~The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all~
“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion…against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world would do this, it would change the earth.”
~We rise by lifting others~ Robert Ingersoll
~TEACHERS OPEN THE DOOR. YOU ENTER BY YOURSELF~
“The connections between Michael and his followers transcend time, distance and circumstances, for their relationship of unconditional love remains as strong and tight as always.”
Elizabeth Johnson DEAR MICHAEL 2012
~A song is a mantra, something you repeat over and over. And, we need peace. We need giving. We need love. We need unity. I want the whole world to sing this song: WHAT MORE CAN I GIVE~
Michael Jackson’s response to 9/11
As the world tends to break everyone, we hold onto the hope that many of us are stronger in the broken places…and, that those broken places put us in the right place. It is God’s work, choosing for us the right place, even if we don’t know it at the time. We don’t always receive what we are sure we want. Instead, we are given what we need. Often asking ourselves: Why is that a relevant question…our interests aligned, we simply do not stop asking. Meeting Michael Jackson…no matter what form the contact…causes a chemical reaction that is transformative and purposeful. Our journey defines this: KNOWING the truth and GETTING justice are not the same thing. Our need to put things right echoes from all corners of the planet, often reminding us that we may be knocked down, but we are not destroyed…nor will we be. Encountering an often repeated statement in the media, “There is nothing good about this guy.” Wolf Blitzer The Situation Room CNN July 6, 2009, not only do we use our anger, but pity those who see depravity in normal behavior, thankful we are not inside their minds. We are determined to change the sound bites and end the seemingly never-ending myths, hoping for a classic blowback that will show the world media agendas, justifying their cynicism as a higher calling. How are we meant to survive it all? The answer is clear: We look to Michael Jackson’s life, artistry and legacy as a guide.
“If DANCING THE DREAM, MOONWALK, his life and lyrics weren’t enough to tell all we need to know, then no book is going to change a hardened heart.”
The entry lies before us. The teacher is here. Michael is meant to survive. We are meant to survive.
“It’s so inspiring how Michael’s fans, friends and supporters remain inspired to care after so many years. That is a truly great legacy that should be aspired to.”
Sarah Conley International Elephant Foundation
This journey we find ourselves passionately devoted to is as unique as the man himself. Students of history, we realize we can find no other human being as abused, in this or any other century. In the age of instant communication, a lie can spread around the world with the touch of a button…never to be erased. Without accountability, there is no fear of reprimand. Opinions become fact, agendas masked, releasing conscience from cut and paste mentality. Those claiming to be friends, after being shown loving hospitality, often delight in sharing…causing us to ask: After spending time with a friend, how many of us returned home talking about their nose, alleged surgeries they might have had, the alleged parentage of their children?
“I’m a great fan of art. I love Michelangelo. If I had a chance to talk to him, or read about him, I would want to know what inspired him to become who he is, the anatomy of his craftsmanship, not about who he went out with last night. That’s what’s important to me.”
Michael Jackson Oprah interview 1992
(What was Oprah’s next question: “How much plastic surgery have you had?”)
(LARGE THOUGHTS FOR SMALL MINDS…The teacher opened the door…the student remained outside.)
(One wonders, how many other people Oprah asked that question! And, more importantly, what was HER agenda. I think we know the answer.)
“We are all familiar with the role of the media in the constant replay of innuendos and false claims’ nauseating proportions, while not paying attention to peace, justice, humanitarianism he was so greatly involved in.”
THE LAST DANCE How Harlem Remembered Michael Jackson
Frederick Monderson 2011
~I’m a Black American and I’m proud of it. I’m honored by it.
~I don’t bleach my skin. They once said I wanted a white kid to play me in a Pepsi Commercial…that is a rumor.
~The Bill Clinton Inauguration rumor…saying I didn’t want to do it, is a false rumor.
~I’m not gay.
~DON’T JUDGE A PERSON UNTIL YOU HAVE TALKED TO THEM ONE ON ONE.
~Jesus said to love children and be like children, be youthful and be innocent and pure and honorable. He was talking to his Apostles…they were fighting over who was the greatest of them all…and, Jesus said, “Whoever humbles himself like a child is the greatest among you.” He surrounded himself with children. That’s how I was raised to believe…to be like that…to imitate that.~
“It pains me to watch the human suffering taking place in the Gulf Region of my country. My heart and prayers go out to every individual who has had to endure the pain and suffering caused by this tragedy. I will be reaching out to others within the music industry to join me in helping to bring relief and hope to these resilient people who have lost everything, from the bottom of my heart, to help the victims of hurricane Katrina.” ~within 24 hours of the tragedy~ October 7, 2005
“Whilst Michael’s messages of love and tolerance supercede him, we must also remember his message of truth and resilience in standing up and fighting for what you believe in, no matter who the target and however bleak the outcome may be. A voice for the voiceless, an answer to the lies…Long may Tabloid Junkie reign, and long may it serve as an example of a man not afraid to speak out.”
Iconic Magazine Celebrating 20 Years…HISTORY 20
~My fans will go down in history for their loyalty, their love, and their strength. God bless them.~
Michael Jackson has taught us to think. He has taught us to dream. The world spins on dreamers. We accept the fact that bad things will continue to happen, strengthened in our certainty that the truth fears no questions. Our numbers prevent us from being stretched past the point of resilience, grateful to have chosen to enter through Michael’s magical door of unconditional love…happily welcoming all who accept this mantra: When you want to know Michael Jackson…ASK HIM!
Accepting that for a time~an Angel walked among us~ WE PAY MICHAEL FORWARD WITH ALL OUR LOVE!
Zita…The True Gift
I’d name this article of Jude an open manifesto and a call to the world to enter Michael Jackson’s magical world. Those who once had stepped in there will never leave. Never. Why? All his life through Michael Jackson had been showing us a “could be” world and his teachings has set the ways how to reach it if we only believe. If we believe in God, truth, natural goodness of a human being, in their will to progress, not regress. Michael has opened a door for us, laid out the books of his wisdom and teachings in front of us. All we need is to step in this flow, endless flow leading to higher truth and the harmony of the whole mankind. Jude, the thread of your thoughts is brilliant like always, and the aim of your writing is clear and paramount: call for action using the philosophy, program and personal example of the person who have been inspired and continue to inspire millions: Michael Jackson. Respect, Jude! We have our manifesto now!
Michael never hesitated to do what was right and honorable! He was the most humble and honest person I ever met! His straightforward methods took many forms. He always told the truth….if a person needed a particular item, Michael would get it for them. Unselfish to the nth degree, I watched him do whatever was necessary for sick children, people who needed medical attention, and pay for that care! He was a miracle worker…no doubt about that! He loved life itself and all forms of life. A beautiful tree would move him to tears. Often I was in tears just watching him. He went from being an insecure and shy speaker….who would begin talking with the words…uh…um..etc., to becoming a very solid and sure person in front of the microphone. (Performing was another story, of course.) Earlier I had,suggested he practice speaking only in front of me…..which he did. And every time he said….ah. .um.. I made him start completely at the beginning of the talk! This did help him a great deal, I saw that. (I used to do this when I was practicing….start over from the beginning.) This sharpened the concentration immensely! So my practice habits became Michael’s as well! I was a big support system for him, and I loved that role!