“The Man behind the spotlight” by JAF
‘Bad’ Tour London July 16, 1988
May 06, 2014
Acrylic Paint on Canvass
I hope you can surrender a minute of your life to read my description. Thank you po and God Bless.
25 years ago two amazing things happened. It was July 16 of 1988 while mama was giving birth to me Michael Jackson was performing his magic in front of thousands of fans in London including Lady Diana and Prince Charles. Aside from the beautiful light captured in perfection, I painted this one for the critics to introduce the Man behind the spotlight. This one is for the critics.
“Have mercy, for I’ve been bleeding a long time now” (-Michael Jackson 1984 letter to critics)
The Moonwalker was a very private person, tortured by the media and money seekers who twisted his truths to lies for money. Some of you physically judged him instead of remembering his contribution to music and to the world, or spending time to know the man behind the spotlight.
(The list is VERY long but I’ll focus on the big ones).Michael Jackson aside from being one of the biggest Environmentalists, ever since he was a kid (Jackson 5 years) performed many benefit concerts and fund-raising. During the Victory Tour (late 70’s) he donated $ 5 million to charity. Donated the 1.5 million he received from Pepsi commercial burn accident lawsuit to LA Hospital and established UNCF Endowed Scholarship Fund (1.5 million), donated 500,000 to united Negro college fund. During Bad Tour (80’s) he invited underprivileged children to watch for free, and donated to hospitals, orphanages and other charities, and gave 150,000 to Lady Diana. ALL his profits from the “Man in the mirror” single went to Charity. Composed the song “We are the world” (largest –grossing single in history) all of it for charity. (87’) Michael donated $20,000 to the family of a young Japanese boy, Yoshiyaki, who had been recently kidnapped and killed. Gave free tickets for three concerts in Atlanta, Georgia to the ‘Make A Wish Foundation’. He received a “Humanitarian Award” from the US President Reagan. In 1992 He funded “Heal the world foundation” to provide medicine to children and fight the world hunger, homelessness, child exploitation and abuse and support programs in 20 countries. ALL his profits from his Dangerous world tour concert (90’s) went all to the Heal the world foundation for charity. From the Super bowl performance he donated his ENTIRE fees to the foundation. He was listed in 2000 edition of Guiness book of records for breaking the world record of the “Most Charities Supported by a Pop Star”. Gave Nelson Mandela 1 million check for “Nelson Mandela Children’s fund”. He supported 39 Charitable Organizations and personally travel the world to help and donated many more.
Or you can try moon-walking in his shoes.
Suffered from physical abused (by his father) and battered childhood (strictly practice/work, no birthdays), and emotionally tortured and bullied (Big-nose nickname, the reason why he had his nose done). To compensate for the lost childhood he bought his Neverland ranch and focused on helping less fortunate especially children in need and deprived around the world, but instead of thanking him he was accused of pedophilia (The kid personally confessed that he was forced to lie by his step dad for money). Misunderstood and tortured Michael returned it with Love. Fought and won the battle against Racism (MTV refused to release his music video “Billie Jean” because he was black). Michael faced his own battle against Vitiligo that was confirmed in autopsy report (that started on his fingers and hands he created the finger tape and the glove) he tried his best to cover it with make-up first as you can see it in the music video of “Thriller”. When he started EXPOSING the conspiracy of a group of people using his influence, they tried to shut him up using the media with rumours and accusations to destroy his integrity (including the pedophile allegation). The death threats, and police brutality alone didn’t stop him but Michael was forced to isolate when he was scared for his children’s safety (that’s why they were always wearing masks in public, he was scared of them being kidnapped). After a decade of silence Michael decided to continue his fight against the conspiracy using his last tour (This is it Tour 2009), eventually it led him to his death. So in June 25th of 2009 he was found dead. He even had a secret library of unreleased song s that he planned to release after his death to support his children.
Michael’s influence created what Music is today. He’s a pioneer of the short-story-music-videos. A record-breaking artist, a versatile singer, a historical performer, a soulful song writer, a magical dancer/choreographer, a fashion leader, and above all a God fearing ENVIRONMENTALIST, and a HUMANITARIAN.
So before you judge him take a look at yourself in the mirror and tell me who you are...
Or you say this with me...
IT’S ALL FOR L O V E....
This will be the longest description I’ve done so far... so Thank you for reading! God Bless!!!
Great job Jaf.
PS--I'm a huge fan of Michael Jackson. I'm lucky to be born on his birthday!
I read the description and it made me love Michael even more, he was simply amazing
I agree with every word you said. And it was beautiful. I wish that people would research a bit more about Michael before they just voice their loud opinions.
Great painting of him too it's absolutely stunningly gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing this!
Thank You So Much My Friend remember Like Mj Used To Say 'it Is All For Love'