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    Quote Originally Posted by soso def View Post
    timmy, i could kiss u for those links....note that bob's mother said he came into the world light, almost looking like he was mixed or could even pass for a white man b/c if he wasn't, no one would have listened to what he was preaching. my favorite is CRAZY BALDHEADS....guess who he's talking about in that one.
    Thanx, Kate... yeah I just heard "Crazy Baldheads", like YESTERDAY!


    "OK, first of all, I have this skin disorder that destroys the pigmentation of the skin. It's something that I cannot help. Okay? But when people make up stories that I don't wanna be what I am, it hurts me. It's a problem for me, okay? I can't control it. But let's reverse it. What about all the millions of people who sit out in the sun to become other than what they are?" -- Michael Jackson (1993)

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    Quote Originally Posted by soso def View Post
    by 2001 the world thought of him as a pedophile. going on a bus bashing mattolla and then making a pc about him and his issues instead of focusing on what was at hand. sorry but mike dealt w/ the issues blacks face in the industry. he was just making hella money and was on the top so i don't think he cared too much about shedding light on it.

    timmy, i could kiss u for those links....note that bob's mother said he came into the world light, almost looking like he was mixed or could even pass for a white man b/c if he wasn't, no one would have listened to what he was preaching. my favorite is CRAZY BALDHEADS....guess who he's talking about in that one.

    mj had his chance in ebony to say something positive about obama....he chose to say he was taught not to think about it. didn't he perform at clinton's inaug? didn't he hang out w/ nasty ass ronald r? cop out if u ask me
    First of all Michael Jackson as far back when he was with the Jacksons during the mid to late 70's and early eighties BEFORE he ever made mega-stardom with Thriller, always talked about his Black heritage, his Black pride, racism as well as Black entertainers before his time failed to get the recognition they deserved. What he said at that press conference with Al Sharpton was not new nor was it some new revelation slapping him in the face because of his experience with Sony. Michael always felt that way. I'm old enough to remember that. That's why I get a little irked with people--especially Black people--who has this attitude that Michael 'left home and didn't come back home until he needs us'. Or other nonsense such as "right message; but WRONG messenger"--which many of our people were spewing out against Michael during that Sony ruckus.

    Second of all, Michael's 'Blackness' was never really questioned UNTIL he got extremly popular with Thriller-mania and crossed over. Then Black people started making snide remarks questioning his Black awareness and his sensibilities of 'the struggle'. I remember it when it was yesterday. This was during the 80's when Michael was still a brown-skinned brotha with no trace of lightness and certainly when the thought of accusing him of pedophilia was never even mentioned in the same sentence as Michael Jackson--he was considered a harmless lovable Peter Pan or Pide Piper.

    Michael's black awareness being doubted or questioned by our people is not new nor did it began or end with him. That mess always happens to our entertainers who are able to appeal to not only Blacks but Whites and other races too. Whitney Houston got 'the treatment' from some of us too when she got mainstream appeal.

    Thirdly, in that Ebony interview, Michael Jackson said he had no comment not only regarding Barak Obama running for president, but also regarding Hillary Clinton also (she's white isn't she?) He made a valid point as to why--regardless of whether anyone agrees with him or not--All of the world's problems that are happening are TOO MUCH for mere humans to solve or to handle. If that wasn't the case, considering the various governments and regiments and people in power that have come during these hundreds and even thousands of years, we still have wars, hunger, poverty, sickness AND no peace. If people were had the ability to rid the earth of such things, WHY are things ills still plaguing out earth? Like I said, whether people agree with him or not, call it a cop out if you want there's strong in your face evidence what he said has merit.

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    Time for me to go off topic since people love to argue:

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    Cool cliques hit bricks but seldom hit targets
    Private-DIC sells hits, like porno flicks do chicks
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    Yesterday in Central Park they got the Jogger
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    On that proper ammunition they call reasonable suspicion
    Listen I bring friction to your whole jurisdiction
    You planted seeds in my seat when I wasn't looking
    Now they wanna ask me for my license/registration
    "WHAT THE F**K" is my name?
    "WHAT THE F**K" is my occupation?
    Well I'm an emcee, I'm down with the Fugees
    Mother Mary caught a flashback like Rodney now the cops got Lolly

