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Michael Jackson

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2009

    So How Did My Singing Gig Go?

    ​You may recall that the other night, I was all set to belt out a Michael Jackson medley at Hear Me Roar!, a benefit for the Sylvia Project, which helps LGBTQ youth. So how did it go? Record contract? Death threats? Both? Well, people laughed all through the performance--but it was OK nonethe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2009

    Michael Jackson Was Murdered

    ​The AP is reporting that the Los Angeles County coroner has ruled that Michael Jackson's death was a homicide. Dr. Conrad Murray, the doctor who administered the propofol that likely killed the singer, is "the target of a manslaughter probe headed by Los Angeles police," according to the repo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2009

    Michael Jackson's Death Ruled a Homicide: All of Us Indicted

    Now that it's been revealed that the L.A. coroner found Michael Jackson had died of a lethal dose of the anaesthetic propofol, and that his death constitutes a homicide, instead of pointing fingers it's time we all took a hard look at ourselves, and considered: did we ask too much from Michael, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2009

    Spike Lee Is Throwing Michael Jackson A Birthday Party

    ​This one pretty much can't miss. Jackson, who is set to be buried on his birthday out in Glendale, California, will get a NYC birthday send-off as well--Spike Lee is throwing a block party in his honor at Fort Greene Park. From 12pm-5pm, DJ Spinna will play Jackson jams exclusively, which is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2009

    I'm Singing Michael Jackson Songs!

    ​Oy vey, I've gotten hooked into performing at the Hear Me Roar! Project benefit for Sylvia's Place this Thursday August 20 at 6 at Bowery Poetry Club. I don't have an act, having worn out Suzanne Somers's poetry book as if it were a raunchy bottom, so out of desperation, I'm going to dig back ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2009

    The Gay Housewives of New York Are Coming!

    ​It was inevitable, folks. The people who brought you all those hit Real Housewives shows have turned to the gays, and I say yay for the inclusionariness of it all! Check out this link for info on just what they're looking for--which amounts to hot, fun, shopping-crazed kooks who are preferab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2009

    Let's Have a Moratorium on Jacko Remarks

    ​Well, just one, actually. Everyone from me to Bill Maher still thinks it's hilarious to say something on the order of "Michael Jackson started as a black man and he ended up a white woman." You can't turn on the TV or pick up the phone or crawl into a sewer without hearing someone say that ve ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    August 4, 2009

    VIDEO MADE THE RADIO STAR

    The music of three legends under one roof

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2009

    "The King of Pop's Going To Lick Your Lollipop"

    ​No, that's not a threat. That's part of a quote from the new book about Michael Jackson in which a male actor is quoted as saying, "The very first time he blew me, he said 'The King of Pop's Going To Lick Your Lollipop'." And the actor was a grownup! The book--thrown together in two days the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2009

    News Roundup: The Pixies, Bruce Springsteen, Ticketmaster/Live Nation, Michael Jackson

    ​--The Pixies have announced the dates for their Doolittle 20th anniversary tour, where the alt-rock legends will play the album in its entirety. The band will play nine cities, including three New York gigs: November 23, 24, and 25 at the 3,000-capacity Hammerstein Ballroom. We recently talke ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    July 28, 2009
  • Blogs

    July 16, 2009

    Will That Scandalous Jacko Book Finally Come Out For Reals?

    In the mid '90s, every single friend of mine suddenly possessed a copy of an underground, hard-to-get book called Michael Jackson Was My Lover, The Secret Diary of Jordie Chandler by an investigative journalist named Victor M. Gutterrez. They all had it because I lent it to them! The incendiary pag ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2009

    Weird Photos of Michael Jackson's Legs

    ABC News has uncovered these upsetting pix of Michael Jackson's legs at a rare moment when they weren't moonwalking. What the shots uncover is a bunch of discoloration and needle marks suggesting IV usage. And these were from 2002! Discuss.

