Saturday, August 29, 2009
Two months after Michael's passing, my heart still refuses to accept he is gone. Every day a small, irrational part of me clings to hope that all the news reports somehow got it wrong. That Dr. Murray was somehow able to resucitate Michael, that he has simply been recuperating somewhere in the Middle East out of the public eye. My logical mind knows this is not true. That Michael is gone forever, has traveled into the afterlife.
I have, however, come to accept that Michael will live on forever in the hearts of his fans. He comes alive everytime someone puts on one of his songs, every time we watch his movies or video, everytime someone dons a single sequined glove or attempts the moonwalk or that incredible 45 degree lean. I predict half a millennium from now, Michael will be remembered as the prolific, unparalleled artist he is. (It is still difficult for me to use the past tense when speaking of him.) Michael is our Mozart, Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Beethoven, and Bach. He is the indisputable King of Pop, the King of all entertainment.
No one is more surprised at the depth of my own grief than I am. With his passing, I realized I belonged to a very special club of those who love him no matter what and will love him forever. Michael has always been a part of my life. Every major milestone in my life is associated with one or another of his songs or videos. He changed the world for the better. I just wish the world had returned that kindness to him. I pray his spirit is at peace and celebrate his birthday today as if I am celebrating my own. Happy Birthday Michael!
"Music has been my outlet, my gift to all of the lovers in this world. Through it, my music, I know I will live forever." --Michael Joseph Jackson
The Way You Make Me Feel
You Rock My World
Chris Tucker finally got the chance to make a video with the man he had been imitating for years!
Blood On The Dance Floor
Wanna Be Startin’ Something
This song really touched a lot of people in a personal way. If you really listen to the lyrics, they have a very deep message.
Michael Jackson - Man In The Mirror (Official Music Video) - Watch the top videos of the week here
They Don’t Care About Us
Spike Lee directed this video. It was spectacular.
Black or White
This video had groundbreaking special effects.
We Are The World
I used to watch this video over and over. I couldn’t tell you who some of the “stars” are today, but I do recognize a lot of the big names.
Heal the World
Michael performed in front of the Clintons. I wish he had gotten the opportunity to perform for the Obamas and/or receive another presidential honor. He deserves it.
Michael Jackson - Earth Song (Official Music Video) - More free videos are here
Friday, August 28, 2009
LaToya Jackson will continue her "I Was Right Tour" appearing on 20/20 with Barbara Walters on Sept. 11 and guest co-hosting the View with Barbara Walters' behind again on Sept 16 and 18 while Elizabeth Hasselbeck is on maternity leave.... why she get the 17th off?
Kansas U.S. Rep Lynn Jenkins peoples are backtracking faster today than Jaime Foxx did when he told Miley Cyrus to "make a sex tape" the week before 'The Soloist' came out, after she made the comment that the Republican Party is looking for a "great white hope" to help stop the political agenda of the Democratic party and President Barack Obama. Jenkins said Thursday that was not a reference to someone who could challenge President Barack Obama's political agenda and she was unaware of the negative connotation to the phrase "great white hope." riiite.
Ruth objects to being the butt of Sunda's jokes and has sued to get the last laugh. She claims her son's wife, has spread defamatory and racist lies about her with the "Take my mother-in-law, please!" jokes that are a staple of her routine.
Croonquist from Paterson, NJ has made the remarks in shows on Comedy Central, and has posted bits on her Web site and blog, according to papers filed in Monmouth, NJ, federal court.
Furious at being Croonquist's perpetual punch lines, she seeks unspecified damages and wants the court to make the comedian remove offensive statements from her Web site, routines and recordings. For example, Croonquist tells a story about when she met her mother-in-law for the first time and found out she was from Paterson, she could be overheard whispering to someone to hide her pocketbook.
