|Mr. Combs opens up a charter school in Harlem.|
The media mogul's latest endeavor: Opening up a charter school.
Sean "Puffy" Combs, known as Puff Daddy/Diddy told the junk food media that he's going bring Hartford's Capital Prep Charter School to Harlem. He wants to turn an abandoned building in Harlem into a school for social justice. The school will cater to high school students from 6th grade to 12th grade.
Combs is co-founding the school with Steve Perry, a recognized name in education reform who has sparred with union leaders and made TV appearances such as on CNN's "Black in America." Perry founded a public magnet campus in Hartford, Conn., in 2005, and a charter in Bridgeport, Conn., founded in 2015. Charter schools are publicly funded and can be privately operated.
Combs provided office space and staff in New York to launch the school, Perry said. Initially, those staffers canvassed the neighborhood for support. Perry said he hasn't asked Combs to donate his money to the school, and the musician's day-to-day involvement is still to be determined.
Teachers are called illuminators because they're more than just instructors, said Capital Prep Harlem Principal Danita Jones.
He's accepting students this session.
This is the media mogul's first attempt at opening up an institution for disadvantaged youth.
Combs is the founder of Bad Boy Entertainment. Through the 1990s and 2000s the label was credited to the success of Notorious B.I.G., 112, Total, Faith Evans, Mase, The Lox, Craig Mack and Black Rob.
Bad Boy's latest acts include Cassie, Machine Gun Kelly, and French Montana.