Diddy launches Our Black Party to get Trump out of office, Internet asks him to ‘start pay artists back party’

Launching his own political party, Diddy said, 'The number one priority is to get Trump out of office,' and added that people 'need to get Biden in and hold him accountable'

                            Diddy launches Our Black Party to get Trump out of office, Internet asks him to ‘start pay artists back party’
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On Friday, October 16, rap artist, singer, songwriter, record producer, and entrepreneur Diddy announced that he was launching his own political party called “Our Black Party”. The music mogul said he's creating the Black political party with a mission that includes advancing "a political agenda that addresses the needs of Black people" ahead of the 2020 presidential election.  

He said, “I'm launching one of the boldest things I've ever launched. I'm launching a Black political party with some young Black elected officials and activists,” adding, “The number one priority is to get Trump out of office. He has to go. We can't allow this man to continue to try and Divide us. The people that have the most responsibility and should be Scared to death of this man are white people. We are on the verge of a race war."

He further said that people "need to get Biden in and hold him accountable,” adding, “It would be irresponsible of me to have us hold our vote hostage. But it would also be irresponsible of me to let this moment go by and not make sure going forward we are doing what it takes to own our politics.”

As per the website for Our Black Party called OurBlackParty.org, “Our Black Party exists to advance a political agenda that addresses the needs of Black people. We envision an America where Black people are liberated and participate freely in the political, economic, and social systems that work together for our benefits. We will power the Black political agenda by developing a coalition of people and organizations committed to building Black political power and fiercely advocating for radical change that dramatically improves the quality of life for Black people in America.”

But Diddy’s announcement was met with a reaction he may not have been expecting, at least from a sizable chunk of people. On Twitter, many criticized the move for several reasons. “If Diddy and Cube of Ice wanted to really help Black people, they would have put their money into Black orgs and Black activists that already exist and have been fighting. But whatever,” wrote a Twitter user. Another Twitter user said, “Diddy said Trump is divisive, yet… Kanye created a third party. Why didn't Diddy collaborate with him? Isn't competing with Kanye, by creating another party, divisive? Maybe Diddy is doing this for selfish purposes?” Another Twitter user noted, “Diddy and everyone else starting a political party is chasing $$$ just like Trump was when he ran for president.”




Many, however, also claimed he had underpaid and not paid several Black artists. One Twitter user said, “Never forget that every artist Diddy signed is still begging for the money they are owed decades after the that. The rich & black Shaun King needs to sit down.” Another Twitter user said, “Diddy got rich by leaving of a long list of young artists broke and forgotten after f***ing with him.” Another Twitter user wrote, “Diddy hasn’t even paid artists for their work from back in the day....... pls leave us alone.” Yet another user said, “Diddy needs to start a pay them damn artists back party before anything else.”





Earlier this year in January, following Diddy's speech at Clive Davis' pre-Grammy gala, airing out the Recording Academy for not taking rap and R&B music from Black artists seriously, rapper Mase said, "Your past business practices knowingly has continued purposely starved your artist and been extremely unfair to the very same artist that helped u obtain that Icon Award on the iconic Badboy label. For example, u still got my publishing from 24 years ago in which u gave me $20k. Which makes me never want to work w/ u as any artist wouldn’t."

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