In the post entitled “Prince’s death is painfully personal – he was such an inspiration for musicians like me” the head singer of “The Selecter” – a ska band – said she felt she could relate to the Purple One not only because he was a fellow artist, but also because he was mixed race.
In a reply to the affront, Yesha Callahan posted on The Root what she thought about Black’s perception of Prince’s roots.
“Several poignant think pieces have been posted over the last 24 hours about Prince’s life…” she writes. “But there’s one think piece that has caught the ire of many people. Especially since it totally labeled the icon ‘mixed race.'”
“… ummm, she obviously isn’t that much of a Prince fan. If she were, she would know that Prince wasn’t mixed race,” Callahan said.
She goes on to refer to two pictures of Prince’s (real name Prince Nelson Rogers) parents and says there can be no mistake about his African American heritage.
“Mattie Della Baker, pictured above, was a black woman… John Lewis Nelson, pictured above, was a black man,” she writes, “When two black people get together and procreate, they make black babies. Those babies may be light-skinned, dark-skinned or something in between. It’s called genes.”
And just to make it perfectly clear, Callahan writes, “Just because the woman playing his mother in ‘Purple Rain’ was white doesn’t mean his real mother was… Prince was black. Will always be black. And was proud of it.”
The music icon and legend died on April 21, 2016. He was found unresponsive in an elevator in his home, Paisley Park. Prince was 57.
Following an autopsy, his remains were cremated and laid to rest in a private location.