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07.12.02 10:17 AM

mj finds his blackness (?)

MJ gets Black

I was going to leave this one alone, but somehow find myself terribly unable to resist. Since when did MJ embrace his blackness? Other than when he released Dangerous and casted a slew of black folx in his videos, when did you even think he felt that he was black? I have begun to think of MJ as raceless and sexless. Sexless in terms of nonsexual, unless you count his forays into pedophilia. His latest ish smells like the biggest PR stunt he has ever thought up. Granted, the music industry is sort of operated like a plantation as it reaps profits off of black labor (work-for-hire) kicking back very little in return. It's the industrial economy applied to cultural capital. Think of how the Ford Motor company pushes out vehicles at rapid rates, only to retire this year's models next year. I'm thinking the pop icon just has to do what he must to protect his coveted Beatles' catalog. You be the judge.

Margaret Ramirez and Peter Bailey,

Multi-platinum entertainer Michael Jackson yesterday attacked the music industry as a racist conspiracy and charged that Sony Music chairman Tommy Mottola referred to one artist using the N-word.

Earl Ofari Hutchinson, Pacific News Service
But in the more than three decades that Jackson has been in the music business, he has had ample opportunity to publicly speak out against the ripoff of Black artists by some record labels. He hasn't. Why would he? Jackson could hardly be called a down and out Black hard-luck case. The music industry has spent a fortune promoting and marketing his music, and has made him virtually a worldwide household name. Even though Sony ignited his wrath for its alleged shabby treatment of Invincible, it still spent about $25 million to make it. This is not exactly garbage change.

MTV News
Still, the pop star has since escalated his troubles with his album sales and record company into an artist rights' issue, one that garnered him the support of not only Sharpton but also Johnnie Cochran (see "Michael Jackson, Al Sharpton, Johnnie Cochran Take On Labels"). While Sharpton still supports Jackson's view on the record industry overall, Sharpton told the New York Post that he was unaware that the pop star would vilify Mottola, an action he said was unfair and unfounded.

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