This morning, Wyclef Jean sat down with The Wall Street Journal to talk about his decision to run for president of Haiti. He said he has a strong possibility of accomplishing his goal due to the support he has from the Haitian youth. Surprisingly, the most criticism I’ve heard has come from Haitains that live here and on the celebrity side, Sean Penn and Pras. In the interview, Wyclef addressed both of them.more..
On the heels of the earthquake in Haiti. Within hours Wyclef posted a message on Twitter to send $5 in support to Yele Haiti, his charity organization which was established in 2005. The response was tremendous, since then the organization has collected several million dollars. The climb up the Twitter trends and attention on CNN got the interest of dirt digging site, The Smoking Gun. Last week they posted Yele Haiti’s tax returns and questioned why Yele Haiti expensed a little over $400,000 to companies that Wyclef has a personal interest in. The implication being Wyclef is skimming money from the charity’s fund.
On Saturday, Wyclef returned from Haiti to denounced the accusations. He posted a message on Youtube explaining the money to the production companies were a part of operating expenses. If a concert is held, lights, equipment, etc., must be paid and the charges to Yele Haiti were all below market rates.more..
As part an ongoing investigation of steroid distributors around the country, the names of tens of thousands of people are waiting to be exposed to the media. So far baseball has been hardest hit by the investigation, but wrestlers, police officers, football players and body builders have all been named in the last year. Today the Times Union revealed that some of hip-hop and R&B’s finest have also allegedly received steroids. They would be: 50 Cent, Timbaland, Mary J. Blige, Wyclef and film director Tyler Perry.
None of them have been targeted for breaking the law. Law enforcement is focusing on the distribution network, which has resulted in 10 guilty pleas, including convictions of three physicians and the operators of anti-aging clinics in Texas, Florida, and New York.more..
On one hand you hear of a new Fugee album and think, “Umm, aren’t they called the Black Eyed Peas now.” On the other you realize that BEP are like the little cousins that soaked up the Fugee formula, yet something was left in the sponge. The Fugees had the perfect blend of commercial, soul, and hip-hop that has yet to be truly duplicated. Given the right circumstances a new Fugee album would prove that and inject a welcome dose of creative spirit into hip-hop.
Of course with Lauryn Hill looking as off-center as ever since shunning the celebrity life for babies and hard-to-grasp spiritual beliefs, that reunion might not be such a great idea. And who knows where Pras stands - although I suspect his only job would be to do just that, stand in the right spot.. thanks Pras.more..
If you know anything about gritty, gangster flicks then you’ve already seen, already own City of God. That story of gangs in Brazil and one kid’s escape from that life through photography was a work of fiction.
Ghosts of Cite Soleil is the first look at the gangs that rule the streets of Haiti. A documentary film which in the words of Wyclef.. “Ain’t No Hollywood Movie.”
But there is the ever present touch of hip-hop.. see what the Bronx started?
The reality of life today in Haiti unfolds before us as we get to know two brothers and their stories intimately. They are 2Pac and Bily.more..