In this entry, I will be posting various articles, pictures, videos, quotes, etc. to prove the points that I will make. I want the reader to get an understanding of where I am coming from. At the end of the day, I have no power to break a bond that Michael had with his family. Nothing that I state on this entry will ever change people’s minds about Michael or his family. However, if someone can learn from what I have stated on here, then I did what I am supposed to do in regards to this entry.
“Unlike Epic and then Sony, we never viewed Michael as a robotic money-making machine.”
Even after the abuse they endured, the end result was that none of his children went to jail or have died before they turned 25. Yes, he wanted his children to become successful in life. However, at what cost? Michael performed the best that he could not only to have a great show but so his father can finally tell him that he did a great job. He wanted his father to be supportive of what he did. Instead, Joseph never really showed Michael that gesture when it mattered to him. When Michael died, Joseph went to the 2009 BET Awards and he was interviewed by CNN’s Don Lemon about what he would remember about his son. He stated that his son was the greatest entertainer of all time. Even at that time when people who loved Michael were in pain because of his death, his own father still saw him as a product. However, after everything their father did to them, the Jackson siblings still decided to have a day for him in a way to thank him for what he has done for them in the long run. That is strength because not a lot of children who were abused by their parents would even do that.
Also, the director of the short film, Bob Giraldi, did an interview with boards.com and he talks about how “Beat It” came about –
“One of the things that is totally mistaken that I've read many times is that most people think "Beat It" was inspired by and that's absolutely not true at all.I grew up in Paterson, New Jersey - always an edgy town but full of people really trying to be so much tougher than they really are. It seemed to me this song of peace, this song peace, this song of reconciliation that Michael had written was perfect for a quasi kind of rumble. I've read where, the two lead dancers - Michael Peters and Vince Paterson - when they had their wrists tied and held the switchblades, that came from . That's not true at all. That came from a story I heard when I worked in a factory one summer. A real tough kid from Jersey told me that he'd witnessed two guys who had their wrists tied and they held switchblades, and only one came out - and not too well. It was based on that little fable.Michael liked my idea and decided he was going to include the Crips and Bloods, which I thought was insane. If you see the video, you'll see guys that look like the real deal because they are the real deal.”
“YES. But it was Jermaine. It was nothing serious, just misunderstanding when they were young.”
“On the fourth of July in 1977, Michael was with me at the Malibu house to enjoy Hazel’s barbecue. As she prepared the sunset feast, he decided to go splash around the ocean. I watched him from the balcony – he had the beach to himself – sprinting down the slope in his shorts ad jumping into the breaking waves. I was too busy watching Michael as the sun started to drop. Something told me to keep my eyes on him, out there in the fading light, in the surf by himself, about five houses down. I saw the waves and then his bobbing head….the waves….his bobbing head. He looked like a seal. Fireworks started shooting into the sky from somewhere around Malibu Pier but I kept my eyes on Michael.”
He had a cameraman record him plotting ideas for the short film. Now, the way he talks about how he came up with the concepts is interesting because he was detailed about it. Jermaine stated in his book on page 261 that “Smooth Criminal” the song, was inspired by a mass serial killer who was killing people in San Francisco and Los Angeles. To be honest, we have no real idea what was the actual inspiration for the “Smooth Criminal” song because when you read Jermaine’s recollection of it, he never stated that Michael told him that was the inspiration to the song. It is Jermaine assuming things in his book.
In the book, Jermaine states on page 271,
“Michael raised an innocent enough question:
‘So how it is going with Whitney?’ He heard me predict that “She is going to be the biggest thing when people hear her voice.’
‘We’re getting along very well,’ I told him, smiling.
‘You like her?’ he asked.
‘Yeah, I like her.’ Still smiling.‘Oh, you really like her!’ He started chuckling.
‘I really like her,’ I said. Smile now gone.
Michael got excitable. ‘You in love with her?’‘I can’t be in love,’ I said. ‘I’m married’. That was a deliberate lie.”
Interesting about what he states about her. By the way, Jermaine’s son, Jermaine Jr. narrates the book for audio and I wonder what he must have been thinking when his father admitted that he was in love with a woman that was not his mother. I hope he was not devastated.
“Between our last tour ending in December 1984 and 1992, the family saw Michael sporadically, say three or four times a year in those eight years. When those occasions came around, at Hayvenhurst or Neverland, I found myself snatching time with him before he’d disappear again for the longest periods without a phone call.”
“We read accounts of constant feuding, rampant jealous and how the brothers ‘refused’ to talk to each other on their way to the stadiums. I guess this was another side of Michael’s new-found fame: that for every public hero, the rules myth demand villains, too.”
“Of Michael’s life, Jermaine says, ‘you dance till your side hurts and you take oxygen. Then you hide – that’s not happiness’.”
