Black History Month In Focus: P. Diddy Is In A Class By Himself

This is part of The Shadow League’s yearly Black History Month In Focus series celebrating Black excellence in sports and culture.

He was the Harlem son of a street hustler who was killed in a drug deal gone wrong when Combs was a toddler. It didnt take long for the young Sean Combs to see that the street life wasnt for him. He turned his fathers tragedy into a fairy tale success story for himself. Diddy attended the HBCU Howard University which helped cultivate his business acumen and provided the foundation, confidence and testing ground for huge things to come. 

Via The Post, June 2017: Combs committed to a career in music. Not only did he re-establish the East Coast as the center of hip-hop, Combs took the music and the lifestyle into mainstream culture. He reveled in a glitzy, showy, almost Trumplike image gilded cars and Champagne bottle service that made him the unofficial King of New York in the 1990s and early 2000s. When you rolled with Puff, it was like you had the key to the city, says Quinnes Q Parker from the R&B group 112.

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Diddy didnt stop at music. The Bad Boy label and all of the triumphs and tragedies associated with the game was just a springboard to new heights. The 47-year-old New Yorker (aka Puff Daddy, aka Puffy, P. Diddy, Diddy) is worth around $820 million thanks to his successes in fashion, movies, TV, liquor branding and, of course, music and as far as Black Americans are concerned, he is on the the same level as Oprah Winfrey and Barack Obama. 

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Hes been a mainstay on Forbes’ highest paid entertainers list and in 2017 he showed everyone that he still “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop” as he was once again crowned the highest-paid artist of the year, with Beyonc, Drake, The Weeknd and Coldplay trailing behind. Between June 1, 2016, and June 1, 2017 Diddy earned a plush $130 million, stemming from his hotly-anticipated Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour as well as his business endeavors including his liquor brand Ciroc and selling a stake of his brand Sean John.  

Diddys just wrapped his latest and most ambitious venture, The Four, which replaced American Idol as FOXs go-to music competition franchise. Diddy described it as only he can, comparing it to Game of Thrones, and making it clear that his show will not be anything like other shows and the street essence that birthed his journey would remain important. 

You get to challenge, and if you want to chop somebodys head offYou have that power. Not literally, you know, figuratively, Combs told the Television Critics Association. 

Combs serves as a judge on the show along with fellow musicians Meghan Trainor and DJ Khaled, along with record executive Charlie Walk, with Fergie serving as the host. 

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Full Segment | The Four | Season 1 | Episode 6 | The Finale #talentshows For more HD videos, news, analysis and recaps of The Four – please subscribe & follow Talent Recap: FOX’s all-new singing competition, THE FOUR, features Sean “Diddy” Combs, Meghan Trainor, Charlie Walk, and DJ Khaled.

Whats next for Music and Entertainment Great Gatsby? You never know because Diddy has been staying a step ahead of the game for a quarter of a century now. Lets not forget his leadership in politics and how his relationships and relevance within the industry inspired other artists to support his Vote or Die campaigns, consequently inspiring thousands of people to get out and vote. These efforts as well as his, get-out-the-youth-vote slogan from the 2004 election set the stage for and helped Barack Obama eventually becomes the first African-American to seize the Presidency. 

We’re also still holding out hope that Diddy’s bombshell that he wants to try and buy the Panthers is still being pursued. It’s along shot but it is Diddy after all. One of the most influential tastemakers, culture-shapers, outdated policy breakers, party innovators and musical masterminds of our time deserves major props and reflection on his incomparable journey during Black History Month.

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