Michael Jackson

By Vinkeara Cowans

Overview

Michael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29,1958, in Gary, Indiana to a large African American working-class family. HIs mother Katherine Jackson, was a homemaker and a devout Jehovah's Witness. His father, put aside his musical aspirations to provide for his family as a crane operator. Believing his sons had talent, he molded them into a musical group in the early 1960s. At first, the Jackson family performers consisted of Michael's older brothers, Tito, Jermaine, and Jackie. Michael joined his siblings when he was 5 years old, and emerged as the group's lead vocalist. He showed remarkable range and depth for such a young performer, impressing audiences with his ability to convey complex emotions. Older brother Marlon also became a member of the group,which evolved into the Jackson 5. Behind the scenes, Joseph Jackson pushed his sons to succeed. He was reportedly known to become violent with them. Michael and his brothers spent endless hours rehearsing and polishing up their act.

Connection to Present Day

Here are the similarities between Beyonce and Michael Jackson.

Beyonce wore the same black and gold color palate, and even appeared to have the same amo style embellishments across her chest at the Super Bowl 2016. Michael Jackson wore the same clothes in 1993 during the Super Bowl. Beyonce and Michael Jackson has been subject to criticism throughout her career that does not align with the black community. Beyonce and Jackson walked this line throughout their careers, with their millions- dollar Pepsi deals and closely chronicled friendships. Decades into their respective careers and still at the top of their game, chose to make such bold artistic statements reminding the world of their blackness. The message of song Bad and Formation is yes, we are the biggest stars in the world but, we are not immune to the pangs of racism.

Impact

Michael Jackson changed society by, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, twice. He was declared the most famous person in the world. He was a kind spirit during his lifetime. Michael Jackson was so important because, he changed the way music videos were looked. He was the first African American artist to have a music video played in rotation on MTV with his music video for ''Billie Jean''. He gave the world wonderful music.

Fun Facts


  1. Macaulay Culkin is the godfather of Michael's children
  2. Thriller's Album sold 45 million copies worldwide
  3. He recorded a voice over on The Simpsons
  4. Thriller spent 37 weeks at No1 on the US billboard chart
  5. He won 8 Grammys Awards in 1994
  6. He had a fear of flying
  7. Often wore a black armband to remind people of children suffering around the world
  8. Very fond of Mexican food
  9. Used to put spiders in his sister, Latoya's bed
  10. His favorite number was 7
  11. Big fan of the Three Stooges
  12. He was very ticklish
  13. He was a vegetarian
  14. His Favorite color was Red and Black