Solange, Questlove & More To Honor Prince & David Bowie At “Blackstar Rising & the Purple Reign” Conference

Choosing the voices of those that she truly admires, Daphne A. Brooks, professor of African American Studies, American Studies, Theater Studies and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies at Yale Univerisity, curated what will be Blackstar Rising & the Purple Reign. This conference is set to span from January 25th to the 28th and will be held in Yale’s Schwarzman Center. Not only drawing inspiration from their iconic albums in it’s title, the conference aims to celebrate the legacies of the late David Bowie and Prince.


Both Prince and Bowie’s unique approach to music, art, fashion and culture deserves endless celebration. Having had the experience of honoring musical legends in the past at Princeton, Brooks began preparation for the conference long ago. Before Prince’s passing, Brooks initially had hopes of having the iconic and musical genuis participate. But months after the passing of both Prince and Bowie, the incredible professor enlisted the likes of our own Solange, Questlove, percussionist Sheila E., saxophonist Donny McCaslin, and more to take part in the three day conference.

Critic Alan Light, musician Kandia Crazy Horse and artist Sherae Rimpsey will join a keynote conversation between Brooks and Solange taking place during the conference’s Thursday night (January 26th) round table discussion titled “Everybody Still Wants To Fly: Activism from Prince to Solange” (Yale Law School Levinson Auditorium, 9 p.m.). This event will be free and open to the public. You can snag a free ticket here!

For more information and for the full schedule for what’s to be an inspiring conference, head here.

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