Abstract: This online video series is designed to show learners how they can understand the mysteries of Michael Jackson’s blackness and Afrocentricity, as they are expressed through his writing and art, as well as the myths which surround his ethnicity.
Lecture by Elizabeth Amisu, MA, PGCE, editor of The Journal of Michael Jackson Academic Studies and author of The Dangerous Philosophies of Michael Jackson: His Music, His Persona, and His Artistic Afterlife.
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Amisu, Elizabeth. “Studying Michael Jackson & Blackness: Moonwalk Quotes on Africa”, Video Series, The Journal of Michael Jackson Academic Studies 3, no. 2 (2016). Published electronically 19/11/16. http://michaeljacksonstudies.org/fvs6-1/.
Studying Michael Jackson & Blackness: Moonwalk Quotes on Africa
By Elizabeth Amisu
Especially with the current political climate, ideas around ethnicity have become more prominent than ever in our culture. As such, Michael Jackson’s own blackness, his readability as an Afrocentric artist, and the myths which surround his skin condition are of great interest to researchers.
This month, it’s important to go beyond what we have learned so far and discover new ways of engaging with ethnicity. Through understanding we can all enrich our knowledge and understanding.
In the first free video, I explore Michael Jackson’s 1988 biography, Moonwalk, and the quotes which illuminate his vision of blackness in Africa. These early and very formative experiences, served to shape Jackson’s view of blackness and black beauty in general, and are very powerful.
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Q & A
I will be answering your Michael Jackson & Blackness study questions on a special audio lecture ‘Q & A’ posted at the end of this Free Video Series.
- The hidden cultural reasons for the Michael Jackson myths
- Afrocentricity in America
- How to write about ethnicity
- Michael Jackson & Black History Online Video Course
Please feel free to share these videos with anyone in your life who is on their research journey or anyone who is a fan.
There are three more videos in this series coming your way to help you on your Michael Jackson research journey. My hope is that these videos help you appreciate his Afrocentricity.
Here’s an overview of what you’ll learn during my new Michael Jackson & Black History online video course:
- Re-contextualizing Michael Jackson’s blackness
- Jackson’s 1991 visit to Africa and his biological African connection
- Black activism and mass incarceration in They Don’t Care About Us
- Michael Jackson’s posthumous black activist legacy
Elizabeth Amisu – MichaelJacksonStudies.org
Elizabeth Amisu, author of The Dangerous Philosophies of Michael Jackson: His Music, His Persona, and His Artistic Afterlife, holds an MA in Early Modern English Literature from King’s College London. She completed her teacher training at the University College London Institute of Education and has seven years’ teaching experience. She is co-founder and editor of The Journal of Michael Jackson Academic Studies online.
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