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What is Humans Of The Purple Collective?

One thing I’ve realized in the days since 4/21 is that whether someone was a fan or not, liked his music or not, been to a concert or not…. there is one inalienable truth:  


EVERYbody has a Purple story! 

That purple thread has found its way woven into the fabric of everyone’s life tapestry.  These are those stories.  From the casual fan to the super fam, whatever your level of purpleness, everyone is encouraged to contribute a story. It’s all purple love.💜

​My vision for Humans of the Purple Collective is to build a world-class collection of beautiful stories, narratives, and photos of everyday people from around the world sharing their life's experiences that involve Prince and/or his music in some way.  I hope for it to become a place where anyone can go for purple uplifting, inspiration, perhaps even for some, the courage to face another day because it’s going to take a long, LONG time to heal, if ever, from such a devastating loss. 


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About the Creator

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I don’t know if I will ever really ‘get over it’, because he has always been and will always be, such an integral part of my life.

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Like the rest of the world, I was absolutely shaken to my core on 4/21... this is what I will continue to refer to it as for the time being, I just can’t bring myself to use the “d” word yet.  I still can't wrap my mind around it.  This hurts in a place so deep, it doesn't have any words.


At some point it just ‘clicked’ that hearing and reading other people’s personal purple stories was really the only thing giving me any sort of comfort from the pain.  Thus the idea for Humans of the Purple Collective was born.  I thought ‘if it’s helping me, maybe it will help others too’ as we all search for ways to deal with this tragedy. 

As I started to flesh out the idea, I realized this is what I want to do.  I will never get tired of hearing people’s purple stories and what a positive impact he’s had with them, just like me.  This is a harsh new reality for us all, but together we can help each other.♥  #L41A

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"That's the groove y'all, that's the groove!... That's how we goin' home tonight, in harmony, and in love"

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