August 6, 2010
Some Haitians have serious reservations about Wyclef Jean's candidacy for president. ( Los Angeles Times ) Sean Penn is suspicious too. ( Pop Eater ) TLC will give polygamists the "Jon and Kate" treatment this fall with "Sister Wives. " ( Los Angeles Times ) Rosie O'Donnell will join Oprah's cable network. ( Los Angeles Times ) Corbin Bernsen injured in bar brawl in Ohio. ( Huffington Post ) Laurence Fishburne's friends tried to buy up all of his daughter's porn DVDs.
August 20, 2010 |
Haitian American hip-hop star Wyclef Jean is not on the list of approved candidates who satisfy legal requirements to run in Haiti's Nov. 28 presidential election, an electoral official said Thursday. The presidential bid by the 39-year-old singer-songwriter and international celebrity had triggered widespread enthusiasm in his poor, earthquake-ravaged Caribbean homeland. But it had been challenged on the grounds that Jean, whose primary residence is in New Jersey, did not fully meet the requirements, including a key one on Haitian residency.
August 26, 2010 |
First Wyclef Jean urged his supporters to respect last week's decision by Haiti's electoral council that he cannot run for president of the earthquake-hobbled Caribbean nation. Then this week, after announcing he would appeal the council's ruling, the Haitian American hip-hop singer sent out a message in Creole accusing the council of trickery. "Do you intend to continue supporting people who have no respect for Haiti's Constitution?" read the message on his Twitter account, which was later translated into English.
August 25, 2010
Grammy Award-winning hip-hop singer Wyclef Jean isn't going to be president of Haiti. Not now, anyway. The country's Provisional Electoral Council has rejected his candidacy along with 14 others and issued a list of 19 approved contenders for the Nov. 28 vote. Unfortunately, the commission did not explain its ruling, but it is widely understood that Jean and a handful of the others were declared ineligible to run because they had not lived in Haiti for five consecutive years as required by law. Jean initially accepted the decision, then backtracked on Twitter, saying he would challenge it. His first instinct was the right one. He can help Haiti most now by ending his bid with grace.
January 23, 2010 |
Programs like Friday's "Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief" do not exist to further musical careers, introduce new material or birth fruitful collaborations. Tragedies like last week's seismic disaster necessitate such urgent media efforts, and fundraising is their primary objective. Important information may also be transmitted; perhaps someone's consciousness will be raised. The pleasure, surprise or release that art can offer is merely added value. That said, several of the major names who came on board for Haiti went beyond the expected heartstring tugs.
August 15, 1998 |
Lilith Fair isn't the only groundbreaking pop tour of the late '90s. Though less ambitious in terms of the number of acts and the size of the venues, Smokin' Grooves is opening doors for rap artists much the same way Lilith has for women.
November 10, 2009 |
Robbie Williams "Reality Killed the Video Star" Virgin Records "This is a song full of metaphors," Robbie Williams sneers over some dusted-off mid-1970s guitar crunch in the party anthem "Do You Mind," which comes right in the middle of this bullishly diverse album. What song isn't? Dwelling on the obvious is an easy pop star move, but the witty Mr. Williams is usually sharper than that. Perhaps he's decided that being obvious is his only hope. The attitudinal crooner and former boy band star remains a novelty stateside, though in England he's basically Justin Timberlake minus the grace.
January 22, 2010
SERIES Caprica: This new series from the "Battlestar Galactica" universe is set 58 years before the events of "Battlestar" and reveals the genesis of the Cylons from the broken hearts of technologist Daniel Graystone (Eric Stoltz) and lawyer Joseph Adama (Esai Morales) -- yes, William's dad -- who seek to re-create the daughters they lost in a terrorist attack (9 p.m. Syfy). What Not to Wear: Stacy and Clinton help a jazz vocalist who is a lifelong tomboy with an aversion to dressing up (9 p.m. TLC)
July 6, 1998 |
What Richie does best is create lush aural valentines--this album's "Everytime" and "The Closest Thing to Heaven" are beautifully worded, personal-sounding testimonies. He stumbles, however, on his attempts at social commentary. A hybrid of Wyclef Jean and Bob Dylan he's not, so tracks such as "To the Rhythm" are well-intended but lightweight and riddled with cliches.