Weeks after the death of Freddie Gray, the city of Baltimore is still recovering from protests. Many people have been critical of the way some Baltimore residents have reacted to Gray’s death, however, Prince decided that he didn’t want to be one of those people. He wanted to help.
At the “Rally4Peace” concert yesterday in Baltimore, Mr. Purple Rain himself brought down the house with a performance to remember. Talks of Prince’s performance sent the internet into a tizzy last week, and last night, all of our prayers were answered when he showed up in Baltimore to make a political statement. He wanted to remember the life of Freddie Gray, all the while calling for peace and social change.
According to People.com, the legendary performer told the crowd, “The system is broken. It’s up to you young folks to fix it.” Prince asked the attendees to wear something gray in honor of Freddie’s last name. Though floor tickets for Prince’s concert cost about $200 a pop, the singer made it clear that a portion of the money he received would be donated to youth-based charities in Baltimore.There were other tickets available for as low as $22.
And for all of you TIDAL haters, the concert aired LIVE on the site on the night of the performance.
— TIDAL (@TIDALHiFi) May 11, 2015
The streaming service also raised money for the Baltimore Justice Fund. Beyonce and Jay were actually in attendance, and were photographed alongside the families of both Mike Brown and Freddie Gray.
I think this is just what the residents of Baltimore needed. They needed this emotional healing. Because I believe music is a healer, I think Prince did exactly what he came to do. He gave the crowd lots of encouragement, saying things like, “Next time I’m in Baltimore, I want to be in a hotel owned by you…in an arena, owned and operated by you.” Now THAT’S empowering!
Take a listen to Prince’s new song, entitled “Baltimore.”