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The Black Snob MJ Memorial Live Blog

Goes live at noon CST. The Snob will be listening and watching the CNN Live report online.

Click after the jump for the updates

2:43 p.m. CST: And that is it. Jermaine, Stevie Wonder and Brooke Shields made me sad. MJ’s beautiful daughter Paris made me cry. Janet Jackson made me want her dress and hat (she was on point). Rev. Al Sharpton gave an awesome speech and is it wrong that I wish I’d taped the whole thing? That was one of the best tributes/concerts I’d seen since never. It was fun watching it with you guys and it was a fitting way to say good-bye to a music icon we will never see again in our lifetimes.

“Even now the King of Pop must bow before the King of Kings.” Amen.

2:41 p.m. CST: She just wanted to say she loved her daddy so much. I am so glad she didn’t say more than that. I would have died right here in the Barnes and Noble. She is such a sweet faced little girl. Beautiful.

2:40 p.m. CST: Seeing the whole family on stage is just too much. OMG, Paris is talking. And I am done.

2:37 p.m. CST: Janet Jackson and Michael’s daughter Paris are holding hands. Too moving.

2:36 p.m. CST: Aw. The Jacksons are tearing me up here. Be strong guys!

2:33 p.m. CST: Wonderful tribute. I would also like to buy a CD of whatever this Asian looking sista is singing.

2:30 p.m. CST: “Heal the World.” Not my favorite, but this girl really can sing.

2:28 p.m. CST: It started kind of crazy but seeing MJ’s kids and brothers on stage with the singers is pretty touching.

2:26 p.m. CST: OK, the first cat on “We Are the World,” had some mad crazy eye action.

2:25 p.m. CST: Hold your hats. We’re about to see some clips from the tour that never happened.

2:23 p.m. CST: OK. Everyone and their grandma texts and emails me that it’s a kid from Britain’s Got Talent. Thanks Snob-o-sphere. You’re better than “the Google.”

2:21 p.m. CST: The munchkin is ripping it up. He’s no MJ, but he ain’t half bad.

2:19 p.m. CST: Who is this kid? His voice is almost Paul Roberson deep and he is killing me.

2:17 p.m. CST: Friend texts me. “Smokey Robinson looks 45 years old.” I totally want whatever he and Brooke Shields are having.

2:13 p.m. CST: Video of “Who’s Loving You.” Smokey Robinson, “I wrote that song. I thought I sang it.”

2:12 p.m. CST: Group hug for a tore up Usher after “Gone To Soon.” One of my Facebook friends writes, “Props to Usher … the boy can’t pick wives but he sho’ nuff can saaaang!”

2:10 p.m. CST: Usher is straight serenading the casket. And it is awesome.

2:09 p.m. CST: Usher is singing “Gone To Soon.” While the 14-year-old girl in me would prefer that this be Tevin Campbell singing “Gone To Soon,” Raymond is holding it down.

2:08 p.m. CST: All right Usher. Don’t blow this.

2:04 p.m. CST: With Rev. Al, the Kings and now Jackson-Lee up there talking, what’s the chances Jesse or Farakhan will take the stage?

2 p.m. CST: Bernice King brought it, but what is Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee doing here? Even the CBC is coming to represent? Again, the Jacksons roll with some of the most undeniably black folks in the world. I half expect Allen Payne to come out dressed as Dead Mike and start rapping, “He’s black ya’ll! Black ya’ll! He’s blackity black cause he’s black ya’ll,” a la CB4.

1:54 p.m. CST: King III is going to have to do backflips to top Rev. Al.

1:52 p.m. CST: Side note: Will totally buy this DVD from bootleg man. And the CD. And the T-shirt. Jermaine just killed me.

1:49 p.m. CST: I am DONE! Jermaine is singing “Smile” and I’m about to break down in a Barnes & Noble. I am done, done, done! It’s so easy to forget how beautiful Jermaine’s voice is with Michael being the bigger star. But this is by far the most heartfelt rendition I’ve ever heard of such a wonderful song. I’m DONE!

1:48 p.m. CST: JERMAINE IS SINGING!!!!

1:45 p.m. CST: Side note: Brooke Shields looks effing awesome.

1:44 p.m. CST: Brooke is really humanizing MJ in a way no one has. She’s speaking from the heart of a true friend. This isn’t MJ the icon. This MJ, my friend, my prank-pulling buddy, my ace.

1:41 p.m. CST: Suddenly this has turned into a child star version of an AA meeting. I don’t know if Brooke is going to make it as she gives her testimony of what it’s like to meet someone who truly understands where you’re coming from.

