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Discerning The Truth

In Communication, Griot, Music, Networking, News, Self Improvement on March 7, 2014 at 11:43 am

MJ and Brandon Howard - Jackson— My kids think I’m psychic – on the contrary, but I will admit that I can pick out a lie in a conversation of truths,  easily.

I have said on a number of occasions to my children and others, “Stop. That’s uneccessary information,” when I notice their iambic pentameter change in conversation. No matter how subtle the “additional information” (..ie the lie) is added-in, the energy, tone and cadence of the speaker takes on a new element. That element is the yielding of additional and unnecessary information and to me, it greatly effects the delivery tone of the speaker. All I see are red flags. It is then that I will advise the speaker to stop (if I know them personally – if I don’t know the person personally, I’m usually just embarrassed that I know the information isn’t true). I still listen, but less intently, because I really don’t want to hear anything that the speaker could be held accountable for later. I know a later is coming.

Case in point, it was 1982 when Michael Jackson’s THRILLER album hit the scene, I was excited, we stood in line for ever at some generic looking record store front and no one could tell my big sister ‘anything’ that would stop all of her anxious twitching and tears because she was among the first to own the record, not to mention the first 104 patrons would receive an MJ poster. My sister was #86. Talk about giddy — she was beyond approach.

I saw Michael Jackson as a sweet singing, cute guy with a lot of thrusting hip work. That coupled with the flooding pants, sparkly socks and penny loafers made him an iconic hit! The world was on fire about THRILLER and it’s short film music video. Excitement was in the air and ruled that moment in history. However, I was a little thrown by the BILLY JEAN song and the detailed story laid out therein. I was thrown because like I said earlier, I thought MJ was a sweet singing, love-song kind-of guy but Billy Jean was a clear-cut, diss-and-remiss song. I wondered why and often voiced my curiosity aloud, only to have my sister reply, “Who cares why he’s singing it? You’re missing the point,”. No – she missed the point. I was only curious because as far as my adolescent-self knew, ‘no one was accusing the young pop star of fatherhood’, so why would he even inject such a song into his repertoire? For mere entertainment? No one else seemed to care, so we jammed the joint until MJ’s sundown and beyond. It still jams today and I’ve steadily remained curious about the true backstory of inspiration.

Upon waking this morning  and checking recent news, I am introduced to 31-year old Brandon Howard, the son of Miki Howard. Miki Howard was a young solo r&b singer in the early 80’s. I was between 8th and 9th grade (if my memory serves me right) when I first heard a Miki Howard joint. I liked her voice. Here style was reminiscent of many r&b solo women that were out in the early 80’s, so I really didn’t set her apart from the pack and because she wasn’t in heavy rotation on the Dallas, TX radio airwaves, I missed out on the capacity of her talents – I’m sure. I also did not know that in 1982 Joe Jackson was managing Miki’s career and it was that same year that she met his son, Michael Jackson. It was during this period that Miki was receiving a favorable amount of international airplay, but then she dropped off of the radio radar when Joe Jackson ended the manager-talent relationship. Shortly thereafter Michael pumps the Billy Jean joint into our musical veins. Was it fantasy song writing? Ha! I don’t think so.

When Discerning The Truth it is crucial to tune into the speakers conversation, and be sensitive to the interjection of unnecessary information. Michael wrote a song about it, meanwhile, Miki never spoke on the subject. Then again, the internet did not exist in the 80’s and once a big name like Joe Jackson drops you, you don’t just bounce back. In the 80’s no big name management often meant little to no visual presence in studio or on stage. Today the same may be true, but Beyonce has shown us, that you don’t have be boxed in, you can always go i-Tunes.

So Michael made a hit song out of denying something he was never accused of (a sign of anxious anticipation?) and now there has been a paternity test done that proves with 99.9% DNA certainty that Michael Jackson is the father of 31-year old Brandon Howard!

Of course I checked out Brandon’s picture and then I looked at one of his music videos and concluded – Yes! The kid has talent. I do believe, ‘the kid is Michaels son.’ He sounds eerily like Michael Jackson as well. Check out B Howard’s video DANCEFLOOR for yourself and then you tell me if you still believe MJ when he said, “Billy Jean was not his lover” :

Also, I’d like to add to this, that Brandon closely resembles MJ’s nephews, who are the musical group 3T:
3T Jackson group

musical divider

I knew the moment I learned the words to MJ’s Billy Jean
that a back story to that song was pending to hit the scene.

I was just a young girl, but wisdom was obviously strong,
and seeing Brandon today – confirms my curiosity wasn’t wrong.

Things are starting to look like, the King of Pop has left us an heir,
too bad he denied his future legacy when he had the chance to “be there.”

Instead we called Mike “Jack-o” and a ‘whacko who touches kids,’
When what he really may have been yearning for is the company of his (own known) kid.

God bless Michael Jacksons soul and let this be a lesson to us all,
there is no win in denying your kin, lest your legacy be cut short and stall.

Be proud – if you have kids, knowing that your legacy will live on,
I’m Qui
and if it’s true what the tests say, I feel for MJ – if he didn’t know his son.

See DNA results video Here

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  1. How #Sweet it is, that MJ has a kid. I’m glad about too. Heeee! (my MJ scream). LOL!

  2. This is one of your best. What a great read. I often wonder if Joe Jackson’s heavy handed parenting left Micheal in a world of pain that he never could climb out of. It is nice to know that there is a son out there that actually looks like him and sounds like him.

    Thanks for a read.

    • Aw shucks thank you my friend, for always being supportive and for being so very encouraging. Joe Jackson was heavy handed – no doubt… I feel for Miki Howard, that she had to take their love child and fade into the background. I think it was ‘the way of the day.’ The irony is, that the out-of-wedlock kid may end up being MJ’s legacy’s saving grace. He’s certainly got the talent and hoodspa!

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