Michael Joseph Jackson
with a Black Panther (from his music video 'Black or White)
postmarked in 2012 with a Russia 25 p. stamp
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Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009)
"Black or White" is a single by American singer-songwriter Michael Jackson. The song was released by Epic Records on November 11, 1991 as the first single from Jackson's eighth studio album, Dangerous. It was written, composed and produced by Michael Jackson and Bill Bottrell.
Controversy was generated concerning the last four minutes of the original music video. Jackson walks out of the studio as a black panther and then morphs into himself. Then he walks outside to perform some of his most physically complicated dance techniques, in a similar way to "Billie Jean". This part contained suggestive scenes. In the original version, Jackson is seen smashing windows, destroying a car and causing an inn (called the "Royal Arms") to explode. Jackson later apologized saying that the violent and suggestive behavior was an interpretation of the animal instinct of a black panther.
One of the coolest parts of any video I have ever seen starts at about 3:30 or so of this clip...