Friday, April 12, 2024

Sean “Diddy” Combs Was the Only African American on Stage at Forbes Magazine’s 100th Anniversary


I was going to write this yesterday. But then I noticed tonight that Sean “Puff Daddy/P Diddy” Combs pointed it out himself. This week at the Forbes Magazine 100th Anniversary event at Chelsea Piers, Combs was the ONLY African American on stage in a sea of white haired old coots. (There was also a South African, which was nice, but doesn’t count.)

Combs started in the music business, where only Clive Davis really recognized his potential. Then he moved to fashion, where Ron Burkle totally got it. He branched out more and more, most importantly with Ciroc Vodka. Now he’s worth $820 million. He is worth much more than many of the people on stage.

It should be noted that in the Forbes official photos, Combs was put in the back and is just a little head bobbing up in the background. But he gets the last laugh. I’ve known “Puffy” for at least 20 years. He’s smarter than all those guys!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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