Posts Tagged ‘Michael Jackson’


With still being the month of Black History, we’re already in full swing about the ongoing learning stuff about our black figures and events that we know and soon to be known. With the rise of the introverts are on full swing, many folks whom were and are black have made or making great strides of political achievements, sports, activism and other fields of choice.

We know their names like I said, but they were and are Introverts! So who were they? Who are they?  Let’s go with it.

This introvert was apart of the Civil Rights Movement. She was as we know was one of the black women who sat on the bus and refused to be moved, but also working on as a Secretary of the NAACP and a Seamstress. Many  have called her the mother of the Civil Rights Movement: Rosa Parks.

This introvert was a megastar of millions. Entertained millions of fans! Made a breakthrough of new Videos, broke millions of records.  Even though was a bit shy, but when he was stage, he was at home: Michael Jackson.

This introvert is labeled as the “Greatest basketball Player in the World”. Won 6 NBA Championships, 2 Gold Medals, Multiple All-Star, did a video with Michael Jackson,  and many are still buying his shoes. Yes, I’m referencing Michael Jordan.

These introverts are for the Social Conscious folks. Yes you can introverted and be apart of the struggle. Since the on going review of the Black Panthers has been a hot button topic for the last 50 years, this may be a shock to those are or were apart of the movement. Recently, I watched the PBS special on the Black Panthers, and there as question that popped in my mind: Were any of the Black Panthers Introverted, or Introverts? I combed through the net by the use of articles in which I googled the idea question. And yes like many things that pop up online, I got my guess. In a book article called, Unrelated Kin: Race and Gender in Women’s Personal Narritives, a name appeared in the page online by the name of Gloria Abernerthy. Now I have not heard of this woman, nor her upbringing of her family or extended contributions to black history, but part of this was indeed with the Black Panthers. According to the book, the author(s), Gwendolyn Etter-Lewis and Michèle Foster described Gloria at first a “natural introvert” by the time she turned 17 years old. Around the same time she joined the Black Panthers in 1968. And even though she was one of the “comrade sisters” in her support of the programs and assingments in the Party, she like many other African-American women in the Black Panthers supported the organization with the roles provided.

Another Black Panther Party member that was on the introverted side, was one of the co-founders himself: Dr. Huey P. Newton. According the article Stephen Shames, whom was a Black Panther member himself, described Huey in his words at the time during the era:

Huey was more introverted. He was the intellectual. He liked to think about abstract concepts, the ideology of the Panthers. He was more the professor.

So after looking at the article, and more extensive summary of Huey Newton being this radical leader of the Black Panther Party, there was a side of him that was introverted with his thinking, his mind perspective, and also his well being of thought while leading one of the still well known, and sometimes understood Black Organizations in the history of America. Speaking of that, in between the movement,  he earned a Phd in Social Philosophy which also earned him the title of Doctor in 1980. Just two years shy of the Black Panther Party being disbanded. As a Introvert as described previously, Huey was a smart brotha! That knew his craft of activism in the era of Civil Rights, and his influence is often and reflected and reviewed today.

This introvert as we know is a first: First African-American President in the U.S. A One-Time senator from Illinois, Hawaii Born, Law Professor Educated, Picked two times, Married with 2 Daughters and I know whom we are talking about, that after 2016 is over, he’ll be missed: President Barack Obama.

Also, I am not a fan of this former NFL Running Back, and yes should have gotten the ball at the one at Superbowl 49. But in his preliminary interview Superbowl 48, NFL Network’s own and SB Champion, Deion Sanders (aka Prime Time) asked him these following questions in all:

 

Yes, that is the now former RB of the Seattle Seahawks, Marshawn Lynch. In the beginning he admitted that he’s not that shy per se, relaxed, kicked back kind of person. But he did say he was about that action. In a sense of the game. So maybe, I’m not assuming but I’ll believe that Marshawn might be an Introvert in his own right. I’m not saying that he is, but he seemed introverted in a sense of gathering thoughts in the footage. Which also led him to a Super Bowl Ring.

 

Whom else is introverted, and happy, face challenges everyday, and black? Reference Issa Rae. You know who she is right?  We see her shows on YouTube, and HBO. She also has a book out now called The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” in which the book pens her experiences going through awkward situations of relationships, love, eating out alone, and learning to accept yourself. And yes, she is a Black Woman that is an Introvert. Even though I have not read the book, but heard of her, I guess I’ll be buying the book to see and to read from a Black Woman’s perspective on being an Introvert.

Going back to music again: we’re all familiar with Cab Calloway. The man gave us “Minnie The Moocher” a household single jam. We all seen him in the first Blues Brothers Movie. And also other films and shows. But in his autobiography, “Of Minnie The Moocher and Me” with author Bryant Rollins, the author describe that Cab had a “inward” personality:

He’s a very introverted man; he has all the love in the world to give, but for some reason in personal relationships he keeps a lot of it inside.

Hold up! Cab Calloway? Introverted?! Wow. Yes, he had his thing with the music, but when it came to relationships away from the stage, he was introverted to keep more things to himself. That blew me away! You just never know.

As I summarize this blog story, yes there are and were Introverts of Color, pertaining to African-Americans that were mostly listening, mostly thinking and less speaking, and even thought that yes there are some extroverted elements in Introverts, but they were still and are introverted, and their gifts mattered and influenced and continue to influence to inspire.

So yeah, black introverts had and have exist! Who knows? There might be more Black Introverted Men and Women that will support loud voices and causes in between of the movements, eras, generations and current state of affairs.

