COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Minnesota-raised recording artist Prince is making a $250,000 donation to a nonprofit group that aims to make sure all children in a Columbia, S.C., neighborhood graduate from college.

Prince’s drummer and Columbia native John Blackwell Jr. made the presentation Tuesday to Eau Claire Promise Zone officials.

The Eau Claire Promise Zone is a 12-neighborhood area that is part of the nationwide “Promise Neighborhoods” movement, modeled after the work of Geoffrey Canada and his Harlem Children’s Zone.

Prince and the New Power Generation performed shows in Columbia, Charleston and Greenville last month.

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Comments (6)
  1. Well--- says:

    That’s really great, but what about Minnesota kids since he’s from here?

  2. connie says:

    I agree with the person above. All starts in your own community, then help others

  3. l says:

    agree, MN, ya know, your home?
    and has he paid off his lawyer debts and is this just a publicity thing?
    i am not a fan, and i appreciate his generosity but there are just a few unanswered questions

  4. Terry Biggart says:

    I have been a fan of Prince since I was 5 years old, and even if I was not a fan I would still feel the same way about his music and his style, “he’s got style” the very first song I ever heard from Prince was ” I wanna be your lover,” and I don’t understand why are some people making such a big deal about him and his lawyers and now this? Because he donated money to help kids, why is there a reason behind it. ” I say stay the way u r and keep on making great music and help the little ones out whenever you can.

  5. Sandy says:

    I think when you have that kind of money to donate, you should make sure your own debts have been paid. I know STARS do a lot of good, but spend time cleaning up your own doorstep. Set some examples for the youth of today. You have a great life style now, so be willing to share with the kids of MINNESOTA. We have enough here who need help with education needs starting from kindergarden on up to college. It has to start early, then these people can become employable in the future. Not on welfare like so many…



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