Monday, March 24, 2008

Damn these Jacksons!!!

(Smiles and afros. The good ol' days)

Marlon Jackson, 51, an original Jackson Five member who stocks shelves at a Vons supermarket in San Diego, had to temporarily move into an extended-stay hotel.

Randy, 46, does odd jobs, including fixing cars in a Los Angeles garage owned by a family friend. He recently claimed Michael was going to give him $1.7 million - “a pipe dream,” said another brother last week.

Jackie, 56, the oldest and most debonair of the brothers, is struggling to manage his son Siggy’s aspiring rap career after an Internet clothing business startup and attempts to produce music failed.

Jermaine, 54, shuttles back and forth from his girlfriend’s home in Ventura County, Calif., to his parents’ mansion in Encino, where Jackie and Randy still bunk.

Tito, 55, is the only brother still making music, but it’s a meager living. The guitarist fronts a blues and jazz band that plays small venues and nets him $500 and $1,500 per occasional gig - a far cry from the days when the Jacksons could pull in 50,000 people at $30 a ticket.

Family patriarch Joseph Jackson, 79, spends most of his waking hours conjuring up schemes he hopes will replenish a bank account that once had more money than the FDIC cared to insure. Peddling musical girl groups in Las Vegas and a book about his family in Germany, Joseph, despite evidence to the contrary, is not convinced that time and the music industry have passed him by.

“We can get back out there and set the world on fire,” he told The Post last week. “If the Rolling Stones can still rake in the money, so, too, can my boys.”

And we wonder why Michael is the "Saddest Moment in Black History" on DivaSpeakTV. Here's a reminder of how dope they used to be. Man, time is a mofo right??


Frank said...

It's just like black folk to mess up our finances. It's really sad how the Jacksons are going out, considering they were once on top of the world. Like damn, why don't we black people invest? They should probably hold that Jacksons tour right about now to save their behinds.

The Deen said...

I need to get a hold of their contact info; I would love to work with the Jacksons. It's sad though to see how badly they're doing.


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taprapper said...

damn, Amanda how do you find out all this information? it's sad they didn't plan out there lives better *sigh* and more *sigh*

datmyshit said...

This is a exactly why my child wont go into music as a career, not while i'm alive, having her life under the spot lite of all, No Sir not my girl's said...

The music business is not what ruins the child it's the parent(s). If a child has a musical gift a good parent would be wrong to keep them from pursuing it because of the fate of those who came before. Joe Jackson was an abusive, greedy, fanatical father that's why his children have not amounted to anything it's not because of the music business.

datmyshit said...

I am completely the opposite of the craze joe jackson,
i protect my girl's completely, i don't like the fact or thought that in the music business, her life will be an open book for all to see and judge, so still, not while she's living with me or if i'm paying for her college, she can use her musical talent in school or church not in the business of the music industry it's a short lived career,
and she can use her intelligence and impact the world in a different way.
when you have kids you will understand.

P2ME said...

(The Jackson's didn't Plan Right)
Big up's, good you protect your girl's... but it does sound like you are fearing something unnecessarily, peeps judge you no matter what, when you're famous or sally sue from next door with the white picket fence, the pain of someone judging you is the same hurt feelings to all, famous or not famous, thats just a part of life.

Anonymous said...

ah damn, yea they famous all rite,, "fuck the fame" words from Pac