The Truth or That Which is Resistant to it: The Rainbow Children as a Path to Personal Enlightenment and Integration

You see what you see based on how you see. The Rainbow Children, dubbed “controversial” even in its marketing is one of Prince’s most divisive works in his discography. While undeniably funky, many tend to dismiss the messages of this work as “too religious” or hard to follow with the dense allusions and thematic threads through the music. However, much can be learned from this work, especially as an exercise in liberation of the mind, or in “surrendering what you know to what you’re willing to learn.” From identity politics and societal programming to Black liberation and personal enlightenment, The Rainbow Children asks a wealth of insightful questions designed to help the listener engage more deeply with the world they live in and leads the listener in introspectively exploring the bias and motivations behind their own behavior.

KaNisa Williams

KaNisa Williams is a lifelong computer enthusiast with a passion for humanizing technology. As an avid gamer and programmer from the age of 4 via her family’s Tandy 2000, she has grown up with a vested interest in technology, developing websites for local arts organizations from the age of 11, graduating from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and turning her love affair with digital solutions into a career in Human Computer Interaction and Organizational Ergonomics.

KaNisa is currently a Senior Lead Technologist at Booz Allen Hamilton working in the capacity of an Agile Coach. In this role she works as a consultant in Agile software methodology transformations for large organizations, teaches classes in these topics, and coaches teams in optimizing their group dynamics, when she herself is not facilitating development teams as a Scrum Master. KaNisa also leads a cohort of Human Computer Interaction professionals for her market! She wears a lot of hats!

Outside of work life, KaNisa is known as “Darling Nisi” and she lends her talents to help be a purple signal boost, especially in regard to self-reflection through the study and appreciation of Prince. She is the host of the Muse 2 the Pharaoh podcast, where she explores purple topics from a female perspective. KaNisa also maintains a purple presence on Tumblr and Twitter to help spread the message of compassion toward others, but more importantly toward self, through the lessons found in the music of Prince.