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2009

    How Michael Jackson Would Have Looked Without All That Surgery

    Michael Jackson used to downplay the amount of surgery he had--I think he copped to one nose tweaking and perhaps an occasional eyebrow tweaze--but we know better. The guy had even more surgery than Kathy Griffin and Faye Dunaway combined. But what if he'd gone au naturel? What if he'd never touched ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2009

    Say Something Nice About Michael Jackson

    We know that Michael Jackson was a brilliant musical artist, but as a person, he often seemed conflicted and a tad self-loathing. Still, now that's he's gone, it's not polite to remind people of stuff like that, so let's go out of our way to find only positive things to say about the man and his eye ... More >>

  • News

    July 8, 2009
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    July 8, 2009

    This Week's Voice: The Apollo's Salute to Michael Jackson, Maxwell, Sasha Baron Cohen's Bruno, Memoirs by Lydia Lunch and Reverend Jen, Bard's 'Consider the Lobster,' and More

    Tina ChouIn this week's Village Voice Music Section, Rob Harvilla reports back live from the somewhat Michael Jackson-themed Amateur Night at the Apollo: "It is extraordinarily difficult to impersonate, mimic, or pay entirely reverent homage to Michael Jackson without coming across like you're makin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2009

    Michael Jackson Memorial Fails to Destroy the Internet

    Despite the best efforts of hundreds of simultaneous live blogs, streams on an incredible array of different platforms and websites, and John Mayer's unforgivable jazz face, the internet survived yesterday's midday Michael Jackson memorial with barely a stutter. MSN reported that 50% more people w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2009

    Chinese Drug Addict Performs Touching Baby-Out-Window Tribute to Michael Jackson

    The shock waves from Michael Jackson's death continue to be felt around the world. A man in Sichuan Province, China dangled his two-year-old daughter out the window of his apartment in a touching tribute to the King of Pop's similar stunt with infant Prince Michael II, aka Blanket, in 2002. The New ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2009

    Jackson Memorial Scheduled for 1PM EST

    Michael Jackson's bonkers Staples Center memorial is scheduled for 10AM PST, and is set to feature a random assortment of basketball players, reality TV show contestants, and John Mayer. This Rolling Stone item cites TMZ and contains the allegation that "Michael Jackson's casket will take center sta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2009

    Rep Peter King Continues Anti-Michael Jackson Rant Into Monday, Observes Reverent, Respectful Day of Silence Tuesday

    Angry GOP Congressman Peter King is not backing down from his remarks, posted on YouTube over the weekend, alleging that the deceased pop star Michael Jackson was a "pervert" and a "low life" who "did some dancing" in between molesting kids. CBS 2 HD gave King an opportunity to fan his own flames, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2009

    Dems Use Pete King's Michael Jackson Dis to Fundraise Against Him

    While it's sad that everything is politics in our sick era, at least sometimes it's the kind of sad you can laugh at. This morning we mentioned the now-viral Pete King video in which the GOP Congressman blasts the media for lavishing attention on the dead "pervert" Michael Jackson. Now Huffington Po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2009

    Michael Jackson and John Dillinger: The Amazing Parallels

    We see people are still talking about Michael Jackson. Also, partly because of some unfortunate comments Jackson made to Lisa Marie Presley, they're comparing him to Elvis -- in gross ways, in tale-of-the-tape ways, in conspiracy theory ways, in Neverland/Graceland ways, etc. Even Christianity Toda ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2009

    About that Cover Photo...

    Our cover this week has been provoking some strong reactions -- many have expressed how much it means to them to see Michael Jackson so vibrant and on top of the world in a shot that was taken in New York City more than 30 years ago.Jackson was 18 when the shot was taken in September 1976 on a balco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2009

    Homeless Shelter Auctions Off Original Michael Jackson "Thriller" Film

    Can we get one more Michael Jackson story in before the holiday? You bet! A homeless shelter in Paterson, New Jersey claims to have the 35mm original of Michael Jackson's Thriller video, and seeks a buyer. Eva's Village Healthcare for the Homeless says former CBS Records president Walter Yetnikoff ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2009

    News Roundup: Brooklyn Bowl, Michael Jackson, Woodsist Captured Tracks Festival

    --The Brooklyn Bowl is almost open. Curated by former Wetlands owner Peter Shaprio, the 600-capacity Williamsburg space triples as a bowling ally/music club/Blue Ribbon Restaurant. It includes eight massive high-def screens (tickets for a Sept. 24 Lebowski-fest are on sale now). The ally's opening n ... More >>

