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Never Can Say Goodbye?

Never Can Say Goodbye? Since his passing it has become quite clear to me that Michael Jackson, his family and by extension the Black family in general is being vilified each and every day in the mainstream media. We need to combat this, and not just for the sake of the Jackson family, but for the sake of the traditional Black family (yes one that has BOTH a mother and a father in charge of it). It's almost as if the folks on TV simply can't accept the reality of seeing an actual Black family that is unified and always has been unified. That doesn't mean they always agree with each other or that everything that they do is correct. But it does mean that they are unified regardless of the many attempts that have been made by outsiders to destroy that unity.

Black Americans have been silent for the most part as the mass media tries to destroy one of the most important institutions that we have, the Black Family. And in my opinion part of the reason why they are trying to destroy this particular Black family is because it is headed up by an independent, self made Black man of historical achievement and that my friends, flies in the face of the stereotype of Black males. We need to stand up for our families, because that is the one thing that has made our survival in this "land of milk & honey" possible. True enough, the passing of Michael Jackson represents the end of an era. I would just hate to think that it has become the end of an era when we think that defending the Black family has lost it's importance?

In this issue of the Soul-Patrol Newsletter we have coverage of the Jacksons that you won't see or hear anywhere else.

--A one on one exclusive audio interview with Mr. Joe Jackson
--An analysis of the Michael Jackson Memorial Service in Los Angeles as only we can do it
--Audio coverage from the NYC Michael Jackson Tribute @ the Apollo
--A profile of Mr. Joe Jackson from a perspective that you have never seen before, that the mainstream media doesn't want you to see
--An essay called "Self Mutilation", putting Michael Jackson's plastic surgeries into it's proper perspective

Please be sure to check all of this out. I am fully aware that there has been a whole lotta coverage about this topic over the past two weeks and a few of you may be "burned out." However NOBODY is going to give you the perspective on what the real deal is other than us, right here on So if you like it, pass it on and let us know, and if you don't like it, let us know that as well...
Thanks in advance...

--Bob Davis


COMMENTARY: The Micheal Jackson Memorial Service (a Triumph For the Black Family)

LCOMMENTARY: The Micheal Jackson Memorial Service (a Triumph For the Black Family)I need to weigh in here with some thoughts regarding this whole Michael Jackson memorial. 1st of all, as it turns out, Michael Jackson will probably HAVE to be remembered as Berry Gordy put it. He said that the term King Of Pop (which by the way the media put on was NOT or never was self-proclaimed...and they did it mockingly) wasn't enough. Michael Jackson was the greatest entertainer of all time. You see there were certainly more talented (Sammy Davis immediately comes to mind) but MJ came along at just the right time.

The family was probably some of the first manifestations of the fruits borne out of the civil rights movement. What he did first with his family and then on his own will never be duplicated because it can't be duplicated.

The combination of talent, an entire nation of people's comeuppance if you will and the strength of family is what made Michael Jackson and was on full display for the WORLD to see yesterday! As usual, white folk, even in death spared no one their insensitivities. Barbara Walters had a special that had to be one of the worst most heartbreaking reminders that we've got to do whatever we do on our own. If left up to most white folk there will always be a reason to doubt, castigate, demean and undermine.

This chick for some ungodly reason had Stevie Wonder sing a personal "I Just Called To Say I Love You" to her in a personal interview with him after his performance. The fact that he complied brings Mr. Morris down a notch or two for me. She tried (unsuccessfully) to get both Berry Gordy AND Gladys Knight to make Mike tortured, sad, abused and out and out crazy. To their credit Gladys and Berry would have none of it.

For me this was disproved something that white folk have proclaimed and celebrated for so long: the demise of the black family. But as usual black folk have the unmitigated gall and temerity to not cooperate. When Mike first started to have his problems the first person they wanted to blame was Joseph Jackson.


His sperm and later his hustle, tenacity and overall fulfillment of his fatherly duties to create, pursue and do ANYthing he can to make sure that there was a roof over these TEN kids heads and food in their bellies as well as an education in their heads.

