Do you remember where you were, when you heard the news?
I was at a liquor store with my husband, when I checked Twitter and saw the news unfold on my timeline. I couldn’t keep it to myself, and told the cashier. I still remember the disbelief on his face as he shouted to the other clerks, “this chick says Michael Jackson just died.” The words felt so surreal. It didn’t hit me until we got back in the car, and literally every radio station was playing his music. I remember driving back to my in-laws house and wondering to myself – how could music that once brought me so much joy, now make my heart feel like it’s broken?
In case you want to reread my original posts, here they are:
and for EbonyJet, Who Feels It Knows It.
I sincerely hope Michael Jackson is resting peacefully past the pearly gates. The media shenanigans some of his relatives have been pulling as we approach this tragic anniversary have been truly reprehensible, and I’m sure not what he would have wanted in the event of his untimely demise. But this post isn’t about that. It’s about celebrating this man’s life, his legacy, his music. Here are things you can do today to celebrate Michael Jackson’s memory.
— Get yourself some dope Michael Jackson memorabilia. One thing MJ did was inspire the fans. You can find some amazing Michael Jackson tribute pieces, if you know where to look. I love the Young Michael Jackson tee by Afrodelik, this funky Michael Jackson mug by Rothshank on Etsy, and Rachel Stewart’s fly Michael Jackson earrings. Shamon!
– Watch Fuse TV’s Michael Jackson takeover — it begins every day this weekend at 11 am, 10 Central. Music videos, documentaries, and tributes all day till Sunday. Must see TV for any MJ stan. (this happened in 2010. Check your local listings for any Michael Jackson related tributes this week).
— Stop by a bookstore and pick up a copy of Nelson George’s Thriller: The Musical Life of Michael Jackson. I’m almost 3/4 way through this musical memoir, and I am thoroughly enjoying the read. Nelson devotes a chapter to each track of Thriller, and reading it while listening to the album on headphones made my Amtrak misadventures almost bearable. Almost. All jokes aside, it’s a thoroughly engaging read and from the very first chapter, offered a fresh perspective on the man-boy behind the legend.
— Spend your weekend like Michael would have. And I don’t mean shopping for extravagant things, or living the life of a big spender. Do something fun and whimsical. If you have kids, go to a park and spend the day playing with them. Fly a kite, climb a tree, go to the zoo, ride a Ferris Wheel. When I think of the end of Michael’s life, separated from his beloved Neverland and his menagerie, it makes me sad.
On a day like today you can make the world your own personal Neverland. WWMJD? He’d probably go to the zoo, get the kids some ice cream cones, and live life with whimsy and delight.
— Make a charitable donation. So much of Michael Jackson’s legacy has been skewed by reports and details of the amount he spent, the amount he owed. But what of the amount he gave? Michael was known and beloved around the world as a man who donated tremendously to charities, particularly children’s charities. Today might be a great day to make a donation to one of Michael’s pet causes, in his name. Jackson Action has a great, comprehensive list of every charitable event and donation Michael made.
Make that change.
Those are my suggestions for celebrating Michael Jackson’s legacy. How do you plan to celebrate?