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Puff Daddy to Diddy to Love – Sean Combs Discusses The significance Of His Name Changes

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Sean Diddy Combs is on the cover of Vanity Fair giving details about everything from, what drives him, what each name change means and how he is defining his next era.

We have highlighted a few significant parts of the conversation below, via Vanity Fair.

Impeccably groomed, he still walks like a Harlem dude. It is an attitude as much as it is a rhythm, although he does move like a gymnast or dancer.

Combs is wearing the classic hip-hop uniform that he helped enshrine in our popular imagination: white tee, track pants, and diamonds.

A nameplate necklace with “Love” in bejeweled rose and white tones glimmers like neon pop art. He welcomes me and my assistant with a bear hug.

When I mention it is one of my first hugs since COVID-19 made human contact feel dangerous, he comes back in for another. Sean Combs likes to spread the love.

About where he is mentally and his name changes

Puff Daddy to Diddy to Love - Sean Combs Discusses The significance Of His Name Changes
“I am the happiest I’ve ever been in life, I laugh the most, I smile the most, I breathe the most,” he tells me. In a word, Combs has love on his mind.

L”ove” is Combs’s latest nom de plume. Born Sean Combs in Harlem in 1969, the 51-year-old businessman has had several names through the years. His staff talks about these as eras.

I ask Combs if that is how he thinks of them. “Yeah, I do,” he says without hesitation. The name changes are about the almost-billion-dollar brand he built.

Each one signals an ideology and a strategy. Combs calls them off easily enough. “You have the Puff Daddy era, that’s like this young, brash, bold hip-hop, unapologetic swagger on a million and just fearlessness and really doing it for the art and rooted, the only thing I know is hip-hop.

I don’t know about changing the world or anything like that as possible.” The Puff Daddy era is not just Combs’s cultural foundation, it is also a defining moment for pop culture.

As the late 1990s were giving way to the 21st century, Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs had taken hip-hop iconography to scale. Much has been made about the shiny suits and over-the-top videos that made Bad Boy Records, Combs’s eponymous record label, a massive hit factory.

The Diddy era was an homage to his brother Biggie, who clowned him about his rhythmic “diddy bop” swagger. “Then after Biggie, I just, and after all of that, I wanted to get into other businesses.

And so Biggie had called me Diddy because of my bop, the way I walk, my swagger, and they got something called the diddy bop, that just, it just happens to, it’s not me, it was something before me. That’s the diddy bop. It’s the way a brother would walk around, walk down the street.”

About his Legacy and what inspired the LOVE era

 

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As private traumas brought Combs closer to God, the public traumas that define the 2010s—police brutality, civil disobedience, and political retrenchment—forced him to take a hard look at his legacy.

I am amazed when he brings up #MeToo before mentioning Black Lives Matter. “If you living on this earth and you trying to keep on dealing with this shit, that ain’t the way we going to live.

And people out there that are tired of it. And it’s not just a Black and white thing. You know what I’m saying? It’s just tired of the way that it doesn’t have to be.

Like when they said it was over—when they said in the #MeToo, when it was over, it was over,” he says emphatically.

Combs sees #MeToo as a qualified sign of progress and evidence that celebrities can change the world. “The #MeToo movement, the truth, is that it inspired me. It showed me that you can get maximum change,” he says. What Combs wants now is for that maximum change to come for his tribe. Enter the Love era.

“My people taking time to feel like it’s all right to love. Take time to huddle up your tribe, take time to communicate and know your power. Take time to heal. You know what I’m saying, [taking care of] yourself without feeling like, oh, you’re going to be labeled a racist now because you talk about taking care of yourself.”

About Negative Critism He Faces

For his part, Combs tells me that he is not worried about bringing along those who disagree with him. “I can’t get caught up in that.

I know where my heart is at, and you can’t just do it alone with just Black people. You got to have all types of allies.

And that’s one thing I’m good at, I’m good at being a unifier, but I’m not going to be in a room with other tribes that protect themselves and make sure that they straight and not make sure that we straight.

But also, I’m not a politician, I’m not trying to be the king or the dictator of somebody. I’m a boy from Harlem that came here to make a change. We all have our story.”

