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Throughout his career, Michael Jackson accorded several interviews to publications, radio and television channels, although the entertainer was known for his media timidity and preference for privacy, also exposing his (justified) fears of being misquoted by the various press sources, and misinterpreted by the general public.

Below, there are excerpts from such interviews, tackling topics about world issues as poverty, racism, prejudice, religion, education through music and book reading, children protection and parental responsibilities, animal abuse, substance consumption, charity towards all people, nature’s creations and the like. Jackson expresses his views on them and speaks on the relief endeavors he has made in favor of world improvement and peace, or the preservation of humble, childlike and selfless qualities inspired by children and God. He also dispels rumors and allegations made against throughout the years.

2007 - December: "Ebony" Magazine Interview

2005 - March 29: "Keep Hope Alive" Radio Interview With Jesse Jackson

2005 - February 7: "At Large With Geraldo Rivera" T.V. Interview

2003 - December: "60 Minutes" T.V. Interview With Ed Bradley

2003 - Private Home Videos T.V. Special

2003 - February 3: "Living With Michael Jackson" T.V. Documentary

2002 - March: "VIBE" Magazine Interview

2001 - December 13: "USA Today" Magazine Interview

2001 - "Steve Harvey Morning Show" Radio Interview

2001 - "News of the World" Newspaper Interview

2001 - November 5: "TV Guide" Magazine Interview

2001 - October 26: Online Audio Chat - Radio Interview

1999 - December 4: "T.V. Guide" Magazine Interview

1999 - April: "The Daily Mirror" Magazine Interview

1996 - November 19: T.V. Interview with Ian "Molly" Meldrum

1996 - July: T.V. Interview With Children in Tunisia

1995 - August 17: "Simulchat" T.V. Interview

1995 - "Making HIStory" Photo Book Interview

1993 - June 28: "Who Weekly" Magazine Interview

1993 - February 2: "Michael Jackson Talks To Oprah" Televized Interview

1992 - May: "Ebony/JET" Magazine Interview (Full)

1991 - August/September: "Upscale" Magazine Questions Submitted to Michael Jackson

1987 - "Ebony/Jet" TV interview

1984 - December: "Ebony" Magazine Interview (with excerpts added from "JET" interview, 1979)

1983 - June: "CREEM" Magazine Interview

1982 - "Interview Magazine"

1983 – March 13: „America’s Top 10” TV Interview

1980 - March 1: "Melody Maker" Music Newspaper Interview

1979 - September: "Ebony" Magazine Interview

1979 - August 16: "JET" Magazine Interview

1979 - August: "Blues & Soul" Magazine Interview

1979 - February: "Blues & Soul" Magazine Interview

1979 - “The Jacksons Make their Own Moves” Article Interview

1978 – November 27: “People Weekly” Interview

1978 - August 22: Interview with Randy Taraborrelli

1978 - “Michael Jackson Wiz-Kid” Article Interview

1977 – August 18: “Valley News” Magazine Interview

1977 - August: From An Uknown Interview

1976 - November: "Black Stars" Magazine Interview

1976 - June-July: “Ebony Jr.” Magazine Interview

1976 - May 10: “Soul” Magazine Interview

1974 – September: “Black Stars” Magazine Interview

1973 - “Tiger Beat” Magazine Interview

1973 - August: “Teen Raves” Magazine Interview

1973 - March 31: Disc Magazine Interview

1972 - March 18: “Disc and Music Echo” Magazine Interview

1972 - “Music Stars” Magazine Interview

1972 - Unknown Magazine, ‘J5 Soul Talk’ Article

1972 – August: „Star!” Magazine Interview

1971 - October: “Right On!” Magazine Interview

1970 – August 10: „Soul” Magazine Interview

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Posthumously...

* 2011 – December 15: excerpts from Paris Jackson’s Interview with “Ellen”

“I love kids. […] My cousins - I sometimes take care of my cousins. […] They’re my cousins’ children, so Dee Dee is, like, 3 and so is Bryce, and I wanna take care of the little babies that were just born recently. […] I don’t know (if they’re gonna let me do that). [audience laughter] […] (I would charge) probably ten bucks an hour. [smiles]”

‘Lundon’s Bridge (and the Three Keys)’ is about trying to stop pollution, and I know my dad always wanted to heal the world and I think it would be great to follow in his footsteps and try to just help the world. […] Actually, 50 percent of the profits of the movie and the book, they go back to schools. Because I know that there are schools that aren’t as fortunate as my school and even my school is struggling with a few sport’s things, like, we can’t afford a high school football team. And I know a lot of schools, they can’t afford, like, performing arts, they can’t do sports and that’s, like, the fun part of school. I mean, academics is just boring. [jokes]”

“(The most memorable thing Dad said to me..), he said, “If I die tomorrow, always remember what I told you.” And I took his advice and I remembered everything he told me.”

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