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Purple Rain

How Prince Surprised Sheila E. The First Time They Met

OWN | Posted 07.18.2014 | OWN

Grammy-nominated female percussionist and singer Sheila Escovedo, better known by her stage name Sheila E., was a huge pop star in the '80s. She famou...

Essence Fest Makes History

AP | CHEVEL JOHNSON | Posted 09.06.2014 | Black Voices

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Essence Festival's 20th anniversary set a record for annual attendance, with more than 550,000 participants celebrating four ...

PHOTOS: 2014 Essence Music Festival

AP | CHEVEL JOHNSON | Posted 07.21.2014 | Black Voices

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Uttering his signature, "We are gathered here today to get through this thing called life," Prince opened his set for the 20th ce...

Catching Up With Wendy & Lisa Upon Winning ASCAP's Inaugural Shirley Walker Award

Xaque Gruber | Posted 09.01.2014 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

Wendy Melvoin & Lisa Coleman have always been hard to put in a nutshell - in fact, I can't think of a duo whose musical path through the entertainment...

Dave Chappelle Had Big Plans For 'Purple Rain'

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 06.26.2014 | Comedy

One of the few people privy to the comedic mind of Dave Chappelle is his friend Ahmir Khalib Thompson, better known as Questlove of The Roots. When Qu...

My Favorite Year: The Pop Culture Peak That Was 1984

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 08.13.2014 | Entertainment
Gregory Weinkauf

Thirty years ago! Scary! Yet inspiring. (Certainly most millennials I encounter are ripping off that era as fast as their iPad-laden hands can grab.) For your pleasure and edification, I was there (and then), and I reflect.

The American Legend Who Inspired Prince Not To Swear In His Music

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 05.09.2014 | Entertainment

Muhammad Ali has long been known as an American inspiration, and it turns out Prince looks to the boxing legend for an unlikely motivation: to stop sw...

Prince Drops New Single 'The Breakdown'

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 04.19.2014 | Entertainment

Less than 24 hours after announcing his rekindled partnership with Warner Bros. Records, Prince released a new single titled "The Breakdown," a pleasa...

Maya Rudolph Sings Prince. The Show is Bawdy and Steamy and Eliminates Toxins As Well!

Erika Milvy | Posted 04.15.2014 | San Francisco
Erika Milvy

You would be wrong if you thought Maya Rudolph's band, Princess -- a girls' Prince cover band -- is a comedy act parodying the artist formerly kno...

Shyboy's Water on Mars Is the Debut Pop Album of 2013

Xaque Gruber | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

If Nick Drake, Alan Parsons Project and M83 spawned a child raised on a healthy diet of Prince, Alfred Hitchcock, and classic science fiction films, it would be something resembling Shyboy.

The Underappreciation Of Sign O' The Times

Sharief Easterling | Posted 09.08.2013 | Black Voices
Sharief Easterling

Unprecedented success is often times a gift and a curse. As is the case with Prince's album/motion picture combos that followed 1984's critically accl...

Prince Plays Last-Minute Intimate Late-Night Gig at Chicago's City Winery

Lauren Drell | Posted 09.01.2013 | Chicago
Lauren Drell

Although doors were set to open at midnight, most people -- who were lined up well around the block -- did not actually make it inside until just before Prince appeared, a smidge after 2 a.m.

Prince: The King of Everything Rocks On

Steve Heilig | Posted 06.25.2013 | San Francisco
Steve Heilig

Seeing him up close, full of energy and fire, hardly breaking a sweat in a sweltering room through hours of raging rock and funk, was a privilege. "If we was at home we'd be doing the same thing" he said at one point, underscoring the intimate, loose nature of such a show in such a small venue.

Shaq Gets A Wig, Sings 'Purple Rain'

Posted 08.31.2012 | Entertainment

Shaquille O'Neal is currently filming his stint in "Grown Ups 2" in Massachusetts and for his role as a police officer, the NBA legend got some comica...

Prince Turns 53 And Twitter Explodes With Purple Pride

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 08.07.2011 | Entertainment

Celebrating your birthday in the middle of a 21-show gig might not be the highest priority for Prince, but that doesn't mean his fans are going to let...

AA Bondy tours east coast with label-mates, The Walkmen

Travis Keller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Travis Keller

After just doing a bang-up job on a little west coast swing built around LA's Fuck Yeah Fest and ending with the successfully packed Buddyhead + FYF...

The Sexy Androgyny of Prince and Purple Rain

Clarence Haynes | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Clarence Haynes

My suspicion: many women are thrilled by Prince because they readily see themselves in him, and vice versa, and the mutual love is visceral and real.

Vanity Fair Votes "Purple Rain" Best Film Soundtrack

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

If you've hummed along, tapped your feet, or even danced in your seat while watching "Purple Rain," "Saturday Night Fever" or "Trainspotting," you're ...