Showing posts with label michael jackson. Show all posts
Showing posts with label michael jackson. Show all posts

Friday, November 23, 2012

Common Ties Between Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, LMFAO, and PSY's Gangnam Style (Video)

In this 1989 music video from Janet Jackson for her hit "Alright," you will see two of today's popular dance moves, PSY's "gangnam style" dance and LMFAO's "shuffle" from Party Rock. Watch and see.

And in this 1955 video of Bill Bailey tap dancing, you'll see the move associated with Janet's brother, the late, great Michael Jackson, "the Moonwalk."

As Michael fans know, the King of Pop watched a lot of musicals, as did many of us born around the same time as he, but unlike the rest of us, Michael was a gifted dancer and creative genius. In the dance moves of classic artists, he saw what he could re-purpose for his own musical productions and theatrical vision. I think he studied mime, as well.

I had a mime class as a teen and know that the Moonwalk is also part of that discipline. Furthermore, the great French mime Marcel Marceau was popular during the 70s when Michael Jackson and I were teens, and I recall that Michael was a fan of Marceau. So, Michael drew from multiple sources to create his masterpieces; he excelled at putting the old in context of the new.

Janet had similar visions. In her "Alright" video she pays homage to Cab Calloway, Cyd Charise, and the Nicholas Brothers in the same way that her brother, Michael, paid homage to Fred Astaire in his "Smooth Criminal" music video.

I guess one could say LMFAO, which is made up of two of Motown founder Berry Gordy's descendants (Redfoo is Berry Gordy's son and SkyBlu is Gordy's grandson) also have that same some sampling/mixtape creativity: the ability to cut, paste, and reshape multiple pieces into something appealing and new (the art of bricolage).

As all Michael Jackson and Jackson family followers know, Gordy signed the Jackson 5 when Michael was nine years old, drawing in as well Janet during their television show period. And if you saw Spike Lee's documentary on ABC last night, "Michael Jackson: Bad 25," you were reminded of how the Motown influence shaped Michael Jackson's artistic discipline. Likewise, Motown influenced Janet.

Of PSY and his "gangnam style" dance moves, as well as his pop music style, I see it as fun, yes, but also I see it as more evidence of this postmodern age's hyper-bricolage: the synthesis of multiple multicultural pieces (a good bit of it from HipHop culture these days). PSY draws on his own experience and culture, but also the cultures of others. So, I peg his work also as more evidence of humanity's attraction to simulacra and this era's mix-it-up, small-world aesthetics.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Remember When People Used to Compare the Jackson Five and the Osmond Brothers?

Here is video of Donny Osmond introducing Janet and Michael Jackson at the American Music Awards, 1975, followed by a video of Michael Jackson with Donny Osmond presenting an award in 1974.

1975 Presenting AMA for Favorite Soul Group
Donny Osmond: And now to present the award for the favorite soul group, here's a singer that I used to idolize when I was a kid. Ladies and gentlemen, Michael Jackson!

Michael Jackson: (Band plays "Dancing Machine" as Michael walks out. Referencing Marie Osmond, he says ...) At this time I would like to say that certain persons are not the only ones that can have a beautiful sister that can come out and present an award. So, at this time to assist me in the next award, I'd like you all to meet a beautiful, talented, and charming young lady, my sister Janet Jackson!

(Janet, about age 8, struts out in an evening gown with feather boa and climbs on a box so she can reach the microphone. Audience applauds and cheers, chuckling.)

Janet Jackson: There are so many women going into police work these days that I decided to go into third grade.

Michael Jackson: (genuinely laughing) Thank you, Jan. Thank you very much. The nominees for favorite soul group are Gladys Knight and the Pips, The O'Jays, The Stylistics, and the winner is ... Janet I'll let you open this.

Janet Jackson: Gladys Knight and the Pips!

