Prince the Humanitarian

Prince dead at 57

Prince dead at 57

Prince was a musical genius.  Of greater importance to the BU household is the revelation that he did his part in a relative brief stint of in a temporal existence to improve the lot of mankind. If only more human beings were predisposed to assist a sister or brother financially or through mentorship and to resist greed and desire for things, we would have less problems in the world.

Prince Rogers Nelson may you rest in peace.

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120 Comments on “Prince the Humanitarian”

  1. Bush Tea April 24, 2016 at 10:57 PM #

    @ Hants
    Agreed 🙂

    @ David
    Bolt is FASTTTTT!!!
    The ‘tyres’ and ‘yam-talk’ is good PR….and..
    In the final analysis …the man is a freak of nature….

    A ‘genius’ would be an ORDINARY fellow who actually HAS to pull tyres, eat grass, give up the joys of life, etc ….all to become an INSPIRATION to others of what excellence is all about….
    Any idiot could be lucky enough to be born a ‘supremely talented’ musical /sport/ mathematical/ technology being.
    Some such talents settle for teaching at Cave Hill; some for ‘Unity’; and some retire to teach medical students in Babylon
    To qualify for ‘genius-hood’ these talents would need to use those skills to save bajan brass bowls from the grips of the current demon-filled, political assassins who have been systematically destroying paradise.

    When a fellow like Bolt, Prince, Michael Jackson, or our friend Money Brain use such supreme talent to become rich and famous, they are just like ordinary folk who raise a family, buy a home and retire …without becoming a criminal- or unduly hurting any innocent persons.

    We should be impressed by ordinary citizens – using everyday talents, who go on to change their lives, their families, their communities and their countries for the better…
    ….or by these super-endowed-talents who go on to change the country and the world for the better…

    …whole lotta talent …and he comes up with ‘Purple rain’ and ass-out pants…? …when the world needs guidance and inspiration towards ending wars, learning to love and respect one another ..and living in peace…?
    ….so who is left to achieve such goals then? ….Froon and Stinkliar?….. and Lil Hitler?


  2. Bush Tea April 24, 2016 at 11:06 PM #

    Now Bob Marley is another story altogether…
    What a global message…
    What an inspiration of black conscientiousness …
    What an awakening…

    Here was another talented freak, but one who seemed more driven to get a global message out …than to amass a personal fortune…or even a fan following.


  3. Hants April 24, 2016 at 11:26 PM #

    @ Bush Tea,


  4. Well Well & Consequences April 25, 2016 at 6:15 AM #

    Billy Paul…very interesting.


  5. Bush Tea April 25, 2016 at 6:39 AM #

    @ Hants
    Persons blessed with such rare talent such should positively impact a whole society….

    @ Well Well & C
    Billy Paul tried too soon to bring a critical message of black consciousness to a racist world. Perhaps if he had first gone with a few more of the generally accepted white themes such as “Me and MR Jones”, or “Gimme all the money”, he would have been accepted with open arms …like Prince…


  6. are-we-there-yet April 25, 2016 at 9:45 AM #


    IMHO, Your views on this matter are flawed!

    You seem to be intimating that the only talent that matters to the supreme Being or Beings is that of providing leadership in a global sense that demonstrably and ineluctably aids in the progression of mankind to the next coming level of our immanence in the universal spirit. I think that only a very small percentage of people are supplied with that specific talent and it is somewhat unfair to expect that musicians or gravediggers or carpenters or any other exponent of any specific aspect of human endeavour should be considered a failure if he excelled in the area of his talent but did not significantly contribute to globalising the area of his skill set.

    You are also intimating that Bob Marley is possibly the only one of billions of recent entities who matches up to that yardstick. Perhaps you should instead focus on the contributions of Politicians or Ambassadors or Presidents or Prime Ministers who would have been better placed to use their talents in the above regard.

    I think you are wrong if that is your concept of success re. the sharing and use of talents.

    I think that we have all been provided with talents that we can either figuratively keep under a bushel or take out, practice to the fullest extent possible and burnish for our entire sojourn here and then leave 3rd density Earth a better place in respect of the flowering of that specific talent while providing a benchmark for future entities to surpass.

