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Lauryn Hill Gets Permission To Go On Tour Before Beginning House Arrest For Tax Evasion

10/7/2013 10:50pm EDT
Lauryn Hill
Troubled R&B star Lauryn Hill has been given permission to go on tour following her release from prison on Friday.

The former Fugees singer left the Federal Correctional Institution in Connecticut after serving her three-month sentence for tax evasion and was set to spend another three months under house arrest, but she requested that the punishment be held off until next year so that she can get her career going again and tour from November 15 through December 31.

A judge granted the request, mandating that Hill begin her home sentence on January 1, 2014.

According to, Hill will...

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Reuniting To Headline Rock The Bells Festival

5/16/2012 3:46pm EDT
Bone Thugs N Harmony
Rappers Bone Thugs-N-Harmony are putting their differences aside to reunite and belatedly mark their 20th anniversary at the Rock the Bells festival series this summer.

The Tha Crossroads hit-makers formed in 1991 as a five-piece, but the veteran rappers were reduced to a trio early last year when both Wish Bone and Krayzie Bone walked out of the group to pursue solo endeavors.

Now Krayzie Bone, Wish Bone, Layzie Bone, Bizzy Bone and Flesh-n-Bone are planning to celebrate their career longevity by coming together to headline the 2012 Rock the Bells hip-hop concerts. They will perform t...

Wyclef Jean Continues To Raise Awareness Of Haiti Earthquake

1/14/2012 12:30pm EST
Wyclef Jean
Wyclef Jean spent Thursday volunteering in his native Haiti to mark the second anniversary of the 2010 earthquake which levelled the nation.

The Fugees star threw himself into charity work following the disaster on January 12, 2010, and even attempted to run for president in a bid to help improve life for desperate Haitians.

His political run was denied, but the musician has continued working with his Yele Haiti foundation to help survivors cope in the aftermath of the crisis, and he returned to the country this week to mark two years since the quake.

Jean filmed a special report for TV ...

Wyclef Jean Seeks Old School Buses For Haiti

11/19/2011 11:00am EST
Wyclef Jean
Rapper Wyclef Jean is appealing for any unused school buses to be donated to his charity effort in earthquake-ravaged Haiti.

The former Fugees star, who was made a roving ambassador for his homeland in 2007, has been a driving force behind the nation's rebuilding efforts following the devastation of a major earthquake there in 2010 and has been busy raising money to fund the recovery mission via his Yele Haiti organisation.

He's now hoping generous fans will help him locate some spare buses to give school kids a ride as they continue to try and return to normalcy.

In a tweet to fans on T...

Lauryn Hill Stages Partial Fugees Reunion

9/4/2011 4:00pm EDT
Lauryn Hill
Hip-hop star Lauryn Hill has paved the way for a full Fugees reunion after reuniting with former bandmate Pras onstage at a music festival in New York.

The "Everything Is Everything" singer/rapper was one of the headlining acts at the Big Apple leg of the Rock the Bells festival series on Saturday, and she performed her classic album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill in its entirety.

Hill was unhappy with the sound quality throughout her set and repeatedly interrupted her songs to have words with the audio engineers, causing fans to grow restless.

But the audience screamed in excitement wh...

Lauryn Hill Pregnant With Sixth Child

6/6/2011 11:34am EDT
Lauryn Hill
Former Fugees star Lauryn Hill is pregnant with her sixth child.

The singer announced the happy news on stage during a concert in Detroit, Michigan on Saturday night, revealing she is planning to take a break from music to focus on motherhood again.

She reportedly told the crowd, "I'm going to be taking time off to give birth."

Pregnancy rumors first surfaced back in April when Hill appeared at the Coachella music festival in California sporting what appeared to be a baby bump.

Hill has five children with her on/off partner Rohan Marley and the kids range in age from 13 to three. Th...

Wyclef Jean Blasts Allegations Shooting Story Is Fabricated

3/21/2011 11:51pm EDT
Wyclef Jean
Rapper Wyclef Jean has hit out at allegations suggesting he fabricated the story of his shooting in Haiti, accusing critics of spreading false rumours to purposely discredit him.

The former Fugees star was traveling through the city of Delmas, near Port-au-Prince, on Saturday night when his car came under attack. He suffered a minor injury to his hand and was taken to hospital for treatment.

Jean's version of events have since been called into question by several sources in his homeland, who have alleged he made up the claims to boost media coverage of his presence in Haiti during Sunday'...

Wyclef Jean Shot While In Haiti; Car 'Peppered With Bullets'

3/20/2011 9:46am EDT
Wyclef Jean
Rapper Wyclef Jean has been shot in the hand in his native Haiti.