1974 Presenting AMA for Favorite Soul Group
In this second video from the 1974 AMAs, Michael and Donny present the award for favorite soul group together, and their meeting is introduced as historic. Cue the cute banter.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Prince's Tribute to Michael Jackson and Some Interviews

Lately people have been surfing to my blog after googling for Prince comments on Michael Jackson, and I can tell from the key words they don't mean Michael's son. They probably land here because of my old post about the anniversary of 25th anniversary of Purple Rain falling on the day of Michael's death. Nevertheless, I decided the visits must be a sign that I should post something on the topic of Prince and Michael.

First, this is a gem. It's audio of his Purple Highness doing a short tribute to Michael Jackson while performing in Paris, France, about four months after Michael's death. It's Prince's version of "Shake Your Body" and it's sweet!

While in France, Prince gave an interview in which he mentioned Michael. As he spoke of how he decided on the number of concerts, he said:
I now prefer these forms of concert to a traditional tour, which no longer stretches me. I like being the first and the last to do something. When I played in London, in 2007, at the O² Arena, I asked the producers what had been the record number of performances played continuously in their venue. They told me six. I said then that I wanted to do twenty-one. For two weeks they refused to let me do it; nobody else had lasted so long. All concerts were finally complete. Since then, Michael Jackson showed me that I should have gone further (Michael Jackson had planned to do fifty concerts in this venue for what was to be his great return).
The whole interview from Le Monde is at

Next, in a video from long before Michael's death, Prince is asked at a press conference who would win in a fight, him or Michael Jackson. His answer is funny, but he also tells people to chill with the rumors about the King of Pop. "Wait and see," he says.

You can also watch at YouTube Prince's old interview with Chris Rock in which he discusses why he turned down appearing in Michael Jackson's "Bad" music video. He said there was no rivalry, he just didn't want to play the Wesley Snipes role and have Michael sing to him, "Your butt is mine."

Finally, and I debated posting this next video because it does not show Prince in the best light. It's 1983 footage of James Brown, Michael, and Prince in 1983. The last time I posted this was when James Brown died. When the video was shot, Prince had been on the national scene a little less than five years. At a James Brown concert, the King of Pop shows up on stage, sings a bit and does a few dance steps. The crowd goes wild. And then he stops and whispers in the Godfather of Soul's ear a bit, and after that he goes to one of Brown's band members and whispers in his ear. Then James Brown announces that Michael has insisted that he introduce Prince on stage. Prince comes up, and I'm sad to say, since it was during Prince's bad boy days, he may have been under the influence, but, well, you can watch it and see for yourself. O.K. I'm not sad to say to say he was a bad boy, but I know Prince doesn't like to project the bad boy image anymore.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Michael Jackson's Mother's Book: Where to Buy Never Can Say Goodbye

Last night, June 25, MSNBC's Dateline aired an interview with the mother of Michael Jackson as news organizations, bloggers, and fans around the world commemorated the first anniversary of his death. Katherine Jackson, who is raising Michael's children--Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr. aka Prince; Paris Michael Katherine; and Prince Michael Jackson II aka "Blanket"--has written a coffee table book about her son, Never Can Say Goodbye, with the help of part-time journalist Sonia Lowe. ... Read more at the African-American Books Examiner.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Michael Jackson: Rock My World, More Memories

I've already done my Michael Jackson post commemorating the first anniversary of his passing last year, but had to add this video. I must have been taking care of my children and ex husband or something when he made this music video which features Chris Tucker and some other Hollywood faces because I don't recall it. It's another of MJ's mini musical movies.

And on Twitter, Holly Robinson Peete this link to a rare photo of her with Michael in 1972:
Me & Michael Jackson circa 1972 when J5 came 2 Philly i got 2 meet him couldn't even look at him so nervous!! ...
She's right. She could not look at him. Precious.

Michael Jackson: Remember the Time

Love this dance sequence.

Today marks the first anniversary of the death of Michael Jackson, the King of Pop. I won't write much because I wrote about him often last year. Here's the link to the MJ posts here at this blog. From Examiner and, I have the following posts from last year:I think almost every major network is running a Michael Jackson special either today or at some other time over the weekend. Check your local listings.

I've decided to run two Michael Jackson videos to commemorate his passing, "Remember the Time" and "Earth Song," and thre of the flash mob dances done his honor in other countries. There are a lot of those online.