1:39 p.m. CST: OMG! It’s Brooke Shields. Where’s Emmanuel Lewis?

1:37 p.m. CST: Wondering how long it will take before the Bootleg Man starts selling DVD copies of MJ’s Memorial because this thing is like Motown 25 on steroids.

1:36 p.m. CST: I hate you John Mayer. I hate you for making me love your version of this song.

1:34 p.m. CST: Someone seems to have either given John Mayer a haircut or I seriously haven’t paid any attention to him in a long ass time. He’s picking out some “Human Nature.” I make fun of Mayer a lot, but I’m glad he’s up there. Boy can play a guitar.

1:32 p.m. CST: “Ain’t nothing strange about yo Daddy,” preaches Sharpton to the kids. One of my Facebook friends opines, “How long with it take KFC to bring out the KFC Michael Jackson memorial bucket!!!!”

1:30 p.m. CST: “He out-sang his cynics!” shouts Sharpton. “Michael never stopped!”

1:29 p.m. CST: First reference of MJ to Obama by Rev. Al. I was waiting on that one.

1:27 p.m. CST: Fascinating irony that despite changes in Michael’s appearance, he hung out with some of the most undeniably black people in the world. Sharpton? Jesse Jackson? Don King? Louis Farakhan? Is this a memorial service or the Million Man March?

1:26 p.m. CST: Rev. Al’s perm is looking extra fresh this afternoon.

1:24 p.m. CST: Considering they only had a few days to pull this all together this just solidifies how sad and pathetic BET’s “tribute” was. It’s like caviar versus grape jelly on a Ritz over here.

1:22 p.m. CST: Jennifer Hudson looks and sounds great and is pregnant as a pause up there in all white. Honestly, during the BET Awards I had expected Beyonce to tackle this song, but J. Hud will gladly do.

1:17 p.m. CST: Not quite sure why Kobe Bryant is speaking other than he’s a Laker and the Jacksons’ are Laker fans. Magic, on the other hand, very apropos. Loving how he’s giving Mike credit for making him a better basketball player and doing a shout out for the time he asked him to be in “Remember the Time.”

1:14 p.m. CST: I can’t get over Wonder’s performance here. He is incredible and destroying every bit of me. I could listen to this man all day.

1:12 p.m. CST: Stevie Wonder is a genius. I swear, his voice has not changed in years. It is still as lovely and rich as ever.

1:09 p.m. CST: Is there such a person in the world who doesn’t love Stevie Wonder’s music? I’d like to meet this person. How can you not love his voice? His skills on the piano and this amazing rendition of “I Never Thought You’d Leave In Summer?” It made me cry the first time I ever heard it.

1:08 p.m. CST: And now Stevie Wonder. And now I’m close to losing it again. I love Stevie Wonder. He says “God must have needed him more” in reference to MJ’s passing.

1:06 p.m. CST: I can’t stand R. Kelly, but he wrote one hell of a song for MJ in “You Are Not Alone.”

1:04 p.m. CST: Aw, hell. Video tribute time.

1:03 p.m. CST: Crowd goes nuts as Gordy calls Michael “the greastest entertainer that ever lived.”

12:57 p.m. CST: Berry Gordy points out that even as a tyke Michael Jackson sang with the depth of a person beyond their years. The song in question — Smokey Robinson’s “Who’s Loving You.” And I do love the Jackson 5’s version of that song.

12:55 p.m. CST: Love that all the Jackson brothers have on black and gold with glittery gloves. Someone on Facebook mentioned that if the Jackson kids had gone to college their step team would have been nothing but fire.

12:54 p.m. CST: Success. Did not completely lose my shit during that song. I can keep blogging now.

12:53 p.m. CST: Not sure if me or Lionel Richie will make it through this song.

12:51 p.m. CST: OK. Lionel Richie is singing “Jesus Is Love.” Losing my snark. It’s going … going … gone. Officially starting to get verklempt. I love this song. Snark will return after this song concludes.

12:49 p.m. CST: Realizing I really miss Queen Latifah, the rapper. She truly classes up the Hip Hop experience for me. U.N.I.T.Y. What ya’ll know about that?

12:46 p.m. CST: Queen Latifah is now reading a Maya Angelou tribute to MJ. Very apropos.

12:43 p.m. CST: Tell me that’s actually Trey Lorenz singing with her. If it is I will plotz. Who dug up that brother?

12:39 p.m. CST: Mimi, Mariah aka, The Snob’s own Glitter takes the stage. Where were you when we needed you during the BET Awards? She’s, of course, singing “I’ll be there,” which was a hit for her in the 90s.

