Prince Rogers Nelson – Dead at 57

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These are posts you never want to write. What is there to say?

There is so much to say.

I haven’t been this sucker punched, since I heard about Michael Jackson.

Prince was part of my youth.
Prince was part of my Blackness.
Prince expanded my horizons as to what it means to be a ‘Black Artist’.

There is so much more that we can say.

Please say it in this thread.


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142 Responses to Prince Rogers Nelson – Dead at 57

  1. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning.

    And Steve Harvey is doing his Prince tribute this morning.

  2. Damn! He looks so good playing that guitar!

    Prince & The Revolution Live – Let’s Go Crazy

  3. Liza says:

    Thank you for this thread, 3Chics, it is wonderful. I was reading this earlier today and thinking about how much it hurts to lose our musicians, and so many have been lost recently. I guess it speaks to how much the music means to us both individually and culturally. I can’t even imagine our lives without the music. It’s good to see that so many people are coming together tonight to honor the life and musical genius of this man, Prince Rogers Nelson, who gave us so much and touched so many lives.

  4. Tyren M. says:

    Good evening 3Chics.
    Sad day here. Tonight I took my daughter downtown to see all the purple. My office (IDS Center,) Mayo Clinic, Basilica of St. Mary, Target Field (Twins stadium) and yes, the new I-35 bridge.

    Ametia, you must have had quite the experience in Chanhassen today. Thanks for sharing the Target Center/First Ave double up. My concerts were the Christmas Eve Met Purple Rain show at the old Met Center (where Mall of America sits now) and a festival downtown around 2006 or 2008. Even the stripped down Jehovah Witnessed version of his concert, I KNOW you got your monies worth.
    Have a good night all.

  5. rikyrah says:

    I never buy newspapers. I will buy them all that I can find tomorrow.

  6. rikyrah says:

    I’m going from channel to channel. I know I should go to bed. I know. But, I just..

    my heart is broken

    • Rikyrah, thank you for the thread. I couldn’t get myself together for anything. I was shook and crying trying to put together a post and couldn’t do nothing. You did a great job. We might need to go to another soon.

  7. rikyrah says:

    VH1 Announces Plans to Honor Prince, Starting Today

    Photo of Tambay A. Obenson
    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act
    April 21, 2016 at 5:22PM

    VH1 announced today the on-air plans to pay tribute to the late mega-star, Prince.

    Beginning today at 5:30 PM ET, Prince’s iconic movie, “Purple Rain,” will kick of a weekend long marathon. Immediately following the first airing of “Purple Rain,” the network will air a block of his most memorable music videos.

    And throughout the following days, VH1’s Sway will
    host news updates with artists’ memories and fan reactions.

    The full tribute lineup below:

    Thursday, April 21:
    5:30 PM ET/PT – “Purple Rain”
    8:00 PM ET/PT – Prince Music Video Block
    10:00 PM ET/PT – “Purple Rain”
    12:30 AM ET/PT – Prince Music Video Block

    Friday, April 22:
    12:00 PM ET/PT – “Purple Rain”
    10:30P PM ET/PT – “Purple Rain”

    Saturday, April 23:
    9:00 AM ET/PT– “Purple Rain”
    4:30 PM ET/PT – 7:00 PM – “Purple Rain”

    Sunday, April 24:
    1 PM ET/PT – “Purple Rain”
    9PM ET/PT– “Purple Rain”

    Fans may also access VH1 programming via the VH1 App, the network’s three-in-one video, new form content and co-viewing app, available for free on iOS and Android platforms. For more information, go to,, or the VH1 Facebook page. Follow us on Twitter @VH1PR.

  8. rikyrah says:

    Brian Williams is doing a special on Prince right now.

    Also on BET

  9. DO ME, BABY!

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  10. Ametia says:

    Prince Performs on the Oprah Show, 1996, Before and After His Interview, and Talks About Emancipation
    Here is video of Oprah’s interview with Prince in 1996 when he released “Emancipation” after he was completely free of his Warner Bros. contract. This is vintage Prince. The man is ever evolving. (See more recent interview on Lopez Tonight)

    Update, 2014: As you can see, the video’s been removed. It no no longer worked. BUT you can READ the transcript or the interview here, and WATCH his performance here.

  11. Prince: Kiss

  12. Prince hit up a local pharmacy hours before he died — the 4th time he visited this week — indicating his health was far worse than the simple flu.

    TMZ obtained this photo of Prince leaving a Walgreens near his home in Minnesota Wednesday night at around 7 PM.

    Our sources tell us Prince had frequented the Walgreens for years — but last night, people at the store were concerned because he looked much more frail and nervous than usual.

    As we previously reported, Prince’s team told the media he was suffering from the flu. It seemed odd, because his private jet had to make an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois last Friday, just 48 minutes from his home.

    Prince was hospitalized … but was discharged after only a few hours. Our sources in Moline told us at the time they felt Prince left the hospital way too soon because he was “not doing well” and needed further medical care.

    On Saturday, the day after he was released from the hospital, Prince took the stage at a dance party near his home and curiously said, “Wait a few days before you waste any prayers.”

