A WARRIOR’S HEART: Happy Birthday Michael

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  Michael told Paul McCartney, “I’m a lover, not a fighter.” But Michael also had a warrior’s heart. Warriors protect the people. That’s their traditional job, according to a native warrior friend of mine. One astonishing example of Michael as warrior is in Earth Song. At the end of this moving epic lament during the History tour, a tank pulled on stage and Michael stepped in front of it, blocking its path towards the audience like the man in Tienanmen … Read More

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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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Warriors Armed with L.O.V.E.

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Despite guards attacking with dogs and mace, unarmed men, women and children stepped in front of bulldozers ripping up sacred burial grounds a week ago today. The protesters halted, for another day, the corporations and banks trying to force a pipeline across the Standing Rock Reservation and the Missouri River, threatening the water supply for some 10 million people living downstream. Democracy Now captured the breathtaking scene in this video of the crowd surging forward to push back the dozers, … Read More

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Celebrating Michael the Warrior

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It’s easy to praise his love. But if we only acknowledge Michael Jackson’s powerful heart, we miss something essential: the King of Pop was also a warrior. A warrior can be gentle, and Michael was both gentle and astonishingly humble at times. But a warrior fiercely defends what he loves. So while Michael had a heart as big as the sky (Wayne Dyer’s beautiful description) he was also intensely protective of Black people and Black culture, the Earth, his children, … Read More

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