prince has still been effecting me.
i cannot believe he died the way he did.
i always thought prince would live to be like 100.
like rose nyland,
he would do random pop ups in his old age and be gone like a ghost.
57 is just way too young.
it makes me sad all of our black legends died so lonely…
mj on the floor
whitney in a tub
prince in an elevator
as i read up on prince since thursday,
one thing i really admired is his giving nature.
he was very mysterious,
but behind the scenes,
he gave so much of his money and shoulder to those in need.
his good friend,
said he didn’t want others to know how he helped other animals.
i guess he took a page from matthew 6:
Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
check me out quoting the bible.
here are some other things i have learned about prince:
-he supported his friend van’s “rebuild a dream” charity and the yeswecode initiative,
which helped trained 100,000 young adult cubs for high paying tech jobs
-made toni braxton open for him when he found out she was having financial troubles
-he joined forces with tidal to raise 1.5 million dollars for black lives matter
-he donated 250,000 to eau claire promise zone,
an organization in columbia, s.c o help preschoolers and their struggling families
-when he got his big break in new yawk,
he promised to give 1 million dollars to the harlem children zone.
-he also donated 250,000 to keep the doors open at the uptown dance academy here in harlem when they were about to lose their space in 2014
-when lauryn hill got in trouble,
van is quoted as saying on cnn:
“[Prince] had found out that Lauryn had gotten in some trouble and the first thing he wanted to know was, ‘where are her kids and what can we do to help’.
“This is just how he was. I guarantee you, anybody struggling, anywhere in the world, he was sending checks, he was making phone calls.
“But he did not want it to be known publicly and he did not want us to say it. But I’m going to say it, because the world needs to know that it wasn’t just the music.
“The music was one way he tried to help the world, but he was helping every single day of his life.”
when i hear/read/see stuff like that,
it makes me cry.
tears are literally running down my face.
i love to hear when people help others and are selfless.
i like flashy things,
but when i hear someone has a good heart,
that really impresses me the most.
prince was a silent angel.
he was a creative force who took a stand for his music and others.
everyone who i have spoken to,
who attended a prince concert,
says he was amazing live.
i’m upset i didn’t get to see him perform.
he has inspired me to be this way.
i really admire how he kept his personal life quiet,
dressed and acted how he wanted,
could take your vixen as “feminine” as he was,
but he was doing so much for so many behind the scenes.
that is the part that makes me smile even though he is gone.
he wasn’t some artist who wanted shine.
he was more than that.
now i understand why he was so good at throwing shade:
when all your shit is together,
you can do that.
lowkey: i bet he walked up to the pearly gates like this…