Saturday, August 29, 2009

Michael Is Immortal

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

Happy Birthday Michael!

Michael Jackson Birthday Megamix

Michael Jackson Tribute Gold

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Thriller 25th Anniversary Tribute

Part 1 Thriller 25 Tribute

Part 2 Thriller 25 Tribute

Michael at the top of his game part 2


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

Smooth Criminal


Michael at the top of his game part 1

Michael Jackson - Thriller (Music Video)
by milaiya

Billie Jean

Michael was a humanitarian and philanthropist

Man in the Mirror
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.

Earth Song

Michael Jackson - Earth Song (Official Music Video) - More free videos are here


Michael: the songs that made him a superstar

Don’t stop til you get enough

Rock with you

Off the wall

Shake your body down to the ground

Blame it on the boogie

Michael's Early Years

Michael's Early Years Part 2

Got to be there

I want you back

Jackson 5 Medley


Michael's last rehearsal at the O2 Arena

Michael looked so lively in this footage. It is so hard to believe he would be gone less than a day later.

good job, safari

Friday, August 28, 2009

Breaking News: was it a dime bag or a quarter?

L.A.P.D. investigators say they found two baggies of marijuana in a search of Michael Jackson's bedroom the day after his death. Sources from the department claim members of the Jackson family approached them after supposedly finding a bag of a sticky, brown substance they believed to be black tar heroin. Police obtained a warrant to search the bedroom based upon these claims, however departmental tests of the substance proved it not to be heroin. (Reports never indicated what it was.)

Police say they did find two baggies of marijuana along with insomnia meds, anti-anxiety pill bottles, prescription bleaching cream for persons with vitiligo and a glaucoma medication with an off-label use to stimulate hair growth. Michael suffered permanent hair loss after his third degree burns in his 1984 Pepsi commercial. Jackson settled with PepsiCo for $1 million over that incident; he donated all the money to a children's burn unit.

There are a number of problems with this LAPD report: It really requires suspension of disbelief that members of the Jackson family would go to the LAPD if they found street drugs in Michael's room and beg them to search the room. Couldn't the family members search the room? Allegedly several of them had already torn the room apart looking for money and valuables. Additionally, why would they want the public and the police to know Michael was on street drugs, if this were the case? That would tarnish his image and remove some fraction of culpability from his doctors and handlers. People are far less sympathetic towards abuse of street drugs than they are towards prescription drug addiction. According to CNN, the officer that conducted the search took five days to file his report on the search and took several weeks before he made sworn statements detailing the list of medications he supposedly found.

Secondly, is it possible Michael actually suffered from glaucoma? That would be a logical explanation for the glaucoma medication as well as the marijuana. One of the uses of medical marijuana is treatment of glaucoma. Release of the autopsy results might shed some light on this, although it is possible this condition would be extremely difficult to detect post-mortem and Michael's medical records are spread out among many practitioners in several states and countries.

Even if he did not have glaucoma, it is possible the marjijuana was not his and/or he was using it to gain weight. Stimulation of the appetite is one of the side effects of marijuana exploited to treat cancer patients and others who have difficulty gaining weight on their own. He must not have been using it though because he certainly would not have had any difficulty falling asleep if he were a toker. Personally, I am strangely warmed by the thought of Michael getting the midnight munchies after a 14-16 hour day of rehearsals for his upcoming tour. Purple Haze is certainly preferable to propofol in my book. The only question is, was it a dime bag or a quarter?

If She's Not Feeling Too Stressed....

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?

This Not That

Kansas Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins

Comedian Sunda Croonquist, Husband Mark Zafrin and Ruth Zafrin

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.

In the other picture, The brown skinnded woman is veteran comic Sunda Croonquist. The white lady is Ruth Zafrin of Brooklyn, Sunra's mother-in-law. The man in the middle is Sunda's husband Mark Zafrin.

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

I think we can safely call bullshit on this one

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.

Jesse Jackson Visits Ivory Coast Comes Back A King

They wasn't covered up in National Geographic or Penthouse.

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

What ever happened to Ambien or Tylenol PM?

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?

El DeBarge Arrested for Domestic Violence

Pop singer El DeBarge was arrested for domestic violence last Wednesday morning at a Lancaster, Calif. home, the Los Angeles County Sheriffs confirm.

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

Breaking News: Michael Jackson's Death Ruled A Homicide

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.

Michael Jackson Died From Lethal Levels of Propofol-according to court documents

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.

She should have auditioned for the Wire

Miranda Tozier-Robbins was sentenced to three years' probation and 240 hours of community service after her conviction on one count of misdemeanor peeking. Tozier-Robbins snuck onto Britney Spears' property and looked through windows in an attempt to see the star. She was found not-guilty on the charge of misdemeanor trespassing.

The woman claims she is making a paparazzi documentary and says she wanted to show the efforts paps go through to get their pictures. She says she chose Spears because it "might as well be someone I'm interested in." Mmmkay.

Miranda is looking a little rough in those photos. She is scaring the sh*t out of me with those eyes. I'm telling you, she would have made a convincing cast member on The Wire.

This is for those of you who have dreamed of being on top of Marilyn Monroe

An unnamed widow has removed her husband from his burial plot at Westwood Village Memorial Park and Cemetery and put the spot up for sale on eBay; the plot just happens to be directly above the crypt of icon Marilyn Monroe. The cemetery is also the last resting place of Rodney Dangerfield, Don Knotts, Natalie Wood, Donna Reed, and Jack Lemmon.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

The hottest bootleg on the planet

Tickets for the documentary of Michael Jackson's tour preparations This Is It will go on sale September 27th. The movie will have a very limited engagement--two weeks only--in worldwide theaters starting October 28th. AEG Live handed over over 100 hours of footage shot over 2.5 months to Sony Pictures. Sony has pleged to have the film ready for its October release date.

"As we began assembling the footage for the motion picture, we realized we captured something extraordinary, unique and very special," director Kenny Ortega said. "It's a very private, exclusive look into a creative genius' world...This Is It may go down as the greatest concert that no one got a chance to see...with this film, we get a rare portrait of Michael as he prepares for his final curtain call and what I believe was going to be his master work." Michael passed three weeks before his concert was to debut in the O2 Arena in London, England.