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The Prince Podcast – KIM BERRY INTERVIEW

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Kim Berry shares the lessons and blessings she learned as Prince’s hairstylist for over 25 years. #Masterclass

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Listen Now!

"There's something on the tip of my tongue got a taste 4 sin..."
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Reply #1 posted 03/29/17 6:15pm

morningsong

I'mma listen to this later tonight.

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Reply #2 posted 03/29/17 7:52pm

Purplestar88

It was an excellent interview!

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Reply #3 posted 03/29/17 9:24pm

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That was mostly a great interview (albeit a bit long and over-focused on how she got the job).. Very honest. Humanized him, showed that he had good days and bad days ("asshole days" lol) like everyone else, suggested the suffering he went through during his life (in terms of loss of loved ones), pointed out his intelligence, curosity, generosity, humor, spirituality, hard work, sense of responsibility, glamour, drive, stress, alertness, weariness, moodiness, down-to-earthness, business acumen, and ability/longing to inspire. She implied that the dude was basically all things human and special, a mass of contradictions (like most everyone).

Play attention to what she said about Prince and his religion--its a bit confusing and out of sequence but I believe she is saying that Prince was less religious but more spiritual at the end of his life. Her tears/love seem geniune. Prince was lucky to have her..she was a good employee and an honest chick.

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Reply #4 posted 03/29/17 10:25pm

morningsong

That was Fab. Bu. Lous. She answered so many questions without spilling his business. Wow. That's a keeper.
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Reply #5 posted 03/29/17 11:35pm

LBrent

I listened to the interveiw Kim Berry did earlier and it was very sweet, but this one is even better and more moving.

She really did him justice and was very respectful.

I enjoyed it, but it had me tearyeyed as well...

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Reply #6 posted 03/30/17 3:29am

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That's so amazing to have worked with someone for 29 years. I love how Prince always gave young people a chance & helped them to build a platform for themselves. That's what it's all about heart

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Reply #7 posted 03/30/17 6:35am

rogifan

Just listened to this. She was quite upbeat for most of the interview so I wasn't prepared for when she broke down at the end. She had me crying all over again. 😢
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Reply #8 posted 03/30/17 6:43am

rogifan

purplerabbithole said:

That was mostly a great interview (albeit a bit long and over-focused on how she got the job).. Very honest. Humanized him, showed that he had good days and bad days ("asshole days" lol) like everyone else, suggested the suffering he went through during his life (in terms of loss of loved ones), pointed out his intelligence, curosity, generosity, humor, spirituality, hard work, sense of responsibility, glamour, drive, stress, alertness, weariness, moodiness, down-to-earthness, business acumen, and ability/longing to inspire. She implied that the dude was basically all things human and special, a mass of contradictions (like most everyone).



Play attention to what she said about Prince and his religion--its a bit confusing and out of sequence but I believe she is saying that Prince was less religious but more spiritual at the end of his life. Her tears/love seem geniune. Prince was lucky to have her..she was a good employee and an honest chick.


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Reading between the lines I got the sense that she's religious but not really a JW fan. I liked the story she told where they were having a discussion on religion and Prince said "Kim you need to come see my elders" and she shot right back "no Prince you need to come see mine". lol Anyway from her comments it seems clear that even if may have move away from JW a bit towards the end his belief in God never wavered no matter what he read/studied.
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Reply #9 posted 03/30/17 7:28am

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purplerabbithole said:

That was mostly a great interview (albeit a bit long and over-focused on how she got the job).. Very honest. Humanized him, showed that he had good days and bad days ("asshole days" lol) like everyone else, suggested the suffering he went through during his life (in terms of loss of loved ones), pointed out his intelligence, curosity, generosity, humor, spirituality, hard work, sense of responsibility, glamour, drive, stress, alertness, weariness, moodiness, down-to-earthness, business acumen, and ability/longing to inspire. She implied that the dude was basically all things human and special, a mass of contradictions (like most everyone).

Play attention to what she said about Prince and his religion--its a bit confusing and out of sequence but I believe she is saying that Prince was less religious but more spiritual at the end of his life. Her tears/love seem geniune. Prince was lucky to have her..she was a good employee and an honest chick.

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This may have been the most interesting part. Remember, the journey and path are as vital as the destination. If not more...

