Wyclef Jean’s publicist tells MTV News the Fugees star is recovering after his hand was grazed by a bullet in Haiti on Saturday night while he was in Port-au-Prince. Jean’s wound was treated at a hospital and he’s since been released. “Fortunately, Wyclef is fine, undeterred by the incident and looking forward to his return home to finish his forthcoming album,” publicist Derek Johnson said on Monday.
Wyclef Jean checked in from Haiti on his YouTube channel, responding to investigations into past tax statements from his Yele Haiti charity. The Fugees rapper said he was “digusted” by suggestions he’s profiting off the charity, telling viewers, “I never would ever take money for my personal pocket when it comes to Yele. I myself have put $1 million inside of my own foundation.” Watch his message below.
Troubling details are emerging in regards to expenses associated with Wyclef Jean’s Yele Foundation, which raised $1 million in a day earlier this week after Tuesday’s earthquake in Haiti. Documents show that in 2006, salaries, promotion and overhead was nearly 70% of donations, while organizations such as CARE and UNICEF are at 10%.
“Some charities have to spend so much money to raise that dollar that it might not be worth your while to make the investment,” Daniella Levine, President and Founder of the Human Resources Coalition, explained to CBS4.com. “I think any place between 10% and 30% is kind of considered within the range of acceptability.”
Check out charities helping survivors of the earthquake which have high ratings at charitynavigator.org.
The following is a statement by Wyclef Jean on Tuesday’s magnitude 7.0 earthquake outside Port-au-Prince, Haiti:
Haiti yesterday faced a natural disaster of unprecedented proportion, an earthquake unlike anything the country has ever experienced.
The magnitude 7.0 earthquake – and several very strong aftershocks – struck only 10 miles from Port-au-Prince.
I cannot stress enough what a human disaster this is, and idle hands will only make this tragedy worse. The over 2 million people in Port-au-Prince tonight face catastrophe alone. We must act now.
President Obama has already said that the U.S. stands ‘ready to assist’ the Haitian people. The U.S. Military is the only group trained and prepared to offer that assistance immediately. They must do so as soon as possible. The international community must also rise to the occasion and help the Haitian people in every way possible.
Those wishing to help can either text “Yele” to 501501, which will automatically donate $5 to the Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund (it will be charged to your cell phone bill), or you can visit www.yele.org and click on donate.
Wyclef Jean immigrated to the U.S. as a baby and grew up to live the American dream as a millionaire rock star. He’s now using his extraordinary talents and wealth to help his native Haiti. The Fugees star spoke with ’60 Minutes’ about his efforts. “The first thing we have to do, is to get these kids to rise up,” Clef said. “They’re self esteems. They’re always walking in the streets with their heads [pointed down]. They felt like everybody forgot them, so if I can start an organization where there’s programs and they feel like people care, I felt that there would be a start.” Watch a preview of the segment aired Sunday night below.
ITN caught up with Wyclef Jean to find out how he celebrates Christmas, and the Fugees star offered his best Santa Claus impression. “For me, Christmas is about the family,” Wyclef said. “It’s about spiking the eggnog get everybody drunk, and just acting a fool with the kids. That’s what it’s about.” Watch the clip via YouTube below.
Wyclef Jean is out with the video to his new single ‘Let Me Touch Your Button’, featuring will.i.am and Melissa Jiménez, the third release off the Haitian artist’s latest album ‘Carnival Vol. II: Memoirs of an Immigrant’, out now on Ruffhouse Records. Watch it below.
Wyclef Jean posted a clip of images in Haiti following Hurricanes Gustav, Hanna and Ike, which left hundreds dead in the Fugees artist’s native country. The clip ends with Wyclef urging fans to donate to the Haiti Storm Relief Fund. Video at MySpace has since been removed.
Wyclef Jean tells ITN Music it’s possible the Fugees could get back together in three or more years time, but at the moment he’s concentrating on his own material. “For the next three years, I’m gonna be just working hard on focusing on my label Carnival House Records, the next CD ‘Music Theory’ is just on the launch. But the possiblitities of a Fugees, I never outweigh it. I think it’s the coolest thing to be from a group that everyone still asks about, which is real. This generation, people don’t care.” Wyclef added that it would never happen without Lauryn Hill, no reality show looking for a replacement. Watch the comments below.
GOOD Magazine features Wyclef Jean in a clip with the artist talking about what he’d do if he were president. The Fugees star said he’d first work on the image of the country, how it’s important for the troops to come home from Iraq, and rapped a “what if” to close the clip. Watch it via MySpace below.