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When pop culture historians usually look back on any given year, there are a handful of individual moments that really stand out. And while 2010 did feature a few big moments in time (Lady Gaga's mead dress-enhanced acceptance speech at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards and the day Lil Wayne was released from jail come to mind), the year was more about a series of running themes.
Over the past 12 months, there seemed to be certain stories that you couldn't get away from because they seemed to keep happening. For example, the devastating series of earthquakes in Haiti kick-started a number of reactions, including an outpouring of direct support, the Hope For Haiti telethon, the release of the new version of "We Are the World" and the saga of Wyclef Jean's run for president of his home nation.
Lindsay Lohan's year was also checkered, broken up by a series of court appearances, »
- Kyle Anderson
The Biggest Moments of 2010End of Year RecapAs we make our way through busy streets to find last-minute gifts and attend holiday parties, it's time to look back at the most memorable moments of 2010.We saw Haiti suffer a devastating blow, sex scandals that rocked the church, many marriages, engagements and babies — and let's not forget all the comebacks, viral videos, TV drama and more. As we reminisce, let us not forget, but make peace with the tragedies that shook us to our core, and make permanent memories of the celebrations that brought us incredible highs.Though the headlines didn't always make us proud, we hope to make 2011 a more prosperous, joyous, successful year than 2010 ever was. Cheers to the end of an amazing year, and the beginning of the new one...Bridal BlissWe're happy to report that the couples who tied the knot this year outnumbered the married pairs that called it quits. »
Time's choice of Mark Zuckerberg as Person of the Year is proving controversial, but Meghan McCain defends the pick and says he's the Henry Ford of our day.
Wednesday's announcement that Facebook co-founder, CEO and pop culture phenomenon, Mark Zuckerberg, was named Time magazine's illustrious Person of the Year has led to many in the media crying that the choice blasphemes the church that is the hallowed Person of the Year legacy. I was one of the people on Time's panel to nominate and argue over who was most deserving of the title. My two choices were the Tea Party and Mark Zuckerberg. The Time panel consisted of myself, Joe Trippi, Google's Marissa Miller (who petitioned hard for Steve Jobs to be considered for Person of the Year), Wyclef Jean, and the executive director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement Daisy Khan. Everyone chose both interesting and poignant candidates. »
- Meghan McCain
Wyclef Jean will perform at a special charity event to help the people of Haiti tomorrow, December 16.
While Haitians are still facing darkness and despair almost a year after the tragic earthquake that rocked Haiti, their courage and vibrancy continue to shine and inspire. The Truth exhibition is Urban Zen’s celebration of Haiti’s resilient spirit, showcasing a dynamic country bursting with life. The Premier Exhibition and Auction will raise funds to give “Gifts of Love” packages to the Haitian people this holiday season and into the New Year. These packages will include vital supplies: shoes, solar flashlights and whistles to offset night attacks and rapes on women living in the Haitian camps. Cholera relief supplies will also be added as a critical component in these “Gifts of Love.”
