After national outrage of Joseph Fiennes’ portrayal of Michael Jackson in the British television show, ‘Urban Myths’, the British television network, Sky Art, announces canceling the show.

“We have taken the decision not to broadcast ‘Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon,’ a half hour episode from the Sky Arts Urban Myths series, in light of the concerns expressed by Michael Jackson’s immediate family,” Sky’s statement read. “We set out to take a light-hearted look at reportedly true events and never intended to cause any offence. Joseph Fiennes fully supports our decision.”

Since the release of the trailer for a British TV show, highlighting a white actor portraying Michael Jackson, there has been mixed reaction throughout the internet.

Michael’s daughter, Paris, spoke out against production and the actor, Joseph Fiennes’ playing her late father.

When asked about her thoughts, she replied in a series of tweets, expressing her disdain for the cringe-worthy project.

Read below!

 

 

What are your thoughts?

 

Over a year ago, we reported about Joseph Fiennes, a Caucasian actor who was set to play Michael Jackson in a British TV show. Read here for the story.

Well, it looks like that crazy idea has come to fruition as the show’s trailer is released.

peep the image of Fiennes as Jackson below!

 

 

 

 

I can recall the time when millions of Michael Jackson fans wasted about two hours of their lives, watching Man In The Mirror: The Michael Jackson Story. I was one of those fans who unfortunately thought VH1 was going to do Michael Jackson justice, but the God-awful film was full of inaccuracies and “mouth wide-open” moments  that I could no longer stomach within the first 15 minutes. The film chronicled Michael’s life from the Thriller Era to the Black and White era, and the directorial shenanigans from “Dark Michael” to “Light Michael” made fans side eye VH1 ever since.

Unlike The Jacksons: An American Dream, the Jackson family had no dealings with MITM. As a result, VH1 threw this fuckery of a bio (unauthorized) together with information based on public records and tabloids. The producers weren’t even allowed to use MJ’s music.

Now, about comedic actor Flex portraying Michael.

I couldn’t decide which was scarier between the bad makeup job and his acting in this film.  As fine and talented of an actor he truly is, I was truly disappointed…more so in his apparent confidence to portray Michael. This messy portrayal of MJ’s life  reminded of a parody and Michael’s childlike nature was emphasized to make him look naive and detached from life as an adult.

After those two hours, I promised myself that I would no longer subject myself to any  foolishness that VH1 or any network that produces unauthorized bios and calls it “a hit”. Man In The Mirror was more like a MISS! I was convinced that VH1 just wanted ratings and Flex needed a job.

 

The late great Michael Jackson appeared to be a shy man, but it’s no secret that he was a “gentleman” with the ladies.

A few folks never knew that he seriously dated someone WAY before Brooke Shields. It was the pint-sized woman with the big voice, Stephanie Mills!

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In an interview with the now defunct ‘The Monique Show’, Stephanie shared with the comedienne about “spending nights” with the King Of Pop. Ms. Mills spilled ALL the tea! Get into the interview below!

In an interview with CLOSER Weekly, the original “Dorothy” in the stage play, ‘The Wiz’, shared that she dated MJ for a year.

“I loved Michael!” Stephanie tells Closer. “We dated for about a year and a half back in the day.” Stephanie got to see what Michael was like on and off-stage. “He was the sweetest, most compassionate, most loving person. Very soft-spoken and very humble.”

Such a cute throwback story 🙂

Remember the group, 3T?

They are the handsome trio of brothers, nephews to the late Michael Jackson, and sons of Tito Jackson. Taj, TJ, and Taryll are taking serious legal action against Radar Online. The brothers are suing the gossip site for falsely reporting that their uncle Michael molested them and then paid them off.

Via Black America Web:

In a statement to iMediaEthics, Radar Online publisher AMI denied that the original report claimed the trio were molested or took a bribe.

“It’s curious and revealing that plaintiffs have not attached the Radar article to their complaint,” the statement reads. “The article does NOT accuse Michael Jackson of molesting his nephews, nor does it accuse them of accepting a bribe.”

The AMI statement goes on, “The Radar article clearly states that detectives reported that Michael Jackson may have used photos of his nephews ‘to excite young boys.’ This theory was, in fact, presented by the prosecution during Michael Jackson’s 2005 criminal trial. Radar looks forward to correcting plaintiffs’ misstatements in a court of law.”

