Book Review: “My Friend Michael: An Ordinary Friendship with an Extraordinary Man”

by Vernay Lewis As promised, I read my second of three Michael Jackson related books that I promised to review. This time around, it was that of longtime friend and assistant, Frank Cascio (aka Frank Tyson, then back to Frank Cascio – the name changes are explained in the book). As reluctant as I had been to read Jermaine’s book, Read More …

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Book Review: You Are Not Alone, Michael: Through a Brother’s Eyes

by Vernay Lewis Jermaine Jackson Wrote It Book reviews are not usually what I use my creative juices to write, but every once in a while, it’s okay to make an exception from the norm. Before I begin, I should tell you that I go by, “The Number One Michael Jackson Fan in the State of Delaware”. Without giving you Read More …

Movie Review: Water For Elephants

This film stars Robert Pattinson of Twilight fame and Reese Witherspoon. I was happily surprised at how touching and great this movie was. I didn’t know what to expect, but I’d have to say it’s a combination of The Notebook, Titanic, and Michael Jackson’s Neverland all rolled into one! I have to admit that Reese Witherspoon was not very convincing Read More …

The Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour – A Review

If you’ve never seen Michael Jackson live in concert, or even if you have, this show is a wonderful and touching substitute. I felt emotional being in the company of thousands of others who love Michael and his music.  As I watched and enjoyed the show, I spent a lot of time ignoring what was happening on stage and instead Read More …

Janet Jackson Live: A Review

Janet Jackson Up Close and Personal Does Not Impress Let me start out by saying how much I hate driving to (and from) Detroit. As we got closer to the “D” there was about 30 minutes of unnecessary traffic on the highway. I say unnecessary because once we got to the end of it and started driving at a faster Read More …

Regrets In Black History

Whenever I hear someone say that there should not be a Black History Month, I get upset. Why? First of all, Black History Month ain’t hurting nobody. What we need to do is get rid of Columbus Day or Thanksgiving! Secondly, Black Americans don’t have much that we claim as ours in this country, and when Carter G. Woodson conceived Read More …

The Half Series – When Black People Look White (3 of 3)

The Finale Here are the final guesses on Katie Burrell’s ethnic background as of Sunday, June 13th, 2010: White/Black 31.3% Hispanic/Black 11.1% Arabic/Black 10.1% Asian/Black 8.1% None of the Above 18.2% I Don’t Know 21.2% – Katie Burrell in Her Own Words – Estimated reading time: 3  minutes, 7 seconds. Contains 624 words I’m half Arab and half Black. I Read More …

The Half Series – When Black People Look White (2 of 3)

PART TWO Katie Burrell with her son: Estimated reading time: 4 minutes, 35 seconds. Contains 919 words Most of you are guessing that Katie’s ethnic background is Black and White. Keep on guessing. The truth will be revealed in the third and final installment of this series along with an exclusive interview with Katie. As I stated in the beginning, Read More …

The Half Series – When Black People Look White (1 of 3)

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes, 7 seconds. Contains 1024 words This is a three part series about colorism. PART ONE Take a look at my friend, Katie Burrell: Is Katie Black? Is Katie White? Is she both? Katie’s ethnic background will be revealed at a later date, but carefully look at her face, study her features and skin tone because Read More …

Michael Joe Jackson 1958-2009

Michael was more to me than a great entertainer. He was the love of my life. I truly loved him as a person. I understood him. Those that know me and know me well know where I am coming from, but let me explain a little for those that don’t. Besides my grandfather, Michael was the only constant male figure Read More …