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    If I lose control will send me to the penetentiary
    Such as Alcatraz, or shot up like El-Hadj Malik Shabazz
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    And the fuzz treat bruhs like they manhood never was
    And if you too powerful, you get bugged like Peter Tosh and Marley was
    And my word does nothing against the Feds
    So my eyes stay red as I chase crazy baldheads, word up

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    (Chorus)


    "OK, first of all, I have this skin disorder that destroys the pigmentation of the skin. It's something that I cannot help. Okay? But when people make up stories that I don't wanna be what I am, it hurts me. It's a problem for me, okay? I can't control it. But let's reverse it. What about all the millions of people who sit out in the sun to become other than what they are?" -- Michael Jackson (1993)

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    Default Re: is MJ a Socially aware Black Artist or not to you?

    I think most things have been said. To answer the question I think MJ is socially aware and it comes from a genuine place, $300 million is hardly playin around. The brother has contributed.

    I totally agree with what Katie says, and it's an unpopular view with fans and I can see that side of it. Socially aware yes but Michael plays the game and has played the game when it comes to his image.

    Personally, I looked at Michael up on that bus and thought it was a bit too late in the piece to start protesting now. Like Katie says, you gonna protest when the chips are down or protest when you are the KOP. In the late 80s early 90s that was a pretty good time to be MikeJack wasn't it? So where was the talks then? Where was the truth then? Why wasn't he telling arenas not to "walk out of here and forget". Well it's simple, he played the game, dude needs longevity, who wants to be a Bono right? Why turn yourself into a flight risk so you get shut down.

    So yeah he will go the Clinton thing when he is the star of the show, he'll go to the White House when he is a black man getting his awards and praise. But he isn't going to request any meetings and use his unprecendented global fame to help Africa. No, MJ don't talk politics because then the media, the fans, the world and box him and his success is that he cannot be boxed.

    The last thing i will say is, obviously the trial killed any plans he had but in more recent times MJ, in my opinion, has talked the talk but no action. He doesn't wanna turn into that guy...and i hope he does goto Africa and start showing how much it means to him.

    (Imma get mah head bit off)
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    MJ was awarded by an African group in 2003 for his contribution to charity for Africa.
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    Mr Jackson was very strong and powerful, and he was scary in a way, but not without a sense of humour, although it was clear that all the children had a huge amount of respect for their dad.
    'I had a set opinion of the family beforehand and, because my perception of them changed while making the film, ...They came across as a steady, committed family, whereas it was the people around them who were scrabbling in the dirt. British reporter.

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    quote]by 2001 the world thought of him as a pedophile [/quote]


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    I think the world had pretty much forgotten about the allegations of 93 in 2001 until the new sh!t hit the fan in after the Bashir interview 2003.
    Sorry a bit ot but I had to say it.
    No, you took the words right out of my mouth; its the truth - The world did not think of him as a pedophile in 2001. That was the whole probelem. The plan had failed! The purpose of having the INSURANCE cover that matter was served in terms of removing that mess from public consciousness and so did his 'other' PR moves - by 2001 Michael had moved on and so did the world.


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    First of all Michael Jackson as far back when he was with the Jacksons during the mid to late 70's and early eighties BEFORE he ever made mega-stardom with Thriller, always talked about his Black heritage, his Black pride, racism as well as Black entertainers before his time failed to get the recognition they deserved. What he said at that press conference with Al Sharpton was not new nor was it some new revelation slapping him in the face because of his experience with Sony. Michael always felt that way. I'm old enough to remember that. That's why I get a little irked with people--especially Black people--who has this attitude that Michael 'left home and didn't come back home until he needs us'. Or other nonsense such as "right message; but WRONG messenger"--which many of our people were spewing out against Michael during that Sony ruckus.

    Second of all, Michael's 'Blackness' was never really questioned UNTIL he got extremly popular with Thriller-mania and crossed over. Then Black people started making snide remarks questioning his Black awareness and his sensibilities of 'the struggle'. I remember it when it was yesterday. This was during the 80's when Michael was still a brown-skinned brotha with no trace of lightness and certainly when the thought of accusing him of pedophilia was never even mentioned in the same sentence as Michael Jackson--he was considered a harmless lovable Peter Pan or Pide Piper.

    Michael's black awareness being doubted or questioned by our people is not new nor did it began or end with him. That mess always happens to our entertainers who are able to appeal to not only Blacks but Whites and other races too. Whitney Houston got 'the treatment' from some of us too when she got mainstream appeal.

