Since its inception in 1958, the Hollywood Walk Of
Fame has become a staple must-see for tourists. No matter how laid back any
given visitor is, there is still an air of excitement in seeing names of our
favorite movie stars, singers and even fictional characters like Winnie The
Even still, there has been something lacking in
the thousands of stars that line the Hollywood streets: the name of a Hip-Hop
On May 2, 2008, Sean Diddy Combs made history
when he became the first male rapper to be immortalized in a star on the Walk
Of Fame. The day was also declared Diddy Day by the Hollywood Chamber of
Commerce as they placed the 2,362nd star in the concrete.
The ceremony itself was electric. It was a breezy
78 degree day in Los Angeles near-perfect weather for the dozens of New York
natives who made their way to support Diddy on his special day. Celebrity
supporters included L.A. Reid Russell Simmons, Andre Harrell, Jamie Foxx, Doug
E. Fresh, Derek Luke, Arsenio Hall, Michael Bivins, Bishop Don Magic Juan and
Bad Boy artists Danity Kane and Day 26.
Bad Boys Shawn Prez worked with the promotion
team to hand out Harlem To Hollywood shirts to the hundreds of fans, as everyone chanted and shouted in delight throughout the ceremony. An enormous congratulations
to Diddy from Ciroc Vodka shimmered over the block from a nearby skyscraper,
and several fans held up their own signs with Cirocs enthusiastic message amidst
a sea of white balloons.
Diddys family, including his mother Janice Combs, long-time girlfriend Kim Porter and all of his children looked on as the ceremony kicked off.
After a brief presentation from the Chamber of Commerce, recognizing his work
in music, fashion, film and theater, Island/Def Jam Chairman L.A. Reid stepped
up to offer his sentiments.
God is good. This is a beautiful, beautiful day,
and Im really honored to be here, Reid began. I think its really important
to make note that the true measure of a man is judged not only by his
accomplishments, but by the impact that he may have on others. When I look at
the impact that Sean Puffy Combs has on the world, I would say that he measures
up to a great champion.
Big Boy from Los Angeles radio station Power 106
stepped up next. When it comes to a man like Diddy, this is a man that really
came and thought outside the box, said Big Boy. Theres a lot of times when
people try to stick [the Hip-Hop community] in a certain category. To see a man
like this that has accomplished so many things, it lets me know and lets the
whole world know that we all have a job to do, and the job can be done.
Jamie Foxx, who just received his own star on the
Walk Of Fame in 2007, also came forward to say a few words. He started by
pumping up the crowd with a Diddy chant and a verse from All About The
Benjamins, and after praising Diddy for his ability to throw the best parties,
explained that 12 or so years ago he couldnt even get in to the parties that
Who knew at that time that there was going to be
more working than just a party? Foxx questioned. Who knew he was going to come
out with his own clothes? Who knew that he was going to develop our culture and
our music, and make us step and dance, and have what we call swagger? I didnt
know anything about that.
He gave us so many hits, he gave us so many
artists and individuals that he influenced from Biggie, Jodeci, Mary J Blige…” continued Foxx. “Not only is he rapper, not only is he a music mogul – this individual is a
legend. Im here to be able to share this with you man, this is legendary. They
will never be able to take this away from you, and for the rest of your life,
your kids, your family’s life and those to come, they will be able to walk down
this street and see where you laid ground young man.
Foxx and Combs embraced as they traded spots on
the podium. Today is one of the best days of my life, said Combs with a smile. Today is
proof that if you believe all your dreams can come true. Ive gone from Harlem
to Hollywood, and through that journey Ive had the support of my family and
some of the greatest friends in the world.
Diddy proceeded to bring up his mother, Janice Combs,
and thanked her, his fans, his staff and artists for their involvement and
support in his success. He gave special thanks to Andre Harrell and Russell
Simmons for their inspiration.
“Today Ive been blessed to lay along side of some
of my heroes – Sidney Portier, Frank Sinatra, Quincy Jones, Denzel Washington.
Everything I do every day, I try to be a shining example of hard work and what
you get if you work hard. Diddy then dedicated his star to his father and
grandmother in heaven before bringing up Kim Porter and all of his children to
share the stage with him.
The star was unveiled as the paparazzi frantically
snapped photos, giving way to Diddy taking a few classic poses.
As the ceremony wrapped up, dozens of fans basked in the happiness of the moment as they waited faithfully to take photos and get autographs.
All in all Diddy Day was a whirlwind of joy and
celebration on the streets of Hollywood. It was a major moment in history, and
a great lifetime memory for everyone who had the honor of attending the
spoke with several of the celebrities and fans who attended the event, which
will be presented in The Scene video segment this week!