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more info[edit]

http://www.kdwb.com/pages/dave.html?feed=228661&article=2945089.com under cleb interviews click wyclef jean i dont want to mess up the article so some help would be appricted thank you Deckstore (talk) 14:24, 31 January 2008 (UTC)

Name[edit]

Is this his birth name? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 69.165.26.241 (talk) 05:53, 17 January 2006 (UTC).

I'd assume so until arguments are presented otherwise. Usually if something is a fake name, a real name is found out, you know? Tyciol 19:54, 17 January 2006 (UTC)


As he is the son of a preacher, I wonder if he was named after John Wycliff. Anyone know? 69.137.220.179 02:45, 12 May 2006 (UTC)

Hold up![edit]

Does anyone besides me notice that there are two different locations given for Wyclef's birthplace (La Plaine and Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti)? Which one is it?--Pinko1977 05:17, 8 February 2006 (UTC)

Whacko[edit]

HE'S FROM CROIX-DES-BOUQUETS( LA PLAINE)—The preceding unsigned comment was added by 70.19.249.166 (talk) 03:41, 22 March 2006 (UTC).

I believe that he was born in Croix-Des-Bouquets, Haiti. La Plaine has nothing to do with it and beside he said that in one of his songs.—The preceding unsigned comment was added by 69.243.100.9 (talk) 21:24, 27 April 2006 (UTC).

Bubblegoose[edit]

I think it should have something to say about his part in Chef Aid, the song Bubblegoose.Defy You 01:00, 5 July 2006 (UTC)

Heart Attack..[edit]

I cannot find any information online right now about the medical incident. 8-23-06 14:35 EST—The preceding unsigned comment was added by 69.37.224.40 (talk) 18:31, 23 August 2006 (UTC).


On the news[edit]

I just heard about the heart attack on FOX. I think it was around 7 in the morning on Wednesday, August 23 that I heard it. I think it said he was trying to keep it quiet.—The preceding unsigned comment was added by Chublin (talk) 21:37, 23 August 2006 (UTC).


Must be...[edit]

Keeping it very quiet, Google news shows nothing on it still.—The preceding unsigned comment was added by 70.103.79.15 (talk) 22:09, 23 August 2006 (UTC).

Ya never know[edit]

hey the way i ssee it, google isn't really as reliable as an actual news channel.i dont really like fox news to much but id trust em more then google to come up with somethin that important.—The preceding unsigned comment was added by 66.167.22.62 (talk) 23:46, 23 August 2006 (UTC).

"One Last Thing..." appearance[edit]

Somone should mention his cameo in "One Last Thing..." beyond just the mention in discography that he recorded a song for the soundtrack. An IMDB link could also be good. --Oldsage36 02:56, 29 August 2006 (UTC)

McLaren[edit]

I heard he owns a McLaren F1.. Anyone know if this is true? It would make a good trivia statement, at least for car lovers like myself :P—The preceding unsigned comment was added by 72.146.157.134 (talk) 00:37, 29 September 2006 (UTC).

Solo singles[edit]

I'm not a massive fan thoguh I do like him. Why aren't Gone till November, It doesn't matter, and that Stripper song in the discography? I'm 90% sure they were released as singles.Schnizzle 15:06, 31 October 2006 (UTC)

Gone Til November was released on his Carnival album, and It Doesn't Matter and Perfect Gentleman were released on the Ecleftic album. I've removed Wish You Were Here from the listed singles for consistency because that was on the Ecleftic cd too. Cloudz679 21:38, 2 March 2007 (UTC)

Haitian[edit]

Which fool keeps removing "Haitian-" from "Haitian-America" in the intro? There's absolutely no reason to omit this critical of points about Wyclef, who was born in Haiti, who was raised by Haitian family, whose music reflects Haitian culture, and who has come to be an international symbol for the country.

I can only assume whichever dude keeps removing it is doing it purely to irritate me. Would you remove "Jamaican" from Bob Marley's page? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 82.7.74.130 (talk) 15:10, 24 December 2006 (UTC).

That would be me.[edit]

Yea, it's me. Simply because there is indisputable evidence that Wyclef Jean was actually born in Brooklyn by unknown parents. I have the link to the website that provides the evidence. I'll see if I can find it and give it to you. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 67.101.152.51 (talk) 02:53, 3 January 2007 (UTC).

Sounds like crackpot conspiracy theory to me mate, the internet and media is effectively unanimous in placing his brith in Croix-des-Bouquets, just outside of PdP.—The preceding unsigned comment was added by 82.7.74.130 (talk) 14:36, 3 January 2007 (UTC).

