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RIP Prince.

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There are three times when I find myself truly concerned into fear. One of those times is super early morning phone calls from home. Those are almost never good news. The last time I got a super early phone call from a 256 area code, I found out my brother had passed away.

The two other are nearly identical. When I get repeated phone calls from different family members. And the last happened today: when my text messages BLOW up from people near and far. It’s almost always never good news.

Today was that day. At 112pm, I received the first of severaly text messages that said Prince Rogers Nelson aka Prince was dead. I was walking in my building at work and stopped dead in my tracks. The fact that I received a succession of texts let me know it wasn’t a joke. I immediately ran to my office to log into every news source I could find because I didn’t want to believe it was true. I held out a few glimmers of hope when it was just reported that somebody at his Paisley Park complex was dead.

But while I told myself that maybe it wasn’t him, my phone began flashing again with notices from news outlet after news outlet reporting the inevitable: Prince is dead.

Prince is dead.

For a significant majority of us, Prince has been a huge part of the soundtracks of our lives. Purple Rain is still one of the greatest albums of all time and he’s released an album nearly every year since the late 70s. When conversations about the greatest artists of our time arise, Prince’s name always comes up even if a lot of us haven’t heard half of his albums. We all know the staples and we all know how they made us feel.

Prince has always been somewhat of a mystery. So even if he was going through anything significant, I doubt we’d know. Prince was never associated with any scandals. His mere appearance anywhere required your full attention. A Prince wave was better than an MJ comeback. Watching Prince enjoy other artists music with that mischievous smile seemed like a song unto itself. So many artists patterned so much of their shows and feel around Prince’s super talented persona.

I did not expect to read this. Prince is one of those people I fully expected to live until he was 250 years old because I have no idea what his health issues were or are. He always looked like a man who was above being human. Every story that celebrities have about Prince are hilarious, with Charlie Murphy’s via Chappelle’s Show being the one that persisted. Game. Blouses is a thing and always will be because it seemed like such a Prince thing to do. Because Prince was Prince.

A tiny Black man in a purple onesie? Oh, you say it’s Prince? That’s dope. He’s so cool.

I’m truly at a loss and I’m sure many others are. Over the next few days I’m sure there will be lots of tributes and letters and pieces written about the man and his legacy. I’m sure before this day is out that a great reflection on what Prince brought to music might surface. I might write one eventually.

But right now, I feel a bit sick because I wasn’t prepared to hear that Prince is dead. And to tell the truth, it’s going to take a while for me to fully process it.

It’s hard losing your icons. Especially when they meant so much to you as part of your life. There will be a lot of Prince playing in the next few days. And we’ll all be better for it.

Long live the purple one.

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  • The only man that can wear your woman’s clothes…then steal her from you.

    • brothaskeeper

      That should be on his headstone.

    • Via Twitter @M_HazeTCR: Prince will steal your girl, then steal her clothes, then steal someone else’s girl in your girl’s clothes.

      • Evadmaul

        “my room mate Lori Is getting paid on the internet 98$/hr”…..!ce25ctwo days ago grey MacLaren P1 I bought after earning 18,512 was my previous month’s payout..just a little over.17k DoIIars Last month..3-5 hours job a day…with weekly’s realy the simplest. job I have ever Do.. I Joined This 7 months. ago. and now making over. hourly 87 DoIIars…Learn. More right Here !ce25n:?:?:???? http://GlobalSuperJobsReportsEmploymentsMinervaGetPayHourly$98…. .??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??::::::!ce25n….,….

      • Sheilarbold

        “my room mate Lori Is getting paid on the internet 98$/hr”…..!ce139ctwo days ago grey MacLaren P1 I bought after earning 18,512 was my previous month’s payout..just a little over.17k DoIIars Last month..3-5 hours job a day…with weekly’s realy the simplest. job I have ever Do.. I Joined This 7 months. ago. and now making over. hourly 87 DoIIars…Learn. More right Here !ce139n:?:?:???? http://GlobalSuperJobsReportsEmploymentsGiftGetPayHourly$98…. .??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??::::::!ce139n….,

    • Ani-Q
    • Jacqueline


    • Question

      And then afterwards, look at you like

      • TinyHuman

        Or like this…

        • L8Comer

          And look at the next girl comme ca

    • TomIron361

      Doesn’t it look like he Od’d?

