Showbill by Theotis Jones
Sak passe Internets!!! This week, Grammy award winning and former Haitian presidential candidate Wyclef Jean sets the record straight about the #YELE charity organization accusations, the Ducati and pum pum shorts incident, intmate music making moments with Lauryn Hill, carrying Haiti on his back. the legacy of the Fugees and drops a freestyle that you’ll need Rosetta Stone to decipher through. Please remember, it’s #YELE not #YOLO!
What’s up with this?
On the one hand, it’s major that rappers are keeping the name of the island nation alive. Most of the news cameras are long gone while most Americans still couldn’t locate it on a map. More than two years after the horrific earthquake silenced over 300,000 lives, the devastation still speaks volumes. Do these artists donate their time and resources to help the millions in need? Read the rest of this entry
From the rugged, earthquake ravaged streets of Haiti, Common sends a mean message. Off of The Dreamer/The Believer album set to drop this December! Read the rest of this entry
On location in Haiti, Common takes a minute to describe the energy of the people and the power of an inspirational landscape. Read the rest of this entry
Wyclef Jean announced his candidacy for Haiti’s presidency Thursday on CNN’s “Larry King Live.” Hip-hop star Wyclef Jean has resigned as chairman of Yele Haiti, the foundation he started to raise awareness of his homeland, said a statement from the foundation Thursday. Read the rest of this entry
For many of us 2010 has gotten off to a challenging start. I recently had the fortune and misfortune of surviving one of the most catastrophic earthquakes of our time in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on January 12th. That Tuesday, the day after I had arrived, has extended my perspective on the union that all people consciously or unconsciously share. I’d like to take this time to thank everyone for their thoughts, kind words of encouragement and votes of confidence in this year being one that brings opportunities for growth and empowerment. As I chronicle these experiences, some of the most memorable moments have been the manner in which people from around the globe have displayed human compassion and solidarity.
Other priceless moments that I will keep with me were the impromptu vocal and instrumental jam sessions amongst people who had never met during periods of anguish and uncertainty. As musicians and creative individuals we articulate pain and suffering through art. This is what allows us to regain a sense of who we are and of what impact music may have on the paths of others. Read the rest of this entry