The former Fugees star, who lives in the U.S., traveled to the country earlier this week to lend his support to presidential candidate Michel Martelly as he prepares for the final round of elections against former First Lady Mirlande Manigat on Sunday.

Reports emerged shortly after midnight on Sunday suggesting Jean's car had come under attack and was peppered with bullets as he was being driven through the city of Port-au-Prince with hip-hop pal Busta Rhymes and record executive Jimmy Rosemond.

The guitarist's hand was in...

Wyclef Jean To Play Online Concert For Egyptian Protesters

2/10/2011 10:49am EST
Wyclef Jean
Wyclef Jean has announced plans to broadcast a free concert over the internet in a show of support for protesters in Egypt.

The former Fugees star has been moved by footage of the uprising in Egypt, which has been making headlines around the world since last month, when thousands of citizens in the African republic began call for the resignation of long-serving President Hosni Mubarak. And the hip-hop star wants to do his part to boost the demonstrators' spirits - by performing an online gig for the people of Egypt.

In a video message on his page, Jean says, "We want to do ...

Wyclef Jean: 'The Fugees Are Not Meant To Be'

1/13/2011 1:48pm EST
Wyclef Jean
Wyclef Jean is adamant he has no plans to revive The Fugees since making amends with former bandmate Pras Michel - insisting a reunion is "not meant to be."

The rappers - and singer Lauryn Hill - went their separate ways in 1997, before getting back together in 2004 for a short-lived reunion.

The pair subsequently went five years without speaking and Michel refused to back Jean's failed bid for the Haitian presidency last year.

Jean was stunned to find himself sat next to his old pal on a flight to Haiti on Wednesday, and told fans on Twitter that they used their time mid-air to make pea...

Lauryn Hill: 'I Personally Know I'm Worth The Wait'

1/4/2011 5:24pm EST
Lauryn Hill
Hip-hop diva Lauryn Hill showed no remorse after keeping devotees waiting for almost four hours at a recent comeback concert in New York, telling disgruntled fans she was "worth the wait."

The reclusive singer was due to return to the stage to kick off her first U.S. tour in years on December 27th, but the show at Manhattan's Highline Ballroom had to be postponed after a heavy snow storm brought transport in the Big Apple to a standstill. She went ahead with her second scheduled gig, at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg, on December 28th, and drew a crowd including soul superstar Prin...

Wyclef Jean's Haiti Charity Finances Under Further Inspection

1/3/2011 3:32pm EST
Wyclef Jean
Wyclef Jean's troubled Yele Haiti charity is under further financial scrutiny amid reports the organization's vice president received a $42,000 salary increase in 2009.

According to tax filings obtained by the New York Post, Zakiya Khatou-Chevassus was paid $147,000 for her services in 2009 after being promoted from consultant to vice president. The sum is a $42,000 bump from 2008 and nearly $15,000 more than the charity's president, Hugh Locke.

The report emerges months after Jean blasted rumors linking him romantically to Khatou-Chevassus, who allegedly worked as his personal assistan...

'The Best Of Nelly Furtado' Out Nov. 13; Features All Her Hits & Three New Songs

10/6/2010 10:30pm EDT
Nelly Furtado
Multi-platinum-selling, Grammy-winning global superstar, actress, philanthropist and recent Canadian "Walk of Fame" inductee, Nelly Furtado, will celebrate her first 10 years of recording with her first greatest hits compilation, "The Best Of Nelly Furtado" (Geffen Records). The album, to be released November 16th, features #1 Pop smashes, collaborations and three previously unreleased recordings and will be available in standard and double-disc deluxe editions.

Of the previously unreleased recordings, "Night Is Young," the album's first single, was co-produced by Salaam Remi (Nas, The Fu...

Wyclef Jean Plans Run For President Of Haiti In 2015

9/30/2010 9:31pm EDT
Wyclef Jean
Rapper Wyclef Jean is refusing to give up on his dream of becoming president of his native Haiti and is planning to run for office again in the 2015 election.

The Fugees star, who lives primarily in the U.S., was ruled out of the political race in August after Haitian lawmakers decided he did not meet the necessary residency requirements to be considered eligible for the upcoming November vote.

Jean officially withdrew his candidacy for the presidency last week but he insists he's not quitting politics altogether - he is eyeing a return in five years' time.

He tells Hip-Hop Weekly, "I'm ...

Sean Penn's Rep Slams Wyclef Jean's Cocaine Allegations

9/7/2010 2:33pm EDT
Sean Penn
Sean Penn's representative has fired back at Wyclef Jean after the rapper launched a bitter attack on the Hollywood actor and accused him of abusing drugs, insisting the allegations are "ludicrous".

The former Fugees star's recent bid to become president of his native Haiti was heavily criticized by Penn, who has been at the forefront of the nation's earthquake relief effort since the tremors struck in January. He claimed Jean had been absent from his homeland in the months following the devastating disaster, saying, "It would be nice if he visited once and awhile (sic)."

