I’m just sayin’ . . .

Freedom has returned, sporting his favorite persona – the angry Black man. There’s a lot on my mind, which, hopefully, I’ll get around to telling you about.  When I appear as the angry Black man, I tend to be a bit towards the left with my conspiracy theories, but, hey, it is what it is.  I can only be me.

In 1970, The Jackson Five made their debut.  Been under a rock?  They were a Black singing group consisting of five brothers, including the one and only Michael Jackson. Their first song, released in January of that year, was I Want You Back”.  It topped the charts.  Two (2) months later, their second hit was released, “ABC”.  It topped the charts.  In June of that same year, “The Love You Save” was released.  It topped the charts.  With the success that The Jackson Five had, I could do this ad infinitum, but, I won’t. The bottom line is that their music made history.  Over and over again, their music made history.  The group also had a sister named Janet who has been said to have had mild success in the music industry as well.

In 1971, The Osmonds appeared.  Right – you’ve been hiding out.  The Osmonds were a Caucasian singing group.  I should mention that there were five brothers in that group.  Wait – this sounds a bit familiar.  Anyway, their success was heralded as the next big thing since The Jackson Five.  They had a sound that was almost identical to that of The Jackson Five.  Did I mention that they also had a sister by the name of Marie, who gained some musical success, as well?

I’m just sayin’ . . .

In 1983, New Edition appeared on the scene, a Black singing group from Boston.  There were five members in the group, most notably, Bobby Brown.  Their debut album was entitled “Candy Girl”, which immediately soared to the top of the charts.  In 1984, the group released their second LP, self-titled, which produced “Cool It Now” and “Mr. Telephone Man”.  The LP itself went double-platinum.  By the second half of 1985, New Edition released its third LP, “All For Love”.  It was not as successful as their second, but, it still went platinum.  The group went through various personnel changes, particularly with lead singers.  Although original lead-singer Bobby Brown had left the group, the group flourished nonetheless.  Here we are in 2008 and talks about a New Edition reunion are in the works, including the return of Bobby Brown, as well as a new album.

In 1986, New Kids On The Block made their entry into the music world with their self-titled LP.  They were a Caucasian singing group, with five members, of course.  Their sound was practically a clone of New Edition’s.  Between 1988 and 1989, New Kids On The Block had a string of hits.  By the early 90’s, they released “Step By Step” which was mildly successful, but did not do nearly as well as the group’s prior offerings.  That signaled their downfall.  Somehow, I get the feeling that the similarity between the two groups is just way out of line.

I’m just sayin’ . . .

Whitney Houston blessed us in 1985 with her self-titled debut LP.  It was not an immediate success, but as 1986 rolled around, it produced three (3) number one singles.  The album is Houston’s best, with over thirteen (13) million copies sold to date.  It became one of the best selling LP’s in the industry in the U.S. and worldwide.  It’s one thing to have a “self-titled” LP, but, one should be a bit more imaginative by the time the second LP comes along.  Not so with “Whitney”, which debuted at number one, and sold over nine (9) million copies.  The first four (4) singles all went on to the number one spot.  This brought her total of number one hits to the record-breaking number (at the time) of seven (7) straight.  As with The Jackson Five, listing her accomplishments could go on – ad infinitum, so, suffice it to say that Whitney Houston not only made great music, but great record-breakers as well.  An African-American?  Of course!

In 1990, Mariah Carey entered the scene and blessed us with a self-titled debut album which produced four (4) number one singles.  That same success earned her Grammy awards for Best Female Artist and Best Female Vocalist.  She had a sound that was so close to Whitney Houston’s sound that I often confused the two at the outset of Ms Carey’s debut.  In 1991, Mariah Carey offered up her second LP “Emotions”, the single of which soared to the top of the charts, and the LP produced two (2) other chart-toppers, as well.  Caucasian?  You betcha.

I’m just sayin’ . . .

In all fairness, I should say that the original manager for New Edition was terminated and he is the person who was responsible for the group New Kids On The Block.  As for Mariah Carey, she is of mixed heritage (Caucasian and Afro-Venezualian) but at the time of her debut, was rumored to be simply “Caucasian”.  I often wondered if her marriage to Tommy Mattola hit the skids when she finally came out and said that she was at least “partially Black”.  Hmmmmm.

