“Life is just a party and parties weren’t meant to last”. The lyrics from Prince's '1999' have taken on a special resonance since the artist's death last week. When the news broke on Thursday, fans began to flock to New York’s Apollo Theatre to commemorate Prince's life and work.
It was a warm sunny day and uptown folk always know how to celebrate true stars
Harlem came alive with purple and Janette Beckman, documentary photographer and Jocks&Nerds’ New York Editor, decided to join the crowd.
“Last Friday I was up in Harlem shooting the Nigerian fashion designer Niyi," says Beckman. "I thought I would swing by the Apollo to see how Harlem was honoring Prince. Walking down 125th I could hear the music blasting from blocks away.
"A crowd had formed under the Apollo marquee, people dressed in purple were dancing, singing, writing messages of love for the man. There were flowers, purple candles and balloons. The Harlem T-shirt guys had made their Prince T's overnight and they were selling fast. It seemed just right to me: it was a warm sunny day and uptown folk always know how to celebrate true stars."