Diddy Tells School Kids: Don't Drop Out

09/19/2006 at 02:00 PM EDT

Diddy Tells School Kids: Don't Drop Out
Combs with students at Benjamin Franklin High School, Sept. 18
Matt Rourke/AP

Diddy

Diddy

It was back to school for Sean "Diddy" Combs, who surprised some 750 students when he walked out onstage at Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin High School on Monday.

The easily recognizable, bling-outfitted mogul was rewarded with an eruption of cheers, reports the Associated Press.

"This is a really important time for you all right now," Combs told the kids. "This is the time that is going to dictate your future. It's important to know what it takes to achieve your dream "

He also summoned some of the students to stand next to him and recite their life's goals. His lesson for them: work hard and don't drop out.

"Take responsibility for your future. No excuses!" said Combs, 36.

The school district also plans to carry Diddy's words in an anti-truancy campaign, according to Cecilia Cummings, senior vice president for communications and community relations.

Said school principal Christopher Johnson: "We wanted someone whom they would sit down and listen to, someone who comes from the same type of background. To have a superstar come in to talk is extremely powerful."

Combs's new album, Press Play, is due next month.

Your Reaction

Follow Us

On Newsstands Now

Lupita Nyong'o: Most Beautiful!
  • Lupita Nyong'o: Most Beautiful!
  • Chelsea Clinton is Pregnant!
  • Exclusive Royal Tour Diary

Pick up your copy on newsstands

Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine

Advertisement

From Our Partners

Watch It

Editors' Picks

From Our Partners



Sign up for our daily newsletter and other special offers.
    Choose your newsletters
Thank you for signing up! Your request may take up to one week to be processed.
    see all newsletters