Michael Jackson Stories

While Motown artists of the 60’s were the first black artists to break down the commercial barriers between black and white music, Michael Jackson almost singlehandedly shredded the historically imposed barrier. Starting with the Jackson 5, he and his brothers tore down the last vestiges of “race music” to become truly international superstars. Almost everyone old enough to remember the 5 brothers, led by “little” Michael performing on television or the stage has a favorite memory associated with the music of Michael Jackson.

Unlike previous greats, such as Elvis and the Beatles, the fact that Michael grew up before our eyes starting as a child himself extended his popularity into a whole generation of pre-teens – a heretofore untapped market wherein previous pop artists had concentrated on the teen market. What this did was to build an audience of fans broader than any artist before, and more loyal than any artist since.

My fondest Michael Jackson music moments were during the “Off the Wall” period, in my 20’s.

I had befriended a guy from work whose parents had immigrated here from India. He was the first generation born here in the United States, and grew up here. We were both at this point seriously dating the women we would eventually marry. One of the reasons for the friendship had to do with similarities in our background. Coming out of growing up in the 60’s, as a minority you tended to have two (or more) very separate and distinct groups of friends, with the oldest group based on the racial environment prevalent in the country during the era. The folks from the “hood” you grew up with and went to school with, and the sometimes eclectic collection of people you met professionally in the now integrated work world.

Our friends invited us to a “hood” party at their place. Brave new world here – socially what do you expect? At a black folks “hood” party, you expect music and dancing. At a white folks party (at the time), you expected a lot of standing around, drinking wine or beer,  and conversation, principally to the soundtrack of rock musicians (at least until disco took over). So what could we expect at a party of principally 20 something Indian folks?

Turned out to be Michael Jackson, and some serious footwork stepping to the music. A seriously fun party.

Having just come back from a trip to Asia, where I had heard Michael Jackson’s music being played on a radio in Korea in a shop – I realized something…

Michael Jackson was a worldwide phenomena, and even before the release of Thriller – quite possibly the biggest thing to hit pop music at least since the Beatles… And possibly ever. He crossed the oceans, and cultures, and grabbed a market worldwide.

Michael Jackson Dead

TMZ and Newsday are now reporting that Micheal Jackson has died.

Update – CNN, and LA Times are now confirming Michael Jackson has passed away.

At the Motown 25 Celebration, possibly Jackson’s greatest performance – Billie Jean… and the Moonwalk.

This one of the early days of the Jackson 5, with an introduction by Bill Cosby and Tom Smothers

Update on Jada Justice

Jada’s story is starting to get some traction ine the MSM with CNN picking it up.

This is a lot more important than some holier-than-thou Rethugly congressman shagging some ugly bimbo behind his wife’s back in Argentina

This from the National Center for Exploited and Missing Children -

Couldn’t get the CNN Vid to work right, but you can see it here.

My original story here.

NewsFlash! Michael Jackson Rushed To Hospital

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Ed Shultz Goes Ballistic on Mark Sanford!

This one from MSNBC’s Ed Shultz…

It’s a barnburner!

more about “Ed Shultz Goes Ballistic!“, posted with vodpod

You’re Worth It… Only of You are White – Racism in France

Hat Tip to NewsOne on this one.

French cosmetics make L’Oreal is in trouble again. This time losing a lawsuit in the French Supreme Court over overtly ordering it’s sales management to hire only white women to work in the stores in France. In a landmark case, the Garnier division of the beauty empire, along with a recruitment agency it employed, were fined €30,000 (£20,300) each after they recruited women on the basis of race. The historic ruling – the first time a major company has been found guilty of systematic race discrimination in France – saw a senior figure at the agency given a three-month suspended prison sentence.

Racial discrimination in employment is a huge problem in France with a recent survey finding three out of four firms preferred white workers.

This is fresh on the heels of a scandal last year, where the company presented a “newly Nordic” Beyonce Knowles as their Cover Girl…

The American Beyonce left, and the "You're Worth It" Beyonce from L'Oreal

The American Beyonce left, and the "You're Worth It" Beyonce from L'Oreal

La Cour de Cassation, the French supreme court, heard that in 2000, Garnier, L’Oreal’s beauty division, was looking to recruit a sales team for the Fructis Style haircare range. Continue reading

Excorcism – “Gay Demons”?

Apparently Hell is a lot more advanced on the issue of same sex marriage than religious conservatives. Not terribly surprising since their vision for America has brought so much hell to America.

This video, posted up originally on a Church site, purports to show a “Gay Exorcism”…

“We believe a man should be with a woman and a woman should be with a man,” the Rev. Patricia McKinney of the Manifested Glory Ministries told The Associated Press. “We have nothing against homosexuals. I just don’t agree with their lifestyle.”

Seems to me, in light of the “faithful” conservative South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford going AWOL to tango-betwixt-the-sheets with a woman not his wife all the way down in Argentina, and “faithful” conservative Nevada Seantor Joh Ensign doingg the freak nasty with a woman not-his-wife, who was also married…

The Church’s efforts might be better rewarded excorcisng the “Hanky-Panky” Demons amongst supposedly religious conservative  leadership.

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Faux News – Hannity Pal Hal Turner Arrested

Hal Turner, one of Faux News’ Sean Hannity’s best white supremacist friends, and former Republican candidate was arrested today (for the second time in a week)… Continue reading

Brother – Can You Spare a Dime? Part Deux.