As stated by Wikipedia, "Remember the Time" is "set in ancient Egypt and features appearances by Eddie Murphy, Iman, The Pharcyde and Magic Johnson. The video was generally well received."

And Earth Song, as we contemplate what's happening to the planet with this BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

And here are some of the flash mob dance tributes, one from Bucharest, another from HongKong, and a third from Amsterdam, all done after his death.

And this unique tribute which is medley by Sam Tsui - Vocals
Kurt Schneider - Arrangement, Production. Yes, it's all the same guy, Tsui, except the one on the side, who I guess must be Scheider.

Extra: Michael and Jermaine accapella, Stop, the Love You Save May Be Your Own

Live! Who's Loving You.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Michael Jackson News: Father of First Accuser Kills Himself

This strange but sad story went through the Twitter Stream today:
@taalamacey RT @damnyo4000: RT @blackvoices Father of Michael Jackson's First Accuser Commits Suicide
The link takes the curious to Black Spin at Black Voices and an article that leads with the following:
According to reports, the father of Michael Jackson's most famous molestation accuser has committed suicide. Evan Chandler, the father of Jordan Chandler, was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his luxury apartment in New Jersey on November 5th.

Evan Chandler, the father of Michael Jackson's alleged molestation victim Jordan Chandler, spent his last days in isolation - depressed and estranged from his loved ones - before fatally shooting himself in the head, family members said Tuesday. (Black Spin)
The article ends with a poll, asking readers to vote on whether they think Chandler, who had been estranged from his son, MJ's alleged molestation victim, committed suicide due to a guilty conscience. The former dentist left no note. In addition, the article says Chandler, a "once handsome man" had undergone plastic surgery to keep his identity hidden from irate Michael Jackson fans.

This story is also reported at

Evan Chandler, 65, the father of a young boy who alleged that he was molested by Michael Jackson in 1994, was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his luxury apartment in New Jersey earlier this month. reported that Chandler's body was found on November 5 by the concierge at his apartment building.

"There was no note found in the apartment, but officers did find medication in keeping with a serious medical condition," a Jersey City police spokesperson told the site.

For an exceptional exposition of Michael Jackson's life within the context of one writer seeing the MJ documentary film This Is It, I recommend Aberjhani's Michael Jackson series at, "Work and Soul in Michael Jackson's This Is It: The Existential Spirit."

Monday, November 16, 2009

Janet Jackson, Five Months After Michael's Death, Speaks to Robin Roberts

You may have seen the promotional ads for Janet Jackson's upcoming November 18 interview with ABC's Robin Roberts. Roberts is getting two primetime specials before she moves forward to her new position as anchor. Per the AP, "The Jackson interview is the type of important "get" for which Diane Sawyer and Barbara Walters used to compete."

The interview is being touted under the umbrella of Janet Jackson speaks out for the first time since her brother's death. According to MTV, Ms. Jackson says in the interview that she believes Michael's doctor killed him, and they pulled that from this ABC story on the interview, "Janet Jackson Blames Dr. Conrad Murray for Michael's Death" that has a tag line "In Exclusive Interview, Jackson Tells Robin Roberts Brother's Death 'Felt Like a Dream'."

She tells Roberts what happened on June 25:
"I was at my house in New York. You know, another day. Another morning. And I get a call ... [my assistant] said, 'Your brother's been taken to the hospital. It's on CNN right now,'" she told Roberts. "I called everyone's. There's a line busy or -- someone wasn't picking up. I spoke to mother. I spoke to Tito. I spoke to my nephew Austin. I spoke to my sister La Toya." (Janet speaking in ABC story)
She wasn't the only family member to find out from CNN or a media outlet that Michael has been rushed to the hospital. In a June 27 article at the New Orleans Literature Examiner, I wrote about Joe Jackson hearing from family friend, musician, and New Orleans resident Kevin McClin of Michael's collapse. McLin, one of Michael's former publicists, heard it from the media.

Janet tells Roberts also that "It's been a tough year. You have your days where it's just really -- it's hard to believe. And a day doesn't go by that I don't think about him."

