Sunday, April 24, 2016

Prince, The Jehovah's Witness

   In the 80’s Gloria’s sons were in their early teens.  They were both fans of Michael Jackson.  She heard them putting down Jackson’s rival, named Prince.  They were in the Philippines and got very vague and confusing Hollywood gossips.  At that time Jackson was the guy of good report.  Prince was the guy nobody could figure out.  

   Then in 1984, Purple Rain happened.  From what she’d been hearing, Gloria was intrigued, she went to see it at a local theater, by herself.  Then a few days later, she went to see Purple Rain again.  Then, she got a Betamax copy.  

   Unfounded rumors about Prince’s persona continued, while Jackson was a Jehovah’s Witness, he can’t be bad.  However, in the exact same year, 1984, the Thriller single came out.  Jackson lost his religion.  In 2001, Prince found his, the exact same one Jackson lost.  

   “Prince joined the Jehovah's Witnesses in 2001…Prince said that he did not consider it a conversion, but a "realization"… He attended meetings at a local Kingdom Hall and occasionally knocked on people's doors to discuss his faith.  Prince had needed double hip-replacement surgery since 2005 but would not undergo the operation unless it was a bloodless surgery because Jehovah's Witnesses typically do not accept blood products.  The condition was caused by repeated onstage dancing in high-heeled boots.  Towards the end of his life Prince regularly walked with a cane in public engagements, leading to speculation that this resulted from not having the surgery.”

   “As a Jehovah's Witness, Prince did not speak publicly about his charitable endeavors” 
   In 1996, the love of her life gifted Gloria with 6 CDs of Prince, Graffiti Bridge, Purple Rain, The Gold Experience, Around the World in a Day, The Beautiful Experience, The Black Album.  Below is a cover of an album released after Prince became a Jehovah's Witness.   
   Prince died on April 21, 2016.  Gloria’s friends extended their condolences to her.

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