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Wyclef Jean's Charity Quietly Goes Bust

When last remaining employee quits

(Newser) - Wyclef Jean's ineffective and scandal-plagued charity Yéle quietly went belly up last month, after CEO Derek Johnson announced his resignation. "As the foundation's sole remaining employee, my decision implies the closure of the organization as a whole," he wrote. In its wake, the charity leaves... More »

Wyclef Jean Shot in Hand in Haiti

Treated for gunshot as Haiti goes to vote

(Newser) - As his country goes to vote for the presidential race he was barred from, it's oddly Wyclef Jean who's instead making news. The Haitian-born singer has been released from a hospital outside Port-au-Prince after he was shot in the hand last night, reports the AP . A rep for Jean, as... More »

Wyclef Jean Barred From Presidential Run

Singer turned away for not having lived in Haiti past 5 years

(Newser) - Haiti's electoral commission approved a whopping 19 candidates yesterday, then rejected 15—including Wyclef Jean over the hip-hop artist's failure to have lived in Haiti for the past five years. The would-be candidate later issued a statement asking supporters to respond "peacefully and responsibly to the disappointment," reports... More »

Death Threats Send Wyclef Jean Into Hiding

Says he's been warned to leave Haiti over presidential bid

(Newser) - Wyclef Jean says he’s hiding out in a secret location in Haiti after getting death threats related to his presidential bid. Jean says someone has promised to kill him if he does not leave the country, but he has no intention of doing so, the Guardian reports. He offered... More »

Wyclef's Haiti Charity Reportedly Stinks

Camps say they've gotten no help

(Newser) - Wyclef Jean’s Yéle Haiti charity has been pretty much useless, according to five of the dozens of camps the group claims to support. At least five camps listed by Yéle tell the New York Times they’ve gotten no support—“Not even a cookie!” says... More »

Penn, Wyclef Spar Over Haiti

Stars trading blows

(Newser) - Which celebrity can call "dibs" on being the most concerned about Haiti? Sean Penn is not impressed by Wyclef Jean's presidential plans because he's heard nothing of Wyclef's involvement in the nation for the entire six months the actor has been working for the people there, notes Gawker . "... More »

Wyclef Jean: Why I Ought to Run Haiti

Musician sees 4 key goals for nation

(Newser) - He's already being poo-poohed by everyone from Sean Penn to a former bandmate, so today Wyclef Jean takes to the editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal to explain why he thinks he should be president of Haiti. "This little nation with big problems and even bigger heart can... More »

Wyclef to Run for Haiti President

Entertainer enters crowded field of candidates

(Newser) - The rumors are true: Singer Wyclef Jean plans to run for president of earthquake-ravaged Haiti and will announce his candidacy in the coming days. Former Haitian parliamentary leader Pierre Eric Jean-Jacques said the Haiti-born hip hop artist will run as part of his coalition in the Nov. 28 election. The... More »

'We Are the World' Sequel to Help Haiti

Quincy Jones, Lionel Richie plan 25th anniversary re-recording

(Newser) - It's "We Are the World" take 2, this time for Haiti. Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie are getting some of the music industry's top stars together for a 25th anniversary re-recording of the song, with proceeds going to earthquake victims. The gathering will probably take place in Los Angeles... More »

Wyclef Jean Tearfully Defends Charity

Musician denies using organization to pay himself

(Newser) - Wyclef Jean defended his Yele Haiti charity against accusations of fraud today, crying as he spoke in Creole. "Did I ever use Yele money for personal benefits? Absolutely not," the singer told reporters. The revelation that the charity paid $250,000 for services provided Telemax, a Haitian television... More »

$2M Texted to Help Haiti

Red Cross, mGive organize cell phone relief effort

(Newser) - Americans have donated over $2 million toward Haitian relief efforts through what organizers say is the biggest cell phone donation campaign ever mobilized. Anybody with a cell phone account with a major carrier can donate $10 to the Red Cross by texting "Haiti" to the number 90999. The donation... More »

How You Can Help Haiti Quake Victims

Red Cross, UNICEF, Save the Children all accepting donations

(Newser) - Disaster relief agencies are streaming into Haiti, trying to provide safe water, medical supplies, and temporary shelter for victims of the devastating earthquake there. Here are some ways you can donate to the cause, from the Daily News :
  • Text “Yele” to 501501 to donate $5 to Wyclef Jean’s
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Damon, Singer Jean Help in Haiti

Call on UN to raise $100M for storm recovery

(Newser) - Matt Damon and singer Wyclef Jean waded through knee-deep flood waters during a tour of decimated Gonaives, Haiti, yesterday to call attention to the widespread suffering that has followed tropical storm Hanna and Hurricane Ike. "I'm speechless, I can't believe it," Damon told the AP. The actor and... More »

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