MASSIVE THANKS 2

Mable Ivory for giving me the confidence to produce my own Prince events!

Luke DuBois
Dr. Deborah Willis
Dr. Lisa Coleman
for your unwavering support

I could NOT have done this without you!
Tracy Figueroa
Sam Jackson
Krysta Battersby
Samantha Skinner
Jhanele Green
Jason King
D Jendayi Simmons
Joe Holt
AND ALL the student workers at check-in

NYU Media Team
Adam Johnson

NYU Tandon’s Media Team
Will Figueroa
Lauren Ip

Chris Alvarez and his team,
André Goncalves
and Thomas Alvarez,
from his company
Transcendent Enterprise
for the Livestream

Elena Olivo for the beautiful photography

Thank you for making the symposium
SUPER SPECIAL!
Chris Rob on vox and keys
Tammy Sharpe on vox and set design
Maya Azucena on vox
Reginald Barnes on vox
Gene Lake on drums
Cherice Marie on vox
Michael Angelo on vox
Miles Robertson on keys
Carmen Rodgers on vox
Chinisha Scott on vox
Shellz on bass
Arty White on guitar

And the incredible 370 J Crew:
Oscar K.
Alex P.
Zoe T.
Alexandra P.

Thank you for answering my calls and helping me when I was in need
Zaheer Ali
Edgar Kruize
Harold Pride
Kamilah Cummings
Arthur Turnbull
C Liegh McInnis

A very special thanks to Michael Dean for making a serious commitment to What Did Prince Do This Week #WDPDTW

To all the speakers, thank you for wanting to participate. There would be no symposium without your presence.

To all the other speakers and attendees from the past five years of symposia and other @polishedsolid events.

Reverend for allowing your exquisite graphic and design to represent the symposium. I can’t thank you enough!

I’m sure I forgot somebody, but I hope you will forgive me.

Last but definitely not least, Jill Jones for your authenticity, generosity, and the voice of a lifetime!

AND the sole reason we do this work
Prince Rogers Nelson
for your endless source of joy and inspiration! We MISS U SO MUCH!

Massive thanks, again, to our wonderful sponsors: NYU Tandon, NYU Integrated Design & Media (IDM), NYU Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation (OGI), NYU Institute of African American Affairs, and the Center for Black Visual Culture, NYU Photography & Imaging, NYU Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, NYU Liberal Studies, and Joe Holt, Founder of Bandcamp!


About #TripleThreat40

#TripleThreat40 was a 3-day symposium celebrating Prince for 40 years of the albums 1999, What Time Is It?, and Vanity 6 on Friday, March 31, 2023–Sunday, April 2, 2023, at NYU Tandon In Brooklyn, New York. It was livestreamed, as well. 

This was the first in-person @polishedsolid symposium since 2019! There were 40-plus speakers and 11 panels with 17 presentations, 5 roundtable discussions, 1 book club meeting, and 1 keynote by Jill Jones, who recorded, toured, and acted in Purple Rain and Graffiti Bridge with Prince, was our special guest. In addition to music, we also discussed race, gender, politics, sexuality, and fashion. 

This event is FREE, but please consider donating to the PRN Alumni Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit officially formed in 2017 and founded by former employees of Paisley Park and the international icon Prince. The group’s mission is to continue the generosity of their late boss who supported opportunities for underprivileged youth to grow in music, tech, arts, and education, and helped alumni members in need. The foundation also supports urban farming initiatives that create sources of healthy foods where they are otherwise scarce. To learn more about the PRN Alumni Foundation, visit prnalumni.org.

#TripleThreat40 was a polished solid production, curated by De Angela L. Duff and co-produced by princesyllabus.org!


Origin Story

In 2017, De Angela L. Duff was introduced to Mable Ivory by Deanna Martin in front of Webster Hall in NYC, after a performance by The Revolution. Spontaneously, they decided to grab some dinner. De Angela casually mentioned that she very much wanted to watch the Sign O’ The Times film together with some Prince friends in a small screening room at NYU. Mable responded, “Why do you want to do that, when it can be much bigger?” And that is how it all began.

