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FESTUS KEYAMO SPEAKS OUT IN DEFENSE OF BOBRISKY

Top human rights campaigner and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Festus Keyamo, has weighed in on the arrest of controversial Nigerian “male Barbie” and Snapchat queen, Bobrisky

In a surprise move, the high profile lawyer says that the cross-dresser Idris Olanrewaju aka Bobrisky “cannot be arrested or jailed for publicly admitting he is homosexual unless he’s caught in the act”.

Shortly after coming out as gay in a now deleted Instagram post, Bobrisky was arrested by Nigerian authorities although no official reason has been given for the arrest

Reacting to speculations that the arrest could be because of his coming out, Keyamo told LIB:

“For me, you have to be caught in the act.
“Yes, it may amount to corrupting public moral when you go on social media to announce you are gay but we are talking about the law here and not sentiment and if we are talking about the law, the person has to be caught in the act.

“Except the person says he is gay and refers to a particular gay act that can be verified. For example, if Mr. A comes out on social media to say I am a thief, he cannot be arrested because his declaration that he is a thief cannot be linked to a particular act of stealing.

“Anybody can come out to say I am a kidnapper but if you do not link that declaration to a particular incident that happened, that person cannot be arrested.

“So also, if a person comes out to say I am gay and you can’t link it to a particular gay act that actually happened or that he was caught in the act, I think it is wrong for such a person to be arrested.

“You can only be arrested when you consent to the act that can be verified. He can be arrested for saying that he is gay but it must be linked to a gay act that happened. You cannot be arrested for just saying you are gay.”

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Idris Olanrewaju (Bobrisky)

Bobrisky in an Interview with LIB has alleged that business mogul, Toyin Lawani ordered his arrest. He said she accused him of stealing her customers.

But according to the cross-dresser, Toyin Lawani asked her lawyer to write petitions against him, stating he worked for her and he is selling cream to all her customers.

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Toyin Lawani

Bobrisky said, ‘’ I never worked for Toyin. She was my friend. I can’t remember ever working for Toyin or learning how to make cream from her.

‘’Then she also said I threatened her. So we are going to Abuja cause that was where the case was reported. Before she wrote petitions against me, she had already threatened me that she is giving me 7 days to go to the internet and apologize to her which I said no way because she offended me. I think because I refused to apologize, she got the police involved”

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NEW BRITISH VOGUE EDITOR WANTS TO MAKE MAGAZINE MORE DIVERSE (VIDEO)

The new editor of British Vogue, Edward Enninful says he wants to protect young models and make the magazine more diverse.

The former British model whose debut edition hits the stands in December, took over as editor of the popular fashion magazine in August 2017.

Watch video here

In an interview with the BBC, the Ghanaian born told of why the magazine must become more diverse. He said he will not just be making fashion statements in his Vogue, but also political ones. He said that Vogue has list touch with multicultural Britain.

He also acknowledged that young models are pretty exposed and he wants to try all he can protect them.

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Edwards’s december issue of the magazine features Ghanaian model Adwoa Aboah

 

ACTOR ED WESTWICK FACES SECOND RAPE ALLEGATION JUST A DAY AFTER DENYING A FIRST ACCUSATION BY A DIFFERENT WOMAN

Ed Westwick has been accused of rape by a second woman, one day after he denied the accusations made by another woman.

The former Gossip Girl star  had denied allegations of rape made by actress Kristina Cohen yesterday.

British star Westwick was accused of attacking Cohen, 27, three years ago at his house following dinner with her and a producer. In a social media post published on November 6, the actress alleged that Westwick, now 30, raped her and that she was coming forward amid the allegations made against other Hollywood figures including Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and James Toback.

 

 

In a public social media post the woman, Aurélie Wynn, claims that she went ‘through a very similar ordeal with Ed Westwick’ as that alleged by Kristina Cohen. ‘Like Kristina, I said no and he pushed me face down and was powerless under his weight,’ she wrote. ‘I was wearing a one piece bathing suit that he ripped, I was in complete shock.’