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Reply #10 posted 03/30/17 8:08am

LBrent

rogifan said:

Just listened to this. She was quite upbeat for most of the interview so I wasn't prepared for when she broke down at the end. She had me crying all over again. 😢

That's the part that got me too cuz it seemed to come over her so suddenly after she'd been laughing and joking and telling funny P stories...then suddenly the emotions just washed over her and she got choked up and teary in an instant. She had to take a few moments and a coupla tries to struggle and pull herself together again..

Poor gal lost a friend in P. I hope he knew how much she cared about him.

Like she said, they "grew up together".

sad

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Reply #11 posted 03/30/17 9:24am

rogifan

LBrent said:



rogifan said:


Just listened to this. She was quite upbeat for most of the interview so I wasn't prepared for when she broke down at the end. She had me crying all over again. 😢


That's the part that got me too cuz it seemed to come over her so suddenly after she'd been laughing and joking and telling funny P stories...then suddenly the emotions just washed over her and she got choked up and teary in an instant. She had to take a few moments and a coupla tries to struggle and pull herself together again..



Poor gal lost a friend in P. I hope he knew how much she cared about him.



Like she said, they "grew up together".



sad


Her comments about the hair products line they were developing were interesting too. Reminds me of when Adrian Crutchfield said he was content being Prince's wingman but Prince was like, no you need to do your own thing because I'm not always going to be here. I think he said something similar to Shelby too. Of course people come and go and he's worked with a lot of people over the course of his career but now it seems almost like he was preparing people for him not being here and that they had something else lined up for when they were no longer working with him.
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Reply #12 posted 03/30/17 10:05am

LBrent

rogifan said:

LBrent said:

That's the part that got me too cuz it seemed to come over her so suddenly after she'd been laughing and joking and telling funny P stories...then suddenly the emotions just washed over her and she got choked up and teary in an instant. She had to take a few moments and a coupla tries to struggle and pull herself together again..

Poor gal lost a friend in P. I hope he knew how much she cared about him.

Like she said, they "grew up together".

sad

Her comments about the hair products line they were developing were interesting too. Reminds me of when Adrian Crutchfield said he was content being Prince's wingman but Prince was like, no you need to do your own thing because I'm not always going to be here. I think he said something similar to Shelby too. Of course people come and go and he's worked with a lot of people over the course of his career but now it seems almost like he was preparing people for him not being here and that they had something else lined up for when they were no longer working with him.

I think it sounded that way too.

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Reply #13 posted 03/30/17 10:24am

2freaky4church
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Did he have good hair? giggle

All you others say Hell Yea!! woot!
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Reply #14 posted 03/30/17 10:31am

ladygirl99

I love hearing stories from those that actually KNEW him rather than just reading weird theories from people who think they knew him but never met him.

I am perputually suprised of reading and hearing the people that worked for Prince for over 20 years consider how difficult he was.

And mad props to Kim and others who maintain to keep his business his business.

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Reply #15 posted 03/30/17 11:02am

CyndiGR

Really truly appreciated listening to this interview.... Kim Berry was very sincere, kind and sympathetic. She made me laugh and was so real. When she broke down and cried, made me stop and really think for more than a few seconds...

Thanks Kim..

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Reply #16 posted 03/30/17 11:06am

rogifan

ladygirl99 said:

I love hearing stories from those that actually KNEW him rather than just reading weird theories from people who think they knew him but never met him.



I am perputually suprised of reading and hearing the people that worked for Prince for over 20 years consider how difficult he was.



And mad props to Kim and others who maintain to keep his business his business.


Kim impresses me the most because she was there from D&P until the very end. And she was someone who had a more intimate relationship with him than band members did. I remember another interview where Kim said everyone in the band looked to her to gauge his mood. If she came out shaking her head they knew he wasn't in a good mood so no joking around.
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Reply #17 posted 03/30/17 11:47am

precioux

ladygirl99 said:

I love hearing stories from those that actually KNEW him rather than just reading weird theories from people who think they knew him but never met him.



I am perputually suprised of reading and hearing the people that worked for Prince for over 20 years consider how difficult he was.



And mad props to Kim and others who maintain to keep his business his business.





