Dearly Beloved, you are gathered here today to read our interview with a writer about a legendary performer. In this corner, Touré: Journalist and thinker for many an outlet (The New Yorker, VIBE, Time.com), and author of Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness: What It Means to Be Black Now. You perhaps know him best for the incredible face he made when R. Kelly asked him "When you say 'teenage' how old we are talkin'?" during their on-camera interview for BET or the time he straight Son'd Piers Morgan on dude's own show at the height of all that Trayvon Martin sadness.
In the other, Prince: a mystery wrapped in an enigma stuffed in an extra small woman's blouse, guitar virtuoso, known lover of pancakes, and (maybe) Son of God. You know him best for not really knowing him at all. That's about to change.
Because Touré's excellent new book about Prince, I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon, comes out March 19, and it's a definitive, in depth look at the Purple One. ("I'm a Prince scholar and this is the ultimate Prince book," blurbs ?uestlove on the book's cover). In advance of the Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall tonight, we rang Touré up to talk about the talented Lilliputian Seventh Day Adventist. Shit got real.More »
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