She also claims that friends and family told her ‘not to say anything, to not be “that girl” and that no one would believe me’.

Westwick had responded to the previous allegation by saying in a short message sent on Twitter: ‘I do not know this woman. ‘I have never forced myself in any manner, on any woman. I certainly have never committed rape.’

 

Cohen claimed that she was ‘woken up abruptly’ to find Westwick attacking her. She continued: ‘It was a nightmare, and the days following weren’t any better.

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LAPD is investigating the rape allegation made by actress Khristina Cohen against British actor Ed Westwick

The producer put the blame on me, telling me I was an active participant. Telling me that I can’t say anything because Ed will have people come after me, destroy me, and that I could forget about an acting career. Saying there’s no way I can go around saying Ed “raped” me and that I don’t want to be “that girl.”

‘And for the longest time, I believed him. I didn’t want to be “that girl”.’I now realize the ways in which these men in power prey on women, and how this tactic is used so frequently in our industry, and surely, in many others.’

The rape claim made against Westwick by the actress is being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department.

 

 

 

 

VINDICTIVE WEINSTEIN HIRED SPIES AND PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS TO DIG DIRT ON HIS VICTIMS AND JOURNALISTS WHO TRIED TO EXPOSE SEXUAL HARASSMENT ALLEGATIONS

The NewYorker has revealed that rather than being contrite or ashamed for his behavior of persistently sexually harassing actresses and models, disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein hired private investigators to unearth the past of many of his victims as well as the journalists who were in the process of exposing the allegations against him.

It is believed that this was for the purpose of blackmailing his numerous victims into silence. This process of suppressing allegations that he had sexually harassed or assaulted numerous women started in the fall of 2016.

According to the story published in the NewYorker He began to hire private security agencies to collect information on the women and the journalists trying to expose the allegations. According to dozens of pages of documents, and seven people directly involved in the effort, the firms that Weinstein hired included Kroll, which is one of the world’s largest corporate-intelligence companies, and Black Cube, an enterprise run largely by former officers of Mossad and other Israeli intelligence agencies. Black Cube, which has branches in Tel Aviv, London, and Paris, offers its clients the skills of operatives “highly experienced and trained in Israel’s elite military and governmental intelligence units,” according to its literature.

Two private investigators from Black Cube, using false identities, met with the actress Rose McGowan, who eventually publicly accused Weinstein of rape, to extract information from her. One of the investigators pretended to be a women’s-rights advocate and secretly recorded at least four meetings with McGowan. The same operative, using a different false identity and implying that she had an allegation against Weinstein, met twice with a journalist to find out which women were talking to the press. In other cases, journalists directed by Weinstein or the private investigators interviewed women and reported back the details.

The explicit goal of the investigations, laid out in one contract with Black Cube, signed in July, was to stop the publication of the abuse allegations against Weinstein that eventually emerged in the New York Times and The New Yorker. Over the course of a year, Weinstein had the agencies “target,” or collect information on, dozens of individuals, and compile psychological profiles that sometimes focussed on their personal or sexual histories. Weinstein monitored the progress of the investigations personally. He also enlisted former employees from his film enterprises to join in the effort, collecting names and placing calls that, according to some sources who received them, felt intimidating.

In some cases, the investigative effort was run through Weinstein’s lawyers, including David Boies, a celebrated attorney who represented Al Gore in the 2000 Presidential-election dispute and argued for marriage equality before the U.S. Supreme Court. Boies personally signed the contract directing Black Cube to attempt to uncover information that would stop the publication of a Timesstory about Weinstein’s abuses, while his firm was also representing the Times, including in a libel case.

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Boies confirmed that his firm contracted with and paid two of the agencies and that investigators from one of them sent him reports, which were then passed on to Weinstein. He said that he did not select the firms or direct the investigators’ work. He also denied that the work regarding the Times story represented a conflict of interest. Boies said that his firm’s involvement with the investigators was a mistake. “We should not have been contracting with and paying investigators that we did not select and direct,” he told me. “At the time, it seemed a reasonable accommodation for a client, but it was not thought through, and that was my mistake. It was a mistake at the time.”

