Saturday, December 10, 2005

Dat Krazee Nigga*
Gone 2 Heav'n:
RIP Richard Pryor

He has battled racism, alcohol and drug abuse.

Richard Pryor: 1940-2005

But in the end, the man who inspired millions of comedians and made people laugh and think met an unbeatable and incurable foe in multiple sclerosis.

In spite of this terminal struggle, Richard Pryor never lost his sense of humour and acerbic wit. In the end, regardless of politics and ideology, the world is a poorer place.

We need more people who wield words and languages like swords and shields. We need artists who use syllables to stimulate and activate the masses' synapses. Sadly, there are quite a few comedians who hardly show as much class and grace and tell stories that are bittersweet and twisted as Pryor.

My condolences to his family, friends and those he left behind.

* Let's face it: in my worldview, everyone's a nigga. Word.

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