Most people of my generation don’t know who Prince Ea is, and yet his YouTube video “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRl8EIhrQjQhas over 16 million views.
Richard Williams, AKA Prince EA, was born and raised in St. Louis, MI. At 27, he is a rapper, activist, and a prominent and conscious voice of his generation. His Facebook Fan Page has 2.6 million likes and his video “Dear Future Generations: Sorry” is socially conscious poetry. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRLJscAlk1M
I recently had the honor to meet, interview, photograph and hang out with Prince EA in Rishikesh, India. In person he is soft spoken and humble. In a group of people, he is more a thoughtful listener than a center of attention talker.
Kyer: I watched your interviews with Glenn Beck. I have an impression of Mr. Beck as a rightwing former talk show host at Fox News who is very reactionary in his political views, and yet in your interviews with him you seemed to relate well with each other. How do you relate your message of peace, love, care for the planet and equality to those that seem to hold a very different view of the world? How can we connect with those that may hold different values than ours?
Prince Ea: I loved the interview with Glenn. He showed me so much love. I believe we ALL want peace love and care for the planet. It's just the methods that we take to get there which we end up fighting each other. I try to simplify the issues to their most simplest and relatable form and then deliver them from a place not of trying to "change" anyone but of simply inviting them to a new way of viewing the issues. I put my all into the work, but the fruits of my work do not belong to me. I have let them go. We can't change anyone. We have to love them whether they change or not, then, ironically, they change.
Kyer: How do you walk your talk? How or when do you not walk your talk?
Prince Ea: I do the best I can. I'm human. It’s not about being consistent as much as it is about being true. If I'm given new information that contradicts what I believe, I become open to altering my views and beliefs. As a scientist, I try to stay away from absolutes and broad sweeping statements. This gives me space. There is a freedom in uncertainty.
Kyer: What do you fear?
Prince Ea: Fear comes, yes. But immediately I question the fear and it dissolves due to its non reality. FEAR- False Evidence Appearing Real
Kyer: What are you optimistic about?
Prince Ea: That humanity will reach its greatest potential, a recognition of its interconnectedness with the world. Actually it’s more intimate than that, a recognition of itself as the world. When mankind becomes kind man. That is what I'm optimistic about.
Black and white images by Kyer Wiltshire. Color still shots from video are courtesy of Campbell Wilson from yoga4.tv