Recent DNA tests show that the musician Brandon Howard, who goes by B Howard, is the biological son of Michael Jackson. After Alki David, the CEO of FilmOn revealed the results of a DNA test on live TV Thursday, the media has been in turmoil around the globe with denials, accusations, proof and eye witness accounts flying. Those who have met the 31-year old report he does bare an uncanny resemblance to pre-plastic surgery MJ. He’s also a world reknown musical artist in his own right and has worked with stars such as Ne-Yo, Missy Elliot, Ciara, Chris Brown, Vanessa Hudgens and Lupe Fiasco. His production of the song “Ke Nako” was on the Official World Cup Album in 2010
For those looking to find out everything they can about the story, here are 7 things you need to know about B Howard.
1) He’s a man of mysterious origins
No one really knows where B Howard is from. His Facebook page says Chicago, IL / Beverly Hills, CA, but Fox8 in Ohio has said that the musician is a Cleveland native. These are two out of three sources that we’ve found who make mention of where Howard’s from – the other is Entertainment Wise – but its easy to imagine him simply materializing out of a mist, just like in the video for Thriller.
2) Howard is releasing more of his own music
In 2010 Howard released the full-length album, Genesis, to international audiences. With producer, songwriter and musician already on his resume, he has plans to release his new EP, “Official.” With no release date for the album listed as of yet, the single, “I Do It,” dropped November 2013. He has been collaborating with hip hop star Akon on new releases rumored to drop very soon.
3) Mother Miki Howard, says she is not Billie Jean
In a statement released by Brandon Howard’s mother, Miki, the 80’s pop singer said that the Jackson family is full of good people and that they have always been supportive of her, while also noting, “As to this claim – at this time I am not at liberty to discuss this as it is common practice in our business that celebrities have non-disclosure agreements. And, we are NOT suing anyone. By the way…I am NOT ‘Billie Jean!’” If she’s not, then who is? Howard was once managed by Joe Jackson and according to many, her nickname was “Billie,” as in Billie Jean. We’re sure that we don’t need to explain that one, especially since the song is now probably stuck in your head. Victoria Uwumarogie pointed out on the site Madame Noire how vague and unhelpful her statement really is.
4) Howard is not going after the Jackson estate
While the first thought that may come to mind is Howard’s entitlement to the late pop stars estate, he has released a statement via video on Facebook stating that he in no way is interested in pursuing Jackson’s fortune. As Howard said in the video, “I make my own cash.”
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5) Howard’s DNA test was not submitted by him
Howard has said repeatedly that he did not submit his DNA for the purpose of comparing it to Jacksons. In a statement, the singer said, “To my fans, family, and friends, despite recent allegations, I did not authorize the testing of my DNA to be compared to that of the late Michael Jackson…This spring, I agreed to be a part of a documentary with FilmOn.TV and was asked to give a sample of my DNA. Even though I agreed to this, I never expected it to be used in this manner.”
6) TMZ is wetting itself with glee over all of this
In that same statement, Howard said that he never contacted TMZ about the story. Thursday, TMZ reported that the DNA was a match, but two days later on Saturday, headlines screamed that there was no DNA on what was identified as MJ’s dental mold, meaning that the DNA tests would be false. Make up your mind, TMZ. It’s basing this latest flip flop on a shady DNA lab that offers “Peace of Mind” test results “not meant to be used as evidence” called Truth 4 You–which is not the lab FilmOn used for the actual items being tested. The site also claims to have statements from the Jackson brothers refuting the allegations, while such statements aren’t even quotes, and have been credited to “sources.” That sounds pretty legit to us!
7) Howard and Corey Feldman are BFFs
Perhaps weirdest of all: throughout the entire controversy, singer and actor Corey Feldman has remained by Howard’s side. Feldman is said to have been a good friend of Jackson and now has taken to Twitter to also proclaim his loyalty to Howard.
Hi world, just a quick note 2 say, amidst all the controversy surrounding my friends n I, all I can day is….I STAND BEHIND THE STATEMENTS
— Corey Feldman (@Corey_Feldman) March 8, 2014
— Corey Feldman (@Corey_Feldman) March 8, 2014
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