12:34 p.m. CST: Choir on stage and finally AUDIO. Thank God. Soon, very soon we are going to see the king. Hallelujah. Hallelujah. We are going to see the king.

12:32 p.m. CST: CNN Live is Interviewing 15-year-old girl named Emerald who says her first MJ song was “Stranger In Moscow.” Shit. I’m OLD. My first MJ song was “Blame It On the Boogie.”

12:30 p.m. CST: Most annoying thing about CNN Live over the internet … they continue to pimp the shit out of Facebook. I get it CNN. You discovered social media. You’re the coolest 14-year-old girl at the dance. Hannah Montana has nothing on you.

12:26 p.m. CST: Celebs spotted so far — Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson, Louis Farakhan, Robert Townsend, Don King, Kobe Bryant, etc. Not here: Diana Ross and Elizabeth Taylor. Liz totally didn’t want to share her grief with the world. Don’t blame her.

12:24 p.m. CST: More than 20,000 people are crammed into the stadium.

12:18 p.m. CST: Great. Audio problems at the Staple Center. Now I’m trapped listening to the CNN Live hosts who are two cats I’ve never heard of.

12:15 p.m. CST: Listening to Soledad and Andy Coop-A-Doop anchor the memorial coverage. This should be interesting since A) I find the Coop hilarious and B) Soledad is about the most agressive yakker on CNN. Also in the hezzie I believe are my fair Uncle Rolly Rolls, Roland Martin and earlier today they were talking with my ace, Donna Brazile.

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38 thoughts on “The Black Snob MJ Memorial Live Blog

  1. CK says:

    I’m watching CNN. 🙂 When they showed MJ’s daughter leaning on Katherine, I thought I’d lose it. Then Jennifer Hudson sang … Really trying to hold it together here.

  2. CK says:

    No Sharpton fan, but LOVED what he said to the kids. I’ve been wondering about them and all the negative media coverage, including the reports about MJ not being their dad. So, I’ll give Al props for that.

  3. OneChele says:

    Rep Lee holding it down for Texas! She went old school CHURCH on ya’ll with the Good Samaritan parable.

  4. Tiffany says:

    Since I can’t stream the video from work, I’m relying on your comments to paint a picture for me. *sigh* I’m so sad that Michael Jackson is gone. I still can’t believe it.

  5. Stella says:

    This was a very classy event. This is the send off that a humanitarian, philanthropist, Icon – Micheal Jackson should be sent home.This is the tribute deserving of Micheal Jackson and to see Seidah Garret (she wrote Man in the Mirror), singing to him, just really brought home how Micheal was/is a part of my life – my up bringing. Just Wow. Sad.Seidah Garret and his other background singers – I remembered all of a sudden where I knew these people from – I remember seeing them in the background behind Micheal for years. You are a true Star Micheal Jackson. Well done faithful servant, well done.

  6. The most fitting tribute anyone could ever ask for. I didn’t expect to shed any tears, but as soon as I saw Michael’s brothers wheel out his solid gold casket to "We Are Going to See the King", the waterworks just burst. It just hurt my heart seeing his daughter Paris speak about her father that she will no longer grow up with. That was the moment where the mainstream media and all those who continue to criticize MJ should realize that, above all else, Michael Jackson was a HUMAN BEING. Rest in peace, Mike. Your legacy will never die!

  7. sarah says:

    I have never seen anything on television as classy as that memorial. It was well done and perfectly executed. Little Paris broke my heart. I hope that she and her brothers are allowed to grow up in peace with privacy. Michael Jackson was lied about in life but I think we just may see the truth about who he really was in death. He wasn’t just a great entertainer but apparently he was also a sensitive kind and giving soul.

  8. Shazza says:

    Snob, I was at work watching this and crying in my office. What a beautiful tribute! And yes, I wish I’d TiVo’d it too. We dumped cable last month. But then the hubby reminded me there will probably be LOADS of torrents so I’m going for the download. Not sure how many times I could watch it but I’d like to have it.

  9. primegirl says:

    well said, snob. so many touching moments–and i agree: light years better than the mess that BET put up last week. they should be ashamed.

  10. Ginneh says:

    your commentary was PERFECT it was just like you were in my head "Fascinating irony that despite changes in Michael’s appearance, he hung out with some of the most undeniably black people in the world. Sharpton? Jesse Jackson? Don King? Louis Farakhan? Is this a memorial service or the Million Man March?" LMAO got that right

  11. Wenzel Dashington says:

    I actually felt the PR team at KFC giving each other fist bumps when Magic said, "Michael Jackson, you eat Kentucky Fried Chicken?!"

