Thursday, June 25, 2009

R.I.P. Michael Jackson!

Regardless of what some may say about his personal life and so-called "weirdness," Michael Jackson was an American icon and a talented artist. From the Jackson 5 to his days as a solo performer, Michael Jackson had a major impact on the music.

People may hate on him, but Michael Jackson influenced many singers and performers across music genres. He was the King of Pop. You can still see his influence in artists like Usher, Chris Brown and even Justin Timberlake. Even female artists, like his sister, Janet Jackson, were influenced by him.

Thriller is still one of the greatest albums of all time and the top seller worldwide. Michael revolutionized music videos and took them to a level that nobody was even thinking about. Music videos became mini-movies and opportunities to tell stories--and not just to stand around singing--because of Michael's vision. The expensive music video and special effects are part of his legacy.

I still love Rock With You, Pretty Young Thing, Butterfly, Rock My World, She's Out of My Life, Man in the Mirror and more!! I still love the Thriller, Smooth Criminal, Remember the Time, Bad, and Black or White videos.

Thanks for the music, the videos, and the performances. We'll always remember the moonwalk, the sequin glove, the shades, the hat, the crotch grabs, the military jackets, the infamous red jacket, the white socks--with high water pants--and the black loafers! We will never forget your Jeri Curl either!! One of the best. LOL

Money and fame don't equal happiness! Hopefully, M.J. gets some peace in the afterlife that he didn't seem to have in life.

R.I.P. Condolences to the family, friends, and fans around the world.

Leave a comment about M.J. if you'd like to share your thoughts on his passing.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Losing Michael Jackson has been devastating. I've always been a big fan, but no one is a bigger fan than my sister, who is the same age as Michael was and whose loyalty to and love for this artist has been rock solid through the years. Over past days, we've been talking on the phone every time we get a chance to reminisce about this amazing talent. One conclusion is that Michael was a victim of what so many of us are in the workplace -- manipulation of perceptions, mob mentality, negative positioning and words that unfairly take on a life of their own, etc. Alongside his incredible artistic gifts, Michael Jackson was a good person with a caring heart -- but unfortunately, the media (and the vulnerable minds that absorbed the coverage) made him out to be something he wasn't. Many, sadly, bought into the perceptions, spread the cruel jokes and created an unkind world for him. I happen to know how easy it is for minds to "go along" with popular, well-articulated opinions without fairly and calmly looking at the facts. It's something that many African Americans deal with in the workplace each and every day. I am convinced that Michael died of a broken heart -- something I sometimes have when dealing with ridiculous situations at work. Let this be a lesson to those of us who feel unfairly persecuted -- whether in the workplace or in any other situation. Take care of ourselves, love ourselves and do not let what you absolutely know is not the truth break our spirits and, ultimately, our health!!


9:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I totally agree with Dawn. I can only imagine the great sadness and isolation he must have felt when his once adoring fans and media no longer looked at him as they once had; but instead painted him as a "freak" or worst yet a "pedophile". I think if you listen to the lyrics of "Stranger in Moscow" you can sort of feel how he must of felt about all the negative comments made about him. I personally believe that the innocence and kindness that he had in his heart and tried to share with the world was ultimately misunderstood. I'm not one to cry over celeb deaths; however, when I heard of his passing I cried. He will be greatly missed and I too pray that he has finally found everlasting peace and happiness in the afterlife.

7:51 AM  
Blogger S. Mary Wills said...

I know that I will be a blubbering fool on the day of MJ's funeral. I still don't really want to accept that the greatest entertainer the world has ever known is gone. Yes, that is Michael Jackson. No, it's not Elvis or the Beatles (not to take anything away from them).

MJ was always an easy target (from the soft-spoken voice, to the changing face and skin color), yet he had to have some kind of alligator skin to continue to give us all that music for decades.

I think he was misunderstood and, in a way, he was always doomed to die young.

I think it will be many ears before people fully understand what we have lost.

We will NEVER see an artist like this again. No one performing now (Usher, Chris Brown, Beyonce, etc.) can hold a candle to his dancing and stage performance.

MJ was always moving. Even singing a song like Human Nature, he was still dancing from the tips of his fingers to the tips of his toes.

Rest in peace, MJ. Some of us appreciated you in life, but others will only appreciate you in death! Unfortunately, some will never get you and others will make sure that they don't for their own reasons and so-called moral certitude.

We could have done better by you. But, you are with God now. Can't begrudge you that!


10:12 AM  

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