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Michael Jackson's Niece Fights Mental Illness With Poetry

Seems like some people with mental illness all find creative ways to deal with it. I hope Yashi makes it into a career too. Poetry has a way of calming the tension and anger.  (Sep 27, 2015 | post #1)

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Michael Jackson's visit in Gabon explained via Huffington...

This article explains MJ's visit to Gabon in 1992, apparently the desire to visit Africa was after he based the "Remember the Time" video on Egypt so he wanted to visit. If any of you read Jackson Family Values by Margaret Maldonado, Jermaine Jackson's former common-law wife and the mother of Jermaine's sons Jeremy and Jourdynn, she and Jermaine were familiar with the family of Omar Bongo, president of Gabon (not sure if he's still president now) by the visits of Lea Bongo and another Bongo relative with promises of visiting Gabon. MJ got to visit and got the "hero's welcome" while Jermaine didn't go. This article explains how MJ's trip unraveled as soon as he arrived. http://www.huffing tonpost.com/adst/m ichael-jackson-in- gabon_b_8076034.ht ml  (Sep 2, 2015 | post #1)

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Why Are MJ Fans So Hardheaded?

Titles are quite silly though. Michael suffered from a lot of issues that he felt he needed a title to redeem how he felt he saw himself in the industry. I just never got it in general though. I remember when Aretha Franklin, herself a music legend, got upset when Beyonce called Tina Turner "the queen" during the 2008 Grammys and while Aretha's shade at Beyonce was entertaining, I felt it was too much. Over a title...  (Sep 2, 2015 | post #7)

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Was Michael Jackson's Death a Hoax?

CNN's iReport has always got to post weird stuff... the stories of MJ's death being a hoax is no different to those who think Elvis and 'Pac are still around in some form or fashion.  (Sep 2, 2015 | post #12)

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Was Michael Jackson

I don't think he was gay nor straight. He was too sheltered and religiously brainwashed to consider himself either or even if he publicly claimed he wanted to be a married family man. He was revolted by Madonna so that's not accurate and Scott Thornson hasn't been known of being truthful.  (Aug 30, 2015 | post #4)

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Police find child porn on Gene Simmons computer!!

Wonder if Gene was in cahoots with the Subway dude...  (Aug 22, 2015 | post #1)

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Joe Jackson out of ICU

Only reason I dread the day of his death (and it's coming) is the stupid sentimental responses from the black community about how "misunderstoo d" he was and how much of a "music pioneer" he was because he created the seventh seed of his family, the "seventh child" who became the international pop star. He was like Ike Turner but without the musical talent and his managerial skills minus his children during the early years was laughable... the organizer of the ill-fated "Victory " tour, the guy behind that one-note girl group MDLT Willis, the man who bragged about starting a label four days after his most famous child passed away. The same man MJ claimed tortured and abused him so much that he had nightmares. What saves him from being totally reviled is he didn't outright shoot his famous child like Marvin Gay, Sr. did in that fateful tragic day in April 1984. That's it.  (Aug 17, 2015 | post #9)

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Engineer 'has 20 new Jacko songs'

Yeah I won't be surprised if MJ's estate and Sony Music shrugs that story off. MJ never completed his unfinished songs (or at least songs he didn't consider "done"). The "Michael " album and "Xscape" were supposed to be full of unreleased Jackson material but instead the "Michael " project was mired in controversy due to alleged "fake songs" that was credited to Jackson but wasn't recorded by the star and "Xscape" remixed portions of Jackson's demos to try to make the songs even halfway interesting (only "Love Never Felt So Good" accomplishes this redo, other songs like "A Place with No Name" and "Loving You" were not handled right in its redos). I remember word back after "Michael " was released that they were planning a duet album. The Jackson estate and Sony has less than a year or two in their contract set to expire in 2017 and I don't think they'll recoup from the deal they sign. $250 million and I think most of the money has been made from the musicals because albums don't sell like they used to.  (Aug 17, 2015 | post #10)

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Michael Jackson's house where he invented the moonwalk an...

