Why I’m Still a Michael Jackson Stan

 

 

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I’m a lifelong fan of Michael Jackson. Have been for years. I love MJ so much, I even introduced him to my son, who’s still trying to grasp why he looked one way in one year (Thriller) but completely different in another year (This Is It). I’ll explain it to him when he’s old enough.

Never mind my parenting duties, as much of a fan I am of MJ’s, I also followed the numerous child molestation allegations against him over the years. Admittedly, I can say once the 2004 allegations came up, I began thinking just like many people, ‘Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.’

Let’s face it; it’s natural to think that when someone is accused of something several times, they’ve probably done said action. Bill Cosby and R. Kelly come to mind. However, unlike the aforementioned entertainers, Michael Jackson was never convicted of any crime nor was there any evidence that could directly link him to any crime, say like a sex tape.

Of course, I have to mention the two multimillion dollar settlements his insurance company paid to two families on allegations. I repeat, Michael Jackson’s insurance company paid those settlements, not Jackson himself.

Yet, the thought of the world’s most famous and recognizable entertainer was capable of doing such henious acts against children has haunted Michael in his shortened life and now in his death.

MJ was acquitted in 2005 and unexpectedly died in 2009. On the ten-year anniversary of his death, a damning documentary came out from two men who claimed MJ molested them for years.

As I refused to watch the documentary because I know a cash grab when I see one, I couldn’t help but wonder — why is everyone ignoring the FBI report on MJ that cleared him?

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How Prince Inspired Me 2 B Free

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I debated writing this post.

While most people can claim they’re Prince fans (and I’m sure just about everyone is), he resonating something deeper within me.

Being a creative, I’m in a special category. In a world where people feel they can dictate how you should act, perform, and create, you’re often toeing the line between doing your own thing and actually pleasing the audience. Of course, many creatives just please the audience member that matters the most: themselves.

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I could relate to Prince on how private he was. You want to reveal just enough but not too much. I have very few close friends I trust and these are people who’ve known me since childhood. Most of my friends and family know purple is my favorite color as 7 is also my favorite number, the same as Prince.

If you followed the blog for a few years, each time I made a bump picture post, I used Future Baby Mama as a title, which is a Prince song. Maks and I were so lucky to see him in concert five years ago and it’s a memory I’ll forever cherish. Best concert of my life.

I sometimes use Prince gifs in my posts and I can count songs like “Boys & Girls”, “7”, “Cream”, “Beginning Endlessly”, “ANOTHERLOVE”, and “Breakfast Can Wait” as a few of my favorites that aren’t the more popular standards.

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Mourning his death but celebrating his life is a different kind of pain for me. When Michael Jackson died a few years ago, I remember being in a blur for that summer. And since I’d received word about Prince’s sudden death two days ago, I put a hold onto all projects I was working on. Honestly, I think I would’ve been more productive if I was in bed all day than attempting to do any writing or creative planning. While MJ’s death affected me as a lifelong fan, Prince’s passing affected me as a creative.

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Prince taught me it was okay to not always be popular. He taught me it was okay if people mocked me for my beliefs. He “told” me it was fine if I wrote for myself and not for any audience.

Furthermore, he told me it was completely fine to just be me. And I’ve never been more free. 

So, while the world mourns Prince, I shed some tears of joy as well as sorrow, I thank him for inspiring me and my subconscious in ways I couldn’t have imagine. The world lost a tremendous spirit but the afterlife gained an incredible person.

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