I’m Published!!! :::: Michael Jackson For the Soul: A Fanthology

31 January 2011 at 4:59 pm (Book Reviews, Campaigns, Celebrity, Entertainment, Movies, Music, Raves, Thank You's) (, , , , , , )


Some of you may remember that roughly just over a year ago I was approached by someone on here to publish my written piece on Michael Jackson.

When Michael Jackson passed on June 25, 2009 the entire WORLD mourned and there was a collective gasp of shock. I immediately took to my blog to write about what he meant to me. To my childhood. And what he meant to humanity as a whole.

A bit later a woman by the name of Lorette Luzajic wrote me expressing interest in my piece and wanted to know if I’d be interested in submitting it to a project she was going to be working on. She was compiling a “fanthology” of written works on the late King of Pop by bloggers, writers and fans such as myself.

I was of course, flattered and honoured to be included and told her I would LOVE to be a part of this. On January 9, 2011, I received an email saying the book was finished and ready. I haven’t received my copy as yet, so I can’t do a book review but as soon as I do, I will definitely be doing a write-up. I just wanted to share this with you all so that you may show love and support and purchase your own copy.

The book is available for purchase on Amazon.com. please click >>> here <<< to buy it now! It’s only $20.00 and $1 donations from each book sold will be going to the Kids Help Phone, keeping in spirit with Michael Jackson’s legacy and love for the children of the world.

Thank you, Lorette, for working so diligently to get this book completed. I also  thank you for including me in such a special project. Also, many thanks to Eliza Lo for the beautiful front cover artwork.

We still miss you, Michael. I hope your family and fans will find justice.

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Chris Brown On BET

28 June 2010 at 10:56 am (Celebrity, Entertainment, Music, Videos) (, , , , , , , , , , )


The internet was ablaze last night with talk of Chris Brown’s performance and tribute to the late legend Michael Jackson. There is NO ONE in entertainment today more fitting to do this tribute (and do it RIGHT) than Chris Brown. In all honesty, it should’ve been done last year but ….well … we all know what happened. This year, Chris had a chance to tribute HIS idol. And man, he did an AMAZING job. It was on point, it was heartfelt and while there’s NO doubt in my MIND his PR team and BET set it up that way, I believe in my HEART that the emotion that came during the end was real. The heavy symbolism last night would make anyone emotional. I truly feel CB is sorry for what he did and he’s worked hard to try and move on. He deserves another chance. The media killed Michael Jackson and they did a hell of a job trying to kill Chris. The lyrics for Man In the Mirror would break any man down given what Chris has gone through to redeem himself and his name. He never said he was innocent of what he did but he definitely said he wanted to be rid of the past and move on. BET was giving him that chance to move on and you add all that onto having the HONOUR to tribute the King of Pop? Let that man have his moment. I don’t think for a second he was crying for show. He was crying as much for his situation as he was for a legend gone too soon. And I could care less if anyone agrees with me. This is just my take on it. Chris Brown won back the hearts of many last night. And for fans like myself who never left, we love you even more, boo.

If you missed the performance, here is a youtube of it. Many are being taken down quickly so once it’s gone, it’s gone. But enjoy if you get to see it:

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We Are the World 2010

13 February 2010 at 2:35 pm (#Kanyeshrug, Campaigns, Entertainment, Music, Videos, World Issues, WTF!?) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )


If this wasn’t for Haiti, I wouldn’t be able to support this project. This is horrible. What was QJ thinking!? This song is just not good. There is too much crap in it. I’m sorry. The parts that were good – were REALLY good. For example: Mary J Blige, Pink, Celine, Mary Mary and Jennifer Hudson all shone amidst the bullshit of the autotune, Lil Wayne’s presence, the rappers being isolated, Jamie’s out of place Ray Charles impersonation, and Toni Braxton’s desperate glances at the camera. This is just ridiculous. I feel they tried too hard to make it “current” and “cool”. All they really needed to do was focus on updating a meaningful classic without all the extra bs.

Their hearts were in the right place. But like a person wrote in a forum, they were out of their minds when this was recorded.

I WILL say, keeping Michael Jackson’s parts in there was a good, if not obvious, move.

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Jammin’

28 October 2009 at 11:56 am (Music, Throwbacks) (, , )


YES, Michael. I love the way this joint comes in. Makes you just wanna get UP and boogie.

