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Rap and Hip-Hop Stars Encourage Voters Not To Be Afraid of Long Voting Lines

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The "troubled" voting state of Florida got some encouragement from rap stars Jay-Z and Sean "Diddy" Combs this past weekend.

During a "Last Chance for Change" rally on Sunday at Florida Memorial University, the duo told voters not to be discouraged by long lines at polling places with Combs saying, "We have to do it for our children, we have to do it for the people that died for us to have the right to vote."

Music executive Kevin Liles pointed out that fans have endured long lines for everything from CDs to Jordans, so a line to perform voters' sacred duty should be no problem. "We ain't afraid of no lines!" he joked.

Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons and artist Mary J. Blige were also in attendance, showing their support for Barack Obama.

When an announcer asked who had already voted, several in the crowd responded with cheering enthusiasm.

Combs has long been a proponent of the youth, with his "Vote or Die" campagin from four years earleir and nonpartisan ground Citizen Change.

And this election has proved to be particularly moving for young voters, with record-breaking young voter registration and record-breaking early voting.

Don't forget to vote tomorrow!!!

[Image via AP Images.]

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66 comments to “Rap and Hip-Hop Stars Encourage Voters Not To Be Afraid of Long Voting Lines”



  1. 1

    Hip hop smip hop, rap…who the fuck cares about P. Diddy aka Sean Combs aka Puff Daddy…someone put a cap in him STAT!!



  2. 2

    If there wasn't a WHITE/black man running for office, the hip hop-rap community would not give a shit and all of you know it!!



  3. 3

    How many of them in there have been registered more than once by ACORN. Someone ask Hussein Obama how many.



  4. 4

    I take shits with more substance than Diddy. And they look better, too.



  5. 5

    lol I see about 1 white person in this pic…..black ppl are voting for him cuz he's 'black' they are voting for the wrong reasons, what a shame =( as long as that welfare check keeps coming they is happy hahaha



  6. 6

    PLEASE GO AND VOTE YES ON PROP 8
    We don't need things like Perez having even the slightest chance at enjoying legal marriage in California.



  7. 7

    I can't stand P-DOODOO



  8. 8

    Who cares! Everyone should go vote regardless of what these morons say.



  9. 9

    Re: njpaul0129 – His name is Barack Hassein Obama II, at least get the name right if you're going to attempt and make the stupid Muslim connection… dumbass.



  10. 10

    Re: yo soy el diablo – Bravo my good friend. Bravo!!



  11. 11

    Re: yo soy el diablo – a black woman said 2 my cousin your not voting for obama because he black right…and he looked at her and said no but you are because he is black and she said YES and they call us racist



  12. 12

    It's funny just how many haters there are out there, the previous comments just display the high amount of ingnorance out there. People, you can ride the wave or get drowned by it, you choose. Obama will be our next president whether you like it or not.



  13. 13

    its true black people are only voting for obama because his skin is dark!
    thats not fair!! im not saying im for mccain im just saying people need to vote for the real issues at hand and not because it is the first time in history and black man is running. please think before you vote and dont rush the process its your chance to make the change!



  14. 14

    Re: yo soy el diablo – You are a complete moron. Why don't you do some research and find out what the majority of welfare recipients race are? The white race is still the dominant race in America even if you gather all "minorites" combined, that is why they are called minorities. I am not a racist person, but I know enough about social economics to understand that. The welfatre system is juiced overall by white recipients more than any other race in this country. How? Because there are more white people in this country. Go check out the Bureau of Labor Statistics and find out for yourself, Middle America takes the biggest chunk. Who are you to judge who is on it anyway? Do you know enough about the system to make an educated comment or are you just a bigot who makes careles rants on the internet? Get your facts straight and inform yourself, you sound extremely ignorant and idiotic.



  15. 15

    hottie



  16. 16

    I am in no way racist hahaha ;) I am not voting for Obama because as a member of the US Army myself and my dependents benefit alot more from what McCain has to offer. I could give 2 shits what the color of ur damn is, alot of you need to get over the fact that just because we state our dislike for Obama we are racist, wtf, fuck it call me racist I still aint voting for him ;)



  17. 17

    Re: jULIAgULIAx3 – Whatever the reason is that people choose to vote for their candidate is their own personal choice, which they have the right to. Also, here's some food for thought. If Obama wins this presidency, which we all know he will - Why do you think that would be? Would it be because all the black people chose to vote for him? Or would it be because the majority of people in America WHICH ARE WHITE, voted for him? Don't be so ignorant, people willl vote for the candidate of their choice and that's the right we are given in America. If you don't like it then why don't you go live in a Communist country where people don't have a choice and where there is no Democracy? There are many people who refuse to vote for Obama for the sole purpose of the color of his skin just like there are people who choose to viote for him for the color of his skin. Everyone can be judged as a hypocrite in this race.



  18. 18

    Re: yo soy el diablo – If you read my statement carefully, I never once called you a racist. I guess your own conscience is speaking aloud. And if your not a racist as you claim, then don't make comments like one.



