Partly by chance, partly by design-is there anyone else who so wanted to be different?-there was never a life like Michael Jackson’s. Preposterously talented, fronting the Jackson 5 from early childhood, he captivated kids, and more than a few grown-ups, with fancy footwork, effortless high C’s and charisma to burn.
And that was only prelude. Thriller launched Jackson into a new level of celebrity stratosphere – more media, more attention, more intensity – that even Elvis or the Beatles had never experienced. How he dealt with that fame – how he used it, and how it, arguably, overwhelmed him – became, in later years, the heart of the Michael Jackson story.
Remembering Michael looks back at the triumphs, and struggles, of a li
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The sudden passing of Whitney Houston has captured the attention and imagination of millions worldwide. Her substance and domestic abuse issues are well-publicized, however, it is only after her recent passing that society has begun to examine her true impact as an pop icon. Whitney Houston is one of, and perhaps the, most influential Black entertainer of her time. Her massive influence now spans an entire generation of musical stars and styles. In this work we examine:
– The impact of Whitney Houston on an entire generation of new R&B singers and listeners
– The impact of ‘Whitney-moments’ shared as cultural memories
– Words from celebrity peers, proteges, and elders as they reflect on ‘The Whitney Houston Effect’
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