This prompted a fan and blogger by the name of Y. M. Fourney, who does the Facebook page All Mike Everything, to write probably the absolute best blog post on Michael that I have ever read in my life. This post hit the nail on everything about Michael. It was so emotional that I cried and I do not particularly a crier when I read articles. It was a fellow moonwalker telling her fellow race and people in general how special and important Michael was to the black community and the world in general. Here is the link so you can read for yourself -
I want to comment on a few highlights from the posts:
"It is simply astounding to witness just how personally Black people took-and still take- Michael Jackson’s physical changes. It says so much about us as a race and it made me wonder just how many of us understand why."
It also makes you wonder if these black people spent more time on learning about their history instead of trashing their own people, the amazing things that they can do with their time. The nerve of these people to ask if Michael should have had therapy for his so called "body issues" when blacks, historically, will dismiss therapy (particularly mental health) when they view or experience trauma in their mostly rotten communities riddled with crime and drug use.
"Michael Jackson was a child who grew up being ridiculed for his African features (mainly his nose) and because of this, he developed a hatred of his looks that manifested itself into the rhinoplasty, hair straightening, and skin lightening that is (sadly) still the topic of many debates today."
However, black people still get their hair straighten, refuses to learn about their culture and they do get plastic surgery. If they liked their looks and hair, they would not do any of those things to themselves.
"Black people have been known throughout history to be obsessed with skin color, hair texture, and any other physical feature that can be used to identify a person as “Black”. By now, everyone with eyes should be able to see that Black skin can range from the ebony hue of Viola Davis, to the yellow undertones of Chris Brown, to the chocolate brown of Gabrielle Union, all the way to the olive-tan skin of Beyonce. This obsession with skin color is not something we have for fun, either. When you live in a place where historically, the darker you were, the more likely you would have been to be abused, sold, worked within an inch of life, and even killed, the memory of this travels down through your bloodline, family member by family member. "
The obsession with skin color in the black community is their undoing. I cannot even begin to state how correct this comment is. There is nothing more I can say about this.
"Too many African Americans lose sight of this fact when they argue that Michael “stopped being Black” in the 1980’s. We MUST stop battering that man’s memory because we perceived him as an outsider. If he was, it not because he chose to be. It was most likely because too many of us turned our backs on him once he didn’t look the part anymore. What a shallow, selfish version of love! To say that we could have only embraced this man or any person as long as they stayed within the parameters of what WE say is acceptable is just wrong. Sometimes, I see pictures of him with other Black people and all I can think about is how incredibly lonely he must have felt when the vitiligo robbed him of his beautiful brown coloring. I thank God he had the support of a handful of loyal friends, family, and the fans. No matter what color you are, if you stood by MJ during the bad times, you were his people."
This the one thing that black people do to one another, which is to make one an outsider from their group because they changed or they became something they did not recognized. Many people in the black community turned their back on Michael because he was not the person they loved anymore and that is not unconditional love. I would remember when I was read articles on people who knew Michael who were black and they always have to state that Michael was a real black person and that bothered me a little. Why must they remind blacks that Michael is black? If the black community did not see him as a black man because of his skin color, that is their problem and they have a closed minded perception of what is black, when it comes to the color of their skin. Blacks come in all colors, shades and hues.
"Michael traveled to Africa several times, spoke with dignitaries and presidents about the state of affairs, and donated millions in aid. The African people famously crowned him “King Sani” when he toured the country in 1992 and I think it speaks volumes that in 1992, Michael had become very light-skinned due to the effects of his vitiligo. Michael Jackson, with his straightened hair, alabaster skin, and thin nose took us back to the Motherland in the “Black or White” short film to symbolically show you where all of it began. Michael’s “Remember the Time” short film took place in ancient Egypt when he could have easily done anything else.” He showed US as the kings and queens we were and you thought he didn’t know who he was anymore."
