News: Diddy Leads Howard University Student Protest, "Do What We Did & Take It Over" [Video]

Friday, Sep 4, 2009 5:00PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Diddy has joined in on Howard University student protests today (September 4) by encouraging students to continue demanding that his alma mater address their financial aid complications.

Puff wrote via Twitter with various messages of encouragement and suggestions.

"If your at HOWARD UNIV. Do what we did and take IT OVER!!!!," he wrote. "Let's go! And do it in a peaceful way but DO IT!!! That's you university!!! If your at HU go to the A building now and make sure they feel you!!! And send me updates!!! Let's go! Attention all Howard university students!!! Report to the A building now!!! Stick together! Now is the time!!! Let's go! And be peaceful Howard univ. Students I love you! I know I haven't been there enough. But I want to be and I will be! Keep the pressure on! O got your backs HU your worldwide now! Show em what u got!! RT @silsfvalley: @iamdiddy to Howard U---No Justice, No Peace!" (Diddy's Twitter)

The demonstrations reportedly began late Thursday (September 3) evening.

A large group turned out for the student association's demonstration against poor customer service Friday. Many students have complained they've been unable to get housing and their financial aid packages, according to the student association's director of media relations. Another protest was held Thursday night outside the chapel. (NBC Washington)

The complications have also had an effect on students' class registration.

Complaints focus on the thousands of students who have not been financially validated, meaning their financial aid paperwork is has not been processed. Students can't register for classes until they're validated. Protest organizers also say many students who promised on-campus housing showed up for school with no place to live. (Local News 8)

Prior to launching Bad Boy Entertainment, Diddy attended Howard University.

Diddy has always pushed himself. Born in Harlem, he was raised outside New York City by his mother after his father's murder. He studied business administration at Howard University and took an internship at Uptown Records, climbing the ladder to top executive in mere months. Later he founded Bad Boy Records, which would evolve into his media empire. (Time)

Check out footage from the Howard University student protest below:

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