Thursday, July 23, 2009
iReporter quoted in Rolling Stone

We were delighted to learn that iReporter EWillies1961 was quoted in Rolling Stone's commemorative issue on Michael Jackson.


Out of all the media coverage focusing on Jackson, Willies' video commentary captured writer Mikal Gilmore's attention:


"The most affecting statement I heard came from a young black man, Egberto Willies, whose self-chronicled video statement aired on CNN: 'I grew up,' Willies said, and paused a beat, 'on Michael Jackson. I loved ... Michael Jackson. I hated ... Michael Jackson. I admired ... Michael Jackson. I was ashamed ... of Michael Jackson. I was sorry ... for Michael Jackson. I was proud ... of Michael Jackson.’"


We couldn't be happier with the response to Willies' iReport. It's a big testament to the power of personal, emotional reaction from everyday people. Television channels and news sites devoted round-the-clock coverage to Jackson and it was Willies, a regular guy who shared his thoughts on a Web cam, who stood out from the rest.

July 23, 2009
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Congrats to EWillies. I enjoy his commentaries and did listen to his post on Michael Jackson. This shows that what we say as IReporters is being heard, and you never know by whom. Great job!

July 23, 2009
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Yea! That's awesome!  Great job!

July 23, 2009
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@EWillies - outstanding work; genuine, straight from the heart. Very proud of the recognition you received from Mikal Gilmore. What an honor to be quoted in Rolling Stone's commemorative issue on Michael Jackson. We need more iReporters like you.

July 23, 2009
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WOW, EWillies!

Rolling Stone!

How cool is that!?!?!?

July 23, 2009
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EWillies, great job!  That is really wonderful.

July 23, 2009
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ewillies great

July 25, 2009
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Thanks all for the kudos.

July 28, 2009
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With all due respect to Cherilyn Lee, RN, who was Michael Jackson's nurse, she is not a "nutritionist" as reported on CNN.  A nutritionist is a person who is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian and who has completed a college degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and passed a national exam administered by the ADA. Nurses only complete one course in nutrition, in most cases, in earning their R.N. designation as part of their professional training. It would be better to simply call her Michael Jackson's private nurse who helped him make healthy eating choices.

August 1, 2009
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Great job. Truly, many listen to their post about Michael Jackson. In addition, as Kai Chase was Michael Jackson's personal chef. She was in the kitchen the day he died, cooking lunch when the paramedics were called. She attended to the children with a nanny while EMT's and an ambulance were en route, and was given the boot as soon as he was in transit to the hospital with other staff. She also said that there was a routine presence of oxygen tanks. Doubtless that Kai Chase and many others would give fast cash to get the toxicology reports back faster.
August 3, 2009
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August 6, 2009
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i am so proud of michael jackson he is a good person and i know that he will be miss by his family,fans and friends r.i.p. mj.

December 4, 2009
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