Haitia[edit]

I dont think kids in Haitia have da money to buy the CD's. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 67.101.135.232 (talk) 20:02, 3 January 2007 (UTC).

Problem with photo-bio-box thing[edit]

Wyclef's photo-bio-box thing says "Died: still alive". That's a bit meaningless isn't it?
138.243.129.4 01:45, 5 February 2007 (UTC)

I've removed the "this article needs an infobox" warning, since it has one, which I've just checked for accuracy. Cloudz679 23:12, 25 March 2007 (UTC)


NPR Trivia Fact[edit]

I've done some research into the trivia statement that Wyclef told NPR that he is a lawyer and cannot find any evidence of this. I've been to the NPR archives and can't even find an interview with Wyclef. The fact should either have a citation or should be deleted. Tkmckenzie22 03:13, 11 May 2007 (UTC)

It appears as though noone can support this trivia fact, so I am going to delete it. If you do have evidence that it is true, please repost it with proper citation.Tkmckenzie22 01:55, 15 May 2007 (UTC)


American Chopper[edit]

I remember seeing him onthe very first american chopper documentary. I know it. He bought the spiderman bike because of his obsession with comic books and motorcycles. Can someone find a reference for this and find out where to put it? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 72.93.201.221 (talk) 14:25, 1 September 2008 (UTC)

Crime?[edit]

What does this mean: "The thing that fans have often found about Wyclef is that Hatianianism is a crime in some countries" I am a fan of Wyclef but I never considered that an interest in Haiti might be considered a crime. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 89.125.52.208 (talk) 20:46, 4 October 2009 (UTC)

Update this page with alleged improprieties and lock it down.[edit]

News reports here: http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory?id=9577218 report the following,

Groups that vet charities are raising doubts about the organization backed by Haitian-born rapper Wyclef Jean, questioning its accounting practices and ability to function in earthquake-hit Haiti.

Even as more than $2 million poured into The Wyclef Jean Foundation Inc. via text message after just two days, experts questioned how much of the money would help those in need.

"It's questionable. There's no way to get around that," said Art Taylor, president and chief executive of the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance, based in Arlington, Va.

Taylor reviewed Internal Revenue Service tax returns for the organization also known as Yele Haiti Foundation from 2005 through 2007. He said the first red flag of poor accounting practices was that three years of returns were filed on the same day — Aug. 10 of last year.

In 2007, the foundation's spending exceeded its revenues by $411,000. It brought in just $79,000 that year.

"Here's the bottom line: for an earthquake of catastrophic proportions, do people really believe that this organization is in a position to do anything right now?" he said.

Jean, a 37-year-old Grammy-winning artist, has been imploring followers to text "Yele" to 501501 to donate $5 to his foundation in support of Haitian earthquake victims.

The foundation, founded in January 2005, intends to airlift supplies using a FedEx plane into Haiti early next week carrying medical supplies, water and Clif Bars, according to foundation president Hugh Locke.

An Associated Press review of tax returns and independent audits provided by Jean's foundation showed that it was closely intertwined with Jean's businesses.

Three of the five foundation board members — Jean, Jerry Duplessis and Seth Kanegis — are involved in his personal music and business endeavors.

According to an IRS tax return from 2006 reviewed earlier by the Web site The Smoking Gun, the foundation paid $250,000 to buy airtime from Telemax S.A., a for-profit TV station in Haiti that is majority owned by Jean and Duplessis. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 209.216.178.24 (talk) 03:51, 16 January 2010 (UTC)

Proposed deletion of Jimmy O article[edit]

The Jimmy O article has been nominated for deletion. You can vote whether or not to delete here Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Jimmy O. Jimmy O worked with Wyclef Jean so someone of the editors of this page may be interested in leaving a vote.David Straub (talk) 03:47, 27 January 2010 (UTC)

Finances[edit]

Do we really need a section on his finances? Who cares about his waterfront mansion or the mortgage issues? This is an encyclopedia, not a gossip magazine. Not everything in the life of a celebrity is relevant. 94.215.16.35 (talk) 19:13, 31 July 2010 (UTC)

When a celebrity is a closely-tied founder of a highly visible charity and there have been major issues with what happened to charity money related him before, yes it needs a section about that. More so now that he is a presidential candidate, especially in a country where the primary (maybe only) important skill of a leader right now is being able to properly direct charity resources correctly. --Closeapple (talk)

Well, I do think that its relevant that Wycleff seems to have financial struggle, because he is running for president. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 81.30.33.57 (talk) 11:21, 6 August 2010 (UTC)