  12. bdsista says:

    Got all snotting and sobbed loudly, like someone in my family died today. My Mom cried and I started crying all in the phone and she kept talking bout how Rev. Al done tole it. I absolutely am a Sharpton fan, cuz Al keeps everyone on point and doesn’t let go and doesn’t give a damn if they don’t like it or not. Wonderful service. Wish Mariah wore more clothes, Jermaine was always one of my faves and Paris made me move from kleenex to paper towels. I will sooo miss Micheal, I remember when they first came out. His first song for me was their first songs and I still got the records. This old snob is sad today. Shelila Jackson Lee came to show respect from the US Congress and the CBC and to let everyone know that everyone is congress is not some rabid, racist old white dudes who want to besmirch Michael’s name. Bunny King Preached! and overall, it was just respectful, fitting, appropriate and allowed us all to say goodbye. Oop, going for the kleenex again….

  13. Lady M says:

    This was a beautiful service. I loved it. It negated the half-assed garbage BET called a tribute. I loved when Jermaine sang, because it really showed just how talented the Jackson Family is. Also, Usher was great, and Paris had me sniffling a bit, and I’m not much of a crier. Lionel Richie and Smokey Robinson both look really good for their ages. And uh, was that Latoya with the ginormous hat that shaded her entire face?

  14. The A says:

    What a beautiful tasteful outpouring of love for a beautiful loving spirit from the people who were truly his family and friends. Oh & Sheila Jackson-Lee (snark).I wasn’t the little girl who wanted to marry Micheal. That was my sister. My Jackson brother was Marlon Jackson. and I’m totally crushing on him like its 1978 after this tribute.My people, Can we all pledge this very moment to erase from our memories and never ever ever speak of the BET fiasco ever again?!!

  15. While this wasn’t a fun event, it surely was a heartfelt one and that’s even better. I wished I had logged onto to this fabulous Black Snob blog. Yesterday, I watched this alone on my laptop through the CNN live feed. There were so many stalls and buffering that I missed the music solos. I did see the wonderful end group songs.Some everyday girl thoughts: I loved Janet’s outfit too, dress and hat were tasteful, classic but contemporary. Poor sister Latoya’s hat was TOO big–I like big brims, so when I say too large that means "ginormous." That hat was more suited to a garden party or outdoor wedding reception. Any of the Jackson women could have offered a dress code clue to Mariah Carey; her revealing dress prompted me to wonder if she had ever been inside a church. This was a funeral, after all, although in a very large and commercial public arena. Brooke Shields got it right, no hat but still respectful.Someone posted a comment/question re: the sunshades. Mourning veils, though effective in shielding private grief from the public eye, aren’t used so much these days. If you don’t remember what I’m talking about or weren’t around then, look at photos of widows Jacqueline Kennedy and Coretta King at funerals for their husbands. Sunglasses make a good 21st century substitute.

  16. Spinster says:

    Excellent play-by-play of the tribute. And this right HERE:"1:24 p.m. CST: Considering they only had a few days to pull this all together this just solidifies how sad and pathetic BET’s "tribute" was. It’s like caviar versus grape jelly on a Ritz over here."I know that’s right. BET needs a year-long course on how to do this shit. They ain’t ready.

  17. Spinster says:

    Forgot to mention – Usher almost made me break down. His rendition of Gone Too Soon….. haunting and deep. I was good throughout the whole thing. But Paris….. that little girl had me crying like a quiet baby. :-(And this: "Fascinating irony that despite changes in Michael’s appearance, he hung out with some of the most undeniably black people in the world. Sharpton? Jesse Jackson? Don King? Louis Farakhan? Is this a memorial service or the Million Man March?" I’ve been saying something along these lines since he passed away (and a couple times before he passed away). He knew what was what and no matter his (changing) skin color, he knew what "they" REALLY thought of him. There’s nothing like the comfort of your own.

  18. I heard Liz & Diana could not make it, niether did Quincy Jones. What’s up with that? I thought that was really selfish of them. What else could be more important. I mean the whole world was greiving in public, even his Mama. So, how come those Diva’s could not be present to see this Iconic Man be put to rest. Some may agree with them staying out of the light, but they been in the spot light all thier lives, acting & performing, crying in films…I just don’t get the lack of support for his family and fans. I was very dissapointed in Diana Ross…hell he named her to take his kids in his WILL, she should have slap someone to fly her BA back from Europe to make it their on time for his Memorial. That’s a shame. There must be funk between the families that is deeper than Death.

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