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Coroner: Michael Jackson’s Death Ruled A Homicide

24 August 2009 at 5:45 pm (Celebrity, Music, News, World Issues, WTF!?) (, , , , , , , , , , , )



HOUSTON – The Los Angeles County coroner ruled Michael Jackson’s death a homicide, a law enforcement official told the Associated Press on Monday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the findings have not been publicly released. A spokesperson for the coroner’s office told Access Hollywood that the office had no comment on the AP report.

Dateline NBC’s Josh Mankiewicz confirmed that Murray is the target of a manslaughter probe.

Meanwhile, a search warrant affidavit revealed that Jackson had lethal levels of the powerful anesthetic propofol in his system when he died in his rented Los Angeles mansion on June 25.

The document unsealed Monday allowed officials to raid the Houston offices and storage facility of Dr. Conrad Murray last month.

According to the warrant, Murray, Jackson’s personal physician, had been treating the singer for insomnia with the sedative for six weeks. According to the document, Murray said he had been trying to wean Jackson off the powerful sedative by using smaller doses in combination with the sedatives lorazepam and midazolam.

On the morning Jackson died, Murray said he tried to induce sleep without using propofol, starting first with valium at 1:30 a.m. When Jackson was still awake at 2 a.m., Murray injected Jackson with lorazepam, then injected him with midazolam at 3 a.m. Murray told police he administered several other drugs over the next few hours.

By 10:40 a.m., Jackson, still unable to sleep, urged Murray to give him propofol. Murray said in court documents that he administered 25 milligrams of the drug at that time, then left Jackson alone under the influence of the drug to make phone calls to his Houston office. When he returned, Jackson was not breathing. He performed CPR while a member of Jackson’s staff called 911. The singer was rushed to UCLA Medical Center where he was declared dead sometime later.

The affidavit says, while Murray acknowledged to police that he administered propofol, authorities find no evidence that he had purchased, ordered or obtained the medication under his medical license or Drug Enforcement Administration tracking number. Police detectives found about eight bottles of the anesthetic in Jackson’s house along with other vials and pills that had been prescribed to Jackson by Dr. Murray, Dr. Arnold Klein and Dr. Allan Metzger.

Valium, lorazepam, clonazepam, tamsulosin and other drugs also were confiscated in the search, and propofol was found in Murray’s medical bag. According to the warrant, Murray told police he was not the first doctor to administer propofol to the singer.

Authorities subpoenaed medical records from Klein, Metzger and Dr. David Adams, in addition to Murray, the affidavit states. They also asked for medical records from Dr. David Slavitt, who conducted the independent medical examination of Jackson for Anschuntz Entertainment Group, Dr. Randy Rosen and nurse practitioner Cherilyn Lee.

The affidavit also states that Jackson told Murray that two doctors in Germany had given him propofol. Murray said he repeatedly asked Jackson what other physicians were treating him and what drugs they were prescribing. Murray said Jackson refused to give the information.

Via MSNBC

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Now THIS Is Journalism: Was MJ Framed?

29 June 2009 at 10:55 pm (Celebrity, Entertainment, Music, News, WTF!?) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )


In light of the recent recanting of his statement, the boy that accused Michael Jackson of molesting him said he lied.

With that being said, had the media and the lawyers involved in this case done their job correctly we wouldn’t be talking about this right now. But, then again, in the court of public opinion would anyone have listened to this? Jackson was immediately crucified the minute the allegations broke. It’s like no one wanted to hear he might’ve actually been innocent. I mean, I always thought, in addition to being a HUGE talent and icon, Michael was also odd and eccentric but I never really believed he molested those kids. No matter how many jokes I laughed at, I just never thought he did it.

I got this from Phonte (of Little Brother fame) who in turn got this from OKP.

At first I was like … maaaaan, I can’t read all this but when I realized what it was about I knew I HAD to.

Furthermore, once I started reading I couldn’t stop. The author of this piece, Mary A. Fisher,  did an EXCEPTIONAL job with words and research and FACTS back in 1994 when this case broke. After reading it, I’m CONVINCED Michael didn’t molest that boy or ANY child for that matter. I’m 1000% convinced.

It is a long read; I won’t lie to you. But, its on point and detailed and if you are in search of TRUTH it’s here. I believe that with all my heart. If you are a TRUE MJ fan, you need to read this.

