This weekend, CBS’s 60 Minutes ran a story they originally aired in January that looks at Wyclef Jean, the multi-platinum Haitian-American musician and producer. He emigrated to the U.S. as a child to join his family in Brooklyn, NY.

The piece was about his roots in Haiti and his surprising role (even to himself) as a philanthropist and lobbyist here in the U.S. for more aid to Haiti.

I know it’s been done before, but it wasn’t sappy and he came across as a real person responding to a personal need to make a difference, and putting himself in an extraordinary position to inspire change in a country that has been abandoned by many.

As the 60 minutes interviewer put it:

“He comes from a country both beautiful and destitute. The average Haitian lives on less than $300 a year. Half the people scratch out a meager living on the land. The others are packed into cities like the capital, Port-au-Prince. When 60 Minutes came with Wyclef, he was greeted like a head of state. To most Haitians, he’s the living incarnation of their dream, someone who got out, struck it rich, but didn’t forget where he came from.”

Read this online at http://colorlines.com/archives/2009/08/wyclef_jean_hopes_for_haiti.html


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