TJ Jackson And Family Offended Over Michael Jackson 9/11 Comedy Film

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Sky Arts is releasing a film entitled Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon, which has many in and out of the fan community upset over the content and the actor cast to play Michael in the film.

TJ Jackson, Michael’s nephew and the guardian of his three children, tells the TRUTH about what really happened in New York in 2001.

“It’s offensive to me and my family for my Uncle Michael to be portrayed in a comedy taking place around 9/11,” Jackson says in a statement released to Entertainment Tonight.

“Like everyone else, he was distraught, saddened and trying to process what had just happened. Following the events of 9/11, my uncle, Michael, stayed with a family friend in New Jersey for a week before flying back. The rest of our family, immediately took buses back to Los Angeles as planes were grounded. There was no road trip with Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando. I have no comment on the casting of the project.”

Note: All Things Michael feels the exact same way and will not support this film in its mockery and lies about Michael Jackson.

Sources: All Things Michael | TJ Jackson | Entertainment Tonight

Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis On Recording Janet’s Tribute To Michael

Sources: Baltimore Sun – By Greg Kot | All Things Michael

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Q: How tough was it to record the song about her brother, “Broken Hearts Heal”?

A: It was more a celebration of his life. It’s a short song with few words, and the rest is feel, like you’re leaving room for everyone to have their own memory of Mike. When we worked with Michael and Janet on (the 1995 single) “Scream,” as soon as the music came on, Michael started dancing, stomping his feet, snapping his fingers, jangling his jewelry. He was off mic when he sang. He broke every studio rule. Janet, on the other hand, is very disciplined in the studio. You never have to change mic position because she walks in and nails it every time. But on the second verse of that song, she started snapping her fingers while she was singing and she would say, “Oh, man, I know you don’t want that in there.” But it fits. It’s cool. That’s exactly how your brother records. It was almost like his spirit had gotten in her.

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TJ Jackson On Raising Kids And Missing His Mom & Michael

Sources: Yahoo Parenting – By Elaine Sir | All Things Michael

On being a parent:

I’m the strictest with my own kids.  First, it’s because I can be but I’m also careful about Royal [because he’s a teenager] and I want him to be strong and set an example for the younger kids. I am committed to them all.  I haven’t missed one parent – teacher conference for any of them. I remember how important it was to my mom to be there. And I want to be there too.

I struggle in the same way Michael did: Wanting to give my kids everything; but also wanting them to be normal.

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Being a guardian: 

Kids [with guardians] may go through phases where they say or think, “You’re not my parent” but I never wanted to risk that with Prince or Paris.

When my uncle Michael passed, Prince was 11 or 12, and he had already solidified me as a cousin, so I couldn’t just appear as a parent. So I took the “older brother” approach, rather than that of an authoritative parent.  If was at a parent-teacher conference at Buckley for Prince or Paris, it was more from an “I’m proud of you” standpoint.

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Growing up with Michael Jackson

I always knew my life wasn’t typical. My brothers and I would go see Lionel Richie, Earth, Wind and Fire, and Huey Lewis and the News in concert on school nights — and then we’d leave at 1:00 in the morning after hanging out backstage. I would meet legends and not even really realize it.  I remember falling asleep on the way home from concerts, in a limo, but having school six hours later.

One time, Uncle Michael stayed at our house during high school finals week. There was no way I was going to study!  We went to the movies, toy stores and had the best time. One morning at 4:30 a.m. as I was falling asleep after studying, the big Northridge ’94 Earthquake hit. So we drove straight from our house in Sherman Oaks, Calif. to Neverland — a magical, an amazing place of pure happiness. Then we took a private plane from a nearby airport and flew to Vegas where we stayed at Caesars Palace for a week.

Every morning Michael would run and slide into our hotel room and say, “They had another one” [talking about the aftershocks]. “Aren’t you happy we left?” Meanwhile it was chaos over in Los Angeles, but we were [safe] in Vegas because of Uncle Michael.

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My mom, my role model 

My mother has played the biggest role in [shaping] my thoughts on parenting. When I was a kid, there would be a positive message from a fortune cookie in my lunch bag every day. I remember her reading parenting books, trying to be an even better mother than she already was. Her level of commitment and love is what I try to implement with my own kids and cousins daily.

