Hi Prince, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory
I am so thankful for the foundation that God has blessed me with. Growing up as a child I was super shy and reserved. It wasn’t until High School when I became my own Super Hero. I begin tapping into my God given talent and abilities. That’s when people in higher places begin to take notice. I guess I was ALWAYS an entertainer at heart. When I was younger, I would dress up in my 3-piece suit dance on my Grandmother’s fireplace and she would always record it lol! Man, they were the best times growing up. I was so free when I was entertaining others. I must admit I was so afraid because of how I was raised due to my religious beliefs. I struggled and I struggled with trying to find my voice in this world because I knew that it was totally against my family wishes. Of course, I didn’t want to disappoint them but I also wanted to be happy in life. I had to make a really tough decision to either become complacent in life or follow my heart; I decided to follow my heart with no regrets.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
This year alone we have seen so many unwanted surprises including COVID-19 and the social unrest & injustice of black men and women. It was probably the most trying year of all our lives. So the biggest challenge of my life was fully accepting my blackness and truly loving every inch of my melanin. I had no idea what a blessing it is to be a black man. While some may see the color of my skin as a disease or the inability of creating greatness because of a system that was designed to view me as the lesser counterpart. To me being black represents strength, beauty, love & power. For me the setbacks and hardships that I faced in life were truly a blessing in disguise. I had no idea that my struggles would be the answer to so many other people’s prayers. Deciding to create a platform for a series of events, specifically for the encouragement of others to live their best life was extremely scary. But it was my faith and passion to help others that fueled my decision. I just remembered living on the streets for three days. It was really ugly. I slept on friends/associates hardwood floors, couch surfing often. All the while still having to show up to set with a big beautiful smile on my face as if it was all dandies & roses. I knew that facing obstacles in life nothing stops I knew that I had no choice to still get up and get the job done no matter what.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
“Interview with the Prince” is an Instagram series that highlights the black & brown voice by sharing the perspectives of celebrities & influencers concerning social injustice, equality and human rights. With the trendy infectiousness of BET’s 106 & Park to Oprah’s teachable chat session “Super Soul Sunday” – Interview with the Prince captures the true essence of empowerment with a side of good old fashion fun through one-on-one interviews, rap battles and live performances from your favorite artists. Each week (SEASON 1—23 weeks; 133 guests), we set out to celebrate and highlight 10 black voices to educate, equip and empower the black & brown community. During a time as such, the black voice is a key component in moving the needle forward against social injustice and equality. As we all have recently witnessed the reckless shooting of Jacob S. Blake, now is the time we all stand up and use our voices to fight against any type of hatred, police brutality and inequality. “Interview with the Prince” is live each and every Monday & Friday from 6PM ET– 9PM ET/4PM PT – 7PM PT only on Instagram @officialprincecarter.
We’d love to hear about any fond memories you have from when you were growing up?
Dejon Smith (Sister) – “When Prince was a kid, we all knew that he would either be a dancer or a singer. You know how someone people may want to become famous but we just knew that he would be someone entertaining. Prince loved to perform. He used to dress up as Michael Jackson and stand on our grandparents fire place and sing and dance. Prince has always and will be the life of any party.” Destinee Moore-Morgan (Sister) – My favorite moments with Prince always consisted with music, dancing and endless laughter. I can’t sum up one favorite moment because there are so many. Being around my brother, I always knew I be my absolute self with him. Our bond has always been unmatched. LaToya Sinclair (Cousin) – “Even at a young age Prince always had this vibrant flare about him. He was the cutest little thing. Growing up Prince use to live right across the street from us. He used to go everywhere with us and I just remember people gravitating to him even at a young age. Still the same loving guy that we all came know and love.” RoDecia McKnight (Auntie) – My favorite childhood memory with Prince is spending quality time on the weekend playing board games while playing CD’s on the old school stereo set in the basement.