The June 20 story was headlined “Paedo Proof? Never-Before-Seen Cop Reports Expose Michael Jackson’s Sick Secrets.” Referencing the three nephews, the article says:

“One private investigator with direct knowledge of the raids said: ‘The detectives’ report cites Michael even used sexy photos of his own nephews, who were in the band 3T, in their underwear to excite young boys.“

After the Radar story was published, the New York Post reported that a detective said the nephews were allegedly bribed. The Post‘s June 25 story reads:

“We received a credible tip about the nephews and, as with many things that happened during the investigation, Jackson’s people got wind of it and Jackson spirited the one boy off to an island,” said a former county detective. “Well, when that boy returned, Jackson had also purchased him a brand new car which we understood, along with the trip, was to shut the nephew up.”

The lawyer for the Jacksons told iMediaEthics that there hasn’t been a decision yet on whether to sue other outlets who picked up the story, such as the NY Post.

“Radar has tried to profit by launching a vicious and unrelenting attack on [Jackson] based on claims that, years ago, he was guilty of sexual abuse, even though, at the time, he was found ‘not guilty’ of that very charge,” the lawsuit states, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “Radar represents its ‘reports’ as ‘new’ and based on official ‘Detective Reports.’ Not only have those Detective Reports been available to the public for many years, Radar has misrepresented what the Reports say.”

The nephews deny ever being abused by Jackson, and they asked Radar Online unsuccessfully for corrections. Their lawsuit addresses how the media coverage of the Radar Online story impacted their lives.

 

It don’t pay to make up stories for hits!

This may turn out like the Gawker situation!

Wrestling legend, Hulk Hogan, sued Gawker for so much money, the site’s owner filed for bankruptcy!!! Read more about that here!

It was the year of the jheri curl and Michael Jackson’s curl was the curls of ALL curls!

In this video clip you’re about to watch, you’ll sense that MJ was SERIOUS about his curl. In preparation for the Thriller album, his hairdresser, God bless her, looked as if she had no clue how to get his jheri curl poppin’! I was amused at her effort and even more amused at the instructions MJ had to give her!

“I want to keep it the way it is now unless there’s another look you want to use”, Michael suggests to the hairdresser and the art director who was holding the camera. He basically walked in the building, with the style he’s already put together, in mind for the shoot. He’ll be damned if he worked all morning, getting his curl right, only for homegirl to mess it up!

The hairdresser goes for the idea of using another look, and CLEARLY she has no clue! She takes her comb and slightly pushes certain areas of his hair for a puffy effect. There was very little effort to upgrade MJ’s style.

She poked

She patted

played with his bobby pins that he already placed

and that’s it

“Spray some water and play with the ends”, we hear MJ tell the woman at one point during the taped photo session.

MJ wasn’t gonna let this blonde-haired woman jack up his jheri curl. NOPE! He told her that his curl looked better when held down with pins. I’m convinced that was A MUCH NICER way of tellin’ homegirl, “Move the hands, the comb, the water bottle, and back away from my Jheri Curl!”

As you’ll see, the final result was not that much of a difference.

When we mourn the death of a celebrity, it hits us like a ton of bricks. The celebrity may be someone we grew up to, listening to their music, or watching their movies/shows. That formulates a personable connection to the celebrity, who when suddenly dies, leaves us in mourning as if that celebrity was a part of our extended family.

We may surprise ourselves at how much a celeb’s death has affected us. Sometimes, we don’t know how much our favorite star has impacted our lives until they’re gone. In a sense, we’ve grown up with them. For many years, we’ve listened to their music, watched their films, and read their books. We’ll become a faithful fan of a celebrity because in some way, shape, or form, their art resonates with us.

The unexpected news that leaves us having difficulty processing it, the longtime thought of immortality and the never-ending appreciation for what they do are all factors to why we mourn. It’s also a reminder of our mortality and forces us to use the legacy they’ve left behind as a template for how we should walk in our purpose.

According to Huffington Post, David Kaplan, chief professional officer of the American Counseling Association says, “The passing of someone so admired, whose life was in the public sphere, creates a universal human connection.”

In the age of digital media, I can see how bonds are formed from celebrity death. When you see that you’re not alone in the grieving process, the bond you share with other mourners validates your need to express how you feel without fear of criticism.

