The African American Film Critics Association will celebrate the cinematic legacy of the late Prince.
The musical legend made four memorable films — “Purple Rain,” “Under the Cherry Moon,” “Sign Of The Times” and “Grafitti Bridge” — before passing away on April 21, 2016. The AAFCA will honor Prince with a series of special screenings of his films and panel discussions about his career.
AAFCA President Gil Robertson released a statement about the event:
“Prince was one of the few Black musicians who enjoyed success in cinema,” said Robertson. “His aptitude as a visual artist was stunning and continues to be influential today. It is both a privilege and an honor to share his cinematic works with our community partners around the country.”
The “Celebration Of Prince In Cinema” will take place during two weekends beginning on April 21. The American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, Missouri and Blair-Caldwell Library in Denver, Colorado will host the first two screenings. The series will conclude at Auburn Avenue Research Library in Atlanta, Georgia and African American Research Library and Cultural Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
SOURCE: African American Film Critics Association
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1. Today Would Have Been Prince's 60th Birthday, We Are Honoring His Life
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2. Prince wrote his first song at age 7. He titled it “Funk Machine.”
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3. As a child, Prince struggled with epilepsy
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4. Prince once sued Adobe Photoshop to prevent fans from altering his photos. Unfortunately, he lost.
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5. Prince’s favorite meal was spaghetti and orange juice.
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6. The “Purple Rain” soundtrack spent 24 weeks at number one on Billboard.
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7. Michael Jackson’s “Bad” was supposed to be a duet with Prince.
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8. Prince was a devout Jehovah’s Witness.
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9. In 1980, when John Lennon was murdered, Prince was only a few blocks away.
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10. Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks was supposed to write “Purple Rain,” but couldn’t handle the pressure.
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11. Family and friends called Prince “Skipper” as a kid.
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12. In 1984, Prince not only had the number one movie in the country, but also the number one single & album.
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13. Despite his small stature, Prince was a remarkable basketball player.
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14. Prince formed his first band when he was 13 years old.
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15. In 2012, Prince dissed Maroon 5 for covering “Kiss.”
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16. In 2013, Prince performed at “Star Wars” director George Lucas’ wedding.
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17. The movie “Purple Rain” cost $7 million to make and grossed over $69 million.
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18. Prince scrapped his 1987 album “The Black Album” just days before its release.
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19. Prince penned The Bangles’ “Manic Monday” and Chaka Khan’s “I Feel For U.”
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20. Prince’s dad once had a band called Prince Rogers Jazz Trio.
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21. Prince sent Janelle Monae a singing telegram asking for a copy of her “The Electric Lady” album.
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