Five years ago the world lost its most shining light and I, like so many others, lost my lifelong inspiration. As a Graduate Shakespeare scholar at King’s College London and a lecturer for half a decade I have spent much time researching the great playwrights of the seventeenth century. However to me, The Dangerous Philosophies of Michael Jackson: Faith. Hope. Love are more important. A proportion of the proceeds from the articles will go to children’s charities in Michael’s memory.
And these are just 12 of a million reasons why I will continue to write about Michael Jackson:
- He was a master of words, a global, contemporary Shakespeare. While, at the same time being as musically gifted as Mozart.
- He was heartbreakingly misrepresented in his life.
- He was a scholar of the world. He loved books and he saw the limitless value in them.
- His only wish was to share his gifts with the world.
- He never sought approval for the many kind, humanitarian things he did.
- The cult of celebrity appropriated him very young, through the public he was seen solely as a commodity and this, ultimately contributed to his untimely passing.
- He remained humble no matter his achievements.
- He has been, is, and will continue to be a phenomenal inspiration in all creative endeavour.
- He was a black man who faced prejudice but rose above it with love.
- He triumphed repeatedly over every emotional and physical issue he was faced with.
- He was a loving and caring father, brother, cousin, uncle, mentor and friend.
- Through his music, philosophy and poetry, he taught me how to strive, to aspire, to dream.