No matter what each of us may feel about Michael Jackson’s flaws, his were no different than our own. These define the human condition that are all of our roadblocks towards evolution. His were just more publicized than ours!
We have a generation alive today that truly do not know the contribution that this man made to our evolving society; emerging from the ignorance, blindness and prejudice of the inequities amongst races.
Let THIS and his whole genre of works be Michael Jackson’s legacy. That there be no one untouched and unmoved by this man’s co-production of this piece the world-over is fitting this day, I say!
For those that are too young to know or to jar your memory from 24 years ago [yes, 24 years ago; Michael was 26!]:
“USA for Africa (United Support of Artists for Africa), was the name under which forty-five predominantly U.S. artists, led by Harry Belafonte, Kenny Rogers, Michael Jackson, and Lionel Richie, recorded the hit single “We Are the World” in 1985. The song was a US and UK Number One for the collective in April of that year. The considerable profits from the enterprise went to the USA for Africa Foundation, which used them for the relief of famine and disease in Africa; critics, however, claim that this money went directly to the (often military) governments of the affected countries rather than the people. A recording of the live performance was released with the Live Aid DVD set released on November 8, 2004,” quoting YouTube.
And, the final released version of the song went viral & touched the world in 1985 long before cell phones, laptops, I-Phones, Twitter, Facebook & Blogs! click here
Bless Michael Jackson for bridging Blues & Pop and in doing so, bridged yet another racial chasm with his music, starting with our youth and moving beyond to all ages.
“THERE COMES A TIME, WHEN WE HEED A CERTAIN CALL, WHEN THE WORLD MUST COME TOGETHER AS ONE…”