The film smashed through box office records and wowed audiences and critics alike but the rap mogul has suggested the Marvel movie “over-delivered” as opportunites for black actors and filmmakers are limited.
The movie – about a black African superhero – was praised for its black director and mainly black cast but, speaking to Variety, Diddy has voiced doubt on whether its success will actually change things for the better.
“Black Panther was a cruel experiment,” he said.
“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.
“You can’t do anything without that money, without resources. But when we do get the resources, we over-deliver. 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.
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.”
Diddy further criticised the music industry noting “there’s no black CEO of a major record company”.
“You have these record companies that are making so much money off our culture, our art form, but they’re not investing or even believing in us.”
“For all the billions of dollars that these black executives have been able to make them, [there’s still hesitation] to put them in the top-level positions.”