Diddy Says Black Music Executives Are Still Being Pushed Aside

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Sean Combs revealed to Variety that the music industry is still sidelining many Black music executives — and he’s sick and tired of it.

“You have these record companies that are making so much money off our culture, our art form, but they’re not investing or even believing in us,” he said, adding, “For all the billions of dollars that these black executives have been able to make them [there’s still hesitation] to put them in the top-level positions. They’ll go and they’ll recruit cats from overseas.”

Sean also references “Black Wall Street,” which held a large community of black entrepreneurs and ended up being destroyed by a white mob.

“The black people in this community were thriving, and others were having to look at them thriving because they had their own banks and supermarkets. Income was being cultivated, and they were having a lot of success,” he added. “And so the white mob burned the town, lynched people to send a psychological message. And it worked. The message was, if y’all come together, if you thrive, this is what’s gonna happen.”