Not everyone is pleased that Sean “Diddy” Combs plans to deliver the commencement speech at Howard University on May 10.
In fact, some black folks are actually scratching their heads in disbelief.
They took to Twitter to ask Howard University officials to explain their decision. Some argue that Howard should have selected a Howard graduate to deliver the high-profile address; others complain that Combs dropped out of Howard and should not be taken seriously.
“Can someone explain why Diddy, a person who never graduated from Howard, is speaking at graduation?” one person tweeted.
Even some current Howard University students are annoyed. There are reports that some are up in arms because Diddy failed to graduate and they believe he isn’t a worthy role model.
I don’t see the problem — and I agree with Howard University’s decision to invite him.
Combs – rapper, record producer, actor, and entrepreneur — is a phenomenal American success story who also happens to be Black.
The winner of three Grammy Awards, Combs runs all of his business interests under the company Bad Boy Entertainment Worldwide, which includes Bad Boy Records; the clothing lines Sean John & Sean by Sean Combs; a movie production company; and two restaurants.
Combs is also the recording executive, performer and producer on the MTV reality show Making the Band. According to Forbes, he’s the richest personality in hip-hop with an estimated net worth of $700 million.
And last year, Combs created an all-music TV channel, Revolt, hoping it would become the ESPN of music. It airs in about 20 million U.S. homes.
“Right now my focus is Revolt and making it the number one, most-trusted, most credible worldwide brand for music,” Combs told Forbes in a recent interview. “And to get Revolt to be the quintessential definition of real time. I think that’s the future.”
Combs, who attended Howard University in 1990, has plenty of knowledge and wisdom to share with seniors at Howard who are heading out to search for jobs in a highly-competitive global marketplace. While at Howard, Diddy commuted from D.C. to New York for a chance at working in the music business. When it paid off, he left school to pursue his dream of becoming an entrepreneur.
Who better to give Howard students first-rate advice and send them out into the world feeling confident about their journey?
As a successful businessman, Combs can speak about creating businesses that thrive. As a prosperous businessman, he can talk about money management, balancing the books, and staying on top of finances and as a mogul juggling multiple companies, Combs can stress the importance of time management.