Army of LOVE: 8 Ways to Follow His Footsteps

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  Michael blew our minds and hearts wide open. He was our Warrior of L.O.V.E., and once again we grieve his loss. While I honor that grief, and hold it tenderly, I also want to remind us that he called on us to follow in his footsteps. It’s a huge, terrifying, thrilling challenge. And more urgent than ever. Fans and colleagues are blazing similar trails and inviting others to follow. Inspired by Michael and by them, last year I set … Read More

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7 Post-Election Strategies from the King of Pop

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“We’ve been catapulted into the Big Wake-Up Call with this election,” says my friend Gail. Wondering where to go from here, I look to Michael Jackson for courage and strategy. Here’s what I see: Refuse to be a victim. Stand your ground and use your power in unexpected ways. (Ghosts) Cultivate L.O.V.E., and use it as a Warrior.  Michael said, “Make love your weapon to overcome any evil.”  Ghosts is a wonderful example of that. In his concerts, he used … Read More

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Michael Trumps Discrimination

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 This is a repost of Taylor Jackson’s powerful insight into: Michael and Trump August 29, 2016 Hello again MJ fans. A thought just occurred to me and I had to rush to write it down. Whenever I discover something new about Michael I always get this elated feeling. I become thirsty for analysis of his behavior and career moves. I recently came across an article detailing Donald Trump’s long history of racism. MJ only hung out with Trump to later call him out … Read More

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What Made Michael Jackson So Dangerous?

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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

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ADDICTING US TO CHANGE: Michael Jackson’s True Genius

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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

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“Black HIStory” (Or, Why I Think Black People Need To Re-Introduce Themselves to Michael Jackson”)

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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

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BEYONCE ROCKED OUR WORLD: How MJ Would Want Us to Thank Her

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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

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Dear Hollywood: Michael Jackson Was Black (and Proud)

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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

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62 PEOPLE AGAINST THE WORLD: Why Michael Jackson Matters

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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

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ECSTATIC DANCE: Healing Trauma with Michael Jackson

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  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

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THE BLACK PANTHER’S GIFT

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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

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NAVIGATING CHAOS: Michael Jackson and the Black Panther

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Ever feel paralyzed by too much bad news? That’s been me for the last three weeks…frozen in writer’s block by the news of terrifying attacks in Paris and San Bernadino. I’ve been saddened to observe the press trying to pit all Europeans and Americans against all muslims in a way that lacks sufficient historical context or factual information. In addition, the focus seems to be on establishing an external enemy to avoid the greater issues at play in our own … Read More

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JAMMING IN THE FACE OF VIOLENCE: Michael Jackson’s Resilience

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Is your head spinning from the violence in this country? Mine is. But the media spins it even more: it fans the flames of fear, which solves nothing. Michael Jackson showed us that to really heal the world, we have to confront injustice and fan love’s flame. I’m taking a break from writing this week, but I’ll be back next week to explore how Michael managed to dance through the chaos and keep changing the world. Meanwhile, I invite you … Read More

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REVOLUTIONARY, COMPASSIONATE ACCOUNTABILITY: Michael Jackson’s Power

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My shadow is tearing me apart today. Every character flaw I’ve got has been magnified x100 in the people around me this week. All of the things I’ve seen them do—lying, manipulating, cashing in at the expense of others, bribing people to not be angry at them, inventing stories with no basis in reality, turning allies into enemies, disrespecting elders, wallowing in victimhood and arrogance—I also do myself. So I’ve been working like crazy to heal the remnants of these … Read More

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HE ROCKED OUR WORLD WITH INSPIRATION: Michael Jackson’s Power

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Have you ever been forced to do something, and dug in your heels? When I was a kid, I “forgot” my first piano lesson, then “I couldn’t find the teacher’s house” for my second lesson. Finally my parents dragged me to the lessons, but when they made me practice, I could make them regret it : ) with my uninspired banging on the keys. As much as I hated it, that pattern of forcing change stuck with me. Two days … Read More

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WHEN YOU FEEL POWERLESS YOU ARE ACTUALLY VERY POWERFUL

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Last week I started blogging about transparency, and ended up discovering power in vulnerability. It was a wild ride, and I’m coming back to it this week because the lessons were so, well, shocking I want to understand them more deeply. In that last blog, I was trying to untangle a couple of key questions: Why would Michael Jackson, one of the most powerful people in the world, expose his vulnerability to us over and over again, even though he … Read More

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RAW NAKED TRUTH: Michael Jackson’s Power of Vulnerability

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Raw and naked were not words I liked in my childhood. I experienced these terrifying feelings all the time, and I protected myself from them by weaving an invisibility cloak out of the fraying threads of my life. Long before J. K. Rowling gave Harry Potter his magic cloak, I was wearing mine so consistently that it melted into my skin and my subconscious. As I grew into an adult, transparency was not a word I was drawn to either. … Read More

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FINDING THE COURAGE TO LEAP: Michael Jackson’s Power, Part 7

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Yesterday, I jumped off another cliff. In the final crazy move from Willits, CA to Ashland, OR, I was laughing at how insane the journey looks from the outside. Why would I move to an expensive town with scant rental housing when I could live in Willits for free? Why would I move into a house that just had an eviction notice posted on the door? Would I be able to find work? In the midst of my fears, I … Read More

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