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When a Race Man’s Color is Purple

princeIn the May issue of Ebony magazine, Mark Anthony Neal writes: “When an icon such as Prince Rogers Nelson transitions, he becomes a torch for both nostalgia and the power of music to unite, proving an artist could transcend race… The myth of his mixed-race identity even foregrounds his cinematic breakthrough with Purple Rain. But Prince’s choices were concessions to the prejudices of the marketplace, not the lived realities of race.

For full article, go to Ebony Magazine.