Source: Soul Train – By Dominique M. Carson
Everyone’s faces were full of astonishment on June 25, 2009 when radio personalities and television journalists announced Michael Jackson’s passing at the age of 50. It was a culture shock for everyone, unexpected and maybe just a rumor. But, the bad dream soon turned into reality as Jackson’s passing was the news of the hour on every radio and television station. And at the time, Jackson was in the middle of promoting an international concert series, This Is It, and collaborated with singer Akon on the song “Hold My Hand.” For MJ’s fans, children, and family, it was just bad timing.
Jackson’s daughter, Paris, expressed her moment of sadness at her father’s memorial at the Staples Center on July 7, 2009. Her exact words at the memorial were, “”Ever since I was born, daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine, and I just wanted to say I love him…so much,” which made everyone understand The King of Pop outside of being an entertainer. He was a great father to Paris, Prince Michael, and Blanket. Even though she was gripped with tears and viewers sensed her hurt, it was still an important moment that everyone paid attention to. The memorial service was a forlorn moment for everyone. However, we celebrated his life and legacy as an artist, brother, father, and friend. Disc jockeys were playing his records on the radio constantly. It was our way of saying goodbye to a musician who broke barriers for other artists to be successful in the business.
As his birthday rolled around on Thursday, August 29th, it still may be hard for others to understand that their beloved son, father, or brother is no longer with them physically. We have to keep the family and Michael’s children in prayer; Paris’ suicide attempt back in June was a cry for help.
Michael Jackson, MJ, The King of Pop was an entertainer that changed the life of many singers and elite professionals in the industry. He was known for his dynamic dance moves, vocals, entrepreneurship, his humanitarian work, and love for children. Jackson’s contributions in dance, music, and fashion was recognized by people from all over the world. Even though his life was controversial he was and still is a pioneer for the entertainment world.
And, four years later, after his death, fans still to spread the word about his contributions to popular music. We also inform other aspiring musicians to appreciate and acknowledge the icons that came before them and he is one of them. His work still influences and impacts hip-hop, R&B, rock, and pop artists. Michael Jackson’s music videos influenced video directors to be more creative in their production. Even though he is no longer with us physically and was gone too soon, Michael Jackson is still a sweet fragrance in the entertainment industry.