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Prince speaks to black journalists

In a rare interview Saturday at his Paisley Park studio in Minneapolis, Prince criticized commercial radio, saying Clear Channel, especially, was too dominant. He also dismissed record company contracts as “slavery” and said his new album “HitNRun” will be available on Tidal, Jay Z’s streaming site, for four years as well as phyical format. The musician spoke before a private audience of 10 journalists from the National Association of Black Journalists, who were in town for their convention. The journalists were allowed to talk to him for an hour, but couldn’t record him or take notes. Among the 10 was former Detroit journalist Kelley L. Carter, who reported in Buzzfeed that the Purple One was “dressed in a sparkly gold lamé pantsuit, his natural hair picked out Afro style,” and that there were doves in cages in the studio. His first words heard by the assembled: “Turn up the lights so the doves can see.” Prince also complained that the Beatles were offered $400 million for their catalog, but he was offered much less. And Prince, a practicing Jehovah’s Witness, said he wouldn’t push his religion on others, but he thought everybody should observe some sort of faith.

‘MasterChef’ auditions are

at Doubletree on Aug. 22

Home cooks, could your cuisine pass muster with the volatile Gordon Ramsay and his fellow judges? The Fox show “MasterChef” is holding a casting call for Season 7 in Detroit on Aug. 22 at the DoubleTree Fort Shelby, 525 Lafayette in downtown Detroit. To apply, go to masterchefcasting.com.

Binky for Miss Beckham

After an article in London’s Daily Mail criticized David Beckham and wife Victoria because their daughter Harper, 4, still uses a pacifier (“dummy” in Brit slang, “binky” in casual American lingo), Beckham fired back via a Twitter rant. “Why do people feel they have the right to criticize a parent about their own children without having any facts?? Everybody who has children know when they aren’t feeling well or have a fever you do what comforts them best and most of the time it’s a pacifier so those who criticize think twice about what you say about other people’s children because actually you have no right to criticize me as a parent ...”

Rod on the Strip

Rod Stewart is re-upping for the fifth year of his Las Vegas residency to start in Spring 2016 at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. “Rod Stewart: The Hits” has been seen by almost 400,000 fans, according to his publicists, and is an evolving set although it leans heavily upon hits such as “Maggie May” and “Hot Legs,” along with some R&B covers and newer material. Stewart’s March 19-April 5 Spring residency goes on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at thecolosseum.com or axs.com.

Parton raises money for kids’ books

Dolly Parton returned home to Pigeon Fork, Tennessee, this weekend and helped raise $500,000 for her Imagination Library via four sold-out performances at her D.P. Celebrity Theatre. Billed as “Dolly: Pure & Simple,” the concerts raised funds to buy books for children, a charity Parton started in her native Sevier County. “I truly believe that you can never get enough books into the hands of enough children,” Parton said. The Imagination Library has mailed more than 71 million free books internationally.

swhitall@detroitnews.com

Tuesday’s birthdays

Viola Davis, 50

Steve Wozniak, 65

Bob Mothersbaugh, 63

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