    Thirdly, in that Ebony interview, Michael Jackson said he had no comment not only regarding Barak Obama running for president, but also regarding Hillary Clinton also (she's white isn't she?) He made a valid point as to why--regardless of whether anyone agrees with him or not--All of the world's problems that are happening are TOO MUCH for mere humans to solve or to handle. If that wasn't the case, considering the various governments and regiments and people in power that have come during these hundreds and even thousands of years, we still have wars, hunger, poverty, sickness AND no peace. If people were had the ability to rid the earth of such things, WHY are things ills still plaguing out earth? Like I said, whether people agree with him or not, call it a cop out if you want there's strong in your face evidence what he said has merit.
    Thank you! Very true! And for the moment I'd forgotten about the fact that back in the day he certainly did often mention the way the great African American artists were abused by the music industry. That is an excellent point. I also feel that when it impacted him as personally as it did he became motivated to do the things that he otherwise might not have. Everything in this post is so very well stated - thank you very much!

    As far as this "Barak" question - I find it fascinating that some people are so upset that Michael didn't support their personal politcal agenda. That is very interesting to me and I do not understand that sense of entitlement while not being willing to allow Michael the same entitlement to his own freedom of speech and freedom of choice.

    Michael was exercising his own personal civil/religious/human right not to comment on that and he explained in his own words that in the religion of his upbringing he learned that until God's kingdom comes, and God's will is DONE on earth, as it is in Heaven, the world will still be under satanic influence - even if the prices of medicine and gasoline DO come down or whatever else are the problems of the day - there will be old age and death until God fixes it, meanwhile MJ chooses what he's going to care for as much as he can - this ought to tell people that he is committed to God as a personal value deep within whether he continues with the rituals, practices and chapter&verse doctrines of the religion of his upbringing - or not - and that he does his part to making this world a better place, regardless to what the "candidates" are (saying they're) going to do.

    didn't he perform at clinton's inaug?
    Just because he sang at Clinton's inaugural does not mean he's going to fulfill some peoples' fantasies that he'd begin waving banners for all the democrats of America.

    didn't he hang out w/ nasty ass ronald r?


    No. Regan was the President at the time that Michael was at the center of the world's attention and Ragen (imho) used it as an opportunity to 'enhance' his wife's 'anti-drug' agenda while at the same time commend Michael for his positive contribution and influence on youth in our society and did it very publicly.

    NO, I don't believe they went to the movies, Disneyland or the arcade together..

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    Default Re: is MJ a Socially aware Black Artist or not to you?

    Well like I said he's aware.

    :lol:


    "OK, first of all, I have this skin disorder that destroys the pigmentation of the skin. It's something that I cannot help. Okay? But when people make up stories that I don't wanna be what I am, it hurts me. It's a problem for me, okay? I can't control it. But let's reverse it. What about all the millions of people who sit out in the sun to become other than what they are?" -- Michael Jackson (1993)

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickd View Post
    I think most things have been said. To answer the question I think MJ is socially aware and it comes from a genuine place, $300 million is hardly playin around. The brother has contributed.

    I totally agree with what Katie says, and it's an unpopular view with fans and I can see that side of it. Socially aware yes but Michael plays the game and has played the game when it comes to his image.

    Personally, I looked at Michael up on that bus and thought it was a bit too late in the piece to start protesting now. Like Katie says, you gonna protest when the chips are down or protest when you are the KOP. In the late 80s early 90s that was a pretty good time to be MikeJack wasn't it? So where was the talks then? Where was the truth then? Why wasn't he telling arenas not to "walk out of here and forget". Well it's simple, he played the game, dude needs longevity, who wants to be a Bono right? Why turn yourself into a flight risk so you get shut down.

    So yeah he will go the Clinton thing when he is the star of the show, he'll go to the White House when he is a black man getting his awards and praise. But he isn't going to request any meetings and use his unprecendented global fame to help Africa. No, MJ don't talk politics because then the media, the fans, the world and box him and his success is that he cannot be boxed.

    The last thing i will say is, obviously the trial killed any plans he had but in more recent times MJ, in my opinion, has talked the talk but no action. He doesn't wanna turn into that guy...and i hope he does goto Africa and start showing how much it means to him.

