What is it about Michael Jackson that provokes such outrage, even seven years after his death? Why the sneers and distain? Yesterday I was called a “moron” on social media for questioning the “new evidence” against him. I had to sit back and ponder, yet again, why he was both so beloved and yet perceived as such a terrifying threat. For a couple years I’ve seen three different ingredients to this threat: his race and his insistence on equality, his … Read More
Are you impatient for radical change, but don’t know how to create it?
Are you scared for your life, your family’s lives and/or humanity’s future?
Would you like to find mentors and peers who can help you transform the world?
Do you want to learn how Michael Jackson created a tsunami of positive change, and how you can do it too, in your own way?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, this blog is for you.
Michael Jackson rocked our world and amplified “people power” on this planet by flipping our resistance to change on its head: he made radical transformation absolutely thrilling. Harnessing every volt of his electrifying global influence, Michael inspired us to love each other, treat each other as equals and confront injustice. This literally threatened the profit and control of the most powerful people on Earth.
The one percent fought back. But Michael not only survived the unprecedented storm of media lies and judicial persecution, he kept launching successful come-backs, challenging bullies and abusive structures, and creating a world focused on love. I started this blog because I want to know:
How did he do all that? and Can we do that too?
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It is difficult to write anything right now, given the violence in this country. And yet ten years ago one man stood up against what Armond White aptly described as “torture on a global stage with the whole world watching.” Michael Jackson held his head up. He knew who he was, he believed in himself, he believed in humanity, and he won. I needed to remember this. Thank you Jude for reminding me, and thank you Michael for showing us … Read More
Fasten your seatbelt: this might be a tad provocative. But give me a chance to explain why these names are connected and critical in this moment. Bernie and Trump are both tapping into something powerful and important. There are a lot of angry white men in this country who believe they’ve been screwed, and they’re right. Though they have some privilege, being white and male doesn’t protect them from a system which systematically crashes and burns. Turns out they are … Read More
As I leave my eighth home in seven months, making my 15th move in three years, I’m exhausted. But a mind-blowing and glowing quadruple rainbow graces the sky upon my exit. Sections of it follow me all 15 miles to my next home, a tent in a friend’s back yard. I’ve never seen anything like it, and feel instantly blessed. Have you ever stretched you wings and jumped out of your comfort zone? I’m guess yes. Any time you grow, … Read More
The “news” reports speculating on the cause of Prince’s death make me more nauseous every day. It reminds me of what happened after Michael Jackson’s death: the press fueled rumors designed to distract us from his genius and his profound impact on the world. My housemate is caught up in these Prince stories because she wants an explanation. “I need closure,” she says to me. Of course we desire an answer, because it helps us process our grief, and know … Read More
The world is feeling the loss of another revolutionary musician and social visionary who broke down racial barriers, stretched gender roles and opened doors to a whole new future. I did not follow Prince’s music, but I have a tremendous respect for his artistry and how he used it to transform the world. It seems significant that he and David Bowie passed so closely to each other. I can only imagine Michael’s immense love greeting them both on the other … Read More
Only the bravest of souls sign up to be sacred clowns. Birth is the easy part, as memories are generally wiped clean. But as the years pass and young holy fools figure out they’re that, many run as fast as they can in the opposite direction. Their job descriptions are impossible, you see. Sure, deflating egos, mocking sexual mores, ridiculing religious practices, subverting stuffy traditions, tipping the world on its head and letting people in on the great cosmic joke … Read More
This is a reminder to myself that the world has not come to an end. Not even close. It was easy to plunge into despair after the executors of Michael Jackson’s estate sold Michael’s half of the Sony/ATV catalog. As Steve Dennis tweeted: If u half-know #MJ backstory re Sony & how hard he fought to prevent this very outcome, you’ll feel the nauseating travesty re this sell-out (There’s a recap of the history below, if you are … Read More
A highly recommended repost from Dancing with the Elephant Lisha: In a previous post we talked about the evolution of Michael Jackson’s Ghosts, from an unfinished cross-promotional short film for Addams Family Values to a 38-minute musical masterpiece, which curiously, never received a proper release. Both films depict a small town Mayor leading an angry mob as they attempt to force the local “weirdo” out of his home and out of town. Unfortunately, the storyline hits terribly close to home … Read More
Allow me to tip addiction on its head for a moment. Human beings were addicted to Michael Jackson’s music. Millions around the world could not help themselves—they had to dance to his songs and they devoured his albums. Late to the party, I was suddenly riveted to his voice and videos, day and night, just last year. Call it an obsession or an addiction, I was hooked. Helpless. For months. But this cyber-needle in my vein fed me. Inspired me. … Read More
Y. M. Fourney posted this incredible blog for Black History Month last year at Confessions of a Crazy MJ Fan. I didn’t have a blog back then, but I do now, and I’m thrilled to share her post with you all this February. – Keely Settle in, Loves…. This is about to be one bumpy ride. I did not plan to write this particular blog for Black History Month, but three happenings I witnessed on social media pretty much forced … Read More
Have you heard? Beyoncé’s globally-televised, in-your-face reclaiming of Black women’s power is rattling the cages of privilege. I’ve been haunted all week by Beyoncé’s searing video “Formation” and Super Bowl performance. And I’ve been dismayed by ridiculous reactions from the likes of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who claimed Beyoncé “attacked” the police. I guess he means that like the unarmed kids who’ve been killed for “attacking” cops with imaginary guns. It’s quite a stretch, you know. But … Read More
A repost of A. K. Staggers powerful blog. As submitted to the Huffington Post Blog The casting of a white man as Michael Jackson in a TV series set in 2001 is more than unnerving. It is actually a complete contradiction of who MJ was in 2001 and throughout his life. The year 2001 was a year, that if you look and listen to Jackson himself, he was nothing but a black man ringing the alarm about racism in the … Read More
It’s final’s week, and my nose is to the grindstone. Just so you know I haven’t forgotten you, I’m sending out a quick and spectacular video mix of MJ dancing, to cheer you up for the week to come. The embed code is broken, so here is the link. Warning: it is addictive! Best Michael Jackson Dances Mix HD
Have you heard? Sixty two people now own half the world’s wealth. A stunning new report from Oxfam America also shows that the bottom 80% of the world owns just 5.5% of the world’s wealth. Wealth is power and the elite are pack rats, wanting all the shiny, pretty things for themselves. As we struggle to feed our children, these few people are grabbing the entire pie. Like the pack rats, they build sharp, prickly fortresses to defend “their” pie, … Read More
Part 2 I’d just paid my weekly rent and was staring at the remaining bills in my very thin stash. My heart was pounding and my gut twisted a bit tighter as I forked over another ten to attend the ecstatic dance session. I was there because my last blog talked about how Michael Jackson’s dancing healed trauma, and it invited us to dance and observe how it shifted our stress and trauma levels. That blog put me on … Read More
“Fall down seven times, get up eight” is an old Aikido saying. But these past weeks, broken bones, monsters from the past, inner war zones, and empty pockets have been plaguing my friends and I. Get up and change the world?! We’re too busy reeling from the punches… But here’s the deal: we didn’t come to this planet to do easy or fair—we came here to do the impossible, like Michael. To keep getting up. To change the world … Read More
In this season of chaos and giving, here is the true story of one black panther’s gift. In just 13 minutes, it movingly illustrates everything I wrote about in last week’s blog. Like Spirit the panther, and like Michael, we are sometimes the chaos for other people, and also the gift. I invite you to talk to the chaos in your life. What is it trying to tell you? How does it want to be treated? What is … Read More