Carfax Available!

Carfax Available!

Being rich just isn’t easy anymore. The world’s millionaires are taking this depression in the shorts – just like the rest of us report by Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management and consulting firm Capgemini….

The number of people with assets of between $1 million and $30 million fell 14.9 percent to 8.6 million, according to the World Wealth Report released Wednesday.

The downturn lowered the combined wealth of the world’s millionaires by 19.5 percent to $32.8 trillion.

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It also brought even greater losses to the ultra rich.

The population of individuals with more than $30 million in assets dropped 24.6 percent, and the group’s wealth fell 23.9 percent, largely because many favored riskier investments that experienced hefty losses this past year.

In the U.S., the number of millionaires fell 18.5 percent to 2.5 million people, but the country remains the single largest home to such wealthy individuals, followed by Japan and Germany.

China’s millionaires surpassed those of the U.K. to become the fourth-largest population. Hong Kong’s population of millionaires shrank the most in percentage terms, down 61.3 percent, to 37,000. Continue reading

SC Gov. Mark Sanford … Was in Argentina! Admits Doing the Tango…

3 PM Update – Busted!


Religious Conservative Republican Gov Mark Sanford of South Carolina just made another confession…

He wasn’t exactly in Argentina alone

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Nixon And Aborting Bi-Racials

A popular childhood story line is how a beautiful young girl kisses a frog, and it turns into a Prince…

Kissing Republicans only seems to produce more toads.

The Future President of the United States, Barack Obama's parents

The Future President of the United States, Barack Obama's parents

In a NY Times Article - On Nixon Tapes, Ambivalence Over Abortion, Not Watergate, Tricky Dick delivers the bad news for bi-racials -

Nixon worried that greater access to abortions would foster “permissiveness,” and said that “it breaks the family.” But he also saw a need for abortion in some cases, such as interracial pregnancies.

“There are times when an abortion is necessary. I know that. When you have a black and a white,” he told an aide, before adding: “Or a rape.”

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Rumsfeld Plays the Race Card

According to conservatives, white men in powerful, high paid positions…

Are America’s new Negroes.

Y’all know it’s hard out there for a pimp, when the bank/investment company/company/country you’ve trashed cuts your bonus from $50 million to $10 million like some common wage slave under pay for performance!

It’s even worse for old Republican white men! I mean, just a few weeks ago Neut Gingrich expressed his fear at being before Judge Sotomayor, quickly followed by Republican leader Limbaugh, who even compared her nomination akin to nominating fellow Republican David Duke! The plea for “disadvantaged wealthy white men” was quickly added to the Republican Party Platform, by HNIC Michael Steele, never one to shy away from protecting the rights of rich conservative white men — with an on air plea - “God save the white male!”

This has indeed reached crisis proportions, where rich, conservative white men labor under the grinding wheel of…

“Billy-Bob Crow”!

Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld suffers a "reverse oreo" moment standing between Condolezza Rice, and Secretary Colin Powell in a recieving line greeting Uzbekestan President Karimov.

Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld suffers a "Reverse Oreo" moment standing between Condolezza Rice, and Secretary Colin Powell in a receiving line greeting Uzbekistan President Karimov.

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DC Metro Crash – II

6/24 –  Train Operator Apparently Hit Brakes Before Crash

The operator of the Metro train that slammed into a stationary train in front of it apparently had activated the emergency brakes in a failed effort to stop before the accident, federal officials said yesterday as they searched for the cause of Monday’s Red Line wreck that killed nine and injured 80.

Debbie Hersman of the National Transportation Safety Board said the emergency brake button, known as the “mushroom,” was depressed, and the steel rails showed evidence that the brakes were engaged. Investigators also said the striking train was in automatic mode, which means onboard computers should have controlled its speed and stopped it before it got too close to the stationary train.

In addition, Metro sources said, the first two cars of that train were two months overdue for scheduled maintenance of some braking components.

Taken together, experts say these facts point to several possible scenarios: The operator activated the brakes too late; the computers that are supposed to stop a train from getting too close to another train faltered; the train’s brakes failed; or some combination of those. Some passengers on the striking train have said that they never felt the train slow down.

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Another Missing Black Child – Another MSM MIA

This one from BlackAmericaweb.com.

Two Year Old Jada Justice is Missing

Two Year Old Jada Justice is Missing

Two-year-old Jada Justice of Portage, Indiana has been missing now for a week. But you wouldn’t know it from watching national television news shows.

The child, a black toddler, was last seen last Tuesday when her cousin said she left the child alone in a car at a Gary, Indiana, convenience store while she went inside.

Justice is now listed on the Web site for the Center for Missing and Exploited Children and on the “America’s Most Wanted” Web site. Television stations, radio stations and newspapers around Gary and Chicago have followed the story and shown photos of Justice with numbers to call to alert authorities if she is spotted.

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SC Governor Mark Sanford… And Naked Hiking Day

SC Governor Mark Stanford, fresh from his “principled” stand to refuse Federal money to fix majority black schools which were literally falling down around the heads of school children…

Decided to ditch the family, and his security patrol and take a hike.

Naked Hiker. NOT Governor Sanford... as far as we know.

Nekked Hiker. NOT Governor Sanford... as far as we know.

Sanford disappears to hike Appalachian Trail on Naked Hiking Day

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