    Prince, like Jimi Hendrix and Paco Lucia and Bob Marley and Nicholas Branker and that steelpan man from Trinidad (I forgot his name) and Mike Sealy and several others have been granted the talent of absolute genius in some aspect of music in relation to the physical environment in which they have operated or are operating. Their talent has not been to individually market their music skills to use its fruits to directly globalise mankind’s acceptance of that music in a way that you suggest your BBE envisages.

    Someone indicated that Prince should not be mentioned in the same breath as Jimi Hendrix. Jimi Hendrix was one of my Guitar heroes. He invented the genre of unabashed technically perfect but absolutely wild Guitar playing. (Mike Sealy was at the same time doing the same thing here in Barbados but on a different stage). Jimi Hendrix invented a new method of playing guitar but a few years after he laid out the parameters of this new paradigm several youngsters were able to copy. Prince did not lay out a new method of playing but he was technically as proficient in Jimi Hendrix’s style as the master himself and indeed seemed to have removed some of the rough edges.

    I think JImi Hendrix was a genius guitarist and that Prince was technically in the same top class as he was.

    Genius withers if one does not have discipline to practice and practice and push ones limits. Prince lived his music and practiced for several hours a day to perfect his craft. That is utilizing his talents in my book.

    The fame and wealth that came with his genius was secondary. That he seemed to have accumulated and given away as well as kept intact much more of his wealth than most of his other contemporary musical geniuses speaks of an entity that was probably nearer to fulfilling his eventual destiny of oneness with the Creator.

    Bushtea, Uh tink yuh rong on dis one.


  7. Sargeant April 25, 2016 at 10:02 AM #

    Yuh know dat Bush Tee as in ha ha has so much money (or so he claims) dat he should set up his own Foundation a la the MacArthurs so dat people who live up to the bar he set could apply fuh de bush tee genius grant. Dat way the percentage of brassbowls would surely decrease and he would leave a legacy that bajans cud appreciate.


  8. David April 25, 2016 at 10:10 AM #

    Where Bush Tea’s position is flawed is that Prince, like many, did not have to give away so much of his money. He was a genius of music and he gave away money to boot.


  9. Well Well & Consequences April 25, 2016 at 10:37 AM #

    I knew the Bushman would like the “let’s make a baby” theme…lol


  10. Well Well & Consequences April 25, 2016 at 10:41 AM #

    “Perhaps you should instead focus on the contributions of Politicians or Ambassadors or Presidents or Prime Ministers who would have been better placed to use their talents in the above regard.”

    As we know, those named above have all failed, so people look to musicians to sooth their disappointed souls.


  11. Bush Tea April 25, 2016 at 11:20 AM #

    @ AWTY
    Bushie may well be flawed wrt the idea that being born with an innate talent makes someone into a ‘genius’. But that you could conclude that Bushie thinks “that Bob Marley is possibly the only one of billions of recent entities who matches up to that yardstick” is so ridiculous as to be funny…
    Not when Bushie was at pains to emphasise that ORDINARY talents who do outstanding community work – for example, are more ‘genius’ than these highly talented people like Prince who did little that was commensurate with his given talents….

    Surely you can see that if you were born a natural leader, and you used that talent only to get yourself rich and famous ….then you are no damn better than a fellow gifted with the talent to blog shiite on BU (think Dompey 🙂 ) …and who does that despite all the hassle from Bushie…
    …while someone like Akela has been able to overcome all kinds of obstacles and challenges to become a national symbol of persistence and excellence …and a role model for other young people… now THAT is genius (in Bushie’s book…)

    @ Sargeant
    One has to pity wunna fellows who have been overwhelmed by the albino-centric way of thinking…
    …No surprise that you equate money with ‘success’ and ‘giving back’. But there are many MUCH MORE VALUABLE ways in which one can contribute to one’s society besides money.
    Also, it must be unbelievable to you that a black man like Bushie can have more money than he needs nuh? That speaks to your flawed black consciousness brother…
    With Bushie’s “connections” it is hard to understand your’s (and Simple Simon’s) incredulity at the bushman’s blessings….
    If only wunna REALLY knew… 🙂
    …but soon…

    @ David
    Gave away money shiite….!!!
    You mind those converted Canadians…?
    Wuh if you have $100M that you got from singing two shiite songs and from the support of a Satanic record industry …designed to corrupt public morals…. and you (publicly and loudly) give $100,000 to some hopeless mendicant (not Sargeant) …. SO WHAT??? … big deal!!!
    That is just good PR….