This is the one major point that I want to get across when I discuss this blog post because it must be done. I am Nigerian American and I am proud of who I am. I have heard of all of the African jokes that came from black people and the lies they stated about the one place where they are originally from. Instead of finding their roots, they trash their own people and belittle Africans because their "skin is too dark", their "hair is nappy" and they are "not good looking people". In this day and age of social media, where one can learn about so many things, many in the black community still believe the lies about Africa. When I heard that Michael loved Africa, I was so happy because even with all of the success in the world, he still decided to give Africa a shout out. The Dangerous album, along with the short films and that era signifies Michael's personal attempt to educate his people about their original homeland. That is proof that Michael never hated being black. Michael wanted to educate his people about who they really are that they were kings and queens and lived well. That is important when, at that time and even today, America continues to prove to me and many people of color that the country was not made for us. Michael's suffering with the American media and the aftermath is proof that he was black man because not one white entertainer will ever be treated the way Michael was. If black people learned from his life instead of bashing him, look at what they could have done with their own lives. To take what he stated about anything and applied that in their own lives could really help them and I really do believe that. A great blog done by a fan that turned something unfortunate into something educational, informative and truthful.
The media has an obsession with finding the next Michael Jackson. That has been going on for decades but this year, for some strange reason, this type of discussion has gone too far. The media website Pop Matters compare singer/songwriter Taylor Swift to Michael Jackson. Yes, a lilly, rich white girl who sings country and pop songs being compare to a legend that was just too big of a star to be called a legend. If you are curious, here is the article -
Hilarious. I know. Of course, thank God for black twitter because they educated the ignorance out of the author of that laughable article. Thanks to the website, theroot.com, the tweets that were captured were everything -
I need to post this quote from the article that pretty much sums up the exact reaction twitter had when the Pop Matters twitter account had the nerve to even go there:
"So when Pop Matters took to Twitter and asked if Swift is the new Michael Jackson, people were Kanye-ing her all day."
Yes, people on twitter were on fire with the memes and the comments. I was loving every minute of it. That was a great highlight of the year on social media for me.
No one has been compared more to Michael this year than the singer the Weeknd. Now, I am not a fan of this singer because he does nothing for me. It makes me sad when a staple in black music and culture, BET, starts to proclaim him as the next MJ. Here is the part of the article to this nonsense -
(The link detected a threat for my laptop and the link has been removed.)
If there's a Battle Vocale going on for which singer most resembles The King of Pop, The Weeknd just got Victory.The "Earned It" crooner was gifted an official Michael Jackson tour jacket, after a series of his own back-to-back 'Madness Fall' shows this past week at the Barclays Center.
Just because this kid got a jacket that Michael wore and the brothers signed that means that the crown for the next King of Pop has been chosen? Please. This was becoming a nearly every three day thing of the media comparing Michael to this singer who isn't that much of a decent singer.
Writer Michael Arceneaux did a great article on vh1.com in which he had to address this crazy habit after actor, tv host and rapper Nick Cannon, posted a crazy equation on his Instagram account that stated that Michael + Tupac = Chris Brown. Yes, this really happened. The article made very good points such as:
"For many – notably 1980s babies and the pop stars they’ve seen produced – he is a template and a genre of music unto himself."
This is true for me as well because it was Michael, Whitney, Janet, Prince, Madonna and many more in that decade. You will never see that again.
"And to be perfectly quite honest, if nothing else, Bobby Brown gave the world Don’t Be Cruel. Chris Brown doesn’t even have that, so don’t you dare keep comparing to Michael Jackson just because Chris Brown can dance. He doesn’t even dance like Michael Jackson, for the record."
"I could go on and on, but by now I hope you get the point. Michael Jackson was so much more than just a moonwalk, a hot music video, and a hee-hee-hee. When people make these comparisons as a compliment to another artist, it often reads as an insult to Michael Jackson’s multi-faceted legacy."