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Moving on without mom and Michael

The world remembers my uncle as a legendary artist — but I remember him as a legendary uncle.  Our television show is an opportunity to humanize him and speak of how great of a person he was.  Michael was filled with such incredible love, generosity, happiness, and empathy.

We were at the Beverly Hills Hotel one morning.  My brothers and I were just waking up – and he had been up reading or doing his music. He looked so sad so I asked him what was wrong.  He had heard that a plane had crashed — and he rattled out the statistics of how many were dead – and he knew the exact amount of kids that died.  He was torn up for the entire day because of the innocent lives that were lost.  He didn’t understand why these precious lives had to go.  That’s how he was.  He had the greatest heart.  Others’ lives affected him personally.

But, many times people took advantage of Michael’s kindness and saw it as an opportunity.  And I know he was too naive to [suspect] it; he was too kindhearted and trustworthy.

There is never a day where I don’t think about both my mother and my uncle.  I keep in mind what Michael told me when I lost my mother: to make her proud and present her well.  He told me to do good in the world.  Michael gave my brothers and I so many great traits and advice for how to live properly and healthy — and I take that to heart because I want to make Michael and my mom proud.

It gets hard though when you realize your own child lost out on an amazing grandparent and uncle.

But grandma [Katherine Jackson] has done so much for me — and she’s a big reason I got through [the losses].  She is the only maternal figure that I have. (To my kids, she’s Grandma, not “Great Grandma.”). My grandmother is the single most important person in my cousins’ lives. She does parent-teacher conferences, everything.  It’s kind of like she’s the founder of a company — but I do the day-to-day management.  She makes all the important decisions and I will always respect everything she says. She did so much for my brothers and me when we lost our mother.  And she’s now doing the same for my three cousins. She is still wise beyond her years.

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My uncle left an incredible legacy as well as my mom — so I am starting to think about what I am leaving.  I could have another child but Frances is done, so I don’t push. Now I’m looking forward to being a grandparent.

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Michael Jackson’s Nephews Say They “Don’t Go A Day Without Feeling His Loss”

Sources: Fox News – By Paulette Cohn | All Things Michael

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For Michael Jackson’s nephews and Tito Jackson’s sons, Taj, Taryll, and TJ, there is no such thing as living their lives out of the limelight. So, they’ve decided to embrace it. The result is the Lifetime docuseries “The Jacksons: The New Generation,” premiering Oct. 2.

“Up until now, we’ve tried to guard our very private stuff, but the world is changing, and we’d rather just be open and give it to the world, so that they can be inspired,” TJ, 34, who is also the legal co-guardian of Michael’s kids, Prince, Paris and Blanket, tells FOX 411.

“The Jacksons: The New Generation” will follow the 3Ts, also the name of their music group, as they try to record an album, get their careers back in high gear, and take care of their families, all while living up to the pressures that come with being a member of the famous Jackson family and living under Michael’s shadow.

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“The thing is just finding our way to find ourselves, if that makes any sense,” Taryll, 39, says. “It’s finding out who we are and getting to that place, because it is a large shadow. It’s something we’ll probably never be able to escape, but we’re very proud of that at the same time.”

And TJ adds, “I love my uncle more than anyone could ever imagine. I love my entire family, but it can get very difficult and frustrating because, no matter what we do, especially as second generation musicians, it seems like people will always see us with The Jackson 5, or Michael Jackson eyes.”

It isn’t that 3T hasn’t had its own success. The brothers toured and sold more than three million records worldwide just off their debut album, “Brotherhood,” in 1995. But it hasn’t been easy for them since Michael’s death.

“I’ve learned to just embrace being under the shadow of my uncle, because it’s the shadow of greatness, and no one will ever achieve what he achieved,” says Taj, 41. “For me, I don’t want to step away. I want people, always, to remember how great he was, and if we can contribute in some way, continue that storyline, that, for me, is just as important.”

In fact, Taj wants to produce a documentary to set the record straight on what he sees as the truth of Michael’s life. What has held him back so far is his concern about how his grandmother Katherine will feel about such an undertaking. It is a conversation the two have on “The Next Generation.”

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“I feel a certain responsibility,” Taj says. “I feel like our family history is being rewritten a certain way, and I feel like the documentary is another way of getting the truth out there. At least it would be something to combat the negative lies that continue.”