    Prince died Thursday morning. Officials are investigating the cause of death.

    Read more:

  13. Ametia says:

    Well now the SUN is shining, after a rainy morning near Paisley Park.

  14. rikyrah says:

    I kept this on my DVR for months afterwards

  15. rikyrah says:

    My older sister cried buckets the day Marvin Gaye died. I was little, and didn’t understand her pain.

    I do now.

  16. rikyrah says:

    Prince had a respect for the Elders.
    He had a respect for those who went before him in music and paved the way.
    He loved them, and they knew it.

  17. rikyrah says:


  18. rikyrah says:

    The Time I Went Roller-Skating With Prince

    (In 2013, we ran an essay from Questlove’s book about the time he was invited to a roller‑skating party with Prince, who died Thursday at the age of 57. That essay is reprinted below.)

    The following is an excerpt from Mo’ Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and Ben Greenman, out now from Grand Central Publishing.
    I got a text from Prince’s assistant. That’s how things go in the Prince universe: You get a pre‑message saying that a phone message is coming later. But this time, the message said something different. It said that there was going to be a roller‑skating party that night, for Valentine’s Day, and that I should bring some cool people

  19. rikyrah says:

    ᴅᴏʟʟᴀʀ ‎@callmedollar
    April 21st can be erased from the calendar. Anyone celebrating a birthday just has to pick another day. The end.

  20. rikyrah says:

    Taffy Akner ‎@taffyakner
    Fav Prince story: He rented a house from a friend in Minn for just a few weeks, and when they returned, the walls had been painted purple.

  21. rikyrah says:

    cjtown ‎@ladyc10
    Prince was a boss, he revolutionized how music was distributed, he called out the labels when it wasn’t popular.

  22. rikyrah says:

    Watch A Rare Video Of Prince Debuting A Longer Version Of ‘Purple Rain’ In 1983
    BY: ALEX GALBRAITH 09.02.15 •

  23. rikyrah says:

    Liberal Librarian ‎@Lib_Librarian
    I feel like I need to gather all my GenX brothers and sisters into a prayer circle. #PrinceRIP

  24. Ametia says:

    The last full blown LIVE CONCERT that I attended was PRINCE at Target Center and before the live show, We strolled into Macy’s 5th floor for intimate crowd to mingle with Prince. All totaled, me and a friend paid $250 each for the pre-show and the full blown concert at Target Center.

    The show was to start at 8 pm, and he didn’t show up until close to 10pm.
    Once he got on stage, Prince didn’t disappoint. He tore the roof off that place!

    And then after Macy’s and Target Center, he invited folks to First Avenue, his club in downtown Minneapolis to continue jamming there into the wee hours of the morning.

    WHAT ENERGY, he had. A pure GENIUS.

    Adding the link to the article about Macy’s concert:
    Prince will perform for 1,400 fans at Macy’s department store in his hometown of Minneapolis on July 7, the day that his new fragrance, 3121, debuts.

    The Ultimate Prince Xperience package includes one ticket to the private show on the eighth floor of Macy’s downtown department store, one ticket to Prince’s performance at the Target Center that evening and his 3121 perfume.

    Cost of the Xperience package is $250, plus service fees and taxes. It goes on sale Friday at Macy’s Minneapolis. Details are posted on the 48-year-old singer’s Web site.

    “3121” is the title of his last album.

    The fragrance was developed by Philadelphia-based Revelations Perfume & Cosmetics Inc.



  25. rikyrah says:

    They are streaming Prince for nine hours at Minnesota Public Radio:

  26. rikyrah says:

    When asked what it feels like to be the best guitarist alive, Eric Clapton said, “I don’t know. Ask Prince.”

  27. Ametia says:


    Police are everywhere here. Prince’s studio is right across the street from where I work.

    Sad, sad, SAD day here in Chanhassen, MN

  28. rikyrah says:

    From the Entertainment Weekly report, giving him his propers as an artist:

    Over the course of his career, Prince sold more than 100 million records
    worldwide and won seven Grammys, an Oscar, and a Golden Globe. He was
    inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the first year he
    was eligible. He released his thirty-ninth studio album, HITnRUN Phase Two, in December 2015.

  29. rikyrah says:

    When you’re a Black kid, and you didn’t fit into a stereotype, you did have to look to find someone – anyone – that validated you being fine as you are.

    I was never a musician.

    But, Prince did that for me.

    He was Black.

    But, he was also Prince. And, the artistry that he displayed. The music he brought to the world.
    Was brought to the world by a Black man.

    You could be Prince – and everything that meant.

    And, be a Black Man in America.

    That mattered so much.
    So much.

  30. I liked Michael Jackson, I like Maurice White, I liked Marvin Gaye but Prince I loved. The only entertainer I wanted to meet. To sit down and talk to. The only public figure I am literally crying and mourning over as if I loss a member of my family. My heart is broken.

  31. rikyrah says:

    About 3:16, Dave Chappelle talks about Prince getting him back for that Prince skit.

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