This is the most important part of the article because the lazy media does not truly understand the artist that was Michael. The media witnessed a great entertainer but focused more on the media circus than the musical and vocal genius that he was. That is the one thing that bothers me with the comparisons. The media compares Michael to anyone that has a hit single or a string of hit singles this year because of their hits and not because of the impact, the musicality, the records, the skill, the discipline, etc. Michael was not just an entertainer, that is too limited to even described him. He was a cultural phenomena. How many entertainers that you know can go to a country that you never heard of and practically the whole village would come to the hotel room where the person was saying at just to see the person? The comparisons are not the right way to state to the reader that the artists reminds them of Michael. None of these artists should ever remind them of Michael because Michael was very talented and then some. Michael was a visionary and them some. Michael was a pioneer and then some. Michael was more than what he was described. That is why no one should compare him to anyone because when you do, you miss out on more things about him that the people doing the comparisons misses out on. I hope in 2016, the comparisons stop but this is the media so who am I kidding?
When it comes to Michael's huge family, I am fascinated by how many members of his family are in his family. Later on this blog, I will get into the next generation Jacksons who are doing various things these days. This year, blogger Raven Woods of Allforloveblog.com stumbled upon a picture of Michael's grandmother, Joe's mother Crystal Lee King-Jackson. You can read the article here -
I am sort of into the roots of people and if I had time, I would love to one day watch specials all about the roots of people's ancestral backgrounds because it is such a learning lesson for the individual to know who they are and where they came from. When I read this article, I learned so many things about her such as -
"She was only sixteen and a mere schoolgirl-but quite wild by most accounts!-when she caught the eye of her handsome and distinguished teacher, Samuel Jackson, said to have been the first African-American teacher in the state of Arkansas. Theirs was a romance that would have been much frowned upon today, with the thirty-year-old Jackson, a man in a position of authority and power, courting his sixteen-year-old student. But it was a different time and era. Opportunities for women were scarce, and a man like Jackson would have been viewed as a “good catch.”"I learned that the year that she was born is not set in stone and was pretty much a teen bride when she married Samuel Jackson, Michael's grandfather and Joe's father.
"Something ultimately snapped in young Crystal, and her life took a downward spiral turn that never quite righted itself. Joe Jackson would grow up with memories of a mother who too often wasn’t there; who disappeared without word for long stretches, leaving him ultimately as the man of the household. Drug addiction and even rumored prostitution became Crystal’s reality (the prostitution, no doubt, a necessity to feed her addictions). Joe remembered his mother as someone who would re-enter his life again, from time to time. Samuel still had his “thing” for her and would always take her back, like the prodigal wife and mother,but these reunions were always short-lived. By the time Joe was twelve, they had separated for good."
I think to understand the root of Joe's madness when he became a father of nine children, you have to understand what he went through as a child. Joe probably had no idea what it is like to have a mother, almost similar, in a way, to Michael's children, his two oldest ones Prince and Paris having a mother that was barely in their lives. The pain that Joseph must have felt when his mother pretty much abandoned him left a huge mark in his life. That pain turned into anger and resentment and he put that on his children who, probably at the time, had no idea why their father treated them so harshly. The age that Joseph separated from his mother was older than to his grandchildren when their connection to their mother was gone before they were both five years old.
"Thus, a young man who became hard because he could never really love or understand his mother became, in turn, a hardened father who could never really allow his children to love or understand . Such is the cycle of family pain and abuse."
A cycle that is beyond painful. This is why it is important to understand the roots of the madness of Joseph and some of the Jackson family members. It helps you understand why some of them do what they do. Abuse should not happen in any family but the roots of abuse, if it does happen, needs to be known so that people can understand why it happens. The blog entry on Michael's grandmother will give the reader a better understanding of Joseph and the Jackson family and also, as shown in the Next Generation Jacksons docu-series, the cycle of the destruction of families have been ruined in the family and that is the most important thing.