    Check out the story of the widow’s mite……


  12. Hants April 25, 2016 at 11:52 AM #

    @ are-we-there-yet wrote , “Bushtea; IMHO, Your views on this matter are flawed!”

    That is not possible. Bushtea is ALWAYS right!



  13. David April 25, 2016 at 12:17 PM #

    @Bush Tea

    You is a Boss.


  14. Bush Tea April 25, 2016 at 3:07 PM #

    @ Hants & David
    Seriously… It may not be that Bushie is always right….
    Why not consider the (ever-so-slight) possibility that Bushie consults with those who DOES know every shiite….
    …because dey mek every shiite… 🙂


  15. Well Well & Consequences April 26, 2016 at 10:02 AM #

    Another unknown side to the Prince….


  16. David April 26, 2016 at 12:15 PM #

    Did Price die intestate?

    incredible if true!



  17. are-we-there-yet April 26, 2016 at 12:42 PM #


    Why is that incredible?

    Do you have any idea of the percentage of the population (rich or poor, Lawyers or Soil Mechanics, Famous or little known musicians) have made wills at the age of 57?


  18. Well Well & Consequences April 26, 2016 at 5:45 PM #

    As far as they are saying Prince left a 300 million dollar estate that the lawyers are now sorting through, some say he may have willed most of it to his church, he has a half sister and multiple half siblings, a couple have already died. He had a son with first wife Mayte, who died at a week old with a rare disorder….apparently he left instructions…then there are 100 years worth of written music.


  19. Well Well & Consequences April 26, 2016 at 7:15 PM #

    And inside edition said they cant find a will, stay tuned for drama. I remember Marley had 10 kids or more and no will..


  20. David April 27, 2016 at 2:53 AM #


    It is strange a man whose estate as reportedly worth 380 million would not see the need to make a will. If this is true then some will ask if he was sincere in his philanthropist role. Why not leave a will and dump some money with worthy causes?


  21. Bush Tea April 27, 2016 at 6:34 AM #

    Why not leave a will and dump some money with worthy causes?
    Because dead men do not need PR.


  22. Well Well & Consequences April 27, 2016 at 7:30 AM #

    I too am against leaving wills, so easy to forge, rewrite etc, Prince was not that liquid, smart dude and uncle sam will take a good 120 million, nearly half the money in estate taxes anyhoo, so let the benficiaries divvy up the prpoerties and the money he is now making hand over fist now he is dead, be managed by a court appointee to be divvied up later.

    Ya’ll forgot the will scam in Barbados, Cottle Catford etc, wills are a no-no, there are other ways around that sham.



  23. Sargeant April 27, 2016 at 8:14 AM #

    Not having a will could be very problematic, although Minnesota law treats all his beneficiaries i.e. siblings both full and half equally it could very well precipitate a fight on who would be the executor/executrix of the Estate. Michael Jackson was thought to have died Intestate until a lawyer produced a Will with a Living Trust.

    Let’s hope Prince did the same otherwise things could get messy.


  24. Sargeant April 27, 2016 at 8:18 AM #

    @Bush Tea
    Because dead men do not need PR.

    Open mouth, remove foot. Prior to his death how many people knew of his charitable acts? He gave anonymously not in the hope of gaining PR.

    Now slowly take the other foot out.


  25. are-we-there-yet April 27, 2016 at 8:55 AM #

    David; re, 2:53 am post

    Because, at 57 he might not have considered that the grim reaper would soon be a-calling.


  26. Bush Tea April 27, 2016 at 9:01 AM #

    @ Sargeant
    You with your albino-centric shiite again…??
    What gave what money what…?

    So if Bushie gave you a couple thousand dollars …what the hell does that mean ….if the Bushman has millions that he will die and leave anyway…

    Do you understand why the original bushman instructed the fellow who wanted to know how he could enter BBE’s kingdom to “go and give away ALL THAT HE HAD” ….. and come follow him? …Do you understand the moral behind the widow’s mite…?