American?[edit]

Wyclef was on Larry King the other day and insists that he has never been an American citizen and that he just keeps renewing his green card. If he was an American, he would not be eligible to run for President of Haiti according to their constitution. So, should we scrub the phrase "Haitian-American" and remove him from categories such as American Protestants? He has lived in the United States for many years, but that just makes him a Haitian expatriate. Sadistik (talk) 13:35, 7 August 2010 (UTC)

You definitely make a very fair point about it. However, considering he's lived almost his entire life in the United States, does not speak the two official Haitian languages, and achieved his greatest fame and influence in the U.S., it isn't impossible to consider him considerably more American than Haitian, despite lacking citizenship. Perhaps the most important reason why it should say Haitian-American is because most of the media calls him that: [1][2][3]. And for the record, he has yet be declared elgible to run for president there because of residency requirements. So it might make sense putting Haitian-American. MikeMan67 (talk) 04:15, 20 August 2010 (UTC)
I see your point but I think we put German,English,French,American according to the status of citizenship, even though it's right that he is much more American than Haitian.-- And Rew 05:33, 21 August 2010 (UTC)

The party he's running with.[edit]

It seems that his party (Viv Ansanm) doesn't have a Wikipedia article or website and I've never heard it mentioned. Is he creating this party or has it already existed? FinalWish (talk) 21:27, 9 August 2010 (UTC)

Yele Haiti, politics, and other stuff needs some work[edit]

The Yele Haiti section is frankly a disaster. It seems like someone rewrote it and then added the rewritten version to the old version instead of replacing it. Especially with his candidacy, it would be good to have this dealt with clearly.

Also, there is nothing in the entire article about Jean's politics, though obviously he is a very political person, except that he is running for president. According to MTV News (http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1485326/20040225/jean_wyclef.jhtml), he supported the recent coup against Aristide and from what I have seen elsewhere, he seems to be anti-Lavalas in general. I am far from an expert in Haitian politics, so I hope someone will take this on.

Also, not convinced that his personal finances are of general interest. Maybe so if he is a candidate for head of state, but probably could be simplified to a line or two. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 140.163.0.5 (talk) 16:47, 16 August 2010 (UTC)

I agree, the Yele section looks like it was written as a PR piece which someone has gone and shoehorned criticism into. Here is a recent New York Times article about Yele's (and Jean's) questionable dealings, hopefully it can be worked in and the section sorted out properly.
Disagree on personal finances thing. Notable, relevant and interesting information on someone that is currently the leading candidate to run a country (apparently). TastyCakes (talk) 15:06, 17 August 2010 (UTC)

Yes, the article looks like an argument between two people who let their opinions locate the information they posted. I rather not complain without suggesting a solution...What came to mind after reading was to maybe divide the article by adding a sub article for legal problems, questionable finances, other allegations, etc... with an appropriate title reflecting the material. Not sure if this is common practice and a possible solution or if it would just add to the problem. I came here for the first time today, neither fan or foe, but uncertain if what I previously knew about Wyclef was true or not. Now that I've finished reading, I'm left with the same uncertainty as before. --Mkodaj (talk) 10:30, 25 October 2010 (UTC)

I strongly agree, the article makes him out to be a hero for Haiti just because of his charity, when in fact he supported an antidemocratic, antipopular, extremely violent coup (allegedly backed by the US and narcotraffickers), and his documentary takes an apologist's tone towards the Duvalier dictatorships. 12.170.248.36 (talk) 23:00, 5 April 2011 (UTC)

Wyclef is connected to Libya dictator Gaddafi and known racist Louis Farrakhan[edit]

In September 2009 Wyclef was photographed meeting with Gadhafi and Louis Farrakhan in New York City. It's disturbing that this has been covered up in the wake of Qadafi's war crimes and Farrakhan's virulent anti-Semitism. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 174.254.36.234 (talk) 00:51, 2 September 2011 (UTC)

Orphaned references in Wyclef Jean[edit]

I check pages listed in Category:Pages with incorrect ref formatting to try to fix reference errors. One of the things I do is look for content for orphaned references in wikilinked articles. I have found content for some of Wyclef Jean's orphans, the problem is that I found more than one version. I can't determine which (if any) is correct for this article, so I am asking for a sentient editor to look it over and copy the correct ref content into this article.

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I apologize if any of the above are effectively identical; I am just a simple computer program, so I can't determine whether minor differences are significant or not. AnomieBOT 21:14, 4 October 2013 (UTC)