  19. 19

    Please just get this fucking election over with! We are soooooooooooo bored of the whole thing! So bored of the candidates and so bored with it ALL! Who gives a fuck anyway as not a lot will change either way - don't fool yourselves. Just coz Barak Obama is black!! Only a dumb American could think it meant something extra xxx



  20. 20

    hah its really funny how all the sudden people who never voted before are going to vote for obama. just because he will probably give all the lazy ass people who dont have any incitiave to work our tax money, while doctors and other successful people who spend 15 years in school loose their money just for fat lazy people with 8 kids running around. So go ahead and vote obama if you feel like giving hard earned money to lazy people ! FLORIDA FOR MCCAIN



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  22. 22

    Re: onlyme
    wow you took your time to type all this to me thanks =) its the internet hun get the fuck over it. Im a minority ;) I have alot of sorry ass relatives who are on welfare, and they have no clue wtf is going on but they are voting obama to keep that check coming, so so sad. Let me keep busting my ass at work so that my taxes can pay for their and apparently your welfare check too.



  23. 23

    Re: onlyme
    I was not reffering to you when I posted that comment if you look again I did not reply to you did I? Its general to anyone who thinks that people who vote McCain are racist



  24. 24

    VOTE YES ON PROP 8
    We know Perez doesn't want the election to be over with because the spike in the number of hits to this weak attempt at a website will go down BIG TIME. So enjoy it fat boy while you can.
    VOTE FOR NADER/GONZALEZ



  25. 25

    Re: onlyme – #16

    Your logic is faulty. Blacks make up like, 13.8% of the total US population but get far more than 13.8% of all welfare. You look it up, because you don't have your facts straight.

  26. t-dak says – reply to this


    26

    of course all black hip hop artists are endorsing barack. like they are going to sway my vote??



  27. 27

    Re: alexxx3 – youre damn stupid. No smart person would ever do that.



  28. 28

    ONLY BECAUSE HE IS "BLACK" "MIXED" WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL HIM DO THEY EVEN CARE. THEY DON'T CARE WHAT HE STANDS FOR OR WHAT HE IS CAPABLE OF DOING THEY JUST WANT A BLACK PRESIDENT! DISGUSTING! I AM ABOUT TIRED OF ALL THE LIBERALS.



  29. 29

    Vote Country and Courage over mindless celebrity endorsements. Vote McCain-Palin/ See Truth According To T o m



  30. 30

    I was at the one today in Cincinnati. It was great and when Jay- Z spoke his wife, Mrs. Beyonce came on stage!!!



  31. 31

    Re: ksheree – wtf do you know?? It could be a possibility but I can't believe someone could be so judgemental with no actual knowledge. Now that is hideous.



  32. 32

    Re: yo soy el diablo – Guess what? The comment I made was not lengthy just for you my dear. It's my personal rant in response to your idocy. Also, just because you are a minority that does not exclude you from being a racist, I'm a monority as well and that doesn't make me exempt from thinking any different. I doubt you make over $250,000 so get off of your McCain tip and get your vote straight dear. Also, we are talking about middle class getting tax breaks not welfare recipients who don't have a job. They can't get tax breaks to begin with because they don't work -…..duh.



  33. 33

    Re: Smirks – " Blacks make up like, 13.8% of the total US population" ………..Like for reals? Like really really? Or like for sure? Like let me look into that and like, I'll see.

  34. kmkm says – reply to this


    34

    …because diddy is such a great role model….. pretty sure he;s owened a few guns over the years… he really should stay out of politics. i mean this guy was complaining about gas prices and not being able to fly in his private jet…seirously? your about change diddy? HAHAHAH



  35. 35

    Re: Smirks – Also, "LIKE" even if every single black American in this country was on welfare, whites are still taking up most of the welfare because there are mprore of them. That's the point I made in my statement. Didn't you read what I wrote? I can see you must have trouble proofreading. Did you graduate from highschool?



  36. 36

    lol if people like Pdidy vote for obama then us mccain supporters have nothing to worry about!



  37. 37

    PROUDLY VOTED FOR MCCAIN! :)



  38. 38

    lol all of the lower income people are like " OMG! obama is going to give us free money to buy drugs!!! all from the rich people who worked for it!!!111!! "

    thats why they are voting early.



  39. 39

    Re: My salad needs a tossing – awesome! make your next avatar that!!! i double dog dare ya!!



  40. 40

    Re: John Mccain will save America – LOL…funny stuff



  41. 41

    Re: onlyme – I used the word "like" as an indicator that I may not be quoting the exact number. It's been like, a month since I last looked at census data. Additionally, I was referring to the percent to total of blacks on welfare. It is higher than whites. You are an angry individual.



  42. 42

    YAAAAAAAAAAAAA BABYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY FUCK THAT OLD MAN AND THAT DOGFACE BITCH, VOTE OBAMA/BIDEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  43. 43

    Fuck that Piece of Shit, Hey Didiot, Eat a Dick!



