As far as Sean “Diddy” Combs is concerned, the family that plays together prays together. Insiders say the hip-hop mogul led an all-star prayer circle that included his son Christian Combs, Lil’ Kim, Lil Wayne, French Montana and Busta Rhymes before the artists took part in a performance by Puff Daddy & The Family in Miami on the first night of the 2015 Revolt Music Conference on Oct. 16. Onstage, the spiritual vibe gave way to a financial theme as Diddy performed “All About the Benjamins” with Kim and “Pass the Ciroc” with Rhymes. Diddy, who briefly dubbed himself “Ciroc Obama” is a hype man for the spirit brand and gets a cut of profits.
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Jennifer Garner Rocks On
Jennifer Garner may be going through a public divorce from Ben Affleck, but that didn’t stop her from rocking out for a good cause. On Oct. 14, Garner hosted a fundraiser in Malibu for the Charlotte and Gwenyth Gray Foundation to Cure Batten Disease, a rare, fatal neurodegenerative disorder. The National and Young the Giant performed, and a source says that though Garner “didn’t dance, she clearly was enjoying the music.”
Matt Schultz Uncaged
Cage The Elephant frontman Matt Schultz takes his reputation for unhinged live performances seriously. To help spread the word about the band’s upcoming album, Tell Me I’m Pretty, which was produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys and will be released on Dec. 18, Cage the Elephant played a secret Oct. 15 show at the tiny, 400-capacity Lower East Side venue The Box, and during one of Schultz’s forays into the audience, he was lifted by the crowd and raised, upside down. toward the balcony where a concertgoer pulled the singer up by his feet. Balancing himself on the narrow outer ledge of the second-floor structure, Schultz nodded toward the lights strung beneath him along the balcony. “I didn’t break a single one,” he boasted before leaping wildly from the ledge and being caught by fans.
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Pras’ Oscar Bid
Pras Michel is hoping to add an Oscar to his Grammy wins. On Oct. 16, film producer and three-time Academy Award nominee Lawrence Bender (Pulp Fiction, Inglourious Basterds) hosted an intimate screening of Sweet Micky for President, which Michel wrote and produced. The former Fugees member, who has two Grammy Awards to his credit, also appears in the film, which is about his (and others’) successful backing of flamboyant musician Michel Martelly’s bid to become president of Haiti. Sources say the screening, held at Soho House in West Hollywood, was part of Michel’s efforts to get the film nominated by Oscar voters.
An edited version of this story originally appeared in the Oct. 31 issue of Billboard.