Any o dem Jackson boahs drop out from school? Haven't heard dat have ya?

Katherine (God bless her soul) was a stay at home mom.

This man was an old fashioned get-out-and-push sort of cat that did what needed to be done to raise, love, nurture, discipline and develop not one or two but TEN human beings and make them productive members of society. See how they paint Katherine as this beatific visage and Joe as some sort of demon incarnate replete with a nasty 'lickin stick' to give dem 'bad-ass-unruly' kids the lickin dey always seem ta need but don't deserve? In the Jacksons' movie Lawrence Hilton Jacobs as Joe said to his kids that 'you'll always be a Jackson and that family comes first'.

What did y'all see on the world stage yesterday?


COMMENTARY: The Micheal Jackson Memorial Service (a Triumph For the Black Family)There's nothing like the love of a black man to/with his sons. As a family well-trained in class, courteousness and decorum would do, after every act or speaker concluded those boys got up en masse and with their father greeted and received all of those paying tribute to their brother and son.

The ladies- Rebbie, Janet, LaToya and Katherine did as they were supposed to do- they sat and very courteously and graciously received those that came to them.

Usher showed particular class and grace by making sure he made a special visit to these ladies and especially Katherine. Usher moves up a notch.

This by the way is neither sexism nor chauvinism. It is the way of the cultures of the world where family is generally headed by a hard working man, dedicated to the preservation and proliferation of his clan. The have tried to edify her (Katherine) and vilify him (Joe) and by dint of association Michael.

His wackiness must be attributed to the years of stolen misappropriated youth at the hands of that black bastid Joe Jackson. Never mind that Mike LOVED the spotlight and loved to perform.

I looked at him doing Who's Loving You. At some point in the performance Mike is singing and riffing like a true youngbo. Then at some point he looks right into the camera and kind of regards it half-assedly. But then he looks up into the lights and I swear the cat's face lights up and his step gets a little lighter,he smiles and proceeds into the coda of the tune on a brand new high that wasn't there throughout. He couldn't have been more than 10 or 11 years old.

That's MIKE'S shit and has nothing to do with Joe or anybody else. It is between him and his God. A special moment indeed. As far as the proceedings the celebration of black unity through family, manhood and fatherhood was my highlight. The world now knows that we're not some savages without a home or community or sense of self.

Michael Jordan comes from the same and so does Magic Johnson and Kobe as well as the Williams sisters and Tiger Woods (remember how they wanted to make Earl not cool?...never mind he exposed then taught the game to his son). They won't ever speak of this. EVER! But the best and brightest still come from loving two-parent BLACK homes...not houses...but homes with black men and women toiling away to make the best for their children as it should be. The younguns (from some commentary and back and forth I held on black talk radio) are not in total allegiance with this since most of em don't know much better.

So many are or were products of broken homes, bastardization and every other attempt at the destruction of the black man and the black FAMILY unit as a whole that to them Al Sharpton was just preaching again and Joe was a money-hungry opportunist and God Bless Katherine. Not thee I shit! Anyway.... Magic was great but Kobe lost his home-boy card a long time ago and probably didn;t even have to be there. Since they made Space Jam together Michael Jordan might've been a better choice but I hear ol MJ can be nasty and tough on occasion.

Brooke Shields brought to light some aspects of this misappropriated childhood so often tossed about. She gave us a glimpse of the personal side of this man in his most private and joyous if not playful moments Al Sharpton was Al Sharpton bringing the best at the right time. * At some point everyone stood during his eulogy...everyone except Barbara Walters. They'll show it again. She has on black with a string of pearls and sits near or directly behind Katherine Jackson.

The kid (Paris) however sincere was coached and supported thoroughly in true JOE JACKSON tradition to say what she said. The girls (Rebbie, LaToya and especially Janet) looked as if they wanted the world to hear and MAKE SURE IT WAS TOLD BY THIS CHILD that this child and all of the others ABSOLUTELY AND COMPLETELY LOVED THEIR FATHER. Cool with me!

