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November 3, 2009
SHAME ON THE Oct. 28 article by Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune regarding the release of the Michael Jackson film "This Is It. " He perpetuates the false accusations that Michael was a child molester, that he was Wacko Jackson, that he had lapses in judgment. Michael was acquitted of the molestation charges as there was no validity to them. His marriages and plastic surgery are none of Jones' business. I hope Jones was taught as a child that if you can't say something positive about a person, don't say anything at all. Vera D. Royster Philadelphia
NEWS
June 17, 2005
IT IS TOO EASY to find fault with Michael Jackson's eccentric behavior because it is filled with so many contradictions. Michael was born African-American but now looks so pale no suntan can cure it. Michael married Elvis Presley's daughter even though Elvis once said that the "only thing a colored person can do for me is to buy my records and shine my shoes. " Michael says his childhood was abusive, and yet he has been accused of sexually abusing minors. It is not important how the media sensationalizes Michael's private life.
NEWS
May 6, 2005 | By ELMER SMITH
IT'S ONLY halftime in the Michael Jackson trial. But I have reached a verdict. Not innocent! But you knew that. You can't fill a phone booth with people who believe Jackson's contact with young boys is innocent. Anyone who would allow her young son to sleep in Jackson's bed or to spend an unsupervised evening with him is more pimp than parent. The term "neverland" should have taken on new meaning back when he made his first million-dollar payout to a pim, ahh, parent.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 27, 2005 | HOWARD GENSLER gensleh@phillynews.com Daily News wire services contributed to this report
THE reinvention of Michael Jackson continues. It seems the King of Pop is looking to become the King of Rap. Yes, according to Rush & Molloy in the New York Daily News, MJ is looking to become edgier. More hip hop. Less hopscotch. "Soon you will see him surrounded by all kinds of beautiful women," says Jackson insider and "Alien Rock" author Michael Luckman. And Jackson's reportedly close to landing folks like Jay-Z, Missy Elliott and Mary J. Blige to perform on his hurricane relief song, "From the Bottom of My Heart.
NEWS
May 4, 1991 | By W. Speers, Inquirer Staff Writer Contributors to this report include the Associated Press, Reuters, the New York Post and the New York Times
An unauthorized Michael Jackson book, just out, portrays him as a lonely, reclusive figure whose life has been shaped by disdain for his father, Joseph, who slapped his children around and flaunted his affairs. Along the way, Michael Jackson: The Magic and the Madness, by J. Randy Taraborrelli, details the pop star's surgical rehab and his jealous evaluations of fellow superstars such as Bruce Springsteen ("Really overrated. He can't sing and he can't dance") and Mick Jagger ("How did he ever get to be a star?"
ENTERTAINMENT
January 1, 1994 | By W. Speers, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER This story contains material from the Associated Press, the Los Angeles Times, TV Guide, the New York Post and the Washington Post
Michael Jackson broke his self-imposed, seven-week seclusion Thursday night when he turned up for a show at Steve Wynn's Treasure Island resort in Las Vegas. He watched with Wynn, ex-junk bond king Michael Milken and a squad of bodyguards. Jackson, in red-leather jacket and cap, was applauded by some in the audience. He's said to be staying at the Mirage, next door to Treasure Island. Meanwhile, the lawyer for the boy accusing the pop star of sex abuse said that Jackson was "stonewalling" in that the only written answers to hundreds of questions submitted in an inquiry involving the 13-year-old's civil action against him were his name and address.
NEWS
February 20, 2003
I'M WAKING up quite refreshed these days now that I know more about Michael Jackson than I know about why our nation's defense system completely failed on Sept. 11. Michael Jackson must be on the list of "Acceptable Diversionary Topics" handed out to the networks by the government. Maybe we should add "sequined" to our "Tom Ridge Danger Color Chart" to alert the nation when Mr. Jackson is up to no good. Mark F. Walker, Philadelphia With the newest bin Laden tape, it's NOW or NEVER.
NEWS
June 26, 2009 | By Alfred Lubrano, Matthew Spolar, Kia Gregory and Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writers
Tweeting and texting, phoning and yelling in the street, Philadelphia-area residents shared the news last night of the death of Michael Jackson, the oddity and icon who perplexed and entertained America for decades. Not so much a person as a once-in-a-lifetime event, Jackson was part car wreck and part comet, and the 50-year-old's passing on a warm summer night galvanized people in the city and environs. "I was devastated," said Neil Shore, 39, a disc jockey at the Camden Community College radio station, WDBK-FM (91.5)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 6, 2012 | By Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Staff Writer
CLEARLY, CIRQUE du Soleil's "Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour" is a major undertaking - a loud and lavish, multimedia celebration of the "King of Pop" boasting a budget in excess of $50 million, a cast and crew numbering 220. As an arena rock concert spectacle - how creators view it - the production dwarfs Madonna and Lady Gaga's wildest touring fantasies. Planned to circle the globe for more than three years, the thing's loaded to the gills with lavishly costumed dancers and daredevil acrobatic acts, a 12-piece band, high-tech video screens, fanciful props and in-your-face pyrotechnic explosions.
NEWS
September 27, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Michael Jackson was an adult fully responsible for his own actions and died because of his own decisions, a lawyer for AEG Live said on Wednesday said in his closing argument in the Jackson family's negligence suit against the company. MJ's family blame the company for hiring Conrad Murray , the physician who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011 for giving MJ an overdose of propofol, an anesthetic used in surgery. AEG denies it hired Murray, maintaining that it was MJ who insisted Murray treat him. Attorney Marvin Putnam said that if the company knew of MJ's drug abuse, it would never have partnered with him for his comeback tour.
