NYU Offers New Course on Diddy, And It's No Joke

Of all the celebrity name changes, Diddy's reversion back to Puff Daddy may actually make the most sense. Even though I haven't quite come to grips with his decision, the man formerly known as Diddy must've renamed himself (again) to accompany the class NYU's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music plans to offer on how the '90s (when he was simply Puff Daddy, the first time) bolstered his successful music career. To me Diddy sounds more refined than Puff Daddy, but oh well, it won't matter because the course title doesn't include either moniker.

My initial reaction was, is this a joke? But before images of gaudy fur coats, recycled lyrical content and fake Instagram proposals bombarded my objectivity, I skimmed the course description and the content is far from fluff. After all, it's NYU, but we are talking about Puffy or Diddy here (I don't know what to call him!). Anyway, per the course catalogue, here's what students who sign up for "Topics: Sean Combs & Urban Culture" can expect:

The Revolt TV owner will join the growing ranks of hip-hop artists to have their music industry clout validated in the form of a collaboration with a higher education program, among them Nas and Lil' Kim. Even though Puff Daddy's ridiculous antics tend to grate my nerves, any aspiring music mogul or those who constantly find the lyrics "and we won't stop, 'cause we can't stop" running through their heads could surely benefit from this course.While the course will certainly drive home the message of persistence in the face of overwhelming odds and Puff Daddy's uniquely creative approach to marketing, I pray the instructor will take some time out to revisit some of the following, more urgent Puff Daddy-related skills.The art of wearing a shiny suit:

How to properly execute a video shoot stare-down:

And finally, how to pull off Puff Daddy's old dance moves (without scuffing up the shiny suit, of course):