Puff Daddy delivered a monumental speech during Howard's University commencement ceremony, this past Saturday (May 10th). During his speech, he spoke on how his father's death impacted him as a child. Initially, Puff thought his father was killed in a car accident. But after doing some extensive research, he found out that he was murdered in a drug deal gone bad.

“On my second day of school I learned something that would change the course of my life forever,” Puff said. “I don’t talk about this often. I was raised by a single mother in Harlem. My dad, Mr. Melvin Combs died when I was three-years-old. My mother always told me that he died in a car accident. But something about that it just didn’t feel right. Something was in my soul that was telling me otherwise. So, as soon as I got here I went to the library and I did some research. I used the microfilm at Founders [Library] to search through all the newspapers. And when I typed in my father’s name and the day he died, I read in the Amsterdam News that he had been murdered in a drug deal gone bad. Right there in that library I realized there’s nothing greater than a mother’s love and desire to protect her child.”

You can watch the speech here.


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