"People [are] stepping up — the world is compassionate. Despite what many may think, the hearts of men and women are warm. Sometimes I think that we are distracted by so much war that we forget that we are loving people, and this [event] is a great example of that."
-Musician, activist and Haitian Wyclef Jean, speaking to MTV News during a break in rehearsals for tonight's "Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief" telethon and the general outpouring of support for the victims of the earthquake that decimated the island nation last week. In addition to his work with his Yele Haiti Foundation (which has raised well over $2 million in relief), Wyclef will appear live in New York for the telethon, which will feature hundreds of high-profile stars answering phones, taking donations, providing testimonials and performing, all for the benefit of the victims of the horrible natural disaster.
Wyclef will perform during the show and is quite excited about it. "I'mma start with 'Rivers of Babylon,'" Wyclef told MTV News during a break from rehearsals for the event on Thursday (January 21). "Then, after that, I'm gonna go to a traditional Creole song, one of my songs called 'Yele.' Then we're gonna close it out with some Racine. Racine is roots music of the country. Everybody loves Haiti. I haven't heard too many people speaking Creole yet. That's the Haitian language in French. Tomorrow night on my set, I'm gonna teach y'all Creole 101."
"Hope for Haiti Now" will air commercial-free on MTV and many other networks on Friday at 8 p.m. ET.
Learn more about what you can do to help with earthquake-relief efforts in Haiti. Join George Clooney and Wyclef Jean for MTV's "Hope for Haiti Now" telethon, airing commercial-free Friday, January 22, at 8 p.m. ET and visit HopeForHaitiNow.org or call (877) 99-HAITI to make a donation now.