Stevie's performance was most poignant for me because he played a few bars of Can't Help It to demonstrate just one of many creative collabos he had with Mike. I Never Knew You'd Leave In Summer was beautifully rendered in it's starkness. And then They Wont Go When I Go to me said it all. Stevie used to do this sort of thing tastefully and without a lot of rap before he got to be so 'heavy' and I'm glad he ratcheted it back a bit and just let the words speak. By de way when They Wont Go came out I always thought it had the most gloomy dirge-like quality.

Who knew it might find a worthy place for expression at this venue? Lionel Ritchie DID sound awful and looked uncomfortable. The King family made daddy and mommy proud. Especially Bernice. Berry Gordy was straight and to the point. Nice entry from Smokey, Queen Latifa's poem made me remember that as a rapper she had to be quite a creative one as far as writing poetry and such. Jennifer Hudson IS pregnant 'G' and I thought that she over-crooned and hollered just a little too much. That is a groovy sing-a-long tune that really doesn't require all of the theatrics.

John Mayer was killer and represented the crossover-youth-maybe-barely-born-when MJ-started-his-second-career crowd. Well done and represented. Wasn't it deep to hear Queen Latifah say her 1st J5 record was Dancing Machine? DANCING MACHINE???? Damn I'm old as shiggity! I saw Dick Gregory, Cecily Tyson, Greg Phillanganes and a few others onstage during the tear-jerking finale.

My man Michael was nothing if he wasn't down with the band. The decision to feature the band and singers and dancers from the now cancelled tour as the support for the entire memorial was not only a stroke of genius but a good barometer of how Mike felt about those that provided backup support for him. GREAT and CLASSY move by the family and organizers.

Hire A Band (they sure did)


COMMENTARY: Self-Mutilation

COMMENTARY: Self-MutilationAs I sit here this morning watching the CNN of Michael Jackson I am swelling with pride in the accomplishments of "mah people." These folks directed themselves towards excellence and were able to demonstrate that excellence on the world stage

--Michael Jordan (did it with a tounge sticking out of his mouth)
--Magic Johnson (did it with a smile)
--Colin Powell (did it with a uniform)
--Oprah Winfrey (did it with information)
--Michael Jackson (i'm not really sure how he did it)
--Barrack Obama (i'm not really sure how he did it)

These people of course (and others) achieved something that I will call "universal mainstream acceptance." These great individual achievements of course did not occur in a vacuum, they were achieved on the back of those who came before them.

For example, Obama's candidacy could not have happened, had it not been for Jessie Jackson's candidacy 25 years earlier. Colin Powell's success in the military and in government could not have happened had it not been for the careers of men like Gen. Benjamin O. Davis & Ralph Bunche. Magic Johnson & Michael Jordan's "universal mainstream acceptance" wouldn't have happened without the careers of Julius Erving, Earl Monroe & others.

My point is that these achievements happened because of the blood, sweat & tears of other people that created opportunity for talented/hard working people to use as a springboard for their own unique success.

I was discussing this concept with someone here yesterday and he reminded me that although this is quite true of Black American's who are in the public eye, it's also quite true of Black American achievement in general over the last 20 years.

The one thing that all of these success stories have in common is that these achievements all come from individuals who are born of something that I will refer to as "the civil rights generation." That is people who were brought up in a manner and thus have a mentality that suggests that they have a role to play in the overall struggle. That somehow their success can quite literally be traced back to other people who sacrificed in order for them to have a chance to achieve excellence. These people are driven towards excellence and when you tell them that what they want to do can't be done, they then proceed to accomplish the impossible.

I too am a member of this "the civil rights generation" and as a kid growing up in Brooklyn, the achievements and sacrifice of "local heroes" people like Jackie Robinson, Louis Armstrong, Elston Howard, Adam Clayton Powell, Spider Lockhart, Constance Baker Motley, Lew Alcindor, Bob Teauge, Willie Mays, Lena Horne, Gil Noble and others were certainly "rammed down my throat."