Jean's run for...

Sean Penn Says Wyclef Jean Should Get Over It

8/25/2010 10:18pm EDT
Sean Penn
Sean Penn has fired up his war of words with Wyclef Jean after learning of the hip-hop star's plans to contest a decision that will keep him from running for president of his native Haiti.

The former Fugees star first irked Penn, who has actively been part of the relief effort in the earthquake-ravaged nation throughout the past six months, when he first announced his plans to become the country's next leader earlier this month.

The Oscar winner and activist criticized Wyclef's apparent absence from his homeland in the wake of the devastating earthquake during a recent appearance on CNN n...

Wyclef Jean Ruled Ineligible For Haitian Presidency Run

8/20/2010 4:30pm EDT
Wyclef Jean
Hip-hop star Wyclef Jean has been told to put his political plans on hold - Haitian lawmakers have ruled he's ineligible to run for presidential office, according to reports.

The former Fugees star went into hiding earlier this week after receiving death threats following his decision to campaign to become his native Haiti's next President, replacing friend Rene Preval. The defiant star insisted he would still make sure his name was on the ballot in November if electoral officials gave him the green light to run for office, but they have dashed his hopes by ruling Jean fails to meet the c...

Wyclef Jean Accepts Assassination 'Possibility'

8/7/2010 7:00pm EDT
Wyclef Jean
Wyclef Jean fears the "possibility" of his assassination in Haiti's slums as he campaigns to become president of his native country.

The former Fugees star recently announced his launch for office and is preparing to begin travelling into the slums and camps of Haiti to win votes. Jean admits he worries for his safety because the impoverished country has a history of political violence and he will be protected at all times by a dozen bodyguards.

However, he refuses to let the danger stop him from campaigning. Jean says, "You have two choices - either sit back thinking of the danger or d...

Pras Not Supporting Wyclef Jean's Haiti Presidential Bid

8/7/2010 11:00am EDT
Wyclef Jean's former Fugees co-star Pras is refusing to support the rapper's bid to become the next Haitian president - he has sided with the opposition instead.

On Thursday, Jean confirmed plans to run for office in his homeland and filed paperwork in the capital Port-Au-Prince to make his campaign official.

Jean's decision to move into politics has already angered actor/activist Sean Penn, who slammed the move as "suspicious," and now his former bandmate Pras Michel has publicly come out in support of another candidate. Michel, who has Haitian roots, has given his backing to Michel M...

Wyclef Jean Hit With A $2.1 Million Tax Bill

8/6/2010 7:00pm EDT
Wyclef Jean
Wyclef Jean was hit with a massive $2.1 million tax bill just weeks before he announced his decision to enter Haiti's presidential race.

The Fugees star filed papers on Thursday to make his candidacy official and he will run in the country's upcoming election. Online reports have now emerged suggesting Jean has some major financial problems to resolve before he can concentrate on his political career.

Bosses at America's Internal Revenue Service (IRS) filed a multi-million dollar tax lien against the rapper in May after he allegedly fell behind with payments, according to documents obta...

Wyclef Jean Wants Haitians To Speak English

8/6/2010 3:00pm EDT
Wyclef Jean
Wyclef Jean has pledged to boost the teaching of English in Haiti if he wins his bid for the presidency - because "years" of rule by French-speaking politicians has not benefited the country.

The Fugees star confirmed on Thursday he wants to fight for leadership of his homeland, and filed election papers confirming his candidacy. He has brushed off accusations he will struggle to communicate with the mainly French and Creole-speaking citizens - insisting he wants to encourage them to use English as a third language.

Jean tells Larry King Live, "What about my French... seriously, we'...

Sean Penn Slams Wyclef Jean’s Haiti Presidency Bid

8/6/2010 8:34am EDT
Sean Penn
Sean Penn has criticized Wyclef Jean for stepping into Haiti's presidential race - insisting the former Fugees star has been "a non-presence" in aid efforts following the country's devastating earthquake.

The Oscar-winning actor has made several trips to the nation in the wake of the January quake and become heavily involved in charity efforts to help the survivors.

However, Penn isn't impressed with the news that Jean is campaigning to become the country's next leader and he is convinced allegations that the star misused money donated to his Yele Haiti foundation will come back to haunt ...

Wyclef Jean Running For President Of Haiti

8/5/2010 10:19pm EDT
Wyclef Jean
Hip-hop star Wyclef Jean is running for president of his native Haiti after officially filing election papers confirming his candidacy on Thursday.

The Fugees rapper ended weeks of speculation when he jetted into the country on Thursday morning and headed straight to the electoral council office in the capital Port-Au-Prince to lodge the documents, according to the AFP.