    (Imma get mah head bit off)
    I'm not gonna bite cha head off. But I will disagree. What's with this 'he never tried to help Africa' or 'he don't go to Africa' business? as someone said earlier, Michael was crowned an honorary King in Africa back in 1992 and that was amidst false rumors that tried to make him look like a snob when he was visiting there. What was the purpose in creating those rumors I wonder? Hmmmm! He visited an orphanages and donated to that orphanage I believe. Ebony and Jet magazine were the only media that were invited to accompany Michael and his team to Africa--which was a good thing because the media was trying to turn his trip into a public-relations disaster AND some of the ill-informed Black media fell for it too. When Ebony and Jet did a full cover story on Michael's trip, many people who had so much criticsism didn't say a word after that. Michael Jackson was welcomed with open arms in the land of his ancestors--full-blooded Africans who know their tribes and heritage first hand. Many of us here in the States (including myself) have no idea what African tribe we descended from and some of us have the nerve to throw a 'Blacker than thou' attitude towards Michael Jackson because he doesn't show enough(to our satisfaction) how 'down' he is with his people?

    And Michael Jackson has been to Africa MANY times--during the Afro era and during the Jheri Curl era and down through the lace-front era. One time he and his family went to an African country--were he was being honored and Lisa Marie and her two kids were with him--after she filed for divorce by the way. Over the years some of his trips were caught by the media, others trips were not. Same thing with his charity work. Michael Jackson has always contributed to Africa and also to many causes for African Americans, he just doesn't ALWAYS feel the need to SHOW and PROVE that he does to appease those who say 'What did he ever do for his people?'

    If there are Blacks that need to be questioned on their solidarity with their people, it's the ones who make babies and abandon them; those who profit from the destruction of their community by selling drugs and using and recruiting our young and impressionable ones to follow in their footsteps--and not being honest with them about how their lives would be messed up if they took up with that lifestyle; those-through their attitudes and actions--make a mockery of the struggles, sacrifices and persecution generations of our people before us went through just to get a good education and to be considered just as good and equal; those, who despite the painful history behind the 'N word will call each other the N word and make lame allowances for it (so what if it's with a 'gga'!) as well as calling and referring to their women as 'b**ch's and 'ho's-whether on the street, amidst four walls or in a song where other races hear it and wonder why they can't say it if we say it. Those are the Blacks that should be questioned about their Black pride and their Black awareness--not Michael Jackson.

    Also no matter WHEN Michael Jackson made a protest--especially during and after the Thriller hype--it would still garner some flack and even snickers from people--sadly including some of our own. Why? 'Cause that's how peeps are!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickd View Post
    I think most things have been said. To answer the question I think MJ is socially aware and it comes from a genuine place, $300 million is hardly playin around. The brother has contributed.

    I totally agree with what Katie says, and it's an unpopular view with fans and I can see that side of it. Socially aware yes but Michael plays the game and has played the game when it comes to his image.

    Personally, I looked at Michael up on that bus and thought it was a bit too late in the piece to start protesting now. Like Katie says, you gonna protest when the chips are down or protest when you are the KOP. In the late 80s early 90s that was a pretty good time to be MikeJack wasn't it? So where was the talks then? Where was the truth then? Why wasn't he telling arenas not to "walk out of here and forget". Well it's simple, he played the game, dude needs longevity, who wants to be a Bono right? Why turn yourself into a flight risk so you get shut down.

    So yeah he will go the Clinton thing when he is the star of the show, he'll go to the White House when he is a black man getting his awards and praise. But he isn't going to request any meetings and use his unprecendented global fame to help Africa. No, MJ don't talk politics because then the media, the fans, the world and box him and his success is that he cannot be boxed.

    The last thing i will say is, obviously the trial killed any plans he had but in more recent times MJ, in my opinion, has talked the talk but no action. He doesn't wanna turn into that guy...and i hope he does goto Africa and start showing how much it means to him.

    (Imma get mah head bit off)
    But I think everyone knows Mike is socially aware. He did donate to nearly 40 charitable foundations and ish. But I agree that if he wanted, he could do more. I think a lot of issues have gotten in the way of him actually doing what he's talked about for years but was too busy with professional aspects to really pay attention.


