New York Mayor Takes Key Back from Diddy After Video
FILE - This photo provided by the Office of the New York Mayor, shows Mayor Eric Adams, left, presenting the Key to the City to hip-hop artist Sean "Diddy" Combs in New York's Times Square, Friday, Sept. 15, 2023. Combs has returned his key to New York City after a request from Adams in response to the release of a video showing the music mogul attacking R&B singer Cassie, officials said Saturday. (Office of the New York Mayor/Caroline Rubinstein-Willis via AP)

New York Mayor Takes Key Back from Diddy After Video

June 15th, 2024

A famous music man named Sean "Diddy" Combs got a special key from the mayor of New York City. But he had to give it back. The mayor did not want him to have it after seeing a video. The video showed the music man was not nice to a woman singer named Cassie. The mayor wrote a letter to the music man. He said he did not like what he saw in the video. The mayor said it was very important to be nice to everyone. The music man, Diddy, has had some problems because some people said he was not nice to them. There was even a big police look at his big houses. Diddy said he is sorry for not being nice to Cassie. They had a big problem, but now it's over. Last year, Diddy got the special key when he made new music. But now, a big school took back an award they gave him. They also stopped a school money thing with his name because of the video. Diddy is very good at making music. He has made a lot of music and business for many years. Someone tried to talk to Diddy, but he did not answer yet.
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💭 Discussion Questions

. Who received a special key from the mayor of New York City?
. Why did the mayor want the music man to give the key back?
. What did the big school do because of the video?

📖 Vocabulary

🌐 Cultural context

Sean "Diddy" Combs is a famous figure in American music. The mayor of a city can give a "key" to honor someone important. The article is about Diddy's behavior problems and losing honors because of them. This is from the United States.

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