Oh, and one more thing: #BLACKHISTORYMONTH4LIFE with #IntrovertsUnite! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ok you MTV VMA Crazy folks: for the 20th time, I have view the long stander bearer of MTV’s traditional Video Music Awards show. Yep you that right. Me, an African-American male out of Milwaukee has viewed the VMA’s since Joey BadA*** was in diapers! And alot of you were in diapers or learning to walk in 1995! 20 years ago, I’ve seen the VMA’s when Michael Jackson won his VMA with Janet for the Video of Scream And Bill Bellamy and the late Notorious B.I.G. was on stage when MJ and Janet got their award. And Janet comment that Michael “kicked a**” on the preshow with Slash. You know Slash is half black right? Just checking.

Plus TLC won Video of the Year of Waterfalls that same year. And Bobby and Whitney were still a couple.

Now, in my viewing experience of the VMA’s there was some good performances that was black related. Never mind the rockers that can come out with torn jeans and having to rock b-ball kicks. And those who came traditionally dressed. And Semi Dressed. For those whom are just curious is to why the VMA’s are well, “like this”, let me remind those, this is not your father’s award show. This is not your grandfather’s award show of Lawrence Welk or the earlier versions of the Grammys. The VMA’s are mostly for the young, almost like the American Music Awards. But an offset for those who want to express the First Amendment rights to the 5th power! Yes, this is what you get with the MTV VMA’s.

Like the awards shows in the past, the VMA’s has been vocal on fronts of civil rights, issues of racism, voting, and now the revamped and struggle of #BlackLivesMatter. And yes even the LGBT folks on the show have the rights as well. So yes, the VMA’s is not just about videos, it’s about making a voice that many still need to hear. Even if you’re black and having conscious viewpoints.

Speaking of that: about that Kanye speech when he was awarded the traditional Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Vanguard as in definition is this via the Dictionary.com website:

1. the foremost division or the front part of an army; advance guard; van.

2. the forefront in any movement, field, activity, or the like.
3. the leaders of any intellectual or political movement.
4. (initial capital letter) Rocketry. a U.S. three-stage, satellite-launching rocket, the first two stages powered by liquid-propellant engines and the third by a solid-propellant engine.
The third definition of Vanguard usually goes to the winner, and the late Michael Jackson was at the forefront of the Music Videos during his career. Henceforth, Vanguard.
Anyway, the speech that Kanye did, it was like what is this dude talking about? He started out: “Listen to the Kids, bro!” But the point that he made in this “speech” or remarks, was about pushing the opportunities for the major artists to get their due. That part, I can understand because well, there were times that MTV VMA’s Executives or the Powers that Be that do decide about the awards given out, but not to whom you think. Dude talked about that Justin Timberlake cried that he didn’t get that particular award, probably the Video of the Year or the major award of best male or whatever, that he didn’t receive at the time.
About the kids bro: I will agree that EVERY PARENT that needs to find new ways for their kids not to go through to all of the so-called “TV must not rot out our kids brains” speech in all.
Look here, if ALL YOU PARENTS, lecture (and I mean LECTURE) your kids about fake vs reality EVERYDAY, then maybe there wouldn’t be all of the coming out about “well those guys did it” on their TV’s thing. Folks have been preaching that stuff for a long time. Gen X’ers we know. Gen Y, you better know. Baby Boomers you should know! So this needs to be revamped on the real even in the era of Smartphones, and Social Media. On the real, I don’t have any kids. But if I were a parent, there will be long LECTURES in my household. Strict and Fair LECTURES!
And did I mention that school is back in session? For you whom got hooked up on the VMAs, you all need to be in those books EVERYDAY and not trying to be hardcore for your friends. If you want to be hardcore, grind with your books!
On the artists: he said it’s not about him. It’s about ideas. And the last thing that got many folks cracked up: Kanye wants to put his hat in the ring for a potential run for the presidency in the 2020. Yes, Kanye West just commented that after all the parts of smoking a joint, claiming he’s a Millennial (actually he’s really Gen X) he wants to be a future nominee of the Presidency in 2020.
I had to bust out laughing and be like, is he serious?!  And it was not scripted.
Overall, like the VMA’s before, this one had it’s craziness. And like before, Miley Cyrus made another thing to talk about. Of course! That was predicted. Here is my thing on Miley, and I’ll be frank. Miley has been on this crazy train since 2013, remember that? The same VMA’s that I blogged like 2 years ago? Go back and review it. I think I said something like: MILEY NO!!!!! Y’all remember that? I’m just saying. And I know by now that Billy Ray’s Baby Girl is getting talked about from the PTC and many other no-no groups that viewed the VMA’s in horror, LOL! By the way, the same PTC, is the Parents Television Council that gave the WWE and Vince McMahon all those “threats” about their content of characters and the theatrics during the Monday Night Wars. Oh, we remember those right? And this Labor Day coming up is the 20th Anniversary of the start of that infamous war that had us changing channels every Monday.
Some say that the 2015 VMA’s have been racist, or making a mockery of black folks. You think this was bad? REALLY?! Just asking here. I will admit that Rebel Wilson, or whatever her name is, had that Police thing way over the top.  For all the Conscious folks out there, like I said last time: know your VMA History! It’s happened BEFORE!  Don’t act all shocked. And check this, there was a time that Andrew Dice Clay was a host way back, and after he got done, MTV banned him! Google that folks. Plus also, way before Miley got her self proclaimed twerk on, Madonna had folks saying “Like a Virgin” on stage. She hit it first. I’ve seen Steven Tyler with a gun on stage from Terminator 2. The one that Linda Hamilton (aka Sarah Connor) used in the actual movie. Don’t worry it was a prop. Oh, check this: Prince was performing the VMAs with the song Gett Off and apparently when turned around performing, dude had his butt cheeks showing!
As the young cats say, “FOR REAL DOE?” Go peep it. It’s probably been googled so many times.
But not all performances weren’t earth shattering with horror. Remember 2004? There was more Hip-Hop and R&B came out from the Terror Squad, to Alicia Keys, a surprising Stevie Wonder and a energy driven Lenny Kravtiz performing Higher Ground. 2001 was in the books when NSYNC (not a fan by the way) did the song Pop in NYC, and out of nowhere: Michael Jackson did a solo dance with the group! In 1999, never forget Kid Rock, Run-DMC and Aerosmith all doing Walk this Way. Man, I’m taking some folks back! Even 1996 had The Fugees with Nas and Can-I-Bus. For this year concerning Macklemore, and his base of hip hop, when he and his crew did the song “Downtown” there was an added bonus: Old School Hip Hop Artists that helped change the game.
For you the young folks who wanted to know their names: research Melle Mel, Grandmaster Caz, and Kool Moe Dee. He did something that TI didn’t do with Iggy Azalea. I’m just saying!
So all that with twists and turns, and craziness of the VMA’s, I’ve seen it during the last 20 years. And like other award show that there will be a “Can you top this” from last year.
Don’t believe me? Just watch. Or Review! And then comment.

