Contemporary African-American Inventors

January 10, 2011  |  

Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson is known as an innovator in dance, but one of his inventions helped him solidify place as an icon of dance. Jackson received a patent in 1993 for his gravity defying shoes. The shoe includes a cut-out in the heel, which an entertainer slides on and off a nail head in the stage. The nail head grabs the heel and allows the entertainer to perform apparently gravity defying leans as demonstrated in the video “Smooth Criminal”.

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  • Guest

    earl s bell is an inspiration to young people around the world. thank you for this article.

  • Michael V. Caldwell

    "PROUD AMERICAN INVENTORS THOUGHTS & RESPECT FOR MY FELLOW INVENTORS"

    "KEEP INVENTING FELLOW AMERICAN INVENTORS"

    "WHERE WOULD AMERICA BE IF AMERICAN INVENTORS STOPPED INVENTING"

    "AMERICAS PROGRESS AND A BETTER FUTURE FOR AMERICA WOULD STOP"

    "RATHER SOME AMERICANS KNOW IT OR NOT WE..AMERICAN INVENTORS ARE WHAT KEEP AMERICAN DREAMS ALIVE; BY INVENTING NEW PRODUCTS, DEVICES THAT HELP OUR GENERATION, THE NEXT GENERATION TO BE BETTER, STRONGER & INSPIRE AMERICANS TO KEEP DREAMING"

    "DREAM BIG DO BIG"…..Respectfully, Michael V. Caldwell… Proud American Inventor Who Is Always Striving To Be Part Of The Solution Using; AMERICANDOO ATTITUDE, COMMON SENSE & RESPECT..As My Guidelines To Follow At All Times…

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