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PowerList 2010
Michael
Jackson:
what he
meant to me
Powerlisters reflect on the most
influential music artist in history
In the 1970s, white kids had the Osmonds, but we had
the Jackson’s, with Michael our shining black Prince. He
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transformed 80s disco, music video and stage performance;
Motown 25 – nuff said. Then he got weird – sleepovers
with kids, Bubbles, plastic surgery – and we cut him adrift.
Now, in death, we reclaim and lionise him. A classic black
narrative, but at least we had him. WE HAD HIM.
leadership is influence.
Patrick Younge, chief creative officer, BBC Vision
Productions connected the world. My childhood performance is
something that millions of kids around the world have done
we congratulate the leaders
i have childhood memories of watching the cartoon version and will continue to do.
of the Jackson 5 on saturday morning, which was a not-to-be- Alexander Amosu, CEO, Amosu Luxury Ltd
missed show in the James household. the music and brilliance nominated in the powerlist 2010.
of Michael Jackson from the days of the Jackson 5 until his death Michael Jackson lived the intersection between modern and
will, for me, chart the development of music from the 70s to what post-modern blackness. He made it possible to appreciate our
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we enjoy today. to coin a phase, he was “the King of Pop”. sameness and difference as a people without sacrificing either
Trevor James, managing partner, Morrison & Foerster at the altar of expediency.
Dr Robert Beckford, educator, author, broadcaster
I grew up listening to Michael, so you can imagine how
ecstatic I was when Outside had just been appointed by AEG Aged 13, I bought I Want You Back. Later, Michael Jackson Thomson Reuters is the world’s leading provider of intelligent information.
Live to handle the PR for his London tour. All I could think gripped me with Off the Wall. Months before my daughter
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was, most people had their memories of Elvis, Marvin Gaye was born came Thriller and the most amazing music video
and other musical greats – mine was, and always will be, I’d ever seen. He’s part of my soundtrack. Odd, yes. But a
nationalities, reflecting the different cultures and markets in which we
Michael Jackson. pioneer whose genius was colossal and undeniable.
conduct business.
Penny McDonald, managing director, The Outside Althea Efunshile, executive director, arts planning and
We value what makes us different as individuals and in building on our
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principles of integrity and freedom from bias, we value diversity in
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Michael Jackson meant joy, performance, courage, humility, Michael Jackson was an enigmatic, seemingly gentle, confused
happiness, dancing, rhythm, life and spirit, but also pain, and confusing soul… a musical genius and the soundtrack of
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sorrow, loneliness and suffering. sadly, in the end, he was all optimistic and innocent days…
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too clearly a powerful symbol of today’s celebrity-obsessed, Elsie Owusu, architect
but non-nurturing, society.
Michelle Ogundehin, editor in chief, ELLE Decoration Michael Jackson is the reason I pursued my art. As a black
child growing up in east London, it was the first time I saw
Having just arrived from Nigeria, I had few friends. I black success to that level. He is the blueprint for what we
remember performing the moonwalk on stage in front of the call modern music. He sacrificed himself for his craft and I
whole school and just that performance connected me to the will hold that with me forever.
school in the same way that Michael’s performance Phillip Butah, fine artist (who drew the above picture)
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