By Raelyn Johnson, CNN
(CNN) – Finding purpose in poverty; finding purpose in one’s self.
That’s how Wyclef Jean grew up, and that’s how he lives today.
The Haitian American known for chart-topping songs, an intense love affair with Fugees bandmate Lauryn Hill, and most recently his resolute political support of Haiti has put pen to page and authored “Purpose: An Immigrant’s Story.”
In it, he chronicles his journey from red dirt huts in “Baby Doc” Duvalier’s Haiti, to the make-it-or-break-it neighborhoods of Brooklyn and Newark, to worldwide tours as one of hip hop’s favorite stars.
How did he rise from poor to powerful?
How does he feel today about his former love and the one lie that broke them apart?
What did he not have as a child that he wants for his children?
And perhaps most importantly, has his purpose evolved? And if so, how?
The Renaissance man shares those insights and more with you here on CNN Profiles.
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