Oh, I know. Let me guess. A Spokane Washington NAACP Leader is getting the card pulled all because she’s white. Or is it lying to be black to get that pass? The name Rachel Dolezal is getting the buzz right now. And apparently she had to lie to kick it. What is up with folks who are trying to be something they are not. Long time ago on this blog, I questioned about why folks can’t be real? UM HELLO?!!! This wannabe real stuff is getting too much. And Lord knows it’s getting WAY TOO MUCH!

So this, Rachel Dolezal or whatever her name is, trying to be black and lead the NAACP’s Spokane Washington Group. Ok, she’s got a good educational background in all. Nothing wrong with that. (Or lack there of!)  But still, why’s she trying to fit into some knowing she does not have the background or experience regardless? Now for those who feel that I’m being anti-white, I’m not. I’m being anti-fake! Knowingly yes, the NAACP does have white members. And the founding of the NAACP had 6 whites and one black when it was founded in 1909. When the NAACP Convention was in Milwaukee back in 2005, (approximately 10 years ago) I saw many blacks in the Wisconsin Convention Center downtown as well as White folks. Oh yes, they came. Plus also even the current VP of the United States himself Joe Biden is a member of the NAACP representing the Delaware Chapter. He said that with his own voice at a convention and he did complement that the Delaware Chapter was the dance per say got him started in his home state.

Now you might ask, what is up with the title, “Case of the Fake People”. That was so 1994. Actually, it is. But in the era where fake names on Social Media go floating around, and folks trying to be promoters, and rappers, and anything else that they, he or she, go on to pretend that they’re not, of course they need to be called out. Yo, I got this on my 90’s High School Playlist and still play it. Even though that the song centered around fake men who play women alot, but partially that can go both ways with fake women also. Watch yourselves, females! Don’t just assume that it’s all men doing the Fake jobs!

And also, what is up with Rachel trying to have this “comparision” with the likes of Bruce Jenner, or Caitlyn Jenner? REALLY?! Man, I know I’m late on this, but with all due respect to what Bruce Jenner had done in HIS life by getting those Olympic Medals in 1976, the exact year that I was born in, and all. Yes he repped the country well and others.  And many of the folks who backed him in being this “hero” for his transformation, to me that doesn’t really make a hero. I’m sorry to say this! And just to happen that I stumble on to a Meme on Facebook that looked like this:
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Oh yeah, lets talk about this!

Back in the day, many of us “loved” the darker Michael Jackson and hated his lighter side in which it was revealed that it was a skin disease. Remember that? And many of us thought he “bleached” his skin to look white. Um, First of all, who in the living heck does the skin bleaching? What is it? And about 2 decades later in all, Bruce Jenner gets the bravery award for going to….Caitlyn. Is this society full of perpetrators?! Hate one thing, like another. Sounds like the hypocritical minded doing the work. And by the way, don’t just assume that the hypocrites are in those buildings every sunday. Open your eyes and your brains that Hypocrites are everywhere! I dare anyone that uses that on Facebook, Google, Instagram, or many others. Don’t be surprised.Even your neighbors, or that guy you just ran into at the ballpark drinking Miller Lite. Or getting that hair done at the beauty palor or the barber shop. Or at the cubicles at work, or in your bosses office for board meetings. Guess what citizens, those places can carry hypocrites also! So do your Fraternities, Sororities, or any group you fall into interest with. Trust me, ITS NOT JUST THE CHURCH! Like my former UMC pastor used to say, “beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing!”

Knowing this Rachel or whatever her name is, she’s getting a lot of hate because of her fake status while serving in a legendary Civil Rights Organization. Now since she got caught, who’s next? Background checks are coming! And just to think that her parents and sibling had called her out on this “lie”.

So for all those who feel that you know it all, and having this assumption of knowledge about the term “African-American” or being “African-American” or having this so-called knowledge of “African-American” just because it’s whatever, you really don’t! Did I mention that the month of June happens to be Black Music Month? As in Black History Month Part II? Better research right now!


Three way dance here. You know what time it is!