    "OK, first of all, I have this skin disorder that destroys the pigmentation of the skin. It's something that I cannot help. Okay? But when people make up stories that I don't wanna be what I am, it hurts me. It's a problem for me, okay? I can't control it. But let's reverse it. What about all the millions of people who sit out in the sun to become other than what they are?" -- Michael Jackson (1993)

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    I could say the one song Mike was showing his "black awareness" was "The Young Folks" but that seemed to be about, as James Brown said, "long-hair Whites and Afro Blacks".

    The Young Folks

    You better make way for the young folks
    Here we come (here we come)
    And we're so alive
    We're here for business, buddy
    And don't want no jive (don't want no jive)
    Brighter tomorrows are in our eyes

    You better make way for the young folks, ooh yeah-yeah, yeah-yeah
    We say "yes" (we say "yes") and you say "no"
    We ask you why and you close the door (and you close the door)
    Well, my friend, I thought you knew by now, yeah
    You can't do that to the young folks, oh no-no, no-no

    You might not like it but I gotta tell you
    (You may not like it but I gotta tell you)
    I gotta tell you, oh yeah-yeah-yeah

    You better make way for the young folks, ooh yeah-yeah, yeah-yeah
    We're marching with signs, we're standing in line, yeah, yeah
    Protesting your right to turn out the lights in our lives

    Here's the deal (here's the deal)
    Accept it if you will
    We're coming on strong, yeah (coming on strong)
    It's our time to live (our time to live)
    My friend, I thought you knew by now yeah
    You better make way for the young folks
    Ooh yeah-yeah, yeah-yeah

    You may not like it but I gotta tell you
    (You may not like it but I gotta tell you)
    Oh yeah-yeah, yeah-yeah

    You better make way
    You better make way
    You gotta make way for the young folks, yeah, yeah
    Ah!
    Ah!
    Yeah!
    Ooooooh!

    You may not like it but I gotta tell you, I gotta tell you
    (You may not like it but I gotta tell you)
    Oh now, now, now, you gotta make way
    You gotta make way, you gotta make way for the young folks, yeah, yeah
    Ah!
    Ah!
    Ah!
    (Fade)

    (C) 1970 Motown Records, LP.

    Also recorded a year earlier before the J5 by Diana Ross & the Supremes.


    "OK, first of all, I have this skin disorder that destroys the pigmentation of the skin. It's something that I cannot help. Okay? But when people make up stories that I don't wanna be what I am, it hurts me. It's a problem for me, okay? I can't control it. But let's reverse it. What about all the millions of people who sit out in the sun to become other than what they are?" -- Michael Jackson (1993)

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    Quote Originally Posted by STATEofSHOCK View Post
    quote]by 2001 the world thought of him as a pedophile


    No, you took the words right out of my mouth; its the truth - The world did not think of him as a pedophile in 2001. That was the whole probelem. The plan had failed! The purpose of having the INSURANCE cover that matter was served in terms of removing that mess from public consciousness and so did his 'other' PR moves - by 2001 Michael had moved on and so did the world.




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    whoa u are so out of it...like totally. so the world thought of mj as a NORMAL person in 2001? r u serious? was this before or after his bus fun w/ the loudphone and the mattolla bashing? r u serious?

    as for insurance, u act as if he wanted them to settle. he didn't want to...feldman knew that a simple 'negligence' was the best way to have someone OTHER THAN MJ pay the family off....he was right.

    rickd, u get it....AS USUAL and timmy...more more more more

    datsy...it doesn't matter what award he was given....actions again, speak louder than words. u can throw money at anyone and everyone, doesn't mean u feel strongly towards anything. he's a 'humanitarian' right?

    by 2001 nothing faded from anyone's damn mind. they still made fun of him and still made references of him w/ kids. jokes taking the piss out of what he was doing. like speaking at oxford...about CHILDREN....haha mike jackson and children...or did we all forget about tht negative press?

    funny, some fans have selective memories or would like to believe the world sees the way they do.

    i could care less about who he 'votes' for or doesn't vote for or support...the fact is, since he's a 'humanitarian' shouldn't he back the best candidate that says they'll do the most for the world? performing at an inaguration does show some sort of support. it's not like he did it for the fun of it.

