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All kinds of celebrities attended. Everyone wore white. A reporter once asked Combs if he had read The Great Gatsby. Combs answered, “Have I read The Great Gatsby? indd 32 10/30/14 11:10 AM anding Combs was exp pers by the image of rap avagant showing the extr and his lifestyle that he d. indd 33 10/30/14 11:10 AM Combs had always loved fashion. He took after his mother in that way. He styled and shaped the image of stars, such as Jodeci and Mary J. Blige. And he dressed to impress in crisp suits and ties.

There is a suspenseful chase. Helicopters swoop in on a party on Biggie’s and Combs’s yacht. They interrupt the party. The rappers escape to an underwater party filled with mermaids. It had lots of action. Street reality was replaced with Hollywood fantasy. The rappers appeared like James Bond-type heroes or CEOs. Combs was a successful man now. His style was a lot more Gatsby than gangster. Jay Gatsby is a fictional character in a novel called The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The character Gatsby lives in a fabulous mansion and throws over-the-top parties.

He was so good that he played the role again in the 2008 TV movie. He won an NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) Award for his role. But Combs wasn’t finished surprising his fans. He ran the New York City Marathon in 2003. Although he didn’t have much time to train and had a sore knee, Combs finished the race. 2 miles in four hours and 15 minutes. His effort raised $2 million for New York City public schools. indd 42 10/30/14 11:10 AM City e New York th n o k o to for New Combs ise money ra to n o th Mara ls.

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