Even though they’re Tito’s sons, Taj, Taryll, and TJ were dealt a strong blow by Michael’s sudden death. The 3Ts felt especially close to their uncle because when their mother Dee Dee died, Michael was there for them, reassuring them that everything would be okay.

“He said, ‘I have you,'” Taj says. “And that was the thing, for us, he did that. He was an integral part of our career, in that aspect, too, so [his death was] like losing a captain. You’re on a battlefield and you lose the captain, and you have to make your way and figure out where your journey goes from there, and so, we mourned, with the world, when he passed, but at the same time, it still affects us because he was our uncle, he was such a great man, and a great spirit, that we feel that loss even today.  I don’t go a day without feeling his loss.”

“The Jacksons: Next Generation” premieres Friday, October 2 on Lifetime.

 

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Get Your First Look at Lifetime’s The Jacksons: Next Generation

Sources: ET Online – By Raphael Chestang | All Things Michael

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If you ever wanted to know what it’s like to be a part of the famous Jackson family, here’s your chance.

Tito Jackson’s three sons TJ, 37, Taj, 42, and Taryll, 40, are opening up their family to reality show cameras for Lifetime’s docuseries The Jacksons: Next Generation, debuting Oct. 2, and ET has a first look.

While their father became famous as part of The Jackson 5 with brothers Michael, Jackie, Marlon and Jermaine, TJ, Taj and Taryll have mostly kept their private lives out of the public eye — until now.

“First it was really hard because we are so private,” Taj told ET. “There’s certain things that you see and then we’re like, ‘No, you can’t show that!’ But then that’s what keeps it real.”

In addition to Tito’s three sons, the late Michael Jackson’s three children Prince, Paris and Blanket will also appear in the series.

“We opened it up to everyone — to whoever wanted to participate,” Taj said. “That was the way we did it because it’s kind of their story as well.”

The show will primarily deal with the professional and personal lives of Taryll, Taj and TJ, who is the legal co-guardian of Prince, Paris and Blanket, as they navigate through the obstacles of being a Jackson while trying to defend their family name and perform with their R&B group 3T, whose debut album, 1995’sBrotherhood, went triple platinum.

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TJ Jackson: Paris’ Boyfriend Is A Good Kid

Source: Music News | All Things Michael

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TJ Jackson says Paris Jackson’s boyfriend Chester Castellaw treats her well.

The 17-year-old daughter of the late Michael Jackson has been dating the 18-year-old Real So Cal soccer player for a number of months. The young couple made their red carpet debut in May and TJ, who is co-guardian of the teen along with their grandmother Katherine, is happy with her choice of beau.

‘I approve of him,” he told ET Online. “No one’s perfect, but he’s a good boy, so I approve of him… He treats her well. She’s happy.”

But that doesn’t mean that TJ lets Paris do whatever she wants. The 37-year-old makes sure to keep a close eye on what the pair get up to.

‘It depends on which day you ask me,” he added. “He’s a good kid. He’s an ambitious kid, you know. He’s a teenage boy, so like any parent, guardian, step-parent or adopted parent, you gotta keep an eye on him. I was a young man too once, so I keep a close eye of him.”

As well as discussing Paris’ love life, TJ and his brothers Taryll and Taj, who are in a band called 3T, gave an update on their grandfather Joe Jackson. The 87-year-old suffered a stroke on his birthday while in Brazil last month.

“He’s doing better,” Taj added. “It’s hard because [at] a certain age you start [to] cherish all the times that you have with them and stuff like that.He’s just such an important point to this family as well. I sometimes think he doesn’t get the credit that he deserves, but I’m so thankful for what he did for our family.”

 

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1986 Throwback Interview: Janet Jackson Speaks On Michael, Family Pets And More

Sources: The Guardian | Rock’s Backpages By Tom Hibbert | All Things Michael

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Excerpt from original article published August 27, 1986.

What did Janet do all day, hanging around the Encino, California, homestead when she was a wee girlie?

Ah, the animals. Animals are the one and only topic that Janet will chatter about happily and freely until the cows (haw haw) come home. But we’ll come back to them later. What did Janet do all day, hanging around the Encino, California, homestead when she was a wee girlie?

“I would talk to the animals.”

Oh.

“I would talk to my dogs. I felt that they understood me – everything that I was saying to them. They’re the greatest listeners because they sit there and look at you and listen.”

Anything else?

