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You Are Beautiful!

Beautiful Is She 

Beautiful is she, like the sun rising in the morning, so bright and full of promise.

Beautiful is she, with gray-blue eyes, so vibrant and sparkling like paradise’s most perfect sea.

Beautiful is she, playing, dancing and singing with the sweet purity of a child, while growing the secrets of a woman’s heart.

Beautiful is she, persevering through her hurts, pain and frustration.

Beautiful is she, talented, smart and fearlessly attempting to engrave her mark in the sands of time.

Beautiful is she, who shares her tenderness and compassion to make this world a better place

So beautiful is she…..phenomenal young lady you are and phenomenal woman you’ll be.

Written by MJ WAS A CUTIE PIE - ALL THINGS MICHAEL © 2014

A thing of beauty is a joy forever: its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness. ~ John Keats

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You Are Strong!

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Faith for the Journey 

Beauty is not bound by just physical appearances. Though the eyes instinctively focus on the outside shell, true beauty is equally defined by the strength within.  It’s a complete package of the best of what you are created to be. Everyone has the ability to be beautiful. It’s simply a matter of allowing your inner strength to shine through, even in the darkest of times.

We can also find strength in others to help and encourage us to find our purpose and to share our joys and fondest dreams.

Be strong and courageous; fight the good fight of faith.

Written by MJ WAS A CUTIE PIE - ALL THINGS MICHAEL © 2014

When I use my strength in the service of my vision it makes no difference whether or not I am afraid. ~ Audre Lorde

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You Have A World of Potential!

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Reaching 

Reaching far beyond what I can’t see

It’s a little thing called faith

It may be small as a mustard seed

But great endings start from small beginnings

So dream beyond your wildest fantasies

Develop each gift inside

If the sky is the limit to what I can be,

Then nothing on earth will ever stop me.

Written by MJ WAS A CUTIE PIE - ALL THINGS MICHAEL © 2014

The greatest crime in the world is not developing your potential. When you do what you do best, you are helping not only yourself, but the world – Roger Williams

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You Are Loved!

You Are Loved

Love is endless, love is patient, love is free, love is blind.
Above all else, love is merciful and kind.
When you are alone, and there’s no one to find.
Please remember that you are loved.
The path of your life is still being made, your trail is still being set.
Your hands will be dry as the heat from the sun and often your feet will be wet.
Alone you will work towards a goal not known yet.
In this time remember that you are loved.
And people will trip you just to get ahead, you know of no one you can trust.
Often it feels like your heart and your soul do nothing but gather some dust.
Overwhelmed you’ll feel small as a speck in a gust.
Never forget that you are loved.
The hurt will not own you, you’re stronger than that, you know this much to be true.
In the end you’ll look back at the things you have made and old will again be made new.
You are greater than you can ever believe, if only you could see what you’ll do.
One day, you’ll know you are loved.

Written By Kasey Shores © Hello Poetry

“If you enter this world knowing you are loved and you leave this world knowing the same, then everything that happens in between can be dealt with.” ― Michael Jackson

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. ~ Laz Tao

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With Much Love,

Cutie Pie

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‘Michael Jackson, Inc’ Celebrates The King Of Pop’s Business Savvy

Source: The Grio – By Andrea J. Castillo

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Michael Jackson is by far one of the most iconic entertainers of our time, an icon who created a signature sound that we will never be duplicated.

After his death in 2009 at the age of 50, his musical legacy and business savvy were often overshadowed by his personal problems.

Author Zach O’Malley Greenburg looks to right that wrong in his forthcoming biography, Michael Jackson, Inc., which gives MJ fans some insight into why “The King Of Pop” was more than just a trailblazer in music, but in business as well.

Born and raised in New York City and a proud product of the hip-hop generation (he recounts one of his first musical purchases being Puff Daddy & The Family’s No Way Out), Greenburg has reported on how some the genre’s biggest stars make their money. As a senior editor for Forbes, Greenburg has been quite influential in letting us know the scoop behind top earners in hip-hop via the extremely popular annual Cash Kings list; a list that has been offering bragging rights to emcees since 2007.

“My career really started with hip-hop, and it’s fun to see as I’ve been covering it, it’s grown more and more into the mainstream,” said Greenburg.

In 2012, Greenburg released his first book entitled Empire State of Mind: How Jay-Z Went from Street Corner to Corner Office, an in-depth exploration of how Jay Z became the mogul he is today. While writing this book, Greenburg became acquainted with Borbay, a New York based pop artist whom shared his love of hip-hop.

Says Greenburg: “I met Borbay a couple of years ago and he had seen the hip-hop ‘Cash Kings’ package. He kinda came across it because he had just done an exhibition called the ‘Kings of Hip-Hop’, which were his renditions of the most important figures in the genre. As a coincidence, they happened to be almost completely overlapping with the top seven earners in hip-hop on my Cash Kings list.”

This chance meeting evolved into a friendship that would lead the two to work together in the not too distant future.

Fast forward a year and Greenburg is working on a second book, Michael Jackson Inc., a retrospective of the Michael Jackson empire, aided by 100 never-before-told interviews of some of the industry’s biggest names, including the likes of Berry Gordy, 50 Cent, Sheryl Crow, and many more. He developed the angle for his book in the wake of Jackson’s death while covering the value of the Sony ATV catalogue Jackson had acquired in the mid-1980s.

“As I went on with that story, and the business of MJ and his financial life after death, the astounding amount of money he’s made since he died, over $700 million. That is more than any single living act has made over that period of time,” said Greenburg.

Greenburg believes that Jackson “was a trailblazer in the monetization of fame,” having been one of the first artists to have their own shoe line, a clothing line, and have a label simultaneously.

He tapped Borbay to collaborate on a cover image for the book. The end result was a bold painted portrait of the King of Pop at the height of his fame during the Bad era, layered with New York Post headlines on the face, projecting popular opinion on the iconic singer.

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Greenburg hopes his book will open the eyes of Jackson fans of all walks of life to his business acumen.

“He laid the groundwork for this, and I think a lot of people forget or never even knew what a good businessman he was because of the late life struggles.”

Michael Jackson, Inc.: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of a Billion-Dollar Empire will be released on June 3, 2014. It is now available for pre-order at mjinc.co.

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Prince Jackson’s Love of Animals ‘Comes From His Father’

Source: People – Melody Chiu

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Like father, like son: Prince Jackson appears to have inherited late dad Michael Jackson’s love of animals. 

