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Celebrating the Legends – From Michael Jackson to Benazir Bhutto

June 26, 2009

PicturesThe month of June marks the birth of several honorable beings, notably Pakistan’s first female Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto (21 June 1953), Tehran’s first female judge, human rights’ activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Shirin Ebadi (21 June 1947) and Environmental activist, Erin Brockovich (June 22, 1960).  Yesterday onwards; this month’s 25th day will mark the loss of the music legend and King of Pop, Michael Joseph Jackson and Charlie’s Angels’ fan favorite; Farrah Fawcett.

Not only had these icons reached the skies of infinite success, but they had also stolen the hearts of fans worldwide with their determination, passion and love for life. From Michael Jackson’s moonwalk to Farrah’s famous hairdo, we have followed through these legends success as they’ve become an essential part of our lives.

Just like a gem cannot be polished without friction, a man cannot be perfected without trials; thus with success there were adversities. From Michael Jackson’s sexual scandals drawing him into drug abuse to the corruption allegations against Benazir Bhutto that led to her exile and finally her assassination. Opponents have always stood right behind them, ready to dim the lights of their success, but legends die hard.

Notwithstanding the circumstances, these icons have shined through history, as their faith remained unsurpassed despite their trials. They continued to entertain the world, whilst keeping their private lives hidden deep within their souls. Sometimes it meant risking their lives, their human security to voice the unheard; as in the case of Shirin Ebadi and Erin Brockovich, but they chose to speak out against injustice.

Let us take a moment to celebrate these stars; rejoice their existence:

This handout photo courtesy of HarperCollins received 08 January 2008, shows the book cover for "Reconciliation Islam, Democracy, and the West by Benazir Bhutto. A book by Pakistan's former opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, finished just days before her assassination last month, HO/AFP/Getty Images

This handout photo courtesy of HarperCollins received 08 January 2008, shows the book cover for "Reconciliation Islam, Democracy, and the West by Benazir Bhutto. A book by Pakistan's former opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, finished just days before her assassination last month, HO/AFP/Getty Images

“We are prepared to risk our lives. We’re prepared to risk our liberty. But we’re not prepared to surrender this great nation to militants. The attack was on what I represent. The attack was on democracy and very unity and integrity of Pakistan.” Benazir Bhutto

“I’m an optimist by nature and I hope that this case will be settled fairly inside Iran by Iranian judges. 2006112705651201But should that not prove the case, my duty as a lawyer is to follow this case until my dying day and I will use all means, domestic and international.” Shirin Ebadi

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“My job isn’t to try to be the lawyer. I am not the scientist. I am an everyday person who wants to help others in time of need or a least be a shoulder to lean on….I want to help each and every person the best way I know how.” Erin Brockovich

A young Michael Jackson. He was born in Gary, Indiana, the seventh of nine children, Chicago Tribune

A young Michael Jackson. He was born in Gary, Indiana, the seventh of nine children, Chicago Tribune

“If you enter this world knowing you are loved and you leave this world knowing the same, then everything that happens in between can be dealt with.” Michael Jackson

Farah Fawcett in the 1970s Henry Groskinsky Time Life Pictures

“When you do bad things, bad things happen to you.” Farrah Fawcett

I dedicate this article to each of these admirable heros; let us take a moment to remember the stars we’ve lost and celebrate the ones that continue to bring smiles to our hearts.

Jackson lays down some moves in the zombie dance scene from his 1982 Thriller music video CT

Jackson lays down some moves in the zombie dance scene from his 1982 Thriller music video, Chicago Tribune

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On the cover of Time magazine in 1984, Huffington Post

On the cover of Time magazine in 1984, Huffington Post

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3 Comments
  1. June 26, 2009 7:36 am

    It’s so sad to hear about Michael Jackson. As a dancer, I’m performed almost every one of his hits in some form or another. A lot of celebrities have died recently, but he’s the first one that had a big impact on my life personally. It’s a really weird feeling. Anyway, nice post. ;)

  2. Maria permalink
    June 26, 2009 1:29 pm

    I can feel for you. Princess Diana was my icon and I experienced a chill, a loss when she passed away. That missing space can never be filled again.

    I know many feel equally close to MJ; he’s given many of us wings : )

    Thanks Justin.

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