Sean P. Diddy Combs receives best actor accolade

No one quite knows how best to address P. Diddy these days, for the rapper, designer, producer, dancer and actor has gone through several monikers.
Still, whether it’s Puffy Combs, Sean ‘Puffy’ Combs, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Puff Daddy to just plain Puffy, one thing is for sure – P. Diddy is now a fully-fledged actor.
At the recent NAACP Image Awards, Sean ‘P.Diddy’ Combs received a best actor accolade for his portrayal of ‘Walter Lee’ in the television drama “A Raisin in the Sun”.
Beating out thespians Andre Braugher and Charles S. Dutton in a role previously portrayed by Sidney Poitier in 1961, an equally surprised Diddy humbly accepted the award at the prestigious event which honors individuals and projects that promote diversity in cinema and television.



With plans for more acting and movie producing projects in 2009, Diddy has fully immersed himself in becoming an actor and was recently a cast member on the television crime drama “CSI Miami.”

“When I started on the journey as an actor, people didn’t think I could accomplish it,” he says. “I still have a long way to go and I am thankful that I have had the opportunity to do it as it’s one of the most exciting things I have ever done.”

Although he’s tight-lipped about naming any specific movie projects, Diddy has plans to star in two or possibly three films this year.

“In order to be a great actor, you have to give all of yourself. You have to be able to expose yourself naked and acting has taught me how to give more,” he says.  “It’s definitely been a journey and it has been hard making that transition, but I am always constantly trying to reinvent myself and I am always pushing forward. I am always trying to be the best that I can be and make sure that I am growing as a person.”

Event sponsors for the 40th NAACP Image Awards include Chrysler, FedEx, American Airlines, Bank of America, Blockbuster, Ford Motor Company and Southwest Airlines.

Founded on February 12, 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its half-million adult and youth members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, and monitor equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

For more information on the NAACP IMAGE AWARDS, please visit


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Samantha Ofole-Prince is an entertainment journalist based in Los Angeles and contributes to Trendy Africa. 

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