Techniques like the ones used by the agencies on Weinstein’s behalf are almost always kept secret, and, because such relationships are often run through law firms, the investigations are theoretically protected by attorney-client privilege, which could prevent them from being disclosed in court. The documents and sources reveal the tools and tactics available to powerful individuals to suppress negative stories and, in some cases, forestall criminal investigations.

In a statement, Weinstein’s spokesperson, Sallie Hofmeister, said, “It is a fiction to suggest that any individuals were targeted or suppressed at any time.”

In May, 2017, McGowan received an e-mail from a literary agency introducing her to a woman who identified herself as Diana Filip, the deputy head of sustainable and responsible investments at Reuben Capital Partners, a London-based wealth-management firm. Filip told McGowan that she was launching an initiative to combat discrimination against women in the workplace, and asked McGowan, a vocal women’s-rights advocate, to speak at a gala kickoff event later that year. Filip offered McGowan a fee of sixty thousand dollars. “I understand that we have a lot in common,” Filip wrote to McGowan before their first meeting, in May, at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Filip had a U.K. cell-phone number, and she spoke with what McGowan took to be a German accent. Over the following months, the two women met at least three more times at hotel bars in Los Angeles and New York and other locations. “I took her to the Venice boardwalk and we had ice cream while we strolled,” McGowan told me, adding that Filip was “very kind.” The two talked at length about issues relating to women’s empowerment. Filip also repeatedly told McGowan that she wanted to make a significant investment in McGowan’s production company.

Filip was persistent. In one e-mail, she suggested meeting in Los Angeles and then, when McGowan said she would be in New York, Filip said she could meet there just as easily. She also began pressing McGowan for information. In a conversation in July, McGowan revealed to Filip that she had spoken to me as part of my reporting on Weinstein. A week later, I received an e-mail from Filip asking for a meeting and suggesting that I join her campaign to endprofessional discrimination against women. “I am very impressed with your work as a male advocate for gender equality, and believe that you would make an invaluable addition to our activities,” she wrote, using her wealth-management firm’s e-mail address. Unsure of who she was, I did not respond.

Filip continued to meet with McGowan. In one meeting in September, Filip was joined by another Black Cube operative, who used the name Paul and claimed to be a colleague at Reuben Capital Partners. The goal, according to two sources with knowledge of the effort, was to pass McGowan to another operative to extract more information. On October 10th, the day The New Yorker published my story about Weinstein, Filip reached out to McGowan in an e-mail. “Hi Love,” she wrote. “How are you feeling? . . . Just wanted to tell you how brave I think you are.” She signed off with an “xx.” Filip e-mailed McGowan as recently as October 23rd.

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At least 18 women have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment and in some cases, rape

In fact, “Diana Filip” was an alias for a former officer in the Israeli Defense Forces who originally hailed from Eastern Europe and was working for Black Cube, according to three individuals with knowledge of the situation. When I sent McGowan photos of the Black Cube agent, she recognized her instantly. “Oh my God,” she wrote back. “Reuben Capital. Diana Filip. No fucking way.”

Ben Wallace, a reporter at New York who was pursuing a story on Weinstein, said that the same woman met with him twice last fall. She identified herself only as Anna and suggested that she had an allegation against Weinstein. When I presented Wallace with the same photographs of Black Cube’s undercover operative, Wallace recalled her vividly. “That’s her,” he said. Like McGowan, Wallace said that the woman had what he assumed to be a German accent, as well as a U.K. cell-phone number. Wallace told me that Anna first contacted him on October 28, 2016, when he had been working on the Weinstein story for about a month and a half. Anna declined to disclose who had given her Wallace’s information.

