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An Introspective Look At Michael Jackson From The Perspective Of African American Women.


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Welcome Sistahs!

It is a known fact that many in the African American community have conflicted attitudes & opinions regarding Michael Jackson. Many have confessed to believing that he was a self-hater who desired to become a white male and thusly bleached his skin to achieve that goal. History supports that Michael lost many African American fans because of their perception of him and his desire to distance himself from his blackness. If one is honest, it could be proven that he wasn't the topic of discussion or of interest in most of our African American communities and that includes urban radio, which by comparison, rarely played his music as much as they did for lesser known and less talented artists. That might not have been the case in many markets but it was for the majority. Even in death, the silence in the African American community regarding Michael is still quite deafening. Thousands of Black Americans showed their love for him after his death and many continue to do so; but it seems his significants yet remains at a bare minimum.

We would like for you to discuss your personal relationship regarding the artist Michael Jackson as an African American Woman (fan or nonfan) from the beginning of your awareness of him to the present. Plus, we'd love to hear your thoughts regarding the running commentary, attitudes, and opinions you've heard and or witnessed about him as expressed by other African Americans in your community.

Let the conversation begin.


~T. E. Kendall