By the age of five Michael Jackson was already sealed into a world of show business by his father, Joseph Jackson. Michael at a very young age was influenced by artists such as Sammy Davis Jr. At the age of only five years old, his mother would watch him singing and dancing along to old James Brown 45s, and she knew there was something special in him. At the age of four Joe Jackson pushed his children to start a band.
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Did I Get James Baldwin Wrong?
James Baldwin is an iconic author for our time, a writer who gave the world countless poignant essays, shorts stories, novels , plays, and poems during his 63 years. As a gay Black man coming to terms with his identity in the s, '60s, and '70s, Baldwin—who died on December 1, —used his distinct perspective and lyrical writing to shed light on issues of race, homosexuality, and religion in a way that placed him ahead of his time when it came to social commentary. From Go Tell It on the Mountain to Giovanni's Room and the newly-adapted for the big screen If Beale Street Could Talk , we've gathered some of Baldwin's most popular texts, all of which are still essential reading today.
He ends his article talking about Michael Jackson, as an illustration of the individual who does not fit with the ideal of what a male African-American pop star should be. He also says that androgynous people are in the same state as the hermaphrodites. The idea of the freak being the mixture of opposite elements shows that the values and the rules on which society has created its norms can be questioned, and can be changed. In other words, normality as it is commonly presented, has nothing natural, and it has nothing biological either.