*It has been five years since the passing of Michael Jackson and many, many stories of diverse natures have surfaced in the news since that fateful June 25, 2009. Now comes the new book, “Remember The Time: Protecting Michael Jackson In His Final Days,” written by Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard, who served as Jackson’s exclusive personal security team in the last 2-1/2 years of his life.
The two men were the only professionals with 24-7 access to the elusive star, and they bring a fresh perspective on life with Jackson – the father, the man behind the glove. Many of the experiences they share are supported by details so intricate and intriguing that they would be a challenge to the creative mind of even the best liars.
This book may well be the best gift ever to serious Jackson fans; many of whom are still struggling with the loss of the icon. It is they, who will most likely appreciate the many great stories that are told with no fanfare, just real – sometimes raw, often heartfelt sincerity; by two men who may have often had reasons to leave, but chose to stay out of loyalty to a family of three that they had grown to love.
But the stories in “Remember The Time: are not solely about Michael Jackson. What makes each one so compelling is how those who worked with, around, and for – all jockeying for his ear – are factored in. You will be sorely disappointed if you are expecting a book that talks about how great “The King of Pop” is…or not.
You will find no “King of Pop” here. In fact, any mention of that term is referred to as a “mode.” As in, “When he is in King of Pop mode.” And this happens closer to the end, after Jackson starts prepping for “This Is It.”
This book, is about a man named Michael Jackson…a completely different person. This man calls down to security to go to the store for more laundry detergent because “he ran out.” This man is pained because he has to ask someone to go to Walmart and buy his kids some cereal. He wants to do it his “damn self!” This man makes sure that he is at home each morning to have breakfast with his kids, no matter how late he stayed at the hotel with girlfriends, “Friend” and “Flower.”
The man in this book, listens almost exclusively to classical music in the car; he has no computer of his own, and only goes online to purchase from eBay. He doesn’t watch TV because he doesn’t care for the bullshit, instead, he’ll choose DVDs for him and his family. But boy does he love to unwind by shootin’ hoops…and he is even said to have a pretty decent jump shot.
As I said in the beginning, much has been written about the man we call, “The King of Pop.” But within the pages of this book, and the degree to which these two men choose to go in order to tell their story – as they say in some circles:
The shit just got real. Continue reading
(Press Release) On the 5th anniversary of the passing of The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, the L.A.Chapter of the National Action Network is launching a global petition campaign in support of a U.S.Postal Stamp in honor of Jackson. Continue reading
This article was written by Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard (Authors of Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in His Final Days) EURThisNThat/EURweb was granted exclusive permission to publish it. Look forward to our exclusive interview with the authors.
*For the last two and a half years of Michael Jackson’s life, we had the privilege of serving as his personal Las Vegas security team. The man we worked for and got to know — a kind and generous person and a loving father — was completely different from the cartoonish figure that the tabloids made him out to be. Here’s just a few of the things we learned that we think might surprise you:
1. Mr. Jackson had at least two secret girlfriends who lived abroad. We met them when they flew in to visit him during his summer vacation on a horse farm in Middleburg, Virginia. He kept their presence a secret from his family, his managers, even his children. We were the only two privy to their arrival, and even we were never told their real names; he referred to them only as “Friend” and “Flower.” Continue reading
*OK, wait a minute. Wasn’t it only a bit more than a nanosecond that Apple bought the Beats headphone company founded by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine? Well get a load of this, Apple has now revealed plans to change things up a bit. The company plans to get rid of the headphones with the old headphone socket and use the “Lightning socket” that’s normally used for charging and adding accessories on your iPhone/iPad/iPod in its place.
What does all of this mean for you, Mr. and Ms. consumer?
It means dig into your pockets to purchase a new set of Beats headphones that now have the new connector.
Ain’t that a blip?
I pity the poor fool that just bought the Beats headphones brand.
The Beats brand will launch the first headphones that use the connector. Continue reading
*No doubt, working as security for the most famous person in the world – especially if that person happens to be Michael Jackson – will eventually give way to a book. Can you imagine the experiences Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard, two men who spent 2 -1/2 years working together as the security team for Jackson, were privy to?
Now, as we approach the fifth year of Jackson’s passing (June 25, 2014), the two men have come out with a book that sheds light on the ways of their reclusive boss called “Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in His Final Days.” Continue reading
SMH. What else can one do but shake your head on this one?
Remember hearing about the selfie Rihanna was aiming to take with the police official at a Clippers game last week? Remember she dropped his cell phone, breaking the screen, in the process?
Well you can stop shaking your head now and drop your jaws because that broken phone sold for $66,500 on eBay thanks to an anonymous bidder.
We kid you not. Continue reading
*You may be looking into his emotional, adorable young face, but don’t stop there, look into his heart, his soul, because it is from that place that 10-year-old Willie Myrick gave his all – a move that saved his life.
Myrick was abducted from his Atlanta, Georgia driveway while he played with his pet Chihuahua. A stranger pulled up, lured him to his car with an offer of money, then grabbed the boy when he got close enough and sped off, according to police.
But young Willie made it clear from the get-go…
He wasn’t going out like that.