Thirty years ago, Michael purchased the Beatles Catalogue, which is now known as Sony/ATV Catalogue and news broke that the 1/2 of the catalogue that Sony Music owns might be either sold or bought. Here is more information on that -
The article states that Sony Music might be giving up it share of the catalouge because it is basically not as lucrative as the other Sony enterprises like Sony Entertainment and Sony Pictures. That article is interesting to read and it made me think about the power Michael had when he own the catalogue. I was on youtube and I was looking around the website and I stumbled upon a video that was done on Michael and the ownership of the catalogue. I want you all to watch the video because it explains very well how Michael acquired the catalogue, who helped him, why he did it and Paul McCartney's complaining about Michael owning it. Here is the video -
Let me post a review from freelance writer D. B. Anderson did on the book. She had an advanced copy of the book and let's just say that she stated how she really felt.
Anderson focuses on what Knopper's book was supposed to focus on which is the genius of Michael and in the book, according to the review, Knopper was not trying to explain anything. Leaving the reader to make the assumptions that Michael was a mess, did not give credit to where credit is due and cannot handle people. All of these things are easily rebutted in various interviews on Michael and people who knew Michael. I doubt that Knopper interview anyone close to Michael let alone 400+ people that knew or worked with Michael. This is how the media continues to manipulate the situation. If you are not on top of the Michael information, you will be tricked. This is why Michael called his fans not just his other family but his soldiers because the fans will make sure that the truth about Michael is being told.
As you might have guess it, Steve Knopper is still promoting his worthless book of fables on his twitter account. In a series of tweets, Knopper is stating to his followers what media outlets are doing interviews with him for the book. Let's post them and comment -
A couple of years ago, I did a Q&A session with her for two reasons: 1. at that time, I needed a boost with the viewership. I figured if I get this session, people would come more to the blog. I should have never make assumptions about something that was going to happen anyway. Even if I never did a session with Thumbtzen, I do believe my blog would do well because of the content and not the extras, 2. I was never going to purchase her second book because her first book was the worst book I ever read in my life.
I am now starting to realized that I have made a mistake even communicating with Tatiana. Let me just state that she is not a horrible person but she likes to get herself involve in anything that deals with Michael. Case in point, when she decided to sue the Estate of Michael Jackson because the video game, Michael Jackson: the Experience, has used her likeness without her permission. Here is the link to the story -
"Thumbtzen’s lawsuit alleges the use of her likeness in the video has caused her permanent “financial and emotional harm” and is seeking financial damages as a result."
It is clear what she is trying to do and I do not think she has a case. There were three things that happened that made me realized that I made a mistake doing a session with this woman. (These three events did not happen chronologically. There were three red flags that happened around the same time. I wanted to point that out.) 1. When I was on Facebook a month or so ago, I used to friend her and I read her status update about her anger (it seems) with a picture of Michael kissing a fan on the lips at one of his concerts in the early 1980s. I screen captured the image:
"Still, I found closure in our meeting. I’ve also realized that, nothing of the past really matters anymore. All that matters now, is that in one moment in time, I shared some wonderful and beautiful moments with Frank and Mike. We shared a lot of laughter. What we leave behind on this earth, is very important."
So, why bring it up again? Now, I admit, I commented on the post and I have since deleted it because I decided to not get involved.
2. A college student who attends a very well known university, contacted me because she was doing a paper on social media effects on music sells of deceased celebrities. I gladly responded to her email and offered to give her a screen capture of the stats of this blog. When I looked at my stats, which I never do, I was stunned that the most viewed blog post was Tatiana's session. I was extremely disappointed because I worked so hard on great posts that had wonderful, informative and interesting content and that session was the most viewed. I could not accept that at all.
3. I went on Lipstickalley.com and saw a thread that discussed a video that a business woman name Tonia Ryan did a year ago to combat the things Tatiana stated about her. As a matter of fact, Tatiana stated on the session about her about what she did to her -
"I’ve also become a victim of extortion because of my co-author from my first book. She basically stole my life story and 50% of my royalties. But, I put it in the Lord’s hands, like everything. He’ll take care of it! Her Karma will come back to her one day! I have decided that I will make that book available as a “free” read soon. That’s my 50% talking! I figured if she’s going to keep cashing in off my back, I’ll cut some of her profits."
