill was troubled.

Teresa Wiltz at The Root has some theories about the nature of Hill’s problems in this piece.

Wiltz cites several issues over the past decade:
* Hill’s inability to deal with her initial fame bordered on paranoia
* Hill’s fanatical religious faith had her in the throes of a cult-like character
* Her love life – including a rocky affair with Wyclef Jean and a disastrous relationship with Rohan Marley, son of famed reggae star Bob Marley. – is too volatile for her to be productive.

Others – but not Wirtz- speculate that the problem is more simple: drugs.

Hill’s recent performance in Brooklyn had her arrive onstage two hours late and then blanking out on lyrics. Videos of the show pepper YouTube with fans leaving comments showing concern for Hill’s well being.

I’m sad about Hill’s decline. I wrote about her a lot back when I was a music critic and she released the breathtaking Miseducation. I had pretty big expectations – which I see now is enough to make someone crack: having the world expect you to save pop music.

I hope Hill will get out of all of this in one piece, not so she can make music, just so she can live a less erratic life.

Do you worry about Lauryn Hill?

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