Diddy, DJ Khaled, Tiffany Haddish to headline midnight rally for Andrew Gillum - Florida Politics

Diddy, DJ Khaled, Tiffany Haddish to headline midnight rally for Andrew Gillum

Rap mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs will host a midnight event at FAMU on Monday evening to promote Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum.

The “Bring It Home Midnight Rally” will also include appearances by DJ Khaled, Tiffany Haddish, William Packer and Monica. Working with student leaders, the event will push the significance of turning out the vote this Tuesday.

The concert and rally happen in Tallahassee, where Gillum serves as Mayor.

The Gillum campaign yesterday released video of Combs endorsing the Democrat. “He’s running a campaign for the people,” Combs says in the video.

Combs, founder of Bad Boy Records, played an outsized role in the growth of hip-hop in the 1990s, discovering such talents as The Notorious B.I.G. and Mase. Combs himself performed under a number of stage names including Puff Daddy, P. Diddy and Brother Love.

DJ Khaled’s career ties closely with the Miami hip-hop scene. He began his career as a radio DJ on WEDR 99 Jamz before releasing a series of successful albums and becoming president of Def Jam South and founding We The Best Music.

Khaled supported President Barack Obama’s candidacy, and two years ago spoke at a Miami rally with Obama for Hillary Clinton. He also joined a group of celebrities Obama invited to the White House to discuss criminal justice reform.

Actress/comedienne Haddish held a number of roles in television and film before a 2017 breakthrough in Girls Trip. She stars in the upcoming political comedy The Oath.

Packer, a St. Petersburg native and FAMU alumnus, co-founded Rainforest Films, producing such movies as Trois and Girls Trip.

Monica, an Atlanta native, signed with Arista Records at age 11 and released ‘90s hits including “Before You Walk Out of My Life” and “The Boy Is Mine.”

Doors will open at the Lawson Center at 9:30, with pre-rally programming starting at 10 p.m. Organizers say the event should last until 1 a.m., hours before polls open on Election Day.

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at jacobogles@hotmail.com.

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