    • A. F.


  • Ari

    “Dearly beloved we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life.” I can’t even.

    • Electric words.. life.. that means forever and that’s a mighty long time but I’m here to tell you… there’s something else… the afterworld… a world of Neverending happiness… where you can always see the sun… day or night…..


      • Ari

        I may literally call in sad tomorrow.

        • Jacqueline

          My computer at work is down and I have a loaner cannot get anything done….Now I know why. I may head out now and may not make it in tomorrow.

          • Ari

            That’s a good one – I may use it.

      • Careful she bites

        i have been struggling since i heard this news…in a sort of disbelief. but you posting up these lyrics…too much. took me over.

        • Starfish and coffee.. maple syrup and jam, a butterscotch cloud, a tangerine , a side order of ham… and if you setcho mind free baby… maybe you’d understand… Starfish and coffee… maple syrup and jam…

          it’s ok, sis! Hugz


            Amen Sister.

    • LoveTrenia

      I’m just sitting her holding myself. I can’t.

    • CheGueverraWitBlingOn

      I can’t. Please stop.

  • Ani-Q
  • KB

    I’m going to be in a daze for the rest of the day. I can’t life right now. This is heavy. RIP

  • Jennifer


  • Jacqueline

    Prince was the musical love of my life. I met him in 2004 and he was just everything. I had said to a co-worker last week that if Prince were to die, you will have to peel me off the ground. That co-worker is the one who came to break the news.
    I lost my sister suddenly last year and it killed me – we both loved Prince. This is going to hurt for a long time…Damn.

    • TeeChantel

      I’m sorry to hear about your loss, Jacqueline.

      • Jacqueline

        Thank you!

    • Sorry for the loss of your sister, fam.

      • Jacqueline

        Thank you, there are some days when I still cannot believe she is gone.

    • Asiyah

      So sorry for your loss, Jacqueline.

      • Jacqueline

        Thank you!

    • Cleojonz

      So sorry to hear about the loss of your sister. :(

      • Jacqueline

        Thank you! Still trying to take it in. One day at a time..

    • Val


      • Jacqueline

        Ahh… I needed that! Thank you!

    • Ari

      I’m sorry to hear about your loss.

      • Jacqueline

        Thank you!

    • miss t-lee


      • Jacqueline

        Thank you… I felt it:)

        • miss t-lee

          good deal!

    • NonyaB

      Hugs and condolences on losing your sister.

      • Jacqueline

        Thank you…this is taking me back there.

    • Mary Burrell

      Sorry for your loss

      • Jacqueline

        Thank you Mary!


      It’s sad to hear about your Sister’s passing. RIP to your Sister. Peace and Blessings to You.

      • Jacqueline

        Thank you Truth- nice to see you hear at VSB!


          You’re Welcome Sister. I move around Sister and VSB is great place. I am glad that you’re here too. Have a Great Weekend.

  • catgee12

    Unable to process this. My heart is broken.

  • brothaskeeper

    I really thought this was a hoax. I walked into the break room, and two wypipo said Prince was dead. I gave them the “don’t play like that” look, because Prince. But sadly, it’s true. I’m legitimately heartbroken, and I’m definitely not alone. RIP (Rest In Purple).

    • TeeChantel

      At first I think it was a hoax too. I was sitting in a pizza shop with a couple of my coworkers for lunch and two white chicks let out a loud gasp as they stared at the TV. It was all over Fox News. I couldn’t believe it.

    • Ani-Q

      A part of me still wants this to be a hoax.

      • Question

        Its not. His publicist confirmed it.

    • Tambra

      Just got back and logged on saw the caption and thought it was a hoax. So I went immediately to news sources. Rest In Purple!

  • Ndgorose

    Damn. Tears. RIP my brother.

  • OSHH

    I have been a Prince fan since forever…. loved songs he wrote and produced for other artists only to discover his Purpleness behind those tracks, like no wonder?!?!
    As Gemini and artist in my soul, his musical genius and truly that, will be missed but never forgotten.

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