As Sean “Diddy” Combs received the Prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award on June 26 at the 2022 BET Awards in Los Angeles, the rap mogul paid tribute to the late Kim Porter, the mother of three of his children, Christian, D’Lila Star and Jessie James Combs, and his step-son, Quincy Brown. Diddy gave several shout-outs to the model, who died unexpectedly of lobar pneumonia in 2018 at age 47. After several star-studded performances that paid homage to his career, Puffy played an old video clip of Porter telling him, “Congratulations Puffy, you’re a star. I can’t tell you how proud I am. From Harlem to Hollywood, that’s a long journey…you work so hard and I’ve watched you, your blood sweat and tears, and you’ve arrived.” Diddy ended his speech with, “I love you Kim.” Combs also donated $1 million to his alma mater Howard University and another $1 million to former NFL/MLB player Deion Sanders’ Jackson State University, where he is currently the coach of the football team.
Speaking of the BET Awards, three months after Will Smith’s fiasco at the Academy Awards, the self-disgraced Oscar winner is still picking up awards. At the BET Awards, Smith once again won Best Actor for his role as Serena and Venus Williams’ father, Richard Williams, in the film “King Richard.” However, Smith chose to stay out of the limelight and was not in attendance. Meanwhile, the evening’s host, Taraji P. Henson’s “Empire” castmate, Jussie Smollett, did opt to attend the ceremony, which caused a stir on social media.
Word on the curb is Usher celebrated his friend and mentor, L.A. Reid, turning 66 years old, by giving him a new Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet. This gesture was truly monumental because the music mogul gave Usher a Porsche when the crooner released his hit, “You Make Me Wanna” in 1997, on his and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds’ La Face Record label. Held June 25, the birthday party, which was called “Bel Air Backyard Barbecue,” included guests such as T.I. and Jeezy.
Celebrate good times this summer as Robert Kool Bell, founder of the Grammy Award winning Kool and the Gang, will host the third annual Kool Kids Foundation Golf Tournament. The event will take place on Tuesday, July 12, at the Cedar Hill Golf & Country Club, in Livingston, New Jersey. Celebrities, athletes and entertainers attending this star-studded golf outing include former NY Giants O.J. Anderson (co-chair of the event) and Rodney Hampton, Rev Run, former NY Knicks Charles Oakley and John Starks, Chris Tucker, Ja Rule and Ken Griffey Sr.