It is with Great Pleasure that I overlay the political pretentions of Kehinde Wiley, THE BLACK PROPAGANDIST, with the art of David Nordahl, a WHITE MAN with a WHITE FACE, and WHITE BEARD – like the one I own. I can connect with David, because he is of MY RACE, and, he grew up with an alcoholic WHITE FATHER, that he had the displeasure to know. How the mighty have fallen! No sooner is Wiley honored by President Obama, and enters the arena of OUR NATIONAL ART COLLECTION, then he runs into me………….THE UNABASHED CRITIC! This is what you get, in the REAL WHITE WORLD. You fight your way the THE THROWN, and you fight to KEEP IT! The poor pauper approach, is just a fable, a FAIRYTALE! Michael Jackson was full of FUN and WHITE FANTASY. He wanted Walt’s crown. How about Spielberg’s? He did end up with Paul McCartney’s MUSIC, that Paul just got back.
Jackson hung with Hollywood Royalty and married the daughter of THE KING of rock and roll. Priscilla Presley bought one of Rosamond’s first paintings and refused to let Pierrot and Snyder have it – or look at it! I alone discovered and put together, THE ROSAMOND ART DYNASTY while the pretenders and usurpers destroyed my late sister, and her creative legacy. We Presco’s grew up very poor. Our mother Rosemary made porno movies for the Mafia in order to feed us and keep a roof over our head, so, I don’t own any BLACK SHAME&GUILT that forces me to my knees, and another BLACK KING without clothing, ride his stallion to the FAKE&INVISABLE THROWN. Am I a Gay Basher? No! Sorry Charlie! I’m a REAL VICTIM!
Dan Brown and his wife allegedly spied on the Templar group I belonged to where I lay down MY ROSE LINE! This was 1997. There was a lawsuit. Jackson may have aspired to be THE PRESIDENT. HE HAD ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD. He was trying to establish a ROYAL LINEAGE, but, did not own a ROYAL GENEOLOGY. He should have married a woman with a PEDIGREE.
THE KING OF POP did surround himself with WHITE CHERUBS and WHITE CHILDREN. The king – is dead!
We the People of the United States fought a War of Revolution against a King. We choose a President by his merits, and not the color of his skin. This is THE REAL legacy of President Barack Obama. He did not BUY HIS OFFICE. He did not own a billion dollars like Jackson did. That Wiley can not bring himself to acknowledge JUST ONE of the millions of white folks who voted for a black man – IS PUTRID.
Amazingly enough, the Republican Christian-right claims white people voted for Obama, because he is the Anti-Christ. What I am WONDERING, is Wylie a Russian Plant, a creation of Putin. Guess what, In America, I am allowed to wonder about a lot of things! I do fear black thugs with guns, will take my life. Religious Political Propaganda is destroying American – and the world!
Was David Jackson’s PROPAGANDIST? Is Wiley Obama’s PROPGANDIST? Why didn’t Barack anoint David to do his portrait, and give a nod to white democratic voters? This is why ALL DEMOCRATS lost the elections – and will do so again for the same reasons! This shit ain’t invisible! When I caught Alley Valkyrie and Belle Burch using art for their own propaganda purposes, they threatened my life and my newspaper – this blog! Tyranny begets Tyranny! This is why King Trump rules over us. He knows the game! He stiffed Andy Warhol – for kicks! I called the FBI!
Wiley is not the GREAT LEVERLER creating a level playing field. He is a black thug out to win – it all! Is there a connection between the art of David, and Joaquin Miller that is more than skin deep? You betcha!
Long live King David, King of Pop Art, and, forerunner of Royal Hip-Hop Art!
Long live WHITE ARTISTS, and, WHITE ART!
Michael Jackson’s patronage and friendship
Nordahl left the world of commercial art to work as Michael Jackson’s private portraitist in 1988. He received a late night phone call from Jackson, who had recently seen a Nordahl painting in Steven Spielberg‘s office, depicting a 19th-century raid on an Apache camp by US Army troops. Initially contacting Nordahl for art lessons, Jackson quickly found a kindred spirit and friend. This led to a creative collaboration which, until 2005, yielded thousands of drawings and roughly a dozen large-scale commissions.
Nordahl and Jackson’s bond was cemented not only through their mutual artistic appreciation, but through their shared experience of traumatic childhoods. “I grew up in a difficult home, and he did too,” says Nordahl. “We had no playtime growing up. We’re both fanatical about work”. In addition to his work as portraitist, Nordahl provided designs for Jackson’s amusement park in Neverland Ranch.
Since Michael Jackson’s move to Bahrain in 2005 (and later his death in 2009), Nordahl has returned to painting Apaches and other subjects. He is currently represented by Settlers West Galleries in Tucson.
Following the star’s death, Wiley decided to complete the piece, a large royal sprawl as majestic as the King’s work himself. Choosing to paint Jackson at the peak of his career, the images shows a figure comfortable in his own body, confident behind a wall of armor atop a bowing horse. With bold blues and reds, and surrounded by heavenly cherubs, it’s a portrait that would have made the King of Pop proud. Miami visitors, this is a must-see before it falls to the home of a private collector.