I and others have always had the impression that Janet was possibly closer to Michael than some of his other siblings. While I don't know if that's true or not, certainly the way Michael's children clung to Janet during the memorial service indicates theyh feel close to her.

Earlier this month I wrote a post with Janet Jackson's music video for "Together Again", and I said:
I'm sure somebody else online somewhere has already said it. Perhaps that someone was even me and I've forgotten, but while I was writing tonight, I started playing "Together Again" by Janet Jackson. Even though I previously associated this song with losing a romantic companion to death who you now believe is up in heaven, I reapply this song now to Michael. This song is quietly joyful song with a twist of bittersweetness that fits how so many fans feel regarding Michael Jackson, that he's at peace and we should come to peace with his rest joyfully, celebrating him through his music like he's still with us. (Nov. 4 post)
And I was right that somebody had already said it, the irony is they said it in 2006, three years before MJ's death. Here's the Youtube tribute to Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson using "Together Again" by a fan in France.

The photo of Janet comes from the BET Awards show that was supposed to be a tribute to her brother.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Together Again: Janet Jackson's Song Fits Losing MJ

I'm sure somebody else online somewhere has already said it. Perhaps that someone was even me and I've forgotten, but while I was writing tonight, I started playing "Together Again" by Janet Jackson. Even though I previously associated this song with losing a romantic companion to death who you now believe is up in heaven, I reapply this song now to Michael. This song is quietly joyful song with a twist of bittersweetness that fits how so many fans feel regarding Michael Jackson, that he's at peace and we should come to peace with his rest joyfully, celebrating him through his music like he's still with us. And yet it's not one of his songs, it's his sister's.

I continue to hope that the Jackson family can also find joy, even though MJ's death was just this summer. I saw on Oprah that some of his family members, such as Tito, couldn't bear yet to see This Is It, which is undoubtedly another reason MJ is on my mind. In addition, MJ's autobiography Moonwalk has been re-leased.

I'm trying to find time to get to the theater to see "This Is It," and while I do that, I keep remembering Janet at the BET Awards and holding Michael's children at his memorial service.

Together Again
as performed by Janet Jackson

There are times when I look above and beyond
There are times when I feel your love around me baby
I'll never forget ma' baby
(I'll never forget you)

There are times when I look above and beyond
There are times when I feel your love around me baby
I'll never forget ma baby
When I feel that I don't belong
Draw my strength
From the words when you said
Hey it's about you baby
Look deeper inside you baby

Dream about us together again
When I want us together again baby
I know we'll be together again 'cause

Everywhere I go
Every smile I see
I know you are there
Smilin' back at me
Dancin' in moonlight
I know you are free
Cuz' I can see your star
Shinin' down on me

(Together again ooh )
Good times we'll share again
(Together again ooh )
That makes me wanna dance
(Together again ooh)
Say it loud and proud
(Together again ohh)
All my loves for you

Always been a true angel to me
Now above
I can't wait for you to wrap your wings around me baby
Wrap them around me baby
Sometimes hear you whisperin'
No more pain
No worries will you ever see now baby
I'm so happy for ma baby

I dream about us together again
When I want us together again baby
I know we'll be together again 'cause

Everywhere I go
Every smile I see
I know you are there
Smilin' back at me
Dancin' in moonlight
I know you are free
Cuz' I can see your star
Shinin' down on me

(Together again ooh )
Good times we'll share again
(Together again ooh )
That makes me wanna dance
(Together again ooh)
Say it loud and proud
(Together again ohh)
All my loves for you

There are times when I look above and beyond
There are times when I feel you smile upon me baby
I'll never forget ma baby
What'll I give just to hold you close
As on earth
In heaven we will be together baby
Together again ma baby

Everywhere I go
Every smile I see
I know you are there
Smilin' back at me
Dancin' in moonlight
I know you are free
Cuz' I can see your star
Shinin' down on me

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Michael Jackson's Birthday and Macauley Culkin's Video

Today, August 29, is Michael Jackson's birthday. He died in late June, and his body still has not been buried. At one point the media reported the King of Pop's body would be buried today. Later the day changed to September 3rd. I'm here in New Orleans so my mind is not exclusively on Michael. I'm also thinking about the 4th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Still, I could not let the day go by without acknowledging MJ's birth.

