The latest from Thursday
"...so this is what it sounds like when doves cry. RIP #Prince - thx for the soundtrack to my youth," shares FOX 5 San Diego's Kathleen Bade, as news broke that music icon Prince Rogers Nelson, the artist who defied genre, has died at just age 57. It evoked a similar response from National Journal's Ron Fournier, who tweets, "Gotta think St Peter is asking #Prince to unpack the lyrics to 'When Doves Cry.'" No cause of death has been given, but after last week's news reports indicated Prince’s plane made an emergency landing due to a health scare, his publicist said he was "fighting" the flu. "ANYBODY BUT PRINCE," pleads Linette Lopez at Business Insider. "Bowie, Prince, who's next, Tré Cool?" demands Sean Newell with VICE (but don't you put that evil on him!). "Prince is dead. Long live Prince. No grieving... dancing," reacts freelancer Patralekha Chatterjee. At Mother Jones, the reaction from Ben Dreyfuss was a little different: "Wait, Prince is Prince’s real name?"
As for how to properly honor a musician of this magnitude, we defer to words from The Artist himself, who gifted us with these lyrics: "Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today, to get through this thing called life."
But until that sobering news broke, today's top trending story was that Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill, while the popularity of the "Hamilton" musical single-handedly saved that founding father from disappearing from the $10. "Ladies on your money. Ladies on your money!" cheers Kelsey Proud at KWMU-TV. Jenna Wortham with New York Times Magazine heralds it as "black history year, continues." Sudeep Reddy with the Wall Street Journal perfectly summarizes, "The arc of the moral universe is indeed long, but it eventually leads to Harriet Tubman defeating Andrew Jackson."
In bad behavior, after a questionable post about transgender people, Curt Schilling has been fired by ESPN for unacceptable behavior. "Should free him up to run for office," snarks Washington Post's Ben Terris. Something else got noticed by MJ's Max Rosenthal: "This is amazingly subtle shade from NYT about Curt Schilling's ongoing stupidity." Meanwhile, Donald Trump is showing a "softer side" but clarifies "I’m not going to blow it." And BuzzFeed digs deeper into the phenomenon of rape broadcast live on the Internet--which, yes, sadly, is a phenomenon and not just a single case. "Funny how often the advice 'be decent to one another' for online forums doesn't really translate in practice," observes freelancer Kelcie Pegher.