King of Pop Michael Jackson and the World Community – The Journey and the Rainbow

          Michael Jackson with Spanish translation of quote from article by Aberjhani.
(graphic art poster courtesy of Facebook Group Blues Away)

The book Journey through the Power of the Rainbow, Quotations from a Life Made Out of Poetry, contains a full chapter of quotes on Michael Jackson as well as the short essay which follows. Anyone interested in winning a free copy of the book is encouraged to check out the Goodreads widget at the end of the essay.

At least part of worldwide reading audiences’ growing familiarity with my work has to be attributed to the late “King of Pop” Michael Jackson. Although I started writing about Mr. Jackson’s life and legacy after in his death in 2009, I did not understand just how many people around the world had been taking note of those writings. Then it was brought to my attention that several full articles had turned up on multiple websites in the form of unauthorized translations into German, Italian, French, Spanish, Greek, Portuguese, and other languages. Given the ease with which Internet technology makes it possible to accomplish such linguistic feats––precision of the translation notwithstanding––I told myself it had been inevitable.

Technological ease was only part of the reason. Another very significant part was what I had sensed myself and what author and Minister Barbara Kaufmann had identified as the “spiritual emergency” into which Jackson’s fans around the globe had found themselves plunged upon his death. They had discovered little to no consolation within a mainstream media and sideline tabloid press that continued to employ guerrilla decontextualization to sensationalize and capitalize off distortions of the megastar’s image even as the worldwide community he left behind flailed about in a tsunami of unrelenting grief. 

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King of Pop Michael Jackson and the World Community – The Journey and the Rainbow.


Angel of Valentine Days and Nights: Editorial with Poem


Valentine's Day quote by Aberjhani from the book The River of Winged Dreams:

Varieties of angels, like varieties of love, are many. It is therefore not too surprising that the angelic imagery utilized to help celebrate Valentine’s Day tends to range from innocent blushing cherubs to winged beauties swagged out in erotic creations worthy of placement in a Victoria’s Secret catalog. 

Valentine’s Day itself, like most holidays in the modern era, has been heavily influenced by commercialism that focuses on the appeal of romantic fantasies. The effective marketing of Valentine fantasy movies such as Winter’s Tale (with Colin Farrell, Jennifer Connelly, and Jessica Brown Findlay); and the film Endless Love (with Gabriella Wilde and Alex Pettyfer) support that observation. Movies can provide tear-inducing or comically-entertaining representations of love but many agree that its deeper conflicting complexities often seem unfathomable. That is largely because different human hearts often interpret their experiences of love in different ways.


Classic and the Modern Notions 

Classic romantic love is an emotional attraction between two individuals in which they may share a heightened awareness of mutual adoration. Erotic love, traditionally, has been described as shared sexual attraction. However, at least two modern concepts have prompted forums in which participants rethink and redefine the nature of erotic interaction. One is sapiosexual, which denotes such interaction is based on attraction to an individual’s intellect. The other is demisexual, wherein interaction is desirable only after an emotional or spiritual bond has been established to one degree or another.  

Divinely Speaking 

Agape love is commitment to humankind based on principles of fraternal and filial affection. Divine Love may be described as the dynamics of delight which the Creator and the Created take in recognition of transcendent eternal beauty, grace, and power representative of each other and present in all things. 

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Angel of Valentine Days and Nights: Editorial with poem – National African-American Art |

This is why hip-hop icons like LL Cool J tweet positive quotes – by Aberjhani

LL Cool J on cover of March 2013 ESSENCE Magazine         

                    March 2013 cover of ESSENCE Magazine featuring actor and rapper LL Cool J.

“What I’m sowing today, I be reaping tomorrow So here’s some joyful bars, to replace your sorrow.” –LL Cool J (from Old School New School)

It was very difficult not to laugh when reading Robbie Ettelson’s satirical rant, “Being Positive is for Chumps,” in last week’s online Acclaim Magazine, against celebrity rappers for their inspiration-oriented tweets. In fact, I’ll admit it. Even though the sarcastic tirade was based in large part on a quote from The River of Winged Dreams, the subtitle of the piece almost sent me rolling on the floor:


“If Robbie of Unkut comes across one more inspirational tweet from a rapper he’s going to vomit rainbows.”


At the same time, I smiled at the realization that the quotes which apparently have threatened to turn Robbie’s tummy inside out were often, for the rappers who shared them, not just quotes at all. They were testimonials to what it meant to battle the demons that nearly derailed their own lives and which did destroy the lives of some of their peers, relatives, lovers, neighbors, and friends.

Gold and Rainbows

Specifically, Ettelson pointed out in his comical piece tweets from MC Lyte (who is fond of the hashtag #unstoppable), Russell Simmons, and LL Cool J (who is on the March 2013 cover of ESSENCE Magazine). While acknowledging LL Cool J as “the greatest rapper of all time,” he found that title inconsistent with this tweet:

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This is why hip-hop icons like LL Cool J tweet positive quotes – National African-American Art |