BREAKING: Musical icon Prince, 57, has died

Prince rocked Saturday Night Live (SNL) to usher in the month of November and Daylight Savings Time.

Prince, who has thrilled fans for decades with his electric style, died this morning at his Paisely Park estate in Minnesota.

By Carmen Glover

Musical icon Prince, born Prince Rogers Nelson, died at his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota on Thursday, April 21, 2016, AP has reported. He was 57 years old.

On April 15, after an intimate performance in Atlanta, Prince’s plane made an emergency landing and he was rushed to the hospital after he complained of not feeling well, according to multiple reports.

price purple rain

Prince and his famous purple guitar.

Known for his sultry voice, sensuous moves on stage, impressive guitar riffs and his purple persona, Prince has dazzled fans for decades. His death comes on the heels of his protegé, Denise ‘Vanity’ Matthews, who died earlier this year.

Prince has a monumental repertoire of music including “Purple Rain” which is also the name of a film based on his life, “When Doves Cry,” “Adore,” “1999,”  “Kiss,” “I Wanna Be Your Lover,”  “Nothing Compares to You,” and “Little Red Corvette.”

“It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57. There are no further details as to the cause of death at this time,” Yvette Noel-Schure, the entertainer’s publicist, said In a statement.

Prince

Prince was enigmatic, talented and beloved.

Prince was nominated for Grammy Awards 32 times, walking away a winner seven times. In a statement, Neil Portnow, the president and CEO of the Recording Academy said:
“Our GRAMMY family is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of seven-time GRAMMY Award winner Prince. Today, we remember and celebrate him as one of the most uniquely gifted artists of all time. Never one to conform, he redefined and forever changed our musical landscape. Prince was an original who influenced so many, and his legacy will live on forever. We have lost a true innovator and our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends, collaborators, and all who have been impacted by his incredible work.”

Prince and his Third Eye Girl Productions have released new music.

Prince and his Third Eye Girl Productions have released new music.

Fiercely independent, Prince had a protracted period of disagreement with his former label Warner Brothers, when he wanted to be released from his contract. He wrote the word “Slave” on his forehead in protest and changed his name to a symbol until the contract expired. He re-emerged on his own terms, shielding his music from social media and maintaining total control of his writing, producing and marketing. He stirred excitement wherever he appeared and leaves behind a legion of passionate fans, myself included, to mourn his passing. Rest in peace, Prince. You will be missed and I feel blessed that I saw you and Sheila E at Madison Square Garden in 2004 –OnPointPress,net.—

Is early entrance into the WNBA draft the new trend?

Jewell Loyd (l) and Amanda Zahui B. (r) both left school early to declare for the WNBA draft.

Jewell Loyd (l) and Amanda Zahui B. (r) both left school early to declare for the WNBA draft.

By Charles Glover, Jr.

Last week Amanda Zahui B from the University of Minnesota and Jewell Loyd from Notre Dame University left school early to declare for the WNBA draft. Both have a good chance of being the first draft pick and have bright basketball futures ahead of them.

In order to declare for draft the WNBA “requires players to be at least 22, to have completed their college eligibility, to have graduated from a four-year college or to be four years removed from high school.” Zahui B. will be 22 in September and Loyd will be 22 in October.

Candace Parker was drafted first overall in 2008 after leaving the University of Tennessee after her junior year.

Candace Parker was drafted first overall in 2008 after leaving the University of Tennessee after her junior year.

Leaving school early for the WNBA may not be unprecedented but it is uncommon. The last early entrant to the WNBA draft was Candace Parker in 2008. Parker would go on to be Rookie of the Year and WNBA MVP that season. However, Parker’s success was not an example often duplicated despite the many stars to enter the WNBA the last several years. Neither Zahui B.nor Loyd gave detailed information about the thought process for entering the draft though they gave comments about their future.

Standing at 6'5", Zahui B. is known for her defense and rebounding at the center position.

Standing at 6’5″, Zahui B is known for her defense and rebounding at the center position.

Zahui B., who is from Stockholm, is conscious of the challenges ahead.

“Over the past few years I’ve learned a lot about making difficult decisions involving my life, education, and future starting with a major move from my home country to the United States. Though challenging, that initial decision has proved to be a step in the right direction,” she said of the process.

Jewel Loyd has been successful in her college career, playing in consecutive national title  games. She hopes to bring her college success to the professional level.

Jewel Loyd has been successful in her college career, playing in consecutive national title games. She hopes to bring her college success to the professional level.

Loyd is hoping that the success she had in college will translate to the next level.

“I am incredibly grateful for my experience at Notre Dame and the support I have received from Coach (Muffet) McGraw, our staff, my teammates and the entire ND community,” Loyd said in a statement to The Associated Press. “I have grown as a woman and as a basketball player and I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to be a part of such an inspiring community.”

The WNBA draft is April 16, and as New York Times writer Pat Borzi summarized “the pool of players lacks a consensus top pick.” Both Zahui B. and Loyd have a great chance to be the first player taken on draft day.–OnPointPress.net–

Charles Glover, Jr. is a sports aficionado and a training/benefits consultant. Follow me @GloverIsGood on Twitter.com.