    …donating little pittances (relatively) …amounts to nothing but good PR …and mostly represents an encouragement and support of mendicancy and brass bowlery…
    When will you grow up and realise that money is NO YARDSTICK by which to measure true worth nuh…?
    It is wise to make provision for young children to be looked after to adulthood (insurance), and for spouses to continue to enjoy their accustomed way of life (joint accounts), but this fetish about disposal of ‘wealth’ is highly over rated….
    Far better to leave a legacy built of the kind of character that inspires the world to be a better place; that sets the bar higher in terms of human decency; and that brings us all closer to an understanding of the REAL purpose of life…


  27. de pedantic Dribbler April 27, 2016 at 9:14 AM #

    @Sargeant April 27, 2016 at 8:14 AM …Not having a will could be very problematic————

    Problematic for whom, exactly! The state gets their part, the attorneys get theirs and then the rest goes to the family who can squabble to their hearts content.

    Either Prince expected to be around for several more years and thus delayed preparing any such document or he just couldn’t care less or more about such things.

    The man was a free spirit who was deeply concerned about how his words and compositions…how his voice was heard and used while he was here. One can argue that he had absolutely no further interest in any of those material earthly issues after his spirit moved on.

    So again (generally to all) I ask, problematic for whom….to those still alive whose talents did not create this large cache of wealth?

    Sounds like a lottery prize they have won to me…those are problems the average person can handle.

    Dying without a will is a real choice we all make…realistically the impact on the ‘poor’ or those with a few pieces of real estate and maybe a $50K – $70K in cash is incredibly more significant than for people at the Prince standard of wealth because there is actually something left for family squabbles after the business of funeral, state (country) and legal expenses are concluded.

    Who cares…certainly not Prince.


  28. Sargeant April 27, 2016 at 9:19 AM #


    The rule of thumb that some people employ is “that as soon as you have children or property you should have a will”, age should never be a factor in the drafting of such a document as no one knows the scheduling of their “Appointment in Samara”. In Prince’s case he had significant assets and this should be a routine part of the job of his legal advisors but we don’t know what we don’t know, they can offer advice but it is up to the client to accept or reject their suggestions.

    Early days yet, a Will may turn up.


  29. David April 27, 2016 at 9:26 AM #

    The point being missed here is if Prince, in life, embraced the role of humanitarian then it made sense for him to want to allocate some of his wealth to the less fortunate in death. It is a simple point.


  30. Sargeant April 27, 2016 at 9:46 AM #


    You like Ossie Moore, yuh find a word “albino” and every second sentence is peppered with it, but yuh can’t help it is either that or “brass bowl”.

    As usual you avoid what you implied by writing about dead men not needing PR and my challenge to that statement by galloping off on a tangent about BBE Kingdom and Lord knows what else. The response is all so familiar, yuh can’t refute what I wrote so you put your spin on a response which to be charitable bears a passing resemblance to your argument.

    This is called Bushian logic, confuse the readers with platitudes about other matters so they forget what the issue is all about.

    Time for you to take a dose of your namesake with purgative effects, hopefully it will dislodge the crap in the area above the neck.


  31. de pedantic Dribbler April 27, 2016 at 9:52 AM #

    David @ 9:26, no sir that point as simple as it is not being missed. I suggest that YOU are missing the point that Prince MADE his choices. He was 57 Mr Blogmaster. He was not taken at 30 or before he that fortune and a name or himself.

    One must agree with Bushie’s perspective on this matter, being that if Prince wanted to give more or all of his wealth to the less fortunate or partnered to provide ongoing support/education or whatever then he could have done so. He essentially had all the time in the world to do just that.

    Look around at others younger than he who have made greater impact. I am NOT criticizing the brother rather I simply note he acted of his free will…and a interesting one it was.

    There is no reason to project to him what he was not or expect of him what he may have planned.

    If Bill Gates had gone to the great beyond before he initiated his humanitarian foundation that essentially gives away his great wealth to the less fortunate by developing and building new and sustainable programs to develop education and eradicate diseases how would we be debating his legacy.


  32. de pedantic Dribbler April 27, 2016 at 9:54 AM #

    oh dear…poor editing: “He was not taken at 30 or before he that fortune and a name or himself.” SHOULD read:

    He was not taken at 30 or before he MADE that fortune and a name FOR himself.