He would have been 51 today, and according to E Online! Hollywood stars and others are throwing MJ birthday bashes today. The list includes Spike Lee, director of When the Levees Broke, an excellent documentary about Hurricane Katrina and the city of New Orleans flooding. I love connecting strange dots. Lee is throwing a "Brooklyn style block party" in honor of the mega-store's birth.

I've never done a Jackson birthday post before before at my blog, but with the recent revelation that the coroner's called his death a homicide, the recognition that his remains remain above ground, and my personal acceptance that he touched my life more than I realized, I felt compelled to post this time.

Checking MJ out on YouTube, I see that there's an "official" Michael Jackson YouTube channel now. I guess it went up after his death, but most of the video doesn't allow embeds. No matter because rather than post another MJ music video, I think this video of him on the set of Home Alone with Macaulay Culkin gives a different look at the star, reminds us that he was also human.

Culkin appeared in the King of Pop's memorable "Black or White" video and the two remained close friends over the years, with Culkin making frequent trips to Neverland -- and even testifying on Jackson's behalf during the infamous molestation trial, of which the singer was acquitted. Culkin is one of Jackson's only confidantes who has not come forward to talk about their friendship after Michael's death.
The exclusive 1992 video was shot by Culkin's 'Home Alone' co-star Devin Ratray in Chicago when the opening scenes of the movie were being filmed. Devin played Culkin's older brother, Buzz. Devin just happened to bring his video camera the day that Jackson came by for a visit. (Entertainment Tonight)
Happy Birthday, Michael. May we not mourn today but celebrate your beauty and talent.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Michael Jackson's Death Ruled a Homicide

Michael Jackson's death was not simply a drug overdose but a homicide, says the Los Angeles coroner's office. News broke this afternoon that the LAPD issued a warrant for Jackson's personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, today. Legal experts and journalists say official charges are the next step.

Per CNN's story:

The Los Angeles coroner has concluded preliminarily that singer Michael Jackson died of an overdose of propofol, a drug he was given to help him sleep, according to court documents released Monday.
Los Angeles' coroner Dr. Lakshmanan Sathyavagiswaran reached that preliminary conclusion after reviewing toxicology results carried out on Jackson's blood, according to a search warrant and affidavit unsealed in Houston, Texas.
The 32-page warrant said Dr. Conrad Murray, Jackson's personal physician, told a detective that he had been treating Jackson for insomnia for six weeks. Murray said each night he gave Jackson 50 mg of propofol, also known as Diprivan, diluted with the anesthetic lidocaine via an intravenous drip. (CNN)
In the MSNBC video, one anchor says homicide means Jackson would not have died without the doctor's involvement.

The CNN story continues saying that Murray grew concerned that Jackson had become addicted to the drugs Murray had been giving him and attempted to "wean" him off the potent cocktail. The star suffered from insomnia and needed his sleep as he prepared for his final concert tour. The article gives a time line and dosage details.

Murray stayed by Jackson's bedside in the wee hours of the morning on June 25, closely monitoring him, according to Murray's statement to police. The report says he told detectives he left Jackson's side for no more than two minutes to go to the bathroom, and when he returned the King of Pop was not breathing.

Anesthesiologists usually administer propofol intravenously in hospitals to patients undergoing surgery. The patient must be monitored because the drug puts the brain to sleep; however, once the drip is stopped, the patient usually awakens quickly, say medical professionals.

Fans and the curious have been awaiting two important pieces of news on the pop icon since his untimely death in June, today's news and his burial date, September 3rd.

For many, Murray's arrest has been expected because after appearing to be cleared of suspicion initially, he was called in for questioning again, and police raided his offices at different locations. The L.A. Times reports results from police searching Michael Jackson's home.

