Friday, June 26, 2009

Goodbye FF and MJ

Michael Jackson and Farah, both dying June 25 2009. We were prepared for Farah, but Michael was a shock. I remember seeing him on television as a kid singing I Want You Back and dancing dancing in his fringed vest. I watched the Motown Special and got chills - you could tell the audience did too. The news items have noted the twin rise of Michael and MTV, but I haven't seen any mention of the fact that Michael helped break the color barrier on that channel. Before Billie Jean you rarely saw non-white artists' videos. But I guess they couldn't ignore him. He was hard to ignore.

Graphic Source: eLibrary
Source: Jet; 10/9/2006, Vol. 110 Issue 14, p16-54 per EbscoHost

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