“There have been a lot of wonderful women in my life, women whose names wouldn’t mean anything to the readers of this book, and it would be unfair to discuss them because they are not celebrities and are unaccustomed to having their names in print. I value my privacy and therefore I respect their as well.”
Oh, the tea was pouring that day…. Jermaine ignored that interview. Interesting…. In 2009, weeks after Michael was murdered, word came out that a former girlfriend of Michael’s was going to write a book about her time with Michael.
Theresa Gonsalves, who was first mentioned in J. Randy Tarborelli’s book on Michael called Magic and the Madness, wrote a book called Remember the Time: A True Intimate Look at Michael Jackson Through “Letters to Michael” in which she goes into detail of her time with MJ. Jermaine probably knew about this book and never thought of checking out the book. Of course, why would he? Jermaine was too proud to know the information. SMH. Pages 40-41 and pages 60-62 has the tea and that is all I am going to say. As for Michael longing for what it would be like to be in a real relationship – I have a hard time believing that MJ never had one before he married that first wife. I would state more but why would I publically display my tea? Jermaine was this man’s brother, he should know. Also, religion does not stop someone from having sex. It didn’t stop Michael when he was with Diana Ross. If Michael wanted to have sex, then he was free to do that. At the end of the day, he was not going to hell for that. Trust me.
“she walked up to Randy, grabbed his face, stuck her tongue down his throat and told him, ‘When you’ve finished with this bitch, give me a call’.”
she explained that she did not know who she was going with and then she asked MJ if he would come. Michael stated to her that he would come. It was his decision, knowing how she was, to go on a date with her. Even after the Oscars hoopla, they were still hanging out with one another. Michael has talked about his time with Madonna on the Rabbi Schelemy tapes that the Rabbi made into a book. Michael was bothered by a lot of things that she did. So, in a way, he learned his lesson the hard way but that was up for him to know for himself. I was thinking about the times Michael would hang out with movie legend Elizabeth Taylor and why Jermaine never had an issue with that given the fact that she introduced Michael to one of his killers, dermatologist to the stars, Dr. Arnold Klein.
By the way, according to Jermaine and I actually believe that this is true, one of the things that turned Michael off about Madonna was that she was hating on his sister, pop star, Janet Jackson when they were dating. I see that Michael would get angry if people would throw shade on Janet but how come Janet never did that for Michael when she would go on Jay Leno and David Letterman who had a ball trashing her brother? On page 269, Jermaine talks about Michael dating Brooke Sheilds during that time and I wondered why he never mentioned in the book that Brooke went out with Michael for public relations reasons? Brooke will never admit to the media that she was more into Michael than he was into her, especially during the 1980s. Jermaine, you should have researched more.
“Now he had someone real, firm and big hearted, who wasn’t afraid of the vultures around him.”
On the same page, Jermaine stresses that the relationship was real. To be fair, we probably do believe that the relationship was real but was the marriage real? There is a difference. By the way, I wonder if Rebbie and Janet ever had a connection to the other women in Michael’s life like they did with Lisa Marie. When there was friction in the “marriage”, mentioned on page 337, Jermaine was not aware of it. I guess he did not understand that when a marriage is fake and it is based on the public ignoring the lie of 1993 and a child of music royalty trying to convert Michael into Scientology, friction is bound to occur. On page 338, Michael had to take care of his second cousins while being married to Lisa Marie. Jermaine believes that was one of the things that hurt the marriage. Also, Michael was at the studio and not at home most of the time and Lisa Marie did not like that. Here is how I see it: if Lisa Marie could not accept that Michael had to raise his cousins because he was worried about them and family comes first, then she has to go. Lisa Marie was supposed to give Michael children but she was more concern about his whereabouts than being a submissive wife. If she could not understand that part of Michael’s profession was being at the studio, then she should have gotten a job or join Michael in the studio. Also, why didn’t any of the Jacksons stepped up and offered to take care of their cousins?? This quote makes me laugh from, page 340,
“Michael only ever wanted to know what a real relationship felt like and he wanted to be loved and find true love. As much as the reality didn’t work out in the end, his heart finally got to know true love and I think a part of it stayed with Lisa Marie right until the very end.”
That isn’t love, Jermaine. Lisa Marie just knew what time it was to marry Michael and to divorce Michael. It is some the Jacksons and the MJ fans need to accept regarding this union Michael had with this woman.
“As ever, he kept his lips sealed about his plans to have children, with or without Lisa Marie, but when a motherly blonde admirer offered to bear him children, it was an ‘offer from God’ that he wasn’t going to ignore.”
“eventually knocked up Debbie,
which, (if I didn't love and adore his children and think they
saved his life) I would say was probably one of the biggest mistakes of his
life. He was never faithful to Debbie after they married, never even
wanted to marry her but Mike doesn't like to break his mother's heart.”