Wyclef Jean believes he would have become President of Haiti if he had been allowed to run. The former Fugees singer was forced to abandoned his bid to run the country, whose capital Port Au Prince was hit by a massive earthquake in January, leaving an estimated 230,000 people dead, 300,000 injured and over 1 million homeless, after being ruled ineligible by the electoral council (Cep) is convinced he would have got the votes and done a good job.He said: "If by any remote chance they had let me pass, I would have won the elections. After the earthquake I was like, 'I have to do something different for this country'. I said, 'I can't just keep singing.' " Wyclef, who is believed to have been ruled ineligible to run for presidency because he hadn't been a resident in Haiti for five years, a requirement for candidacy, believes his high-profile status would »
40th Anniversary: The 2010 Yearbook40th Anniversary: The 2010 YearbookLooking back, 2010 has been a powerful year, filled with tragic deaths and joyful births, messy divorces and new love, natural disasters and selfless acts of heroism. Before we can start a new year, we must look back and review all that has moved us in 2010 — like the always-inspiring First Lady Michele Obama, voice of a country, proud wife and loving mother. In honor of the 40th anniversary of Essence, we take a look back at the highs and lows of the year...Best Example of Black Love: The First CoupleNo one can deny the impact of the First Couple on the African-American family. Every time Barack and Michelle Obama are photographed holding hands or sharing an affectionate kiss they strengthen our belief in Black love. He adores her to no end and she supports him with all her heart. Makes us all warm inside. »
This has been one helluva year for Wyclef Jean. In January his homeland, Haiti, suffered a devastating earthquake, forcing the singer/songwriter into high gear. His non-governmental organization, Yele, raised over $1 million to help those left homeless by the quake. But that wasn't enough. In August, Jean decided to run for President of Haiti and was soon forced to bow out of the race for logistical reasons. Then exhaustion and fatigue hit, landing him in the hospital. Despite all of that, the Grammy-winning singer is back with an Ep, "If I were President: My Haitian Experience." Here's what he had to say about running for president, his new music and Lauryn Hill's return to music »
"Extra" has complied a list of quotes from celebs on the late Beatle and peace activist, who was killed by a crazed fan... it was 30 years ago today. Fans will gather at Strawberry Fields in Central Park today to remember the legend. We remember him here.
Frank Sinatra once said, "Lennon was a most talented man and above all, a gentle soul. John and his colleagues set a high standard by which contemporary music continues to be measured. »
Were you aware that one of the most massive singles of 2010 was Shakira's "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)"? As one of a handful of anthems dedicated to the World Cup, it was a chart-topping hit in just about every country except the United States. Such has been the case for Shakira since the beginning of her career, as while she is extremely popular here, she is a true superstar on the international stage, able to sell out stadiums without breaking much of a sweat. Though she has had a handful of hits in the U.S. (like the current single "Loca" and last year's "She Wolf," for example), she came closest to ubiquity in this country when she released Oral Fixation Vol. 2, which came out on this day in 2005.
"The title comes from the fact that I have always lived through my mouth," Shakira said of the title when the album dropped. »
- Kyle Anderson
Rap group Blahzay Blahzay have accused Wyclef Jean of stealing one of their beats and using it on his own record. The hip-hop group are seeking $$2m (£1.5m) in a lawsuit against Jean, reports TMZ. The members of Blahzay Blahzay claim that Jean approached them for permission to sample their song 'Danger' on his 2007 album The Carnival. They allege that they told the star he could use the song (more) »
- By Mike Moody
Wyclef Jean is accused of ripping off a beat from the '90s rap group Blahzay Blahzay and using it on his album back in 2007 -- and now the group wants $2 million to make things right. The two founding members of Blahzay² have re-filed their lawsuit in NY, claiming 'Clef reached out to them before "Carnival" was released and asked for permission to sample their hit " Danger " on the Wylcef track " Welcome to the East »
- TMZ Staff
The show will recognize four teens for their philanthropic leadership in their respective communities. Each honoree recently was treated to a surprise visit from host and executive producer Nick Cannon and will receive a grant from the Entertainment Industry Foundation.
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- Robyn Ross
Just in case the sharp snap in the air, the World Series or the trick-or-treaters didn't give it away, it should be noted that it is now officially November. That means that 2010 is almost over, and that everything in culture will be moving towards an endgame. Oscar-baiting movies will roll out by the truckload, high-profile artists will drop shopping soundtrack albums, big-time video games will try to take over the holiday market and television will (mostly) stay exactly the same. In the meantime, it's time to start planning for your holiday travel, working out your Christmas list and making reservations for New Year's Eve. Because before you know it, the year will be gone and we'll have to do all of this all over again.
In addition to containing one of the definitive American holidays in Thanksgiving, November also hosts a number of other celebrations. Today (Monday, November 1) is All Saints Day, »
- Kyle Anderson
If you were anywhere near a television set, online or on Twitter, I'm sure that your Saturday evening was held hostage by Kanye West mania! For me, it was an entire night flooded with G.O.O.D Music. It all started at MTV studios with the debut of his "Runaway" movie and an in-depth, live Q&A immediately afterward. Kanye was in rare form and seemed extremely ecstatic and gratified that the world finally saw this piece of art.