I love the stories as well. She sounds so genuine. It was refreshing that in this interview she kept Prince's business his business, hope it stays that way when her book comes out that she was promoting at the end of the interview
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Reply #18 posted 03/30/17 2:44pm

justAmeda

Just listened to it! Loved it and look forward to her book

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Reply #19 posted 03/30/17 2:48pm

lust

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rogifan said:

Just listened to this. She was quite upbeat for most of the interview so I wasn't prepared for when she broke down at the end. She had me crying all over again. 😢



Same. Listening to last two minutes now. Mike did a great job when Kim's emotions came out.
If the milk turns out to be sour, I aint the kinda pussy to drink it!
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Reply #20 posted 03/30/17 6:58pm

gullahgirl

This interview was so awesome to listen to. Kim Berry gave me valuable insight on Prince the person and not his persona. I think she is very respectful and cared about Prince as a person because she really loved him as a friend. Kim's interview really pulled at my heart strings. i found myself crying with her when she became emotional .Can't wait to buy her book when it comes out.

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Reply #21 posted 03/31/17 4:54am

anangellooksdo
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This was a great interview.
Some points that stood out to me:

- She says she was shocked that he died and did not expect that whatsoever. And that it was sort of a running joke with him that he would say he'd be the last one standing, or something to that effect. Don't know when last said that, but she worked with him until a few weeks before his passing, so that makes me wonder if he didn't expect he'd die either.

- She says he was extremely well-read about all religions and things of this nature and open to all paths spiritually.

- She says he was a constant, incredible giver. He'd pull the limo over to hand a homeless person a stack of money. He said he could get more of it and they might not be able to.

- There seems to have been a lot of joking around and playfulness between Prince and his staff/musical family, but they also knew he was boss. This tells me once again that he could walk that fine line of appreciating humor and people but also have excellent boundaries.

- She says he took care of his family of origin financially. I knew in my heart right after he died that he had been doing this. Kim said he took care of everybody and knew he had not only a musical calling from God but a much bigger responsibility too.

- It seems she almost walked his life with him from D&P on. She has had an unbelievable experience. She is grateful that he allowed her to be there for all the events of his life including his parents' and his son's deaths.

She is VERY funny.
She is writing a book called "Diamonds and Pearls" that will be out before Christmas and she says it won't be a tell-all or have any of that negativity in it; that it'll be an expression of love to her brother.
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Reply #22 posted 03/31/17 5:39am

dodger

anangellooksdown said:

She is writing a book called "Diamonds and Pearls" that will be out before Christmas and she says it won't be a tell-all or have any of that negativity in it; that it'll be an expression of love to her brother. [Edited 3/31/17 4:56am]

I thought she said Diamonds & Curls - which would be better.

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Agree was a great interview and insight into him. Nice hearing again how he wanted to help others and push them onto bigger things.

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Reply #23 posted 03/31/17 5:53am

cbarnes3121

dodger said:

anangellooksdown said:

She is writing a book called "Diamonds and Pearls" that will be out before Christmas and she says it won't be a tell-all or have any of that negativity in it; that it'll be an expression of love to her brother. [Edited 3/31/17 4:56am]

I thought she said Diamonds & Curls - which would be better.

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Agree was a great interview and insight into him. Nice hearing again how he wanted to help others and push them onto bigger things.

i thought she said diamonds and curls as well. its always a joy to hear from people that were really around him sometimes i doubt what his band members say i dont think prince get that close to them i know i work with my employees and they all say they love me but dont know me i keep my personal life sp seperate from them

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Reply #24 posted 03/31/17 6:19am

rogifan

anangellooksdown said:

This was a great interview.
Some points that stood out to me:

- She says he was extremely well-read about all religions and things of this nature and open to all paths spiritually.


Maybe this is just me nitpicking but I don't remember her saying he was open to all paths, though she said something to the effect he understood it was about him and his relationship with God. I get the feeling she's not much of a JW fan so when she said she thought he was becoming less religious and more spiritual I took it to mean that perhaps he was becoming less dogmatic re: JW. Someone who visited PP last year said one of the books on a table in his office was The New Oxford Annotated Bible. I'm not sure how that compares to the JW Bible. I don't think Prince's belief in the Christian God ever wavered. The artist Bilal shared a story about how he once got into an argument with Prince as he was trying to explain how he felt Christianity and Islam were similar. Someone pulled him to the side and said there's one thing you never discuss with Prince and that's religion. lol
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Reply #25 posted 03/31/17 10:44am

anangellooksdo
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rogifan said:

anangellooksdown said:

This was a great interview.
Some points that stood out to me:

- She says he was extremely well-read about all religions and things of this nature and open to all paths spiritually.


