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He Fathered An Entertaiment Empire: Joseph Jackson Dead at 89



by Ms. Black Hollywood

Love him or hate him, but he was one of the most famous names behind an American musical dynasty.  Joe Jackson, father of  music titans Janet and Michael, has taken his final bow.

The Jackson family patriarch has spent the last few years focused on his deteriorating health which left him often in need of a wheelchair.  He suffered multiple strokes in recent years and was hospitalized last week with late-stage cancer.

Jackson was the driving force behind one of music’s most iconic entertainment families.  Jackson and wife Katherine gave birth to eight children…five of whom (Michael, Marlon, Jermaine, Tito and Jackie) would find fame as The Jackson Five.

Jackson once dreamed of being a famous musician, but with so many mouths to feed, reality meant finding any kind of employment he could in Gary, Indiana.  But Jackson continued his dream vicariously through his children.  To keep his kids off the streets and out of trouble, Jackson made his kids practice musical acts constantly.  The hard work paid off in 1969 when Motown Records signed the group.  With Motown’s mastery and under father Joseph’s watchful eye, the boys were thrust into the national spotlight.  They were first introduced to a national audience on the highly rated “Ed Sullivan Show” and it was love at first sight. Their first album hit music store shelves days later with songs like “I Want You Back” and “Who’s Loving You”.  The album and The Jackson Five were a mega hit.

Having successfully launched his sons into the music world and with Michael firmly established in a solo career as the ‘King of Pop’, a couple of decades later Joseph would try to make lightning strike twice by focusing on the career of his youngest daughter Janet.  He was her manager on her first couple of albums when Janet started performing in 1982, but by her third album “Control”, the singer was declaring her independence.

Janet’s defiance was the first public indication that the Jackson family had some deep rooted problems.  Wife Katherine reportedly tried twice to divorce her husband who ran the household with an iron fist.  Daughter LaToya in her 1991 memoir claimed that her father molested her and oldest child Rebbie.  In 1993, Michael spoke publicly about the emotional and physical abuse he and his siblings endured from their father.

Though their family had problems, pains and secrets, in the days leading up to his death, some of his children braced for the impending loss by posting messages to cope with their grief.

And once their Dad had crossed over from this life, LaToya was the first to post of the loss…

We here at TRN extend our deepest condolences to the Jackson family.


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    Joe Jackson never left his family’s side. He worked hard to support his large family. He never went to jail and his children grew to have substantial careers. Whatever those kids did to their bodies as adults…. that’s their cross. Every star in Hollywood has had plastic surgery in some shape, form or fashion!

    Many Black men today couldn’t hold a candle to the man Joe Jackson was. Many men today would have walked out on those kids years before their 1st birthday! Today’s Black men are on the weak side!

    Give Joe Jackson the credit he deserves! I cannot imagine life without hearing songs from the man, the myth, the legend: Michael Jackson. It would be a hollow time for those of us who love great music, as I do! RIP Mr. Joe Jackson!

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    Joe Jackson is the perfect example of how not to raise, nurture and educate a black family. Joe Jackson’s kids did not get in trouble with the law, The Jackson family was extremely rich, but at what cost. Many of the Jackson children suffered from severe depression and mental health problems. Michael Jackson getting so much plastic surgery, he literally erased the melanin from his skin; same goes for Latoya. Speaking of Latoya, she took naked pictures holding a snake. We all know about Janet’s plastic surgery issues as well as the many times she has dated men who are not black. Also there are disgusting and horrifying rumors about Joe Jackson and the methods he used to turn his children into hollywood celebrities. The moral to this post is that if you’re black please remember that real wealth is your health and your melanin; don’t destroy that. Love your children, do not abuse them!

  25. Shawn J.

    June 28, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    If Joe Jackson repented and accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, then may he rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Jackson family

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