With all this news about Prince allegedly dying from AIDS and also leaving behind no will, the juicy gossip can be interesting to read but can we for a minute focus on how influential the deceased pop star actually was.
In 2016 some people of color still struggle to gain the recognition they rightfully deserve how much more back in the 90’s and early 2000’s
Erica Kennedy who was a struggling writer had the opportunity of a lifetime when she got the chance to interview the music legend who was then known as The Artist back in 2000.
The writer and author of the book Feminista unfortunately passed on in 2012 at the age of 42 but before her demise she dished in an interview with The Frisky (an online platform) how Prince helped change her life.
Kennedy revealed Prince was one the inspirations behind her book ‘Feminista’ she said….
”My Prince interview is such an awesome and unbelievable story. I had just started writing professionally after quitting my PR job at Tommy Hilfiger. I had sent my clips to InStyle and one Friday afternoon they left me a frantic message. Turns out they wanted me to interview The Artist (as he was called then) and it could happen at any moment so they wanted to have me on standby. Of course, I’m psyched, but I’m also suspicious because they had never worked with me and I was so green. So I asked, “Why me?” They tell me he specifically asked for an African-American female writer and I thought, Out of the whole Time, Inc. network, I’m all you got? At that point in my career, anybody would have been more qualified than me! So in the book, the idea that Sydney is offered this cushy contract, even though she was previously just a temp, is derived from the fact that I got drafted into the big leagues under the Prince Rogers Nelson affirmative action plan!”
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