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The Legacy of Michael Jackson: “ma ma se, ma ma sa, ma ma koo sa!” Hand’s down!

Michael Jackson left us—all of us—the harmonies, melodies and complex beats to which he popped, dropped and locked it like a Dogon dancer

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18 Jul 2009 // 5:06 AM

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Mapped Out on the Body: Michael Jackson’s Vision for Inclusiveness

With his brown skin, button nose, and chemically straightened hair, it significantly matter that Michael Jackson was black not white, male not female, from a poor family, not rich one. Unsurprisingly, he sought to re-map the globe.

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Before the international frenzy that Barack Obama commanded following his historic presidential campaign and win, Michael Jackson was the global face of black exceptionalism and

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Michael Jackson and Our Vision of Diversity

Inclusiveness, all the Jackson’s music seems to say, is the underlying means of respecting one another, and the planet. That’s a genuinely mature message for any artist to relay.

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The Fawn in the Burning Forest: Our Beloved Monster

Unlike John Lennon’s clumsy attempts to appear working class or Mick Jagger’s incessant chauvinist posturing, Michael Jackson had no strong desire to be “authentic” or “real”.

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The Teflon King: Ronald Reagan and the Death of Michael Jackson

Oddly enough, the Jackson debacle reminds me of another recent death, that of Ronald Reagan just over five years ago.

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8 Jul 2009 // 9:00 PM

Atomising MJ

Michael Jackson is a perennial stranger, an eccentric character with an upbringing which dwarfs any Philip Larkin-esque conception of the fucked up.

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Michael Jackson Forever

Sometimes it’s not easy to locate the child prodigy and genius musician in those transformations, as though what constitutes a stellar career is only prelude and financial support for his body’s desired transformations.

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8 Jul 2009 // 2:49 AM

That old girl, television, and the people who work her, can still surprise a cynical guy. Michael Jackson’s memorial Tuesday combined the best parts

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You Can’t Win: Michael Jackson and ‘The Wiz’

Michael Jackson: a man who was made to do everything - except star in films. The Wiz more than proved this.

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Michael Jackson and the Death of Monoculture

With Jackson's death, we must also say goodbye to the era when an individual pop star had the power to saturate and unite.

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Moonwalking

My God, could that man dance. Michael Jackson moved like the love child of Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse.

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Pop Star

We lost so much more than another legend June 25. We lost the final man to give us a glimpse into how the world of pop music should be.

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He Got the Money, I Got the Good Looks

But Michael Jackson and his brothers opened up and represented the possibilities of a wide, wonderful world for me at a most impressionable moment in my youth.

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Living ‘Off the Wall’

This is an album so wholly realized in its style and aesthetic that it feels like a continuous loop, infinitely playing in addendum with some blissed out, never-ending dance floor.

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Uneasy Lies the Head that Wears a Crown: Remembering Michael Jackson

No case study can come close to approximating the one-of-a-kind wunderkind who became the King of Pop. His story is unique, and will likely remain the triumphant and ultimately tragic cultural touchstone of our times.

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Michael Jackson and the Mix

Creating a mix CD is different than listening to an album. Instead of listening to artists tell their stories, you use their music to tell one of your own.

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Why the Memory of  ‘The King of Pop’ Matters

I hope his effusive childlike enthusiasm gives him access to heaven’s gate, where maybe he can reconstruct the childhood he once lost.

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The record will show that Michael Jackson died June 25, but in many ways he was dead creatively long before that. The beginning of the end

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