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Sean “Diddy” Combs was heavily involved with the 2004 Rock The Vote movement and has urged young people to get involved in the political process for decades. Recently while making the rounds promoting his new charter school in Harlem, the music mogul was critical of President Barack Obama. During an interview on MSNBC’s Politics Nation, he said, “My number one thing, though, to be honest, is black people . . . I feel like we put President Obama in the White House. When I look back, I just wanted more done for my people because that’s the name of the game. This is politics. You put somebody in office you get in return the things that you care about for your communities.”

He added, “I think we got a little bit shortchanged . . . That’s not knocking the President. There’s a lot going on . . . a lot of balls for him to juggle . . . he’s done an excellent job, you know, but I think it’s time to turn up the heat because the black vote is going to decide who is the next president of the United States.”

Combs also shared his thoughts on Hillary Clinton. He said, “Ms. Clinton . . . Hillary Clinton, you know, I hope she starts to directly talk to the black community . . . It really makes me feel, you know, almost . . . hurt that our issues are not addressed and we’re such a big part of the voting bloc . . . I honestly think the heat has to be turned up so much that as a community, we got to hold our vote . . . Really revolutionize the game. Make them come for our vote. It’s a whole different strategy but I think we need to hold our vote because I don’t believe any of the candidates.”

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