Queer Black Cinema remembers Michael Jackson…

Celebrating at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, NY the life of a World-Wide Music Icon, Pop Star- Michael Jackson

Celebrating at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, NY the life of a World-Wide Music Icon, Pop Star- Michael Jackson

The King of Pop, an American icon, a World Wide legend has passed away, Michael Jackson 1958 – 2009.  I knew this day would come but not for years to come. For some reason I always thought MJ would out live me even though I am much younger then him.  I am still in disbelief. I can only image what his family is going through. On behave of Queer Black Cinema and Our Stories Productions, our hearts are very heavy; we send condolence to Michael Jackson children, family and close friends.Your legacy will continue to live on forever, you were a genius of music. Rest in peace and sleep well.

Remincing…

I remember when he reunited with his brothers on an award show. I was on punishment and was band from watching television. However, I still turned the TV on low and was silently enjoying the performance of MJ and the Jackson Five.  I guess I got over excited because my mom heard the me and screamed,'” Turn that TV off.”  Of course I just turned the sound off. the images was enough for me to see and enjoy.  Share your memories…

Below is an article, I wish to share from Pride TV. It explains how I felt growing up to the music of Michael Jackson.

In Peace,

Angel L. Brown

Queer Black Cinema founder/Producer

Michael Jackson:
An American Treasure
1958-2009

By Anare V. Holmes
(June 26, 2009) Critically acclaimed author Alice Walker once wrote, “models in art, in behavior, in growth of spirit and intellect–even if rejected–enrich and enlarge one’s view of existence.”
Michael Jackson was such a model for me.
His music gave me permission to escape my immediate cirmcustances of dealing with the loneliness and isolation I felt as a young child adjusting to new family digs in the summer and fall of 1983.
At the time, Jackson’s album Thriller southed my soul with its classic hits “Billy Jean,” “Beat It,” and, of course, the title cut.
Whenever I was feeling low, I’d go up to my room, turn on my boombox, close my eyes and enter into an imaginary world where I was stage performer.
I carefully watched the choreography of Michael Peters, who orchestrated the fancy footwork captured in Jackson’s video Beat It. I had all the steps down as I sang along with Jackson.

Everything had to be perfect because I was performing right in front of Jackson. For it was this poster of him in the brown leather jacket that hung above my bed.
With Jackson watching, I had to be on point.
After the performance I felt better.
I imagined that I, too, would one day have my time to shine in the warm spotlight. The stage Michael Jackson performed on always appeared to be the place where people focused their attention solely on him.
It was the place where people screamed, cheered and shouted his praises.
I wanted that because it seemed like love.
I knew it was possible for a little Black boy to command that level of attention and respect because of Jackson.
And so, I dared to dream.
I began to visualize what was possible for my life.
Jackson may have made his physical transition from Earth yesterday, but the treasure he leaves behind is eternal.
His talent, artistry and the barriers he overcame are a testament to what we all can do when we choose to follow the passion and purpose that live within us.
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