I know, I know. This was all last week stuff. But I’m just not getting over it yet, all right? Here’s Lorraine Chow at EcoWatch:
The Purple One was secretly Green. In an emotional interview on CNN, political commentator Van Jones revealed that his close friend Prince wasn’t just a musical icon but also a major philanthropist.
One of his many initiatives included helping Oakland, California residents go solar.
“He worked for something called Green for All,” Jones told CNN host Don Lemon. “I was the public face of that, but he helped put the money in. There are people who have solar panels on their houses now in Oakland, California, that don’t know Prince paid for [them].”
“[Prince] did not want it to be known publicly, but I’m going to say it because the world needs to know that it wasn’t just the music,” Jones said. “The music was one way he tried to help the world. But he was helping every day of his life.”
Here’s an op-ed on Prince from Van Jones, president of Dream Corps and Rebuild the Dream:
Prince was immensely charitable -- giving away lots of money anonymously. As a Jehovah's Witness, he was not allowed to boast about his donations. But he helped causes as diverse as public radio, Green For All, the Harlem's Children's Zone and Black Lives Matter. More importantly, he made lots of calls behind the scenes to get people to act on causes that needed attention. He would see something in the news, and start calling people -- "We need to do something about this." He was kind of like the 911 of the celebrity class.
Another project Prince helped spur into existence was #YesWeCode, a Oakland-based effort focused on helping low-income youth get into technology and promoting diversity in the tech industry.
And now I see my colleague Walter Einenkel already covered this last week.
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