Contemporary African-American Inventors
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”.