Essence Honors Lauryn Hill

Rap and R&B singer Lauryn Hill, gospel performer Kirk Franklin

and comedian Chris Rock were among those honored at the 13th annual

Essence Awards Friday (April 30) in New York, according to show sponsor

Essence magazine. Hill, the youngest person to ever receive the

honor, was saluted both for her musical achievements and for her community

service. The event will be broadcast on Fox-TV in June.