What My World's Like

“Heal the Kids”

Dec
17

By Michael Jackson

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On March 21, 2001, Michael Jackson went to Oxford University to promote the Heal the Kids initiative and introduce his Children’s Universal Bill of Rights. In light of all the healing that needs to happen in the world, I found this speech appropriate. For those in the process of planning or currently undertaking parenthood, this speech provides some great food for thought about how to interact with your children. However, as it really does take a village to raise a child, being a parent isn’t a prerequisite to understanding the importance of the ideas discussed here.

Thank you, thank you dear friends, from the bottom of my heart, for such a loving and spirited welcome, and thank you, Mr President, for your kind invitation to me which I am so honoured to accept. I also want to express a special thanks to you Shmuley, who for 11 years served as Rabbi here at Oxford. You and I have been working so hard to form Heal the Kids, as well as writing our book about childlike qualities, and in all of our efforts you have been such a supportive and loving friend. And I would also like to thank Toba Friedman, our director of operations at Heal the Kids, who is returning tonight to the alma mater where she served as a Marshall scholar, as well as Marilyn Piels, another central member of our Heal the Kids team.

I am humbled to be lecturing in a place that has previously been filled by such notable figures as Mother Theresa, Albert Einstein, Ronald Reagan, Robert Kennedy and Malcolm X. I’ve even heard that Kermit the Frog has made an appearance here, and I’ve always felt a kinship with Kermit’s message that it’s not easy being green. I’m sure he didn’t find it any easier being up here than I do!

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What My World Sounds Like: Michael Jackson

Jul
02

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Yeah, yeah, I know. For some, it’s overload. For me, it’s just begin. It’s my world. 😉

“Ain’t No Sunshine”
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“The Lady in My Life”
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“Liberian Girl”
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“Dirty Diana”
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We Think Radio: the price of fame

Jul
01

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TONIGHT’S TOPIC: The price of fame…is it worth the cost?

Looking in the Mirror

Jun
30

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A few weeks before Michael Jackson died, I have a strong suspicion that people would’ve offered more cruel words than they’re willing to now that he’s passed. Initially, I was bothered by this, thinking that most of them were just hopping on the MJ bandwagon. A few months ago, after one of my friends told me he was going to start working with Michael, I wrote to ask him, “You don’t think he’s weird?” The next time we talked, he told me that the media painted an image of Michael that was different than who he really was and that he looked beyond that; my friend didn’t judge him and believed that he wasn’t trying to recreate the pain he’s experienced.

After several days of being inundated with Michael Jackson news, music, videos and movies, I began to truly realize why his passing was such a big deal to people. Troubled or not, he was unarguably one of the biggest icons the world has ever known; at some point in many people’s lives since 1964, he provided the soundtrack. I started reminiscing on my own MJ mania and remembered just how much his music meant to me and how much he meant–and means–to generations of people.

Pretty much everyone is troubled with something, regardless of how privately they struggle. (more…)