This is EASILY the best piece of journalism I have ever read.

Story is HERE

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BET Awards ’09

29 June 2009 at 1:45 pm (Celebrity, Entertainment, Fashion, Music, Rants, Raves, Televison) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )


Crap awards. Crap crap crap.

BET is nothing more than celebrities getting together to act an ass. Truly. I’m so disappointed with the show. My write up will be short. The only reason I watched last night was because I ASSUMED BET would do a decent tribute to Michael Jackson. I went in with an open mind because I KNEW they only had a couple days to completely re-do the show but I also knew there would be a lot of “coonery” on there as well. I love to be right but in this case I would’ve LOVED to be wrong for a change. BET would’ve been better off doing a nice montage of MJ vids and clips and then PROPERLY preparing a seperate tribute show in a couple weeks. Year after year the BET Awards look more and more amateurish and disorganized. It’s sad. BET lost AGAIN last night and I was immediately reminded of why I stopped watching ages ago: I can’t participate in bullshit.

I just want to say that with all the cussing going on, I don’t even blame the “censor dude” … people need to understand that LIVE TO AIR MEANS JUST THAT. DUH! There is a damn delay when censoring shit. I believe its anywhere from 7-10 seconds. So how about we don’t blame the “censor dude”? How about we blame the artists that can’t choose better songs to perform or can’t find ways to omit the swear words and phrases from their lyrics? How about that? Yea.

I don’t want to get into the night’s hot messes because I’ll be here all day as there were MANY. But I DO want to speak briefly on MY favourite highlights of the show. The nights’ saviours were Jamie Foxx – who did tasteful yet funny jokes surrounding Michael’s legacy (lol @ the pants being tight) and closing the show with a beautiful duet with Neyo. The O’Jays (shout out to Eddie Levert – he had me laughin and shit!) were classy and still on point. The young bucks need to take a lesson. I just looooved Soulja Boy’s blank stare. Idiot. A strong (in an all things considered sense) Janet Jackson made my eyes FINALLY spill tears. I’ve been saddened and had a tight chest and throat all throughout this time of Michael’s passing but tears didn’t drop from my eyes until I saw and heard Janet speak. It makes you wonder if she’s Joe Jackson’s daughter. I mean, she looks more torn up about her brothers passing then he does about outliving his son. I can’t STAND Joe Jackson. Anyway, moving on: Jay Z, Alicia Keys, Gorgeous Keri Hilson, Monica and Keyshia Cole, Taraji & Tyrese (before Ving Rhames’ bitch ass), Maxwell (oooooh Maxwell) were all high points. And much love to Idris Elba, the first star to actually NOT “thank” Joe Jackson but rather acknowledge the matriarch of the Jackson clan, Katherine. WORD UP for Drake reppin’ Toronto!!! I didn’t know about his torn ACL until about half way through their set … I’m sad to know he’s injured but at the same time I’m happy for it because I would NOT have been ready to see him cavorting and galavanting around onstage with the likes of Lil Wayne and ’em.

All in all the awards did nothing for me and I feel like I was cheated in getting to see a “Michael Jackson Tribute”. Again, I DO understand the lack of time but still, think things through a little better, why don’t ya. And after so many years, the disorganization and lack of control is astounding.

I’ll wait for the Grammy’s or the AMA’s. I’m sure their tributes will be more classy. And it WON’T be because they had more time.

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Better On the Other Side (MJ Tribute)

26 June 2009 at 3:01 pm (Celebrity, Entertainment, Music) (, , , , , , , , , , )


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What Michael Jackson Means To Me

25 June 2009 at 9:50 pm (Celebrity, Entertainment, Movies, Music, News, Televison, Throwbacks, Videos, World Issues, WTF!?) (, , , , , , , , , )


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I said to myself when Aaliyah died (and later when Luther Vandross passed) that I would be no good to anyone when someone (of celebrity status) I grew up with died. Someone who’s music I couldn’t get enough of … and that day has come. That “someone” I used as an example is gone.