Days after being spotted leaving a Woodland Hills, Calif., pet supply store with his arms full, the king of pop’s son updated his fans with a Vine video showing off his latest pet project. 

“80 hours of actual work in total 7 hours just today of work with 1hr of transporting the materials it should be done in a couple weeks,” Jackson, 17, captioned the video, which documents an in-the-works structure for reptile cages (and a parrot!). 

“Prince has about 10 snakes. He started with them after his father died when he went to live with his grandmother. He’s got lizards, too,” a family source tells PEOPLE. 

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“He’s very, very serious about them,” adds the source. “It comes from his father and growing up around animals.” 

Jackson displayed his DIY cages with another Vine video earlier this month.

“Finishing up cages with Jedi thoughts and opinions it’s not even decorated yet or painted so that will happen soon,” he captioned the video while telling fans about his various snake cages (anacondas, boas and pythons will be the lucky inhabitants). 

We can’t wait to see the final product. 

 

Read more: http://www.peoplepets.com/people/pets/article/0,,20798749,00.html

BWW Reviews: The Jacksons – Still Great In A Show That Retells And Sings Their Musical History

Source: Broadway World

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Jermaine, Marlon, Jackie and Tito Jackson - four of the former Jackson Five – have taken the stage in Las Vegas for RockTellz and CockTails, producer Adam Steck’s smart concept show at Planet Hollywood, The idea is to bring entertainers to the stage to tell their stories through their music and anecdotes. Meat Loaf was the first to do the show in October and now he’s back, alternating with The Jacksons. The latter appear Thursday and Saturday at 9:30 and Friday and Sunday at 8pm.

As the show is a journey in words and music through their professional lives, the loss of youngest brother Michael could have made it a gloomy evening. But it is quite the opposite. Michael is there in spirit, in photos and videos. His music is part of the show, but not the focus of it. There was a photo montage of Michael when they sang “Gone Too Soon,” but there was also video of Motown founder Berry Gordy and Katherine Jackson talking about all her boys.

The set list will change, but the night I was there they played a fine variety that included huge hits and the more obscure songs only diehard fans might remember. These included “Hum Along and Dance, Walk Right Now, Blame it on the Boogie, Wanna Be Where U R, Rock Wit You, Show You The Way, Lovely One Good Time Medley: Looking Thru the Window, Heaven Knows I Love YouPush Me Away, Man of War” and “Gone Too Soon.”

There was also a lovely Jackson Five Medley: “I Want you Back, ABC, Stop the Love You Save, Never Say Goodbye, I’ll Be There, Can’t Let Her Get Away, Can You Feel It Heartbreak Hotel Wanna Be Startin’ Something, Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough” and “Shake Your Body.”

Their audience seemed to be people who grew up with the Jackson 5. They knew the songs and loved the singers. The ability to sing and to dance is testament to their considerable talent that remains as terrific as ever.

The theater they are in is an old-style showroom, with a variety of seating choices, including cocktail tables and banquettes. Prices range from $77.95 to $164.30, including taxes and fees. (No children under 5 years of age allowed.)

For tickets: http://www.ticketmaster.com/rocktellz-cocktails-presents-the-jacksons-las-vegas-nevada-03-01-2014/event/17004B85FF4D9C13?artistid=1702061&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=202&tm_link=artist_msg-0_17004B85FF4D9C13

Read more: http://www.broadwayworld.com/las-vegas/article/BWW-Reviews-The-Jacksons-Still-Great-In-A-Show-That-Retells-and-Sings-Their-Musical-History

Jodi Albert Discusses BIg Reunion’s 3T And Michael Jackson On Her Blog

Source: Digital Spy – Jody Albert

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The Big Reunion was a family affair this week, as ’90s group 3T talked about the good, the bad and the tragic times they went through as members of the Jackson clan. Their story struck a chord with married mother-of-one and Girl Thing member Jodi Albert, who’s been blogging about her time on the show exclusively for DS. Read on for her thoughts on Jackson family life, cheeky comparisons to the King of Pop and the prospect of being fired by fax like Eternal’s Kéllé Bryan…

“First of all, I thought Andi Peters’ jibe about Girl Thing not bothering Michael Jackson’s record sales was hilarious. You can’t take it too seriously – I think that’s what makes The Big Reunion good. All of the bands at some point or another didn’t end up working and you’ve got to be able to take it on the chin. It’s only a laugh. There’s no way in this bloody world that I think Girl Thing are anywhere near The Jackson Five, not in my wildest dreams.

“I can’t say that I was a 3T fan back then, but I adore them now. They are just such nice guys. They went out of their way to come to our dressing room at Hammersmith last week and say, ‘You keep putting yourself down and you feel like you’re the joke act, but you’re actually quite similar to us and you deserve to be here’.

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“3T saw the similarities between us. We’re the two bands in the show that never got the chance to actually become a big thing. We were always stopped in our tracks just when we were starting to lift off the ground. That’s the most frustrating thing about this industry – sometimes someone on the inside will just decide, ‘No, that’s not good enough’. I call them ‘industry blockers’. And if the Jackson nephews can’t do it, what hope do the rest of us have?

“3T are in a really difficult position because they’re part of this incredible legacy, but, like they said, they’re never going to be Michael Jackson, they’re never going to do what the Jackson 5 did, and that’s a tough thing to face. In rehearsal they did this bit where they turned around and watched Michael Jackson on a screen and he sang some of the songs – that was the first time when I realized, ‘That’s their uncle who died’. That’s not just Michael Jackson, that’s their family member who they’re still grieving over and I felt for them, actually.

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“I think Michael was right trying to stop 3T going into showbusiness as children. His childhood got taken away and he wanted to let them be kids. I wouldn’t let my son do it young, not at all. There comes a point when you can’t hold your children back – when I wanted to be a popstar at 16, it would have broken my heart if my parents didn’t let me go for it and I don’t think I ever would have forgiven them. But when they’re kids they have no idea. It’s too much of a big bad world to release them into.

“Taj still struggles with stage fright, and I do have little moments like that too. I normally can’t eat before a performance, because I end up feeling like I want to throw up with nerves. But the minute you step out on stage, you can’t help it, something happens. Normally I’m sat with no make-up on with a tracksuit on and my hair tied back, but as soon as I go on stage I want to go for gold. Obviously he’s got a lot more pressure on him than me, being a Jackson – nobody gives a crap if I’m s**t.

