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Opinion:Why Are The #Prince Accomplishments Not Acknowledged?

Prince in universe

It is becoming increasingly clear that the accomplishments of Prince are being grossly overlooked or worse, ignored by those in the position of providing him with the recognition he deserves.

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Prince at Montreux

An example of this is, the fact that, despite the fact he has written so many songs over time, (not just Purple Rain), he has not been inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. Yet,  Jay-Z , who does not have half the catalog of original, succesful and published songs compared to Prince, has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Prince has 39 albums with his own original compositions, songs which contain beautiful and meaningful lyrics as well as music which is all composed by Prince. Yet, they ignore him as well as the petition which seeks to have him properly honored. https://www.change.org/p/the-songwriters-hall-of-fame-prince-is-music-induct-prince-into-the-songwriters-hall-of-fame

prince holding guitar 25But it is not just the Songwriters Hall of Fame, there are others, including Barack Obama, who, while president, had the opportunity to bestow the ‘Medal of Freedom’ to Prince, but failed to do so. Prince, by far merited the Medal of Freedom equally with persons such as Ellen Degeneres.  People point to “courage” but fail to note the courage it took for Prince to take a stand against the record industry and it’s treatment of artist. That was his livelihood, yet he not only had the courage to take a stand, he also won the fight! Also, he should have been granted the award based upon his philanthropy, activism, and generosity.  Most of his philanthropic actions were performed with the understanding that they would not be publicized. But, after his passing, when those activities were revealed, the amounts of his generosity remain unsurpassed. (You can find the list here: https://www.change.org/p/designate-prince-rogers-nelson-s-paisley-park-as-a-national-historic-landmark/u/17626949) Clearly, this warranted Prince being awarded the Medal of Freedom posthumously.

And then there is the Prince estate. First, it was Bremer, who as administrator for the estate, refused to even meet with the Minnesota Historical Society regarding their attempt to designate Paisley Park and his other properties as a Minnesota Historical sites. And, when contacted by parties who are seeking to make Paisley Park a National Historic Landmark, the response by one of the Bremer reps was: “We’re not marketing it as a Historical Landmark.” Excuse me? Marketing? Seriously? The audacity of that person to use the term “marketing” when approached as to preserving a legacy was not only outrageous, but also unconscionable. Suffice it to say, that, although no longer in charge of the Prince estate, Bremer remains currently embroiled and embattled as to some of the financial choices which were made  during their tenure, but the truth is, that, at no point, did they consider anything which would preserve the legacy of Prince, only that which would earn money.

Then there is Paisley Park, being managed by Graceland Holdings, who only seem to seek to profit from Prince’s legacy, but not to actually preserve Paisley Park.

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Paisley Park

Lastly, there are the heirs, who, instead of trying to bolster and preserve the legacy of their brother, appear to be attempting to create a legacy of their own, based solely upon their relationship to Prince via the music industry and/or covering Prince songs. And yet, they do not have the time to invest in even discussions with those attempting to preserve his legacy via lobbying ‘Kennedy Honors’, Songwriters Hall of Fame’ or those who are attempting to have Paisley Park and other sites  designated as historical landmarks, hence preserving one of his greatest legacies! They appear to only want to increase their personal bottom line and if they will obtain no money, then they have zero interest. We also now know that the alleged shady deals made during the Bremer tenure were, (if not directly), approved to move forward via lack of opposition.  Paisley Park, has always paid for itself, and can continue to do so, if indeed, there is the Prince new 2appropriate and qualified attention to detail and respect that Prince and his fans deserve. After all, Paisley Park is indeed within the hearts of his fans, and it is the fans of Prince who supported him throughout his career who actually paid for Paisley Park.

Yet of course, hats off and much respect to those who are actually attempting to preserve and protect the legacy of Prince Rogers Nelson who warrant mentions such as: PRNAlumni who are focusing on the continuation of Prince’s awesome charitable work;  @PurpleLegacy who continue to persist in their efforts to have Paisley Park designated as a National Historic Landmark; The Minnesota Historical Society, working to name Paisley Park as a Minnesota Historical site; the Prince watchdog group, PurpleOutcry.org, who work tirelessly to make certain that Prince’s legacy retains the respect it deserves,as well as protect that legacy; the Department of the Interior under the Obama administration who worked with Minnesota Historical society; and most of all to the fans of Prince, a really super-smart and loyal group of people who stand as gatekeepers to the memory and legacy of Prince.

So the question remains: Why are the accomplishments of Prince not acknowledged? The question itself is as perplexing as the lack of answers appear to be.

Prince at NPG festival 2011

Prince 2011 at NPG Festival

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Opinion: Is Comey Anti-woman?

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

Many have called the press release regarding the emails found on the laptop belonging to Anthony Weiner by lifelong Republican FBI director Comey a political and partisan act. But is it really? Could it be that in his world, a woman as president of the United States is unfathomable? His boss, Loretta Lynch, Attorney General for the United States advised that pursuant to Justice Department protocol, such a release would be a violation of that protocol in that it was too close to a national election. Comey did it anyway.  Would he have done it anyway had his boss been a man? He had no obligation to inform Congress of anything, especially something he had not seen. Most also recognize that those emails could indeed be duplicates. Did he care? Worried about what might be said after the election is not sufficient grounds for his actions. And worrying about leaks from his own department is insufficient as well. Leaks would not have had the same impact as a letter signed by him, sent directly to Republican members of Congress and only cc’d to Democrats. (The ranking member of the Congressional committee learned of the letter via tweet.) He had no obligation to notify Congress of anything, unless it was substantial. He also neglected to say that the emails belonged to someone else entirely. All of his excuses fall very short of being legitimate and point towards a ‘traditional’ attitude by some conservatives – women are not equal to men when it comes to the office of the presidency.

Then again today, the FBI, making it clear whom they favor in this election, released data regarding someone who Bill Clinton pardoned at the end of his presidency. Apparently hoping that this additional information would sway the election. Seriously? Bombarding the public with ancient history?  This is even more sexist  in that the attempt to make her husband’s record her own making it apparent that a woman must belong to a man, even his record.  Apparently they could find nothing else, so they dug up something about Bill. Would this happen to a man who is a presidential candidate? Yes, the press looked into Melania Trump and her immigration status, but only because it related to his hypocritical stance on immigration. But men are allowed to have their own record, their own flaws, but are not tied to the record of their wives.

Yet, Comey has refused to release anything regarding the investigations and inquiries relative to Donald J. Trump and the Russia connection. So the cries of partisanship abound in political circles, with no one daring to say the obvious. That the possibility exists that Comey is one of those anti-woman persons who feel that a woman’s place is in the home, and that the world should be run by men.  Look at the disdain on his face. What was that about? And why a press conference? Because he wanted to do damage.

Even his unprecedented press conference earlier this year proved to be indicative of gender-bias. Watching it again, he cleared her of criminal wrongdoing, but, not without throwing stones at her for her handling of information. He was dismissive of her, as sexist men usually are towards women. As if to say, without saying it, she’s a woman, so she made mistakes.  He admitted that she had done nothing criminal, but could not resist tearing her down with unsubstantiated and speculative comments. Usually, the FBI issues a press release advising that no charges will be filed.

So it just well may be that it was not partisan, but rather a sexist action, trying to save America from having a woman president.  Something to think about when you cast your vote – and when you factor in all of this recent news, consider not only the source, but the rationale.

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