Friday, June 26, 2009

Michael Jackson: The Legend...and Philanthropist

My friend just sent a text to tell me that every store has sold out of every Michael Jackson CD and that it is Michael Jackson mania all over the's like the 80's again. Of course this isn't surprising...a world idol has gone to moon walk with the angels. I too will be making sure I have everything MJ that I've always said I had to replace or add to the collection and just never got around to it. And I was having a discussion and I was talking about how much money Michael is going to make in death. Out.Of.Control. And so what happens? Does it go to Blanket and em'? Of course it will, but let us not forget that Michael Jackson was one of the most charitable and giving entertainers EVER.

Before I talk about that I also wanted to mention that in my original post after learning of Michael's passing, I talked about how I believe he had issues with his image and where he came from, hence his altered appearance. What I think I, and many others fail to remember, is that he did have issues but many of those internal conflicts stemmed from that fact that his was abused by his father, mentally, emotionally and physically. His father's 'nickname' for him was "Big nose" makes sense. Even more so, his first nose job wasn't because his father called him was because he broke his nose while rehearsing for a concert. From that point on he was never happy with his nose and continued to get further work on it which obviously didn't help. In regards to his changing skin tone....he indeed had vitiligo and Lupus (which I just learned) which effected his skin and the medication he took for those illnesses along with the make-up to even out the blotches caused his skin to become lighter. Yes he had other surgeries and it has been said he suffered from eating disorders as well as body dysmorphic disorder - a psychological condition whereby the sufferer has no concept of how they are perceived by others BUT the point here is that at the end of the day, at the end of his life none of that matters.

What does matter is that while he was here, he not only brought us joy, amazed and entertained us consistently for years, he not only was the first Black artist with a video on MTV, he not only sold 750 million albums worldwide, he also helped millions of people all over the world.

Did you know that:

After Michael's hair caught on fire making that Pepsi commercial that he gave all the settlement money to the Michael Jackson Burn Center that he started to help burn victims?

That in 1984 when The Jacksons did their Victory Tour Michael donated $5 million from his share of the proceeds to charity?

That during his Bad World Tour in each country he stopped in, he let poor and unprivileged children come see the show for free and gave millions away to orphanages and charities?

That from 1985 to 1990 Michael donated $500,000 to the United Negro College Fund?

That ALL the profits from his single "Man in the Mirror" went to charity?

That in 1992 he founded The Heal the World Foundation which allowed underprivileged children to go to his ranch and ride his rides and have a day they would otherwise never imagine, let alone actually get to experience? It also raised money for children and victims of war and disease around the world.

AND that ALL the profits from his Dangerous World Tour went to The Heal the World Foundation?

The list actually goes on. We all love him for his genius and his fantastic ability to make us FEEL his music but we forget or never even knew the major impact he has on the world through his generosity and desire for world peace and happy children.

I don't know how else to say that I LOVE MICHAEL JACKSON. Will ALWAYS LOVE MICHAEL JACKSON. He has taken a piece of my heart with him.

Um yes, F.U. has one of those...when it melts.