“When 3T talked about their mother’s death, I just saw these grown-up men as three little boys all of a sudden. I just don’t know how you get over that. They’ve had to overcome so many tragedies in the public eye, and sometimes you do get so successful that people forget you’re still a person. That’s where being famous is a double-edged sword.

“But it was so lovely to see how normal the Jacksons are as a family despite their fame, with Michael’s son Prince jumping around like a young lad and them all taking the mickey out of each other. I think it’s a real show of TJ’s character that he became co-guardian to Michael’s kids. What a beautiful man. You can see what he’s doing is working. They’re obviously in a really good place. That’s what life’s about, really – family.

 

 
Read more: http://www.digitalspy.com/british-tv/s234/the-big-reunion/realitybites/a553580/the-big-reunion-jodi-alberts-blog-hammersmith–5th-story-heartbreak.html

3T Pay Tribute To Michael Jackson On The Big Reunion For Helping Them Cope After Their Mother’s Death (Updated With Episode Video)

Source: Daily Mail – James Leyfield

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3T revealed how their uncle, Michael Jackson, told them to make their mother proud following her death

3T have paid tribute to their father Tito Jackson and late uncle Michael Jackson for helping them to keep going after their mother’s death.

In an emotional episode of The Big Reunion, the group, Taj, Taryll and TJ Jackson, admitted the pair were instrument in helping them following their mother Dee Dee Jackson’s murder in August 1994.

TJ said: ‘I remember going into a room at the hospital and a doctor came in and gave us the news that our mother was no longer with us. It changed my life. 

Altogether: 3T with their late mother Dee Dee Jackson Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2569626/3T-pay-tribute-Michael-Jackson-guiding-music-mothers-death.html#ixzz2uZM5MZ9D  Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

Altogether: 3T with their late mother Dee Dee Jackson

‘It was our uncle and our father who inspired us to continue forward.

Taryll added: ‘He [Michael] kept us driven and said the best way to cope was to make her proud.’

The group also explained how they could’ve become a band even earlier than they did but Michael wanted the trio to enjoy their childhood.

Emotional: Taj Jackson spoke about the difficulties the group faced when their mother died Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2569626/3T-pay-tribute-Michael-Jackson-guiding-music-mothers-death.html#ixzz2uZMmst8A  Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

Emotional: Taj Jackson spoke about the difficulties the group faced when their mother died

Tough: TJ Jackson came close to tears as she discussed the group's past Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2569626/3T-pay-tribute-Michael-Jackson-guiding-music-mothers-death.html#ixzz2uZMxkyVG  Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

Tough: TJ Jackson came close to tears as she discussed the group’s past

Reunion:Taryll Jackson struggled to hold back the tears while speaking about his mother's death in 1994 Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2569626/3T-pay-tribute-Michael-Jackson-guiding-music-mothers-death.html#ixzz2uZN5Vb15  Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

Taryll Jackson struggled to hold back the tears while speaking about his mother’s death in 1994

Taj said: ‘We had major labels after us. Our uncle didn’t want us to come out at that time, he wanted us to enjoy our childhood.

‘Our uncle was there to help us at that time but it was a big transition

‘We understood we only had one chance at a debut album and to make a great statement of us three.’

Inspiring: Michael Jackson inspired hi nephews 3T to make their mother proud following her death Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2569626/3T-pay-tribute-Michael-Jackson-guiding-music-mothers-death.html#ixzz2uZMWvjWE  Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

Inspiring: Michael Jackson inspired hi nephews 3T to make their mother proud following her death 

The group experienced problems with Michael clashed with Sony Music Entertainment’s company chairman Tommy Mottola, which resulted in issues for the boy band as they were signed to the same label as their uncle.

In the end 3T had to changed labels and were left devastated when they had to start all over again on their album.

Taryll said: ‘We couldn’t take our album with us. To work so hard and then be able to do anything and feel trapped is horrible. We didn’t do anything wrong … we are who we are.’

3T also went on to discuss their devastation following the death of their uncle, Michael, and admitted they felt a ‘responsibility’ to look after his children just as he had looked after them when they were younger.

As a result, TJ is now co-guardian of Michael’s children – Prince Michael, 17, Paris, 15, and 12-year-old Blanket.

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Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2569626/3T-pay-tribute-Michael-Jackson-guiding-music-mothers-death

Here are some previously released clips from the show:

The Big Reunion Episode Includes 3T / VIDEO

Source: Mj-Upbeat/Digital Spy

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By / Wednesday, Feb 26 2014, 6:16pm EST
A video clip from the next episode of The Big Reunion has been released.
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The fourth installment in the show’s series focuses on 3T and Eternal, with 3T having a final family get-together before coming to the UK, and Eternal meeting for the first time in years.
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American band 3T are made up of Taj, TJ and Tarrall Jackson, the nephews of Michael Jackson. They are shown playing a game of Pictionary before flying over to take part in The Big Reunion.
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Eternal, who are taking part in the show without member Louise Redknapp, were also filmed talking through their differences.
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The girls discuss the moment they sacked member Kelle Bryan by fax and how they weren’t communicating as a band.
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Other bands taking part in the show are A1, Girl Thing and Damage as well as supergroup 5th Story consisting of Kenzie, Dane Bowers, Adam Rickitt, Kavana and Gareth Gates.
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Administrator’s Note: I just love how the announcer said Michael’s title when introducing Prince! CP ♥

10 African Americans With Native Ancestry

Source: Indian Country Today Media Network – By Vincent Shilling/ MJ -Upbeat

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Being that February is Black History Month we thought it was appropriate to honor some African Americans who share some Native American ancestry. According to William Loren Katz, the award-winning author of the critically acclaimedBlack Indians: A Hidden Heritage, speculates that a “vast majority” of African Americans today also share Native Ancestry.

Though not all of the specific tribes are known, the Native heritage of these historic notables has been documented, researched or claimed by them in their lifetime in some way or another.

In appreciation of these notables who have contributed to society in some way or another, here are 10 African Americans you may not have known have some Native ancestry.

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In an interview with Joe Jackson in the book The Jacksons he tells the readers that he has Choctaw in his family history. There are also unconfirmed accounts that Michael Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson, has Blackfoot ancestry.

 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (and his wife Coretta Scott King)

In William Loren Katz’s book Black Indians, he cites that Dr Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968 had mobilized a Poor People’s March and had invited whites, African Americans, Native Americans and all other races. In his book Katz writes, “King whose own ancestors included Native Americans as well as Africans, was assassinated in Memphis before the March reached Washington.” It was also known that Coretta was of African American and Creek ancestry.

