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In a word: Michael

In Michael Jackson on June 26, 2009 at 7:08 pm

Although this blog is dedicated to giving a political voice to African American and minorities in government and politics, one can’t help but mention the losses of 3 Hollywood stars within a week (Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, and Michael Jackson). Out of the three, Michael’s death has taken many by great shock and surprise. Michael was a legend before I could remember him, but he grew even bigger after his teen years. As early as I could remember, Michael’s music was filling the air in my home–and me imitating the great’s moves–not the moonwalk, but the high leg kick, the glove, the glimmer socks. I can remember spinning in my grandmother’s living room, hitting end tables, and constantly asking my mother what does “shamone” means and can I say it? I can remember my grandmother’s stories of living in Jim Crow Mississippi, having to pay poll taxes, and take literacy tests, and for my household, Michael served us proud and moved my grandmother closer to her dream that we all could live in a race-free world. But Michael was more than a Black icon, he transcended race, he was closest to the god on earth (with emphasis placed on the lower-cased g), maybe with the exception of Lennon and Elvis. Whatever the autopsy results reveal, Michael’s life was filled with the greatest highs, lows, insecurities, and doubts–not matter how large he was, he was just as human as you and me. Michael tried to conceal these feelings with what many would characterize as “strange” behavior. The latter years seem to not curb Michael’s celebrity–the sexual molestation allegations, the baby over the balcony, you pick any scenario. Michael was just Michael. He was not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but Michael was yet a hero to so many. Michael was my childhood idol, he was the superstar that encouraged kids to “Just say No!” (alongside the Flintstones). He and Alvin Chipmunk invaded cartoon land with the moonwalk. No matter how you’ll remember Michael, his larger than life personality on the stage welcomed us all to a world that we felt wanted and cherished.

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