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    whoa u are so out of it...like totally. so the world thought of mj as a NORMAL person in 2001? r u serious?
    - I didn't say the world thought of him as a 'normal' person - I said the world did not think of him as a pedophile - as a matter of fact, the people who presently claim to think of him that way, are using the (faulty) reasoning that it is because he was accused TWICE

    - but, by 2001 no, maybe some people here & there did - but in terms of the collective consciousness of the public - the world had basically moved on - they may have been wondering what was up with all that, with a question mark in their minds about him, but since it was widely publicized that he desputed it - and since the heart of the world loved Michael since he was a boy bringing light and life to them - - nobody wanted to think that of him as a pedophile - so like the 'sheep' that the public are - they became easily destracted - there were other factors they focused on that gave the public an enigmatic sense of "weirdness" about him in general

    the public focus became his two 'awkward' marraiges, whether they were stunts or what - his children - wondering whether they were his or not - his face - wondering how many surgeries he'd had - his alleged drug addiction(s) - his 'odd' choice of friends - wondering why he hangs out with people like Schmuly Boteach, Uri Geller, Liz Taylor - his music - why even though they liked Invincible it didn't seem to be off the chain in publicity - but no the world did not think of Michael Jackson AS a "pedophile" like you seem to would like to think and like some people claim to insist upon thinking (I don't believe they really believe that - I think they're just trying to justify their envy) even after he's been acquitted of BOTH allegations (Michael got a 2 in 1 strike thanks to 1108) - I'm not saying that NOBODY thought of him as that - I'm talking about what was in public consciousness about him - the fact that SOMEBODY (anybody) thought of him as that is obviously what "unfinished business" was all about - which was of course dealt with in 2005.

    was this before or after his bus fun w/ the loudphone and the mattolla bashing? r u serious?
    Some people saw that as you did and some people saw that as I did but that's beside the point.

    as for insurance, u act as if he wanted them to settle.
    I'm not 'acting' like anything - I'm pointing out to you that that is how it was handled - and that is all I said (although I will add that it wasn't as if Micahel "paid the boy off" like some people who like to hang on to this "pedophile" conversation also keep insinuating)

    he didn't want to...feldman knew that a simple 'negligence' was the best way to have someone OTHER THAN MJ pay the family off....he was right
    Regardless to what Feldman CLAIMS was the reason, Insurance made the most sense, since MJ was NOT GUILTY and MONEY was ALL those people wanted.

    by 2001 nothing faded from anyone's damn mind.
    There had been enough distractions created by 2001 that nobody was focused on 1993 and other things became the focus, and just as when you focus a camera - yes other things FADED into the background. It wasn't thought of in public consciousness again until the 2003 allegations and it was a good thing it was brought BACK to light - so it could give the 1993 accuser a chance to stand up for the (then) current (so-called) victim AND himself - BOTH of which he DECLINED - he just let that duck die - - - in the water - - floating on its belly.

    they still made fun of him and still made references of him w/ kids.
    They spent more time talking about his face, his marraiges, his photographs, his friendship with Liz Taylor and stuff like that - only after the 2005 ACQUITTAL did SOME people insist on THINKING of him as a pedophile because that is what they wanted to think. They were holding on to their jokes and their prejudice for dear life.

    jokes taking the piss out of what he was doing. like speaking at oxford...about CHILDREN....haha mike jackson and children...or did we all forget about tht negative press?
    Nobody is saying there wasn't "negative press" - but again, there had been far too many distractions created from 1993 to 2001 for anyone to be stuck on that.

    funny, some fans have selective memories or would like to believe the world sees the way they do.
    Ya know, funny you say that because I was thinking the exact same thing - it amazes me how 'selective' memory can cause people to also become interestingly creative.

    i could care less about who he 'votes' for or doesn't vote for or support...the fact is, since he's a 'humanitarian' shouldn't he back the best candidate that says they'll do the most for the world? performing at an inaguration does show some sort of support. it's not like he did it for the fun of it.
    It seems as though people, especially those who support Michael, ought to at the very least, be able to respect his personal freedoms.
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    Second of all, Michael's 'Blackness' was never really questioned UNTIL he got extremly popular with Thriller-mania and crossed over. Then Black people started making snide remarks questioning his Black awareness and his sensibilities of 'the struggle'. I remember it when it was yesterday. This was during the 80's when Michael was still a brown-skinned brotha with no trace of lightness and certainly when the thought of accusing him of pedophilia was never even mentioned in the same sentence as Michael Jackson--he was considered a harmless lovable Peter Pan or Pide Piper.

