Sean “Diddy” Combs and his family were in attendance at Monday night’s Boys & Girls Harbor Salute To Achievement ceremony. The event was held at the David H. Koch Theater in New York City where Diddy gave a strong political message.

The Hip Hop mogul was given the Tony Duke Award for his success in establishing a charter school, Capital Prep. The school recently partnered with Boys & Girls Harbor to further advance the academic opportunities available to inner city youth.

Combs did not overlook the educational disparities in America during his speech. “As we wait for the government to call a state of emergency on the unfairness of the education system, and how it’s going to be fixed, we have to do it ourselves,” he shared. “We have to lead by example,” Combs added. “We have to show the success rate, and we have to instill the importance of education in our communities, and how hard you have to work to really be a leader.”

The celebrity dad even went so far as to encourage attendees to hold their vote this November. “We need to make sure that we’re not standing here 8 years from now when nothing has drastically changed to deal with these issues,” Diddy explained. “We give aid to other countries, but we need aid right here in Harlem, and we need it now.”

Justin and Christian Combs accompanied their father to the Salute To Achievement ceremony. Jance Combs, Diddy’s mother, was also in attendance at the event. Sean Combs is the proud father of six kids.



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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