The Popcorn Reel
Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Queen Latifah recites Dr. Maya Angelou's poem "We Had Him" during the memorial to Michael Jackson at the Staples Center yesterday in Los Angeles.  (Photo: Mark J. Terrell/Pool via AP)

I Believe In Yesterday (Why He Had To Go I Don't Know)
By Omar P.L. Moore/ 
Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Together, in that moment yesterday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles they serenaded him into heaven.  We all did. 

In this cruel harsh world where hate and envy rule and rumors and misunderstandings dominate, love was and always will be the perfect antidote and mighty conqueror. 

Love.  It's exactly what we gave back to him. 


In our joy, in our tears, in our excitement and our appreciation.  He lit up our lives, electrifying and inspiring us to better ourselves.


Not every single one of us loved him when he was living.  But now, after this specific yesterday -- now that he lives in our hearts and memories the realization is overwhelming and undeniable.

We love him.  Yes, we really loved him.

When there were people who called him "Wacko Jacko" and "pedophile", we were there. 

When he was acquitted of those specious charges, we were there too. 

When people got angry about him being acquitted, we were there. 

In his trials and tribulations we still cared.

We were there.

When the mainstream media in the U.S. and U.K. harangued him both in his life and in his present journey to the stars above, we were there to support him.

Michael, the love you had for us is the love we've shown and saved for you.  We've had this love through and through.  We respected you.  Always will.  We support you.  Still.  We love you.  Always.

Can you feel it?  Can you feel our love for you?

You see, Michael, through all the ups and downs we never gave up on you.  We had your back.  You were our wings.  You carried us.    Yesterday.

And today we carry you . . . to heaven.

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