Wyclef Jean (born Nelust Wyclef Jean, 17.10.1972)
Wyclef Jean is best known as a member of the hip-hop band The Fugees and is also an actor and record producer.
Wyclef Jean: Biography
Wyclef Jean was born in Haiti, in Croix-des-Bouquets. His foster father was a pastor and the family moved to Brooklyn New York when Wyclef was nine. They later moved to New Jersey.
Wyclef Jean: Musical Career
The Fugees' debut album Blunted on Reality was released on Ruffhouse Records, to mild critical success and moderate sales. However, it was the follow-up album The Score which really propelled the band to stardom, eventually selling over 17 million copies across the globe.
Wyclef started his own solo career with the release of Wyclef Jean Presents the Carnival Featuring the Refugee All-Stars, in 1997. Commonly known as The Carnival, the album featured a number of guest stars such as Lauryn Hill and Pras as well as Wyclef's siblings, Melky Sedeck and Farel Sedeck Guerschom Jean and the I Threes, Bob Marley's backing vocalists. Two singles from the album, 'We Trying to Stay Alive' (an adaptation of 'Stayin' Alive' by the Bee Gees) and 'Gone Till November' were both hits.
Wyclef's second solo album, The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book was released in 2000. This time, his guest stars included Mary J. Blige, Youssou N'Dour, Kenny Rogers and The Rock. His collaboration with Mary J. Blige, '911', was released as a single and Wyclef won the Best Hip-Hop Act award at the MTV Europe Music Awards.
Jean released three more albums between 2002 and 2004: Masquerade, The Preacher's Son and Sak Pasé Presents: Welcome to Haiti (Creole 101). The latter was largely sung in his native Haitian Creole language.
In 2004, Wyclef Jean contributed two songs to movie soundtracks. Firstly, he recorded a cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's 'Fortunate Son' for The Manchurian Candidate. Secondly, he penned 'Million Voices' for the film Hotel Rwanda.
The Fugees experienced a brief reunion and series of gigs between 2004 and 2006, fuelled by a performance on Dave Chapelle's Block Party. However, it has been reported that the eventual abandonment of any ideas to record a new album were down to Lauryn Hill's attitude toward the group working as a team together again.
Wyclef Jean: Personal Life
Wyclef Jean married Marie Claudinette Pierre-Jean in 1994. Marie is a fashion designer. They have one adopted daughter together, named Angelina Claudinelle. They adopted her when she was three months old.
Wyclef Jean: Humanitarian Endeavours
Wyclef Jean established the Yéle Haiti foundation in 2005. The fund was set up to assist the education of children in Gonaives, after the destruction caused by Hurricane Jeane. In its first year, the foundation provided scholarships to 3,600 children and this figure was almost doubled in its second year. Wyclef's friends Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were in attendance for the first anniversary of the launch.
Wyclef Jean - A variety of stars were photographed as they attended the Jazz Foundation of America's 24th Annual Jazz Loft Party which was held at Hudson Studios in New York City, New York, United States - Saturday 16th May 2015
Nigerian filmmaker Jeta Amata clearly feels passionate about the problems in his country, but despite the presence of Hollywood stars the movie is made in a style that will feel amateurish to Western audiences. Obvious screenwriting is the main problem, ramping up melodrama when political intensity is needed. Essentially, a more organic approach to storytelling, with attention to the characters instead of the themes, would have made this a much more powerful thriller.
After studying in America, 21-year-old Ebiere (Mbong Amata) returns home to her Niger Delta community just in time to witness a horrific oil-company accident in which most of her family perishes. As the most educated person in her village, she rises to a position of leadership among the rebels fighting for fairer treatment from petrol executive Tom (Mickey Rourke) and the corrupt military, which responds with relentless violence, betraying and brutalising the villagers. As she falls for rebel commander Dede (Hakeem Kae-Kazim), Ebiere becomes even more important. And things take a further turn when she's charged with murder after a protest turns fatal. Meanwhile in Los Angeles, desperate Nigerians (including Wyclef Jean and Akon) take Tom hostage along with a local reporter (Kim Basinger) to demand justice for Ebiere's plight.
Writer-director Amata made this film three years ago, then reworked it to add the L.A. sequences in an effort to make Nigeria's struggle feel more current in the context of global activism. This works to an extent, as it stirs the hot topic of terrorism into the mix. But the big action set pieces are directed and edited in a choppy way that feels undercooked. The story of desperate political activism amid heavy-handed corruption is compelling, but it's watered down by some rather soapy interpersonal plot points. Still, the film remains involving, a powerful tale of little guys standing up to forces much bigger than themselves simply in the name of what's right.
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Apparently Amanda's album is already coming together, with a team of song-writers and producers assembling the first parts of the album
Amanda Bynes, in case you haven't already heard, desperately wants her next career move to be a step into the rap game, as the former child actress has mentioned countless times on Twitter since she became a tabloid darling earlier this year. Whilst most of us laughed, some people though 'why the hell not' and now it looks as though Amanda is on her way to becoming a recording hip hop artist.
Rapper Waka Flocka Flame is to blame for Amanda's potential entry into the rap game, with the Brick Squad Monopoly records owner reportedly interested in signing Bynes up to his rooster. Speaking with TMZ earlier this week, the rapper revealed that he has already begun work on her first album and has hired a number of people to write material for the album that he promised is "going to be crazy hot."
