Musical genius Prince has passed away suddenly at the age of 57, stunning the world. The prolific and widely-loved singer, guitarist and composer was known for keeping his private life private, but there are some factoids about Prince Rogers Nelson that many people didn’t know.
1. He was bullied as a child. In an interview with Tavis Smiley, Prince said he was teased a lot as a child. “Early on in my career, I tried to compensate for that by being as flashy as I could and as noisy as I could.” Learning to play music was how he overcame this hurdle.
2. He was deeply religious and a practicing Jehovah’s Witness. Filmmaker Kevin Smith gave a lengthy and funny talk in 2013 about his experience trying to work with Prince on a film, and said the artist ended up preaching to him in a telephone conversation and wanted to put the words “Jesus Christ is the son of God” on the screen. He also said Prince didn’t like it when people used swear words. Prince became a Jehovah’s Witness in 2001
3. In the Tavis Smiley interview, Prince revealed that despite his brilliance at playing multiple instruments, including the guitar and piano, and singing, he was a self-taught musician. “My father left his piano at the house when he left and I wasn’t allowed to play it when he was there because I wasn’t as good as him. So when he left I was determined to get as good as him. And I taught myself how to play music, and I just stuck with it and I did it all the time.”
4. He was tiny. It’s often hard to tell when performers are on stage or screen what their actual physical dimensions are. Often we imagine them larger than life and Prince had a commanding charisma on stage. But in reality, Prince had a diminutive stature, standing only 5’2″.
5. Prince had a female alter-ego called Camille. He recorded an album as Camille but it was never released. One of the songs, “If I Was Your Girlfriend,” was covered and released by the all-female hip-hop group TLC.
6. He had a baby that died of natural causes while still an infant. Prince and his then-wife, Mayte Garcia-Nelson, had a baby together in 1997 who they named Boy Gregory. The child died of a rare skeletal abnormality known as Pfeiffer’s Syndrome just one week after being born. The couple tried to keep the tragedy out of public eye, but the cover-up sparked suspicion and even a homicide investigation before the cause of death was made known.
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On Thursday, footage emerged of police in Buffalo, New York pushing an elderly man to the ground, and refusing to help him as he lay bleeding profusely from a head injury.
The footage triggered immediate outrage on social media.
Horrible. I pray he’s ok. https://t.co/wL2gcNeAIT
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 5, 2020
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"Shortly after Buffalo’s curfew started, city police and State Police swept through the area of Niagara Square directly in front of City Hall to clear the area where a protest was finishing. An unidentified, older man was hit shoved by two officers in the line. The man lost his balance and fell to the pavement, audibly hitting his head with blood running out from under his head," WBFO-TV reports.
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"An administration official and two people close to the White House say staffers in recent days have pulled together a list of possible candidates for Defense secretary if Trump does choose to fire Esper," reported Lara Seligman, Daniel Lippman, and Meridith McGraw. "At the top of that list is Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, who was Esper’s No. 2 before taking the Army job last summer, the people said. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), an outspoken Trump ally who has previously been considered for the position, is also in the mix, according to one of the people."