Coretta Scott King poses before a photo painting of her late husband, Martin Luther King Jr., January 1972. The painting hangs behind her office desk and is one of her favorites. (AP Photo/Joe Holloway Jr.) Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/02/26/10-african-americans-native-ancestry-153756?page=0%2C1

Coretta Scott King poses before a photo painting of her late husband, Martin Luther King Jr., January 1972. The painting hangs behind her office desk and is one of her favorites. (AP Photo/Joe Holloway Jr.)

Lena Horne

Known as an influential African American actress, dancer, singer and civil rights activist, Lena Horne was also Native American from both of her parents, Edwin Frank Horne Jr. and Edna Louise Scottron. Horne joined the famous Cotton Club chorus at age 16 and performed in the movie and performing industry for decades, born in 1917, Lena Horne passed away in 2010 at age 92.

Miss Lena Horne, a 30-year-old singer, is seen rehearsing in London, England, October 30, 1947 for a performance at the London Casino. (AP Photo) Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/02/26/10-african-americans-native-ancestry-153756?page=0%2C1

Miss Lena Horne, a 30-year-old singer, is seen rehearsing in London, England, October 30, 1947 for a performance at the London Casino. (AP Photo)

Beyoncé

Well, some of you might know that Beyonce’ is part Native American after she did that L’Oréal commercial. According to Ms. Knowles the Native American comes from her mother’s Creole heritage, which includes Native American.

Singer Beyonce performs on her “Mrs. Carter Show World Tour 2013”, on Saturday June 29, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images) Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/02/26/10-african-americans-native-ancestry-153756?page=0%2C2

Singer Beyonce performs on her “Mrs. Carter Show World Tour 2013”, on Saturday June 29, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)

Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks rocked the civil rights world when she refused to give up her seat to a white male passenger on a segregated bus. Called the “First Lady of Civil Rights” by the U.S. Congress, Rosa Parks was also of Cherokee and Creek descent.

 

Photograph of Rosa Parks with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (ca. 1955) (National Archives and Records Administration Records of the U.S. Information Agency Record Group 306/Wikimedia Commons) Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/02/26/10-african-americans-native-ancestry-153756?page=0%2C3

Photograph of Rosa Parks with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (ca. 1955) (National Archives and Records Administration Records of the U.S. Information Agency Record Group 306/Wikimedia Commons) 

 LL Cool J.

Just as William Loren Katz proclaims on hiswebsiteregarding Africans and Indians, “Though often unmentioned except in family circles, this biological legacy has been shared by such figures as Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King Jr., Langston Hughes, Lena Horne, Alice Walker, Jesse Jackson, Michael Jackson and LL Cool J.”

In Katz’ book, LL Cool J. is holding a copy ofBlack Indiansand claims Cherokee descent… enough said.

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Read more: http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/02/26/10-african-americans-native-ancestry-153756?page=0%2C2
 

3T Vowed To Help Raise Michael Jackson’s Children After His Death

Source: The Mirror – Carl Greenwood

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3T made a vow to help raise their uncle Michael Jackson’s children after he died.

The three band members Taj Jackson, Taryll Jackson and TJ Jackson are Michael’s nephews and after his shock passing in June 2009 they all told their grandmother Katherine Jackson they would always be there for his kids, Prince Michael, 16, Paris, 15, and 11-year-old Blanket.

During an appearance on UK TV show ‘Lorraine’, TJ said: “Since my uncle passed – we lost our mother at young ages too – and that’s a very hard thing to get over so when my uncle passed, my brothers and I, we told our grandmother we’ll be there for her and do everything we can to help her and the kids. It’s been hard, it’s been tough, this is why it’s taken us so long to come out [into the spotlight again] as well because our focus has been them, to make sure they’re back on track and adjusting as best as they can. They’re doing really well … it’s a hard position they’re in but they’re doing well.”

3T – whose father is Michael’s brother Tito – are currently featuring on TV show ‘The Big Reunion’, which shows them making a new bid for pop success.

The ‘Anything’ hitmakers are delighted to have been given another opportunity to perform together again.

Tarryll said: “It was just more politics and things that prevented us to continue our career … A lot has happened since the last time we were on stage.”

TJ – who is co-guardian to Michael’s children – said: “Things in life got in the way so we went back to make sure our lives were in order before we continued our career.

Read more: http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/big-reunion-stars-3t-vowed-3169905

To Blanket Jackson On His 12th Birthday

Source: Jackson News

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Prince Michael Jackson II was born on February 21, 2002. His father nicknamed him Blanket and many people wondered why.

“It’s an expression I use with my family and my employees.  I say, “you should blanket me or you should blanket her,” meaning like a blanket is a blessing. It’s a way of of showing love and caring.”

Michael Jackson was a true believer in the power of positive words and thoughts. From his own life experiences and as knowledge as a bible scholar, Michael understood how words can build up or tear down. His entire career was based on it.  At the age of 19, he had already created his manifesto for the future.  He also planned for his children’s future and coached them into discovering what they want to do in life.

By naming his third child Blanket or “blessing,” Michael was speaking hope, love and grace upon him.  Very clever! Words are very powerful for the one who speaks them and for the one who receives them.

At this time, we do not know what Blanket will do in the future, but you can be sure that Michael taught all his children that they can be whatever they want to be and to be the best at it.

WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT BLANKET

He loves to snack.

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He loves karate.

In December 2013, he earned his violet belt in karate.

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He hates the spotlight!

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His big brother and sister love him very much!

Prince and Paris told Michael after Blanket was born: “Thank you for giving us a little brother.”

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He’s a prankster! He loves to play and have fun with his family and friends.

“When you go to the house and you’re wearing a suit, Blanket always has a water gun and you have to beg him, “please don’t squirt me.” As soon as you turn your back, he shoots you and you’re left soaking wet.” – Jermaine Jackson

Hmm, wonder where he got it from? ;)

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Mr. King of the Water Balloon fights himself!

He's a quick one, ain't he?

He’s a quick one, ain’t he?

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He looks just like his father.

According to an unnamed family friend, Blanket adored Michael songs and he loved to dance with his dad.

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He wants to help poor people and animals.

