L. Roi Boyd, III - "Professor Pop Culture"
Excerpt from L. Roi Boyd's book, "Bless His Soul: The Agony, The Ecstasy, & The Destiny of Michael Jackson:"
"In early June 2009, I had been thinking about the Jacksons, knowing that Michael was in rehearsal for his upcoming “This Is It” tour. I decided to put on the Destiny album just for the pleasure of listening; I also felt the need to take the lyric sheet and follow along as I listened. Halfway through listening to the album and reading the lyrics, it was revealed to me that Jackson had been crying for help since the late 1970’s, years before Thriller. Clearly, anyone who wanted to know what happened to Michael Jackson merely had to listen to the lyrics of this album. Michael’s problems did not materialize after the success of Thriller. The trouble with Thriller was that the mania made his problems worse and magnified his personal life to a level that he never experienced before as a public figure. Three weeks after my listening session, Jackson passed away. I remember thinking: of someone who wished to be understood by many through his music; would anyone take the time to learn and study the true man through his creativity?"
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L. Roi Boyd, III, author of "Bless His Soul: The Agony, The Ecstasy, & The Destiny of Michael Jackson," is a Professor of Speech and Theatre at Virginia State University, Virginia Union University and an adjunct Professor of Mass Communications at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a Professor, Guitarist, Drummer, and Actor; he has been teaching and directing in educational, community, and professional theatre for nearly 25 years in Virginia and North Carolina. Boyd serves as Co-Founding Artistic director of Cultural Libations, a multidisciplinary arts & humanities company.
l. roi boyd iii - "PROFESSOR POP CULTURE"
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