 

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Try These 7 Dwayne Johnson-Approved Tips to Building Life-Changing Habits

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Dwayne Johnson is rated one of the hardest-working actors in Hollywood, which is why he’s among the highest-paid actors. Dude gets three to five hours of sleep each night. Three.

He’s also one of the most inspiring people in the world. He has over 300million followers on Instagram, where he doesn’t shy away from sharing an inspo post now and again – like, say, the perks of a late-night gym sesh, why you need to work hard in life, or the benefits of a 7,000-calorie cheat meal.

No matter what, The Rock is a 21st Century icon. That’s why we decided to share the seven most important lessons he’s taught us over time.

Seven, because that’s the amount of money he had when he was kicked out of the Canadian Football League and had to start over. Seven, because that’s the mane of his firm –SevenBuck Productions.

Work Like Your Life Depends on It Because It Does

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Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work equals success – Dwayne Johnson

As a child, Dwayne witnessed his dad wake up at 5 am every day. He’d have his cup of coffee and then hit the gym. And when other kids played at the playground, Dwayne accompanied his dad to the gym – hardcore gyms. His first interaction with weight rooms was as a pre-teen.

However, this was a crucial bonding time for them, and it was then that he learned there’s no substitute for hard work.
His dad and other wrestlers would train for hours every morning, like all the top bodybuilding giants – Frank Zane, Albert Beckles, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. It was all they knew, and it was all Dwayne knew. And it worked.

Create A Solid Morning Routine

Dwayne starts his day at 3.30 am. He begins with a light cardio workout –a quick run or some weights (when he knows he’ll have a busy day). After working out, he has his morning meal, ‘The Power Breakfast,’ and starts his day.

You, too, can create your morning routine. Wake up early, go for a run, do some light intensity cardio, or try meditation – whatever gets you supercharged. Kickstarting your day with a defined habit helps you have a positive and proactive attitude, allowing you to accomplish your day’s tasks on time.

It also helps alleviate stress, minimize mental fatigue, and boosts your overall productivity, clearing the path for a successful future.

Appreciate More

It’s easy to get caught up in the bliss of success and forget how fortunate you are. Practicing gratitude is an ideal way of creating a positive environment, reducing stress and anxiety, and enhancing your overall health.

How can you cultivate this habit? It’s simple. Like Johnson, you can pen down a gratitude letter to your supporters or do some volunteer work. Dwayne has a long list of the charities he supports and volunteers his time for, including, The Make-A-Wish Foundation, I Have a Dream Foundation, Parkinson Society Maritime Region, Red Cross, Starlight Children’s Foundation, and Until There’s A Cure.

It can also be as simple as reminding yourself of one thing you’re grateful for every day before going to sleep. The more you appreciate the small wins, the happier you’ll be.

Exercise – It’s Good For Your Overall Existence

Besides boosting physical health, working out enhances creativity and improves cognitive skills. It’s also the best way to build endurance and get pumped up for work.

If you’re not convinced, just ask Dwayne. The guy has a solid workout routine that helps keep him grounded and ready for anything thrown at him. He’s currently doing a #BlackAdam workout, which involves leg curls, compound pressing movements, chain lunges, shark pit squats, and barbell squats.

The training helps improve blood volume, detail, and conditioning, which means it acts as a natural anti-depressant. Still need more reasons for hitting the HIITs and strength training workouts?

Just scroll through Dwayne’s IG page – you’ll get the inspiration you need.

Eat Right

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Consuming healthy meals boosts your physical health and helps you save on $$$, bolsters your energy levels, and amps up your mood – you become a healthier, leaner, stronger, and happier person, which equals a better and successful life.

Dwayne subscribes to a ‘Power’ meal plan, consisting primarily of high-protein chicken, salmon, and buffalo, with light carbs like rice and sweet potatoes. He also loves his greens and then enjoys a delicious cheeseburger on the weekends as his cheat meal.
He mainly relies on natural protein sources, but he uses a casein protein shake now and then to improve his workout recovery.

Invest in Self-Care

Taking some time off to unwind does wonders for your mental health, mood, and self-esteem – and Dwayne Johnson knows this.

His preferred mode of relaxation? Fish farming. The Hawaiian-born icon spends his self-care time at his ‘happy place’ – his sprawling farm in Charlottesville. Dwayne has been raising his fish for over a decade now – trout, carp, sunfish, and more. And he works closely with a team of biologists to ensure a thriving ecosystem for his fish to live in.

