Performing artist Prince dies at 57

Donald Sawyer

Don Sawyer, an assistant professor of sociology who teaches classes on race and ethnicity at Quinnipiac and oversees a hip hop advisory program at Wilbur Cross High School in New Haven, issued a statement today about the death of Prince. 

"This is a tough loss," Sawyer said. "When my family purchased our first VCR, 'Purple Rain' was the first movie we watched. I still remember my mother covering my face with a napkin to prevent me from seeing the nude scenes. I remember licking the napkin and tearing a small hole so I could see what was going on. He defined the term musician, producing albums where he played every instrument. He also helped to redefine masculinity and 'male' dress. He never seemed afraid to push the musical and cultural envelope. We lost a true global legend today."  

To speak to Sawyer, please call John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations, at 203-206-4449 (cell).

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