For the kickoff of the year 2015, I’m going to start off with three things that had me bugging since the New Year started. A Facebook Hoax going wild and many of you Facebookers have probably done it. Note to the Kanye West fans: I know who Paul McCartney is. And plus, I’ll dab in on the recent life and legacy of the late great Booyah man himself, Stuart Scott.

First Dance: For all of the folks who had to login on Facebook this morning. Who has typed this?

Today, January 4, 2015 in response to the Facebook guidelines and under articles L.111, 112 and 113 of the code of intellectual property, I declare that my rights are attached to all my personal data, drawings, paintings, photos, texts etc… published on my profile. For commercial use of the foregoing my written consent is required at all times. Those reading this text can copy it and paste it on their Facebook wall. This will allow them to place themselves under the protection of copyright. By this release, I tell Facebook that it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, broadcast, or to take any other action against me on the basis of this profile and/or its contents. The actions mentioned above apply equally to employees, students, agents and/or other staff under the direction of Facebook. The contents of my profile includes private information. The violation of my privacy is punished by the law (UCC 1 1-308 – 308 1 – 103 and the Rome Statute). Facebook is now an open capital entity.

All members are invited to post a notice of this kind, or if you prefer, you can copy and paste this version. If you have not published this statement at least once, you will tacitly allow the use of elements such as your photos as well as the information contained in your profile.

Don’t raise your hands at once. If’ you are one of the many, many Facebook users that copied that and pasted the message to your wall or made a statement about it in some form or some way: you have been tricked.

Led astray.

Bamboozled.

Hookwinked.

Got owned.

Or in this case, you have been served.

That message is nothing more than a mere hoax. Stop that! That was a mere hoax last year, in which many didn’t catch it, but now it’s real clear that mysterious message like chain letter is a trick just to get your goat! Again, stop that! Man, what is up with these dumb letters? Whoever is behind all of this, is just wasting time. Clearly it’s all bull with the fact well, you’re broke, no job, no bill paying, not to mention to lift a hand to support a bill, or any other thing that has nothing to do at all.

Clearly, from the sources of ABC News: “Here’s the thing: Facebook doesn’t own your posts. Under the social network’s privacy policy, they have the right to distribute and share the things a user posts, subject to their privacy and application settings. (Check out Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities here.)”

Look here, when we sign up for Facebook to use on our discretion, whatever we post on there: Pictures, Videos, Quotes, Links, thoughts on the war, or any other thing we share, they are in the right to share that via the privacy posts that we set. You know like those certain beer pictures that you probably have in which might get you fired from your jobs or giving organizations, yeah think about those. We post it. They share it. That simple. So again for those of us who are in this denial that our posts and pages maybe affected, our profiles are fine! To me, posting that message per say is like playing a practical joke just to get all folks riled up over a non-factual statement. So tell your friends that the message this morning is a trick. Don’t believe the hype!

Second Dance: If you are under the age of 30, and you listen to Kanye West, clearly you might be in the crowd somewhere that you might be asking about the legendary Beatle himself, Paul McCartney. No, not Jenny McCartney. You young Kanye Fans out there, have you ever done a thing called GOOGLE? That thing that most of you do most of the time? Yeah, that thing. Now I don’t have to tell you about how to get on google and do a search. I mean you Kanye Fans know how to do this! COME ON! And that thing called Wikipedia, where you can look up people, places, things, ideas, in all? I’m sure you probably done that. Or if Paul McCartney’s group has a website named after the Beatles, um………hello! THEY DO! Just do the websearch of “thebeatles.com” and you can see all of their work ranging from music, videos, hey you can even buy some stuff on their website. And yes, you can find out about who Paul McCartney was and is via his previous work.

Speaking of that: Many of us who are over 35, may remember this song he did with oh, what’s his name…….Listen up or watch the clip and listen good.

http://vimeo.com/37202934

Yes. Michael Jackson. The King of Pop himself in a video called “Say, Say Say”. Plus, Micheal Jackson and Paul McCartney did a collaboration song together called “The Girl Is Mine” on Michael’s Thriller Album. Again this was in the 80’s in which many of you weren’t even born! Who was born in 1983? Better learn folks! Remember the Moonwalker Video in which he did a mini concert on stage and song was called “Come Together?” That song is a Beatles Classic.

Now do we understand this or nah? I’m sure many of you probably heard of Paul McCartney’s son. You know who he is right?

 

And the last thing on the card: Stuart Scott

For all of my Generation X folks, yes we are shocked! Yesterday as I was getting ready for church, I looked on my Facebook newsfeeds that Stuart Scott died at age 49. We all know him as the sportscaster that changed the game of sportscasting with a flavor of hip hop to it. Oh, and they say that Hip Hop is bad. Really? I too had my sayings of BOOYAH! many times when I made the grades, made the points scored on the Video Games, made any good thing that was so good in terms of making a positive point. Again: BOOYAH!

Stuart was also a member of a prestigious club. The fraternity of Alpha Phi Alpha in which it’s part of the Divine 9 BGLO’s.

Growning up watching him, he repped his game well. I can’t say nothing bad about him. Stuart Scott had a gift. Not just the catchphrases or his suits and ties, or his work and Family. To me, I just like seeing another black man like him doing his work and being appreciated for his value of work was really an accomplishment. He earned it. Which no one, and I mean NO ONE can’t take away from him. Now  I know I’m injecting the black man mantra in this, but with all the mess about black men being labeled as n*ggas and not being in this and that, or not being good when it comes to women, (some black women per say) can any positive story about black men be told? Just saying! When his announcement of his cancer cameback numerous times and as he progressed his work, he never stopped. He kept going to the best of ability. No matter what happened, he wanted to be show others that having cancer may have slowed him up, but it has never stopped him for doing his work! Sometimes there are no excuses.