Jean, who had earlier stepped down as head of his Yele Haiti charity, was accompanied by his wife Marie Claudinette and their adopted daughter, Angelina.

The star revealed his race for presidency was driven by "the people...

Wyclef Jean Once Again Considers Running For President Of Haiti

7/27/2010 8:56am EDT
Wyclef Jean
Wyclef Jean is reconsidering running for president of his devastated homeland Haiti, according to his charitable foundation.

The former Fugees star has been instrumental in ensuring the Haitians left homeless by the massive earthquake in January have aid, and has built temporary shelters through his Yele Haiti organization.

Jean's dedication and service prompted many to call for him to step into politics, but he initially shrugged off the idea, saying, "If I take a job being a president, I can't do as much as I'm doing for my country."

However, according to CNN, the star has filled out t...

Wyclef Jean Receives Doctorate

5/27/2010 4:00pm EDT
Wyclef Jean
Hip-hop star Wyclef Jean has been awarded an honorary doctorate from an U.S. university in recognition of his ongoing charity work in Haiti.

The former Fugees star has been helping rebuild his homeland with his Yele Haiti organization following the devastating January earthquake, which left an estimated 1.3 million people homeless. And his humanitarian work was acknowledged on Sunday when officials at Western Connecticut State University presented Jean with an honorary doctorate.

Jean appeared onstage to accept his diploma and deliver a commencement speech to graduates, stressing the im...

Wyclef Jean To Be Honored By Harvard

2/24/2010 12:06pm EST
Wyclef Jean
Wyclef Jean has been named Artist of the Year by America's prestigious Harvard University. The former Fugees star will be presented with an award for his contribution to music and his philanthropic efforts at the Massachusetts institution's Cultural Rhythms ceremony on Saturday.

Jean has been tirelessly campaigning and fundraising to help Haiti after an earthquake devastated the country last month - and the Harvard Foundation director, S. Allen Counter, has praised the musician's determination to aid relief efforts in his homeland.

He says, "His contributions to music and distinguished h...

Jay-Z Is 'Praying' Amy Winehouse Won't Become Another Lauryn Hill

2/22/2010 7:30pm EST
Jay-Z has urged Amy Winehouse to hurry back into the studio to complete her next album - because he fears the "Rehab" hit-maker will become as reclusive as Lauryn Hill.

The British soul star has been in and out of the studio since last year, when she traveled to St. Lucia to record tracks with producer Salaam Remi; and record label bosses have confirmed her third disc, the follow-up to 2006's "Back To Black", will be released in 2010.

Rap superstar Jay-Z credits Winehouse with boosting the U.K. music scene but he hopes her drink and drug problems are firmly in the past - because he'd ...

Barack Obama: The First Nerd President?

2/10/2009 11:18am EST
Barack Obama
When British newspaper The Daily Telegraph posted an article revealing 50 little known facts about then President-elect Barack Obama, the world learned a few fun facts about the new leader of the free world. He can speak Spanish, he once had a pet ape and he's a fan of both Bob Dylan and The Fugees. But, what stuck out most was the first entry: President Barack Obama collects Spider-Man and Conan the Barbarian comic books. This revelation coincides with a number of facts about the President that have slipped into the media which raises a worrisome question: Is Barack Obama a nerd? Spider-Ma...

Matt Damon, Wyclef Jean Help Haitian Storm Victims

9/14/2008 9:45am EDT
Matt Damon
CABARET, Haiti (AP) - Matt Damon kept his cool as he helped distribute food from a truck that got stuck in the mud in a western Haitian town where Hurricane Ike left hundreds of people homeless and hungry.

He arrived with Haitian-born singer Wyclef Jean to hand out rice, beans and cooking oil in Cabaret, a town that saw 60 people die in flash floods when Ike grazed Haiti last week.

Things got rough when the truck carrying 300 bags of food ran into a ditch, forcing the rest of the caravan to stop. Hundreds of Haitians mobbed an SUV carrying the celebrities, chanting ''Wyclef!''


Wyclef Jean's 'The Carnival II: Memoirs Of An Immigrant' To Be Released Dec. 4

10/17/2007 5:06pm EDT
Wyclef Jean
Wyclef Jean -- the Grammy Award-winning musician, producer, hip-hop pioneer, and humanitarian who founded the legendary ensemble the Fugees -- returns to Columbia Records with "The Carnival II: Memoirs of an Immigrant," the artist's first full-length album for the label since his third solo album, Masquerade, entered the Billboard Top 200 at #6 in June 2002. "The Carnival II: Memoirs of an Immigrant" is slated for release on December 4th.

With "The Carnival II: Memoirs of an Immigrant," his sixth full-length studio album, Wyclef Jean continues the autobiographical musical odyssey he be...