  33. David April 27, 2016 at 10:28 AM #

    @Dee Word

    Actually you are the one missing the point, pedantic even? The simple point, to restate, is that if Prince was a sincere philanthropist and wanted his legacy to be consistent with how he lived his life then he should have planned to make sure some of his wealth be allocated to the less fortunate. To state the obvious that Prince is entitled to make any decision is to miss the point be a country mile.


  34. Sargeant April 27, 2016 at 10:36 AM #

    Problematic for whom, exactly! The state gets their part, the attorneys get theirs and then the rest goes to the family who can squabble to their hearts content
    Myopic aren’t we? A properly executed Will & Trust would have ensured that his beneficiaries and any charities that he favoured could receive generational benefits by monetizing his vast collection of music (claimed to be in a vault) and the extensive catalogue of music that he has released. This kind of inheritance flows from one generation to the other, a squabble dilutes that and may even ensure that these assets are sold at a pittance of their value so the heirs get cash now but others reap significant rewards later.


  35. de pedantic Dribbler April 27, 2016 at 11:13 AM #

    @Sargeant….re Myopic aren’t we?—— Didn’t a wise man or woman once say that the those alive will take care of those who have died? So the question still stands, “Problematic for whom, exactly!”. I am not speaking as an insurance or financial planner. I am speaking under the subject heading re Prince as person and humanitarian.

    We are fomenting about things such as “generational benefits by monetizing his vast collection of music” and I respectfully ask: to what avail.

    They belonged to Prince and if he was keen on any such actions do you not think that as prescient and wise as he seemed to be that he would have implemented steps to ensure all these awesome things. Maybe he; did maybe not.

    When Bushie or GP said essentially ‘He died so what’ it seemed callous. But its the epitaph of us all, not so.

    Prince lived a life many of us never will re his creative work. He went way beyond many of the limiting constraints that control our lives. Do you really believe any of us need to pontificate about how or why he did not plan for a future after his death.

    Sorry sir but that is a ‘nonsense’ : all of a sudden we know better for him what he knows for himself.

    That David is the point. You often speak of my being pedantic when the simple existentialist nature of life is right there as bold as ever: “if Prince was a sincere philanthropist and wanted his legacy …”

    You are making MY point sir.

    And EXACTLY what Bush Tea is siggesting: he was not a true philanthropist as you appear to want him to be. Why all this palaver.

    Maybe the free spirited guy who ran around in high heels and bottoms out and sang of purple rain did NOT care about any stupid legacy; just as he did not care to conform to life’s normal rhythms.

    As usual on BU: can’t see trees for the forest. There is normal and then there are people who do no conform. Why would we want to squeeze his life’s essence into our gourds and formats.



  36. David April 27, 2016 at 11:38 AM #

    @Dee Word

    BU understands Sara Palin sent a card to Queen Elizabeth expressing condolences on hearing the news of the passing of Prince.


  37. Bush Tea April 27, 2016 at 11:46 AM #

    @ Sargeant
    …refute what you wrote…?
    Bushie’s was actually responding to David’s point about being a philanthropist and yet not leaving any will…
    When you graduate beyond NCO status bushie will be able to use more advance language for you, but as long as you are stuck with thinking that life rightly revolves around money, then the bushman will keep whacking your ‘albino-centricity’ and your persistent brass bowlery…

    Get used to it….


  38. Bush Tea April 27, 2016 at 11:46 AM #

    @ David
    ha ha ha


  39. Well Well & Consequences April 27, 2016 at 1:32 PM #

    That would be just like Sarah Palin, emptyheaded jackass, cant believe she is planning to be part of Trump’s administration, but birds of a feather…..


  40. Well Well & Consequences April 27, 2016 at 6:19 PM #

    Some movement.


  41. de pedantic Dribbler April 27, 2016 at 6:23 PM #

    @David, touché . But we have to be so careful with ‘news’ across the net because I had heard that she had actually booked a flight to England for the Prince’s funeral…

    The things we learn these days eh!


  42. Well Well & Consequences April 29, 2016 at 6:49 PM #

    Echoes of Michael Jackson re painkillers.


  43. Well Well & Consequences April 30, 2016 at 9:15 AM #

    They are crawling out….


  44. David May 1, 2016 at 4:01 PM #

    An interesting read for the Prince junkies.

    Prince’s Childhood Best Friend Reveals Things We Never Knew About Prince



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