The adventures of Michael Jackson’s defenders in the world of his haters

10 Dec

MJ Truth Now stands in support of all the blog writers and researchers in the Michael Jackson community who have endured harassment at the hands of MJ Trolls. MJ Trolls are committed to the continued destruction of Michael Jackson’s reputation and legacy through suppression and subversion of the truth. We are happy to see Vindicating Michael by VindicateMJ is back to carry out its mission to spread the truth. MJ Truth Now is reblogging “The Adventures of Michael Jackson’s Defenders in the World of his haters.” Michael Jackson’s defenders will not be stopped.

Vindicating Michael

Recently all those who read, comment and write in this blog were stunned to find that it was suddenly suspended. And a couple of days later all of us were similarly stunned to suddenly find it back.

What happened?

The way I understand it Michael Jackson’s haters wanted to have the blog taken down and complained to WordPress that our reserve wordpress blogs were “spam” intended to promote the main site, and this is why the whole bunch of them should be taken down.

The WordPress looked it up, suspended the reserve blogs but restored the main one. So the bad news is that now we have only one blog (with no back-ups and no archives for the earlier posts), but the good news is that now this website is the only one and unique.

It means that if haters go on impersonating us (read about it in a post…

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“Factions, Factions, Everywhere A Faction! Who Really Pays the Price?” by AllForLoveBlog

12 Sep

It is well known that MJ Truth Now abhors the bullying of writers, academic writers, in particular. Raven, writer of AllForLoveBlog, is also in the academic world and teaches young college students about Michael Jackson’s art and cultural impact at the university level. She has written a great piece called “Factions, Factions, Everywhere A Faction! Who Really Pays the Price,” that addresses this topic. This is a very controversial subject in the MJ Family but MJ Truth Now would like to give our support to AllForLoveBlog for trying to address this difficult topic.

The article can be found here.

Joe Vogel’s “‘I Ain’t Scared of No Sheets: Rescreening Black Masculinity in Michael Jackson’s Black Or White”

15 Aug

In recent weeks, Joe Vogel, noted author on works about Michael Jackson, has been cyber stalked and bullied in a blatant effort to censor his work. Dr. Vogel is an Assistant Professor at Merrimack College whose Doctoral thesis was on the work of Michael Jackson. His works in include Man In the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson. Earth Song: Inside Michael Jackson’s Magnum Opus” and numerous articles on Michael Jackson and other popular music and literary figures. Dr. Vogel contributed an essay on “Thriller” for the the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress. “Thiller” is the only music short film to be added to the National Registry of the Library of Congress.

Dr. Vogel’s essay for the  National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress on Michael Jackson’s Thriller can be found here:

http://www.loc.gov/rr/record/nrpb/registry/essays/Thriller–FINAL.pdf.

An individual falsely accused Dr. Vogel of plagiarism for his article “‘I Ain’t Scared of No Sheets:’ Rescreening Black Masculinity in Michael Jackson’s Black Or White.” The complaint was made to Academia.edu and the article was taken down on August 9th pending investigation. In the words of Dr. Vogel, “Academia.edu is not a publisher; they don’t hold the copyright; they are simply a platform (think, the academic version of Facebook). My article remains available in its actual journal (where it was peer-reviewed) and publisher website (Wiley).” We are happy to report that the article is back up on Academia.edu’s website as of Aug 12 and can be found here:

“‘I Ain’t Scared of No Sheets: Rescreening Black Masculinity in Michael Jackson’s Black Or White”

https://www.academia.edu/11493559/_I_Ain_t_Scared_of_No_Sheets_Re-screening_Black_Masculinity_in_Michael_Jackson_s_Black_or_White._Journal_of_Popular_Music_Studies_27.1_March_2015_

We highly recommend a blog by Willa Stillwater and Joie Collins called “Dancing With The Elephants.” They provide fascinating academic insight, along with many special guests, into the creative life of Michael Jackson. Their most recent publication, “Causing Grief in Human Relations,” addresses this particular incident of bullying and attempted censorship of Joe Vogel. We urge you to read this latest blog and don’t miss the comment section. There are some incredibly thoughtful and well written comments recording this difficult time in the MJ Community. The comments will give you a really good understanding of the harassment experienced by those who write about Michael Jackson, both academics and others in the MJ Community.

