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How Prince’s Social Activist Networks Are Keeping His Vision Alive



Since Prince’s death, activist and CNN commentator Van Jones has worn a purple tie for his TV appearances and has seen other people do similar things. “We’re just trying to signal we’re still loyal to the throne, even though the throne is empty now,” he says. That’s because the artist left behind what Jones calls an “invisible network and army” of activists and non-musicians whom he worked with and supported.



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Since Prince’s death, activist and CNN commentator Van Jones has worn a purple tie for his TV appearances and has seen other people do similar things. “We’re just trying to signal we’re still loyal to the throne, even though the throne is empty now,” he says. That’s because the artist left behind what Jones calls an “invisible network and army” of activists and non-musicians whom he worked with and supported.



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https://www.rollingstone....st-785577/


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...#YesWeCode was originally born of Prince’s vision to mold “black Mark Zuckerbergs,” to use Jones’ terminology, after the murder of the unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin. Where other people thought the reason Martin was murdered was racism, Prince looked at the bigger picture. “When you see a black kid wearing a hoodie, everybody says, ‘There goes a thug,'” Jones remembers Prince saying. “But if you see a white kid wearing a hoodie, everybody says, ‘Well, there goes Mark Zuckerberg.'” So Prince’s idea was to create an initiative that would shift people’s perceptions of what black and marginalized people and place them in new careers...

...In the meantime, Jones is still trying to decode who else were Prince’s activists. “We’re still caught in the mystique, as we’re all decloaking different people,” he says. “Like Tamron Hall, who used to be at MSNBC, is a part of the Prince camp. That’s not something I think a lot of people knew. I knew it, but I didn’t know how deep into it she was. And Esperanza Spalding has crazy stories. But that was the thing. When you’re part of the Prince camp you don’t talk about it. If you go around and say, ‘Well, I know Prince,’ all of a sudden you’re just not invited anymore. So the #YesWeCode connection with Infor is one of many happy Easter eggs that Prince planted for us to run into and discover.”...


What do you think Van means by the bolded in the above paragraph? Not invited why?


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