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On This Day: "Killing Me Softly" Broke Up The Fugees

The single thrust Lauryn Hill into the spotlight and inspired a generation

On this day in 1996, The Fugee's quintessential hit "Killing Me Softly" debuted at number 1 in the UK. It established the trio as international superstars and, more importantly, solidified Lauryn Hill as one of the most influential creatives of 1996.

The sultry spitfire of Lil Kim was alive and well with the release of Hard Core, but Lauryn Hill's ability to switch between the phlegmatic lyricism of "How Many Mics" to the soft-spoken crooning on "Killing Me Softly" to the silky smooth R&B of "Zealots" encompassed a versatility not often showcased by women of color or accepted in the general sphere of hip-hop. Hill could be sexy and soft-spoken and then rip your head off in a moment's notice. "What [Killing Me Softly] did...was give black girls a voice in spaces where, at least most of the time, we had to leverage, strategize, and straight-up fight for power," wrote The Atlantic. For Hill, that space was a male-dominated genre in a male-dominated music industry." The power of Lauryn Hill would quickly lead to The Fugee's demise.

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Is Wayfair Using Furniture for Child Trafficking?

About a year after being accused of selling furniture to ICE detention centers, e-commerce site Wayfair is in another controversy.

Wayfair, the e-commerce website beloved by millennials on a budget who don't want their apartments to look just like IKEA showrooms, is no stranger to controversy.

Last summer, employees of the company organized a protest after allegations surfaced that Wayfair had sold $200,000 worth of furniture to border detention facilities. Now, Wayfair is being suspected of trafficking missing children in their furniture.

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On This Day: Aretha Franklin's "Respect" Is More Important Than Ever

The singers magnetic hit, which debuted at No. 1 on this day in 1967, still fiercely resonates

On this day in 1967, Aretha Franklin's "Respect" debuted at No.1 on the U.S. charts. The Otis Redding re-imagining would become the definitive song of the 1960's Civil Rights and Feminist Movements.

At just 24-years-old, the soon-to-be Queen of Soul took a song that was a desperate plea for companionship and transformed it into a cutthroat demand for equality. "Come to me for I'm begging, come to me for I'm begging, darling," Redding howls in his version. "Your kisses, sweeter than honey," Franklin croons on her re-imagining almost in direct response. "And guess what? So is my money." When Franklin's version continued to grow in popularity, Redding felt both emasculated and proud. "The next song is a song that a girl took away from me. A good friend of mine." Redding said playfully before diving into his rendition during his 1967 performance at the Monterey Pop Festival.

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