The King of Pop

June 25, 2009 the news of the day was a little Off the Wall and very much unexpected


Something Bad, shocking, and unfortunately true


So last night I refused to watch the news in review


Speechless, while still in a State of Shock I reflect on my own memories of The King of Pop


My friend, I wanted to see you the way I got to know you; in song


Without the distraction of the media filtering in scandals
True or false allegations


"Just because you read it in a magazine or see it on a TV screen doesn't make it factual"


And although Farrah may go away squeaky clean


You know what I mean


I do believe that everyone does a little something


Without knowing firsthand what happened in your Childhood behind closed doors at 2300 Jackson Street


I do know Like A Sunset...Dying With the Rising of the Moon...Gone Too Soon


You see, I just wanted to listen to you sing to us again


So I invited over a friend, a Pretty Young Thing


Not to reenact the lines but to go down memory lane


Michael, ten years my senior but like many of us we did our own two step to your music to entertain the grown ups at the age of three


You made us laugh, smile and shed a tear


Singing rhetorical verse then asking Will You Be There


As the world gathered to memorialize you


Reflect on how you entertained


The gift you were and will continue to be


Death brings to reality that you're gone but with the birth of your legacy


The consummate artist that not only raised but broke your own bar


Your album Dangerous is second to Thriller as the biggest selling album of all time


You became the first artist to generate seven top ten hits on one album with Thriller


Having been the first solo artist to generate four top ten hits on the Billboard charts on one album with Off the Wall


To date the only artist in history to generate five #1 hits from one album with Bad


Moonwalker, the top selling music video of all time


You were definitely The King of Pop


Providing inspiration, heart, and passion through song and your Dancing Machine


From a child singing I Want You Back to a man informing us that We Are the World


The significance of being that particular person begins with the Man in the Mirror


The King of Pop is laid to rest in your memory may we start with the Man in the Mirror and make a change within and for ourselves and others


Thank you Michael for "being the gift to us"


For having bridged the gap between R&B and Pop Music


You single handedly invented the short narrative we now call music videos


And who could ever forget Motown 25


"I love those old songs but love the new ones too"


Then came the beat of Billie Jean and you Moonwalking across our TV screen


One of many moments in your lifetime that you shared with the world


Michael, you have been and will always be the soundtrack of our lives


An ambassador for peace and an advocate for children with no pun intended


As it was said at your memorial "there was nothing strange about your daddy; what was strange is what he had to deal with"

In my lifetime I've been privileged to have seen some of the greatest black men in history in there own arena







Ali, Tiger, Michael Jordan, and the first African -American President, Barrack Obama


Facts and trivia can never tell a lie


So years from now when the question is asked who was one of the first black men to ever have a video on MTV


The answer will always be Michael Jackson


Thank you Mike, thank you readers for easing on down the road in memory of an icon


Michael Jackson The King of Pop


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