September 1, 2010 – Michael’s Family of Brothers and Sisters
This is going to be a harder blog update for me to write, because there is so much contention among some of Michael’s adorers in regard to the motives and intentions of Michael’s siblings. The names I have seen come up most often are Jermaine, Randy, Janet and Latoya and to a lesser degree, Tito, Jackie, Marlon. Rebbie has been the only one that has completely escaped scorn.
Jermaine, Tito, Jackie and Marlon got it in the beginning due to their reality show, “Jackson Family Dynasty”, which ran only a few episodes and had to be retooled around Michael’s death. Neither Michael in the beginning, nor Randy wanted any part of the show as was reported. Source
Of the Brothers we have:
Jackie Jackson – “Jackson was born Sigmund Esco Jackson, the second child of Joseph and Katherine and the oldest male child. He was given the name "Jackie" by relatives. Although he wanted to become a professional baseball player, Jackson abandoned that path when his 4 younger brothers and he formed The Jackson 5 in 1964. Jackson and his two younger brothers Tito and Jermaine were part of an early incarnation of the group as The Jackson Brothers from 1964 to 1966.” You can read more about him here. Source
Tito Jackson – “Tito was born the third of ten children of Joseph and Katherine Jackson. Growing up in a large family, young Tito originally hid his musical talent from his father. While his father was at work, Jackson would play his father's guitar while his siblings danced and sang. It was not until the young Jackson broke a string on the guitar that father Joseph learned about his musical aspirations. Joseph was then inspired to form a group around Tito and his two brothers, Jackie and Jermaine into a band in 1964 called The Jackson Brothers; eventually, younger brothers Marlon and Michael joined the group, and the brothers formed The Jackson 5 in 1964.” Source
Jermaine Jackson – “Jermaine La Jaune Jackson (born December 11, 1954) is an American singer, bassist, composer, a member of The Jackson 5, older brother of American pop stars Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson and occasional film director. He also recorded several duets with the legendary diva Whitney Houston in her early years as a recording artist.” Source
Marlon Jackson - Marlon David Jackson (born March 12, 1957) is an American entertainer singer, dancer, former member of The Jackson 5, and elder brother of American pop stars Michael Jackson and
Janet Jackson. Marlon was born in Gary, Indiana, to Joseph and Katherine Jackson as the sixth child of the Jackson family. Marlon's twin brother Brandon died within 24 hours of birth. They were several weeks premature. Source
Stephen Randall (Randy) Jackson – “Steven Randall "Randy" Jackson (born October 29, 1961) is an American singer and musician, a member of The Jacksons. Nicknamed "Little Randy", he is the youngest of the Jackson brothers, and the second youngest of the nine Jackson siblings, before sister Janet. Randy was only three when the Jackson 5 was formed and therefore was not an original member. While his brothers toured, he honed his skills as a musician, mastering piano.” Source
Of the ladies we have:
Rebbie Jackson – “Maureen Reillette Brown (née Jackson; born May 29, 1950) is an American singer professionally known as Rebbie Jackson (IPA pronunciation: [ˈɹibi ˈdʒæksən]). Born and raised in Gary, Indiana, she is the eldest child of the Jackson family of musicians. She first performed on stage with her siblings during shows in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in 1974, before subsequently appearing in the television series The Jacksons.” Source
Latoya Jackson – “La Toya Yvonne Jackson (born May 29, 1956) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, author, television personality, actress, businesswoman, activist and former model . She is the fifth child of the Jackson family. She had a career as a singer throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and returned to music in 2004 with her Billboard charting songs "Just Wanna Dance" and "Free the World". A forthcoming album, Startin' Over, has yet to be released. La Toya sold more 4 million albums worldwide and 2.4 in the U.S.” Source
Janet Jackson – “Janet Damita Jo Jackson (born May 16, 1966) is an American recording artist and actress. Born in Gary, Indiana, and raised in Encino, Los Angeles, she is the youngest child of the Jackson family of musicians. She first performed on stage with her family at the age of seven, and started her career as an actress with the variety television series The Jacksons in 1976. She went on to appear in other television shows throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, including Good Times and Fame.” Source
Now that we have all the Jackson siblings down (aside from Michael), let’s look at the public’s perception of each one in general.
The four brothers involved in “The Jackson Family Dynasty” were immediately scorned by about half of Michael’s fan base for self-promoting, the other half of Michael’s fan base seemed interested in how the brothers would handle Michael’s death. Either way, there was renewed interest in the Jackson brothers.
Jermaine, who was also featured in the reality show, drew more criticism than the other brothers for his role in introducing Dr. Tohme to Michael, for a song Jermaine recorded about the anger he had toward Michael called “Word to the Badd”. Lyrics
Read the lyrics of that song. I want to know why Jermaine is not afforded the same artistic license as Michael, to vent his frustrations in the form of music? Reading the lyrics I can hear exactly what Jermaine was going through, seeing fame pull his little brother away from him, watching him get all the accolades when he had actually been performing longer than the baby brother that took over as lead singer. That is not an easy thing I don’t care what family you are from. Does that mean Jermaine did not love his brother? Absolutely not. And I have some personal experience with my own siblings that help me understand this.