  • News

    July 1, 2009

    Michael Jackson: The Man in Our Mirror

    Black America's eulogies for the King of Pop also let us resurrect his best self

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2009

    This Week in the Voice

    Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson. Harlem, the world. Greg Tate. Michael Jackson. Bed-Stuy. Jean Grae. Michael Jackson. Gary, Indiana. Jessica Hopper. The Village Voice Michael Jackson Archives. We all know about the Albany Coup and how bad it makes everyone look. But who really benefited ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2009

    This Week's Voice: Michael Jackson, 1958-2009

    In this week's Village Voice, we remember Michael Jackson: Greg Tate on the man and his legacy, rapper Jean Grae on what Jackson meant to musicians everywhere, and Jessica Hopper, reporting live from Gary, Indiana the night Jackson died. Elsewhere, Rob Harvilla describes the daffy sci-fi audacity ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2009

    Michael Jackson's Accuser All Grown Up

    Back when little Jordan Chandler was in the middle of those torrid allegations against Wacko Jacko, you'd have to have been SICK to think "He's super hot." But look at Jordie now that he's all grown up and quite woof-y. It's enough to warrant a loud chorus of "Pretty Young Thing"!

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2009

    News Roundup: Michael Jackson, Beastie Boys, Drake, Pixies

    --As you might have predicted, Michael Jackson is experiencing a posthumous sales surge. Three albums--Number Ones, The Essential Michael Jackson, and Thriller--each sold around 100,000 copies last week. The King of Pop left behind plenty more opportunities for cash flow, including a high-tech 3-D v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2009

    City Council Honors Michael Jackson, White People Walk Out

    Today the city council held a moment of silence for Michael Jackson and councilmembers Inez Dickens and Helen Diane Foster gave the King of Pop a nice tribute, but just as things got underway several members walked out. Staten Island's James Oddo confirmed to Azi Paybarah that he walked out in resp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2009

    Rightbloggers Mourn Michael Jackson's Death -- As Good News for Obama, Ahmadinejad

    It was no surprise to most of us when the death of Michael Jackson on Thursday took over the news, both mainstream and citizen varieties, and even the internet. Americans are suckers for celebrities, and the unexpected demise of one of the world's most famous entertainers was bound to obsess us. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2009

    Academic Press Releases of the Day: Michael Jackson, Friends, Male Vibrator Use

    From the University of Wisconsin-Madison: "Experts: Big Tobacco Dead by 2047, Possibly Sooner." But if you're a smoker, they'll certainly outlive you. The University of Rochester: "Rock, Pop Historian Assesses Michael Jackson's Greatness." Sample: "The single glove, his patented moonwalk step, that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2009

    Monday Michael Jackson News Roundup

    The weekend saw a host of news reports that make us all wonder how we didn't see Michael Jackson's death coming. But no matter how many tales of the King of Pop's fragility there are, we still can't believe he's gone. It's impossible to sort through all the speculation, but here are the depressing f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2009

    From the Voice Archives: Chuck Eddy Reviews Michael Jackson's Dangerous in '91

    In honor of Michael Jackson, we're raiding our archives. Here's Chuck Eddy on Michael Jackson's 1991 hated-on-mostly-but-still-plenty-epic Dangerous. Sound of Breaking Glass By Chuck Eddy December 17, 1981 Hey, so how come nobody's compared the fucker to There's a Riot Goin' On? Well, maybe Rio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2009

    From the Voice Archives: Guy Trebay on Michael Jackson in 1987

    In honor of Michael Jackson, we're raiding our archives. Here's Guy Trebay on the inscrutable and surgically air-brushed creature Jackson had become in 1987. It ran alongside a Greg Tate piece on the same subject. The Boy Can't Help It Guy Trebay September 22, 1987 There's no longer any question t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2009

    From the Voice Archives: Simon Frith on Wacko Jacko in London, Circa 1988

    In honor of Michael Jackson, we're raiding our archives. Here's Simon Frith's London dispatch--it ran in Frith's regular 'Brit Beat' column--on the bonkers media spectacle that broke out when Jackson came to town in 1988. Wack Attack By Simon Frith August 16, 1988 "Pandemonium broke out in Soho, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2009

    Coup in Review: Dems, GOP Do Quickie, Dems Honor Dead Celebs, Parker Apologizes

    Michael Jackson madness met Albany madness today as the Republicans-plus-Espada and the Democrats enacted their now customary ritual of holding separate sessions: the Democrats had a moment of silence for Jackson and Farrah Fawcett, while the GOP-plus-E, perhaps worried about political fallout, just ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2009