His daddy always made him smile! :)

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Twelve years old, it doesn’t seem true

It seems like just yesterday, you were only two

Almost a teen, but not quite there

A very handsome young man, with long brown hair

Please always remember and never forget

That your dad taught you to believe in yourself

Blessed you were born, blessed you will always be

Michael’s “Little Blanket,” great son of the King

Have a very Happy Birthday!

Much love

Cutie Pie ♥

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The Jackson’s Plan Bittersweet Tribute To Michael

Source: sheknows.com – By Dierdre Kay

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After 50 years in the business and 25 years since their last album, The Jacksons are leaping further into the limelight once again. SheKnows talked to Jackie Jackson and learned about what we can expect from their 40-night residency in Vegas, news on an upcoming album and more.

First, on Feb. 20 The Jacksons will kick off a 40 concert stint at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino as part of the resort’s Rock Tellz and CockTails series. Each night, the show will feature performances from The Jacksons, as well as plenty of rare or never-before-heard stories from their 50 years of growing up together, working together and performing together. During the show, the brothers — Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon — have planned a special moment to honor one of the youngest members of their family, Michael Jackson. Jackie says things tend to get a little teary around then, too.

“That always happens, especially when it comes to Michael’s part of the show. We kind of honor him during the show, we call it the bittersweet moment,” Jackie told us. “Some people cry in the audience. … But, then the music starts playing and people start dancing and having a good time.

We’re sure many fans will look forward to seeing that very special and meaningful tribute to the late Michael. While Michael’s presence can only be felt in spirit, Jackie said fans shouldn’t be surprised to see visits from the rest of the Jackson family, too. Like always, the Jacksons turn everything into a family affair.

Click here to read more: http://www.sheknows.com/entertainment/articles/1030685/interview-the-jacksons-plan-bittersweet-tribute-to-michael

VIDEO: The Jacksons Talk About Performing Without Michael On “The Talk”

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The Jackson brothers stopped by this week’s The Talk on CBS and discussed Justin Bieber’s recent troubles making headlines and how it would be if he had Joe Jackson as a father.

Jermaine expressed, “He’d would be fine.”

Later, the brothers spoke about their upcoming Las Vegas show, “Rocktellz & Cocktails” and singing together on stage without Michael.

Check out clips from the appearance below:

A Year In the Life Of Prince Jackson – A 17th Birthday Tribute

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Seventeen, an interesting age. Not quite an adult, yet not a little child, but still a minor. Most seventeen year-old’s are worried about their senior year and all its exciting privileges such as the prom, graduation and heading for college.  It’s  a time of life when the future lies brightly ahead and plans to transition into adulthood begin. Fortunately, there is still time to enjoy the carefree times of youth.

Like most teens at this stage, Prince is no different.  He is very active and engaged in school and extra curricular activities. He leads a very normal life, but he also has to deal with the pressure of being the son of one of the most famous people on the planet. Prince is a very intelligent and gifted young man, who like his dad, is going to be a trailblazer in the future. 

Last year for his 16th birthday, I wrote storybook style tribute about him taking his rightful place one day to rule his father’s kingdom entitled, The ‘Prince’ Who Will Be ‘King.’ 

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For this year, I would like to take a look back at the milestones he’s completed in the past year.

The Jummimüüs Gala

On January 3, 2013, Prince headed to Europe with Aunt Latoya to make a several appearances, including a children’s hospital and the annual Jummimueues Charity Gala in Cologne, Germany. Latoya attends this event each year. The Jummimüüs Gala is for charitable projects and collects donations to support social, cultural and sporting activities and facilities in the Cologne area. Prince presented a check for $5,000 on behalf of his family.article-0-16C2F821000005DC-39_634x570

Before the gala, Prince, along with Aunt LaToya and their hosts, the Wess family, visited the children’s ward of the university hospital. With plush toys, Legos and other gifts left by the Jacksons, the children’s hearts were aflutter with excitement. 

“The fact that I even had a very happy childhood is clear to me. But I also know that there are many which are not so good,” said Prince.

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“What is there more beautiful than children’s eyes. The visit and the joy of the Cologne Children has touched me deeply. I am proud that Prince Michael has the social conscience of his father.“

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Entertainment Tonight 

Less than a week after I wrote the piece for his 16th birthday, Prince really took off. On February 18, Entertainment Tonight announced that he would be a special correspondent for the show. The interview was his first big job in the entertainment industry.  Prince’s assignment was to interview James Franco, Zach Braff and Sam Raimi about their role in the movie “Oz the Great and Powerful. The interview was shown in segments for an entire week. Prince was very poised and articulate, impressing the cast and crew with his maturity.  With help of his Aunt Latoya, Prince’s birthday request came to fruition. It has been said that Prince has made it very clear that he wants to stand on his own two feet and make his way in life.

“I’m looking forward to become well-rounded as a producer, director, screenwriter and actor,” Prince told Entertainment Tonight’s Brooke Anderson.

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“90210″

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Prince quickly moved on to shooting his first acting gig and second job as a guest star on the final episode of “90210.”  The show was entitled, “We All Fall Down.” Prince starred as Cooper, a trauma victim of an accident scene.  He bonds with Silver, another character from the show, about the preciousness of life. It was a very ironic role considering his own experience with losing his dad at such a young age.  He was accompanied by LaToya and her business partner, Jeffre Phillips.

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Brook Anderson from Entertainment Tonight got a behind the scenes interview with Prince on the set. 

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He even sported a fake gash on his face. The director was very impressed with him. (See video below)

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National Honor Society Induction

On April 23, 2013, Taj Jackson happily tweeted that Prince was inducted into the National Honor Society at Buckley.

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Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

On May 3, 2013, Prince sent the afternoon volunteering at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles by reading to the kids.  We learned in the AEG trial that he does this for required community service for school. He described how he brought the books and read to the kids that were in the cancer wards. Clearly, he has taught by his dad to give back and make a difference in the lives of others. 

Spent the afternoon at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles with the Literally Healing Program and reading to the kids @childrensla — Prince Jackson (@princemjjjaxon) May 3, 2013 Donate new and unused books to them or cash cause its a great organization — Prince Jackson (@princemjjjaxon) May 3, 2013

Picture not from actual visit (Taken August 2013, Gary, Indiana) Blanket shown bottom right.

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Here’s the link to Children’s Hospital LA if you would like to donate:https://secure.chla.org/site/c.ipINKTOAJsG/b.3882839/k.8604/Donate_Today

Suggestion: Make the donation in Prince and Michael’s name.