Although Murray acknowledged to police that he administered propofol, authorities said they could find no evidence that he had purchased, ordered or obtained the medication under his medical license or Drug Enforcement Administration tracking number. However, police detectives saw about eight bottles of propofol in the house along with other vials and pills that had been prescribed to Jackson by Dr. Murray, Dr. Arnold Klein and Dr. Allan Metzger.
Other drugs that were confiscated in the search included valium, tamsulosin, lorazepam, temazepam, clonazepam, trazodone and tizanidine. They also found propofol in Murray’s medical bag. Murray told detectives that he was not the first doctor to administer the powerful anesthetic to Jackson.
At least two unidentified doctors gave Jackson propofol in Germany. Between March and April 2009, Murray said he called Las Vegas doctor David Adams at Jackson’s request to arrange for Adams to administer propofol. ... (LAT)

The Times also reports Murray told the police that he "repeatedly" asked Jackson about other drugs other doctors had given him, but Michael would not tell him.

In addition to Murray, authorities subpoenaed medical records from Dr. Arnold Klein, Dr. Allan Metzger and Dr. David Adams, the affidavit states. They also asked for medical records from Dr. David Slavitt, who conducted the independent medical examination of Jackson for Anschuntz Entertainment Group, Dr. Randy Rosen and nurse practitioner Cherilyn Lee. They also subpoenaed records from Dr. Mark Tadrissi, who stored medical records with Adams. (L.A. Times story)
The blog Wendyista and Tennessee Guerilla Women are reporting on the homicide ruling as well as Bossip, where Baby Bossip reminds readers that Jackson's sister LaToya was the first to say publicly that she beleived her brother was murdered.

Jane at Celebrity Gossip thinks Murray will likely be charged in Jackson's death. MSNBC experts say charges are inevitable. The video above has an intersting tidbit, that Michael Jackson called Dipravan his "milk," and a multiple news sources report the star hid needle marks in his hands and feet.

As has been said by others since Jackson's death, this tragedy echoes the death of Elvis Presley in 1977. Despite public outrage once it was revealed that his doctor regularly supplied Presley with addictive drugs, the death was never ruled a homicide. Perhaps Presley's tragic death, the cover-up, and its other unresolved issues contributed to how officials have investigated Michael Jackson's death. Also, Jackson's friend Deepak Chopra decried how easy it is for doctors to enable stars in their addictions shortly after Jackson died.

Nordette Adams is a BlogHer Contributing Editor. You may keep up with her writing adventures at This entry is cross-posted at

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Jermaine Jackson didn't write that book, says family friend

Michael Jackson may have passed on, but the drama surrounding his life and death only grows bigger. While some in the blogging community say they are tired of all the MJ stories and as the market explodes with King of Pop memorabilia and books, the rumor mill continues to grind out strange tales of MJ and his family, and an old bit of gossip has been revived. A gossip site says Jermaine once proposed a "trashy tell-all" book about his brother and family. A family associate denies this story with a believable counter tidbit.

Read full edited article at the African-American Books Examiner.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Joe Thinks Omer is Michael Jackson's Son, Blah, Blah, Blah

In this video, Smokey Fontaine of Newsone/TV One stands up for Michael Jackson's father, Joe Jackson, who recently said that Michael has another child, Omer Bhatti, who lives in Oslo, Norway. Fontaine, who interviewed Joe Jackson, goes on about how articulate Joe is to him.

He says Joe has been the "victim of soundbites" and then reminds us that Joe Jackson is the man who trained the Jackson Five, etc., early on, and is their father. He says this after Campbell Brown reminds the world that Joe Jackson was estranged from Michael and remains distant with the rest of the family today.

Anyone who watched the horrific BET Awards saw how strange Joe Jackson can be regarding his son's death. While the rest of the family could barely hold it together, he was been busy on the red carpet, and despite his being there at the event already, the family elected Janet Jackson to speak to America on its behalf, and she did so weeping.

I dunno about Joe. Whenever I see people in mourning but there's one of them who keeps popping up in headlines blabbing, constantly reminding us of his relationship to the deceased, waving on the red carpet as the cameras click, saying odd things on Larry King Live, etc., I write them off as the lost one who wants attention.

And I don't know which Joe Jackson Smokey Fontaine interviewed because the Joe Jackson I've seen in uncut TV segments, not sound bites, does not seem articulate to me. He seems to be a tired man who rambles and sometimes makes no sense, who in his old age misses the spotlight.

