The Black Aesthetic: Death, Mourning, and Celebration in Prince’s “Sometimes It Snows in April” and

When Prince Rogers Nelson died on April 21, 2016, his fans were shook by his untimely death. Many wondered if Prince himself foresaw the specter of death in his midst. As the world remembers the musical icon, the black and white movie Under the Cherry Moon (1986), directed by Prince, may have foreshadowed his April death. At the end of this aesthetically beautiful, yet box office bust of a film, Christopher Tracy, played by Prince, dies suddenly. “Sometimes It Snows in April,” is a song about mourning and remembrance...continue reading

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