Paris Jackson/AEG Trial

Not only was 2013 a year of opportunity for the young 16 year old, it also proved to be trying. On June 5, his beautiful sister Paris was rushed to the hospital after an apparent suicide attempt. Prince visited and spent time with her in the hospital, even cancelling a scheduled television appearance on the popular game show “Wetten, Dass…?” (Wanna Bet?) in Spain.

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June 26, 2013 – Prince takes the stand in takes as a witness in the AEG trial. In court, Prince wore a black suit with a dark grey tie with his long brown hair tucked behind his ears. He spoke softly as he began testifying. The first exhibit shown to jurors was a photo taken with their grandmother on his and Paris’ first day of school. He described his school life, including taking a summer course in U.S. history, participating on the school’s robotics team and volunteer work. Another image shown to jurors was Michael Jackson playing piano with his son while Prince was still an infant or toddler. 

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Plaintiffs’ attorney Brian Panish asked Prince whether he was interested in pursuing a career in music.

“I can never play an instrument and I definitely cannot sing,” Prince said to laughter from the jury.

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He stated that he wanted to go to USC to study film, mechanical science or business when he goes to college. He told the jury that his father was always working, but his children had no idea he was a global superstar. He said he and his sister Paris watched a video of one of their father’s performances and got a sense of his fame when overwhelmed fans were carried from his shows on stretchers.

“We always listened to his music, but we never knew how famous he was,” Prince said.

Prince stated that he had a 3.68 GPA. He said education is something important to him because it is something his dad taught them. He described how Michael taught him to find the good shots in movies and encouraged him to learn about films. He stated that he wants to help out as much as he can and got the desire to help from his father.

Prince said he helped the attorneys pick out the videos and photos shown in court. Here are some of beautiful the memories presented as evidence: 

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Prince said MJ always dressed them up so when he grew up, he could show his kids how he looked when little

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Michael Jackson One Premiere

June 29, 2013, Prince, his family and girlfriend attend the opening night of the Michael Jackson ONE  at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Prince led the crowd at the sold-out show and posed on the red carpet with girlfriend Remi Alfalah and his grandmother Katherine Jackson. The trio smiled as they made their way into the theater alongside their cousins and Michael’s siblings Tito, Marlon and Jackie.

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Blue Belt – Gracie Academy

In July 2013, Prince earned his blue belt in Jiu Jitsu at the renowned Gracie Academy in Beverly Hills. Gracie is Jiu Jitsu royalty and has trained scores of stars and even football’s Tim Tebow. There are five belts in the Gracie belt hierarchy and it takes a long time to move up the ranks. The blue belt is the second belt after the white.  After blue comes purple, brown and black. In order to advance, the student’s must learn 34 different maneuvers such as the arm bar, elevator sweep and a guillotine. There are roughly 4 different techniques.  To get a purple belt, Prince has to learn 600 additional moves.

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Alana Alfalah

During 2013, Prince dated a young lady named Remi Alfalah.  I do not want to get into his personal life, but Remi’ s mother said some wonderful things about him that shows the kind of man he is growing up to be.

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“I trust Prince with my daughter and I’d stake my life on him always being a gentleman with her. We enjoy Prince. He’s exceptional.”

Alana said she felt compelled to praise the young man after lies began in the press of Prince being a renegade.

“If he wasn’t such a great kid, I’d continue to keep to myself and not say anything, but if you call being in the honor society, never breaking curfew and helping others a renegade, then that’s Prince,” Alfalah gushed. “He comes over and he usually has a curfew and he reminds his grandmother sometimes what that curfew is and he always makes sure to leave well ahead of it,” she said.

“He has a lot of pressure with all that has gone on, but he handles everything well. He never speaks an ill word and he cares about everyone.”

Remi’s mom said the kids met when her daughter first started attending the Buckley School in Sherman Oaks.

“She was alone and the kids weren’t very nice. Prince just approached her and he started showing her around and they grew close.”

“They are serious about their education, the both of them. Look, my husband is from Kuwait and I’m American, he’s very strict, so there is no way he’d allow Remi to see someone who wasn’t doing the right things in life. Prince doesn’t get into trouble, he doesn’t smoke, and he doesn’t drink. We wouldn’t allow Remi to be with just anyone,” Alana said.

Alana revealed, “Prince makes his own jewelry by hand, great pieces and he draws a lot, he’s into art. Both of them are also so worried about nature and animals and Prince is meticulous, always cleaning his car and making sure things are tidy.”

A beautiful ring sculpted by Prince.  It took him three months to finish it.

A beautiful, hand sculpted ring made by Prince. See video below for more details.

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She also had this to say about Katherine: 

“She’s a lovely woman who really is on top of things.” 

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December 24, 2013- The Jackson’s take a much needed vacation in Hawaii for Christmas.

You can definitely say that Prince had a very productive and intense year.  As Prince turns 17 today, I hope that 2014 is filled with more happiness and opportunities for him and his siblings. I pray God’s blessings and protection upon them as well.

Prince, you were the joy of father’s life and I know he is proud of the fine young man that you are. He will always be with you, no matter what. ♥

Happy Birthday!

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Much love,

Cutie Pie  ♥

The Jackson Brothers Dish On Las Vegas Show And Family Anecdotes (Video)

Source: Celebrity Yahoo

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“The Insider” co-anchor Kevin Frazier was with the Jackson brothers’ as they rehearse for their limited run Planet Hollywood show: “Rocktellz & Cocktails Presents the Jacksons” which debuts February 20th in Las Vegas. Marion revealed of the 40 show run, “We’re going to try to have a party on stage and have everybody get into it on stage and we’re going to tell a couple a little stories about we lived with Diana Ross.”

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Jackie Jackson Reveals “Rocktellz And Cocktails” Show Will Contain Unheard Stories About Michael And Family Videos

Source: Las Vegas -By Robin Leach

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It’s inevitable that whenever the four remaining Jackson brothers perform, they will always be asked about the fifth brother, the missing Michael. Until now, the Jacksons have kept tight-lipped about their sibling, who broke away from the brothers to go solo and became the world’s top pop prince.

But when Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon and Tito debut their “Rocktellz & Cocktails” residency show at Planet Hollywood on Feb. 20, audiences will hear secret stories about Michael.

Don’t expect them to address the tabloid tales that followed the youngest Jackson even after his death on June 25, 2009. They treasure his memory too much to spoil the good times they shared with him on tour.