    From the Voice Archives: Stanley Crouch on the Cross-Cultural Continuity of Michael Jackson in 1987

    In honor of Michael Jackson, we're raiding our archives. Here's Stanley Crouch, writing in response to twin hit pieces on Jackson (by Greg Tate and Guy Trebay) published in the Voice two months prior. Man in the Mirror By Stanley Crouch November 17, 1987 Because Afro-Americans have presented chal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2009

    From the Voice Archives: Vince Aletti Reviews Michael Jackson's Thriller in 1982

    In honor of Michael Jackson, we're raiding our archives. Here's Vince Aletti on Jackson's Thriller in 1982. E.T as Mr. Entertainment 'Michael Jackson: intense fame, dreams of flying, and a paranoid undertow' By Vince Aletti Dec. 14, 1982 Michael Jackson, who has been "touring, singing, dancing" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2009

    From the Voice Archives: Greg Tate on Michael Jackson in 1987

    In honor of Michael Jackson, we're raiding our archives. Here's Greg Tate on what's wrong with Michael Jackson in 1987. It ran side by side with a piece on the same topic by Guy Trebay. I'm White! By Greg Tate September 22, 1987 There are other ways to read Michael Jackson's blanched skin and di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2009

    From the Voice Archives: Elvis Mitchell Reviews Michael Jackson's Moonwalker

    In honor of Michael Jackson, we're raiding our archives. Below, Elvis Mitchell's review of Jackson's straight-to-DVD Moonwalker, published in May of 1989. Psycho Shopper By Elvis Mitchell May 23, 1989 I recently had a truly astonishing viewing experience, catching "Moonwalker," the Michael Jackso ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2009

    A Chat with Michael Jackson's Attorney, and a Beyond-Devastating Missive from Lisa Marie

    At this point we're drowning in both Michael Jackson eulogies and carefully curated roundups of Michael Jackson eulogies, and while there's plenty of that to go around -- here are excellent dispatches from Voice sister papers in St. Louis and Nashville, just for starters -- the best stuff I've r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2009

    From the Voice Archives: Scott Poulson-Bryant Reviews the Michael Jackson/Michael Jordon Collision That is "Jam"

    In honor of Michael Jackson, we're raiding our archives. Below, Scott Poulson-Bryant's review of the Michael Jackson/Michael Jordan convergence that was the video for "Jam," first published in August, 1992. Be Like Mike By Scott Poulson-Bryant August 4, 1992 You've been ruminating on Black Beaut ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2009

    More Michael Jackson Reactions

    In death, Michael Jackson gets Baba Booeyed. Jeremiah's Vanishing New York eases on down the road of The Wiz: "As is well known, Michael Jackson was most happy in his fantasy lands -- and the New York of The Wiz is pure fantasy. The city that inspired it is gone. Michael Jackson is gone. Roger E ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2009

    5 Things That Were Cool About Michael Jackson

    Image (cc) brenheitt bakst. See also the tribute by our own Rob Harvilla and Robert Sietsema's pictures of the MJ Tribute in Union Square. 5. He liked children. We admit that when a politician is -- as Jackson was -- frequently accused and never convicted, we are less inclined to generosity. But ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2009

    Michael Jackson, 1958-2009

    Michael Jackson is dead, and I'm taken aback by how incredibly unpleasant a feeling it is, far beyond the usual celebrity-grieving response: This is devastating in an unexpected and overwhelmingly surreal way. I'm also tremendously/overly conscious that at this exact moment thousands of writers/blog ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2009

    RIP, Michael Jackson

    Let's put all jokes aside for a moment---all sardonic reminiscences of the Jesus juice, the child-dangling, the courtroom appearance in pajamas. Let's brush away any remembrances of his bizarre insistence on being called the King of Pop long after his career had been way overshadowed by his persona ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2009

    So What's Wrong With Michael Jackson? (Update: TMZ Says He's Dead) (Update: Washington Post Confirms: Michael Jackson is Dead)

    We hear paramedics were summoned, and he wasn't breathing when they got to his house. Cardiac arrest. 99 out of 100 celebrity watchers are thinking "drugs." But you know both Michael Jackson and you are older than you used to be, right? We doubt MJ's the type to watch his cholesterol. We know ever ... More >>

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