Saturday, February 23, 2008

Let's go crazy, Let's get nuts.

I finally figured it out . I got it. I know now why Barak has appeal with white people. One day I was watching The Today Show. Matt Lauder commented on the Grammies. He said that it was nice that Morris Day and Jerome were back together again. He even commented on "the mirror". I'm thinking what the hell does he knows about "the mirror" and "chili sauce". Then I started to remember. When Purple Rain came out the "brothers" really wanted to see it. When you went to the theater it was more whites there than Blacks. Believe me, there were a lot of Blacks there. The line at the movies went around for three blocks. You would have thought that Prince , <+0 , the Artist, or whatever was there live. The girls came dressed in camisoles, the guys in Zoot Suits and long raincoats. Now we all know about the plot of the movie . The Kid is the product of a mixed marriage . He struggles with himself, his band, The Time, his girlfriend , and his family. He prevails , everybody is happy. You laugh, you cry, you kiss $6.00 goodby. At that time Prince and Michael Jackson were heros to black and whte kids alike. Their posters were over little white girls beds. Now you know that their fathers were mad at that sh!t.

First for full disclosure, both of Prince's parents were BLACK. The guy shoots basketball , and in the hood he is considered a FUNK musician , not a rock star. Sorry to destroy the myth. Many whites of that generation actually grew up with a appreciation of black culture. It is also the Hip-Hop generation. Just imagine Matt Lauder tryin' to poplock or beatbox. It wasn' t like the generation before where you had black stars , but they were more in the background (Think:Sammy Davis Jr.) Obama is the living proof of that Prince myth. Most of his votes are from young white people. To many he's one of us. To the young white girls, he's that Prince poster their mother had on the wall as a kid. To them race isn't a factor to them (it is to us).So brothers you dont have to be so skepticial they voting for him for the same reason we are , he's black. It also does't hurt that Bush really, really messed the country up big time.

14 comments:

Yakki.Psd said...

Perspective:

I grew up when Prince was hitting the big time. And I have much respect for him as a musician. He's highly underrated IMO. Fantastic guitar player.

That said,I think that many of the real "fans" he had(nod the faddies) appreciated him for who he was,not for what he was. Same as with Jimi Hendrix.

Being arguably "white",I've found no problems connecting to "black artists" through their art. To me,it's a language seperate and distinct from anything visceral. Color does't play into it,unless we're talking about a painting.:)

I'm sure there has been backlash from the older generations,who perceive such things as race being important. But from my recollections,the kids who enjoyed Prince or Micheal Jackson enjoyed them for their art,not their color.

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