Erica Goes to UK Prince Conference

$1,835 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 27 people in 24 months
Dear friends, family and fellow purple hippies:

I have been selected to present at "Purple Reign: An interdisciplinary conference on the life and legacy of Prince" at the University of Salford in Manchester, England!

During the conference, which takes place May 24-26, scholars will discuss Prince within multiple contexts, from sound and performance to gender and sexuality.

I will present my master's thesis on Prince's spiritual journey and the spiritual themes in his music. As many of you know, I am in the process of turning my thesis into a book.  My agent is currently pitching my work to publishers, but this conference will provide more exposure and thus increase my chances of getting published.

(Get a sneak peek at all the cool interviews I've done so far.)

Getting this opportunity is one of the greatest accomplishments of my career. I love being a journalist, but it's a very modest lifestyle. That's why I'm asking for donations in any amount (even $1 helps) for travel expenses. 

I expect this campaign will appeal to:

1) People who have followed me throughout the years as I've dedicated my life to this research and just want to be supportive.

2) People who love Prince and want to further academic research on the artist.

I will be sure to share pictures and video from the conference (Prince's former guitarist Dez Dickerson will be there). I can't guarantee how many copies of my book will be printed after publication, but I would expect to be able to give the highest bidder a free copy (provided there isn't a tie). =)

Please follow my journey at

Thank you for your support!

May u live 2 see the dawn.

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As promised, here is a link to my UK Trip Photo Album. Copy and paste into your browser: Also, if you haven't already, visit to read a summary of my experience at the conference (scroll to May 31 entry). Take care!
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Expressing a final thanks to those who donated to my campaign. The final total was $1,835, which covered my flight. I had an amazing experience at the Prince conference. Here is a video of my presentation (I quickly set up my iPhone on a small tripod while they were introducing me). Donors, look for a photo album coming your way shortly. - Erica
The Spiritual Mission of Prince
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It's almost time! I can't believe I will be flying to England in exactly one week for the Purple Reign conference! I would like to thank everyone for helping me get just under the halfway mark to my goal. Honestly, what I have raised has helped me tremendously. I am currently rehearsing my presentation (you can see a peek at the title slide in the photo), and I look forward to sharing pictures and videos from my trip next week.
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I'm happy to report that I've reached over $1,000 in donations! I'm just a few hundred dollars from the halfway mark. Once again, thank you to everyone who chipped in so far. I've transcribed some new interviews for the Prince book. Head over to to read summaries of my chats with Prince's former press agent Robyn Riggs and former PRN Productions General Manager Karen Krattinger. (Bonus points for anyone who can tell me where I got the phrase "a purple day in December.")
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Raised by 27 people in 24 months
Created March 14, 2017
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Lisa Thompson
22 months ago

I'm so happy for you Dad and Lisa

Qamil Wright
22 months ago

Have fun! <3

Nola T
22 months ago

I love you sis! Shoot for the moon!

Joan Onstad
23 months ago


Preston Tolliver
23 months ago

I do not know this beautiful young woman I see in the picture. I can only recall you as a toddler. Lol. I pray for your continued growth and development. Blessings. Cousin Tee.

Ruthanne Tolliver
23 months ago

Your Gore family supports you in honor of the legacy of your Grandmother Helen. Always remember we love and wish you well. Blessings, Ruthanne and our family Aunts: Rosa, Erma, Doris and Dorothy, Uncles: Lewis and Bobby. Love to your Mother Sabrina.

24 months ago
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