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Originally posted 01/15/2010 02:25PM
A global telethon to raise money for victims of Haiti’s catastrophic 7.0-magnitude earthquake will air Jan. 22 on MTV and other networks.
The two-hour Hope for Haiti will run commercial free and be led by George Clooney in Los Angeles, Wyclef Jean in New York City and CNN's Anderson Cooper in Haiti.
The special will be broadcast from L.A. and New York and air live at 8 p.m. ET on MTV, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, FOX, BET, The CW and HBO, among other networks.
Donations will benefit Haiti relief efforts by the Red Cross, UNICEF, the Yele Haiti Foundation, Oxfam America and Partners in Health and be divided evenly among the groups.
Originally posted 01/14/2010 11:00AM
Wyclef Jean asked for help, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is extending its collective hand.
The group, which is behind this Sunday's Golden Globe Awards, announced Thursday that it is assisting in the rescue and relief effort now taking place in Haiti, which was devastated Tuesday by a 7.0 earthquake.
In its statement, the organization said, "The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is announcing at the Golden Globes that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Foundation is donating $100,000 to Wyclef Jean's Yele Haiti relief fund for the victims of the Haiti earthquake."
Also supporting the nation hit by disaster are Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, whose foundation on Wednesday committed $1 million in relief.
– Stephen M. Silverman
Originally posted 01/13/2010 10:30AM
In response to the massive earthquake that stuck Haiti on Tuesday, Wyclef Jean has called upon the international community to give immediate assistance to the island nation.
"The over 2 million people in Port-au-Prince tonight face catastrophe alone," said Jean, 40. "We must act now." He noted that people can help by donating to his Yele Haiti Foundation, either by texting "Yele" to 501501, which will automatically donate $5, or by going to the foundation's Web site.
Also supporting the nation hit by disaster are Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. The couple issued a statement to JustJared.com Wednesday. "We are devastated by the news from Haiti. We will work closely with our good friend Wyclef Jean to support the humanitarian efforts on the island and help those who have been injured and left without homes and shelter."
Originally posted 09/24/2008 05:00PM
After releasing the star-studded pro-Barack Obama videos "Yes We Can" and "We Are the Ones," will.i.am has rallied Fergie, Scarlett Johansson, and other celebrities for a new mission: to fight global poverty.
The Black Eyed Peas frontman, 33, has written the song "in my name" to support Global Call to Action Against Poverty. The tune encourages citizens to call on their governments to keep their promises to the world's poor.
Says will.i.am: "We can be the generation that ends poverty."
Originally posted 09/14/2008 12:00PM
Matt Damon took a trip the Caribbean this weekend, but not to shoot a movie or relax. He went to Haiti with buddy Wyclef Jean to deliver food to hurricane victims.
Damon and Jean gave out bags of rice and beans and cans of cooking oil to hundreds of Haitians near the town of Cabaret on Saturday. At one point, the truck they were in got stuck in a ditch, so they handed out the food on the roadside.
The Haitian-born Jean, who founded his own Yele Haiti charity, was the star of the day – hardly anybody in the crowd recognized Damon, but he was fine with that. "It's nice, it's really easy to move through a crowd like this," Damon told an Associated Press reporter who accompanied them.
Originally posted 05/20/2008 06:30PM
When Wyclef Jean announced the launch of Together for Haiti, a new partnership formed in response to the food crisis in his native country, he had a special guest in the crowd.
"I thought Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were big, but I gotta say Paul Simon topped that," says Jean. "People talk like they're gangsters, but Paul Simon was actually in Africa when grenades went off on stage."
Simon, in a blazer and hat, appeared at the news conference in New York City, where Jean announced that his own foundation, Yele Haiti, is partnering with the World Food Programme and the Pan American Development Foundation to help provide food, create jobs and support local agriculture in Haiti.
Simon shook hands with Jean and the two chatted as a crowd formed around them. "We talk; he'll tell you I'm a personal friend of his," says Jean, who collaborated with Simon on his latest album. "Paul will show up for a cause; he ain't gonna show up for a music video!"
Also among the crowd: Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, author of End of Povery, model Petra Nemcova, and Jean's pastor.
"If I decide to run for president, don't do me wrong. I will denounce everything!" Jean joked with his pastor.
– Tiffany McGee
Originally posted 05/29/2006 08:00AM
The annual Monaco Grand Prix Ball turned even grander just before midnight on Saturday when surprise guest Bono popped in to join the event's ball host Wyclef Jean for an impassioned duet of "Redemption Song."
Originally posted 02/04/2004 11:23AM
February 5, 2004WHEN A PALM PILOT WON'T DO At a black-tie gala honoring director Oliver Stone at the recent Bangkok Film Festival, actress Bai Ling enjoyed chatting with Val Kilmer so much that she wanted to exchange phone numbers with him – but apparently neither of them had a slip of paper. "First she wrote her phone number on his shirt sleeve in blue magic marker," a spy told us. "Then he wrote his number right on her belly."
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