Prince is known all over the globe for making great music. From “Purple Rain,” “When Doves Cry,” and “Adore,” to “Delirious,” “Kiss” and “Little Red Corvette,” the multi-platinum selling luminary has hits on top of hits.
So naturally, his death last Thursday (April 21) affected millions all over the globe. People worldwide have been honoring the megastar and his music catalog, but friends close to the music king want more than just his music recognized.
On Friday (April 22), his close friend and business partner, Van Jones, did an exclusive interview with CNN where he revealed that Prince’s legacy encompassed a lot more than jus singing the blues and strumming his guitar. According to Jones, Prince was extremely philanthropic, but kept his efforts quiet due to his religious beliefs.
“[Prince] was a Jehovah’s Witness, so he was not allowed to speak publicly about any of his good acts, but I was one of the people in his life who helped him with all of that.”
Although the legendary singer kept his altruism on the low, Jones revealed that he’d aided a wide variety of grassroots organizations throughout the course of his career.
“He helped to create ‘Yes We Code’ which now has 15 major technology companies working with kids in the ‘hood, getting them ready to have jobs in Silicon Valley.
“There are people who have solar panels on their houses now in Oakland, California, that don’t know Prince paid for.”
And it doesn’t stop there. The pop-rock icon also had his hands in initiatives like the Harlem Children’s Zone, Green for All, and Black Lives Matter; the latter reportedly held a key place in his heart for its enrichment of Black youth and its potential to create economic uplift for people of color. (Love it!)
Want more? The royal musician had reportedly donated funds to the family of Trayvon Martin and threw concerts in cities like Baltimore and Chicago to cover up his meetings with community leaders about gun violence and police brutality. (Heart eyes!)
Just makes you love him even more!
Watch Jones’ above interview for more on Prince’s hidden humanitarianism.