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Lauryn Hill

Singer, Songwriter & Record Producer

Every time that God navigates my ship, there's nothing cerebral going on. There's very little thought. It's almost as if I have the directions. Every time I try to do it myself, I'm conjuring up my own concoction and trying. It's a little more difficult to do it that way, because it takes a lot of thought and it takes a lot of energy. But it's like, when I'm led, it kind of really is just, it's all there and it's clear. "These are your orders. Just go forth and carry them out." So I was going to say that this album gets to be what I think, but I don't know. Who knows? Who knows what that will be? Because I think that what I've consciously decided to do was be patient and wait for those instructions again, as opposed to the instructions from the record company. Unfortunately, I can't fulfill their needs. I can't, because it's devoid of all feeling. You know what I mean? I have to make sure that what I create, I never want to condescend. There are a lot of people who condescend to the audience. They just think, "They'll like anything. Just throw a beat on it and put your voice on it." But if it doesn't move me, then I don't think it's worthy enough to put out there and move someone else. You know what I mean? It has to be something that is -- personally -- is something that I need personally. That's my barometer for whether or not it's good for the people. Not just anything. "Just make a beat. It's hot, throw it out there." I can't use that barometer. That doesn't work with me.
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Lauryn Hill

Singer, Songwriter & Record Producer

Lauryn Hill: The first Grammy I won was with the Fugees. Oh boy, I'm not good at these answers, because I don't know the response for that one. I guess I was honored. You know what I mean? But the honor to me has less to do with the award. You know what I'm saying? To me that translates in the relationship that I have with the audience, and if my music is helpful to them, that's the award. If I never won a Grammy, I would be satisfied, if in fact I could help people, because it's really, really not about that. I don't say that because it sounds like something cool to say, really. If those NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences) knew how we're treating them! I'm only kidding!
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Sir Edmund Hillary

Conqueror of Mt. Everest

Sir Edmund Hillary: I think most of our major challenges are not going to be in the physical field at all. I think they're going to be in the field of human relations, of getting on with each other, of contributing. People accepting that they have to contribute something, their thoughts, their ideas, maybe even their money, towards producing a world society that is perhaps a little bit more honest and reasonable than it is now.
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David Ho

AIDS Research Pioneer

David Ho: I think genuine scientific disagreement is healthy. That's how we move science forward. And, yes there are certain people who would disagree with me about how, say, the lymphocytes are specifically destroyed by HIV, so the mechanistic issues. It's a very controversial area. I have my views and others don't agree with those views, but each one of us are involved with experiments trying to prove our case or in fact sometimes disproving ourselves. So, that is good and that is what science should be.
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David Ho

AIDS Research Pioneer

David Ho: You have to go with your beliefs. One can't be hypocritical about it. And, I think I wanted to send a strong message to the Journal that it's much more complicated than what we have discussed so far. I mean, if the Journal had a particular view, the best approach is to talk to the people involved, to have a dialogue with the U.S. scientists, with the African scientists and with the subjects that are enrolling and get a true understanding at the grass root level, rather than pontificate from the ivory tower of Harvard University or, you know, the New England Journal. I think that kind of approach is not appropriate.
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