Episode 8: Prince, Collective Mourning, & Public Space

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In episode 8, Raechel and Melody reflect on the death (and life) of Prince and what it means to collectively grieve (and celebrate) a star with whom so many people have a connection. What does it mean to lose someone we didn’t know personally, but who touched our lives, as a musician ,a humanitarian, and a sex & gender icon? How does a celebrity death unite people? How does public memorializing alter the boundaries of public and private space?

We reflect on all this, PLUS: our respective schools’ spring plays, and what we’re listening to/reading/watching!

Reading List 

Cauterucci, “How Prince Led the Way to Our Gender Fluid Future

Heavy Table, “What’s in Prince’s Fridge?

Vancleave, “At KMOJ radio: It’s OK to cry

Robin DG Kelley, Yo Mama’s Diskfunktional  (& all his other books)

Courbet & Courbet, “When a celebrity dies…Social identity, uses of social media, and the mourning process among fans: the case of Michael Jackson


What We’re Listening to/Reading/Watching

Mel: Prince!; also Lunar Chronicles 

–> (Also check out More Happy Than Not, discovered on Maggie’s young adult fiction blog, radbooksradkids.wordpress.com!)

Raechel: also Prince; reading Janet Mock’s Redefining Realness


xoxox raechel & melody 


Intro Song: “Top Floor” GRRRL PRTY

Outro Song: “Let’s Go Crazy” Prince 


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