Friday, August 6, 2010


Posted by: Roxxanne Roxxanne

Former Fugee star Wyclef Jean has formally filed papers to run for president of Haiti in the country's upcoming election on November 28. Jean wrote,
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 my home country. In fact, my concern for my family was my primary thought as I was being urged by others to seek the presidency of Haiti.
Jean is a native of Haiti and was very visible assisting the struggling country during the earthquake disaster relief earlier this year. Jean reportedly raised $9 million in earthquake relief donations through his non-profit organization Yele.

However, Jean who was the chairman of the organization (he officially stepped down as chairman of Yele yesterday) came under scrutiny when it was alleged that he was paid by the organization to perform at fundraising events and that Yele had purchase advertising air time from a television station he co-owns.

Jean has vehemently denied any misappropriations of Yele funds, however now that he has formally announced his plan to run for president of Haiti people like actor Sean Penn are "very suspicious" of his motives.

Check out video of Wyclef and Sean last night on CNN plus more info after the break!

Sean Penn throwing shade at Wyclef quotes:
"This is somebody who's going to receive an enormous amount of support from the United States, and I have to say I'm very suspicious of it, simply because he, as an ambassador at large, has been virtually silent. For those of us in Haiti, he has been a non-presence,"  SHADE!

Penn in response to allegations that Wyclef misappropriated $400,000 donated for the country through his Yele Haiti foundation, "[h]e claims he didn't do it. That has to be looked into it. I've been there. I know what $400,000 could do for these people's lives." SHADE!
 "I'm not accusing Wyclef Jean of being an opportunist; I don't know the man. One of the reasons I don't know very much about Wyclef Jean is that I haven't seen or heard anything of him in these last six months that I've been in Haiti (Dag, you just going to go hard like that Sean?). SHADE!

"I think he has an important voice. I hope he doesn't sacrifice that voice by taking the eye off the very devastating realities on the ground, and the very difficult strategic future that it's got in putting it back together." SHADE! Source

Well all be damn! Do you Chicks and Dicks think Penn is j.o.s.ein' on Wyclef or our Penn's points valid?

To be fair to both men, each has done a tremendous amount of work in assisting Haiti's earthquake disaster relief.

Penn has been running a 55,000-person tent camp through the J/P Haitian Relief Organization he co-founded.

Jean was one of the first to respond to assist the relief. He done everything from dig people out from the rubble and find cemeteries to bury their bodies to raising $ 9 million in relief funds and lending his name and voice to a slew of disaster relief fundraising events.

I also like to add that Wyclef has been repping Haiti and the plight of the Haitian people since his Fugee days.

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