Exploring Prince and Black People

Hypnotised by Black Music…
While I have always respected Prince as an artist, I’ve always been amazed at the dichotomy of how Black people have accepted him. This is certainly not a bad thing but we all know that black people can be BRUTALLY critical of each other. Yet Prince has been able to have the Black community as a whole accept his style and persona without critique. I’ve actually heard otherwise “straight” Black men say “Prince is a pretty motha fucka.” When you really think about it, Prince did (does) drag. Make-up, pointed high heeled boots, permed hair, lace and frilly blouses. At the end of the day, I can’t help but to wonder if a drag queen walked down the street, took out an electric guitar and started singing, would he/she win the otherwise critical black community over (laugh). One can assume the music wins no matter what the artist does, says or looks like and Prince has always been surrounded by a bevy of beauties which was certainly acceptable by the black community. But if you are a black woman, would you date a everyday blue collar man that dressed like Prince when he went to this construction job?… As long as the music sounds good, how the artists is perceived becomes secondary to the black community’s musical thirst…while this is a poor comparison, it still applies… R. Kelly. Perhaps on the other end of that spectrum, this is why rap’s misogyny has won over, otherwise, many self respecting women for decades. Sisters who held themselves in high regard casually sipping on a drink at the bar until the latest rap hit came on and they would run out to the dance floor, kick off their pumps and hike their skirts up and start dropping it like it was hot (even when it was ice cold) (laugh). I’ve actually seen it happen. It’s not until somebody outside the community does what we have been doing all along that we take notice and protest, hence Imus. I’ve never been able to make these connections.

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