Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Hip Hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs was the guest of honor the other night at the 3rd Annual Triumph Awards presented by Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network.  The posh ceremony took place in Manhattan’s Lincoln Center.

The Bad Boy Records founder, who has influenced everything from music to fashion to social activism, was moved by the award and took time to recognize other civil rights pioneers including Sharpton during his acceptance speech.

Check it out…

“When you get a chance to get honored with an award, especially an award of this magnitude, it truly makes you reflect. Number one you ask yourself the question, especially if it’s not an award you were going after, like I always wanted a Grammy. So I was going after that. So then, you know, when you get an award of this magnitude by such a prestigious organization you ask yourself, ‘are you truly worthy of this award?’ And for me, I had to be honest with myself. I had to honestly look at those have come before me and the responsibility that they’ve taken on, have took on, and honestly spawning me and a generation of young people like me to just feel like the things we were able to do, we were able to do it just through the hip-hip spirit and the hip-hop culture. Which the truth is our culture of having a sense of entitlement that we deserve to be treated fairly and we deserve to have swag and be leaders, actually came from those who came before us, like Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Quincy Jones, Clarence Avon and Rev. Al Sharpton, who I think deserves a special round of applause, not only for what he’s done in the community but for the way he’s wearing that suit tonight.”

Kudos again to Diddy and the NAN Network for their stellar work within our communities!