Remembering Michael Jackson – The ‘King of Pop’

Go Lean Commentary

Michael Jackson – the supposed King of Pop died 10 years ago today.

It is still shocking!

Consider, the historicity of Michael Jackson has NOTHING to do with the heavy-lifting to reform or transform the Caribbean. He was not born nor raised in or around any Caribbean country; nor does he descend from a Caribbean heritage. His death is “none of our business”.

Yet still, this movement behind the book Go Lean…Caribbean is declaring that, despite the fact that Michael Jackson is not mentioned in the 2013 publication, his art and music have influenced us and our productions. (See more info on the Go Lean book below).

We have used his music to state, illustrate and applicate (provide application) to many teaching points over the past 5+ years of conscientizing the challenges and solutions of Caribbean life. We have been able to say “it” more eloquently using his music and VIDEO‘s. See here, the list of previous blog-commentaries that have referenced Michael Jackson’s art-form: Viola Desmond: One Woman Made A Difference
Yes, one woman, or one man, can make a difference in society. Viola Desmond proved it! Her commitment to justice and righteous principles compelled her community to take note and make a change.“Wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make a change.” – Michael Jackson’s song: Man in the Mirror (1987). Wait, ‘We Are The World’
Michael Jackson led this moment, movement, momentum and music that changed the world but in 1985. ‘I Want You Back’: Caribbean to the Diaspora
Many Caribbean natives love their homeland, but live abroad in the Diaspora – estimated at 10 to 25 million. Over the past decades, they had moved away looking for better opportunities or safe haven. The stakeholders of the Caribbean now need to declare to these people:I Want You Back
VIDEO  of the Jackson 5 singing the song “I Want You Back” ‘If it is going to be, it starts with me’

I’m starting with the man in the mirror. I’m asking him to change his ways; and no message could be any clearer: If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make a change.

VIDEO – Michael Jackson – Man In The Mirror\ Book Review – ‘Thimerosal: Let The Science Speak’
The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, released a song with the title: “They don’t really care about us”; he very well could have been talking about Big Pharma. In a previous blog/commentary, the pharmaceutical industry was assailed over one cancer drug, Gleevec. The commentary clearly depicted the perils of Crony-Capitalism. ( Role Model Berry Gordy – No Town Like Motown
Motown‘s greatest asset is the iconic song­book the Detroit-based record label produced; and they’ll get ample helpings of that hit parade, including songs made famous by Smokey Robinson and The Miracles (“Shop Around”), Diana Ross and The Supremes (“Stop! In the Name of Love”), Marvin Gaye (“What’s Going On”), Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, and Michael Jackson and The Jackson Five (“I Want You Back”). Trinidad Muslims travel to Venezuela for jihadist training
American foreign policy is determined by the US government (White House & Congress). The needs of our small Caribbean states may not factor in US policy determinations. Even the US territories (Puerto Rico & US Virgin Islands) have little voice and no vote in the formation of policy. The Caribbean finds itself in the same role as the words (sang by Michael Jackson) of the Scarecrow in the 1977 movie The Wiz:
We can’t win,
We can’t break-even, and …
We can’t get out of the game.

Thank you to M.J., the King of Pop. We give a tribute for his contributions to music.

(Personally, I saw Michael Jackson perform LIVE on two occasions – 1984 & 1981 – these are special memories for me).

Remembering Michael Jackson, means reflecting on his Good, Bad and Ugly. See here, a news article-VIDEO depicting the 360 View of his life and legacy.

VIDEO – Michael Jackson fans share new perspective 10 years after his death –

Posted June 25, 2019 – Ten years after Michael Jackson’s death, fans of the King of Pop open up to TODAY’s Craig Melvin about how they’re grappling with his complicated legacy and allegations that have recently resurfaced.

“Let’s dance…let’s shout …”

Let’s remember this Great Talent that was snuffed out 10 year ago today. And let’s encourage the next generation of singers, dancers and entertainers. Perhaps, someone can stand on M.J.’s shoulders and reach even greater heights in creating great musical works of art.

Wouldn’t that be wonderful … for such a superstar to come from our Caribbean homeland … again. (Remember Bob Marley). We’ve got the talent. This is conceivable, believable and achievable.  🙂

About the Book
The book Go Lean…Caribbean serves as a roadmap for the introduction and implementation of the technocratic Caribbean Union Trade Federation (CU), for the elevation of Caribbean society – for all member-states. This CU/Go Lean roadmap has these 3 prime directives:

  • Optimization of the economic engines in order to grow the regional economy to $800 Billion and create 2.2 million new jobs.
  • Establishment of a security apparatus to ensure public safety and protect the resultant economic engines.
  • Improve Caribbean governance to support these engines, including a separation-of-powers between the member-states and CU federal agencies.

The Go Lean book provides 370-pages of turn-by-turn instructions on “how” to adopt new community ethos, plus the strategies, tactics, implementations and advocacies to execute so as to reboot, reform and transform the societal engines of Caribbean society.

Download the free e-Book of Go Lean … Caribbean – now!

Who We Are
The movement behind the Go Lean book – a non-partisan, apolitical, religiously-neutral Community Development Foundation chartered for the purpose of empowering and re-booting economic engines – stresses that reforming and transforming the Caribbean societal engines must be a regional pursuit. This was an early motivation for the roadmap, as pronounced in the opening Declaration of Interdependence (Pages 12 – 13):

xi. Whereas all men are entitled to the benefits of good governance in a free society, “new guards” must be enacted to dissuade the emergence of incompetence, corruption, nepotism and cronyism at the peril of the people’s best interest. The Federation must guarantee the executions of a social contract between government and the governed.

xvi. Whereas security of our homeland is inextricably linked to prosperity of the homeland, the economic and security interest of the region needs to be aligned under the same governance. Since economic crimes … can imperil the functioning of the wheels of commerce for all the citizenry, the accedence of this Federation must equip the security apparatus with the tools and techniques for predictive and proactive interdictions.

xxiv. Whereas a free market economy can be induced and spurred for continuous progress, the Federation must install the controls to better manage aspects of the economy: jobs, inflation, savings rate, investments and other economic principles. Thereby attracting direct foreign investment because of the stability and vibrancy of our economy.

Sign the petition to lean-in for this roadmap for the Caribbean Union Trade Federation.

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