“Separately, court documents made public on Wednesday showed that Jackson's ex-wife has sought repeatedly over the past year to gain custody of the couple's two children, at one point invoking the molestation charges against him.”
“until he met his third child's mother, fell very much
in love with her, but he is his father's son, so he wasn't entirely
faithful to her, which is why they split up shortly after she found out
she was pregnant."
“That much was obvious when, during a phone call, they shared a hook from a song they had already written for me called ‘Word to the Badd’. The hook that resonated – because of its implied selfishness – went like this:
It ain’t about your world/It ain’t about the things you do/If you don’t care, I don’t care/You keep thinking about you/You been taking all of my pie/You been taking for a long time…”
“His advice was as straightforward as I needed it to be. ‘Did you write it?’‘No.’‘But you sang it?’‘Yes.’‘We’re you upset when you sang it?’‘Yes.’‘Well, you have to take full responsibility, Jermaine. There is nothing more I can say’.”
"I understand he's a very busy person, but after you repeatedly try to contact your own brother and he doesn't call you back, you begin to wonder if he hasn't just completely lost touch with reality," Jermaine, 37, told The Times."I know people are going to go off on a tangent and say that Jermaine is jealous. But it's not true. Michael and I have never feuded. The only reason I wrote this song--and it came from the bottom of my heart--was to help my little brother get a grip on reality. I never meant to discredit him. The song was never supposed to come out in public. But now that it has, I am hear to say that, yes, I wrote it and I stand by it."
I mean, what can I say at the moment? This man lied on his own book stating that he never wrote the song. He lied to his mentor, Berry Gordy, that he never wrote the song. I am not trying to hear that the media was bias and made up that story that Jermaine wrote that song. The L.A. Times is not the National Enquirer or the Globe. It is a respectable newspaper that has credibility. All Jermaine had to do was tell the truth. State in his book that he was angry on what his brother did and that he wrote the song just to get his brother’s attention. This is what happens when you cannot let people be – you start to become obsessive with what they are not doing to you and you start to do things that you normally will not do. I do not understand some people like that.
“Just a few of the scores of singers who have recorded his songs or who have been produced by him include Aretha Franklin (“Honey”), Whitney Houston (“Exhale-Shoop Shoop”), Madonna (“Take a Bow”), Mariah Carey (“Melt Away”), Michael Jackson (“On the Line”)”
“By Antonio "LA" Reid Posted Apr 15, 2004 12:00 AM
Michael Jackson is the world's greatest entertainer. One of the most explosive performances I've ever witnessed was Jackson sliding across the stage at the Motown twenty-fifth anniversary show. Just watching that made us all know: That's what greatness is, and anything that doesn't measure up to that is beneath greatness. Before him there were the Beatles and Elvis and Frank Sinatra; Michael Jackson takes his place right alongside those greats. I'm almost the same age as Michael, and I was one of the original fans. I first saw him at the Ohio State Fair, when I was very young; the Jackson 5 were performing with the Commodores. Michael came on, and that voice of his rang over the whole fairground. I was deeply touched by that voice from the very beginning.
"Billie Jean" is the most important record he's made, not only because of its commercial success but because of the musical depth of the record. It has more hooks in it than anything I've ever heard. Everything in that song was catchy, and every instrument was playing a different hook. You could separate it into twelve different musical pieces and I think you'd have twelve different hits. Every day, I look for that kind of song.
Michael has influenced so many artists, some of whom are picking up on the grandeur and showmanship of his live performances. You can see his influence in his sister Janet, in Justin Timberlake, Usher, Britney Spears, and in Jennifer Lopez and Mariah Carey. You can see his influence in the dance moves -- the syncopated choreography -- that a lot of young artists use. And a lot of them have picked up his work ethic. When you look at a Britney Spears production or a Justin Timberlake production, or if you look at an Usher production, you really see that they took a page out of Michael's book; they went to rehearsal, and they must've worked eight hours a day, because their shows are flawless, as Michael's shows were flawless.
There are many, many people who think of Michael as a spectacle, and it's sad. All of it has taken away from our ability to see him for the artist he really is. A world without Michael Jackson would be a very, very different world. And I think we should all feel very blessed that an artist of that caliber came into our lives, because he has enriched our lives.
(From RS 946, April 15, 2004)”
Why did Edmonds considered Michael a friend? Why did Reid do a great piece on Michael to a magazine that never respected Michael? These are questions that need to be asked to Jermaine. It is clear to me that these men have always respected Michael and regardless of any disagreements, they put their differences aside and worked with one another like grown people usually do.
“Personally, I think he preoccupation with plastic surgery was some form of body dymorphia, a condition often rooted in childhood or puberty where the sufferer finds exaggerated flaws that do not exist. This is my opinion, not a diagnosis.”
“But David was adamant, saying his focus was to create a spectacular salute to Michael. That was everyone’s, focus, but the important details – like the fans and Motown’s role in our lives – seemed lost on him.”