  44. 44

    Somebody please tell me why you all put that picture of Obama looking like Che Guevera on your shirts and buttons? Do y'all know who Che Guevera was? Please look it up before you go vote tomorrow. Ah, it probably won't matter to most of you anyway.



  45. 45

    HILLARIOUS!!!!
    *
    Don't be afraid of long lines?? Are you kidding me…….
    **
    Diddy puff, cough, cough, booboo duh duh says just …..
    *
    *
    Think of it as an "IN TRAINING" session ……
    *
    For your government handout
    *
    The Civilian police line-ups that will be conducted b/c messiah just wants to know what's in your pocket
    *
    For spreading your wealth or lack there of around
    *
    For your free Starbucks and Ben and Jerry's (the last treats you'll ever get)
    *
    I am Friggin LMAO…..
    *
    *



  46. 46

    The lines are so long that the poles will be open on Wednesday for people who didn't vote Tuesday. Don't go during the peak times.



  47. 47

    Re: PaLady

    Living under a rock?……
    *
    His some campaign "headquarters" have Che posters hangingn alongside Boooobamas….do they know who Che is and what he represents?



  48. 48

    People DO NOT FORGET TO VOTE !
    THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT !

    OBAMA O8 ! =D

    www.Thethinkmovement.com
    Great Site



  49. 49

    It's the issues, not the celebutard endorsements that matter. Diddy is just hurting the cause. Would any of you with an IQ higher than Forest Gump, buy anything DumbDiddy was trying to sell?

    Vote Obama, but do it for the right reasons!



  50. 50

    His fans are used to long FOOD STAMP lines and long WELFARE lines, so it shouldn't be a problem for them… It's not like they work, right?



  51. 51

    and look at that…they're all BLACK…

    hmmm…?



  52. 52

    Re: MatsMoe – They have no clue and they don't care. Congratulations for living in a state that will be going for McCain tomorrow. I think I'll move to TX!



  53. 53

    ah, the brain trust speaks.



  54. 54

    Jay-Z, Diddy and Mary J. Blige were all in cincinnati yesterday! i saw them =]

    oh and i'm WHITE and i'm voting for barack!!..racist mofos

  55. CAGOP says – reply to this


    55

    Would they be this excited if Obama was white? Don't think so. I work at my local McCain HQ and we have plenty of African-American individuals that come in our office, sick and tired of Obama's racist card. Get real people! Get a mind of your own! Accept personal responsibility! Get a job! Pay your OWN bills!!! It will make you feel better. :)



  56. 56

    Re: Honey Rider – Look, your ignorance is showing.



  57. 57

    I REALLY WISH P DIDDY WOULD QUIT TRYING TO CHANGE THE WORLD!!! NOBODY GIVES A SHIT ABOUT WHAT HE HAS TO SAY!!!



  58. 58

    FUCK P DIDDY



  59. 59

    All the polls say
    Obama is winning by a landslide
    already,
    so you Obama voters
    don't have to stand in line at
    those annoying voting places,
    your man has already won,
    the mainstream press
    says so,
    all the polls say so.
    Obama already has his victory
    party planned.
    You McCain supporters
    vote anyway, even though
    it is useless,
    because the mainstream
    polls are never ever wrong ever
    when they say the Democrat will
    will in a landslide.



  60. 60

    Who the FUCK gives a shit about P-DIDDY DOODLE… THIS ASSHOLES IS THE BIGGEST MORON! Giving voting advice… this motherfucker captilized on bibby smalls death… OH PLEASE…. SO WHAT HE'S RICH… HES STILL AN INGRATE! "WHAT THE FUCK P-DOODLE"… ARE "YOU" SERIOUS!



  61. 61

    Re: loismustdie

    This is the biggest load of crap I have read.What were you only 8 in 2004 when the whole black community was out on force begging people t vote for Kerry ( white !!) rid USA of tyrant Bush. If you are going to e a racist flop at least have your political history factual. So NO ,not everybody " knows this".. only ignorant fools like you believe it.!!



  62. 62

    Re: lonerlovesme
    HUM!!! Let me guess…you must be gay or black!

  63. D-Bag says – reply to this


    63

    First Acorn and now Diddy? I am seriously reconsidering my vote for Obama before I hit the polls, thanks to these two stupid motherfuckers.



  64. 64

    Re: onlyme – The voice of sanity!!!! I applaud yr every word before I hit this page I just knew it would be full of dumb-ass comments like the one you are replying to. I'm so fucking sick of the saddo haters on here (RACISTS I MEAN YOU) I honestly think its about time Perez manned up to the issue and spoke out.
    If these people hate "black" so much why do they look at articles like this?



  65. 65

    Re: yo soy el diablo – You idiot! It isn't who you are or aren't voting for thats offensive - it was the welfare check comment.
    Are you really that dumb/ignorant.
    If you must hate at least get your facts right or truly dude you look way way foolish.



  66. 66

    Re: Honey Rider – You joke. You bigot. You trash.
    You call yourself "Honey"? There aint nothing NOTHING sweet about you!