Muhammad Ali & Prince: Heroes of One Another
To say that the year 2016 was a rough year is an understatement. That year, we lost some of the most important and iconic people in Black history, entertainment and culture including Prince and Muhammad Ali
We take a look back down memory lane and celebrate the lives of two great entertainers who many didn’t know had a great relationship.
Singer Prince met Ali for the first time at a 1997 press conference intended to promote The World Healing Honors, a benefit concert raising money for charities that confronted and worked to eliminate bigotry and prejudice around the globe, according to The Los Angeles Times.
“My friend Londell McMillan called me a couple of days ago and asked me, ‘Muhammad wants you to…’ and I said ‘Yes.’ I didn’t even let him finish,” Prince said.
“He could have said, ‘He wants you to mow the lawn’ and I would have been down with it,” admits Prince. “Muhammad is my hero and has been since I was a child.”
It was a little-known secret that Prince was a big sports fan. An admittedly big Chicago Bulls fans and would watch games while he was performing on stage.
The two had a budding friendship and Ali called the Purple Rain singer a “genius” in his message posted to his official social media account on April 22 alongside a picture of the two icons together.
He wrote: “We’ve lost a true original. Prince was someone who cared for others & used his genius to help many.”
Now, we have lost another ‘true original’ in Ali.
Throughout the years since their first meeting, they two still remained friends and crossed paths rarely in humanitarian efforts. But because of Prince’s religion, Seventh Day Adventist, he couldn’t openly say all the good things he’s done.
Both will forever be severely missed.
Besides sports, the two had more in common than you think.
In 1993, Prince changed his name to a symbol, then to The Artist Formerly Known As Prince, after a dispute with his Warner Bros record label, who refused to release Prince’s music when he wanted.
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