He was far, far too young. But frankly, if some white kid with a blog (namely, me) waxes nostalgic about a man whose prime was well before he was born... Pryor would probably have done a riff on it.
He was, though, one of the greats and his humor would have provoked riots these days. In some ways, he is a symbol of how much he wanted for us, and how far backwards we've come.
In other ways, he's the symbol for how far our culture may yet go and what is gloriously unique about it.
May we fuck each other until we are all the same color.
Rest in Peace.
- Matthew Freeman is a Brooklyn based playwright with a BFA from Emerson College. His plays include THE DEATH OF KING ARTHUR, REASONS FOR MOVING, THE GREAT ESCAPE, THE AMERICANS, THE WHITE SWALLOW, AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR, THE MOST WONDERFUL LOVE, WHEN IS A CLOCK, GLEE CLUB, THAT OLD SOFT SHOE and BRANDYWINE DISTILLERY FIRE. He served as Assistant Producer and Senior Writer for the live webcast from Times Square on New Year's Eve 2010-2012. As a freelance writer, he has contributed to Gamespy, Premiere, Complex Magazine, Maxim Online, and MTV Magazine. His plays have been published by Playscripts, Inc., New York Theatre Experience, and Samuel French.