P. Diddy drops the 'P.'

NEW YORK, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- The artist formerly known as Sean Combs, Puff Daddy and Puffy has added P. Diddy to the formerly known as list.

P. Diddy clothing worker claims harassment

NEW YORK, May 20 (UPI) -- An employee of P. Diddy's Sean John clothing company claims in a federal lawsuit she was sexually harrassed by a New York co-worker.

Feature: ASCAP honors Mark Snow

LOS ANGELES, April 25 (UPI) -- "The X-Files" composer Mark Snow is being honored this week by the American Society of Composers and Publishers for a career that in many ways exemplifies the t
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Las Vegas declares Diddy Day

LAS VEGAS, April 16 (UPI) -- Las Vegas declared April 15th Diddy Day in honor of Sean Combs, the rapper otherwise known as P. Diddy.

MTV, Sean Combs announce deal

NEW YORK, March 23 (UPI) -- MTV and rapper/entrepreneur Sean "P. Diddy" Combs have agreed to a production deal with Combs' company Bad Boy Entertainment.

Chris Tucker to emcee NAACP Image Awards

LOS ANGELES, March 17 (UPI) -- Actor-comedian Chris Tucker will emcee the 36th NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles, Fox TV announced Thursday.

P. Diddy sued over book deal

NEW YORK, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- New York-based Random House has sued rapper Sean "P. Diddy" Combs for keeping a $300,000 advance for an autobiography he never wrote.

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2,000 new Oxford English Dictionary entries

NEW YORK, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- The word "Benjamin," meaning a $100-bill or large sum of money, is one of the new words in the British 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary.

Get-out-the-vote rally draws 6,000 fans

DETROIT, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- More than 6,000 people came out for the Detroit stop of P. Diddy's "Vote or Die" rally, the Detroit Free Press reported Wednesday.

Dell tops Fortune's under-40 rich list

NEW YORK, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Michael Dell, chairman and founder of Dell Computer, is still No. 1 on Fortune Magazine's latest 40 under 40 list -- the 40 richest Americans under age 40.

Oprah to attend freedom museum gala

CINCINNATI, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Talk show host Oprah Winfrey will join actress Angela Bassett and rapper Sean Combs at the Cincinnati gala for the National Underground Railroad Center.

Analysis: Hip-hop election?

LOS ANGELES, July 23 (UPI) -- When the Democratic National Convention opens Monday, one of the many related activities in Boston will be the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network drive to register more new young voters -- a campaign that organizers hope will get the attention of politicians w
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Estee Lauder, P. Diddy to create scent

NEW YORK, May 21 (UPI) -- Cosmetics company Estee Lauder announced Friday it will pair up with hip-hopper P. Diddy to create a men's fragrance, the New York Times reports.

'Cosby' mom is best, poll says

NEW YORK, May 4 (UPI) -- "The Cosby Show's" Clare Huxtable, the witty, smart woman who kept five children and a husband in line, has been voted as U.S. TV's most popular mom.
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Sean Combs
Model Tyson Beckford and Sean "P Diddy" Combs (left) pose on July 20, 2004 in promotional t-shirts for Combs Citizen Change, a national non partisan organization created to motivate Americans between ages 18-30 to vote on November 2nd. (UPI Photo/Ezio Petersen)

Sean John Combs (born November 4, 1969), also known by his stage name Diddy or P. Diddy, is an American rapper, singer, record producer, actor, and businessman. He has won three Grammy Awards and two MTV Video Music Awards, and his clothing line earned a Council of Fashion Designers of America award. He was originally known as Puff Daddy and then as P. Diddy (Puff and Puffy being often used as a nickname, but never as recording names). In August 2005, he changed his stage name to simply "Diddy", but continues to use the name P. Diddy in the United Kingdom as the result of a lawsuit. He formed and recorded with the group "Diddy - Dirty Money".

Combs was born in Harlem and grew up in Mount Vernon, New York. He worked as a talent director at Uptown Records and then founded Bad Boy Records in 1993. His business interests under the umbrella of Bad Boy Entertainment Worldwide include Bad Boy Records; the clothing lines Sean John & Sean by Sean Combs; a movie production company; and two restaurants. He has taken the roles of recording executive, performer, producer of MTV's Making the Band, writer, arranger, clothing designer, and Broadway actor. In 2011 Forbes estimated his net worth at $475 million, making him the richest figure in hip hop.

Sean Combs was born in a public housing project in Harlem, New York, the son of Janice, a model and teacher, and Melvin Earl Combs. He grew up in Mount Vernon, New York. When Combs was a child, his father, aged 33, an associate of Frank Lucas (the New York drug lord), was shot to death in his car at a Manhattan park after attending a party. Lucas and rival gangster Nicky Barnes both publicly state that they were close to Melvin.

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