At the bottom of those lyrics Jermaine says “girl I ain’t thinkin’ bout you”. So was this really about Michael? Was it a veiled attempt to get Michael to listen? I had read somewhere that Michael and Jermaine had a blowout at the Havenhurst House about this very song and , God forgive me, but I laughed when I read that. Me and my sister, revisited. I think I was more amused that Michael COULD have a blowout with anybody. I wanted to be a fly on the wall!
Does this mean that Michael hated Jermaine? No. what it means, is that there were sore feelings, emotions were aired in a song, two brothers confronted each other about it and the press got a hold of it. That is what happened.
This may be how Michael’s siblings remember Michael . . . awwwwww!
Randy and Don Stabler – This one issue that sent people on twitter into a frenzy, twit-yelling at Randy about betraying his brother, I will have to refer you to the Transitional blog I wrote up at this link
Randy has been raked over the coals about this issue due to this article – Source
Transitional had dropped the lawsuit against Michael supposedly because neither Darian Dash nor Don Stabler could prove they had authority to make decisions on Michael’s behalf. Considering the personal and heartfelt thank you that Michael bestowed upon Randy after the trial was over and so soon after this alleged incident, I would surmise that whatever took place was not something Michael held against Randy.
There are several lawsuits against Michael that have either been dismissed, dropped, or settled amicably. Among them are the Prescient case, the Transitional case, Mark Schaffel Case, Ayscough case, Weitzner/Konitzer case, Prince Abdullah case, then later Raymone Bain and Allgood cases. Aside from the latter two, these lawsuits took place between 2004 and 2007 during and beyond his 2005 molestation trial. All of these lawsuits were without merit, yet in the case of Schaffel and Abdullah, a reported amicable settlement was reached. Both Bain’s and Allgood were dismissed after Michael was taken from us. We will be covering these lawsuits in a future blog update.
With what I have learned about the Transitional case, Randy should be congratulated. The refinance with Prescient – Transitional – Fortress came at a time when Branca and Koppleman were trying to offer a like refinance offer to Michael, requiring 25% of Sony ATV to be sold to Sony. (This could be why the confusion in whether Sony actually owned that 25% or not, which it does not). B.O.A. sold loans to Fortress even though supposedly Prescient and Transitional were involved in securiing the funds from Fortress. You know what this smells like?
It smells like a decoy. Both the loans (Neverland refinance and the $300 Million loan) were refinanced through Fortress which temporarily kept Sony from grabbing both the MiJack (collateral for Neverland loan) and the Michael’s share of the Sony/ATV (collateral for the $300 Million loan). Colony stepped in to save Neverland When that loan through Fortress came due. Colony still holds that loan. Sony, according to reports, has a tight grip on the possibility of acquiring Michael’s share if Branca neglects to pay Barclay, whom Sony got to refinance the $300 million loan.
Latoya has also had her share of press woes. From her betrayal of her brother after the 1993 allegations, her book seeming to do the same, and her sometimes questionable career and publicity moves, she has probably been the second most beat-up Jackson sibling aside from Michael. In an almost about-face, LaToya has come out swinging against those that have hurt her brother, Michael. Some of her interviews and paparazzi-accosted statements as she came out of restaurants treated viewers to a feisty, angry and confident LaToya. I for one, am proud of her and I hope she maintains her resolve.
Janet continues to keep busy, giving a few interviews in the beginning, but seeming to dissolve into her work just as Michael would do to drown out the negative and absorb himself in his craft.
When you pull back behind the media microscope we forget that this family is just that . . . a family who unfortunately have had every one of their life’s trials magnified, devoured, chewed up, regurgitated and spit back out by the media and the press, mixed with already half-digested rumors. It is sickening what this family has had to endure. Did they ask for this? Did their behavior solicit this kind of attention? I’m sure the establishment-owned press tried their best to get you to believe that. I bet Jermaine has more than once said to himself, “Geeze, I can’t even have an argument with my brother without being accused of wanting to kill him”.
Michael’s brothers and sisters loved Michael. They loved him no less than you or I and it bothers me that some fans would think they did. They have just had more opportunity to be close enough with him to occasionally be angry with him, or jealous of him, or frustrated with him, or exasperated with him, or worried or concerned about him. They saw more of him and his character than we did. We can only get as close to him as the internet, his lyrics, his poems, his short stories and writings, interviews, depositions, home movies, videos of fan interactions and concert clips allows us to get to him.
Michael loved his brothers or sisters. It is evident in his response to questions by interviewers about how he felt about one sibling or the other writing this book, or singing this song, or disagreeing with his decisions. The same goes for what his brothers and sisters have said about him in interviews. Their disagreements, as far as they are concerned, should have remained behind closed doors. But things get out and the press made what they made of them.
Remember, the people behind Michael’s murder were not only out to discredit Michael. They needed to discredit his allies and his family as well.
There are going to be some things I am going to delve into on this blog. Next Blog update, we have to pay some more attention to Sony’s posturing. Sony Blogger number two is at it again, perpetuating the fallacy that Branca was working for Michael between 2003 and 2006. Then, I want to point out some inconsistencies that are apparent in some of the Jackson siblings interviews that I keep getting asked about.
There will come a time that I will reveal the meaning behind the Allegory on Michael’s Birthday, as I have also been asked some questions about that. But I am waiting for something to happen before I do that.
Next blog update . . . “Sony Desperately Seeking Cover Stories”.
Michael’s Family, with him then and now in spirit