Over the course of the two meetings, Wallace grew increasingly suspicious of her motives. Anna seemed to be pushing him for information, he recalled, “about the status and scope of my inquiry, and about who I might be talking to, without giving me any meaningful help or information.” During their second meeting, Anna requested that they sit close together, leading Wallace to suspect that she might be recording the exchange. When she recounted her experiences with Weinstein, Wallace said, “it seemed like soap-opera acting.” Wallace wasn’t the only journalist the woman contacted. In addition to her e-mails to me, Filip also e-mailed Jodi Kantor, of the Times, according to sources involved in the effort.

The U.K. cell-phone numbers that Filip provided to Wallace and McGowan have been disconnected. Calls to Reuben Capital Partners’ number in London went unanswered. As recently as Friday, the firm had a bare-bones Web site, with stock photos and generic text passages about asset management and an initiative called Women in Focus. The site, which has now been taken down, listed an address near Piccadilly Circus, operated by a company specializing in shared office space. That company said that it had never heard of Reuben Capital Partners. Two sources with knowledge of Weinstein’s work with Black Cube said that the firm creates fictional companies to provide cover for its operatives, and that Filip’s firm was one of them.

Black Cube declined to comment on the specifics of any work it did for Weinstein. The agency said in a statement, “It is Black Cube’s policy to never discuss its clients with any third party, and to never confirm or deny any speculation made with regard to the company’s work. Black Cube supports the work of many leading law firms around the world, especially in the US, gathering evidence for complex legal processes, involving commercial disputes, among them uncovering negative campaigns. . . . It should be highlighted that Black Cube applies high moral standards to its work, and operates in full compliance with the law of any jurisdiction in which it operates—strictly following the guidance and legal opinions provided by leading law firms from around the world.” The contract with the firm also specified that all of its work would be obtained “by legal means and in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.”

Last fall, Weinstein began mentioning Black Cube by name in conversations with his associates and attorneys.

The agency had made a name for itself digging up information for companies in Israel, Europe, and the U.S. that led to successful legal judgments against business rivals. But the firm has also faced legal questions about its employees’ use of fake identities and other tactics. Last year, two of its investigators were arrested in Romania on hacking charges. In the end, the company reached an agreement with the Romanian authorities, under which the operatives admitted to hacking and were released. Two sources familiar with the agency defended its decision to work for Weinstein, saying that they originally believed that the assignment focussed on his business rivals. But even the earliest lists of names that Weinstein provided to Black Cube included actresses and journalists.

On October 28, 2016, Boies’s law firm, Boies Schiller Flexner, wired to Black Cube the first hundred thousand dollars, toward what would ultimately be a six-hundred-thousand-dollar invoice. (The documents do not make clear how much of the invoice was paid.) The law firm and Black Cube signed a contract that month and several others later.

One, dated July 11, 2017, and bearing Boies’s signature, states that the project’s “primary objectives” are to “provide intelligence which will help the Client’s efforts to completely stop the publication of a new negative article in a leading NY newspaper” and to “obtain additional content of a book which currently being written and includes harmful negative information on and about the Client,” who is identified as Weinstein in multiple documents. (In one e-mail, a Black Cube executive asks lawyers retained by the agency to refer to Weinstein as “the end client” or “Mr. X,” noting that referring to him by name “will make him extremely angry.”) The article mentioned in the contract was, according to three sources, the story that ultimately ran in the Times on October 5th.

The book was “Brave,” a memoir by McGowan, scheduled for publication by HarperCollins in January. The documents show that, in the end, the agency delivered to Weinstein more than a hundred pages of transcripts and descriptions of the book, based on tens of hours of recorded conversations between McGowan and the female private investigator.

You can read the full report in TheNewYorker

LEWIS HAMILTON, BBC ACTORS AND ARTISTE BONO IMPLICATED IN PARADISE PAPERS LEAK

The names of number of top British personalities are featured in the tax avoidance and tax evasion scandal according to records dubbed the “Paradise Papers”. which leaked details of HM The Queen’s wealth hidden away in the Caribbean tax haven Bermuda

The paradise papers are a set of leaked documents obtained by Süddeutsche Zeitung and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and shared with an international team of investigative reporters, including the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP).

Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton avoided tax on his £16.5m luxury jet,  the Paradise Papers  documents revealed

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They show a £3.3m VAT refund was given after the Bombardier Challenger 605 was imported into the Isle of Man in 2013.

It appears a leasing deal set up by advisers was artificial and did not comply with an EU and UK ban on refunds for private use – although he may have been entitled to one for business.

Hamilton’s lawyers say a tax barrister review found the structure was lawful.

They added it was not correct to say no VAT had been paid on any of the arrangements.

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At 06:15 on 21 January 2013, Hamilton touched down at Ronaldsway airport on the Isle of Man in his new jet with his then-pop star girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger to finalise the paperwork with customs.

While Hamilton’s planned use of the jet was predominantly for business purposes, the BBC’s Panorama programme has seen documents which suggest the 32-year-old F1 Mercedes driver intended to make private flights about a third of the time.

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Image captionHamilton’s plane carries the private registration G-LCDH (Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton)

Hamilton’s social media accounts provide evidence he has used the candy apple red Challenger for holidays and on other personal trips around the world.

He has posted a number of photographs of himself on the plane on Instagram – including one showing his bulldogs Roscoe and Coco on board.

“If private usage of the jet is being disguised as business usage of the jet, then what you essentially have is a tax avoidance scheme,” says Rita De La Feria, professor of tax law at Leeds University.

“You’re using it for your own private interests, you’re going on holidays, meeting friends. You’re supposed to pay the tax on private consumption

 

 

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Three stars of the popular BBC sitcom Mrs Brown’s Boys diverted more than £2m to offshore accounts to avoid paying taxes on their salaries from the show

Patrick Houlihan and Martin and Fiona Delany transferred their fees into companies in Mauritius and sent money back as loans.

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Similar tax avoidance schemes have been subject to investigation and challenges by HMRC in recent years.

The actors have not responded to requests for comment.

 

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And U2 rocker Bono put his money in Lithuanian shopping centre according to leaked documents that show how the one per cent stay among the world’s wealthiest.

In four decades of touring the world, the Irish rock band U2 has never played in Utena, a sleepy place in northeast Lithuania.

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With just 26,000 people, Utena’s population could fit into one of U2’s stadium concerts twice over. But, unbeknownst to the locals, the band’s frontman, Bono, has long had a stake in their town.

Leaked documents reveal that, for more than a decade, Bono, whose real name is Paul David Hewson, has secretly been a part-owner of a shopping mall in Utena. After receiving reporters’ questions, local officials launched a probe into the mall for tax arrangements that one expert described as “a crude violation of the tax code.”

Evidence of Bono’s stake in the mall is also found in the Paradise Papers.

OWNER OF LONDON’S SAVOY HOTEL, OTHER SAUDI PRINCES AND MINISTERS ARRESTED IN SAUDI ARABIA’S UNPRECEDENTED ANTI-CORRUPTION SWEEP

Dozens of Saudi Arabian Princes and former government ministers have been arrested hours after an anti-corruption commission was formed.

Among those detainees is Saudi billionaire Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal – who is one of the richest men in the world and owns the British capital’s top hotel the Savoy.

Prince Alwaleed is one of the Middle East’s richest people, with investments in Twitter, Apple, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, Citigroup, the Four Seasons hotel chains and most recently in ride sharing service Lyft.

He’s also known for being among the most outspoken Saudi royals, long advocating for greater women’s rights.

He is also majority owner of the popular Rotana Group of Arabic channels.

‘The reported detention of Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, if true, would send shockwaves through the domestic and international business community.’

Prince Alwaleed has made several appearances on CNBC to give investment advice.

Last month he was on the network predicting bitcoin was a ‘speculative bubble that would soon implode’.

Officials in the kingdom has also frozen the bank accounts of 11 princes and 38 former government ministers, deputies and businessmen who are being held in five-star hotels across the capital, Riyadh, in the anti-corruption sweep.

‘The accounts and balances of those detained will be revealed and frozen,’ a spokesman for Saudi Arabia’s information ministry said.