“Oh, our next door neighbour – we would play together all the time. There’s a brick fence that separates the two houses and we’d get on top of the fence and we’d play and we’d bring cookies and punch and we’d have a little party of our own up there and just play little games.

“And I would write songs. I was eight years old when I wrote my first song and it was called Fantasy. I sang it to my brother and my sister and my mother in the car when we went for a drive and they said they liked it. I hope they were telling me the truth.

“And I would watch TV: The Three Stooges and cartoons. Bugs Bunny, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Speed Racer – those were my favourites. I always tried to do an impression of Donald Duck but I could never get my voice to sound like that. The first impression I did was of Mae West but I can’t do it any more. And I loved to draw and colour and so my brothers would send back all types of crayons and felts and colouring books from Switzerland and London when they were out of town.”

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The brothers. The famous Jacksons. What were they like as children?

“With my friends, their older sisters and brothers would yell at them and tell them to get out and leave them alone and shut up, but my brothers and sisters never did that to me. They always wanted me around. I was a tomboy, actually, and they always told me I’d grow out of it but I told them that I never wanted to and I wouldn’t.

“We used to go horse-back riding and swim and play baseball and climb the fruit trees and pick the fruit off the trees and just get into trouble. Michael was the naughtiest – he was a real bad little kid and he was sassy and everyone would say ‘Oh, God, here comes Michael!’ What’s the worst thing he ever did? I think he looked up under a lady’s dress once. I think he did. I’d say that’s probably the worst that I know of. Me? I was good. I never got punished. I got hit a few times but that was all. One time I got hit for saying something I shouldn’t have said. A bad word. I shouldn’t have spoke it but I opened up my big mouth and my mother hit me for it.

“Another time I got hit was when I had an argument with my brother Randy. He would tease me and I’d get upset and start crying and I threw pool balls at him but not once did I ever really hit him. I’d always miss and my mother would hit me and hit him for that. There were other times when you couldn’t separate us, Randy and I. He’d hold my hand, when we walked across the street. We were just glued together. These days I’m very close to Randy and I’m close to Marlon and I’m very close to Michael.”

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“Louis, our llama, he likes to chew gum. He loves gum. I think I’m the only one who gives him gum, so every time he sees me coming he tries to put his lips through the fence and I give him a piece of gum and he just sits there and chews.”

And on that useful zoological tip we…

“Jabar doesn’t chew gum. Jabar, that’s the giraffe – J-A-B-A-R – he’s so big and he’s still a baby. He’s so tall and he eats up my mother’s trees. All the leaves off my mother’s trees – she has a fit. He has big eyes and those beautiful, long eyelashes…”

Muscles, the Jackson’s late, lamented rainbow boa snake…

“There was something about Muscles that I just loved. He was very different from the rest of our snakes – the pythons – because the rainbow boas are known for squeezing, not for biting, and I would let him sleep on my headboard. I used to sleep with him and I’d wake up in the morning and he’d still be sleeping on the headboard or he’d sleep in the bed next to me and he’d rest his head on the pillow and he’d have his tail curled up on the bed and he’d still be there the next morning and I’d carry him around my neck a lot and he never tried to squeeze me. I just trusted him. I find more guys are afraid of snakes than girls and I just trusted him a great deal.

“The only time I got in trouble with the animals was with our parrot Ricky; he used to bite me all the time and I got bit by one of our pet rats and he was hanging from my finger and I was trying to shake him off and he wouldn’t let go and finally he let go and I had to go to the hospital and my whole hand got so fat and they put a cast on my whole arm and it was my first time wearing a cast and I was real proud of it because all my friends in school had all had casts and I’d always wanted to know what it sort of felt like to break your leg or your arm…”

“We used to bottle-feed the deer, Michael and I. We have two deer and we have a fawn because they had a baby…”

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And she feeds Bubbles, the chimpanzee, too.

“He’s the sweetest thing. He’s so cute because he greets you. He goes ‘uuh uuh’. He greets you like that and he’ll walk in the room– ‘uuh uuh’ – and he’ll walk over to you – ‘uuh uuh’ – and he’ll give you a hug and rest his head on your chest and then he’ll start rocking and he’ll look up at you and you say, ‘Bubbles, give me a kiss’ and he puckers his lips and gives you a kiss.

