Today in Black History:
The original album, holds the Guinness World Records title for best-selling album of all time. It has been certified 29x Multi-platinum by the RIAA, featured seven top 10 hits, spent 37 weeks at the top of the charts and sold more than 104 million copies worldwide and counting…
Besides all that, Thriller had significant cultural influence. Michael broke unspoken racial barriers between pop, rock and dance music. He made music almost everyone could love.
It’s not often that the whole world listens to the same music, and there’s great power in that. You can’t have it unless just about every constituency is represented. That feat is probably one Michael’s greatest triumphs.
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
His influence today proves him to be one of the greatest creators of all time, but Jackson’s art—like that of many black artists—still doesn’t get the full respect it deserves.
The point of his ambition wasn’t money and fame; it was respect…
The elementary school where Michael Jackson once roamed the halls could be the alma mater of the next king or queen of pop.
Gardner Street Elementary School in Hollywood, where Michael Jackson attended sixth grade, will kick off its Michael Jackson Music Education Lab with an open house Monday for students and parents.
The lab will feature a new curriculum and interactive music education program created to teach students how to read music, play piano and compose and arrange music.
The MusIQ program and its lab will incorporate personal computers and M-Audio MIDI keyboards into its curriculum.
“This is only the second school in California to have this program; it’s the first one in the LA Unified District,” said Lesley Holmes, the founder and chairwoman for the Friends of Gardnerville, the non-profit organization that supports the elementary school and children by creating funding opportunities for educational programs.
The lab will have pictures of Jackson and a signed chalkboard.
“This was a room that Michael Jackson used when he attended the school in the sixth grade. His presence was made in musical contributions,” said Holmes.
The lab was built with donations from various sponsors and The Friends of Gardnerville hope to fully fund the program on their own next year, said Holmes.
This is the second time Jackson has been recognized at the elementary school. The auditorium is also named after the late superstar.
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♬ ARTIST OF THE CENTURY AMA Award ♬ #KingOfPop ♬
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10 year Anniversary!
9 Years Ago Today… June 13th, 2002
(Inducted in 1997 as a member of The Jackson’s aka Jackson 5)
By Marvin Marks
Much has been said about the incredible abilities Michael Jackson had as a
singer and a dancer but much less is said about his skills as a
songwriter. In fact, few people think of him as a songwriter.
But the truth, is he wrote many of his most well known hit songs himself.
6 years ago today in 2005: VIDEO >>> VICTORY for Michael.
“The man’s innocent. He always was.” Tom Mesereau, June 13, 2005
Mesereau & Yu, LLP