‘Any asset or property related to these cases of corruption will be registered as state property.’

Those detained are being held in five-star hotels across the capital, Riyadh, in the anti-corruption sweep.

Reports suggest some of the detainees are being held at the Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh.

A royal court official, Badr al-Asaker, on Sunday appeared to confirm the arrests on Twitter, describing a ‘historic and black night against the corrupt’.

The powerful heads of the Saudi National Guard, an elite internal security force, and the navy were also replaced in a series of high-profile sackings that sent shock waves in the kingdom.

The government has so far only announced that an anti-corruption probe was launched, with state-linked media reporting that dozens of princes and ministers were detained without releasing their names.

An aviation source has said that security forces had grounded private jets in the Red Sea city of Jeddah, potentially to prevent any high-profile figures from leaving.

‘The breadth and scale of the arrests appears to be unprecedented in modern Saudi history,’ said Kristian Ulrichsen, a fellow at the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University,’ they said.

Read more on this story at the Daily Mail

ARTIST FORMERLY KNOWN AS PUFF DADDY CHANGES NAME AGAIN

The rap artist born Sean John Coombes formerly known as Puff Daddy, then Puffy, then P Diddy now wants to be known by a new name.

This came as the rapper recently listed in Forbes Magazine as the highest paid entertainer with a gross earning of $130 million, and an estimated net worth of $820 million, celebrated his 48 birthday

As he explained in a video on Twitter, the artist announced “Hey, y’all. I have some serious news. I’ve been praying on this.

I decided that – I know it’s risky and I know it’s corny to some people – but I decided to change my name again”

He said Diddy was a  name he was just no longer feeling hence the change.

Im just not who i am before”, he continued. I’m something different, So my new name is Love aka Brother Love. I will not be answering to Puffy, Diddy, Puff Daddy or any of my other moniker but love or Brother Love”

Born in Harlem, Love was raised in Mount Vernon, New York. He worked as a talent director at Uptown Records before founding his label Bad Boy Entertainment in 1993. His debut album No Way Out (1997) has been certified seven times platinum and was followed by successful albums such as Forever (1999), The Saga Continues… (2001), and Press Play (2006). In 2009 Combs formed the musical group Diddy – Dirty Money and released the critically well-reviewed and commercially successful album Last Train to Paris (2010).

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Combs has won three Grammy Awards and two MTV Video Music Awards, and is the producer of MTV’s Making the Band

Aside being a rapper, the artist now known as Love is also an actor, producer, director, entrepreneur, restauranteur and philanthropist.

Combs is the head of Combs Enterprises, an umbrella company for his portfolio of businesses. In addition to his clothing line, Combs owned two restaurants called Justin’s, named after his son. The original New York location closed in September 2007; the Atlanta location closed in June 2012. He is the designer of the Dallas Mavericks alternate jersey. In October 2007 Combs agreed to help develop the Cîroc vodka brand for a 50 percent share of the profits. Combs acquired the Enyce clothing line from Liz Claiborne for $20 million on October 21, 2008.  Combs has a major equity stake in Revolt TV, a television network that also has a film production branch.  It began broadcasting in 2014. In February 2015, Combs teamed up with actor Mark Wahlberg and businessman Ronald Burkle of Yucaipa Companies to purchase a majority holding in Aquahydrate, a calorie-free beverage for athletes.  John Cochran, former president of Fiji Water, is CEO of the company

Combs founded Daddy’s House Social Programs, an organization to help inner city youth, in 1995. Programs include tutoring, life skills classes, and an annual summer camp. Along with Jay-Z, he pledged $1 million to help support victims of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and donated clothing from his Sean John line to victims. He has donated computers and books to New York schools.

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley named October 13, 2006, as “Diddy Day” in honor of Combs’ charity work. In 2008 Combs was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In 2014, Combs received an honorary doctorate from Howard University, where he served as the keynote speaker for its 146th commencement ceremony. In his speech, Combs acknowledged that his experiences as a Howard student positively influenced his life