Blogger: Astiee Carver

It seems like just a few moments ago, we were watching Prince performing ‘Purple Rain’ at Super Bowl XLI. The perfect downpour to complete the mood and that wacky purple guitar, it has been noted as one of the greatest halftime performances there ever was. To hear that such a legend has passed away so abruptly, and at the young age of 57; it is nothing less than a shock. While his death may sadden many, it's important to keep his image alive. There is nobody who can do it like Prince; he played by his own rules. I mean really, who else could rock mascara with your moms shirt on & still have ladies worldwide swoon?

Prince was not only an artist, but a person of his own genre.  He didn't take gender roles seriously; he was entirely fluid with himself and his sexuality. Even in his song, “I Would Die 4 U”, he sang “I’m not a woman. I’m not a man. I’m something that you’ll never understand.” He was entirely right, too. Many people questioned Prince’s sexuality, but he remained true to himself and went about his career, creating songs brimmed with pansexuality and gender norm coquetry. As Prince broke the barrier of openness throughout many different kinds of communities, he gained respect, not to mention countless record sales, and allowed people to be who they truly were and not be ashamed of it.

Instead of mourning the loss of such a legend, we should be rejoicing in his honor. He was so much more than just a musician. He was a man who didn't care about the stereotype of masculinity and femininity. He was a man who turned the world upside down with his individualism and did not care how others seen it. Prince was more than a man in the industry, he was a person who understood that he had a platform and he took full advantage of breaking the standards. While he will be missed, he will also be treasured.