Grammy and Emmy winner, Prakazrel “Pras” Samuel Michél, rose to international super-stardom as a member of the multi-platinum group “The Fugees.” As a solo artist, he is most known for writing and producing the Grammy-nominated, worldwide top ten hit “Ghetto Supastar” feat. Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Mya. The hit single was included in the soundtrack for the film “Bulworth”.
The Fugees stepped onto the music scene with a hip hop sound mixed with a Caribbean beat. A reflection of Pras’ identity — a Haitian American, born in Brooklyn, raised in New Jersey.
After his Fugees fame, Pras continued to work not only as a performer but also as an actor, producer and documentarian. In “Skid Row”, the documentary chronicles Pras as he spends nine days as a homeless man in downtown Los Angeles. His film “Sweet Micky for President” follows Pras as he returns to Haiti post-earthquake and passionately mobilizes a presidential campaign for the unlikeliest of candidates: Michel Martelly, aka ‘Sweet Micky’, Haiti’s most popular and most outlandish pop star. The film won the Jury Award for Best Documentary at Slam Dance and Documentary Edge Festival in 2015. It was also an official selection at HotDocs, Miami International Film Festival and Los Angeles Film Festival. Pras is also Producer on the web series “The Bay” which swept the digital categories at the 2017 Daytime Emmy Awards winning five awards.
Pras continues his work in music, and his new band Get Fr3e released their first album in 2015. Their song “Came to Win” was written for “Sweet Micky for President.”
Pras’ philanthropic efforts to improve the lives of Haitians after the devastating 2010 earthquake inspired him to take frequent travels around the world, specifically to countries where war, crime, disease, and lack of governance remain destabilizing issues. Recently, he visited Azerbaijan, North Korea, Yemen, and Iraq.
Pras has also worked with the Clinton Global Initiative, Artists for Peace and Justice, and his support for President Obama’s campaigns have shown his consistent drive to inspire conversation about the positive changes needed for societies to grow and flourish. During the 2012 presidential election cycle, Pras was one of President Obama’s top 25 private donors, and firmly supports the effort made by the President and the First Lady.
From his start as a member of the Fugees, infusing hip-hop with social consciousness, to his efforts as a filmmaker documenting grass roots elections in Haiti, Pras has made it his mission to produce art that fights against injustice and sheds light on the important issues of our time. The success Pras created when he founded the Fugees opened the door for him to pursue impactful political activism. While he does not seek the spotlight, nobody should underestimate the passion and vision of the man who makes it his ongoing mission to live a purpose-driven life that uplifts, entertains, and transforms the world around him.
“The Fugees afforded me many opportunities, professionally and personally,” explains Pras. “I’ve traveled the world, met the most interesting people and, most importantly, I am able to put my celebrity to good use by contributing to charities and working on philanthropic projects. Of all my endeavors, my philanthropic work is what I take most seriously. It’s what I hold dear to my heart and believe is my larger purpose on this planet.”