Kenneth Quinnell has a fine tribute to Richard Pryor at T. Rex’s Guide to Life.
Why would a young, Southern white guy name his son after Richard Pryor? If you have to ask, then you really don’t know enough about Pryor and why he was so important.
Pryor was one of the most talented people to ever live in America. He was one of the funniest people we’ve ever developed. He was one of the greatest stage performers. He was an Award-winning writer. He was an Oscar-nominated actor. He was a multiple Grammy winner. He was one of our most keen social observers. And he was one of the most influential performers in American history.