This lucky audience from the 1980s got to experience uber amounts of greatness when they witnessed not one…not two…but THREE legendary acts on stage. James Brown performed with his band when he called a young 25-year-old Michael Jackson on stage for an impromptu performance. Of course, Michael’s shyness made him hesitate a little, but he obliged and gave the audience 2 minutes of epicness. After MJ, Prince was called to the stage and as usual, his royal ass had to show awfff. While watching, I thought Prince was trying to steal the show!…LoL.

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. It was obvious my dude walked in the building with the style he already put together for the ‘Thriller’ album cover 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. He’s instructing this woman to get some DO RIGHT with his Jheri Curl, because she will NOT f^*k it up!

MJ wasn’t gonna let this blonde-haired woman jack up his curls. NOPE! He told her that his curls 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.

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.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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!)

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.

 

It was December 2nd, 1983

 

The music video for the much-anticipated single “Thriller” premiered on MTV when MTV (Music Television) showed actual music videos.

I was eight years old at the time and my school made the video debut an event, equipped with a huge television and a VHS recorder set up in the middle of our school’s cafeteria. “Thriller” debut during school hours, so apparently someone recorded it and brought the VHS tape to the school so us “good kids” could watch.

We knew Michael Jackson was someone special when he was on stage with his brothers as the Jackson Five. When Off The Wall debuted, we thought Michael stood out from his brothers for a reason…he was meant to go solo. When the Thriller album debuted, we knew we had a “gem” of an artist in Michael Jackson who could never be replaced.

When we watched the Thriller video that day, I had this overwhelmingly pleasant feeling that we were witnessing the birth and progress of a global icon.

I never thought of Michael Jackson the same since. Michael became a living legend before my very young eyes. I was totally impressed with the treatment of the video and at that time, we weren’t used to watching videos conceptualized as short films.

My impression of Thriller was nothing short of amazed. I wanted to be Ola Rae badly. The dancing zombies is EVERYTHING and Michael was so damn fine in his red leather jacket and skinny jeans! Michael was a bad man to pull off that look! I think he was the ONLY man on earth who made skinny jeans and penny loafers look good!

 

Read more on the “Thriller” video here 

I know you’ve seen this one million times. What’s the harm in watching it again? 🙂

 

The world stopped spinning when we lost Michael Jackson on June 25th, 2009. Many of us who grew up with him and his music wondered how life would go on without him! He was truly the earth’s biggest entertainer. However, he left us with timeless music that will forever bring joy to our hearts and put smiles on our faces. As we celebrate what would have been his 57th birthday on August 29th, I wanted to know some things about MJ that I didn’t know before. Once I discovered these fun facts, I was pleasantly surprised by few and expected the rest <3

 

1. He had another accomplished singer, Howard Hewitt of Shalamar sing background vocals for “P.Y.T.”

2.  “Billie Jean” was allegedly based on one of Michael’s true life events. Back in the late 70s/early 80s, an obsessive fan claimed that he fathered her child.

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3. Michael was also gifted as a great drawer

 

4. The Jacket he wore during this historic performance was from his mother’s closet.

 

 

5. “Billie Jean” was the first music video by a black artist to air on MTV.

 

6. Michael Jackson is The Most-Awarded Artist Of All Time. He won more awards than any other music alive or deceased. He’s received 23 Guinness World Records, 40 Billboard Awards, 13 Grammys, and 26 American Music Awards.

7. Michael Jackson’s love interest in the “Thriller” video, Ola Ray (who Michael discovered as a Playboy Playmate), claimed that she and Michael had a fling while shooting the video. Michael was dating Brooke Shields at the time.

 

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8. His favorite food was Mexican.

 

9. He had a deep love of children (perhaps because of his lost childhood.) The black armband he wore  were to remind people of suffering children around the world.

 

10. Eddie Van Halen recorded his guitar solo on “Beat It” for free!

 

11. Michael loved to read! He was once accused by a library of owing $1 million in overdue book fines!

 

12. Michael’s memorial service was watched by over 2.5 billion viewers worldwide, which would make it the most watched live television broadcast in history worldwide.

 

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