PRINCE’S MYSTERIOUS DEATH: Don’t Fill the Void with Lies

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MJ and Prince by Ali Franc

The “news” reports speculating on the cause of Prince’s death make me more nauseous every day. It reminds me of what happened after Michael Jackson’s death: the press fueled rumors designed to distract us from his genius and his profound impact on the world.

My housemate is caught up in these Prince stories because she wants an explanation. “I need closure,” she says to me. Of course we desire an answer, because it helps us process our grief, and know how to respond.

But if tabloids can make money off of a person’s death, truth is not a priority. And if that person threatened the status quo, the press has even more incentive to make up stories.* Given what happened when Michael died, I have to assume that the press is lying now.

Does it serve you to believe a lie?

If not, who does it serve?

Perhaps What happened to Prince? is the wrong question (unless you are willing to do a much-needed in-depth investigation!).

It might be more helpful to ask How did Prince live such an extraordinary life? or How did he make such astonishing works of art?

What I want to know is How did he use his art to change the world?

To truly mourn the loss of Prince, celebrate and study his life! Live his message! He (and Michael) still have so much to teach us.

“I think when one discovers himself, he discovers God.”  Prince


Gorgeous artwork by Ali Franc

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*Remember that 90 percent of the press in the US is owned by 5 corporations: Time Warner, Disney, Murdoch’s News Corporation, Bertelsmann of Germany and Viacom. They represent and reinforce the values and interests of the status quo.




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Keely Meagan is a writer, activist, healer, rebel and visionary. She is eternally grateful to Michael Jackson for showing us ways to effectively transform the world by waging peace with love; cultivating spiritual power; healing trauma; speaking truth to power; standing firmly in our whole, beautiful, complex selves, and never ever giving up.

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  1. NinaF
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    I compltely agree, Keely.

    I’ve been reading a number of “think pieces” (I hate that expression!) on Prince lately. In one of them, the author stated: “I don’t care how Prince died; I care how he lived.” And this is also how I feel about a frequently-voiced concern on the part of those who care about Michael Jackson.

    If “justice” is warranted in either case, maybe we should look to the industry that both promoted and exploited these artists, and the measures they took to protest their exploitation in the ruthless industry in which they worked—the protests becoming one story, among many, about the way they lived. I believe looking at the nature of what they fought against will tell us a lot about our values as a culture.

    I like the illustration you posted. To me, it depicts the Michael and Prince as “brothers in arms,” which is how we might view them from the perspective of their widest publics—no matter what their competitive dynamic may have been over the years—-as both of them, born in the summer of 1958 (as was Madonna) moved forward in their careers.

    As I read and watch more about Prince, I’ve been comparing some elements of his public reception and death with those of Michael Jackson. I’ve posted some of my thoughts on Raven’s “all for love” blog. I believe that Prince—and David Bowie, to some extent—used the idea of “difference” very differently than MJ did.

    Thanks so much for your thoughts, Keely, as always.

  2. Keely Meagan
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    And thank you Nina. I was drawn to that illustration for the same reason…whatever competition they might have privately experience, they never expressed it publicly, and I believe that’s because they knew that challenging and changing the world, and in particular the racism in the music industry, was far more important than any personal rivalry. They and Madonna all were fighting similar battles and opening doors for generations of musicians to follow.

    I’m going back to Raven’s blog to read your comments…I want to read more about their reception and differences. It certainly is bittersweet watching the accolades for Prince. I want him to be recognized for all his hard work, and I can’t help but remember how Michael was treated by those same press people. I think a lot of fans are feeling the same pull.

    Regardless, now is an opportunity for all of us to be generous with Prince fans. We know what they are going through and we understand the kind of tabloid bullying trying to take away Prince’s powerful inspiration. That’s really valuable information.

    Big hug to you Nina.

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