“Causing Grief in Human Relations” by Willa Stillwater and Joie Collins.

https://dancingwiththeelephant.wordpress.com/2015/08/09/causing-grief-in-human-relations/

This is a serious case of cyber stalking and harassment that is literally an attempt to ruin the career of Joe Vogel. Although this is a serious example of what some in this community are doing to discredit those who are writing positive and meaningful work on Michael Jackson, he is by no means the only one that is targeted. We need writers like DB Anderson, Joe Vogel, Zack O’Malley Greenburg, Susan Fast, Willa Stillwater, Raven Woods, Armond White and others who have taken on the challenge of writing serious analysis of Michael Jackson’s creative work.

We are heartened by the increase in academic works related to Michael Jackson. We are encouraged at the increase in Michael Jackson related study being added at universities around the world. It is important that this work continues for the impact it has on Michael Jackson’s legacy and its reach to new generations.

We need to discourage the harassment and destruction that many of us feel when we are trying to change the tabloid narrative that persists. We all have opinions and we must share them constructively and with civility if we do not want the tabloid narrative to succeed.

Ten Years Ago Today: Michael Jackson Found Innocent

12 Jun

Ten years have passed since the day a conservative all-white jury in Santa Barbara County found Michael Jackson innocent of all 14 of the trumped up charges brought against him in a court of law by a vindictive and corrupt District Attorney. Media and law enforcement were in collusion to destroy this man, this wonderful gift to human kind. When justice prevailed in the court room, the media, who had been salivating to tell the story, disappeared when that story did not go their way. This left the public largely ignorant of the facts of the case and the true character of Michael Jackson.

Ten years have passed and we are still defending him in answer to those who choose not to listen or understand or change closed minds no matter how easily obtainable the information to support the truth of Michael’s innocence. There are people who prefer ignorance and hate.

We think of Tom Mesereau and Susan Yu and Michael’s appearance and body language on that day…so beat up in heart and soul.

We think of almost exactly 4 more years of life for him. A life without a home or a way to continue his mission. Four more years with his children to heal his pain a little every day.

We think of a dead prosecutor responsible for all of it and Michael…dead now because of him.

And, we pray he found moments of peace and happiness and excitement for a future with his kids and maybe, just maybe, sharing his heart through music once again.

What hasn’t changed in ten years?

The media continues unchecked to consider itself the real judge and jury rather than the legal system. Michael Jackson may have been the first notable case but there have been many others the media has chosen to take apart at the seams and whose lives they consider public property. The boundary between the tabloid press and the “legitimate” journalistic community continues to be blurred and often ignored. “Experts” and amateur psychologists are allowed to trumpet their beliefs as fact. That our culture continues to subscribe to this says volumes about how soulless we have become in general, how bored, how shallow, how fearful of individual differences, how far we have strayed from compassion and respect for fellow human beings.

What has changed in ten years?

Facts are slowly coming to light, together with great respect from many who are finally speaking out that will eventually prove Michael Jackson was, indeed, set up and railroaded. Michael has many champions out there and they are vocal in his defense on social media…demanding that the truth be told.

But, Michael is no longer with us and that fact leaves a huge hole in our world.

We think of dancing feet now still…a raucous laugh and joy in creation…a child in love with life and an older childlike man still searching for something to soothe his pain.

Ten years ago…now his incredible art and genius survives and thrives as does his gentle spirit …alive in his childrens’ hearts.

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Toni Bowers’ “Dancing With Michael Jackson”

15 May

Michael Jackson is widely regarded as a gift singer, dancer, song writer, composer, short film maker, and one of the greatest entertainers to ever live. But, serious study of Michael Jackson’s life reveals much more. His enormous influence on our culture through his fans, the business empire he amassed and his refusal to adhere to society’s rules regarding masculinity, sexuality and appearance, made him a target. His “otherness” was threatening to many and the media’s complicity in seeking to destroy him continues to this day. Michael Jackson’s race, also made him a target.

In recent months, Michael’s music has been used as a means to both motivate and soothe during the protests taking place across the country in places like Ferguson and Baltimore. Journalists are looking at this and beginning to finally beginning to view Michael Jackson’s life and music in the context of racism. Another terrific essay was published on May, 14, 2015, in the Los Angeles Review of Books. The essay, “Dancing With Michael Jackson,” by Toni Bowers, explores the link between what happened to Michael Jackson and racism in America.