    Michael's black awareness being doubted or questioned by our people is not new nor did it began or end with him. That mess always happens to our entertainers who are able to appeal to not only Blacks but Whites and other races too. Whitney Houston got 'the treatment' from some of us too when she got mainstream appeal.

    Thirdly, in that Ebony interview, Michael Jackson said he had no comment not only regarding Barak Obama running for president, but also regarding Hillary Clinton also (she's white isn't she?) He made a valid point as to why--regardless of whether anyone agrees with him or not--All of the world's problems that are happening are TOO MUCH for mere humans to solve or to handle. If that wasn't the case, considering the various governments and regiments and people in power that have come during these hundreds and even thousands of years, we still have wars, hunger, poverty, sickness AND no peace. If people were had the ability to rid the earth of such things, WHY are things ills still plaguing out earth? Like I said, whether people agree with him or not, call it a cop out if you want there's strong in your face evidence what he said has merit
    Exactly!

    Its not up to MJ or any other black celebrity to fix the problems within the black community. It is up to the black community as a whole. All celebrities can do is use their fame to inspire people to take action and contribute time and money to the cause and MJ has done that. AND any socially aware black celebrity knows that they can't be too vocal about their political views. The media is not having any of that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soso def View Post
    whoa u are so out of it...like totally. so the world thought of mj as a NORMAL person in 2001? r u serious? was this before or after his bus fun w/ the loudphone and the mattolla bashing? r u serious?

    as for insurance, u act as if he wanted them to settle. he didn't want to...feldman knew that a simple 'negligence' was the best way to have someone OTHER THAN MJ pay the family off....he was right.

    rickd, u get it....AS USUAL and timmy...more more more more

    datsy...it doesn't matter what award he was given....actions again, speak louder than words. u can throw money at anyone and everyone, doesn't mean u feel strongly towards anything. he's a 'humanitarian' right?

    by 2001 nothing faded from anyone's damn mind. they still made fun of him and still made references of him w/ kids. jokes taking the piss out of what he was doing. like speaking at oxford...about CHILDREN....haha mike jackson and children...or did we all forget about tht negative press?

    funny, some fans have selective memories or would like to believe the world sees the way they do.

    i could care less about who he 'votes' for or doesn't vote for or support...the fact is, since he's a 'humanitarian' shouldn't he back the best candidate that says they'll do the most for the world? performing at an inaguration does show some sort of support. it's not like he did it for the fun of it.
    I think the real reason why Mike did what he did in 2002 because he was frustrated with what he thought was the doing of Tommy Mottola. He wasn't really doing it for other artists but for the sake of his own career and the way his album was promoted at the time. Plus he felt Tommy disrespected him in a way that he didn't think anyone should disrespect the "King of Pop" so that's when he went on the defense. Al Sharpton & 'em got on his back initially then backed away after Mike called Tommy a racist, lol. People thought Mike lost his marbles then and they still think he's a couple of screws loose. There was no sense that he was deemed "normal" by the public...unless you mean the public is MJ fans, lol. Also Mike was never about politics anyway so in that sense, I don't think he's "socially aware" if we're talking about that. Awareness can mean a lot of different things.
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    u do realize that even MANY fans don't realize insurance paid the family? there was NO WAY insurance would have paid UNLESS feldman changed the allegations to simple negligence. please don't think it was anything smart or savvy on mj's part...it was all feldman.

    and yes, they saw him as a pedophile b/c this is the same man who went on PTL and said he would continue the sleep overs...the same guy who continued to be seen w/ kids (mainly the cascios) and the same dude who they felt was eccentric.

    no one here is holding on the pedophile notion...it's just how he was seen. believe what u want but if reality and common sense are present, then parts of ur argument are just faulty.

    he's socially aware but doesn't throw it out there like 'im proud to be black' cuz um...he doesn't exude it. u got india arie singing about her hair and the struggles black folks have been through just b/c of it, akon singing about and embracing africa, and common and mos def uplifting us and mike's singing about the break of dawn.

    yes, the save the world songs that appear on every album might inspire but it doesn't resonate w/ me.....the line he sang in '2300 j st.' when he said he'd always find his way back home....kind of wishful thinking or song filler imo.

    carry on

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