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In a Q&A with Details magazine, Quincy Jones, a close confidant of Michael Jackson, unleashes very frank opinions about the late King of Pop, specifically his battle with his skin color and appearance:

Q: You were there to witness the strange evolution in Michael’s appearance. Did you ever step in and saying anything about it?
A: Oh, we talked about it all the time. But he’d come up with, “Man, I promise you I have this disease,” and so forth, and “I have a blister on my lungs,” and all that kind of b.s. It’s hard, because Michael’s a Virgo, man—he’s very set in his ways. You can’t talk him out of it. Chemical peels and all that stuff.

Q: Did you believe him about the disease?
A: I don’t believe in any of that bullshit, no. No. Never. I’ve been around junkies and stuff all my life. I’ve heard every excuse. It’s like smokers—”I only smoke when I drink” and all that stuff. But it’s bullshit. You’re justifying something that’s destructive to your existence. It’s crazy. I mean, I came up with Ray Charles, man. You know, nobody gonna pull no wool over my eyes. He did heroin 20 years! Come on. And black coffee and gin for 40 years. But when he called me to come over to see him when he was in the hospital on his way out, man, he had emphysema, hepatitis C, cirrhosis of the liver, and five malignant tumors. Please, man! I’ve been around this all my life. So it’s hard for somebody to pull the wool over my eyes. But when somebody’s hell-bent on it, you can’t stop ’em.

Q: But it must’ve been so disturbing to see Michael’s face turn into what it turned into.
A: It’s ridiculous, man! Chemical peels and all of it. And I don’t understand it. But he obviously didn’t want to be black.

Q: Is that what it was?
A: Well, what do you think? You see his kids?

Q: Did you ever discuss it? Did you ever ask, “Michael, don’t you want to be a black man?”
A: No, no, no, please. That’s not the way you do it.

Q: But he was beautiful before?
A: Man, he was the most gorgeous guy.

Q: But he seemed to have some deep-seated issue with how he looked?
A: Well, that comes about a certain way. I’m not sure how it happens. I’m just a musician and a record producer. I’m not a psychiatrist. I don’t understand all that stuff. We all got problems. But there’s a great book out called Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart. Did you see that? That book says the statute of limitations has expired on all childhood traumas. Get your stuff together and get on with your life, man. Stop whinin’ about what’s wrong, because everybody’s had a rough time, in one way or another.

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At the launch party for Metal magazine on Tuesday night at New York’s Dactyl Foundation Gallery, Blindie spotted some fashion trendsetters for our new style feature, “Spotted.”

NAME: Karen
HOMETOWN: Los Angeles
NAME YOUR EMSEMBLE: “Thrift Store Delight”
OUTFIT SOUNDTRACK: The Entire The Kids Soundtrack
FASHION ICON: Nina Simone


NAME: Keino Benjamin
HOMETOWN: The Caribbean
NAME YOUR EMSEMBLE: “Benjamin’s $100 Bill”
OUTFIT SOUNDTRACK: “Forever” by Chris Brown
FASHION ICON: Self (“I’m taking over New York with my rich, prestigious and bold style”) & Tom Ford (“He’s the best in the world for clothes and glasses”).

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Some blacks as well as whites prefer segregated Sundays when it comes to attending church services, religious scholars tell CNN.

“Americans may be poised to nominate a black man to run for president, but it’s segregation as usual in U.S. churches,” the article reads. “Only about 5 percent of the nation’s churches are racially integrated, and half of them are in the process of becoming all-black or all-white.”

In the midst of the House’s recent apology to black Americans for slavery and Jim Crow laws, Blindie finds it ironic that slavery and Jim Crow, which kept churches segregated during our nation’s early history, still continue to keep blacks and white separated today.

PHOTO: AP

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