Waka also revealed the potential title of the album, Shots, and said that he and Amanda have become close over the past few weeks, texting each other regularly and Skyping at least once a week. Their relationship is purely plutonic, with Waka explaining that they usually spend their time discussing Amanda's move into rap and how she needs to ignore all the 'haters' out there and concentrate on herself. He also said that he thinks the whole furore surrounding Amanda at the moment is nothing more than media chatter and he doesn't think there is anything wrong with Amanda's mental state.
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Waka Flocka reckons Amanda can bring something new to the rap game and he is working on her album already
In case you hadn't heard, everyone's favourite ticking time-bomb Amanda Bynes is dead set on becoming a rapper, and it has been looking increasingly more likely that her ambition will be realised ever since she shared it on Twitter. First, we heard that representative from Chinga Chang Records were meeting with the former child star with an offer to record her album, and now she has an even more well-known helping hand in the form of rapper Waka Flocka Flame.
Waka Flocka was speaking to TMZ this week when he said that he is currently in talks with Amanda to get her to join up with his label; Brick Squad Monopoly records, saying that although the two have not signed anything yet, the deal is all but done already. Waka is apparently so keen on linking up with Bynes on some tracks that he's already hired some people to write songs for the Easy A actress and has pledged his own rapping talent to a number of tracks on the album, which he said will be called Shots. He then warned TMZ; "It's going to be crazy hot."
The rapper also revealed that his work with Bynes is more than just for business, revealing that the two have become quite good friends since her rapping ambitions were made public; telling TMZ that the two text each other every day and regularly FaceTime on Skype - mostly to discuss her rap career but also so that Waka can give Amanda advice and tell her not to let the haters bring her down (we're honestly not making this up). When asked about Amanda's recent behaviour and whether there might be something up with her he was equally as defensive, saying, "Not at all. She has it all together to me. She is cool as hell and ready for the rap world. I think she is going to kill the game."
Will Smith and Jaden Smith were surrounded by friends and family on their arrival at the New York premiere for their movie 'After Earth' held at the Ziegfeld Theatre. They were joined by real-life astronaut Buzz Aldrin - globally renowned for being the second man to land on the moon with Neil Armstrong - and Haitian musician Wyclef Jean with Jean's wife Marie Claudinette and adopted daughter Angelina.
Celebrities arrive for the New York premiere of 'After Earth' starring Will Smith and Jaden Smith.
The New York premiere of Will Smith's new action movie 'After Earth' was almost like a reunion for the actor as several old friends showed up to offer their support.
The event was truly a field day for photographers with celebrities from Wyclef Jean to Bruce Willis making their appearances on the red carpet. Will Smith was the star attraction alongside his son and co-star Jaden Smith, and he also brought along his other two children Willow Smith and Trey Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith. Joining them were 'After Earth' director M. Night Shyamalan (the man behind 'The Sixth Sense' and 'The Village'), Smith's co-star Kristofer Hivju, Oscar-nominated director Spike Lee and rapper 50 Cent. There was even an appearance from Smith's former 'The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air' co-star Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Will's rich and very spoilt cousin Carlton Banks. Another notable attendee was genuine NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin, best known for being the second man to walk on the moon in 1969.
"Twenty grand, know it's a sin, but before me you show me a little more skin it would fulfil my fantasy" so rapped Wyclef Jean back on his 2001 UK smash hit 'Perfect Gentleman'. There will be few who would be keen on stumping up such an amount of cash to see Jean do the same thing, however, after seeing the latest picture that the rapper posted on his Twitter.
Jean decided to post a picture of himself wearing nothing but a pair of tiny red and blue briefs, straddling a similarly-coloured Dugatti motorcycle, and added the caption "TODAY I AM 43 YEARS OLD! I look And feel 26! U cant keep a good Man down! Keep a smile when they want you to frown!" Indeed Wyclef, indeed. Frowning certainly wasn't the first expression that came to our face upon seeing the picture; it was more of open-mouthed shock.
An ambassador for the natural disaster stricken country Haiti, Wyclef found himself the subject of a few critics on Twitter after posting the picture. "Haiti has been thru way too much. They deserve better than this" mocked one, whilst another added "But seriously though, how that n---a 'Clef torso look like Jermaine Jackson, but his legs look like Chief Keef?" Beats us, anonymous user, beats us. Happy 43rd, Wyclef!
Rapper and singer Wyclef Jean is interviewed about his autobiography 'Purpose: An Immigrant's Story' at a Books and Books signing at Miami Dade College. He talks about the effect that songs 'Killing Me Softly' and 'Ready Or Not' had on people when he recorded it with his former hip hop band the Fugees, how his father had felt about him turning to rap music and where the term 'Booger Basement' came from.
Wyclef Jean's new memoir Purpose: An Immigrant's Story gives a remarkable insight into the singers’ life, the break up of The Fugees, life post-earthquake and his run for presidency following the tragic natural disaster.
Speaking to MTV, the Haitian born rapper plans to write 7 books; his first one has only been in the shops for 24 hours! But it seems he has plenty of stories to tell. "I'm gonna write seven books, and the first one was a memoir because of one of the things I learned when I ran for president and got bamboozled," he explained. "The mass world, what they know about Wyclef is basically that he can sing, he can produce, he can write songs, but they don't know how smart musicians actually are and where they're from. The memoir, [it] was important to me that it's raw, it's honest, it's like my music and if you're reading it, you just feel like you're a one-on-one conversation opposed to reading something."
Jean’s surmise of The Fugees’ demise also leaves no room for questions; “In that moment something died between us. I was married and Lauryn and I were having an affair, but she led me to believe that the baby was mine, and I couldn’t forgive that,” he writes, according to an excerpt from the New York Post. “She could not longer be my muse. Our love spell was broken.”