By now the world knows that the Greatest to ever grace a stage, record music and dance has left us. Michael Jackson was only 50 years old. His death, like a few others over the past 10 or so years, is one where I’ll remember exactly where I was and what I was doing. It’s inevitable. Sure, I made MJ jokes over the years, sure I grappled with the thought he may indeed be guilty of child molestation but at the end of the day, I loved the man for what he did for my childhood. When I think about growing up in the 80’s (a REAL 80’s baby I was) I think about how much I was influenced by him. I even got my mom to make my hair like his. I dressed like him, I sang all his songs and my first record (actual vinyl) that I bought with my own money …. was Thriller.

I remember as a child being so in love with Michael Jackson. I had the biggest crush on him. When he took shorty on a date and he smiled at her in the theatre, that HUGE mega watt smile, I was like, damn I love him. I also remember being scared to DEATH of Thriller and that same smile once he started to howl at the moon – lol. I had a poster on my bedroom wall at the foot of my bed and after watching the video thoroughly for the first time, I used to imagine seeing Michael actually turning into a zombie. I convinced myself that if I looked at the poster at the wrong angle, he’d change. To this day, I swear the poster changed – lol. It wasn’t my imagination. It was magic. Michael is magic. This post is peppered with present and past tense. I find myself struggling to speak of him in the past tense. This is all still surreal to me.

There is a picture I NEED to find now. A picture that depicts me and my cousin when we were about 6 years-old. We were at the park and we each had on a white sparkled glove and I had on my red leather MJ jacket and a pin of Michael’s face. I have to find it because that picture would completely explain my love for this man and how he affected my childhood. I’ve always been a lover of music. Michael Jackson MADE me love music.

I remember when Remember the Time “world premiered” and staring at the TV in complete and utter AWE. He spun around and turned into gold DUST, yo! I remember learning the choreography and still knowing a lot of the moves today and just revelling in the synchronization. I did this for Smooth Criminal as well. So many times he amazed me. He never failed to impress.

In the last few years, especially once the allegations of child molestation started, Michael had become a joke. People made fun of his lifestyle, appearance and more. He was always quiet and shy and kept to himself but he was now a recluse. You have to remember this is a man that’s been in the spotlight since FIVE. He can’t remember what it’s like to be normal or live a normal life because he never HAD one. He died at 50. That’s 45 years of scrutiny, pressure, fame and God only knows what else. Michael always had my sympathies. Even as I laughed at the jokes I’d hear, a part of me always felt so sorry for him.  I used to look at pics of the “old” Michael and tsk and say, “damn, Mike … look at what you did to yourself“. But then I always always remembered that he didn’t know what it was like to be anything other than entertainment. He didn’t know how to NOT be a show and I realized how SAD that was.

It kills me to see all the people talking shit about him. He’s dead. You don’t sully the dead. If you have ill feelings towards him because of things he’s done (proven or not) you have every right to feel that way but ALWAYS remember to be respectful because no matter what he’s a human being and he is someone’s son. He’s a father, and a brother, an uncle. People are hurting because their loved one is gone. If you can’t be human and show compassion then keep your negativity to yourself!

Did anyone ever really love Michael? Man, I hope so. I hope he knows that he left this world loved. I hope he knows he wasn’t a joke to those closest around him. I hope he can now rest in peace.

Michael was MUSIC to me. Michael was my CHILDHOOD to me. Michael will be missed. I can name so many songs off his immaculately impressive catalogue and know, without a shadow of a doubt there will never be another like him.

NO ONE will ever sell as many records, units, singles and whatever as much as Michael Joseph Jackson. Not with the days of the world wide web. NO ONE will ever be as big as him. NO ONE is as big as him. NO ONE ever WAS as big as him.  Not even The Beatles or Elvis. NO ONE had his universal fame. It’ll be hard pressed to find anyone that will argue me on this but take a look at this MAN that became a LEGEND. An ICON:

We will NEVER see a star like this again. Music lost a KING today. There isn’t even a PRINCE of Pop. Michael, you will be sorely missed. My heart is so heavy right now. I feel like a part of ME died because I feel like I’m mourning a HUGE chunk of my childhood. This isn’t RIGHT to me. This is too soon. Not yet. We all know you were gonna go sometime. We all know we all gotta go but not you. You aren’t supposed to leave us. Not this way. Not yet. But God has called you home. My thoughts and prayers are with your children and your family. May you now RIP, outside of the spotlight and prying eyes. May you TRULY truly truly REST IN PEACE, King.

