One of the most iconic music artists of our time, the great Prince, aka the Purple One, aka Mr. Imcomparable, performed at a rally for peace this Mother’s Day in Baltimore, MD.

The Grammy-winning musician, along with his band 3RDEYEGIRL, performed such classics as “When Doves Cry” and “Raspberry Beret,” as well as a new song called “Baltimore,” which he dedicated to the city.

During his performance of “Purple Rain”, the sometimes controversial – but undeniably gifted- singer is quoted as saying: “”It’s going to be all right. We’re going to figure this thing out”.

“It’s going to take the young people to fix it this time. We need new ideas,” he said.

In lieu of the wildly popular act of wearing purple (as a sort of homage to the artist) to Prince concerts, many attendees wore gray, in remembrance and honor of Freddie Gray, who recently died while in police custody after being detained in an illegal arrest that took place with the only probably cause being that young brother Freddie, “made eye contact with” a passing officer.

Baltimore is hurting, and has only arrived at the base of a mountain of legal and political issues that must be surmounted to achieve even a modicum of justice for not only for Mr. Gray, but for all those illegally arrested, abused, harassed, and outright murdered by ignorant and irresponsible law enforcement thugs. (I’ve decided to use “the new N word” to for these cops. According to the definition, the term is more than apropos).

If you ask me, my man Prince is a already an untouchable musical legend. But, hiim reaching out, and giving his time and effort in support of justice for young Freddie and others? That’s the very definition of DOPE.


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