Paul McCartney has reached a settlement over copyright to the Beatles catalogue, avoiding a legal battle that could have had wide ramifications for the music business.
McCartney filed a lawsuit in January in a US court to secure rights from Sony ATV music publishing following a British judicial ruling that shook up the industry.
Michael Jacobs, a lawyer for McCartney, late last week informed a judge that the two sides “have resolved this matter by entering into a confidential settlement agreement”.
Jacobs asked Edgardo Ramos, a federal judge in New York, to dismiss the lawsuit. Representatives declined further comment.
The case revolves around the US Copyright Act of 1976 which aimed to strengthen the hand of songwriters – whose relationship with music publishers, who hold rights and distribute royalties, has been notoriously rocky.
Under the act, songwriters could reclaim copyright from music publishers 35 years after they gave them away – or 56 years for songs from before 1978.
While US law is often seen as the gold standard in the entertainment industry, a British court took a different approach in December.
It refused to grant rights to 1980s pop sensations Duran Duran – known for hits such as Rio and the James Bond theme A View to a Kill – on the grounds that US law did not apply in Britain.
In his lawsuit, McCartney’s lawyer said a Sony ATV executive approached him at a concert as the Duran Duran case went forward and warned the publisher would fight harder for the Beatles catalogue.
McCartney had vowed in the lawsuit to secure control of the catalogue – an issue of growing urgency as the first Beatles single, Love Me Do, came out in 1962, meeting the 56-year timeframe under the US act in 2018.
Sony ATV has rights to millions of songs including by other top names in music history such as Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye and Bob Dylan.
The company was initially a joint venture between Jackson and Japan’s Sony Corp, which bought out Jackson’s 50% stake from his estate last year for $750 million.
Ironically, Jackson bought rights to Beatles songs after a leisurely chat with McCartney on the importance of music publishing – a sore point later for the ex-Beatle.
Following the illness and death of AIDS spokesperson Ryan White, Jackson helped draw public attention to HIV/AIDS, something that was controversial at the time. He publicly pleaded with the Clinton Administration at Bill Clinton’s Inaugural Gala to give more money to HIV/AIDS charities and research. In a high-profile visit to Africa, Jackson visited countries including Gabon and Egypt. His first stop to Gabon was greeted with an enthusiastic reception of more than 100,000 people, some of them carrying signs that read “Welcome Home Michael.” In his trip to Ivory Coast, Jackson was crowned “King Sani” by a tribal chief. He thanked the dignitaries in French and English, signed official documents formalizing his kingship, and sat on a golden throne while presiding over ceremonial dances.
n the summer of 1993, Jackson was accused of child sexual abuse by a 13-year-old boy, Jordan Chandler, and his father, Evan Chandler, a dentist. The Chandler family demanded payment from Jackson, which he refused. Jordan Chandler eventually told the police that Jackson had sexually abused him. Jordan’s mother was, however, adamant that there had been no wrongdoing on Jackson’s part. Evan was recorded discussing his intention to pursue charges, saying, “If I go through with this, I win big-time. There’s no way I lose. I will get everything I want and they will be destroyed forever….. Michael’s career will be over.” Jackson used the recording to argue that he was the victim of a jealous father whose only goal was to extort money. In January 1994, after an investigation, deputy Los Angeles County district attorney Michael J. Montagna stated that Chandler would not be charged with extortion, due to lack of cooperation from Jackson’s party and its willingness to negotiate with Chandler for several weeks, among other reasons.
In May 1994, Jackson married Lisa Marie Presley, the daughter of Elvis and Priscilla Presley. They had met in 1975, when a seven-year-old Presley attended one of Jackson’s family engagements at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, and reconnected through a mutual friend. According to a friend of Presley’s, “their adult friendship began in November 1992 in L.A.” They stayed in contact every day over the telephone. As the child molestation accusations became public, Jackson became dependent on Presley for emotional support; she was concerned about his faltering health and addiction to drugs.[clarification needed] Presley said: “I believed he didn’t do anything wrong and that he was wrongly accused and yes I started falling for him. I wanted to save him. I felt that I could do it.” She eventually persuaded him to settle the civil case out of court[clarification needed] and go into rehabilitation to recover.
As soon as the documentary aired, the Santa Barbara county attorney’s office began a criminal investigation. After an initial probe from the LAPD and DCFS was conducted in February 2003, they had initially concluded that molestation allegations were “unfounded” at the time. After the young boy involved in the documentary and his mother had told investigators that Jackson had behaved improperly, Jackson was arrested in November 2003 and charged with seven counts of child molestation and two counts of administering an intoxicating agent in relation to the 13-year-old boy shown in the film. Jackson denied the allegations, saying the sleepovers were not sexual in nature. The People v. Jackson trial began on January 31, 2005, in Santa Maria, California, and lasted until the end of May. On June 13, 2005, Jackson was acquitted on all counts. After the trial, in a highly publicized relocation, he moved to the Persian Gulf island of Bahrain as a guest of Sheikh Abdullah. Unknown to Jackson, Bahrain was also where the family had intended to send Jackson if he had been convicted, according to a statement by Jermaine Jackson printed in The Times of London in September 2011.
