News: Diddy Reveals Personal Struggle Over Haiti Earthquake, "It's Not Gonna Stop Here" [Video]
Sunday, Jan 17, 2010 9:00PM
Rap mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs has made a return to his video blogs with an open message about the overall emotions he has experienced since last week's massive Haiti disaster.
From Puff's perspective, he himself has found difficulty in facing the reality of Haiti's post-earthquake effects.
"Words can't explain how heavy my heart has been since the earthquake happened, how so much pain I think we've all been in just watching the images, how helpless you feel," Diddy explained in his recording. "Even if you donate, we have to keep donating money, I've donated money, please keep donating money -- this is gonna be a long journey. It's not gonna stop here, news is like what's going on this week. This is something we're gonna have to pay attention to for years. These are people we are gonna have to help for years. We're gonna have to find the passion in our hearts to always be there for them -- let us pray, let us tap into our belief in God, I don't care if you're Muslim, Jewish, Catholic, Protestant, that one God that you believe in, let's give our Haitian brothers and sisters that extra twenty minutes on our knees..." (Diddy's Blog)
Haitian rapper Wyclef Jean recently zeroed the public into the area's actuality by describing what the aftermath has left.
"The reality here at the airport has nothing to do with what's going on on the ground right now," added Wyclef, who began making urgent pleas for help just hours after the quake struck his native country. "We spent the day picking up dead bodies, all day that's what we did. There's so much bodies in the streets that the morgues are filled up, the cemeteries are filled up. So we participated in picking up the bodies and finding a place that we could put the bodies." (MTV)
Last week, Clef released a statement on the seriousness behind Haiti's disaster.
"Haiti today faced a natural disaster of unprecedented proportion, an earthquake unlike anything the country has ever experienced. The magnitude 7.0 earthquake - and several very strong aftershocks - struck only 10 miles from Port-au-Prince. I cannot stress enough what a human disaster this is, and idle hands will only make this tragedy worse. The over 2 million people in Port-au-Prince tonight face catastrophe alone. We must act now. President Obama has already said that the U.S. stands 'ready to assist' the Haitian people. The U.S. Military is the only group trained and prepared to offer that assistance immediately. They must do so as soon as possible. The international community must also rise to the occasion and help the Haitian people in every way possible." (Statement)
Chicago rapper Twista also penned a tribute track for Haiti called "911."
"Man, I don't know what's going on y'all," Twista starts off saying. "We just gotta all hold hands and pray...Woke up this morning to the news and heard the fears and the cries/The sight of Haitian faces brought nothing but tears to my eyes/People suffer from a tragedy of the same demeanor as a natural disaster like Hurricane Katrina/Where is God when I need him, I can't believe the drama...it was like I was right there to see how death felt, I couldn't imagine the pain that Wyclef felt...I got up some old clothes like Nike and Pelle donate to 'em and make some contributions...and I'm glad to see Obama react the way he did, immediate reaction because we have to save the kids/Pride and honor because we both are from Chicago..." ("911 (Haiti Dedication)")
Check out Diddy speaking in-depth about Haiti below:
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