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MICHAEL JACKSON a friend of JOANELLE ROMERO (founder of Red Nation Celebration/Film Festival) , since they were 10 years old, Jackson became the leading force in making Romero’s company known to the world. Due to JACKSON’S insight, he added her newly founded production company (1991) and shared the press in Entertainment Weekly.It is now an award-winning production company in producing American Indian documentaries and independent films, which is under parent org RED NATION CELEBRATION.
The 1991 “Black or White” music video and song made history. ROMERO was instrumental in bringing American Indian dancers to JACKSON’S music video. ROMERO was able to negotiate for the American Indian dancers to be paid over and above any dancers on any music video ever, due to the fact they were traditionally dressed (the wardrobe did not come from western costume). To date, they are the highest paid dancers in the music video industry. Also, this segment was the first clip of American Indian dancers in a music video without being a Native American music group/artist.
JACKSON also shot seven hours of photos of ROMERO’S daughter “Sage” while shooting his video and used SAGE’S image for his painted angels in his Neverland ranch.
The American Indian segment of the native dancers was originally shot in the studio, after reading one of ROMERO’S music video scripts, one week later the American Indian Dance segment was re-shot on location out-side.
“Michael was precious, kind and humble. He carried a light that shined so bright. His music was a gift to the world and that is why he was brought here. I was blessed to have known Michael and I can not stop crying, my heart is forever broken.” said Joanelle Romero.” – 2009.