As for the fans, they were happy to see Michael performing the hits his with brother and his classic hits. I never read any stories of fans being disappointed. Jermaine was reaching it. It was nice to see the brothers performing together but it was also nice to see a sold out crowd enjoying greatness before the unthinkable happened. Jermaine did not mentioned in the book that he was too demanding during the rehearsals for the concerts. I mean, what else is new? According to Gest’s documentary on Michael, Michael stated to David that if Jermaine does not stop being demanding, he cannot be in the show. Eventually, after Katherine called David wanting all of her sons to be at the show, Jermaine came to his senses and behaved. Interesting.
“During the trial, I had to go to Bahrain for a few days. I stayed in touch with Mother and Tom (Meserau) by phone, but didn’t tell anyone I was there to do a deal that would ease Michael’s financial worries. Once he was free of court, I wanted him to be free of debt’s burden, too. That was what I was aiming for as I spent time with Prince Abdullah, the King’s second son.”
“But it was also a frustratingly characteristic of Michael to sign a contract without reading the small print - just as in 2000, he had discovered his masters weren’t being returned by Sony”.
“Jackson's lawyers argued that there was no valid agreement with Sheikh Abdullah, and they have tried to portray the prince as a generous but naive, star-struck pop music amateur.”
“To be fair, Prince Abdullah appeared to be a fan, a good man and earnest. Unfortunately, Michael misunderstood the contract; he often didn’t read contracts and so ended up walking into a $5 million debt that he simply couldn’t afford.”
“In April, the pop star faced the possibility of losing the catalog to foreclosure when he was a day late making a full $3 million payment to Bank of America, said the Rev. Jackson, who met with the president of the bank on behalf of the singer.The move, combined with efforts by Burkle, "worked out well and Michael no longer has a cash flow problem," the Rev. Jackson said. "It was really unnecessary for any kind of a foreclosure. But if the foreclosure had taken place, it would have had an impact on Michael's catalog. His whole financial empire would come crumbling down."
At this time, Michael was residing in Las Vegas and seemed to be living alright. Michael, with his children, would stay at the MGM Hotel and at the rented home he was living in. If Michael wanted to save his Neverland estate, he would have every intention to do so and it seems as though Michael was not going to do that. When Jermaine notified Tohme Tohme of the future of Neverland, he mentioned Tom Barrack. Tom Barrack is the chairman of a real estate investment firm called Colony Capital. Eventually, Michael, Tohme Tohme and Barrack met and after the meeting, Michael had to pay off a $23 million loan by 10 AM because of an emergency email Jermaine received regarding Neverland being very close to foreclosure. The money was wired and Barrack received 50% ownership of Neverland. The ranch did not foreclose.
“Jermaine, look at it like this. You’ve helped your brother at a time when he really needed it and he knows that. Now walk away…..”
This quote that his mother stated seems to be something that Jermaine never learned from. Thanks to Tohme, Tom Barrack came into Michael’s life to help him get back on tour and make money. With the help from Barrack, Phil Anschutz, the owner of the now infamous AEG gave Michael an offer. Sadly, as we all know, the “This Is It” tour never happened because Michael was murdered.
“I am the captain of my ship. I take suggestions and listen to what everyone has to say, but the final decision is mine.”~Michael Jackson
You Are Not Alone Michael: Through a Brothers Eyes by Jackson, Jermaine, 2011.
pgs: xiii, xviii, xix, 8, 48, 69, 70, 85, 86-87, 102, 108-109, 131, 144,186,226, 228, 229, 240, 250, 261, 268, 271, 279, 280, 285, 287, 335, 337, 338, 340, 342, 344, 352-353, 384, 395, 396 and407.
Moonwalk, by Jackson, Michael, 1988 and revised 2009. Page 166.
Life October 1984. Quote by Jermaine Jackson on page 86.
Articles/ CD Liner Credits:
Boards.com, "Q&A: Bob Giraldi on directing 'Beat It'"
"Jermaine Jackson: Word to the Badd"!! A Call to Michael", Phillips, Chuck. Los Angeles Times, Nov. 7th, 1991,
"Ten Time Grammy Winning Songwriter Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds"
http://www.lasentinel.net/Ten-Time-Grammy-Winning-Songwriter-Kenneth-Babyface-Edmonds-on-an-All-New-TV-One-On-One-Sunday-Nov-4 (Link no longer exists.)
Rolling Stone.com, "L.A. Reid on Michael Jackson"
Invincible CD booklet page 9.
"Michael Jackson, Bahrani Prince Reach Settlement in Court case"
"Jackson's Finances Continue to Dwindle"
"Michael Jackson Thanks Jesse Jackson, ron Burkle for Financial Advice",
All videos are from youtube.com.
From my personal harddrive.