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Wyclef

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The music that three time Grammy Award winning and Golden Globe and Emmy nominated Wyclef Jean has written, performed, and produced — both as a solo superstar and as founder and guiding member of the Fugees — has been a consistently powerful, pop cultural force for over two decades. In 1996, the Fugees released their monumental album The Score. Since then, Wyclef has released eight albums as a solo artist that have sold nearly nine million copies worldwide, including his 1997 debut The Carnival.

In 2019, Netflix announced the production of an untitled animated project based on the real-life story of Wyclef’s childhood in Haiti, which will be co-produced by Greg Silverman’s company Stampede and have Jean as the film’s composer. 2020 found Wyclef venturing into the podcast industry as the host of RunThatBack, a one of a kind weekly show for music lovers of any type, where Wyclef interviews heavy hitters from all walks of life, from music, to sports, politics, and beyond. That same year, he teamed up with Google to create a jingle for their #BlackOwnedFriday campaign to promote and support shopping black-owned businesses for Black Friday during the holiday season. This campaign won a Webby Award, and was nominated for a Clio Award, among others.

In 2021 Wyclef co-founded SodoMoodLab, a jingle and scoring company. In his most recent project with Sodo, Wyclef stepped in as composer for seasons four, five, and six of Showtime’s The Chi, a show created by screenwriter and actress Lena Waithe. In August 2023, Wyclef hosted the annual Caribbean Music Awards, which took place in Brooklyn, New York. Most recently, Wyclef became Co-Chair of the Music Advisory Board of Harlem Festival of Culture, an annual New York City festival which celebrates Black music, culture, and pride.

Most recently, Wyclef partnered with leading retirement planning company TIAA to release “Paper Right,” featuring Pusha T, Lola Brooke, Capella Grey, and Flau’jae. The TIAA x Wyclef campaign raises awareness among America’s youth on the importance of preparing for their future through financial independence, especially the 54% of African Americans who may not have enough funds to retire comfortably. As part of this partnership, all proceeds from “Paper Right” streams are being donated directly to the non-profit organization First Generation Investors, an organization dedicated to empowering underserved high school students with investing literacy.

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