The video comes from the 1985 Democratic Congressional Dinner, at which Biden introduced the band members for the evening. The low quality of the video created the impression that the musician who Biden introduced as Michael Jackson was in blackface makeup, but he was, in fact, actually African-American. He was identified as Jerome Powell, a D.C.-based performer.
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Alec Dent is the fact check editor and culture editor for The Dispatch. He is a graduate of the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at UNC Chapel Hill.