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  1. O'Riley K (2011) Hagiography, Teratology, and the "History" of Michael Jackson. Georgia State University.

This article by O’ Riley (2011) analyzes the methodological and theoretical approaches in recent scholarship on western teratological and hagiographic texts. The author applies these methods and theories in analyzing the selected biographies about Michael Jackson. Through the interpretation of these biographies, the author suggests that celebrities, monsters, and saints have been given considerable attention by their communities. This demonstrates how the public responses to these constructed, contextual and often contradictory figures. Michael Jackson through his lifetime was a famous celebrity. He captured millions of individuals on screen, air and stage. The article attempts to explain the culture influence and popularity he gained (O’Riley, 2011).

The author has managed to provide a map of boundaries by use of concepts on hybrid, uncanny and metamorphosis which reveal the tension between myth and history. They also aim to provide a constructed nature of apologetic and polemical qualities of stories. The author explains the significance and power of celebrities in general. He looks at the influence of Michael Jackson and the reasons he captured our consciousness. The author also looks at why we still follow him and try to compare our lives with celebrities in general (O’Riley, 2011).

  1. Julian Vigo (2010) Metaphor of Hybridity: The Body of Michael Jackson. The Journal of Pan African Studies, vol.3, no.7.

Vigo (2010) highlights the approach taken by Margo Jefferson in the study of Michael Jackson. Jefferson views Jackson as an individual creating the uncreated features on his face. Vigo critiques this approach taken by Jefferson and proposes an alternative in the study of Jackson’s body. He states that Jackson’s performativity went beyond dance. He approached somatic change realm that showed a blurred line between white and black, animal and human and, female and male. Vigo states that, by the end of all the changes, the body of Michael Jackson defied definition. He defied the race, and he was sexless (Vigo 2010).

This article presents us to the life experience of Michael Jackson in his attempt to change his body. By the end of the changes, he had no fixed corporality to a specific identity’s tradition in the landscape. The article educates us that the bodily transformations of transformation of Michael Jackson went further to Vivo’s style in Barney’s Cremaster or the skin scripting of Orlan’s Autobiography (Vigo 2010).

  1. Gershom W (2010) Michael Jackson: Color Complex and the Politics of White Supremacy. The Journal of Pan African Studies, vol.3, no.7

The presentation by Gershom argues that the loving and compassionate spirit of Michael Jackson made him fall a victim of dangerous and the ever-present force White racial superiority. This is despising his abundance of pro-Black examples and positive role model of greatness and success (Gershom 2010).

We learn from this article that Black Pride, Black self determinism, self-esteem and identity seemed to suppress in the life experiences of Michael Jackson. This is a shame to many Black people. This is because, at the moment we think that we have transcended and overcome racial oppression, we turn and foolishly abandon and reject our true cultural roots. It is an article that shows the need of one to maintain his or true identity despite gaining fame and richness. The author warns that we should not think it is ok not to maintain and sustain afro centric culture, art and information when we gain fame and richness (Gershom 2010).

  1. Bernard-Henri L (2009) The Three Stations of the Cross in Michael Jackson's Calvary. Retrieved from www.huffingtonpost.com/bernardhenri-levy/the-three-stations-of-the_b_224224.html

Levy insists that Jackson’s Death was not due to overdose, but instead, he died because of his lack of desire in inventing a vaccine against life, but his need was to inoculate the vaccine to himself. He mentions three stations of the crossing Michael Jackson life. First station includes the things and their holy nature. For Michael Jackson, these things are his prophylactic terrors. The house mausoleum and his entrechats as a dance genius. The second station is the others and their presence. They acted as a source of therapy and cause of violence (Bernard-Henri, 2009). Last is himself such as the plastic surgeries his pigmentation and the changing shape of his nose. This article shows the lifetime experiences of Michael Jackson and why his name has always been referred to in the present tense. This is due to the influence he had on this earth (Bernard-Henri, 2009).

5. George, N (2010). Thriller: The Musical Life of Michael Jackson. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press.

This article is part memoir, part biography and part commentary. George narrates the stories of his experiences with the performance and music of Michael Jackson. He provides his own interpretation of key events and figure in the life of Michel. The author reveals that he made a choice to focus on Jackson’s music and not his controversial life. He, therefore, avoids stories on child molestations and tabloid scandals and allegations.

This article traces the influence of Michael in the popular American culture, both socially and musically mainly towards the community of the African American people. The author employs religious imagery and language to emphasis on the value, influence and power of Michael as an entertainer. George uses apologetic and defensive tone resonates in his work.

References

Bernard-Henri L (2009) The Three Stations of the Cross in Michael Jackson's Calvary. Retrieved from www.huffingtonpost.com/bernardhenri-levy/the-three-stations-of-the_b_224224.html

George, N (2010). Thriller: The Musical Life of Michael Jackson. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press.

Gershom W (2010) Michael Jackson: Color Complex and the Politics of White Supremacy. The Journal of Pan African Studies, vol.3, no.7

Julian Vigo (2010) Metaphor of Hybridity: The Body of Michael Jackson. The Journal of Pan African Studies, vol.3, no.7.

O'Riley K (2011) Hagiography, Teratology, and the "History" of Michael Jackson. Georgia State University

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