"Invented "? What? Anyone who has even the slightest clue of the history of dance, especially dances originated in the Black community, would know that no one "invented " a dance. MJ wasn't even born when the back slide came into being in the community, thanks to Bill Bailey in 1955, footage of which was shot three years BEFORE Michael Jackson's birth in 1958. If we're gonna be technical, the "moonwalk " had been popularized LONG before MJ performed it. Cab Calloway is probably the one performer who you can say was the first one to really execute this move back in the 1930s when MJ's parents were babies but he called his "moonwalk " "The Buzz", where a performer usually slides sideways and then pivots his foot to a stand. Judy Garland does the Calloway move with Margaret Bowen in 1944's "Meet Me in St. Louis". Bailey's "moonwalk " is the one that is much imitated. Marcel Marceau also did the move during his performances going back to the 1940s. Dick Van Dyke did both the "moonwalk " and the Camel Walk (later popularized by James Brown) in his comedy routine, "Mailing a Letter on the Windy Corner". Bob Fosse famously does it in the "Snake in the Grass" monologue of "The Little Prince" in 1974. James Brown used a variation of the moonwalk in his legendary 1964 performance on "The T.A.M.I. Show" (check out his performances of "Outta Sight" and "Night Train" where he seemingly glides backwards and pivots his foot to a half step) and you can see him "moonwalking " during that famous 1980 church scene from "The Blues Brothers". Jeffrey Daniel, who was famous for being one-thirds of the popular 1980s dance group Shalamar (which featured ex-girlfriend and future late '80s pop diva Jody Watley and R&B crooner Howard Hewett), had been performing "the moonwalk" (or as some dancers like to call it "the backslide") since he first got on "Soul Train" around 1974. He was allowed to perform the moonwalk on "Soul Train" in the late '70s (most famously around 1977) while with "The Lockers". Daniel presented the same dance step on "Top of the Pops" in 1982 while dancing to his group's international hit "A Night to Remember". Sometime around 1979 or 1980 (technically this was probably 1980-1981), Michael sought two dancers: Cooley Jackson and Caszper Canidate, both of whom did the move during a 1979 appearance on "Soul Train". He invited them to Hayvenhurst where they taught him the move. Cooley later told J. Randy Taraborelli that it took Jackson a week or two before he got the move right. Cooley said he was looking to see if Jackson performed the move during the "Triumph " tour but according to Cooley, he didn't. He "wasn't ready" apparently. MJ didn't start doing the dance until "Motown 25" but by then the move, in terms of its origins, was already decades old. MJ's moonwalk was a mixture of what he had seen Cooley, Jeffrey and Bob Fosse do. But he didn't invent it and I'm tired of revisionists always trying to claim otherwise.  (Aug 17, 2015 | post #2)

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Was MJ Molested/Raped during the Motown years?

I'll further retaliate by saying what happened to MJ affected him in such a way that few could understand. While others who were abused manage to live successful lives, others suffer and some even think the abuse is "normal" with those thinking it was "love" or others thinking that it was "innocent ". Sad no one could save Michael from himself.  (Jul 26, 2015 | post #34)

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Was MJ Molested/Raped during the Motown years?

Oh I agree, Cake Eater. Some children who are abused know it's wrong, some don't.  (Jul 26, 2015 | post #33)

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Chris Rock tweets about Farrah Fawcett's death anniversary

Yeah he didn't take back what he said about MJ, just that he felt it was "wrong" to talk ill of the dead.  (Jul 26, 2015 | post #4)

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Neverland no more: All references to the King of Pop are ...

My only question is why did it take so long to remove the items? I think before his death, MJ had been looking to sell the home to save him from having to file from bankruptcy (remember: he only agreed to the UK tour to get out of enormous debt). So you'd think once his estate had his monies in order, they would not only sell the home but also remove any remaining artifacts that were there during MJ's 17-year tenure there. I guess there's some truth to the rumors the home could be a place for abuse victims?  (Jul 26, 2015 | post #6)

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Blanket Jackson changes name: Bullied at 13 for sharing a...

"Blanket " is not even his REAL name, it's Prince Michael II or some crap like that. MJ was delusional. He nicknamed his eldest son Prince Michael I (but his real name is reportedly Michael Jackson, Jr.) and then he gave his second son the legal name Prince Michael II but nicknamed him "Blanket "? *shudders* I hope all three kids live happier lives as they get older.  (Jul 3, 2015 | post #8)