Musician/entrepreneur Sean "Diddy" Combs sees the success of Marvel Studios' Black Panther as "a cruel experiment" in regards to African culture.
“Black Panther was a cruel experiment,” Combs told Variety. "Because we live in 2018, and it’s the first time that the film industry gave us a fair playing field on a worldwide blockbuster, and the hundreds of millions it takes to make it.”
Combs, who has been part of a growing number of black-owned businesses in the entertainment, says its an example of the access - or lack thereof - for people of African descent.
"We only get 5% of the venture capital invested in things that are black owned - black-owned businesses, black-owned ideas, black-owned IP. You can’t do anything without that money, without resources. But when we do get the resources, we over-deliver," said Combs. "When Adidas invests in Kanye and it’s done properly, you have the right results. When Live Nation invests in artists and puts them in arenas the same way U2 would be, you have the right results. Black Panther, Black-ish, fashion; it’s all about access. If you’re blocked out of the resources, you can’t compete. And that’s my whole thing - to be able to come and compete."