Majora Carter sits down with Grammy Award-winning artist Wyclef Jean.
In The Promised Land: Live, airing Sunday, November 29 at 10 p.m. on AM1370-FM-HD91.5-2, Majora Carter, host of The Promised Land, sits down with Grammy Award-winning musician Wyclef Jean for a lively conversation on his work as an artist, activist, and humanitarian.
The two discuss how Jean has created awareness of the needs of Haiti, his native country — a nation of crushing poverty and limited access to education, a country where destitution leads to deforestation, which leads to flooding, which leads to even more misery.
Jean’s commitment to Haiti’s long-term progress is evident. He has lobbied the U.S. Congress for passage of a Haiti-favorable trade bill, and he accompanied former President Bill Clinton and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to Haiti in order to raise awareness of the plight of the Western Hemisphere’s poorest nation.
His foundation, Yéle Haiti, has created small-scale, manageable, and replicable projects that are making a difference. In the broadcast, he tells about the childhood that led him to this work and sings the song that gave his foundation its name.
The Promised Land features visionaries from around the world and around the corner with innovative ideas about changing lives and transforming communities.
“Wyclef Jean definitely fits the description,” says the program’s executive producer, Marge Ostroushko. As hip-hop’s unofficial multicultural conscience, Jean supports projects that address education, health, environment, and community development in Haiti. The primary objective of Yéle Haiti is to “restore pride and a reason to hope.”