De Angela owes immense gratitude to Mable for encouraging her to think on a grander scale and to Deanna for introducing her to Mable. She is grateful for the journey and indebted to Mable Ivory for getting her to dream bigger. With Ron Worthy also on board, the Peach + Black panel and screening was born within weeks.

In response to the reception of the event, De Angela realized that this work was important to the Prince community and for exposing new people to Prince’s full body of work.

The original peach + black panel of Zaheer Ali, Anil Dash, Miles Marshall Lewis, and Elliott Powell, moderated by De Angela herself, has convened in every Prince symposium that De Angela has created since. She is eternally grateful for their continued participation and Prince passion.

#TripleThreat40 marks De Angela’s 10th Prince event. Her mission is to keep Prince’s name on the lips of the children and in constant and critical dialogue.

De Angela L. Duff, #TripleThreat40 Creator & Curator

Past Symposia & Other Events


#SexyMF30 Virtual Symposium (2022)

Visit #SexyMF30 websiteWatch #SexyMF30 VideoRead #SexyMF30 Twitter Feed

#PRNAlumni5: PRN Alumni Foundation's 5-Year Anniversary (2021)

Visit #PRNAlumni5 websiteWatch #PRNAlumni5 VideoRead #PRNAlumni5 Twitter Feed

#W2AVC Welcome 2 America Virtual Celebration (2021)

Visit #W2AVC websiteWatch #W2AVC VideoRead #W2AVC Twitter Feed

#1plus1plus1is3 Virtual Symposium (2021)

Visit #1plus1plus1is3 websiteWatch #1plus1plus1is3 VideoRead #1plus1plus1is3 Twitter Feed

#SOTTSDC Sign O' The Times Super Deluxe Celebration (2020)

Visit #SOTTSDC websiteWatch #SOTTSDC VideoRead #SOTTSDC Twitter Feed

#DM40GB30 Virtual Symposium (2020)

Visit #DM40GB30 websiteWatch #DM40GB30 VideoRead #DM40GB30 Twitter Feed

#Batdance30ATL: Batdance Symposium (2019)

Visit #Batdance30ATL websiteWatch #Batdance30ATL VideoRead #Batdance30ATL Twitter Feed

#Lovesexy30BK: Lovesexy Symposium (2018)

Cat Glover, Dr. Fink, and Ingrid Chavez at the Lovesexy Symposium (photo by Elena Olivo)

Visit #Lovesexy30BK websiteWatch #Lovesexy30BK VideoRead #Lovesexy30BK Twitter Feed

#BettyDavisBK: Betty Davis Symposium (2018)

#BettyDavisBK WebsiteRead #BettyDavisBK Twitter FeedWatch #BettyDavisBK Video

#SOTT30BK: Sign O' The Times Panel & Screening (2017)

Mable Ivory, Ron Worthy, Elliott H. Powell, Zaheer Ali, De Angela L. Duff, Anil Dash, Deanna Martin, and Miles Marshall Lewis at Peach + Black #SOTT30BK Panel & Screening (photo by Priana)

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Continued Thanks To Our Sponsors!

#TripleThreat40 is a polished solid production, curated by De Angela L. Duff and co-produced by princesyllabus.org!

This event is FREE, but please consider donating to the PRN Alumni Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit officially formed in 2017 and founded by former employees of Paisley Park and the international icon Prince. The group’s mission is to continue the generosity of their late boss who supported opportunities for underprivileged youth to grow in music, tech, arts, and education, and helped alumni members in need. The foundation also supports urban farming initiatives that create sources of healthy foods where they are otherwise scarce. To learn more about the PRN Alumni Foundation, visit prnalumni.org.

The Estate of Prince Rogers Nelson is not affiliated, associated, or connected with the ‘Prince #TripleThreat40 Symposium,’ nor has it endorsed or sponsored the ‘Prince #TripleThreat40 Symposium’ Further, the Estate of Prince Rogers Nelson has not licensed any of its intellectual property to the producers, advertisers or directors of ‘Prince #TripleThreat40 Symposium.’