However, there will be fascinating — and candid — never-before-told stories as part of the song-and-dance spectacle. Rehearsals have been underway in Los Angeles, and the brothers are trying to trim too much material, too many stories, too much music into a fast-moving, high-energy 90-minute show.

Now that they are getting ready to start final rehearsals here in Las Vegas, they have begun talking about how the show and the stories are coming together. I spoke with Jackie Jackson, who lives here in Las Vegas.

So, first, how are rehearsals going?

Oh, they’re going great, man. We’re just trying to put the songs together with the storytelling. You can’t tell too many stories because you don’t want to bore the audiences with long storytelling. They come to hear good music, as well, so we’ve got to make sure we balance the two.

Where does the show start in terms of your early lives? Back in Gary, Ind.?

Yes, back there with the music of “I Want You Back” and “ABC.” That’s how it started. You’ll hear both of those, along with “I’ll Be There.”

I’ve heard that your brothers and you are in the middle of recording a new album at the same time you’re getting this show ready.

Yes, that’s correct. The good thing about it is all the brothers will be here in town for the run of the show, so we’re getting set up to get a lot of work done and record the tracks right here in Las Vegas.

How do you all feel about re-creating this extraordinary journey that you all took?

We’re so excited about this show in Las Vegas. We played here a while back, more than 20 years ago, with the whole family. So a lot of memories come flooding back. We can’t wait to come back to a Las Vegas stage. Every time we walk into rehearsals and you’re back together with your brothers and you start singing some of the songs, we all have different memories.

We’re trying to decide which songs we’re going to do and which stories to tell because there are so many. Trying to fit all these songs into a 90-minute show is the most challenging part of putting the show together. We’ll just give the audiences the best songs that we can.

There are so many, Robin. You know what, we will have to do a version of them all or hook some of them onto others so we can take ourselves and the audience back down memory lane.

Now obviously you’re going to have to tell some stories about Michael.

Absolutely, I can’t tell you everything, Robin; I can’t give it away. I can’t. … (Long pause) OK, it’s going to be stories that people didn’t know about Michael, and they really should hear them. There are stories going back to Gary, Ind., days. Stories when we were all touring. He used to hide under our beds. When Jermaine would have a girl over, Michael would hide under the bed.

You are all going to learn something new. We’ve got a lot of videos, too, that nobody has seen before, a lot of great stuff for the show. It’s going to be great. Any time we ask someone in the audience to come see us, we’re going to bring them up onstage. If you stand up and Marlon sees you, he’ll bring you up. I’m telling you right now that if you don’t want to be onstage, then don’t stand up!

Did any of you have any hesitation about doing “Rocktellz & Cocktails”? Did you all want to do it and share some never-before-told stories?

No, no one had any hesitation whatsoever. We were excited about playing Las Vegas, and we’ve wanted to do this for a long time. When producer Adam Steck came to us and asked if we wanted to do it, we all said yes immediately.

Adam has created this unique format of where you tell stories about and around the songs that we’ve never known about. Did you see it with Meat Loaf when he debuted the concept?

Yes, I did. I went backstage with him, had a meeting with him, talked with him, and he was enjoying the format and confident that it would be successful.

So do you like it — telling untold stories, showing private family videos that haven’t been seen before? Are you finally getting to tell the stories the way you want to tell them?

Yes, for once you’ll get the true versions. There are all the brothers telling stories of exactly what happened. It’s our version of the truth — and not anybody else’s untruths.

We’re still tweaking the show, cutting it, still playing around with it. We don’t quite have it down to the exact number of minutes. We’ll do that now that we’re moving the final rehearsals to Las Vegas. Opening night is Feb. 20, and that’s not that far away now. Some nights, we’ll alternate with Meat Loaf’s new run.

We’ll do our shows Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. There will be some overlap nights when both shows are on. It’ll be fun to see how that works out. All of us are looking forward to it. We can’t wait. It’s going to be great!

For the first time, you’ll get the truth of how the Jacksons started. How things came about. Our ups and downs. It’s all Jacksons all the time. The whole focus of the show is high energy, dancing, music and lights.

Audiences will walk away feeling great, singing our music, and they’ll feel that they really got to know us individually and as a family. We’ll feel good, and I know they will, too.

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3T Reveals The Circumstances That Lead To Halting Their Music Career

Source: Metro

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Janet hit headlines in 2004 when her performance with Justin Timberlake ended with her infamous nipple flash when JT removed a piece of her costume to reveal her boob.

While it generated tons of publicity for Janet, it didn’t help 3T who had to defend Janet’s performance instead of focusing on their tour.

Things only went downhill from there, as 3T’s songs were dropped from radio playlists and sponsorship deals.

Taj told The Sun: ‘The media always has a field day with the Jackson name. It’s something you learn to live with, and the “Nipplegate” thing is a perfect example.  My aunt got it bad, but Justin was perfectly fine. That’s just the way the world is for us.’

The Jackson name also hounded them in 2001 when they were prevented from releasing an album with Sony, who were in a legal battle with their uncle – Michael Jackson – at the time.

3T also suffered when Michael was arrested on child abuse charges, despite later being cleared.

‘It’s happened so many times’ Taj went on, ‘We finally got our album released but it was at the same time that Uncle Michael was on trial, and a lot of radio stations and press wouldn’t touch us.’

The trio – Taj, Taryll and TJ – became the second-biggest selling band in Europe in 1996 after The Spice Girls when their album Brotherhood sold three million copies.

Their attempt at regrouping was rocked by the news of Michael Jackson’s death, which happened on their first day of recording. They have dedicated their time to their family, which meant that the revival of their pop career was put on hold.

‘Since then, our focus has been on looking after our cousins. By doing Big Reunion, we can let our fans know why it’s taken so long. I don’t want to sound like we’re complaining. It is what it is.’

The Big Reunion returns on on February 6 at 9pm on ITV2.

3T Talks To ITV’s Kevin Hughes About Their Big Reunion And MJ (Audio)

Source: Jackson Source / ITV

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We have to work double hard to prove that we’re talented in our own right. – Taj

3T.com reports: Taj, Taryll and TJ spent three weeks in the UK, along with members of the bands A1, Damage, Eternal, Girl Thing and 5th Story to record a brand new series of The Big Reunion. The Big Reunion tells the story of these six bands getting back together and working towards performing at The Big Reunion concert in 8 episodes. 

