Who is a Michael Jackson Academic?
Someone who 1) views Michael Jackson as an artist 2) studies his art and writes critical discourse on it 3) values this body of work for its significant cultural impact in the twenty-first century.
Why? Armond White is a rare breed, a critic who is not afraid to say what he thinks. Even when that goes against the grain and some of the time that means standing up for Michael Jackson, the artist.
His razor-sharp analysis of race-relations and keen eye on Jackson-related ephemera over two decades makes him perfect to discuss what’s what and what’s not in Jackson’s body of work. White will always show you the critique you didn’t even expect to see.
“Still the media elite falls back on accusations about MJ’s personal life (definitively reproved by Texas Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee’s eulogy). They ignore Jackson’s art- and his acquittal as if to denigrate another black criminal and to discredit any defence.
These music non-lovers reveal their own inhumanity by their indecency. Just as Jackson became persecuted in the ‘80s, it’s also become apparent that his infamy stemmed from the usual disrespect that mainstream culture shows to the creativity and intellect of black artists. This, too, is what made Jackson want to Scream.
– Armond White, Twenty-First Century Renaissance
White, Armond, Keep Moving: The Michael Jackson Chronicles (Resistance Works, 2010)
COMING SOON: Susan Fast, Zack O. Greenburg, Charles Thomson, Willa Stillwater & Joie Collins, Bonus Track – MJ Academics of Note
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