Studying Michael Jackson’s Blackness: Appreciating Afrocentricity

Abstract: This online lecture 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.


REFERENCE AS:

Amisu, Elizabeth. “Studying Michael Jackson’s Blackness: Appreciating Afrocentricity.” Audio Lecture, The Journal of Michael Jackson Academic Studies 3, no. 2 (2016). Published electronically 28/11/16. http://michaeljacksonstudies.org/fvs6-5/.


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Studying Michael Jackson’s Blackness: Appreciating Afrocentricity
By Elizabeth Amisu

Dear Friend,

There has never been a time when ethnicity wasn’t political, wasn’t radical, wasn’t topical. Michael Jackson’s unique experience as one of the most visible black artists in the world, collided spectacularly with his skin condition, vitiligo, and created a perfect storm for misrepresentation and misinterpretation. However, as we unpick the various themes and strands, we can learn so much more about what ethnicity means in the modern world. Michael Jackson’s ethnicity becomes a conduit, a prism through which we all see.


Studying Michael Jackson’s Blackness: Appreciating Afrocentricity
Free Online Lecture and Q&A from Author, Elizabeth Amisu,
Editor of The Journal of Michael Jackson Academic Studies
November 28th, 2016, 1.30 PM GMT


This free Online Lecture and Q & A can show you how to understand the myths around Michael Jackson’s ethnicity, and unravel the enigma of his representation. In this online lecture I answer all your Michael Jackson & Blackness study questions and we cover a range of topics including:

Please feel free to share this lecture with anyone in your life who is on their research journey or anyone who is a fan.

If you feel called to go further in your study of Michael Jackson & Black History, I invite you to join my new online course: Michael Jackson & Black History. This 4-lesson course will help you gain the knowledge and insight to take your appreciation of Michael Jackson to new places.


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  • Re-contextualizing Michael Jackson’s blackness
  • Jackson’s 1991 visit to Africa and his biological African connection
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  • Michael Jackson’s posthumous black activist legacy

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My lessons are filled with exhilarating moments of new discovery and appreciation that allow you to expand your understanding of Michael Jackson’s art. And they’re suitable for those who are new to Michael Jackson Studies, as well as seasoned fans.

Happy Learning,

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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