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Wyclef Jean

Entries by Wyclef Jean

On the Move to Change

(5) Comments | Posted March 23, 2011 | 5:36 PM

Haiti has come a long way in the past six months, and the presidential vote last Sunday is an indication that we are on the way to change, a change that I envisioned when I declared my candidacy for Haiti's presidency last summer. Ruled off the ballot by the Provisional...

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Haiti's New Crisis

(45) Comments | Posted December 13, 2010 | 9:59 AM

As many of you know, this past summer I had the great pleasure of exploring the opportunity to serve my homeland as a presidential candidate. Even though I was declared ineligible to run, my hopes for the recovery and healing of my troubled homeland still shine bright. But at this...

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What You Gonna Fight For?

(39) Comments | Posted November 1, 2010 | 10:08 AM

In my new song, "Election Time," I wrote, "Election time around the corner what you gonna fight for." How about fighting for candidates and politicians to tell us where their money is coming from, so we know who's paying their bills? How about fighting for getting our voices...

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Haiti: Working Together at Last

(11) Comments | Posted September 23, 2010 | 11:53 AM

This week in New York, the global community has been brought together -- both at the UN general assembly and at the Clinton Global Initiative -- to focus attention on the many important issues being played out on the world stage. My beloved Haiti will be one of the topics...

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New Orleans' Rebuilding: An Inspiration

(33) Comments | Posted August 28, 2010 | 12:10 AM

This weekend is the fifth anniversary of the devastation that Katrina wrought in New Orleans. As a member of the Creole community, I have long felt a deep connection to New Orleans and the Gulf region, and I want to send out my prayers to those who are still working...

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Keep The Faith

(161) Comments | Posted August 20, 2010 | 11:22 PM

It is with a heavy heart that I tell you today that the board of elections in Haiti has disqualified me from my run for the presidency of the country. Though I disagree with the ruling, I respectfully accept the committee's final decision, and I urge my supporters to do...

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A Letter from My Brother

(2) Comments | Posted August 20, 2010 | 6:34 AM

The following post is a letter written by my brother Sam Jean regarding my interest in running for president of Haiti.

On the evening of July 1, I got a cryptic phone call from my sister urging me to fly to New York for a family meeting. Days...

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Inspiration All Around

(161) Comments | Posted August 13, 2010 | 9:24 AM

All my life, I've tried to do good. When I was growing up, my examples were, naturally, my mom and dad. My dad was a preacher; my mom is a woman with a beautiful, charitable heart. They raised my siblings and me to do our best and be grateful for...

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Open Letter: Why I Decided to Run for President of Haiti

(481) Comments | Posted August 5, 2010 | 8:57 PM

Dear Reader,

My four-year-old daughter, Angelina, and my wife, Claudinette, are the angels of my life -- and I know this year has been especially trying for them, as my efforts for Haiti have taken so much more of my time since January, when the devastating earthquake nearly destroyed...

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A Little Thanks for a Big Job

(12) Comments | Posted July 16, 2010 | 1:21 PM

This week marked six months since the earthquake hit my country Haiti, bringing devastation and worsening the already bad conditions there. And though it's a somber time, still, for the people who continue to wait for the rebuilding to begin, we want to keep moving forward--and we desperately want to...

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Witnesses for Haiti

(84) Comments | Posted July 12, 2010 | 9:31 AM

We are coming up on an important anniversary, but not the kind of anniversary to be celebrated: On July 12, it will be six months since an earthquake devastated my country, Haiti. My wife, Claudinette, and I have tried to be on the ground in Haiti as much as we...

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Haiti Needs Shelter From the Storm

(103) Comments | Posted May 29, 2010 | 11:10 AM

Note: I first posted these thoughts on on May 9. But because this Sunday is Haitian Mother's Day, I wanted to post them again to give a shout-out to all the mothers in Haiti -- especially those who lost children in January's earthquake -- and to all...

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Vision for the Future: A Commencement Speech

(1) Comments | Posted May 25, 2010 | 9:18 AM

Yesterday I gave the commencement speech at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Conn. I've spoken at lots of places before -- the U.N., the White House, awards shows where hundreds of thousands of people were watching. But this was my first commencement gig. I felt a big...

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Building an Agricultural Community: The Model Self-Sufficient Village in Haiti

(103) Comments | Posted May 18, 2010 | 9:48 AM

Many people are wondering what we can do, after we deal with the immediate crises caused by the horrific January earthquake, to make sure the people of Haiti can have a bright future. I'm the father of a young daughter, so I especially worry about the kids.

The children...

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Time for the Warriors

(108) Comments | Posted April 1, 2010 | 10:55 AM

Lang Lang is one of my warriors of good. He's a Chinese pianist who amazes people all over the world. He's only 27, but he has already been an international goodwill ambassador to the United Nations Children's Fund (that's UNICEF) since 2004. I met him when we performed my song...

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