[video] Diddy speaks before ribbon cutting at Harlem charter school

Sean Combs opened the Capital Preparatory Harlem Charter School in his old neighborhood Monday at a ceremony attended by the school’s 176 students and 15 teachers, called “illuminators.” Video taken and edited from my phone so I apologize for the quality.

EAST HARLEM, Manhattan —He’s one of the world’s most prominent names in hip hop and pop music, and has been known by a wide variety of names, including Puff Daddy and P-Diddy, over his 25-year career, but on Monday, Sean “Diddy” Combs added “educator” to his many titles.

He presided over the opening of a charter school he helped to organize here.
It’s part of a small charter network that’s expanding from Connecticut, where it’s had both successes and shortcomings, into East Harlem, where it’s hoping to have a stronger performance.
The ceremony began after the 176 6th and 7th grade students who make up the inaugural classes of Capital Preparatory Harlem School filed into the auditorium of Museo del Barrio. The school occupies the fifth floor of the building.

The founder of Capital Prep Schools, Steve Perry, PhD, opened the ceremony. The idea for the Harlem academy, he told the assembled students and dignitaries, “came to me through a person I never met, but always admired, a gentleman named Sean P. Diddy, Puff Daddy Combs!” Perry was met with raucous applause from an excited but compliant audience of mostly black and Latino tweens students.


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