We all seen the ESPYS Award in which he got honored in July, 2014. Some were probably concerned about him, the way he looked in all. But Stuart himself had to let the folks know, he was not going to let a cancer disease get in his way. He was first diagnosed in 2007. He held on the fight for the last 7 – 8  years. And yesterday, after all of his battles, and fights with cancer, he was gone. 49 years old. Many are saying that it’s too soon. 49 years old is not an age to die from. But most of us heard in church that we don’t know when the good Lord calls us home. If its God’s time, its God’s time. We don’t know if the people that we know well who were around in 2014, may not be around in 2015. We don’t know, y’all! Here in Milwaukee, the city has racked up 2 homicides and some shootings in the start of the New Year. We don’t know! So yes, 2015 like many years before will have ups and downs. Every year, there will be ups and downs. That’s not just sports. It’s life. They say we need to celebrate life, well should we? With him be gone, he doesn’t have to suffer no more. No more of those therapies, or medicine or any other thing that he suffered. NO MORE! That is positive side of his transition.

For many, Stuart Scott to me will be a black legend that changed the game of sportscasting. I want all the future sportscasters to know this. Especially those who are black – we know that Black History Month is next month. And many are about to highlight the careers and achievements of African-Americans or black folks in general alike. Even more. I want all of you, no matter the level of school you are in, put Stuart Scott on your list. And if the folks ask you why Stuart Scott you tell them why! And also when making that presentation or that pictorial subject, be clear of what made you pick him or what inspired you to talk about him. And if you are going into the broadcasting game, just have one word in your office, or on your door that anyone can bring up. Booyah!


This blog was written in June of 2009, at the time of Michael Jackson’s death. Yes, it was a stunning time to realize that one of the best pop stars of all time had gone to soon. Read up.

Like everyone, I am stunned. I am stunned because one of my favorite artists that I’ve listened to since childhood is gone. Well, I wouldn’t say “gone”, more like a “see you later”. Sitting up late Thursday, I popped in my Michael Jackson Live in Bucharest DVD and just watched it, only a couple of frames of Billie Jean, Thriller, Jam, and Man In the Mirror. And also, I watched the interview that he did with Oprah Winfrey back around 1993. And to this day, I still watch it like it was the first time. Then, Michael was 34 years old. And most questions and statements were highlighted about the Moonwalk, the tabloid, grabbing the crotch in term of rhythms (even I wanted to know why he always did that) and “mini-movies” in terms of his music videos. Earlier on Thursday, when the news broke, I was at work, and just doing my daily assignments. And about a couple of minutes later, there was more reports on the Internet about Michael Jackson died. I’m like WHAT?????!!!!! Just like that. I’m thinking this can’t be real. No way. But as the news progressed, knowing like, it would be just fine. But it wasn’t. I remember posting a Facebook message in which it read “It seems like almost everyday that we’re losing our legends. But you never know when the time comes”. Over and over again, I reflected that of Farrah Fawcett, who previous passed earlier. The last time I remember reading about two deaths in one day, featuring an actor and musician, it was John Lee Hooker and Carroll O’ Connor.

Now since this happen, I don’t what to say. But I can say this: Even though Michael Jackson had his issues. Even though that Michael Jackson had his good days. Even though Michael Jackson had his bad days and I dare say ugly days, to me, he still stood still. I remember when Michael like everyone else, was diagnosed with the skin disorder. And coming to think, most questioned is he still black? Believe it or not, that question was passed around. I didn’t believe the hype though that much. And plus, I have a younger family member that has this same disorder and it is real.

So what about the path that has been laid? Well, I say look at his craft. I believe that his creation of music videos redefined what they should be. We know Thriller (although I was scared of it as a kid growing up. I admit it.) But the piece was groundbreaking no question. Even on MTV, in which didn’t have black artists featured previously back in it’s beginning stages. The art of dance in which the Moonwalk, I think is a lightning rod of his entire dance moves. Plus giving credit goes toward break dancing, Fred Astair, Jackie Wilson, and even James Brown. And the albums, even though that the group albums of the Jackson 5 were a starting point, but I can say that Bad, Thriller, Off The Wall, and Dangerous are the main four that I think were best.(And still are) Invincible and HIStory are a runner up. I would also say that his collaborations with Paul McCartney with the singles “Say, Say, Say” is a good craft to show along with Mick Jagger with “Stage of Shock”. And come to think I remember they were one of the first songs I have listened to out of him. Plus that kind of geared me to listen a little rock music in mix with R&B, Pop, and Soul. Matter of fact, that was the beginning for my listening moods. In addition, I have listed my favorite MJ singles in which I can put on a playlist:

Beat It

Thriller

Billie Jean

Bad

Dangerous

Give Into Me

Jam

Earth Song

Tabloid Junkie

Scream

Why You Wanna Trip On Me

Baby Be Mine

Get On The Floor

Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough

2000 Watts

Unbreakable

You Rock My World

Speed Demon

Who Is It?