“My mother treats Bubbles like one of the kids. One day Bubbles was crying because he didn’t want to have class that day and my mother was standing there watching Bubbles cry and she started crying too. It made her very sad because Bubbles was sitting there crying and screaming because he didn’t want to have class.”

And why, dare one ask, should a chimpanzee have “class”?

“Oh, it teaches him to hear no evil, speak no evil and see no evil. It teaches him to shake his head no and to wave goodbye and to kneel down to beg and look up to the sky…”

Of course … but time is running out. Janet Jackson’s stomach is groaning in spectacularly embarrassing fashion and I decided to pose one last question – a predictable and orthodox “Do you have any burning, unfulfilled ambitions, Janet?” I suppose I should have known the answer …

“Yes. I’d like to own a king cobra.”

Janet, eyes off the ground for once, notices my ruffled brow.

“Ok, that might sound like a crazy ambition to you but I’ve always wanted to own a king cobra because they’re so dangerous and poisonous, and to make him my friend … that would be a serious achievement. And I think I could do it.”

 

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Bobbi Kristina Brown: Michael Jackson’s Nephew Pays Tribute

Sources: Billboard – By Austin Brown | All Things Michael

Before Brown’s death on July 26, Austin Brown penned an essay for Billboard in which he relates and reflects on the girl he came to know as the adoring daughter of a very famous mom.

I had the pleasure of meeting Bobbi Kristina at the 2009 American Music Awards. It was only a few months after losing our beloved Michael. My family was still grieving through our own personal pain as the world was grieving the public loss of someone who meant so much to so many.

Attending in support of my aunt, who was opening the show, I was sitting with [producer] Rodney Jerkins, a family friend to both the Jackson and Houston families. Right before the show started, I saw a woman approaching us with a young lady clamped to her arm. As the pair drew closer, I could see that it was Whitney Houston and her daughter, Bobbi Kristina.

Whitney offered her cheek for Rodney and I to kiss as her daughter said hello. During the quick conversation, Bobbi Kristina didn’t let go of her mom’s arm for one second. You could tell that Whitney was truly the light in her eyes and her safety zone. Whenever I saw Bobbi Kristina after that, it was always the same thing: her clamped tightly to her mother and never letting go, evidence of the deep bond between the two.

With the death of Houston three years ago, we lost another icon. But it saddened me that many people forgot — first and foremost — that her death was about the loss of a mother and the pain it caused a family. No matter what the public perception is, the human factor should be evident: the loss of a family member, especially a parent, is extremely painful beyond comprehension.

I experienced the same personal struggle after losing my father in 2013 to pancreatic cancer. I was trying to work through the inevitable downhill spiral while fighting to find inner peace and discover the new person I was moving forward to be. At these moments, families do one of two things. Either they come together and grow from the loss so they can move forward. Or they bicker over the mundane material possessions or financial matters, not realizing the real anger and pain they are experiencing stems from the hurt and void caused by the loved one’s loss. But no matter the outcome, the family can grieve, cry, fight and emote in private without public opinion judging their actions.

When I think about Bobbi Kristina, it pains me to see that her grief has turned into a story full of public judgment and opinion since the passing of her mother. As she continues fighting for her life, public perception is still inquiring about her rights as a celebrity child and her personal relationships with her family. Have we come to this as a society?

Yes, we all know the answer to that question. But let’s take a real look inside at what that can be like. When our family lost Michael, we grieved with the world. When there were internal struggles, these were headlined as “Entertainment” for the world to watch unfold. The reality: we all had to adjust to who we were now as a family moving forward and, most important, help the children he left behind handle their pain and adjustment. The public’s intrigue only further fueled the stress and internal struggles. Fortunately, however, through faith, prayer, and love we got through it and weathered the storm to rebuild a new family foundation.

I pray and hope to see Bobbi Kristina live to show us why her love for her mother was so strong that she continually clamped onto her arm. Before only seeing her as the beloved daughter of a legend we all adored, we have to remember this is a daughter who lost her mother. And that she is not the first person in the world to have a hard time with grief.

Energy is the battery of the universe. Through prayer and love we can shift the negativity that is being portrayed publicly into a positive effort for someone to live through their sadness and struggles and hopefully move on to help others in the future. Bobbi Kristina, we as a family have you in our prayers.

Austin Brown is the son of Rebbie Jackson, eldest of the Jackson children and sister of the late Michael Jackson.

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