My girl VEG is a Prince fan and most importantly, a foolery enthusiast. And I’m tryna convince her to be writing for me once a week, in a column called “This Moment in Black Awesomeness.” Anywho, she wrote me the post below on request because she had me cackling in Facebook. Enjoy.
There are some moments that are so awesome – and so awesomely BLACK – that every time we mention it, any black person within earshot will chime in with a “Mmmhm, yep. I remember that.”
The time Prince caught Patti LaBelle’s shoe is one of THOSE moments.
Luvvie: “Yup. I surely remember that. It was a glorious moment.”
It was the 2010 BET Awards show and, as they do every year, BET honored a music legend. In this case, Prince. And, as is usually the case during these types of tributes, the network asked a very diverse group of performers to honor Prince by singing his songs to him. A very pregnant Alicia Keys writhed around on a piano (not hitting every key), Janelle Monáe did her quirky cool Monáe thing…and then Patti came out.
Patti LaBelle…in all her down home, wing flapping, note shattering glory. She SANG and Prince paid attention. When Patti was in the middle of ‘Purple Rain’ and started kicking off her shoes – because that is what she does – Prince got up and CAUGHT ONE.
Look at Prince…holding that Louboutin so high, with such a serene look on his face. You would swear the man had just been touched by Jesus himself. Adding to the awesomeness of this moment: the outfit. He’s got a picture of himself on his bell-sleeved tunic. Who but him could rock an outfit like this? And, what man besides Prince can rock a bell-sleeved tunic and still look sexy? I’d be remiss if I didn’t also mention his hair. LAID. Halle’s pixie wishes it were as tight as Prince’s.
Luvvie interrupts: I’m sorry. The man isn’t segzy to me. He looks like a REALLY pretty 12-year-old and I’d love to go shopping with him. However, to do the segzy times with? NAWL. But yes, that hair IS laid like the sacrifice of our forefathers. And I love monogrammed stuff so a whole shirt with not just my initials but my face?!?! I’d totally do it. GO PRINCE!
The awesomeness doesn’t end there, though! Check out this other pic:
Prince is still holding Patti’s shoe up to the heavens, and has that ‘Bish…I will cut you’ stance. I wonder if the woman in the pic tried to take the shoe from him. As you can see, Prince was not playing with her. He was ready to fight.
Luvvie says: RIGHT??? Whatever she said to Prince, he was like “I will protect this Loub at all cost.” I still can’t get over this tunic of his though. It’s a turtleneck with his face in the front and what looks like a Lisa Frank folder replica in the back. Chile…
*chimes in later* So that’s Prince’s backup singer. I guess he was just gloating. HA!
It’s not often that we get to see two music legends – legends who just happen to be black – play off of each other in this way. Because of that, and because Prince and Patti are both so fabulously flashy, this moment is definitely an Awesome Moment in Blackness.
Do y’all remember this awesome moment? Wasn’t it everything?
Also, check out my girl VEG, a Nawlins-born, Chicago-based traveling, cooking, reading, news watching, sports loving beer drinker – in fierce heels. You can follow her on Twitter at @GirlGetaLife.
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