In The Closet

Rock With You

Invincible

Threatened

Black or White

Workin’ Day And Night

Another Part of Me

Dirty Diana

Smooth Criminal

The Way You Make Me Feel

Can’t Let Her Get Away

Remember The Time

Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’

In closing: not the final closing, but in closing in general, Michael Jackson has given us so much of his talent. Either in videos, singles, award shows, surprise appearances such as the 2003 BET Awards in which he helped presented James Brown the Lifetime Achievement Award. (Still remember that) his 30th Anniversary Special, a SuperBowl Halftime Show, President Clinton’s Inauguration, and not to forget: Motown 25. And I too was looking forward to his final curtain call concert in July via the highlights. Take notes. Whether you loved him, hated him you have to respect him. There is no question that artists like Usher, Ne-Yo, Mario and others might somewhat mimic Michael’s dance moves, but none of them won’t be able to be Michael Jackson.

Furthermore, I remember back in my elementary school days, that we would have these discussion contests between Michael Jackson and Prince. Some of you may remember this. Who was the better performer out of the two? I said Michael, most said Prince but hey who’s counting. They’re both different performers but they are both winners. Also before V100, Hot 102 (now 102.1) used to play Michael Jackson song all the time, everyday. In 2006, when I was on vacation in Detroit, I went to the Motown Museum and one the exhibits I remember looking at was indeed a hat. The same hat that Michael Jackson wore at Motown 25. Plus, I’ve heard a true story about that the hat was stolen from the museum and it was returned thanks to a tip, and plus MC Hammer was given credit for making the request. Matter of fact; take a trip to the Motown Museum. Everything is original. Albums, costumes, Studio A, a candy machine, etc. Even Berry Gordy’s Apartment is still the same when he lived there. And come to think, I need to find my Beat It coat from my childhood!

As a fan of his music, and black music in general that I grew up listening to, I am honored to have this in my collection. Not only in collection, but in life that I can relate trying encountering the real world. Here are some examples:

Beat It, Don’t Stop Till Get Enough, and Unbreakable reminds me of staying tough and alive no matter what happens. And making sure to keep going without anyone interfering within your progress.

Bad and 2 Bad reminds me of standing up to those that try to put you down. Show them who’s Bad, in a good way. In other words, Step to them!

Get on the Floor, and Off The Wall are a constant reminder of going to the party dance floor and boogie, the same can be for Burn This Disco Out to finish it.

Who Is It, to me is an identity song. A constant reminder of asking: who am I, and what is my purpose?

Jam is most a remembrance of 90’s NBA Basketball, which had Michael Jordan in it. And dunk contests with a Hip Hop feel.

Man in the Mirror, Earth Song, and Heal the World are humanity songs that try to encourage the individual to do the right thing at times of need. Personally, I think Earth Song is more a “green song” in my view.

Scream and Why You Wanna Trip On Me, are constant reminders of stopping the madness and asking why are you hating on me? This should take notes on those that like to make fun of those who are different in all.

Black Or White and Another Part of Me reminds me of hanging out on a cultural aspect. Plus it should be noted as universal without regards to race, creed or class.

Smooth Criminal reminds me of a throwback to murder mysteries, trying to find out who done it, where and why.

P.Y.T., The Way You Make Me Feel, She Drives Me Wild, Can’t Let Her Get Away, In the Closet, and You Rock My World reminds me of getting a hook up, not in the worst way.

Billie Jean, Dangerous, Tabloid Junkie, and Dirty Diana are some what different, but the same can be reminded of keeping an eye out for a person that may not be trustworthy. Even news that is not true.

As for Thriller: dark and scary from a horror movie. Even encountering against fear, like Ghosts.

Remember the Time constantly asks: Do you Remember? Dating, good times, calling on the phone about 2:00 in the morning. Some of you can relate!

This is my special take on a gifted superstar that had a great effect on my soundtrack life. Right or wrong. Just my thought. Michael will be missed, but not forgotten.


It’s the sixth month of 2011, and this is a time when to break out the tunes of my people. Black Music. For some who are wondering why I am amped about June, is particularly the effect on African Americans. One, as we know about Juneteenth Day on June 19 when slavery was declared dead, and also that the Month of June is dedicated to black music. And for the record, it is legal. Since 1979, after President Jimmy Carter made it official it is become well known that most folks should take the time to appreciate the value of music that blacks created over the years and centuries. From the African drum to the now (sometimes bothersome) autotune. From the Spirituals of the slavery times to Gospel of now. From the rag time rhythms of jazz, to Funk, Soul, Folk, Zydeco, Rock and Roll, Country, R&B, and now Hip Hop it is all a given.

It’s time to appreciate that yes it’s just music. I know. But what about the value? The value of all of this is the fact that Black Music is still around. And in my opinion, one of the most sampled on the planet. I kind of get this alot. What do you mean “the most sampled or copied?” Look at the history.

History will tell you that all music (even Ska music) originated with black culture. Take Africa for example. All of the dancing and the rhythm beats. Came from Africa. Let me go to Rock Music. When rock music is mentioned you’re probably thinking of all the rock bands like Guns N’ Roses and Coldplay. BUT: there are artists like Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Fats Domino, Lenny Kravitz, and Slash that made this to never forget. For Hip-Hop, we know this very well. Without the likes of Run-DMC, MC Lyte, Salt-N-Pepa, and the Sugarhill Gang, Nicki Minaj wouldn’t be working, Period. (I’m still trying to figure her out) R&B, same thing. Most folks who go against it always comes back with respect. Sort of like James Brown. When his sound came out way back when, there were folks that came influenced. And even after his death, there are those today who still influence the sound he produced. For Pop Music – let me school all the Justin Bieber Fans out there. And you Lady Gaga folks or any other now pop version fan there. Without the likes of Michael Jackson, Prince, and other Pop Icons from the Black Music Commuinty, they wouldn’t have jobs! It’s not to disrespect them of their thing, but it’s a way to pay homage that most of us really need to understand.

