Yele Haiti — a charity run by former Africana Studies visiting fellow and hip hop artist Wyclef Jean — spent less than a third of its $16 million revenue on emergency relief efforts in 2010, according to a report published by the New York Post on Sunday.
In addition to spending millions on various dubious contracts, Jean’s charity also paid $1 million to Amisphere Farm Labor Inc., a Florida-based firm that “doesn’t seem to exist.”
After the Haiti earthquake struck on January 12, 2010, Jean asked his twitter followers for $5 donations, which immediately came pouring in. Prior to the earthquake, the charity had been especially cash strapped, reporting a $244,000 net loss in 2009.
These allegations mark the second time that Jean’s charity has come under serious media scrutiny for its use of donations. Four years ago, Yele Haiti spent $250,000 on a Haitian television station jointly owned by Jean and his cousin, Jerry Duplessis. This expense was then publicized in a 2010 report by the New York Post that first criticized Yele Haiti for its spending practices. Continue Reading
Wyclef Campaigning for Haiti
Wyclef Jean, renowned hip-hop star and a Brown Africana Studies teaching fellow, was shot in the hand in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on the eve of the run-off Presidential elections. Jean is an outspoken supporter of fellow-musician “Sweet Micky” Martelly’s candidacy. In case you have been living under a rock for the past year, Wyclef made his own bid for the presidency last year before he was disqualified for not meeting residency requirements. Let’s hope he gets well soon so maybe he can hop on stage with Diddy-Dirty Money during Spring Weekend.
Earlier we told you that BCA had opened up voting for spring weekend. If you were going through your iTunes playlists trying to decide who to vote for and felt stuck, here are some ideas of people to vote for:
1. Willow Smith. First of all, she’s nine. Do you need to reread that? Yeah, she’s nine. Second of all, her song “Whip My Hair” is pretty catchy.
2. Wyclef. He’s already a new figure on campus, so why not just add spring-weekend-performer to the list?
3. Snoop 2.0. He was so good last year. He gave us great advice on what to do when we wake up in the morning. He showed up an hour late, but he wore a Brown hockey jersey so it was okay. Enough said.