Excerpt from “Dancing With Michael Jackson”:

What I’m talking about is mainstream, main-street cultures in the US, especially the cultures of privileged, white Americans like those at the Philadelphia grocery store. There, a cold-shoulder attitude toward Michael Jackson and his music has solidified, along with a reluctance to celebrate Jackson’s unabashed idealism, pioneering queer persona, and practices of inclusion and compassion. There is even a grudging quality to acknowledgments of his superb artistry. We don’t face Michael Jackson directly, with recognition. We don’t regard his achievement with the wonder it deserves. We don’t dance.”

Please go here to read the entire essay http://lareviewofbooks.org/essay/dancing-with-michael-jackson/

The essay ends with these contemplative and renewing words:

“Dancing with Michael Jackson will mean letting go of hatred and fear, acknowledging beauty in what seems strange to us, and being willing to take a chance. It will demand that we deal with other people imaginatively, empathetically, in what we think of as our own space, and with respect. In these ways, the dance Jackson invites us to dance is a kind of ethical practice. It is a way of living up to our creeds and professions, and of taking responsibility for our privileges.

Got the message? Good. Let’s dance.”

Thank you, Toni Bowers!

Citizen Journalism: You Can Change the World

30 Apr

MJ Truth Now would like to thank the writers of Dancing With the Elephant for their great discussion with D.B. Anderson who wrote two excellent pieces on Michael Jackson that were incredibly thought provoking.

From Dancing with the Elephant blog:

“The Messenger King: Michael Jackson and the Politics of #BlackLivesMatter” is an opinion piece published by The Baltimore Sun that places Michael Jackson’s activism within the context of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. And “Sony Hack Re-ignites Questions about Michael Jackson’s Banned Song” is a self-published article that went viral, becoming the most popular independent post in all of Gawker Media for 2014 – and it wasn’t even published until mid-December.”

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Willa:  This week I am so excited to be joined by D.B. Anderson, author of two of the most popular articles in our Reading Room. “The Messenger King: Michael Jackson and the Politics of #BlackLivesMatter” is an opinion piece published by The Baltimore Sun that places Michael Jackson’s activism within the context of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. And “Sony Hack Re-ignites Questions about Michael Jackson’s Banned Song” is a self-published article that went viral, becoming the most popular independent post in all of Gawker Media for 2014 – and it wasn’t even published until mid-December. Thank you so much for joining me, D.B.!

D.B.: Thank you so much for having me, Willa! I’ve been reading Dancing with the Elephant for a long time and I always walk away with new insights, so it’s quite an honor to be here myself.

Willa:  Oh, it’s an honor to talk with you. And your…

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Vindicate Michael Jackson…Thank you, Tom Mesereau

6 Apr

Reblogged from Michaeljacksonchosenvoices.com

http://michaeljacksonchosenvoices.com/vindicate-michael-jackson-thank-you-tom-mesereau/

VINDICATE MICHAEL JACKSON…Thank you, Tom Mesereau

Michael Jackson

THE CHOSEN ONEGENERATION

The voice of divine love…a true messenger of God…

Michael’s “prosecution” was a TRAVESTY OF JUSTICE AND ONE OF THE MEANEST MEAN-SPIRITED ATTACKS ON AN INNOCENT PERSON IN LEGAL HISTORY…Tom Mesereaufoundation

Michael Jackson was one of the nicest, kindest people I’ve ever met.  He really wanted to do more than just be a musical genius.  He wanted to heal and change the world through love, through kindness, through art and through music.  I do believe the world’s a better place because he was with us.

