2005 - March 29: "Keep Hope Alive" Radio Interview With Jesse Jackson PDF Print E-mail

On his very busy schedule as a child star:

“[…] We did so many tours and concerts and TV shows and things, all the albums and all the recordings, (…) we would have three hours of schooling, then we would do the concerts, then we travel to another state or another country. Then, by that time, we would do some concerts again and then it would be time to record the next J5 album, then after the J5 album, it was time for another Michael Jackson album. So in my youth, as a little kid, I was always busy. I remember across the street from Motown recording studio, there was a park. I used to hear the roar of the kids and the throwing of the football and the basketball. I remember going to the studio everyday, and I was just feeling kinda sad, because I wanted to go to that park. But I knew I had a different job to do, you know, so going in and make the records. All day till late at night, then you would go to sleep, then you were up for the next day, just the same regimentation.”

On compensating for the loss of ordinary childhood experience:

"I didn’t have a childhood. But, when you don’t have a childhood like people like myself and other child stars, you try to compensate for the loss, for, later on, you try to catch up. That’s why you see, like you may see a theme park or amusement rides, that type of environment at my home. But what I like to do is help other children who are less fortunate than I am. You know, kids who are terminally ill, kids who have diseases, poor children from the inner cities, the ghettos, to let them see the mountains, or to let see or go on the rides, or to watch a movie or to have some ice cream or something."

On not being a great eater, his health and food choice:

“I’ve never been a great eater, I’ve… to tell a little secret, I hate to tell it, I’ve never been a great eater or a great admirer of food, even though I appreciate food and the gift of food and how God has given us food to eat, but my mother has always had a hard time with me, all my life, forcing me to eat. Elizabeth Taylor used to feed me - hand feed me at times, because I do have a problem with eating, but I do my very best, and I am eating, yes I am! So I don’t…please, I don’t want anyone to think I’m starving, I am not …[…] My health is perfect actually, I’m a great believer in holistic natural foods and eating and herbs and things, you know, God’s medicine, instead of Western chemicals, not those things, you know. […]

On handling the pain of going through his trial:

“I’m handling [pain] by using other people in the past who have gone through this sort of thing. Mandela’s story is giving me a lot of strength, what he’s gone through and the Jack Johnson story was on PBS - it’s on DVD now. It’s called ‘Unforgivable Blackness’. It’s an amazing story about this man from 1910 who was the heavy-weight champion of the world and bust into a society that didn’t want to accept his position and his lifestyle, and what they put him through, and how they changed laws to imprison the man. They put him away behind bars just to get him some kind of way. And… and Muhammad Ali’s story. All these stories. The Jesse Owens story. All these stories that I can go back in history and read about gives me strength Jessie. Your story gives me strength, what you went through. Because I didn’t, I came in at the tail end of the Civil Rights Movement - I’m a…I didn’t get the… really, I’m a 70’s child, really, but I got in on the tail end of the Civil Rights Movement and I got to see it, you know? […] I gained strength from God. I believe in […] God very much and I gain strength from the fact that I know I’m innocent - none of these stories are true - they are totally fabricated, and it’s very sad, it’s very, very painful. And I pray a lot and that’s how I deal with it and I’m a strong person, I’m a warrior. And I know what’s inside of me. I’m a fighter. But it’s very painful. At the end of the day, I’m human, you know, I’m still a human being. So it does hurt very, very, very much. […]”

On him being conspired against:

“In my Sony Catalog is all the Beatles music, all of the music I own – I own Sly and the Family Stone, I own such a volume of so many, I own Elvis – so many Elvis songs, and it’s a huge catalog, very valuable, it’s worth a lot of money. And there is a big fight going on right now, as we speak about that. Now, I can’t say whether or not – I can’t comment on it, but there’s a lot of conspiracy, I’ll say that – conspiracy going on as we speak. […] And there… there’s a lot of conspiracy going on. I’ll say that much. A lot of it. […] All around me.


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