Maybe this is just me nitpicking but I don't remember her saying he was open to all paths, though she said something to the effect he understood it was about him and his relationship with God. I get the feeling she's not much of a JW fan so when she said she thought he was becoming less religious and more spiritual I took it to mean that perhaps he was becoming less dogmatic re: JW. Someone who visited PP last year said one of the books on a table in his office was The New Oxford Annotated Bible. I'm not sure how that compares to the JW Bible. I don't think Prince's belief in the Christian God ever wavered. The artist Bilal shared a story about how he once got into an argument with Prince as he was trying to explain how he felt Christianity and Islam were similar. Someone pulled him to the side and said there's one thing you never discuss with Prince and that's religion. lol


What she said was that he knew it all went back to a relationship with his Creator.
And don't worry about the nitpicking, I don't see it that way and I understand the ego always pulls out the things it can refute. Something I am watchful of myself.
When giving a direct quote I will use quotation marks.
I didn't hear any judgment in her part of his JW faith; I just heard her express what she saw.
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Reply #26 posted 03/31/17 12:21pm

PeteSilas

she seems to affirm what we suspected, that he was opening up to other ideas at the end.

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Reply #27 posted 03/31/17 12:28pm

purplerabbitho
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The Bilial story was more awkward than a full argument. What I remember was that Prince looked at him like "WTF" are you talking about? And then someone pulled Bilial aside and told him to tread lightly on the subject. Considering what Prince had said about Islamic countries in 2011 and the song "Same Page Different Book", P and Bilial might have been more on the same page than Bilial assumed (or P listened more than he realized and adapted his own philosophy.) Sometimes, people walked on eggshells around Prince after Prince became hard to read..NO surprise there.

rogifan said:

anangellooksdown said:
This was a great interview. Some points that stood out to me: - She says he was extremely well-read about all religions and things of this nature and open to all paths spiritually.
Maybe this is just me nitpicking but I don't remember her saying he was open to all paths, though she said something to the effect he understood it was about him and his relationship with God. I get the feeling she's not much of a JW fan so when she said she thought he was becoming less religious and more spiritual I took it to mean that perhaps he was becoming less dogmatic re: JW. Someone who visited PP last year said one of the books on a table in his office was The New Oxford Annotated Bible. I'm not sure how that compares to the JW Bible. I don't think Prince's belief in the Christian God ever wavered. The artist Bilal shared a story about how he once got into an argument with Prince as he was trying to explain how he felt Christianity and Islam were similar. Someone pulled him to the side and said there's one thing you never discuss with Prince and that's religion. lol

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Reply #28 posted 03/31/17 12:30pm

rogifan

PeteSilas said:

she seems to affirm what we suspected, that he was opening up to other ideas at the end.


She confirmed he was well read but I assumed that was always the case.
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Reply #29 posted 03/31/17 12:33pm

rogifan

purplerabbithole said:

The Bilial story was more awkward than a full argument. What I remember was that Prince looked at him like "WTF" are you talking about? And then someone pulled Bilial aside and told him to tread lightly on the subject. Considering what Prince had said about Islamic countries in 2011 and the song "Same Page Different Book", P and Bilial might have been more on the same page than Bilial assumed (or P listened more than he realized and adapted his own philosophy.) Sometimes, people walked on eggshells around Prince after Prince became hard to read..NO surprise there.



I found the story...

http://www.okayplayer.com...rince.html

Common had asked Prince to come in and sing for his album. It was this song they were doing, “Star *69” or something like that. And they had gotten Prince to come to his studio and, I was just so, I don’t know, like some young stupid shit in my mind that just made me an idiot that day. But, Prince came in the studio and I was just asking him all of the dumbest questions in the world like, “Hey, dude. I didn’t know you wore heels. Nice shoes,” And everything else I’m saying was a cuss word. Ahmir was behind him the whole time, “No cuss words. Shut up.” I don’t know what happened, but me and Prince kind of got into a religious debate between The Bible and the Qu’ran. And I tell you, I thought Ahmir was going to do a back flip and kick me in the head. He calls me to the side and said, “There’s two things you don’t talk about around Prince: you don’t curse and you don’t talk religion.” And I was really in there, trying to get Prince to see how similar Islam was to Christianity. I don’t know why. Ahmir stepped in and was like, “Look, shut up. You’re not allowed to say anything else tonight.”

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