Prince is doing his part to support the protests in Baltimore. The music icon has recorded a song critical of the killing of young African-American men, a publicist for the artist confirmed on Thursday (Apri 30), and will also host a dance rally for peace on Saturday night.
An invite for the event encourages attendees to "wear something gray." Prince's new track, meanwhile, is a tribute to the people of Baltimore but will also address political and social issues throughout the country. The release date is as yet unannounced.
The Purple One has a history of politically charged music. In 1981, his song “Ronnie, Talk to Russia” explored anxieties over the nuclear arms race. “Sign o' the Times” addressed the AIDS epidemic and drug use in the late 1980s. And 2004's “Cinnamon Girl” dealt with Islamaphobia following September 11th with a controversial music video depicting an Arab-American teenager imagining herself as a suicide bomber after being bullied.
Details on the Dance Rally will be updated online via the PURPLESSENCE Twitter page.
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