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: Most Common Myths”, Video Series, The Journal of Michael Jackson Academic Studies 3, no. 2 (2016). Published electronically 20/11/16. http://michaeljacksonstudies.org/fvs6-2/.
Studying Michael Jackson & Blackness: Most Common Myths
By Elizabeth Amisu
Ethnicity can be a very touchy subject for many people. Especially with all the ideologies and concepts which are attributed to race. However, this is one of the most important reasons why it’s necessary to engage in debate. Especially in terms of myths, rumors and speculation about Michael Jackson’s race.
In the second free video, I expand on some of the key myths which surround Michael Jackson blackness in order to illustrate where they come from and how to best write about them. I also explain the early modern/ancient roots of these myths.
Thank-you for your thoughtful comments on The Journal of Michael Jackson Academic Studies dedicated Facebook, Twitter, and Website. I read all the comments, and I’m grateful these resources are helping you study, learn and grow.
If you missed the first video in the series, I invite you to watch it now to learn about Michael Jackson’s personal perspective on Africa.
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 two 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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