Croonquist -- who is being represented by a staff of three from her husband's New York law firm -- has said she will drop offensive language, but won't pay a settlement. She also claims that her in-law and family jokes are not mean-spirited, but, rather, natural laugh-getters -- particularly because she comes from a diverse background. Croonquist is half-Swedish and half-black, has a Hindu first name and grew up Roman Catholic. She converted to Judaism when she married real-estate lawyer Mark Zafrin, and keeps a kosher house. They have two daughters.
Now which incident would you consider racist?
Thursday, August 27, 2009
This video has been making the rounds this week. It purportedly shows a man resembling Michael Jackson getting out of the back of an L.A. Coroner's van. The poster insists this is definitive proof Michael faked his death. Now no one wishes he were alive more than I, but this right here is bullshit. You can't even see the guy's face! The way he hopped out of that van I would peg him at more like 20-something than 50. We all know Michael had problems with his back and joints. Nice try.
This actually happened a couple of weeks ago, but the Rev. Jesse Jackson returned to Chicago with a golden scepter, a crown and a royal title. During a ceremony featuring bare-chested women, fresh goat’s blood and a tribal king, Jackson was bestowed with the ceremonial title of royal “dignitary” while visiting the village of Krindjabo near Zamunda in the Ivory Coast this week.
“It’s a joyous occasion and a great honor,” Jackson said during a telephone interview. “We are committed to working with the people in the village.” But it hasn’t all been joyous for Jackson, who was visiting the West African nation promoting a fair and transparent national election, set for later this year.
Shortly after giving a speech Thursday from a makeshift stage inside a packed soccer stadium in Abidjan, the country’s largest city, the stage collapsed. Jackson’s wife, Jacqueline Jackson, suffered a broken tibia. She was sent back to the states, but that didn't stop the civil rights icon from receiving the royal treatment. While traveling about the country in a 20-car motorcade Jackson's public appearances have drawn thousands of spectators.
The Rev. Dignitary Jackson's final words to the people of the Ivory Coast after the stage collapsed were prophetic: "We fall down, we get up. We fall down, we get up. Because the ground is no place for a champion. You are all champions," Jackson said through a translator.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Michael Jackson's doctor, Dr. Conrad Murray, is seriously facing manslaughter charges and the L.A. coroner has officially ruled Michael's death a homicide. It is important to note this designation of homicide means a death occurred at the hands of another, thus it includes manslaughter and criminal negligence.
According to reports, the night before Michael passed, Murray tried to put him to sleep by administering the benzodiazepines lorazepam and midazolam. Then around 1:30 a.m. on June 25, he gave him a 10 mg tab of Valium. He then injected 2 mg of lorazepam around 2 a.m., 2 mg of midazolam around 3 a.m., and repeats of each at 5 a.m. and 7:30 a.m., respectively.
Dr. Murray told detectives they did not work and around 10:40 a.m. he gave in to Jackson's "repeated demands/requests" for propofol, which Michael had nicknamed his "milk." Dr. Murray administered 25 mg of propofol which finally put Michael to sleep...forever.Dr. Murray says he stayed Michael for 10 minutes before he went to the bathroom. According to him, when he returned 2 minutes later Michael had stopped breathing.
According to police analysis of phone records, Dr. Murray was on the phone with three separate callers for 47 minutes between the time he said Michael stopped breathing and paramedics were called. I think it goes without saying it is doubtful he was administering CPR while simultaneously holding these conversations. In addition, according to investigators, Dr. Murray withheld that he gave Michael Propofol from paramedics and hospital personnel when Michael was rushed to UCLA medical center in cardiac arrest. Dr. Murray also denied purchasing any of the drug though pharmacy records contradict his account. I have to say, if all this happened before 11am why did it take so long for him to come downstairs and tell someone to call 911? Why did he go get a 12 year-old in the emergency? Why call Joe Jackson in another state before calling 911? If he couldn't find a phone to call 911 how could he have been on his cell phone for 47 minutes before calling anyone?