One can chalk all of this up to extreme coincidence.  Not I.  One can chalk it up to the idea that if there is success with one product, emulate it and come up with another success.  I say “nay”.  One can conclude that if an African-American has some form of success, some Caucasian will find a way to take away that thunder and make it their own.  Bingo!!  That’s the theory that the angry Black man buys.

The Beatles made history by making their young, female fans pass out in droves at the sound of their music.  Michael Jackson made history by making his female fans, both young and old, pass out from just  watching him walk through airports . . . before he even opened his mouth.  I was way past . . . sorry . . . waaaaay past my teens when I sat glued to the tube,  on seat’s edge, awaiting every new music video by The Gloved One.  And I’m not even a female.  They couldn’t produce a solo artist to out-do His Michaelness, so they had to find some other way to take his thunder away.

I’m just sayin’ . . .

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6 Responses to “I’m just sayin’ . . .”

  1. Welcome, back angry black man aka freedom.

    I may agree with your post.

    However Michael is a child molester. So, he did it to himself. And like my man Katt said forget Michael.
    He don’t get a pass for being a Michael.

  2. Thanks. It’s good to be back, albeit in the angry Black man role.

    According to the courts, Michael is not a child molester. Just like O.J. Simpson, he was cleared, but, people still want him to pay. The powers that be have a way of “bringing a person back down to earth” when they get too big to handle. His following was so huge that they realized that he could be a voice that changes the way of the world. Therefore, he had to be stopped. How else does one explain that mothers continued to bring their children to Michael’s ranch over and over, even after the allegations? Michael is not the only one. Not sure about the rest of the world, but, Dr. J was well respected by young and old in Philly. If he said jump, his following would do just that. He was too high up and out of no where, his non-troubled son disappeared and was later found dead of mysterious circumstances. Michael Jordan was world renown for his following. Kids who wouldn’t even dream of going to college made their way to higher education just to play ball and be “like Mike”. When the powers that be decided that he was getting too big, they brought him down a peg by having his father mysteriously disappear, only to be found dead later. I could go on and on with stories of people who had huge followings and could have made a difference through their fans and the way that they think and act, only to be broken by this government. But, I am the great conspiracy theorist and when the circumstances present themselves before my eyes, I draw conclusions. Michael Jackson’s fans spanned the world, crossed generational lines, brought blacks and whites together like no other. Those in power could not have that. I must reiterate that, like Simpson, he was cleared of all charges, but, they’ve found a way to make him pay nonetheless. If i revoke his pass for anything, it would be for his uncanny knack for being totally weird. Otherwise, he was and always will be “His Michaelness”. Peace,

  3. Things are never right when they lean to the left. Glad you’re back & in rare form. 😉

  4. True, so true. Good to be back. The “non-cyber” world had a grip on freedom for a minute. Peace.

  5. You never pay if you didn’t do it.

    You can’t convince me otherwise.
    And I know about the court system and being molested.
    Just cause the court didn’t convict him, just because someone doesn’t take away a child doesn’t make the person not guilty.
    And he always makes me uneasy the way he talks about “sleeping” overnights w/ boys.

  6. Let’s just say for a moment that O. J. Simpson was actually not guilty (which is what I felt). The courts demanded, in a civil suit, that he pay anyway. Assuming that he was not guilty, that negates the idea that one never pays if one is not guilty. So many times people are found not guilty, but, still are made to pay. Paying, by itself’ doesn’t prove guilt.

    I wouldn’t try to convince anyone of his (Michael’s) guilt or innocence, as my beliefs come from my own conspiracy theories. In this case, I truly believe that he was too much of a voice, too much of an icon, and a danger to those in power, and they found a way to bring him down a peg or two. In truth, he could very well be the molester that he has been called, I just choose not to believe it to be so.

    As for not being found guilty in court, the same goes for the police who kill Black people without reason. They are found not guilty and that’s what we have to live with. Yet, with Michael and O.J., the public still persecutes them. The term is “double jeopardy”.

    “Sleep-over w/boys”? Now that’s part of the weirdness of which I spoke.

    Thanks for your opinions and beliefs. They are greatly appreciated. Peace.

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