Prince Queered Pop Culture

Honoured to have contributed to CBC Radio’s program “q” in their great tribute to Prince. Still feeling the void left by his death.

In sum:

Prince’s high heels, make-up, brown skin and coiffed hair was such an important representation of gender fluidity for me to see as a child. He challenged constructs of masculinity and femininity in meaningful unapologetic ways and folks had to deal because he was just so good. Yes, I’m grateful for Prince’s music but, I’m more grateful that he publicly queered pop culture and blackness with his very presence. I realize now that I took the freedom and the radical social intervention of his gender presentation for granted because he was always there. Thank you Prince, not only for your music but for all of the times that you refused to explain or define who you were.

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