The night didn't end there for me. Following the interview, we headed to Platinum Sounds Studios, owned by Wyclef Jean and bassist Jerry "Wonder," in midtown Manhattan. There, I watched Ye carefully sift through song selections on his laptop for what was to be a surprise performance at Williamsburg's Brooklyn Bowl (one that I almost ruined unknowingly by mentioning it during our Q&A session). G.O.O.D. Music »
Saturday, October 9 would have been the 70th birthday of music legend John Lennon.
"Extra" has complied a list of quotes from celebs inspired by the late Beatle and peace activist, who was assassinated by a crazed fan almost 30 years ago.
Frank Sinatra once said, "Lennon was a most talented man and above all, a gentle soul. John and his colleagues set a high standard by which contemporary music continues to be measured."
See what other »
Looks like Wyclef Jean's not getting Bill Clinton's vote. And vice versa, no doubt. Planting himself firmly on Team Sean Penn, the former prez has donated $500,000 to the Oscar winner's charity, the J/P Haitian Relief Organization, through his own Clinton Foundation. So, what's Penn gonna do with all that cash? Photos: Celeb do-gooders! A supporter of Penn's from the get-go, Clinton's half-million-dollar contribution will help provide funding to build a new bridge in Petionville, a camp run by Penn's organization. "Rebuilding housing for more than one million people displaced by the earthquake will take time, as teams on the ground continue to clear »
This is easily one of the weirdest things we’ve ever written, but here goes. The man known as the Naked Cowboy is familiar to anyone who has ever been in Times Square or seen an M&M’s commercial, and he has decided to run for president. Like Wyclef Jean and Donald Trump before him, we have no idea what his real platform is, but since he’s vaguely famous and pop-culture-related we’re interested in what he has to say, no matter how dumb. Except that, in his effort to clean up, it turns out that the Naked Cowboy, who’s normally, you know, naked and has long hair, has turned into another fearless leader, Jacob from Lost. One little haircut and all we can think about is his cabin on a remote part of the island and his mysteriously powerful touch. The resemblance is pretty uncanny, but »
- Liz Black
So Chelsea Handler has definitely noticed all the buzz about her purported romance with Curtis (50 Cent) Jackson, maybe even Forbes anointing her and Fiddy the new Hollywood "Power Couple" because of their combined (close to $40 million) incomes.
But Chelsea took to Twitter Wednesday (Oct 6) to assure her fans that her cozy-looking meeting with Mr. Cent in a New Orleans jazz club was just a meeting about a "potential project."
"Everyone, calm down," Handler tweeted. "I met with mr. Cent about a potential project. There's nothing to report yet, ill let you know if there is."
So just what could that project be? Let's consider a few options.
A bi-racial rom-com? They're both doing movies. A couples clothing line? He's already got a fragrance. A duet rap song? Maybe a music video? If she's had enough vodka, we're betting Chels can really belt out a tune.
Or is the word 'potential »
London, Oct 6 – Rapper Wyclef Jean is swapping Haitian politics for an academic career in the Us. The hip-hop star is set to become a regular lecturer at Brown University.
The singer, who was recently denied permission to stand in Haiti’s presidential race, has been awarded a fellowship at the prestigious educational institution in Rhode Island, reports celebrifi.com.
Jean will join the university’s Department of Africana Studies as a visiting fellow, and lecture and teach at the school throughout the 2010-2011 academic year.
If you're looking for a sore loser, you won't find one in Wyclef Jean. While Haiti nears its election season, the former presidential candidate is moving on with his life. He recently announced that he's working on a new album, and now we hear he's accepted a post as a visiting fellow at Brown University's Department of Africana Studies for the 2010-11 academic year... Here's what you had to say: Dierdre commented via Facebook: [Wyclef] brings a perspective to the table that most professors can't." Keanna wrote via Facebook: "That would be such a fun class." »
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