Priscilla Star Diaz (born June 13, 1994),[3] better known by her stage name P-Star, is an American rapper, dancer, model, singer, actress and music video director. Diaz is best known for her role as Jessica Ruiz in the 2009 version of The Electric Company and as the focus of the PBS Independent Lens documentary P-Star Rising.[4] Diaz was also a former beauty pageant contestant, who won eight pageant titles during her stint as a beauty queen.[5][6]

Early life

Diaz was born to parents and Doris Diaz in the Bronx and grew up in Harlem with her older sister Solsky and her father after her parents' split. Diaz also has a younger maternal half-sister named St. Clair who later became adopted by her father. Diaz was born of paternal Puerto Rican and maternal Cuban descent.

In the early stages of her life, Diaz's father was a former rapper and music producer and her mother became a heroin addict.[7] Due to the family's financial problems and her mother's drug abuse, Diaz's parents split up and Diaz and her sister lived in a foster home until their father gained custody of Diaz and her sister and raised them as a single father in Harlem.[5] At the age of six, Diaz decided she wanted to become a rapper to make a better life for herself and her family after her father's music career had failed and Diaz and her family found themselves living in a shelter.


Diaz began her rap career at the age of nine in after-hours nightclubs in Harlem, battling against other MC's twice her age. She won the Citywide Hip Hop competition in 2005 and became the youngest female entrant. That same year, Diaz recorded an album with Reggaeton Niños as the main vocalist and appeared in the music video for "Oye mi Canto". She signed a recording contract with independent label Hunc Records in 2007 and released her first album titled Welcome to My Show the same year with the song "Biggie Bounce" released as a single. Diaz directed and performed in the music video "Don't Stop the Dance" and released two versions of herself singing in English and Japanese.[8] She appeared in the Off-Broadway production of Take the Train to Maine, 2005's short film Sita and as Jessica Ruiz in the Sesame Workshop-produced version of The Electric Company in 2009. Diaz has modeled clothing for Royal Addiction, Baby Phat, J. Lo, and Roca Wear.[5]

Personal life

As of February 2015, Diaz was attending Denison University in Ohio, majoring in theater and education. [9]



  • Welcome to My Show (2008)


  • "Biggie Bounce" (2008)
  • "Wanna Make You Dance (2008)
  • "Don't Stop the Dance" (2011)


  • P-Star Rising (2007)

Compilation albums