Giving Back to Your Community
Sean Combs' and Bad Boy’s rising success has helped him follow through on his private vow to give back to the community that supported him in his youth and career. Knowing the positive impact that the consistent and careful guidance of his family, teachers and mentors had on his own life, Mr. Combs established Daddy’s House Social Programs, Inc. in 1995 to create educational programs and initiatives in inner-city youth. In this inspiring speech, Mr. Combs talks about the importance of giving back.
It is a rare and significant occasion when a musical artist captures and expresses the sentiments of a generation and expands his horizons to make an impact on society, creating a union between music and life. Sean “Diddy” Combs is undoubtedly among this very select, very small group. With the roots of his talent stemming from rap and hip-hop but reaching way beyond those parameters, Sean has torn down the barricades that continue to segregate music and society. As CEO and founder of Bad Boy Entertainment, a pioneering producer, rapper, pop phenomenon and advocate for social causes, Sean has become one of today’s most extraordinary, accomplished and unforgettable talents.
Sean Combs was born on November 4, 1969, in Harlem to Melvin and Janice Combs. The tragic murder of his father, when he was just two years old, forced his mom Janice to move Sean and his sister Keisha to a safer environment in Mount Vernon, New York. Janice Combs worked three jobs to provide the best opportunities for her family and education for her children. Sean attended the Mount Vernon Montessori School and later the Mount St. Michael Academy. Sean’s work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit started at a young age and only continued to flourish throughout the years.
Sean’s talents in the music industry have become universally acknowledged, but the Bad Boy brand has also come to encompass much more than just music. Bad Boy started as a venture out of Sean’s home and it quickly expanded into a multifaceted company that became a multi-million dollar business. Bad Boy ventures now include: Notorious Entertainment; the Sean John clothing line, which was nominated by the Council of Fashion Designers of America for the prestigious Perry Ellis Menswear Award in 2000, 2001 and 2002 for Menswear Designer of the Year Award; Blue Flame Marketing and Advertising; Justin Combs Music Publishing; Bad Boy Marketing; Bad Boy Productions; Janice Combs Management (home of legendary producers, the Hitmen); Justin’s Restaurants; Daddy’s House Studios; Daddy’s House Social Programs; Bad Boy Technologies (P-Diddy.com and BadBoyOnline.com); Bad Boy Films and Bad Boy Books. Last year, his Sean John clothing line launched its underwear and boy’s lines and will soon introduce its highly anticipated women’s line.
Sean and Bad Boy’s rising success has helped him follow through on his private vow to give back to the community that supported him in his youth and career. Knowing the positive impact that the consistent and careful guidance of his family, teachers and mentors had on his own life, Sean established Daddy’s House Social Programs, Inc. in 1995 to create educational programs and initiatives in inner-city youth. Far exceeding a simple charitable gesture, Sean helps to create and fund innovative youth programs, including Wall Street training teams, college visit tours for high school seniors, international travel groups, summer camp programs and internships at Bad Boy, which Sean instructs.
Sean returned to Howard University to donate $1 million to help continue the institution’s commitment to educating African-American youth. Furthering that cause, Sean helped to bridge the digital divide in urban schools by donating more than 100 computers to 500 New York City public schools. On Thanksgiving in 2000, Daddy’s House annual food drive, for underprivileged families, took on a special and somber meaning. Learning of the passing of civil rights leader Rev. Hosea Williams, Sean was asked by the late leader’s daughter to carry on his legacy. Sean carried the torch of Rev. William’s mission by sponsoring the annual Hosea’s Feed the Hungry and Homeless Thanksgiving Day dinner for more than 30,000 people in Atlanta. He has participated in the “Million-Man March” and protested in support of greater funding for public schools. Most recently, Sean has been active in educating youths about HIV and AIDS hosting various programs and initiatives to bring mass awareness to this epidemic. In November, he visited South Africa to meet and visit HIV/AIDS patients and perform for MTV’s World AIDS Day special.
Recently, Sean has taken on the film industry, making his acting debut in the Artisan comedy Made, directed by Jon Favreau (Swingers), as well as a stirring role opposite Academy Award Winner Halle Berry in the Lion’s Gate feature Monster’s Ball.
In October 2002, Sean gave MTV viewers a VIP backstage pass into his life as a successful businessman, producer and artist when he ran the show in the very popular series, Making the Band. The 10-episode series chronicled the formation of a mainstream hip-hop/R&B group, including everything from auditions and rehearsals to live performances and the ultimate competition for a record deal—all under the guidance of P. Diddy.
Sean “P. Diddy” Combs’ career continues on the road of tireless and indomitable creativity. In ten years, he has used every minute to build, inspire, create and share the success of an entertainment empire. Sean’s knack not only to create his own music, but his intrinsic ability to discover and nurture talent is what keeps him at the top of the industry.
Sean Combs is a proud father to sons Justin, 8, Christian, 4, and his 12-year old stepson Quincy and resides in Manhattan, New York.