Michael Joseph Jackson
(August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009)

My Favourite Video Of All Time:

My Favourite Song Of All Time:

*** as you know, a lot of video’s URL’s arent allowed for embedding so I had to use this fan-made vid ***

My Favourite Album Of All Time:

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Michael Jackson Rushed To Hospital

25 June 2009 at 5:26 pm (Celebrity, Music, News) (, , , )


Michael Jackson has been rushed by ambulance to the hospital after collapsing at his home.

“The call came in because a person was not breathing,” says a spokesman for the Los Angeles City Fire Department, who says paramedics were dispatched to Jackson’s Holmby Hills mansion shorty after noon today.

“When the team arrived, they saw that CPR was already in progress by someone at the home. The person not breathing was transported to UCLA Medical Center and remains there.”

His immediate condition is unknown.

Michael’s father, Joe Jackson, says he had been alerted to the emergency but didn’t have any additional details.

“I am in Las Vegas, but yes, people in Los Angeles called me and are with Michael and tell me he was taken to the hospital,” the elder Jackson tells E! News. “His mother is on her way to the hospital now to check in on him.

“I am not sure what’s wrong. I am waiting to hear back from them.”

Source

UPDATE

http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/Music/06/25/michael.jackson/index.html

(CNN) — Entertainer Michael Jackson has died after being taken to a hospital on Thursday after suffering cardiac arrest, according to multiple reports including the Los Angeles Times and the Associated Press. CNN has not confirmed his death.
A Los Angeles fire official told CNN that paramedics arrived at Michael Jackson’s home after a 911 call.
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Jackson, 50, had been in a coma at the hospital, sources told CNN.
Brian Oxman, a Jackson family attorney, said he was told by brother Randy Jackson that Michael Jackson collapsed at his home in west Los Angeles, California, Thursday morning.
Family members were told of the situation and were either at the hospital or en route, Oxman said.
Fire Capt. Steve Ruda told CNN a 911 call came in from a west Los Angeles residence at 12:21 p.m.
Ruda said Jackson was treated and transferred to the UCLA Medical Center.
Asked specifics of the patient’s condition, he said he could not discuss them because of federal privacy laws.
The music icon from Gary, Indiana, is known as the “King of Pop.” Jackson had many No. 1 hits and his “Thriller” is the best-selling album of all time.  Jackson “as big as it gets” »
Jackson is the seventh of nine children in a well-known musical family. He has three children, Prince Michael I, Paris and Prince Michael II.
At the medical center, every entrance to the emergency room was blocked by security guards. Even hospital staffers were not permitted to enter. A few people stood inside the waiting area, some of them crying.
A large crowd was also gathering outside the hospital, according to video footage.
Outside Jackson’s Bel Air home, police arrived on motorcycles. The road in front of the home was closed in an attempt to hold traffic back, but several people were gathered outside the home.

(CNN) — Entertainer Michael Jackson has died after being taken to a hospital on Thursday after suffering cardiac arrest, according to multiple reports including the Los Angeles Times and the Associated Press. CNN has not confirmed his death.

Outside Jackson’s Bel Air home, police arrived on motorcycles. The road in front of the home was closed in an attempt to hold traffic back, but several people were gathered outside the home.

A Los Angeles fire official told CNN that paramedics arrived at Michael Jackson’s home after a 911 call.

Jackson, 50, had been in a coma at the hospital, sources told CNN.

Brian Oxman, a Jackson family attorney, said he was told by brother Randy Jackson that Michael Jackson collapsed at his home in west Los Angeles, California, Thursday morning.

Family members were told of the situation and were either at the hospital or en route, Oxman said.

Fire Capt. Steve Ruda told CNN a 911 call came in from a west Los Angeles residence at 12:21 p.m.

Ruda said Jackson was treated and transferred to the UCLA Medical Center.

Asked specifics of the patient’s condition, he said he could not discuss them because of federal privacy laws.

The music icon from Gary, Indiana, is known as the “King of Pop.” Jackson had many No. 1 hits and his “Thriller” is the best-selling album of all time.  Jackson “as big as it gets” »

Jackson is the seventh of nine children in a well-known musical family. He has three children, Prince Michael I, Paris and Prince Michael II.

At the medical center, every entrance to the emergency room was blocked by security guards. Even hospital staffers were not permitted to enter. A few people stood inside the waiting area, some of them crying.

A large crowd was also gathering outside the hospital, according to video footage.

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