He was very gentle, very kind.  There was…I sort of describe it as a UNIVERSAL MICHAEL and Michael the individual.  There was this UNIVERSALIST MICHAEL who really wanted to change the globe, wanted to see the entire world focus on children.  He felt that if children were properly loved and cared for we would significantly reduce violence in the world…significantly reduce meanness, significantly reduce poverty.  That’s the UNIVERSALIST MICHAEL who thought he could heal the world through music, through humanitarian measures.  He was the greatest humanitarian in world history.  He actually is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest donor to children’s causes…which the media doesn’t like to focus on.  There is also the individual Michael who I dealt with who was a person.  He loved to see a child smile.  He built Neverland to see children happy…respecting them for who they were.  He was one of the wealthiest men in the world and could have spent all that money selfishly but, instead built a zoo, an amusement park, a theatre, had statues made devoted to the world’s children.  If you looked at the artwork in his house,peter pan a lot of it centered on children and seeing them happy and respecting them for who they were, their race, their religion, what part of the world they were from, what kind of native traditions they had.  This was someone who, as a person, loved to see a child smile, to see a child from the inner city who was growing up in poverty and violence, come to Neverland and look at a giraffe and smile, and look at an elephant and smile, get some free ice cream and just be happy.  It just meant a lot to Michael because he was a very, very good person! But, unfortunately, when you are that much of a genius and you’re that wealthy, all of the sharks are going to come forward. Michael was a person who just didn’t want to be wrapped up in money matters all the time or legal matters.  He wanted to do creative things.  He wanted to do humanitarian things.  That makes him even more of a target for frivolous lawsuits and frivolous claims  Of course, because the media wants shock value and they want to see people go down in flames, and they were desperately hoping that he would be convicted because it would mean stories for years about what he looked like and how he was doing in prison and was he going to kill himself…believe me, they were salivating over his conviction and they were trying to skew all the reporting in a way they hoped would influence the jury to convict him.  Even a lot of cheap shots at me throughout that time.  Everyone was hoping to profit off his destruction.  IT WAS TERRIBLE! It is one of my proudest moments in my lifetime just acquitting and vindicating him. In retrospect now, he only had approximately four more years to live.  At least he was there to be with his kids and just be vindicated.la  The trial was so unjust.  The case was so unjust and lacking in credibility.  At Michael’s burial, which I attended, a young man, who in the 80’s was a rather high-profile case in California when his father doused him with gasoline and set him on fire burning most of his body including his face…his name is Dave Rothenburg known as Dave Dave.  Michael took care of him.  Dave spoke at Michael’s funeral about what a kind and decent, generous, wonderful person Michael was.  I happen to know there were kids all over the world he did this for…disabled kids, children with illnesses and disabilities.  Michael would write checks for them…nobody publicized it.  He did it because that’s what his heart wanted him to do.  I think one of the cruelest things ever was to take his love for children, his desire to help kids and turn it against him and try and call him a monster as they did in the trial.  IT WAS JUST HORRIBLE.  It was just heart-wrenching to be there and watch him and see what a toll it took on him.  It was a dreadful experience.  It was painful.  It was horrifying  He couldn’t believe what he was listening to…some of the statements that were made.  He couldn’t believe that anyone could accuse him of harming children.  He couldn’t believe that anyone could accuse him of masterminding a conspiracy to falsely imprison a family, to abduct children, to extort.  THESE ARE THINGS THAT MICHAEL IS NOT CAPABLE OF EVEN IMAGINING…and, to formally charge him with this and then to call witnesses who were clearly not telling kidsthe truth to try to build a case against him was frightening and very disheartening for him.  Michael is a person who would often be up early in the morning walking through Neverland  to relax and get close to nature…to look at the sky and the moon and the stars.

I never expected Michael Jackson to be convicted on any felony count or misdemeanor.   I BELIEVED, AND STILL DO, THAT HE WAS COMPLETELY INNOCENT OF THESE FALSE ALLIGATIONS.  I had a very strong feeling that this jury was not going to convict him.attempted crucifiction

I met Michael Jackson during a very dark period.  The forces of evil were trying to take him away from us.  The man I came to know was a kind, gentle soul who really wanted to heal the world through music and art, love and decency.  HE SUCCEEDED!  He said this to me…”THE GREATEST THING YOU’LL EVER LEARN IS JUST TO LOVE AND BE LOVED IN RETURN.” sharing and receiving love

IT WAS AN HONOR AND A PRIVILEGE TO DEFEND HIM.