Props for bringing us the J-5, Joe, but I'm concerned about you these days. I give you some consideration because you're only human, but having known a control freak or two in my day, I can't give you the benefit of the doubt the way Smokey Fontaine does. I think you treated your children more like possessions than people you love.

As for Omer, who was supposedly living with Michael at Neverland when the police raided the mansion, he's an aspiring rap star and he denies Michael is his daddy, per CNN. DNA tests anyone? Other news sources say Omer's called Michael J. by the family and wants a DNA test. How many Michael's are there in this family? "Prince" is called Michael. "Blanket" is called Michael, and Omer is also Michael?

And even if he is, what does that really mean? Lisa Presley, daughter of the late Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson's former wife, doesn't seem to have inherited her father's entertainment genes. Yes, I can think of other children who've inherited their parents' talents, but really it's a crap shoot and no one can replace Michael Jackson. No one. What is it that the public expects from the children of mega-stars?

I wonder if Joe Jackson wants to believe Omer is his biological grandson because if he is, it might quell some of the rumors that Michael Jackson never had sex with a woman. A "macho" father like Joe would never like to hear that kind of rumor about his son unless his son is a Catholic priest. Or perhaps Joe wants a second chance to mold a Michael. Remember, that when Michael made his comeback and emerged as the King of Pop, he did so without his father.

Omer may be the smartest one in this story. He's been low key and he hangs back. He knows not to run to media circus but away from it. And there Joe is, dragging him into the center ring anyway. Joe could have answered Fontaine's question about Michael's potential offspring by saying, "I don't know." After all, how can he know? Does he have DNA test results to share?

I'm still pondering why news anchors are talking about this story. Why are Campbell Brown, Anderson Cooper, the folks at ABC and elsewhere, spending news time on who may or may not be Michael Jackson's children when we have a health care battle raging?

Wait. I know the answer. They talk about it because people don't change the channel when they do.

Michael Jackson's Children: Katherine Jackson, Debbie Rowe Reach Custody Agreement

Mainstream media sources report that Michael Jackson's mother Katherine Jackson, 79, has received full custody of the King of Pop's children, Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr. aka Prince, 12, Paris Michael Katherine, 11, and Prince Michael Jackson II aka "Blanket," 7, the youngest. Debbie Rowe, the biological mother of the two older children, has retained her parental rights and will have visitation. ... Read more of this story at

Monday, July 20, 2009

Would Janet Jackson be a 'Good' Mother?

As I and many others have suspected, the Michael Jackson story will be with us for a long time. More than likely it will outlive me. So, on one hand I'm not surprised that the potential custody battle over his children, "Prince" Michael Jackson, Paris Katharine Jackson, and "Blanket," is being waged in the press. On the other, I'm shaking my head.

Now the news is Janet Jackson may want to raise the children and experts are weighing in on whether or not she'd be a good choice. How would they know? Do any of these experts know her personally, and really who's an adequate judge of who makes a good mother and who doesn't? If you use one gauge they keep mentioning, experience as a parent, then no humans should have babies. We're all inexperienced with our first child.

One factor the "experts" have tossed into the discussion is Janet's break-up with boyfriend Jermaine Dupri. The implication is that between the break-up and Michael's death, the singer may be under too much stress.

CBS reports that the Jackson women--Michael's mother, Katharine; his closest sister, Janet; and his oldest sister, Rebbie, who has raised children herself--are "banding together" for MJ's children. That's a good thing. That's what family does.

This would all go away probably, if Debbie Rowe would say she'll let Katharine raise the children and be done with it. But supposedly she's expressed concern that Michael's father, Joe Jackson, will have any say-so in what happens to the children.

Perhaps it takes an opportunist to know an opportunist. I got an earful of opinions on both Rowe and Joe Jackson at the hair salon last week.

However, it's also been reported that Rowe and Katharine Jackson may be coming to an agreement. As a result, a custody hearing has been postponed, report sources.

It would be wonderful if the media would let the family solve the matter of custody and care in private, but we know that's not going to happen.

