Friday, June 26, 2009

R.I.P. Michael Jackson

In light of the events of the past 24 hours, it would be remiss for me not to honor the memory of one of the greatest entertainers of the 20th century. Michael Joseph Jackson was born to Joseph and Katherine Jackson on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana. As a young man he joined with his siblings to form the group, The Jackson 5 and later The Jacksons. In his adult years, Michael Jackson became a solo artist, actor and an international superstar. His breakthrough album 'Thriller' produced by himself and Quincy Jones, became the best selling record of all time. He helped usher in an entirely new concept in music videos with his breakthrough video 'Thriller'. Michael blended the art of music story telling and movie making to create this new genre in music videos. Another later breakthrough video was for the hit "Remember the Time" which depicted Egyptians as black Africans and showed the wide range in physical appearance of native born Africans. Michael Jackson will be fondly remembered by his family, his multi-generational fans and people all over the world as the man who broke the mold when it came to entertainment. Michael, as a fan as long as I can remember, I will truly miss you! Go with the Ancestors in peace!

The Family Griot