Today would have been Prince’s 62nd birthday!
In LIFE, the PURPLE ONE was known to throw ELABORATE concerts on his BIRTHDAY. But in the AFTERLIFE he is sharing SO MUCH MORE in a time when we need it the MOST!!!
Rather than an elaborate release or event, on his 62nd birthday, Prince’s estate has shared a handwritten note from the artist about intolerance, as well as a remembrance of his 2015 concert and song commemorating Freddie Gray’s death at the hands of Baltimore police.
“Prince dedicated his life to speaking out against injustice, advocating for black excellence, and spreading the message of ‘Love 4 One Another,’” the caption reads. “In this note that he kept in his personal archives, he wrote a message that still resonates today. ‘Nothing more ugly in the whole wide world than INTOLERANCE (between) Black, white, red, yellow, boy or girl. INTOLERANCE.’”
Prince spoke out against intolerance and in support of black empowerment with words and actions throughout his entire career. He challenged stereotypes with his music, his collaborators and bandmembers — nearly all of which were multi-cultural and featured both male and female musicians — he was unafraid to dress provocatively and at times androgynously, and he quietly supported many causes and charities with financial donations.
In “Baltimore,” he sang:
“Does anybody hear us pray/
For Michael Brown or Freddie Gray?/
Peace is more than the absence of war/
Are we gonna see another bloody day?/
We’re tired of the crying and people dying/
Let’s take all the guns away.”