In light of the global COVID-19 pandemic, which is disproportionately affecting the African American community, Sean “Diddy” Combs announced that he is launching a new platform called “Black News” that promises to report news and issues impacting the black people. He added that the series will also focus on providing solutions.
“It’s time for us to be solution-based,” said the Revolt chairman in an Instagram post on Saturday. He also noted that he will “put together a collective of individuals that are experts in their field.”
Combs said he came up with the idea after he hosted “State of Emergency,” an online townhall about the coronavirus and state of black America.
“When I started @REVOLTTV I always wanted to develop a platform to report the news from our perspective, for our people, so I decided to launch #BLACKNEWS,” reads his caption. “This platform is for solutions. We’ve already heard about what we can’t do, but this is about what we CAN do. This is all happening in real time, it’s not perfect, but each week we will get better and better.”
The announcement comes almost a week after he hosted a celebrity dance-a-thon on Instagram live on April 12 to raise money for healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. He was joined by Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriquez, Aubrey “Drake” Graham, Will Smith, Shaquille O’Neal, Snoop Dogg, and Jessica Alba. He reportedly raised $4 million for the non-profit Team Love and Direct Relief, dedicated to humanitarian aid in the coronavirus pandemic.