MJ: The Man in the Mirror Analyzed

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Itibari M. Zulu
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MJ: The Man in the Mirror Analyzed

The life of Michael Joseph Jackson (1958-2009) was extraordinary, to say the least. He was a singer, songwriter, dancer, and cultural icon who become one of the most popular entertainers in the world. His life and work is a combination of talent and contradiction, and as a result, worth detailed investigation. Therefore, we are issuing a call for a special edition on his contribution to the world of entertainment specifically; and human social-political culture in general.

The possible topics include, but are not limited to:

MJ as songwriter
MJ in relationship to the globalization of American culture
The social psychology of MJ
The politics of MJ
Intellectualizing MJ
What MJ did/didn't do for the African world?
MJ and the celebrity-mass media dichotomy
MJ: African American tolerance and acceptance
MJ: Identity crisis or simply eccentric
Michaelmania: The myth and the reality
MJ: Law and Society (accusations of child molestation)
MJ: Childhood robbery?
MJ: The commoditization of an image (the man-child persona)
MJ: Innovation-creativity
The politics-racism of the music industry (did MJ reach the core?)
MJ: Moonwalk dancer

All original non-overwhelming biographical manuscripts not being considered for publication elsewhere should be submitted to The Journal of Pan African Studies (www.jpanafrican.com) via a Microsoft Word attachment to jpanafrican@yahoo.com by January 15, 2010.

The entire work should not exceed twenty-five double-spaced pages with a concise title, abstract (submitted by October 16, 2009), and a standard scholarly citations (see past issues for format organization); do not place page numbers or paper title (on each page) on the manuscript; place all end notes, footnotes and the bibliography at the end of the manuscript; articles (or parts of articles) in languages other than English will be considered, however they must also be presented in English, and all submissions must list the author's current affiliation, a biographical statement, and contact points (location, e-mail address, etc.).

In regards to style (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.), use what is standard in your area of study. Notification of paper acceptance will be sent February 17, 2010.

Itibari M. Zulu, Th.D.
Senior Editor, The Journal of Pan African Studies
P.O. Box 24194
Los Angeles, California 90024-0194