In addition to those local folks, there were many others that my family made sure that I met and whose "secrets for success", I internalized. Successful Black Americans who were teachers, artists, doctors, engineers, policeman, and more. These are people whose names would be unknown to the general pubic, but who all sought and achieved "excellence" within the scope that they were permitted to do so.

All of these people (famous and not famous) had an influence on me and my behavior as I moved forward in the world and tried to establish my own mark within it.

On a day like today I am reminded of that and I remember those people and their struggle. But I am also reminded of just how much things seem to have changed.

It seems to me that over the past 10-15 years, we have moved from "the civil rights generation" and the pursuit of excellence to an era where we are in the "pursuit of mediocrity."

And it seems that we are perfectly content to "pursue mediocrity" with a vengeance. In fact we aren't just content with "mediocrity", but we are overjoyed when we achieve "mediocrity." It makes me sick when I start to dwell on it for more than a few moments, just how far we have fallen. Some folks love to dwell on the "self-mutilation" that Michael Jackson did to himself. I think that the "self-mutilation" that Black Americans have done to themselves over the past 10-15 years is far worse than anything that Michael Jackson did to himself.

In the work of Michael Jackson we saw the attempt and very often the achievement of excellence. That was a part of his make up, even when he was a little boy, it was there for everyone to see and of course we could all see it. And we can certainly see it in the work of others from his generation, both famous and not famous.

It's clear to me that we went wrong someplace. It's even more clear just when and how we went wrong, but it isn't too late to correct our mistakes.

--Bob Davis

"We have met the enemy and it's us..."


The C.E.O of the Jackson Five (part 1)

Bob Davis & Joe Jackson in Las Vegas (2004)

Bob Davis and Joe Jackson

Joe Jackson is a person that everyone knows.
Or at least they think they do.

I have been fortunate in that I have been able to actually get to know Mr. Jackson. He's a big fan of the website and whenever he travels east, he usually contacts me and invites me to "hang out." He has done this several times and I haven't written about it till now, simply because I wasn't really sure that I wanted to share these experiences. I wanted to keep them to myself.

His name and face are one of the most famous in the history of Black music. Considering the fact that he isn't a performer, I think that is quite amazing.

I had never thought much about Joe Jackson till I watched the Jackson Five TV movie. Of course I knew who he was right from the beginning of my knowledge of the Jackson Five. I had also been aware of all of the negative things that have been written about him in the mainstream press over the years. And just like most people I thought that those things were true.

However my view of Joe Jackson began to change when I watched the Jackson Five TV movie. Joe Jackson (as portrayed by Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs) came across to me as a very different type of person than what the mainstream press had depicted him as. In the TV movie, Joe Jackson came across to me as a person that cared deeply about his family. He came across as a Black father who really wasn't much different than the hundreds of "real life" Black fathers that I have known during my life. However there was one thing that made Joe Jackson very different than any other Black father that I knew. Joe Jackson had a vision for his family. Most fathers have a vision for their family, however in addition to having a vision, Joe Jackson also had a plan, and he actually executed that plan.

Black Americans might just be the most creative people on the face of the earth. Just look at all of the things we have created and the proof is there. However one of our "dirty little secrets" is that we know that for every successful creative endeavor that we purse, there are a thousand more that were great ideas, but were never implemented. For all of our genius, we are terrible at following thru on good ideas. In some ways we are actually proud of our "lack of follow thru." (This is a notion that is closely related to the fact that we often view "CP Time" as a positive attribute.)

One of the ways that Black American "pride" in "lack of follow thru" is manifested is what is commonly called "crabs in a barrel." This is the odd habit that Black Americans have of attempting to "sabotage" the efforts of other Black Americans who seemingly have a good plan for how they are going to move forward. The idea is to pull those who are trying to "escape from the barrel", back into it. Then once successful in pulling that person who was trying to escape "back into the barrel" (by sabotaging their efforts), the message becomes something along the lines of; "see I told you that you needed to just stay in your place."