Related: Mixed on Michael Jackson's Children Redux

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Michael Jackson: New Footage of Pepsi Commercial Fire

American Idol's Ryan Seacrest tweeted today that Us Weekly posted newly-released footage of Michael Jackson's hair catching fire during the infamous 1984 Pepsi commercial. You can watch the video below.

The footage, posted also at Seacrest's blog, shows that the first five times during rehearsal the pyrotechnic display went off as planned. However, on the sixth take things went haywire. It looks as though Michael didn't even know his hair was on fire at first.

And just as Miko Brando, Marlon Brando's son and Michael's close friend has maintained for years, it seems that he was one of the first if not the first person to run to the mega-star's rescue.

Michael sustained second- and third-degree burns on his face and scalp due to the fire. It's been speculated that these injuries combined with his having Vitiligo, a skin disease that causes humans to lose skin pigment, started Michael's obsession with changing his face

Friday, July 10, 2009

Bill O'Reilly is Obsessed With Black People

When is somebody going to sit Bill O'Reilly down and do an intervention? His compulsion to comment on what black people say and do is a sickness. He's obsessed. He's like a damned stalker or a spurned ex husband who can't let go.

He even has to weigh in on Michael Jackson with the Blondie twins, who apparently live in a bubble somewhere sniffing hair bleach, and do a faux debate, concluding that black people are more interested in Michael Jackson than white people. I don't know, but I could have sworn I saw white people in Europe crying and singing Billy Jean and screaming "Michael!"

But why would anybody even do a study to see if black people were more interested in Michael Jackson than white people?

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Michael Jackson's memorial, our catharsis, and second lines

About a week ago in New Orleans, residents turned out in the 7th Ward to honor Michael Jackson the way New Orleans honors all great souls who pass on, especially the souls of musicians. They honored the King of Pop with a second line parade featuring the Rebirth Brass Band and others. Like many great entertainers, Jackson had a connection to this town. He connected to the world.

So, the city went forth June 28, before the formal memorial, with its catharsis, a mournfulness that bursts into release and joy. This is what the second line parade following a New Orleans funeral is, the rejoicing that shirks sadness. ... Continue reading at the New Orleans Literature Examiner.

Paris Jackson Talks About Her Father Michael Jackson

I couldn't watch the memorial, and so I will have to catch the recaps or replay it, but this brief CNN clip of Paris Katharine Jackson, 11, speaking at the Staples Center, telling the crowd through tears that her father was the best father touched me. After speaking, she turned and grabbed her aunt, Janet Jackson, who took her into her arms.

The scene underscores what I discussed in Michael Jackson's Children Redux. All this talk about the children in MSM and to whom they belong, paternity gossip, etc., is horribly wrong. They are his children. That was their father and they love him.

Also, even though Debbie Rowe is the biological mother, I think she showed sensibility by saying she would not attend the memorial. She said she felt her presence would be a distraction, and considering how some reporters got into her face until she was shouting at them is a reminder of how attacked and isolated Michael Jackson himself must have felt at times. However, he didn't lose his temper so easily, perhaps because he'd been raised in a media fish bowl.

Michael Jackson fans still mourning, rejoicing and MJ books

After the deluge of news stories about Michael Jackson due to his untimely death and more coverage to come with his memorial today at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, including the presence of the mega-star's body, some people may feel enough is enough. The MJ-overloaded say they know all about Michael Jackson and need nothing more. Grumblings of King of Pop overdose are understandable, but with demands for all things MJ up, fans of all ages still weeping , and media outlets knowing that Jackson draws a crowd, get ready for more, and this includes books.

Indeed even CNN has been asking its viewers "Are we doing too much Michael?" Yet, what media outlet can afford to ignore his life, death, and memorial or funeral?

Read more on the memorial and on MJ books at the African-American Books Examiner

From my Twitter page: I'm slow but just learned that @DameElizabeth (Taylor) or at least someone using her name, is tweeting about not going to Staples Center.

Video from Associated Press, fans leaving messages for Michael Jackson and talking about getting tickets to Staples Center memorial.