Intro for July 28, 2016
Yesterday was Prince Day marking the 32nd anniversary of the theatrical release of Purple Rain, and the first since the passing of the Purple One. Can you believe it’s already been 3 months of life without Prince? I spent last night in between DNC speeches reading all kinds of articles celebrating his genius and his cultural influence.
My favourite piece is about Prince’s love of basketball and, specifically, Prince’s love of women’s basketball. It’s the story of Prince and the Minnesota Lynx. He was their biggest fan. And when they won their third championship last fall, he surprised them, not only with his Presence, but with a Party at Paisley Park, all of it organised in super stealth signature Prince style.
Prince made those female athletes feel important, just as important as their male counterparts. He made them feel like their accomplishments were just as worthy of adulation and glory. “Prince often challenged the notion that women aren’t meant for certain (musical; athletic) spaces and recognized them whenever he could.”
If you haven’t already and you have the time to savour some of the best writing on Prince, The Undefeated posted a curation of essential Prince reading. It’s a great way to spend the day.
Yours in gossip,
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