VHS alum Wyclef Jean inducted into New Jersey Hall Of Fame

— Story & Photo by David VanDeventer
Internationally acclaimed recording artist and former Essex County resident Wyclef Jean
was one of 13 luminaries who were inducted into the hall during the May 7 celebration, which was held along the Asbury Park Boardwalk. Pictured, Jean takes a moment to pose for a photo with one of countless delighted fans inside the historic Paramount Theatre.

Multi-talented musician/actor and Vailsburg High School graduate Wyclef Jean was inducted into the New Jersey Hall Of Fame during a lavish red carpet ceremony that took place along the historic Asbury Park Boardwalk on May 7. The Haitian-born entertainer first achieved global success as a member of the acclaimed New Jersey-based hip-hop group The Fugees. He has won three Grammy awards along the way for his various musical endeavors. Jean entered the prestigious hall alongside a dozen other Garden State greats including actor Ray Liotta, talk show queen Kelly Ripa, groundbreaking news anchor Connie Chung, author Carol Higgins Clark, sports legends Chuck Wepner and Rosey Grier, and rocker Tommy James. The primary goal of the Hall Of Fame commission is to “celebrate our state, honor our legends and inspire our children by inducting those individuals who exemplify the best of New Jersey in their chosen fields of interest.”
During his impassioned induction speech, which preceded a riveting musical performance backed by the New Jersey Hall Of Fame house band, Jean implored local politicians and statewide policymakers to continue their financial
support of the arts and sports programs for children of all school levels.