Details were not immediately available, but Sgt. John Coffeen tells PEOPLE that DeBarge was "cooperative" and that "an arrest like this usually involves abuse of a spouse or significant other during the rhythms of the night, some people don't prefer making arrests this way, but I like it. I don't know whose house it was, maybe Donna's, but he knows I arrested his funky ass in a special way."
El DeBarge, 46, real name Eldra DeBarge, is currently housed at the Men's Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles, where he is wearin' it well for the inmate population. Debarge is being held on several outstanding warrants ranging from vandalism to drugs to driving with a suspended license that says "Who's Johnny" on it. On these particular warrants, bail is not an option,which means El Debarge will stay behind bars, how long only time will reveal when he sees the judge, then perhaps he can slide and make bail.
He is best known as the lead singer of the family group, DeBarge, which was founded in the late 1970s and which had their biggest hit, "Rhythm of the Night," in the mid-1980s before he launched a solo career. His publicist was not immediately available for comment-probably because he hasn't had one since 1987.
Monday, August 24, 2009
The L.A. County coroner's office has ruled Michael Jackson's cause of death a homicide according to anonymous sources. This clears the way for manslaughter charges to be brought against Michael's personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray.
D.E.A. agents are investigating Michael's personal physician Dr. Arnold Klein. They have served search warrants on an area pharmacy where they believe Klein filled prescriptions for Jackson. Dr. Klein introduced Michael to his assistant Debbie Rowe, whom Michael later married and fathered children with.
L.A. County coroner's officials found lethal levels of the powerful anesthetic propofol after examining Michael Jackson's body, according to a newly unsealed affidavit accompanying a search warrant unsealed today in Houston.
According to the search warrant, Jackson's doctor, Conrad Murray, told LAPD detectives that he had been treating Jackson for insomnia for about six weeks. He had been giving Jackson 50 milligrams of propofol every night using an intravenous line, according to the court records.
But Murray told detectives that he feared Jackson was forming an addiction and began trying to wean the pop star off the drugs. He lowered the dosage to 25 milligrams and mixed it with two other sedatives, lorazepam and midazolam. On June 23, two days before Jackson's death, he administered those two medications and withheld the propofol.
On the morning Jackson died, Murray tried to induce sleep without using propofol, according to the affidavit. He said he gave Jackson valium at 1:30 a.m. When that didn't work, he said, he injected lorazepam intravenously at 2 a.m. At 3 a.m., when Jackson was still awake, Murray administered midazolam.
Over the next few hours, Murray said he gave Jackson various drugs. Then at 10:40 a.m., Murray administered 25 milligrams of propofol after Jackson repeatedly demanded the drug, according to the court record.
Although Murray acknowledged to police that he administered Profofol, authorities said they could find no evidence that he had purchased, ordered or obtained the medication under his medical license or DEA tracking number. However, police detectives saw about eight bottles of Propofol in the house along with other vials and pills that had been prescribed to Jackson by Dr. Murray, Dr. Arnold Klein and Dr. Allan Metzger.
Other drugs that were confiscated in the search included Valium, Tamsulosin, Lorazepam, Temazepam, Clonazepam, Trazodone and Tizanidine. They also found Propofol in Murray’s medical bag. Murray told detectives that he was not the first doctor to administer the powerful anesthetic to Jackson.
Murray has already acknowledged obtaining and administering propofol to Jackson the morning that he died. In an interview with police, Murray told them that he left Jackson alone under the influence of the medication to make telephone calls to his Houston office and family members.
When he returned, he discovered Jackson was not breathing. He performed CPR, and one of Jackson’s staff members called 911. The 50-year-old pop star was rushed to the UCLA Medical Center, where he was later declared dead. Much of the investigation has focused on propofol — a drug typically administered by anesthesiologists during surgery — and whether Murray’s decision to give it to Jackson as a sleep aid outside a hospital setting reaches a level of negligence required for an involuntary manslaughter charge.