The International King of Pop

It is always difficult hearing sad news—especially when you are away from home. I heard about Michael Jackson’s passing while in Madrid, Spain (where he is popularly known as “Miguelito”). At the time I was among (mainly new) friends from different parts of the world—Russia, Spain, Guinea, Columbia. We all shared our favorite songs and dance moves with varying degrees of nostalgia, disbelief and sorrow.

Many musicians, dj’s and nightclubs across the world paid special tribute to the timeless “King of Pop.” My friend Candice and I met some kindred spirits from Chile while looking for a place to dance in Via Testaccio, a center in Rome with a lot of nightlife.


We all talked about many things, including, of course, Michael. Later that night we had the opportunity to see an appreciation performance while in Rome. We all danced and sang: “You can be my baby, it don’t matter if your black or white…dooooodoodoodoodooooodooooo…”

My favorite songs by Michael Jackson are “Man in the Mirror” and “Bad.” My favorite music videos are “Remember the Time” and “Smooth Criminal.” Michael always danced like his life depended on it! He sang about what was in his heart. The world has lost a king, but Michael left a precious legacy. I love looking around the globe and seeing his style, energy and spirit.

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One response to “The International King of Pop

  1. My fav MJ song is "Black or White" so I was really happy to see that video you posted. I don't think its my fav so much because of the lyrics, but because I happen to really like songs that have that rock/electric guitar feel–Dirty Diana, Give in to Me…but Black or White has a rock groove that you can also dance too. My favorite short film, since he hated calling them music videos, is probably Smooth Criminal. I've been celebrating Michael's life so much sinc he died that it's almost like he's not really gone for me. I've eveng gotten my mom into it. My mom is now like…ok, are you going to quit school and become the spokesperson for Michael Jackson? Lol! Michael was simply an artistic genius with God's heart and all he wanted to do was share that with the world. To him, all art was a fusion of the human and the divine and I told my mom I can only imagine the kind of party going on now in heaven.

    Kendra Barber

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