It’s totally okay to mourn a celebrity’s death. Everytime an admirable public figure goes home to glory, I hear and read comments like, “You act like (s)he knew you.” , “Why are you so upset?”, and other questions worthy of a faceslap!

1….The person doesn’t have to know us

2…We become upset because we can. There’s no wrong way to grieve. Mourning the death of a celebrity you’ve admired for a long time is no different than mourning an extended family member or the family pet.

 

 

 

 

The Estate of Michael Jackson made an epic deal recently to sell 750 million dollars worth of Michael’s stake in music catalog to the Sony corporation.  The catalog holds some of the most iconic music from artists of the past and present, including The Beatles and Taylor Swift.

Via USA Today:

Michael Jackson’s estate has agreed to sell its remaining stake in a lucrative music catalog to Sony Corp. for $750 million, the entities announced Monday.

The agreement for Jackson’s half-share of the Sony/ATV Music Publishing catalog will give the company sole ownership of works by The Beatles, Bob Dylan and other hit making musicians, including Eminem and Taylor Swift.

The deal is another posthumous blockbuster deal for Jackson, whose estate has erased the singer’s massive debts through a mixture of new music and movie ventures and re-releases of the singer’s most popular music. Jackson’s estate benefits his mother and three children, known as Prince, Paris and Blanket.

“This agreement further demonstrates Sony’s commitment to the entertainment businesses and our firm belief that these businesses will continue to contribute to our success for years to come,” Sony Corp. president and CEO Kazuo Hirai wrote in a statement.

The sale does not include rights to Jackson’s master recordings or songs that he wrote, and the singer’s estate will continue to have a stake in EMI Publishing, Inc.

“This transaction further allows us to continue our efforts of maximizing the value of Michael’s Estate for the benefit of his children,” the co-executors of Jackson’s estate, attorney John Branca and music executive John McClain, wrote in a statement. “It also further validates Michael’s foresight and genius in investing in music publishing.”

Jackson purchased the ATV portion of the catalog in 1985 for $41.5 million, and he later merged it with Sony. It remained his most lucrative asset at the time of his death in June 2009 at age 50, though by that point Jackson was hundreds of millions of dollars in debt.

The deal for Jackson’s half of the Sony/ATV catalog is expected to close by the end of March.

 

Remember when Michael spoke about his business with Sony? It wasn’t good! He even shared a moment with an upset Mariah Carey, who he consoled after her divorce with then Sony head honcho, Tommy Mottola. Press play below!

 

At this time, I already knew the impact Michael Jackson would have on music lovers and the legend he was developing into. The night I watched the 1984 Grammys, I witnessed the greatest entertainer in the world be recognized in his prime for his greatest achievement, namely ‘Thriller’ and the beginning of Michael “setting the bar” HIGHASAMUG for those artists coming after him. Press play and watch Michael clean house in 1984, winning a record eight Grammys for his album, ‘Thriller’! (Peep some of the other throwback artists, too!)

Paris Jackson, daughter of the Late Michael Jackson, fired off on critical Instagram followers who accused her of not meeting their social media expectations. Apparently, Paris isn’t replying to all 141,000 of her followers and they’re lashing out with negative comments. Paris gave them a piece of her mind, but in the midst of letting them “have it”, she revealed a very personal struggle.

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Praying…and as someone who has researched Celebrity Worship Syndrome and the folks who struggle with it, I’d say  utilizing that block button would be her best choice.

When news of Joseph Fiennes, a caucasian actor set to play Michael Jackson in a British comedy hit the internet, folks on social media expressed disapproval and blasted makers of the comedy for even suggesting that a white actor portray Jackson.

If you recall, MJ himself told Oprah Winfrey during an interview that he would never want a white actor to play him. Oprah brought up a story she came across about Michael wanting a white child to play him in a Pepsi commercial. Michael denied the rumor. Read his response below.

“That is so stupid,” Jackson immediately responds. “That’s the most ridiculous, horrifying story I’ve ever heard… Number one, it’s my face as a child in the commercial. Me when I was little. Why would I want a white child to play me? I’m a black American. I’m a black American. I’m proud to be a black American. I am proud of my race. I am proud of who I am. That’s like you wanting an oriental person to play you as a child. Does that make sense?”

Watch the full interview below or click the 23:40 mark for Michael’s response on being played by a white actor.