So in regarding Black Music Month, I celebrate this music month because of not only the artists, but it is the value. Now I can hear the internet buzzing on the blogs and other stuff that yeah, I get, but why. Once again, look at the history. And one other thing: Black Music Month is like Black History Month in a way of learning about the idealistic value of it’s beginnings, and not to it’s grand finale. The only way that Black Music Month would be faded out, is NOT talking or learning about it’s value.


That’s it. It needs to stop. Over and over again for the last two years it’s has been a nuisance. I’m talking about the ongoing saga of President Obama’s birth certificate. I thought this issue was laid to rest in all, but come on. Those on the GOP right refuse to let the situation go. Including Donald Trump. What is Trump’s beef with the Obama Certificate, does it sell shoes? Really, Donald? I mean this guy went up against the likes of Vince McMahon for Gods sakes. Even to have The Apprentice going out as one of the best shows on NBC. But when he started to talk about the birther thing, and commenting on the likes of the Tea Party, I begin to wonder if this dude really changed?

In the interview with Bill Cosby, by the way he’s on point. He thinks that in a recent comment that Cosby was too harsh in all. For a guy like Bill Cosby whom most Americans I think have to respect, he was just stating his own opinion about he should run or shut up. Just like some certain politicians who want their names on the ballots so bad just to get noticed. Or this case, just to make themselves “famous”. If the birther talk through “The Donald” continues in all, it’s going to be a failure. Period.  He thinks that the Birth Certificate that the State of Hawaii is not really a Birth Certificate. More like a “Official Certificate of Live Birth.” Aren’t these documents are the same? Do they have stamped approvals on them? Come on America! Is this what The Donald has stooped to?  Talk about getting into a trap. That’s what America gets at times. Listen to something you know that may not be true but in the end, it does ring true to the fact that well, you the average reader by example were duped.

This is what our society has been consumed to. Sort of like Michael Jackson. Remember when the news broke way back when he publicly said that his skin color diminished because of the disorder. And alot of us (admit it!) thought that he bleached his skin? How on God’s green earth you bleach your skin? Never seen it! Or with that then13-year-old boy who accused him of the sexual acts in stuff.  After his death, that same person came out to tell the truth indicating it was all a setup just to get to him,  his money, and plus it was all a lie by his own father from 1993. And some folks today even still think he did those things. The truth came out in 2005 in the words of NOT GUILTY!

In regards to M.C. Hammer,(by the way he’s coming to the Milwaukee area in August)  and making those commercials. Lot of us in the hip hop community way  thought he was selling out. You know fast forward to about 2 decades later, rappers like 50 Cent were featured in Vitamin Water Commercials. How wrong we were.

Back to the matter at hand: this on-going birther talk will haunt, and I think Kill the Republicans in 2012.  This shouldn’t be on the minds of us trying to move the country forward. What should be on the minds, is lowering our taxes, cutting spending, bringing the troops home safe, have adequate health care, good schools, better jobs, having an infrastructure that America can finally get on board,  and many other things that other countries are doing, and having America being held up because of the politics.


The first Decade of the 2010’s was a harsh one. But also in other ways a good start for the year. I had a chance to get  a new schedule job change, volunteer and work for my Alumni Folks, help my church to “Rethink”, won my case of my Saxophone and getting an unexpected check from Reed vs Dresser Settlement Claims. And like every other year, 2010 and I had some losses. Tough losses.

The Good:

Rethink Church. Especially my church.

Juneteenth Day in Wisconsin became a State Holiday. It’ s real now, not even Scott Walker or the haters can’t touch it.

Milwaukee’s African World Festival returns with a one day festival in August. – Which is my “Favorite Comeback Event of the year”. After being out of the spotlight for two years financially.

Alumni Check ins: Had a chance to return to my High School Reunion, College and University Alumni Functions and workshops. Big ups to Milwaukee’s John Marshall High School Class of 1990-2000 Reunions, the Milwaukee Area Technical College and University of Wisconsin-Stout Alumni Associations.

Eugene Kane and James Causey of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. At least they tell some good news.

Wisconsin Badgers Football. 2010 Big Ten Champs.

Wisconsin establishments are now Smoke Free! So I can go to a club and be healthy at the same time. The haters on the other hand don’t think it’s an idea. What’cha been smoking?

Brandon Jennings had a good season with the Bucks.

The Green Bay Packers with or without Aaron Rodgers. And with Clay Matthews!

Milwaukee had received 2 WWE Smackdown Events at the Bradley Center in the year.

Milwaukee County Supervisor Nikyla Harris became the new Supervisor of Milwaukee’s District 2 area replacing Toni Clark.

For me: I had some good pointers in 2010 in which was personal. My saxophone that I owned for 21 years,  was under siege by a local music shop which they thought it was stolen, but there was no proof of that of being stolen. However it was returned to me no charge. And in October, I was awarded a check over 5 grand with the Reed vs Dresser Settlement Case which had a problem of hiring, training  and taking in Wisconsin African-American Applicants. For all you companies out there, you better be careful of not hiring blacks because it might bite you big!

Health Care Reform! – Good.  And so the haters began to complain.

Shani Davis winning the Gold Medal in Speed-skating – AGAIN!

Mo’Nique winning an Oscar Award. – Don’t Hate!

New Orleans Saints winning the Super Bowl.

Brett Favre’s Streak of 297 games – Over. And was looking at 2 losses against the Packers.

Don’t Ask Don’t Tell – IS OVER! Let them serve openly.