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NEWS
July 30, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia prosecutor turned to no less an authority than Michael Jackson in opposing early parole for the rapper Meek Mill, saying he has yet to accept responsibility for himself and his actions. Much of Assistant District Attorney Noel Ann DeSantis' legal response - filed Friday in Common Pleas Court after the rapper's plea for release from a three- to six-month sentence for violating probation - is a 13-page recitation of his problematic years on court supervision. But DeSantis also suggested that perhaps music was the best way to convince Mill - real name Robert Williams - that he has to take a "hard-earned look at himself, his talent, and his character as a man. " DeSantis then quotes from the lyrics to Jackson's hit "Man in the Mirror," which includes the verse: "I'm starting with the man in the mirror; I'm asking him to change his ways.
NEWS
July 25, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
HERE'S ONE of the many things Tattle has learned over the years writing about celebrities (and just observing life): When people don't like you, they magnify your flaws, and when they like you, they overlook your flaws. This leads us to the Gary, Ind., Community School Board's plan to name a school after . . . Michael Jackson . On Tuesday, the board approved a memorandum of understanding with MJ's mother, Katherine Jackson , that says the district hopes the move will "inspire children to excel in the arts and education.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 28, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Philly trombonist Jeff Bradshaw will gather his best friends Wednesday night - including vocal group Take 6 and fellow specialist Trombone Shorty - for HOME   , a live recording session, with 10-piece band and strings, on the stage of the Kimmel's Verizon Hall. Bradshaw, 44, is confident but also humble for a guy who has traveled the world with Jay Z and played on albums for Michael Jackson, Mary J. Blige, and Philly luminaries like Marsha Ambrosius and the Roots. Bradshaw was raised at the Cambridge Mall housing project at 12th and Girard Streets.
NEWS
March 23, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
If 2011 had a signature soul sister, it was Marsha Ambrosius. The Philadelphia (by way of Liverpool) singer, songwriter, and one-time member of the rap-and-R&B outfit Floetry released her solo debut, Late Nights & Early Mornings, in March 2011. The album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's R&B Charts, No. 2 on the Top 200 Album Chart, each live show was more silken and passionate than the last, and Ambrosius far outran the typecasting of neo-soul that Floetry brought. Like Phyllis Hyman without the tragic torchiness, Ambrosius' voice and lyrics spoke cattily of wronged romance and haughtily of sour times with jazzy aplomb and salty tenderness.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 11, 2014
AT A TIME when anyone with a laptop and an Internet connection might call herself a "gossip columnist," Flo Anthony is the real deal. A nationally syndicated radio personality and newspaper columnist (published locally in the Philadelphia Sunday Sun ), he's also been featured on shows like "The Insider," "Entertainment Tonight" and "Inside Edition," and is a correspondent for TV One's "Life After. " I first noticed Anthony on TV in the early 1990s, dishing about Michael Jackson and the mysterious inner workings of the famous Jackson clan.
NEWS
March 9, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Michael Jackson not the dad? Claims that Michael Jackson fathered a 31-year-old man named Brandon Howard are untrue, says TMZ. This week, Alki David , founder of FilmOn.com, said he had obtained DNA evidence that proved MJ's paternity. Turns out the lab that supposedly carried out the test is fake. The results are printed on paper that bears the same company logo as the fictional DNA testing lab in the sci-fi pic Terminator Salvation ! David on Friday told TMZ the test is real, and he said the lab added the logo design to make their printouts more photogenic.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 8, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
I can prove I'm MJ's son! Singer and self-declared Michael Jackson spawn Brandon Howard , 31, has announced that on Friday he will go public with conclusive DNA evidence MJ was his dad. The Cleveland native's mother is pop singer Miki Howard , who was represented in the 1980s by MJ's dad, Joe Jackson . TMZ says Brandon somehow acquired the late pop star's DNA from an old orthodontic device. Jackson estate lawyer Howard Weitzman told TMZ, "We've never even heard from [Howard]
NEWS
March 7, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
THE BIG nonnews yesterday was about old DNA. Did it prove that Michael Jackson was the father of 31-year-old Brandon Howard or was it merely a website publicity stunt? Don't know. Don't care. But according to TMZ.com and Alki David and his company, FilmOn.com, there's a 99.9 percent chance (for those of you bad at math that's a very good chance) that Brandon is Michael's illegitimate son with singer Miki Howard . Brandon (a/k/a B. Howard), however, was not at the news conference and says he had nothing to do with it.   Ho, Canada!
SPORTS
January 30, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEWARK, N.J. - DeSean Jackson's face flashed on the big screen and the crowd that came to watch the Broncos and Seahawks get interviewed during Super Bowl media day booed. He laughed. This is New York Giants territory, and MetLife Stadium, site of the Eagles wide receiver's miracle punt return, is just up the road. Jackson, of course, wishes he was attending media day as a participant and playing at the Meadowlands on Sunday rather than spending Tuesday and the rest of the week making paid appearances.
NEWS
December 27, 2013 | BY MISTER MANN FRISBY, For the Daily News
SAM COOKE and Ben E. King are not two singers you'd typically find on the playlist of a 12-year-old seventh-grader. Cam Anthony is not your typical preteen. This Philly kid, born Camren Anthony Sherman, has become an international singing sensation through the power of YouTube and video shares, with more than 500,000 views and counting. In the last two months, he has jetted across the country with his parents, Melissa and Lamar, courting record-deal offers from industry legends such as Dr. Dre and Russell Simmons.
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