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Diddy's Rapid $2 Million Commitment Empowers Black Initiatives

Sean “Diddy” Combs is taking meaningful strides to bolster the legacies of both the Black-founded financial literacy platform, "Earn Your Leisure," and Jackson State University, by fostering avenues to prosperity and higher education that leave an indelible mark.

This past weekend saw the influential mogul taking center stage as the keynote speaker at Invest Fest in Atlanta, Georgia. Amidst sharing his wisdom alongside like-minded hosts Rashad Bilal and Troy Millings from "EYL," as well as engaging with a captivated audience on Saturday, Diddy took a monumental step by establishing the platform's investment fund through a generous $1 million contribution. 

Beyond the financial aspect, Bilal aptly stated, “This isn’t just about money; it’s about the convergence of vision, hustle, and a commitment to rewriting the rules. We’re not just opening doors; we’re building new doors, new rooms, new floors,” Echoing a parallel sentiment, Millings highlighted that their collaborative efforts embody a shared mission to illuminate pathways toward prosperity. 

He painted a vivid picture of a million-dollar torch, igniting opportunities, igniting innovation, and dispelling the shadows cast by financial misunderstandings. Their alliance with Diddy signifies more than just financial backing; it's a testament to the world's awakening to the imperative role of economic education.


As a venerable figure in the music industry, Diddy deemed the fund as a captivating challenge, aiming to showcase how the financial insights shared by Bilal and Millings can be applied in real-world scenarios. “I’m excited to see how much people learn by watching the strategies be put to use in real time,”  Diddy emphasized. The fruits of their labor will yield profits, channeling resources towards Diddy's three Capital Preparatory Schools nestled in New York and Connecticut.

In a testament to his commitment, Diddy followed through on his promise by presenting a generous $1 million donation to JSU's football team over the weekend. This pledge comes on the heels of his acceptance of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2022 BET Awards, where he declared his intention to contribute $1 million each to his alma mater, Howard University, and JSU. Diddy acknowledged JSU's efforts in cultivating top-tier talent for their football team, led by NFL luminary Deion Sanders. During Sanders' three-year tenure as head coach, the team clinched successive SWAC titles, a feat that transcended the realm of sports by showcasing HBCUs as viable launching pads for aspiring professional athletes.
Diddy's reverence for the invaluable experiences offered by HBCUs is palpable. He stressed,  “It’s important that we all do our part to protect and preserve their legacy,” as he handed over the check at the Cricket-sponsored MEAC/SWAC Challenge, also held in Atlanta.  “This contribution to Jackson State isn’t just about making a financial donation; it’s about giving back to a part of our culture that has changed countless lives and assuring HBCUs receive the support they deserve.”

Dr. Elayne Hayes-Anthony, acting president of JSU, underlined the pivotal role that investing in students' higher education plays in shaping their trajectories. She acknowledged, “investing in our students’ higher education experience is the key to transforming their lives, and this is why the generous philanthropy of Sean Combs is so important. 

These funds will significantly benefit our student-athletes and encourage them to strive for excellence in all walks of life. We could not be more appreciative of his giving spirit.”  Diddy's commitment to multiple installments of donations over the upcoming years cements his dedication to driving transformative change.

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