Black Americans discuss this topic all of the time, behind closed doors. In fact they even admit their complicity in this activity. However the behavior never seems to change. It's almost as if we have been programmed to do whatever we can to insure the failure of other Black Americans.

Joe Jackson actually accomplished something for his family that most Black Americans can only dream of. He had a vision and a plan that would make his family rich & famous beyond belief. He was a steelworker, that lived in the ghetto, with too many mouths to feed. It would end up as a story of the ultimate American Dream, tarnished by the aura of a nightmare.

I have no doubt that along the way, there were many "crabs" trying to pull him and his family "back into the barrel." What makes Joe Jackson different is that he found a way to overcome this. And this is what I learned from watching the Jackson Five TV movie.

What I have learned from talking with him in person over the course of the past few years, is that in many ways, even today there are still many "crabs" trying to pull him and his family, "back into the barrel."

The first time I met Joe Jackson he shook my hand and then hugged me. The first thing he said to me was "let me know if they are still trying to cut your lines, I'll come and I'll bring my shotgun with me." I smiled and said; "one of these days I may need to take you up on that offer, sir..."

Today whenever he calls me on the phone, he always starts off the conversation by saying the same thing. He wants to make sure that I am aware that there are other Black folks out there who would love to see fail, but more importantly, he is also letting me know that he's "got my back", should I ever need to call upon him.

This is a man who truly understands the "crabs in the barrel."

As you talk with Joe Jackson and as he begins to feel comfortable with you, the familiar public veneer disappears and what appears is the "steelworker." Joe Jackson hasn't forgotten where he has come from. He is soft spoken, yet confident. If there is a problem (large or small), he's got a solution. He is a practical man, who is focused on the details of making sure that everyone's needs are accommodated and that whatever the "big picture" may be is attained.

This is a "skill set" that I recognize from my many years of Fortune 500 management training. It's called "project management." You take a situation and constantly subdivide it into it's component pieces and then manage each one of the pieces. If you determine that one of the pieces is too large to manage effectively, then you subdivide it into even smaller pieces such that all pieces can be effectively managed by whomever is in charge, to the greatest benefit of all of the people that have a "stake" in the outcome. In corporate project management, all of these things are written down in a document called a "project plan."

When you observe Joe Jackson up close and if you are able to recognize the skill set as he performs it, you can recognize that he is able to do all of the "project management tasks" (resource management, task management, time management, risk management, quality control management) inside of his head. Once you see this, it becomes obvious how he was able to implement his vision for his family. I have known many great project managers in my years of "corporate life", however I have yet to see one who is able to create and execute a project plan as effectively as Joe Jackson.

And for his vision to become a reality, he would have had to be able to operate in this manner, else he and his family would have been "pulled back into the barrel" by the other "crabs."

Sometimes people get the terms "management" and "leadership" mixed up. They think that they are the same thing, they are closely related, but they aren't the same thing.

"Management" is about "process."
"Leadership" is about "control."

Great managers can become great leaders, if they are in control of situations. When they aren't in "control", they can still "manage", but they can't "lead."

Sometimes we can see both of these qualities in a single individual.

I have no doubt that in order for Joe Jackson to have accomplished what he did during the first portion of the career of the Jackson Five, that he had to be a great manager and a great leader, especially in dealing with the "crabs."

Ultimately Joe Jackson probably reached the point where he was unable to "lead" his family anymore, simply because he could no longer "control" them. This is what happens in all families, kids grow up and they no longer want to be "led." When this happens we as parents have to hope that we have taught our children enough about "management", so that they will be equipped to "lead themselves." What was different for Joe Jackson and his family is that all of this was played out right in front of a very un-forgiving public eye.

I have more to say about Joe Jackson.
But I'm tired of writing right now, so I'll stop here.
I just "hung out" with him a few days ago, and I wanted to put down a few thoughts and give you all "some food for thought."

--Bob Davis



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