On November 17, 2003, three days before Jackson’s arrest, Sony released Number Ones, a compilation of Jackson’s hits on CD and DVD. In the U.S., the album was certified triple platinum by the RIAA; in the UK it was certified six times platinum for shipments of at least 1.2 million units.
Jackson’s death triggered a global outpouring of grief. The news spread quickly online, causing websites to slow down and crash from user overload, and putting unprecedented strain on services and websites including Google, AOL Instant Messenger, Twitter, and Wikipedia. Overall, web traffic ranged from 11% to at least 20% higher than normal. MTV and BET aired marathons of Jackson’s music videos. Jackson specials aired on television stations around the world. MTV briefly returned to its original music video format, airing hours of Jackson’s music videos, accompanied by live news specials featuring reactions from MTV personalities and other celebrities.
Mariah Carey, Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, John Mayer, Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Jermaine Jackson, and Shaheen Jafargholi performed at the event. Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson gave eulogies, while Queen Latifah read “We Had Him”, a poem written for the occasion by Maya Angelou. The Reverend Al Sharpton received a standing ovation with cheers when he told Jackson’s children: “Wasn’t nothing strange about your daddy. It was strange what your daddy had to deal with. But he dealt with it anyway.” Jackson’s 11-year-old daughter Paris Katherine, speaking publicly for the first time, wept as she told the crowd: “Ever since I was born, Daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine … I just wanted to say I love him … so much.” Reverend Lucious Smith provided a closing prayer.
Jackson was influenced by musicians including Little Richard, James Brown, Jackie Wilson, Diana Ross, Fred Astaire, Sammy Davis Jr., Gene Kelly, David Ruffin, the Isley Brothers, and the Bee Gees. While Little Richard had a substantial influence on Jackson, James Brown was his greatest inspiration; he said: “Ever since I was a small child, no more than like six years old, my mother would wake me no matter what time it was, if I was sleeping, no matter what I was doing, to watch the television to see the master at work. And when I saw him move, I was mesmerized. I had never seen a performer perform like James Brown, and right then and there I knew that was exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life because of James Brown.”
It is estimated that Michael Jackson earned about $750 million in his lifetime. Sales of his recordings through Sony’s music unit earned him an estimated $300 million in royalties. He may have also earned an additional $400 million from concerts, music publishing (including his share of the Beatles catalog), endorsements, merchandising and music videos. Estimating how much of these earnings Jackson was able to personally pocket is difficult because one has to account for taxes, recording costs and production costs.
There have also been several detailed estimates of Jackson’s net worth during his life, which range from negative $285 million to positive $350 million for the years 2002, 2003 and 2007.
1985: ATV Music, having been acquired by Robert Holmes a Court, was put up for sale. Michael Jackson, who had famously been told about the value of publishing by McCartney during the sessions for their 1982 collaboration “Say, Say, Say,” purchased ATV’s 4,000-song catalog for $47.5 million, becoming the owner of the approximately 250 Lennon-McCartney songs, as well as tracks by Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley and more. McCartney, to say the least, was not pleased.
Another key point here is that although Michael Jackson received 50% of the royalties generated by Beatles songs by virtue of his ownership of the publishing rights, Paul McCartney and John Lennon (and Lennon’s estate, now that he’s dead) have always received their 50% songwriter’s share of the royalties for all Lennon-McCartney songs. Neither ATV’s nor Michael Jackson’s acquisition of Northern Songs changed that, and Michael Jackson did not receive royalties that would otherwise be going to the Beatles had he not acquired the publishing rights to their songs (except that, obviously, if Paul McCartney had managed to outbid Jackson for the publishing rights to the Beatles catalog, he and Lennon’s estate would be splitting 100% of the royalties rather than 50%).
This year’s Art Basel Miami Beach features myriad homages to the deceased King of Pop, including works by David LaChappelle, Jeff Sonhouse and Jonathan Monk. By far, the most powerful piece on display is a semi-commissioned work by renowned Brooklyn artist Kehinde Wiley at Deitch’s booth. The massive Rubens-inspired oil, called “Equestrian Portrait of King Philip II,” swaps out the Spanish monarch’s face for Michael Jackson’s. The story behind the 2009 painting is as legendary as any tale in Jackson’s book.
As it goes, after seeing Wiley’s work at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Jackson contacted the artist for a commission. Jackson, who frequently had himself painted as a king made a natural match for Wiley’s magical-realism depictions. After Jackson and Wiley spoke for nearly a half-an-hour over the phone in 2008 about the artistic vision behind the piece, they agreed that Wiley would photograph Jackson in an Old Masters pose. Thoroughly impressed with Jackson’s knowledge of the painting process, Wiley sent Jackson a set of reference images but then stopped hearing from him and was unable to contact him after Jackson changed his hotel several times.