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    I hope it's OK to make a thread just on a 4 minute dance but I feel it's quite a special one and maybe his most fascinating and creative.

    There is an interesting article published in the Journal of Popular Music Studies that discusses the dance and the reaction/misunderstanding. It's a long read but worth it if anyone hasn't done so yet.

    "Michael Jackson’s Panther Dance: Double Consciousness and the Uncanny Business of Performing While Black" by Elizabeth Chin.

    https://www.academia.edu/2462183/Mic...ng_While_Black

    Like Dunham’s fantasy ballet,the panther dance rejected the demands of white audiences for “Black entertainment” and instead offered a statement about Black identity. No jungle wiggles, no titillating jiggles. Jackson’s panther dance is a taking off of the mask, a revelation of the abiding rage and anger that whites both fear and suppress: a truth that cannot be morphed into something palatable either in dreams or in reality.
    It would be great to hear other people views on the dance and their favourite bits.

    I think my favourite is the opening section which seems to be representing police brutality. Once the spotlight finds him and he reaches for something he is immediately hit by gunfire and his head drops.. what a brilliant idea to fit this into such a small sequence. He can perform the bullets because his hands move so fast!

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    I will never ever watch Black or White the same way ever again. Genius! Thanks for posting this!
    WHAT ABOUT NATURE'S WORTH
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    Quote Originally Posted by wednesday View Post
    I will never ever watch Black or White the same way ever again. Genius! Thanks for posting this!
    Haha, I know it changes everything. Genius indeed!

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    MJ originally wanted the black panther morphing & dance to be performed by his sister Janet for one of her videos.

    The reason was that she reminded him of a black panther, so he thought that she should do such a thing, as he revealed in 1999.

    Although Janet at first liked MJ’s idea, she eventually decided not to do such a thing.

    It was right after her rejection of his idea when MJ decided to do that for one of his own videos.

    The ‘Black Or White’ music video looked like a perfect opportunity because it was also a way for him to convey in an emphatic way political/social messages (about racism, bigotry, etc) through that panther dance.

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    The whole BoW video is full of hidden references. There was a detailed article about this a while ago. (Does anyone have the link?)
    Really enlightening.


    Quote Originally Posted by mj_frenzy View Post
    MJ originally wanted the black panther morphing & dance to be performed by his sister Janet for one of her videos.

    The reason was that she reminded him of a black panther, so he thought that she should do such a thing, as he revealed in 1999.
    Where did he say this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Electro View Post
    Where did he say this?
    He said that to MTV, in 1999.

    Listen towards the end of that video interview:


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    Quote Originally Posted by mj_frenzy View Post
    He said that to MTV, in 1999.

    Listen towards the end of that video interview:

    One of my favourite television interviews.

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    Michael was smart for doing that

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    Quote Originally Posted by mj_frenzy View Post
    He said that to MTV, in 1999.

    Listen towards the end of that video interview:

    Thanks. Haven't seen this in a long time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mj_frenzy View Post
    He said that to MTV, in 1999.

    Listen towards the end of that video interview:



    Thanks!

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    I guess Michael was censored twice in his career. First, when he had to put racial graffiti on the car he smashes in Black or White. Second, when he was forced to change the lyrics in his song They Don't Care About Us.

    Here is the uncensored version of BLACK OR WHITE:

    WHAT ABOUT NATURE'S WORTH
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    Seems like Michael was dangerous indeed. #RestInPeaceKingOfPop
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    Great dance - great video.
    https://www.youtube.com/user/Ahess/videos - me dancing MJ - many years ago.

    I would be really glad if you rated or/and commented the videos. Thanks

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