When he’s not fishing, he loves spending time with his babies. This enables him to decompress and enjoy time off from all the noise.

You, too, can develop your decompression routine, and it doesn’t have to involve fish – we all can’t rear fish. So, try listening to music, hiking, cooking with your family, or learning a new skill. Whatever rocks your boat, do it!

Don’t Give Up

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Dwayne always says failure is a virtue. So, don’t throw in the towel just yet. When the road gets brutal, get tougher, too. Challenges are meant to shape you and mold you. Were it not for the thousands of failures Dwayne experienced, no one would know The Rock today.

So, don’t be afraid to fall. That tiny or massive failure can help pave the path to becoming the next world icon.

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Bill Cosby Hopes Appearing In Rap Video With Mephis Jelks Will Help Restore His Reputation

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Bill Cosby is hoping to get back in the good graces of pop culture, and his first job out of prison is a cameo in a rap video.

According to Radar Online, the 84-year-old comedian is making a cameo in rapper Memphis Jelks’ music video, dedicated to the man once dubbed “America’s Dad.”

The song is called The Cosby Dance, and the two will begin shooting in the next few months as long as Covid cooperates.

“They plan on starting production in (3) months but they’re trying to watch this resurgence of Covid and be responsible,” Radar is told.

“The greatest legacy one can pass down to their children and grandchildren is not money nor material goods, but a legacy of truth and facts.

They [media] removed The Cosby Show, A Different World, and many of my Honorary Degrees,” Cosby said in a statement to Radar.

When Pennsylvania’s highest court overturned Cosby’s sexual assault charges in June, they “restored those feelings and memories, when they vacated my conviction, due to the egregious violation of my constitutional rights.”

Cosby feels honored a rapper like Memphis Jelks would create a song solely based on him.

“Now, comes a prolific rapper, Memphis Jelks, who adds to the restoration of my legacy with a powerful new song called, ‘The Cosby Dance’ Hey, Hey, Hey — Far From Finished,” Cosby’s statement continued.

Memphis Jelks is all about Cosby, telling Radar, “I believe the upcoming generation can learn a lot about overcoming adversities by studying and applying the principles of Dr. Cosby’s educational and career choices that have helped lead to his enormous success.”

“What better way than a viral song and dance in which the lyrics celebrate some of the great attributes of one of the greatest American comedians of all time, who happens to be Black,” he added.

After Cosby’s release from prison, his rep Andrew Wyatt told Radar, Cosby is gearing up for a big television and stand-up comedy comeback.

But this though!

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Comedian Tony Baker’s Son Passed Away In A Car Accident

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Tony Baker's Son died in car accident

Sadly 3 young adults involved in a car accident have lost their lives. Cerain Baker, 21, and son of Tony Baker, Jaiden Johnson, 20, Natalee Moghaddam, 19, and another unnamed occupant were “ejected” from their silver Volkswagen Tuesday night.

Their vehicle was struck by two other vehicles that appeared to have been street racing.

According to NBC LA The crash that apparently involved street racing occurred at about 11:50 p.m. Tuesday on North Glenoaks Boulevard at Andover Drive.

The family of one of the victims, Cerain Baker is struggling with the loss of their “bright light.” He was a 21-year-old musician and former Burbank football player.

“It feels like it’s not real,” Tony Baker, his father, says. “We get waves of grief. We sob uncontrollably. Then it’s back to regular conversation.”

Police say street racers in a Kia and a Mercedes struck the Volkswagen in which Baker was riding with friends.

Also killed was Baker’s best friend, 20-year-old music producer Jaiden Johnson of Burbank and their friend, 19-year-old Natalee Moghaddam of Calabasas.

For Cerain Baker’s loved ones life won’t be the same.

“Just a guy that everybody loved, so likable!” said Cencere Baker, his brother. “I went to school with him, I’m just a year younger. You could tell how everyone liked him.”

His mother, Cherie Whitehead, said he was a beautiful soul.

“Anyone who met him could tell you, we called him the Mayor of Burbank growing up,” she said. “He could hold a conversation with you.”

Prayers up for the family

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