Isn’t it Time for a Family Meeting at 2300 Jackson Street?

July 25, 2012  |  

What the heck is going on at 2300 Jackson Street?

Here is a quick recap of the Jackson family drama:

Sometime last week, the Jackson siblings, including Tito, Jermaine, Janet, Rebbie and Randy, released a statement to the press that they were seeking to remove the executor of the will due to allegation of mismanaging and basically fraud. They alleged that the executors of the will have actually forged Michael Jackson’s last will in order to gain control of Michael’s estate  And that they had messed up so bad with the money that Katherine Jackson had a mini stroke from all the stress.

If that wasn’t bad enough, about a day and a half later, reports that Katherine, the matriarch of the Jackson family had gone missing.  Apparently someone forgot to tell the kids where their guardian was because Paris was all over twitter, debasing the Jackson siblings and accusing them of kidnapping her grandmother. A day later, Katherine surfaced in Arizona, playing Uno with Rebbie and everyone breathed a sigh of relief. That was until yesterday afternoon when new reports began to circulate of a fight at the Jackson family compound between Janet and Paris. According to reports, Janet and Jermaine went to the house, to retrieve the kids in order to take them to Arizona, possibly to be with their grandmother. But something happened, and allegedly fists were thrown, wrestling moves were put down and cell phones were broken.

And as of the time of writing this (i.e. before I went to bed) the latest news is that Tito Joe Jackson, the 34-year-old son of Michael Jackson’s brother Tito, is having his lawyer draft legal docs in a bid to become temporary guardian of MJ’s 3 kids – Paris, Michael Jr., and Prince, aka Blanket.  And Tito Sr., maybe now in cahoots with his son, is back-peddling away from the original letter and has released his own statement through TMZ saying, “I completely retract my signature from the July 17th letter sent to the Executors of my brother Michael’s estate and repudiate all the claims made against them.”

And suddenly, it seems Michael was a lot more normal than folks gave him credit for…

Anyway, I don’t know how much of these reports are true. For one, the whole Janet assaulted Paris thing does seem a little sensationalized. Snatching a cell phone from a teenager, while considered dangerous in some respects, doesn’t qualify as the aggressive assault that some in the media is playing it up to be.  That’s just what many old-schoolers call discipline. Plus after watching a suspicious surveillance video of the altercation, it was…weird but not that deep. And also contrary to popular belief, I don’t believe that the Jackson clan is trying to pull off some diabolical scheme to take the kids so that they can get their hands on MJ’s fortune – mainly because Latoya Jackson is nowhere to be found in this. IF she was involved, I’ll be like, oh yeah this is about the money.

No, I think this drama is about something less sinister and more relevant to what most families go through: a lack of communication. From all the shout-outs on Twitter and messages being passed through the media, it is clear that folks ain’t talking to each other directly.  As such, a whole bunch of nonsense is spewed because certain members feel they are being kept in the dark. But luckily for them, I know exactly what could fix this.  In short, The Jackson Family: It’s time to call a family meeting.

Family meetings are the backbone of every well adjusted, functional family unit. The meeting serves as times when family members – from the immediate to the not so immediate – gather together when a situation would arise and planning needed to be done.  There were death announcements and arrangements to be made; plans for family reunions and discussions about whose house would host the holiday dinner/BBQ. These gatherings are the time when everyone felt like they had a say and were being heard.  Like any meeting featuring a diverse group of opinionated folks, these meetings can sometime get contentious; especially when certain relatives get all hissy because things weren’t going their way. But in between the raised voices and hurt feelings, there is certainly to come some laughter too. And usually at the end of the 2 or several hour meetings, there are resolutions and compromises. And folks left somewhat happy – if not then they would talk Isht about each other over the telephone later that evening.

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