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Top 10 Moments of 2009: #1 Michael Jackson ‘This Is It’

Year in Review: Michael Jackson

There is something to be said for inspiring millions in life but even
more so after death. The shocking passing of the man many call the
‘Greatest to ever do it’ and the King of Pop is still a tender subject
even as we close out a year full of economic woes, political battles,
controversial music and videos and iconic comebacks. Ironically Michael Jackson
was poised for a return to the stage and essentially a final bow that
for him was a way to not just provide the fans he loved with music, a
phenomenal stage show (as only he could do), and a historic venue to do
it in, but a chance to once and for all rise above the idiosyncrasies
of modern society and in true MJ fashion, inspire and rejuvenate our

Kicking off 2009 with a plan to return to the stage via ‘This Is It,’ a
historic concert series at London’s O2 arena, Michael Jackson set out
to, as he had done in years past with “Heal The World,” “Man In the
Mirror” and “Earth Song,” touch hearts and minds. Tapping the best
dancers, musicians, and other talent from around the world, Jackson
pieced together a show that would unbeknownst to him be seen worldwide.

While his vision never reached its intended venue in July of 2009, the
vision eclipsed music and pop culture posthumously. Even bigger after
death as some would say, Michael Jackson ruled music in 2009.
Everything from “Thriller” to “Number Ones” and all other efforts in
between flew off shelves and into the hands of not just a nation but
the world shortly after his death. Collectively dancing to the beat of
“P.Y.T.,” “Bad,” “Smooth Criminal” and as you know the list goes on,
not a single neighborhood, corner or landmark was silent when the King
of Pop made his final bow. While the circumstances surrounding his
death were disturbing, the truth is they pale in comparison to the
legacy the King of Pop left behind. No matter where you turned in 2009,
you found friends, neighbors, relatives, business associates and others
with one thing in common – Michael Jackson. As never seen before,
neighborhoods and communities came together by the hundreds and
thousands to celebrate the life of Jackson. From Los Angeles to Indiana
and St. Louis to Tokyo, Michael Jackson’s music, legacy, and vision
came true. Even if just for a few days, weeks or hours the world and
people, despite race, color, sexuality, and creed came together as one.

As we have now seen with “This Is It,” the documentary, Michael Jackson
remained true to his craft up to his final hours on this earth. Even
with the jokes, allegations, trials and the scorching words often
thrown at him over the years, Jackson looked beyond the surface and saw
a need to not just entertain but to use his gift to help others. Perhaps the greatest lesson learned
with the shocking and still hard to come to terms with death of Jackson
is that we must look beyond the surface when dealing with one another.
Yes, beauty and certain looks are often touted as being supreme but
when the curtain closes and you take a final bow, as did Jackson, the
imagery of beauty fades. What is left however is your story. No matter
how muddied it may be or how many trials and tribulations you went
through in life, your story from beginning to end serves as inspiration
for others and perhaps as a cautionary tale.

Perhaps Reverend Al
Sharpton said it best when he told the late King of Pop’s children
during a televised memorial “There was nothing strange about your
daddy. It was strange what your daddy had to deal with but he dealt
with it".


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