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Vive Le Roi! In memory of his majesty, the King of Pop, Berkeley’s Center for Race and Gender (CRG) has compiled a series of reflections and tributes honoring Michael Jackson and his tremendous contributions to music, dance and trend-setting fashion. From spoken word performances to an analysis of MJ’s signature hip thrust and even a dance montage of Jackson’s iconic moves, the site offers a multitude of videos that explore the various aspects of The Gloved One’s legacy.

Sure, Neverland Ranch might have been a bit over the top. Yeah, “Jesus Juice” wasn’t exactly what we’d call a winning idea. But really, it takes a certain level of musical brilliance in order to produce tunes like “Smooth Criminal” and “Beat It.” Not to mention the whole “Thriller” revolution.

So if you’ve got some spare time on your un-gloved hands, check out the CRG’s “Michael Jackson: Critical Reflections on a Life and a Phenomenon.” You can browse through the collection and listen to a whole lot of original poetry by some guy called Blair. Maybe you’ll even be inspired to practice your moonwalk.

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Michael Jackson: Critical Reflections on a Life and a Phenomenon [CRG]



If you missed the media circus that was Michael Jackson’s funeral (literally, Barnum & Bailey elephants were parading down the street), it’s not too late to celebrate the life and legend of the King of Pop.

Today, Oct. 1, from 3:00 p.m.6:00 p.m. a symposium entitled Michael Jackson: Critical Reflection on a Life and Phenomenon will be held in the Sibley Auditorium. It’s hosted by the Center for Race and Gender, so expect lectures along those lines. Deets after the jump. read more »


After discovering the latest omen of the world’s coming demise, the Clog encourages Berkeley students to put down their books and enjoy their short-lived time on Earth.

Well, this is it, children of the Baby Boom … and children of the children of the Baby Boom … and children of the children of the children of the Baby Boom. So basically, this is it, everybody. This is the end of the cultural landscape as you know it. Michael Jackson will thrill the tabloids no more. After all the surgeries, he may not have been much of a P.Y.T. anymore, but at age 50, we hardly thought his time was up. read more »