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Coffee Talk: Wyclef Jean Defends Political Run

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  • Wyclef Jean defended his decision to run for President of Haiti on NPR yesterday after actor Sean Penn and his former bandmate Pras both criticized his qualifications to lead the country.
"I think what makes me qualified is the fact that I am drafted by the youth, number one," Jean told NPR. "I understand that to move Haiti forward, it's going to take policies with these four pillars with five points: education, job creation, agriculture, security and healthcare." [HP]
  • Fantasia's manager responded to rumors that the singer and "American Idol" winner split up the marriage between Antwaun Cook and his wife.
"Fantasia is certain that she is not responsible for the deterioration of the Cooks' marriage," her manager wrote. [YBF]
  • The record-breaking YouTube video for Eminem's "Love The Way You Lie," featuring Rihanna, has drawn criticism, as some say the clip glorifies domestic violence. [Atlantic]
  • Al Goodman of the R&B group The Moments passed away at 67. He suffered from heart failure. May he rest in peace. [NYTimes]
  • Erykah Badu debuted a new look, sporting a blond mohawk at Lollapalooza. [SG]
  • NPR is exploring why some women have lesbian relationships later in life. These women are termed "late-life lesbians" and may reveal the "fluidity of sexuality." [NPR]
  • UnitedHealthcare, the U.S. Surgeon General and the Bronner Brothers International Hair Show launched an initiative to enroll 60,000 stylist attendees at the hair show in the battle against obesity. [MW]
  • Are dirty diapers the new road rage? When two drivers were leaving the Fayette County Fair in Pennsylvania, one driver took her child's dirty diaper and smeared it across the back window of her rival's car. Talk about playing dirty. [AP]
  • Naomi Campbell's former agent is the second person to take the stand and say that the supermodel lied during her testimony at former Liberian President Charles Taylor's war crimes trial. [Gawker]
  • Kanye West isn't following anyone on Twitter anymore. [T]
  • LeBron James is being criticized for calling his girlfriend Savannah Brinson his "sidekick" in Harper's Bazaar. Plus, the word is that Brinson is not too pleased about the move to Miami. [WashPo]
  • NBA's DeSagana Diop dedicated a a new basketball court in his old neighborhood of Parcelles Assainies in Dakar, where he grew up. [NYTimes]
  • Will.i.am is the new Director of the Grammy Foundation. [EurWeb]
  • A new study finds that men who go up against a lot of competition for a mate live shorter lives than men who don't. [Fox]
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