In Loving Memory of Michael Joseph Jackson

So today makes three years since Michael Jackson passed away. To be honest I wasn’t expecting the attention to die down so quickly. Two years ago on this same day I could jump out of bed and turn on ANY radio station and hear Michael Jackson all day long. Or I could turn on any music tv channel whether it be MTV, MTV Hits , VH1 Soul, etc, and see a Michael Jackson music videos, or Michael Jackson interviews or tv specials playing all day long. Now this morning I had to bypass most radio stations and go straight to the classic R&B station to hear some MJ. And even then it’s not like they were playing him all day. They would just play a Michael Jackson song here or there and go back to their regular playlists.

In 2009, and 2010 Spike Lee hosted the Brooklyn Loves Michael Jackson event in Prospect Park. I had a blast both years. It would’ve happened in 2011 but it got cancelled because of hurricane Irene. I’ve been googling it for a the past few days and there’s no sign of it going down in 2012.

I didn’t even bother with MTV or MTV Hits today. Thankfully VH1 was playing a Michael Jackson video playlist. But that was pretty much it. Now if I want to hear Michael Jackson all day it would have to be via Pandora Radio (which I’m doing right now as I type fyi). I always understood that there would come a day when Michael Jackson’s death wouldn’t matter to people as much. I just didn’t expect it to happen to so soon.

Tupac died 15 (about to be 16) years ago and there’s no need to make a big deal about the anniversary of his death because they still play him on the radio so much it’s like he never died. Biggie died 15 years ago and they still make a big deal about the anniversary of his death. Then again I do live in Brooklyn so of course I’m going to see a lot of love for Biggie. I wouldn’t have any idea how it goes outside of NY. Aaliyah died 10 (about to be 11) years ago and people still make a big deal about the anniversary of her death. I don’t understand why after only three years it seems like people have forgotten about the king of pop.

But anyway with that said I just wanted to let the world know I didn’t forget. Below are some of my favorite Michael Jackson moments. RIP MJ.

MJ the Mic Hog

This was a funny Michael Jackson moment. This is actually footage from a Diana Ross concert and she asks Michael to join her on stage and dude totally jacks the mic from here and doesn’t give it back. Hilarious!

1995 MTV VMAs
Mike was 37 when he did this performance and he still killed it!

and last by not least…..

Motown 25

No it’s not just the Billie Jean performance it’s the whole thing. The whole performance was good.


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