I see... Here is the video from Tonia Ryan -
"Tatiana...he said her and Michael were "hot and heavy" for sometime. Was Michael discreet about the relationship? Yes. Tatiana? No. Whenever he saw them together, she was always kissin' up to Mike. How about their sexcapades? Filthy said he didn't wanna know!!"I remembered reading her book where she stated that she was not sure if she had a relationship with him and by reading the above information, I think she knew exactly how her relationship with Michael was. I believe that all of the interviews, books, tv specials she participated in was all to make the public think whatever she wanted them to think about her and Michael. Tatiana knew the deal and the ones that continue to fall for what she states will not see what is in front of their faces. I admit, I wish I never had any communication with her but I was one of those fans that wanted to at least believe that Michael and Tatiana had a connection. However, the reality is that is just because someone might look good for Michael does not mean that they are good for Michael. He smelled right through her and if he went along and still had a relationship with her, it would have ended horribly. Tatiana Thumbtzen likes to play the "victim" when in reality she isn't.
Another person that needs to re-examine her life is Taneisha Rodney aka "Tanay Jackson" who made laughable claims that she was the daughter of Tito Jackson and the sister of Taj, Taryll and TJ. For years, Taneisha has made claims that Tito messed around with her mother and even stated that she was in her "uncle" Michael's "Remember the Time" short film. You can read a blog post that I did on her three years ago for more information -
This year, as I mentioned in the previous blog post, Taj, Taryll and TJ did their docu-series in which they finally confronted Taneisha about her claims. After she finishes talking to the brothers about her story, she goes with them to the clinic to get tested. Here is video of that -
"Tanay speaks of her experience on "The Jackson's: Next Generation" on Sweet to the Soul radio show. She talks about it being "staged" and them having her appear on the show for ratings and she also brings up the DNA test and how they didn't show it on TV, but that it was still a "match". She also talks about meeting Michael and Janet and appearing in one of Michael's videos (what video?) and the advice he gave her. She mentions Katherine turning her nose up at her and at one point she (almost) calls Katherine a B**** and an old hag. There's much more she talks about."
Enough with people who want to be Jacksons for the sake of having a music career, the real Jacksons have done some things this year such as the reality show, graduating from school and working on their careers. There were also milestones that happened in 2015 such as the 30th anniversary of the classic charity song "We Are The World". The song was important to make because the famine happening in Africa at that time was horrific. The song and the proceeds from that song helped millions of people who were affected by the famine. USAToday.com did a great article on the 30th anniversary and the impact -
Here is video of the song winning Song of the Year at the 1986 Grammys. (remember when that award show was the truth?)
In 1995, Michael released his album HIStory: Past, Present and Future and not that many members of the media discussed this milestone mainly because Michael was fighting back. In the midst of the media ignorance, thank goodness that my blog and many other blogs and websites, remember the impact the album made and why it was made. I did a blog post about the 20th anniversary -
Here is the iconic performance Michael did in 1995 at the MTV Video Music Awards when this awards show was on point -
“The film focuses on his drive and commitment. What a hard worker he was, not just on how talented he was. It looks at when he transitioned from the Jackson Five into a solo career. For fans, I think it’s going to play through the roof. And for not fans, they’re going to be fascinated.”
Then, the media got wind of his tweet weeks after he made it and created a whole story that Prince was demanding a DNA test to prove some "doctor" that poisoned Michael was his "father". That was all based on the quote above and the stories spread. Even that evil woman, Wendy Williams, discussed this lie of a story on her cut and paste show. Prince decided that he needed to state something that can end this nonsense. His perfect defense -
His sister, Paris, is now on Instagram and letting people know that she is not here for the bull. She is defending her daddy and people will deal. As usual, Paris had to set the record straight about the naysayers who are judging her weight and letting people know that she is claiming her blackness. Please read -