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Diddy Says Black Community Got 'Shortchanged' By Obama Administration

“I feel like we put President Obama in the White House, and when I look back I just wanted more done for my people."

Sean “Diddy” Combs wants black voters to turn up the heat on this year’s presidential election.

The music mogul shared his latest thoughts on the state of politics and how he felt that the black community “got a little bit shortchanged” during the Obama administration on “PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton” Sunday while promoting the opening of his new charter school in Harlem.  

“I feel like we put President Obama in the White House, and when I look back I just wanted more done for my people. Because, that’s the name of the game, this is politics,” he said.

“You put somebody in office, you get in return the things that you care about for your communities. I think we got a little bit shortchanged, and that’s not knocking the president. There’s a lot going on, he’s done an excellent job, but I think it’s time to turn up the heat, because the black vote is gonna decide who is the next president of the United States.”

Sharing his candid thoughts on politics isn’t anything new for Combs ― who launched the now-shuttered nonpartisan organization Citizen Change in 2004 to motivate young voters. Last year, during a panel at the Revolt Music Conference, Combs stated “there’s so much bullshit” involved in politics, which has often led the black community to becoming disenfranchised.

During his “PoliticsNation” interview, Combs went on to share his hopes for Democratic presidental nominee Hillary Clinton to start addressing the black voters directly.

“Ms. Clinton, I hope she starts to directly talk to the black community,” he said. “It really makes me feel almost hurt that our issues are not addressed, and we’re such a big part of the voting block.”

As for his message to black voters, he encourages the black community to not “pacify” themselves and to hold their vote.

“I think the heat gotta be turned up so much that as a community we gotta hold our vote. Don’t pacify yourself,” he said. “Really revolutionize the game. Make them come for our vote. It’s a whole different strategy, but I think we need to hold our vote, because I don’t believe any of them.”

Check out more of Diddy’s interview segment in the clip above.

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