Rap mogul SEAN 'P DIDDY' COMBS is so moved by the strong message in his hit
Broadway play A Raisin in the Sun, he's started to make big changes in his
The BAD BOY RECORDS boss - who stars as WALTER LEE YOUNGER, a character
which Sidney Poitier made famous in the 1961 movie version - is settling
comfortably into New York's highly regarded theatre community, and he credits
words for his successful run.
Diddy - who stars opposite Sanaa Lathan, Phylicia Rashad and AUDRA
McDONALD in the production - says, "I never would have thought someone would be
yelling 'bravo' at me on Broadway. It's just the greatest and it's definitely
prepared me for my
future as an actor.
"I was blessed to have reached out to Sidney Poitier, who believed in me.
He said, 'I believe in it. I feel it. Any help you need.' I definitely owe a
lot to him (for) giving me that boost of confidence to not look back.
"It's been the most incredible experience that has also just changed my
life personally. It just made me step back. I started calling my mother and
giving her things.
"The play makes you deal with certain issues that we run from, which is
being appreciative about the smaller things in life."