Thursday, November 23, 2017
R.I.P. Michael Jackson
By Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor)
Published July 9, 2009

First, let me start off by thanking all of you friends and fans alike who reached out to me and all of the Sentinel staff to tell us how much you enjoyed last week’s Michael Jackson commemorative Issue. It really was a great paper, and I have to give much of the credit to my staff who latched on to the vision and directive I gave them and drove that edition home. Nice Job Team!

Man what a day! If you weren’t moved by that Incredible tribute to Michael Jackson then you are just numb and have no emotions or feelings what so ever. The tribute absolutely was magnificent, it was fitting for a legendary music man and humanitarian. But, it also was a fitting tribute to a family man who was deeply loved by his mother, father, sisters and brothers, his children, his cousins and his closest friends.

What also was Amazing was oh so often we hear statements about Michael Jackson had lost his way, that he forgot he was Black or that he didn’t want to be Black. Well, nobody told Michael or the Jacksons because this memorial service was everything everyone of in the U.S knows about a Black Home Going Service. Great Music, Inspirational Messages, Real Friends and Real Family paying tribute not to the person the rest of the world thought they knew, but paying tribute to the man they knew and loved.

Since, I didn’t go to the repast I cannot confirm or deny the fact that somebody brought over a lemon cake, but from what I heard that was the only thing that was missing.

Obviously, one of the most touching moments and clearly the moment where there was not a dry eye in the house was the moment Michael’s lil girl paid her tribute to her father. That killed it for me, but the truth is the day was full of touching moments. Berry Gordy was OUTSTANDING, Jennifer Hudson brought down the house,

Brooke Shields gave a warm and very personal tribute of her life as Michael’s Friend. Usher, as I said on Facebook, crushed it and Jermaine Jackson performed at the ultimate showman’s level stepping up and singing at what had to be a truly challenging moment.

I also want to give a special Thank You to Reverend Al Sharpton. You stepped up, spoke eloquently and reminded us all not only Michael Jackson’s place in history but his place in contributing to change the history of America.

As I said last week, Thank you Michael Jackson. You showed the world how important it is to look at the Man in the Mirror before you ever begin to criticizeanyone else.

So, whether you agree or disagree, now more than ever I really need your input. I need to hear from you. I need to know what is going on in our community. I also need to know what other stories we need to tell, and what is on your mind. I really do want to hear from you, I want you to “Talk to Danny.”


                                                                                Danny J. Bakewell, Jr.

                                                                                President & Executive Editor



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