Archive for March, 2014
Source: The Grio – By Andrea J. Castillo
Michael Jackson is by far one of the most iconic entertainers of our time, an icon who created a signature sound that we will never be duplicated.
After his death in 2009 at the age of 50, his musical legacy and business savvy were often overshadowed by his personal problems.
Author Zach O’Malley Greenburg looks to right that wrong in his forthcoming biography, Michael Jackson, Inc., which gives MJ fans some insight into why “The King Of Pop” was more than just a trailblazer in music, but in business as well.
Born and raised in New York City and a proud product of the hip-hop generation (he recounts one of his first musical purchases being Puff Daddy & The Family’s No Way Out), Greenburg has reported on how some the genre’s biggest stars make their money. As a senior editor for Forbes…
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Radio Interview Transcript- June 26, 2009
Interviewer: We’re just putting some things in perspective, paying respect to Michael from a lot of different angles and on the line right now we have a friend of mine who woke up San Diego for years with a killer radio show and is now doing big things with multimedia and PR at Chriscantore.com, what’s up Chris?
Chris: Hey my brother how are you?
Int: I’m excellent and you?
Chris: Wonderful and first of all, considering and want to say that all of you are doing a great job with the tribute and remembering MJ.
Int: Thanks man, and…
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Part 3 and our last post regarding Brandon Howard – This post concentrates on the words and behavior of Brandon Howard, some Jackson family members and the people who are fronting this ruse surrounding his sudden “mystery” paternity. We will examine how he evolved from “just a family friend of the Jacksons” to suddenly this news bursting forth and the dubious claim that he is Michael Jackson’s son.
A little history – In her 2006 Wendy Williams interview, although she doesn’t name him, Miki Howard states that she has 2 kids with her “early lover”- August Johnson – transcribed on Lipstick Alley page 1, by “factor” 3-12-2014
Wendy: Are all 3 of your kids… speaking of relationships, all with the same man?
Miki: No, I have 2 fathers, a husband and a very early lover from 16-25; have 2 kids with him.
Starts at 3:15
And later from 2009, Miki…
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Do you ever notice how headlines contain Michael Jackson’s name even if only one small thing was said about negative. There are those who seek to profit from Michael’s name regardless of truth and the media is a willing participant. It was with dismay this month that when I opened my Twitter and Facebook accounts, my timeline/newsfeed was littered with Michael Jackson fans sharing links to TMZ about a story claiming that DNA evidence proved that Brandon Howard was Michael’s son. The next day, my timeline/newsfeed was full of links to a TMZ story that claimed the DNA tests were bogus.
The Michael Jackson fan community is millions strong throughout the world and we are hungry for information about him. But, we are complicit in spreading tabloid and “lamestream” media garbage about Michael throughout cyberspace. We complain about the stories but we willingly spread the links to TMZ and other tabloid…
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“What’s going on here? It’s an individual who learned to perpetrate a great scam and is not giving up on it,” said DiSpagna. (See full report by HankPhillipi below)
How are Brandon Howard and Gepetto Jackson connected and why are they perpetuating the same “I am son of a famous Jackson, but I never said it outright” scam?
A little history to start – In October 23 2007, Brandon Howard had worked with Lupe Fiasco and produced Fiasco’s Kick, Push II. Important to note, prior to June 2009, Brandon never insinuated or proffered the idea, either by allowing others to assume or assert it for him or by changing his appearance and behavior, that he was…
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About 4hrs ago TMZ posted a “Shocker”. They realized that their own story revealing DNA evidence that Brandon Howard is Michael Jackson’s biological son was BOGUS.
No big surprise there, as we and many other dedicated researchers in the MJGlobal family were highly skeptical of the way the whole reveal was handled publicly. Twitter was a buzz with discussion regarding the credibility of such a test being performed on a “30 yr old dental impression” and Brandon Howard’s half-assed denial that he knew nothing about comparing his DNA to Michael Jackson.
It was clearly a PR stunt gone horribly awry and with little conscientious thought to how it would affect Michael Jackson’s three children.
But Who can we credit for this false story going round the world in five minutes ?
TMZ, Alki David, Corey Feldman, Dr. Johnny Goodman AND Brandon Howard
We can expect that Harvey Levin…
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“Yes. Fame can be imprisoning. But the best part of being Michael Jackson is that I know I can interact with millions of people: and in that interaction we exchange something.”
“Love. It is exhilarating. It is magic. “
Michael talks about fame and the difficulties of it many times in many songs. The one that stands out to me the most is of course, “The Price of Fame” and in particular:
I am the cover of the magazine, what a scene
They know my every do’s
“Just sign your name on the dotted line, you’ll be fine.”
That always bothers me
Get in your car, you wanna take a ride, look behind
Someone is following you
You try to get away, you turn real fast, but too bad
They know your every move!
My father always told me
You won’t live a quiet life
If you’re reaching for fortune and fame
I feel the pressure setting in, I’m living just to win
I bleed all this pain, don’t you ever complain!
Michael accepted his fame, but yet again he wanted his privacy. Alas he was never to reach that which he so strived for but at least we can feel at peace knowing that MJ knew he fans loved him and he felt that from us.
God bless you Michael and now you are free of the lunacy and that “Price of Fame”.
Source: Michael Jackson The Maestro: The Definitive A-Z Of His Life & Times by Chris Cadman
The MJOne Cirque Du Soleil show combines lights, acrobatics and dance, and accompanied by the music and clear crisp vocals of the incomparable Michael Jackson. It is a complete 90 minute sensory overload that slaps the spirit awake then pummels the heart incessantly until every conceivable emotion is experienced.
Listing all the songs and medleys or describing how cleverly MJOne wove young Michael’s vocals with the deeper tones of mature Michael, won’t do the magical charm of this presentaion justice. It is more than a musical show – it’s an exercise in social awareness. The audience leaves understanding more about Michael Jackson’s life and his message because Cirque Du Soleil…
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