(Published Originally 11.23.17 on ARTISCEND.COM)
Written By J. Randolph
Wordsmiths have used language for millennia to influence culture, share ideas, and challenge the status quo. When practiced, they captivate and spellbind audiences, but when they are truthful they can inspire and empower generations.
Filmmaker, Activist, and Poet Richard Williams, (better known by his stage name Prince Ea) started with dreams of being a Hip-hop artist. Passionate and articulate, he was exceptional as a rapper but he found himself drained and disillusioned in a quest for personal glory. Williams wrote of his artistic turning point, “This egoist pursuit caused a lot of suffering…that suffering & unhappiness was so much that I stopped making music and decided I simply wanted to be happy.”
In the process of stepping away from music, William’s immersed himself in studies. He searched for deeper understanding of himself, philosophy, and spirituality.
“Through literature and introspection, I realized that ‘doing’ will never make me happy, it is only in ‘being’ where happiness and peace arises.”
Focused and more spiritually grounded than ever, Prince EA began to develop some of the most iconic and inspirational content on the web. With more than a billion views on Facebook alone, he and his team have produced content that is simultaneously provocative and unifying.
A graduate of the University of Missouri, Williams earned his Bachelor of Arts degree with a focus in anthropology–the study of humankind including human civilization and societies. Thus, it stands to reason that much of his material is introspective and vigilantly aimed at widespread social reform.
With topics ranging from “Why I Love Terrorist” to “I just sued the school system”, Williams’ content often intentionally challenges preconceived notions of societal norms in a way that lends to thoughtful discussion. If nothing else, he draws immediate attention with his headlines but his moving speech and delivery are what have helped him transform from a viral sensation to a staple of artistic and poetic inspiration throughout cyberspace.
Videos on William’s official YouTube page have amassed more than 100 Million views and his popularity has led to multiple television appearances and widespread acclaim throughout the information and entertainment industry.
Everyone from journalist Glenn Beck to entertainment mogul Oprah Winfrey have shared high praise for Williams and his work. Yet still, he remains grounded in a sense of purpose.
“I’m here; I want to reach every single heart on the planet to show them that at our core we are love, we are free and we are one.”
For his moving and powerful speech, we appreciate his art but for his quest to live his life as the change he wants to see, we celebrate him.