Prince’s Legacy of Philanthropy

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The purple Prince left us with more than a music catalogue to match our every emotion. (Although I’m always in the mood for “Purple Rain” and “When Doves Cry.” The two have been on instant replay since his passing.)

His most under wraps contribution–not having to do with the purple piano–was giving back to little known causes.

A point his good friend Van Jones, political activist, told CNN this weekend. (Check the interview below.) Prince helped Jones launch #YesWeCode, an org that seeks to teach 100,000 underprivileged kids coding. On one condition, Jones couldn’t tell anyone Prince created and jumpstarted the program. Yet, performed during the launch at ESSENCE Music Festival 2014.

Prince’s generosity didn’t stop there. In 2011, the majestic one donated $1 million to Harlem Children’s Zone during his “Welcome 2 America” tour dates in NYC. He even put up one of his guitars to auction off. And gave $250,000 each to Uptown Dance Academy and the American Ballet Theatre.

Oh, and if you’re living under a solar paneled roof in the Bay Area you can thank Prince for saving the environment. He footed the bill as the face for environmental group Green for All.

Jones says Prince’s philanthropy is just as important as his music.

He did not want it be known publicly, and he did not want us to say it. But I’m gonna say it because the world needs to know that it wasn’t just the music. The music was just one way he tried to help the world, but he was helping every day of his life

R.I.P, Prince. Thank you for your numerous gifts. There will be no other like you.

The Robin Hood Project Comes to Ferguson | Full Audio of Prince’s ‘Baltimore’ Song

Look ma, no hands. The Game and McDonald's workers in Ferguson. Image Courtesy: LOS ANGELES CONFIDENTIAL instagram

Look ma, no hands. The Game and McDonald’s workers in Ferguson.
Image Courtesy: LOS ANGELES CONFIDENTIAL instagram

He’s at it again. But instead of taking from the rich and giving to the poor, The Game is digging into his own pockets to share the wealth.

The Compton rapper has revived his Robin Hood Project; giving away $1 million to random people he’s come in contact with for a year. Recently, the reality star/rapper and his merry men took a ¬†trip to Ferguson, Missouri to pay tribute to Mike Brown. The unarmed college kid that was gunned down by police last year. He met up with Mike Brown’s grandmother and visited the slain teen’s memorial.

Then wrangled up some local kids to take to Mickey D’s. He not only gave out 100 Happy Meals (which came up to $1000, if you’re curious) to kids in the fast food joint and at the drive thru, but he helped in the kitchen.

Kudos to The Game for showing Ferguson some love.

Like Prince did in B’more on Saturday. Guys, he answered the call to sing the song and that he did. Below is the full audio from the “Rally 4 Peace” concert.

“If there ain’t no justice/ There ain’t no peace…” I’m already brainwashed.

Prince was also joined by Doug E. Fresh and Miguel. B’more sounds like the place to be Saturday.

Hands Up, Dancing Shoes On…Prince Announces Rally 4 Peace Concert

Prince better not leave his afro pick home for this one. Image Courtesy: Royal Farms Arena PR

Prince better not leave his afro pick home for this one.
Image Courtesy: Royal Farms Arena PR

Dust off that purple grey suit because Prince is coming to you, Bmore.

The “Purple Rain” singer announced a Rally 4 Peace concert in Baltimore this Mother’s Day weekend. Tickets are on sale now. But, if you’re reading this…it’s probably too late.

The impromptu concert coincides with Prince’s unreleased song for Baltimore. Still don’t have a release date on that. Maybe Prince will perform the highly-anticipated debut onstage (pretty puh-leeezzzeee).

According to CNN, concert organizers say the performance is a “symbolic message of our shared humanity and love for one another.”

Lucky attendees are urged to wear gray, not the usual purple, to commemorate all those lost to violence. Including Freddie Gray that died from spinal injuries during police custody.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Baltimore youth charities.

Way to keep Baltimore Uprising in the news, Prince.