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Originally posted 03/28/2011 11:05AM
Wyclef Jean is looking on the bright side of his being shot in Haiti last week.
"It brought light to the fact that there was an election going on that day," the hip-hop artist told PEOPLE on Saturday at the Haze Nightclub in Las Vegas. "I don't think none of you all knew about an election in Haiti until everyone heard what happened to me."
Jean, 41, who had hoped to run for president of Haiti himself – but was barred due to residency requirements – said he is on the mend after being struck by a bullet in the hand, which he called "the most famous hand in history."
Originally posted 03/20/2011 01:00PM
As Haitians head to the polls to vote for their next president, former candidate Wyclef Jean is recovering Sunday from being shot in the hand.
"He is doing well," his publicist, Cindy Tanenbaum, tells CNN. The Haiti-born hip-hop artist, 41, was shot in Port-au-Prince on Saturday, the night before the country's presidential runoff election.
Originally posted 09/22/2010 10:10AM
A month after officials in Haiti barred his candidacy on legal grounds, Wyclef Jean has officially ended his bid to become the next president of the Caribbean nation where he was born.
"After weeks of quiet but painstaking reflection with my wife and daughter, I have chosen to end my bid for the presidency of Haiti," the musician, 40, said, according to a BBC report.
Jean had been told he didn't meet the residency requirements for a presidential run, since he has lived in the U.S. for years. But he continued to appeal the decision, he said, to shine a light on the nation's electoral process.
Originally posted 08/20/2010 11:00AM
The hat Wyclef Jean had tossed into the political ring has been tossed back.
The Haiti-born singer-songwriter did not make the final list of approved candidates who satisfy legal requirements to run in his native country's presidential election, an electoral official tells the Los Angeles Times. The main reason is that Jean, 39, lives primarily in New Jersey – and not on the Caribbean island.
"He is not on the list as I speak," said the official, whose identity was not revealed.
Originally posted 08/18/2010 11:05AM
He's in not even officially a candidate yet, yet Wyclef Jean's campaign to become president of Haiti is already proving to be a struggle.
The hip-hop artist, 40, is currently is hiding in a secret location in the Caribbean nation after receiving death threats over his proposed candidacy, according to a series of e-mails he sent to the Associated Press.
This follows criticism levied at Jean by Sean Penn, who's been active in Haiti since the devastating earthquake in January and who has questioned Jean's credentials.
Originally posted 08/06/2010 06:15PM
Wyclef Jean's bid to become the next president of Haiti has already met its first round of criticism – from Sean Penn.
The same day Jean officially launched his campaign, the Oscar winner voiced his concerns about the singer's qualifications, alleging he mishandled $400,000 in earthquake-relief donations and has been absent in the country.
"This is somebody who's going to receive an enormous amount of support from the United States, and I have to say I'm very suspicious of it," Penn, 49, who has been running a 55,000-person tent camp through his J/P Haitian Relief Organization, said Thursday on Larry King Live.
"I'm not accusing Wyclef Jean of being an opportunist; I don't know the man," Penn added. "One of the reasons I don't know very much about Wyclef Jean is that I haven't seen or heard anything of him in these last six months that I've been in Haiti."
Originally posted 08/04/2010 07:10PM
Ronald Reagan did it. Clint Eastwood, too. And the Terminator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger, is currently serving as governor of California.
Now Grammy-winning hip-hop artist Wyclef Jean is hoping to become the next successful entertainer-turned-politician. Jean tells PEOPLE that this week, he plans to announce his bid to become the next president of Haiti, which will choose a new leader in November.
"The suffering of the people of Haiti, the youth of Haiti – which is the majority of the population – can't take another five years of the corruption that's been going on for the past 200 years. This is why I'm running," Jean tells PEOPLE.
Originally posted 01/22/2010 07:40PM
Sounds like the odds of landing your favorite star – Daniel Day-Lewis, anyone? – on the line during the Hope for Haiti Now telethon are pretty great.
The Friday night global event features "the biggest bank of faces that you recognize answering the phones," founder and co-host George Clooney tells the media, adding that many of the celebs are taking part "not to be on the show, simply to answer the phones."
Some 140 celebrities have signed up for the two-hour telethon, set to air at 8 p.m. on Friday and stream live on the Web. And the participating group reads like a Who's Who of entertainment, media and politics.
Originally posted 01/22/2010 12:15PM
Although he will be appearing via satellite from London rather than in person, Robert Pattinson will be among those joining the roster of stars for Friday's two-hour Hope For Haiti Now television telethon organized by co-hosts George Clooney and Wyclef Jean.
Besides doing the right thing and helping victims of the earthquake-devastated Caribbean nation, the benefit – to air live from Los Angeles and New York at 8 p.m. ET on MTV, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, FOX, BET, The CW and HBO, among other networks – will feature arguably the largest collection of big names this side of an Oscar ceremony.
Best of all, members of the public will be able to get up close and personal – over the phone – with celebrities when they call in to make their donations.
Which begs the question:
Originally posted 01/18/2010 07:40PM
In a tearful news conference, Wyclef Jean denied allegations he profited from his organization Yéle Haiti, his foundation to help the country recently devastated by an earthquake.
"Did we make mistakes? Yes. Did I ever use any of Yéle's money for personal benefits? Absolutely not," the emotional musician told reporters Monday in New York. "Yéle's books are open and transparent, and we have been a clean bill of health by an external auditor every year since we started."
TheSmokingGun.com reported last week that Jean had used $410,000 from the foundation to pay for rent, production services, and Jean's appearance at a benefit concert.
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