Keith Olbermann for attacking the Tea Party, the Shirley Sherrod Case, and the question “Where are the people of color at the Tea Parties?”

Bill Maher – enough said.

In Music: No I didn’t listen to Justin Bieber and other folks. I listened to Cypress Hill, Diddy Dirty Money, Eminem, The Roots, Toni Braxton, Ice Cube, Michael Jackson’s new joint, Faith Evans, and a bunch of Old School stuff that took me back in the day before Lil Wayne’s and TI’s prison terms.

Windows Phone 7

In Movies: Iron Man 2, The A-Team, The Karate Kid (2010 Version), Machete, Get Him to The Greek, Hot Tub Time Machine, and Faster – which has a Milwaukee connection. And for the record: NO SOCIAL NETWORK!

NBA Jam made a comeback. And Call of Duty: Black Ops was a hit!

On TV: Real Milwaukee – that show is hilarious! WWE, Real Time, True Blood, Entourage, Countdown, The Rachel Maddow Show, & The Ed Show.

I also met new folks on Facebook, a local Black fraternity, and sent over 2,000 tweets on twitter.

The NAACP for standing up to the Tea Party and telling them to repudiate (not refudiate) their racist elements.

Milwaukee gained new stations in HD – A country music station, and a retro station that shows nothing but old school shows.

The Bad:

I need to put this on the top of the list: Ron Johnson and Scott Walker. And my opinion, Tom Barrett and Russ Feingold shouldn’t have lost under the so-called Wisconsin Tea Party folks!

The Tea Party. And not to forget the “Don’t Tread on Me” Flags, and those wished that it was the American Revolution all over again.

Michael Steele.

TeaParty365.

TSA.

The Fox 6 Milwaukee Blog site. I’ll  miss that the most.

The blizzard on the East Coast. Hey, we Midwesterner folks know that all too well.

Folks rushing to the stores to buy the Ipad. It’s not that serious!

Andrew Breitbart and his “stories” of Shirley Sherrod footages with the NAACP.

Sarah Palin.

Alveda King. – She needs a reality check of her famous uncle!

Glenn Beck.

Charlie Sykes and any right wing news hack in Milwaukee.

Milwaukee Brewers – don’t hate. If they start winning more,  they will be on my good list.

Atlanta Hawks Player Josh Smith of his comment about Milwaukee in general.

Black owned restaurants in Milwaukee of Stella’s, The Bayou, and Manna House all forced to close up shop. This is one example of why the black (and I mean BLACK) businesses is in need of constant support.

When will Nintendo Wii and EA Sports ever get it with Madden?

Brass Bell Music in Glendale, WI. See my For me post.

Dresser Waukesha for not hiring and training African-Americans in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin and the “boondoggle/It will never work/brain-drain syndrome” – and letting go 810 Million Dollars of High Speed Rail and the jobs. That was a waste.  And Talgo is moving out in 2012 leaving a maintenance base. Wow Scott Walker, and Wisconsin Tax-Payers. Thank you morons for making sure that the state stays behind. Disgusted.

A bar in Wisconsin that refused blacks as patrons. Don’t that send us back even more?!

Haiti Earthquake.

BP Oil Spill.

The flood in Milwaukee that the city didn’t had in over 100 years. Crazy. And remember that sinkhole!

Milwaukee is ranked 4th as poorest in the nation, and it’s still segregated. And the crazy JSOnline folks who spend too much time on the columns of Eugene Kane and others still don’t understand. Are they too broke to work or go to school? My God!

Milwaukee is number 1! ( in Drinking).

Crazy and UGLY!!!!:

What is up with Milwaukee’s Bradford Beach and folks of all colors can’t get along? And again, there are those in Milwaukee who see the blacks as thugs? When will I get my chance? When?!  And when will Milwaukee will get out of the 1975/1980’s “all day everyday” syndrome?

Conan O’Brien leaves the Tonight Show and re-enters Jay Leno. Meanwhile months later, Conan goes to TBS.

Back in the spring, when the Milwaukee Bucks were in the playoffs, the term “Fear The Deer” became a reality when a heard of deer crashed a bar in Menomonie during the game.

I became a “hater victim” on Youtube.  If you want to know, well it was about this jobber named superstr5 or whatever his name was, thought I was lying about going to a wrestling match in 1996.  Hello, I got the ticket stub at home to prove this! Let this be a warning to everyone: I’m not here to get cracked on. If you got a bone to pick on, pick on somebody else. One thing for sure, I did reported the incident on youtube. AND I MEAN on YOUTUBE!

The High Speed Rail Project was first halted by Gov. Jim Doyle, then was the setup by Scott Walker to scrap it.  Again: A Waste.

On the lighter side of things time to reflect on those we lost:

Teena Marie – you younger bucks better recognize real music instead of being a pretty face.

Laurie Bembenek

Leslie Neilsen

Lena Horne

Gary Coleman

Barbara Billingsby

George Steinbrenner

Rue McClanahan

Dixie Carter

Teddy Pendergrass

Locally where I’m at: I lost those who were close –

Forrest Rash

Rev. Jodie Joiner

Ethel Richards

Dorothy McGuin

and two I felt were family: Sabrina Junior who was my cousin was murdered in August.  This was a disgusting act of violence that effected my family, my younger cousins who will not see their mother again. And my family had the family dog we called “boo-bear” had be put to sleep because of age illness. We were blessed to have her as a dog. We took her in our home, fed her, played with her and just took her in as family. We thanked God for her 14 years (98 dog years) she has given us.

2010 was a rough start.  But I think 2011 will be an improvement of better beginnings, healing, and outcomes.