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Michael Jackson Death

Misplaced Priorities: The Dangers of Celebrity Worship in a Dangerous World

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jeff Schweitzer

Modern media have created the false impression that we know our celebrities, but all we really know is an image. We are mourning the creation of our own imagination.

Perilous Isolation: The Very L.A. Death of Michael Jackson

Gigi Levangie Grazer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Gigi Levangie Grazer

What happened to Michael Jackson could only happen in LA, a city where elegant, moneyed suburbia, and its favorite accessory and most insidious symptom -- the elaborately gated community -- isolate its residents.

Michael Jackson Is the New America

Michael Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Wolff

Michael Jackson is hereby transmuted -- to the choir strains of a rather extraordinary send-off -- into not just a holy figure but a living icon of the racial and political wars.

Is O'Reilly Right?

Trey Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Trey Ellis

It would be nice if we in the black community would more closely examine the tragedy of the most famous black man in the world burning off his blackness and hacking off his African nose.

Judith Hill, "Heal the World" Singer

Disgrasian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

There was something so chilling about mourning a man in the most public of ceremonies whose great tragedy was that he had never had a private life. Even in death, there wasn't any way for Michael Jackson to walk -- or be driven in a casket -- down the street unnoticed.

Michael Jackson Tributes Boosts Sales For Magazines

WWD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

THE EARLY NUMBERS: With the estimated 30 million to 40 million U.S. viewers who were expected to tune into Michael Jackson's memorial service Tuesday ...

The Queerness of Michael Jackson

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Irene Monroe

Clearly Sharpton's statement hinted at the racism Michael Jackson endured in the music industry. But he totally ignored, as many have, the issues of gender and sexuality that clearly impacted the star.

Michael Jackson Was No Beethoven

Sheldon Filger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Sheldon Filger

For the global mass media, and especially corporate media in the United States, the death of pop music icon, Michael Jackson, was an unheralded business opportunity.

Donny Deutsch: Jackson Mourners "Crying In The Streets That Don't Know Him... Need To Get A Life"

Huffington Post | Nicholas Graham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Despite claiming that he didn't want to be a "cold-hearted guy," CNBC's Donny Deutsch came off as just that when he harshly criticized all the media a...

On Al Franken, Robert McNamara, and Running Against Joe Lieberman

Alec Baldwin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alec Baldwin

No, I am not moving to Connecticut to run against Joe Lieberman. I am sure that Democratic Party leaders in that state will take care of themselves.

I Remember Mama: My Memory of the Young Michael Jackson

Belva Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Belva Davis

One small story about a single encounter with a giant superstar. These days, it's nice to remember Michael as a child, with all the sweet innocence of youth; a boy who loved his mother and just wanted a new pair of jeans.

Unpacking the Michael Jackson Commemorative Plate

Mark Blankenship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mark Blankenship

It's hard to imagine another living entertainer whose death will provoke this kind of weirdly honorific merchandising.

Jennifer Hudson Pregnant! Confirmed At MJ Memorial

Huffington Post | Katy Hall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

There was no hiding Jennifer Hudson's baby bump Tuesday as she donned a flowy white dress at Michael Jackson's memorial service. She's reported to be ...

Michael Jackson's Animals: Where Are They Now?

Huffington Post | Ami Cholia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Michael Jackson has left behind more than just his family and friends behind. The King of Pop also had an entourage of animals that he kept at his pri...

Sending Off Somebody's Brother -- Thoughts from Backstage at the Staples Center

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wild

The past few days, with the Jacksons and speaking about them, reminded me of something that journalism often makes us forget: there are actual people on the other side of what we write about.

Jackson's Death Once Again Shows Newspapers Are Irrelevant

Marcia Meier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Marcia Meier

Every day, most newspaper headlines literally shout: We are irrelevant!

O'Reilly Debates Michael Jackson & Race: 'You Don't Become An African-American Icon By Bleaching Your Face, Having White Kids' (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Nicholas Graham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Last night Bill O'Reilly voiced astonishment at a Pew study showing black Americans to be much more engaged in the coverage of Michael Jackson's death...

Congressman King vs. The King of Pop: The Worst of Us vs. Our Better Angels

Kimberly Krautter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Kimberly Krautter

The very troubling issue of concierge doctors who enable drug abuse and addiction among celebrities and the wealthy will hopefully remain in focus.

Michael Jackson's Story: Can't Beat It

Jon Chattman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

As legendary and iconic as he was and will forever be, he always got himself in some kind of trouble. Sadly, the biggest legacy he will have is the true potential he wasted when he was alive.

I'm Starting With The Man In The... Front Row

Giulia Rozzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Giulia Rozzi

How many of us out there have the courage like Franck to shamelessly love something so openly, so passionately, so hysterically? What an inspiration.

Brooke Shields' Tearful Goodbye: We Made It Real (WATCH)

Huffington Post | Katy Hall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

A teary Brooke Shields took the podium to talk about Michael Jackson, her friend since they met when she was 13. She shared old memories and said that...

Paris Michael Jackson, Michael's Daughter, Visits The Cemetery (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post | Katy Hall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

A typically incognito Paris Michael Katherine Jackson, Michael Jackson's 11-year-old daughter, paid her last respects at a private family ceremony Mon...

Why did Jackson Exclude Family as Executors?

Jordan M. Atin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jordan M. Atin

The disappointment felt by the Jackson family, is likely a result of the fact that Michael did not advise them of his choice of executors prior to his death.

American Thriller

Dan Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Siegel

Perhaps not. Jackson's early passing is a perfect globalized mass media storm, as it combines Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll with a healthy dose of those two basic staples of the American story: Race & Money.

Finally Facing the Michael Jackson Paradox

Jim Watkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jim Watkins

He was a one-in-a-billion shooting star talent. And he was sick person. Like it or not, to give an honest remembrance of Michael Jackson, both sides must be considered valid.