Sex is something we can all understand. It’s limitless. But I try to make the songs so they can be viewed in different ways, I know some people will go right through those [message] elements in a song, but there are some who won’t. If you make it too easy, you lose the point. Most music today is too easy. People just come out and do the same old same olds over and over. ... All people care about nowadays is getting paid so they try to do just what the audience wants them to do. I’d rather give people what they need rather than just what they want.
The cast of the Broadway version of "The Color Purple" took to song Thursday night to pay tribute to Prince.
Jennifer Hudson (who plays Shug Avery in the play) addressed the crowd, "Tonight, with you guys in mind, we would like you all to join us in honoring Prince. He said his music will live on and he will live through his music, and we want to keep him alive today with his song."
The impromptu performance was led by Hudson and Cynthia Erivo. Try not to lose it when Hudson asks to cut the music and the whole room sings a cappella.
The comedy team of Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, best known from their sketch TV show “Key & Peele,” frequently explores ideas of identity, masculinity and race. Which are, of course, things that Prince frequently grappled with throughout his career as well.
The duo are busy promoting their upcoming film “Keanu,” directed by Peter Atencio, in which a pair of meek, nerdy cousins have to pretend to be drug-dealing gangster henchmen to retrieve a lost cat. The movie’s unexpected intersection of the hard attitudes of an action movie with the soft cuddliness of a kitten in itself is something of a product of a joyful, jaunty post-Prince worldview.
Key and Peele were previously scheduled to get on the phone for separate interviews well before the startling news of Prince’s death shocked the world on Thursday. Each of them had individual connections to and insights on the musician, but their shared language and perspective came shining through.
CNN commentator Van Jones shared an emotional story on the Dr. Drew Show about his relationship with Prince and how the two started working together on the #YesWeCode initiative.
Jones elaborated on Prince's involvement at the 20th Anniversary Essence Festival in 2014 where the initiative was launched. On stage Jones shared the story of how Prince was inspired not just to bring awareness to a cause, but create an project that would bring an opportunity for men and women to find success in the tech industry.
"After the Trayvon Martin verdict I was talking to Prince and he said, 'You know, every time people see a young black man wearing a hoodie, they think, he's a thug. But if they see a young white guy wearing a hoodie they think, oh that might be Mark Zuckerberg. That might be a dot-com billionaire.'"