Tom Mesereau

Maya Angelou And Michael Jackson Will Be The Theme Of The African American Arts And Heritage Academy Summer Program

5 Feb

While the assault on Michael Jackson’s character and choices by the tabloids and some judgmental members of the ignorant public continues, Michael’s cultural impact and artistic legacy continues to march on. Michael has inspired generations of artists, dancers, singers, song writers, producers, film makers and poets. He and his work have been the subject of many academic studies and tributes of all musical genres including Hip Hop, Reggae, heavy metal, Latin and symphony. Michael Jackson is one of our greatest African American heroes and as we celebrate Black History month he is in good company. He and the great poet, Maya Angelou, will be the theme of the African American Arts and Heritage Academy Summer Program at West Virginia University.

Maya Angelou wrote this poem about Michael in 2009.

We Had Him

Beloveds, now we know that we know nothing
Now that our bright and shining star can slip away from our fingertips like a puff of summer wind

Without notice, our dear love can escape our doting embrace
Sing our songs among the stars and and walk our dances across the face of the moon

In the instant we learn that Michael is gone we know nothing
No clocks can tell our time and no oceans can rush our tides
With the abrupt absence of our treasure

Though we our many, each of us is achingly alone
Piercingly alone
Only when we confess our confusion can we remember that he was a gift to us and we did have him

He came to us from the Creator, trailing creativity in abundance
Despite the anguish of life he was sheathed in mother love and family love and survived and did more than that

He thrived with passion and compassion, humor and style
We had him
Whether we knew who he was or did not know, he was ours and we were his
We had him

Beautiful, delighting our eyes
He raked his hat slant over his brow and took a pose on his toes for all of us and we laughed and stomped our feet for him

We were enchanted with his passion because he held nothing
He gave us all he had been given

Today in Tokyo, beneath the Eiffel Tower, in Ghana’s Blackstar Square, in Johannesburg, in Pittsburgh, in Birmingham, Alabama and Birmingham England, we are missing Michael Jackson

But we do know that we had him
And we are the world.

ALL THINGS MICHAEL

Sources: Roanoke.com | All Things Michael

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The African American Arts & Heritage Academy is now accepting applications for its July 13-18 summer academy, which will be held on the campus of West Virginia University, in Morgantown, West Virginia. This year’s theme will focus on Maya Angelou and Michael Jackson.

The academy offers students 13 to 18 years of age one week of concentrated study in an artistic discipline of their choice. Classes and workshops will focus on dance, vocal, instrumental, string music and steel drum playing, theater arts, visual arts, creative writing, song writing and history/culture. A songwriting course has been added for those who have a gift for writing and would like to manifest their words into songs.

The academy will accept approximately 40 students to attend the academy. At the end of the week, the students will present a showcase for faculty, guests and the public.

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

3 Feb

“Michael was constantly demonstrating to the world that a Black man is MORE than what this country repeatedly tells us he is. He was a multi-faceted, complex, human being.”

He deserves more than a judgmental artist’s rendering of a picture of Michael Jackson had he aged beyond 50 and had no plastic surgery. We think the artist got it all wrong, failing to incorporate the effects of his vitiligo, diet, and lifelong career as a dancer. And, the artist got the cheekbones that are shared by all the Jacksons just plain wrong.

Confessions of a Crazy MJ Fan

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“Monsters, Witches and Michael Jackson’s Ghosts” by Willa Stillwater

8 Jan

In today’s post by the excellent blog, “Dancing With the Elephant,” an announcement was made about a new academic article published by Willa Stillwater, “Monsters, Witches and Michael Jackson’s Ghosts.” The article was published on the academic site, Popular Musicology Online, this morning.

In her article, Willa Stillwater, provides an excellent summary of the allegations against Michael Jackson and the events leading up to the 2005 trial. She provides an analysis of Michael Jackson’s response through his art to the media and law enforcement’s treatment of him during the last two decades of his life. Ms. Stillwater also places the media and public’s reaction to him in historical context with the Salem Witch trials.

Here is the link to the article in Popular Musicology Online:

http://www.popular-musicology-online.com/issues/02/stillwater.html

Dancing With the Elephant gives a great summary of the article and will give you links to past posts on their site that are relevant. They have also provided links to Michael Jackson’s Ghosts.

https://dancingwiththeelephant.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/announcement-monsters-witches-and-michael-jacksons-ghosts/#comment-13296

As noted in the comments by Dancing With the Elephant, much of what is in Willa Stillwater’s article will be familiar to Michael Jackson admirers but the contents have been noticeably absent in mainstream media and in academic study. This is well worth reading.