3T’s story
The first episode of The Big Reunion airs on ITV2 on February 6th. In one of the following episodes, 3T’s story is featured. In that episode the brothers reveal their story about the rise and “fall” of 3T. In interviews that were shot at home in California early January 2014, the T’s explain why they were put in pause for so long and talk about the hurdles they have overcome.

The Big Reunion concert
The Big Reunion live concert with live stage performances by 3T and the other participating bands is on February 21st at Eventim Apollo Hammersmith in London. Footage of this concert will be aired by ITV2 in the final episode of The Big Reunion 2014 on the 27th of March. Tickets for the concert will go on sale immediately after the broadcast of the first eipsode of February 6th and are expected to sell out in minutes.

For those living outside the UK, you can watch the ITV2 chanel and show via FilmOn website

For more photos of 3T participating on The Big Reunion and their stay in the UK, visit 3T Memories on Facebook

 

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Meat Loaf And The Jacksons To Perform In Vegas

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(CNN) —What do Meat Loaf and the Jacksons have in common? The city of flashy lights. Or Las Vegas, to be more exact.

The Jacksons — Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon — will perform 40 shows at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino starting February 20.

“They’ll sing their hits, tell unheard stories and take audiences through their career,” said event organizer RockTellz & CockTails.

The Jacksons said they’re thrilled to be a part of a residency that has featured acts such as Celine Dion and Britney Spears.

“My brothers and I can’t wait to take the stage and bring our hits — and the stories behind them — to life for the fans,” Jackie Jackson said.

Michael Jacksons’ brothers are known for big hits such as “I Want You Back” and “I’ll Be There.”

A week before they start, Meat Loaf will return to perform under the same series as part of his second residency. His show starts February 13.

“For me, the show is more than just another concert … I’m able to bring together music, acting and theater and do things you can’t normally do when you’re on the road,” Meat Loaf said in a statement . “I get to have a lot of fun and it definitely shows.”

Meat Loaf’s hits include “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That),” “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad ” and “Paradise by the Dashboard Light.”

His real name is Marvin Lee Aday.

More On MJ Documentary

Source: ABC

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Michael Jackson left behind three children the world knew little about when he died more than four years ago. “Remembering Michael” is a new documentary that now sheds light on intimate details about the King of Pop’s personal life through the eyes of his children.

“It took me until I was, like, six years old, to learn that his name was Michael Jackson. He was always ‘daddy’ to me,” Jackson’s oldest son, Prince, 16, says in the documentary.

Jackson’s youngest child, 11-year-old Blanket, also speaks publicly for the first time about his future aspirations.

“I’m going to try to help, like Africa, because that’s a very poor continent,” Blanket says. “There’s a lot of animals that are being killed from, like, poachers and stuff. So, I want to help, like, endangered species of animals.”

Paris, 15, describes the great lengths her father went to protect the children’s privacy. Their secluded upbringing included wearing veils and masks in public.

“We didn’t know a lot of kids, like, our age,” she says. “We were more secluded. We never really left the ranch that often.”

The documentary, executive produced by family matriarch Katherine Jackson, can be viewed on Fundanything.com by fans who pay a $10 fee online. Contributions are being solicited online at different levels in exchange for memorabilia to cover licensing costs.

“[Katherine] really wanted to fund this without asking any of the people around her, including the Michael Jackson estate, for funding,” Kirk Schenck, producer of “Remembering Michael,” told ABC News.

The children believe, sometimes, that Jackson’s lifestyle and behavior were misunderstood. “It’s not right to invade someone’s privacy like that,” Blanket says.

In one scene from the preview, Prince talks about how his father pushed the children to be great. “He wanted us to always … be greater at it than anybody else had ever been,” Prince said.

“He promised me he would teach me how to moonwalk,” Paris says. “He never got around to it.”

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More on producer Kirk Schenck: http://www.wif.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=315&Itemid=69

Film Preview Video: Katherine Jackson Presents Remembering Michael Jackson Documentary (Fundraiser)

Source: Fund Anything

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Welcome, fans. I would like to share an opportunity for you to join our circle of family and friends to celebrate the life and legacy of my son Michael Jackson.

It involves a tribute documentary film project that Michael’s children Paris, Prince, Blanket and I have been working on for a few years. Our goal with this film is to share a positive, loving and respectful tribute to Michael, who spent his entire life sharing his gifts with the great hope of making the world a better place.

The nearly finished documentary film project is a partnership between myself and co-Executive Producer, Terry Kunimune. It is filled with heart-warming anecdotes, rare photos from my personal collection, and many untold stories by his friends and family about Michael during some of the most pivotal moments in his life.

Telling Michael’s story from his family’s point of view needs to feature many video clips and musical moments that are an integral part of telling his life story. However, because it is Michael, the cost to license everything is prohibitively expensive, and why I am asking you, his fans, to join our circle and help support the completion of the documentary film.

In order to show our appreciation for your support, Michael’s children and I have created a limited collection of rewards not available in stores, but made available exclusively to his contributing fans.

Please join our circle of friends and family as I remember my son, as the children remember their father, and as we all remember our Michael. I thank you for your continued support.

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Katherine Jackson

P.S. If Michael were here today, he would tell you, “I love you more.”

 

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Jackson Family Celebrates As Blanket Wins New Karate Belt!

Source: Daily Mail – Jason Chester

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It was a proud day for the Jackson clan, but while father Michael wasn’t present to witness youngest son Blanket on his big day, grandmother Katherine more than made up the numbers.

The Jackson matriarch watched the 11-year-old make the transition from blue to violet belt at his local karate school, and promptly rewarded him for his efforts with ice cream at a local restaurant.

Blanket – real name Prince Michael Jackson II – was joined by a group of close friends and family members, amongst them older brother Prince Michael, 16 and cousins.

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The trio were spotted as they tucked into ice-cream at a local Baskin-Robbins after the youngest Jackson sibling picked up his latest belt. But while the gang indulged, Katherine abstained – opting instead to make her way home directly after the belt changing ceremony.
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Blanket was in high spirits as he hung out with his older brother at the Woodland Hills ice-cream parlour.

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Prince, who practices Ju-Jitsu, is known to attend the renowned Gracie Academy in Beverly Hills –  where there are only five belts to be earned in their colour hierarchy, and there’s no fast-tracking to move up ranks.

So far he’s done extremely well, having gained a blue belt after learning another 34 different manoeuvres, each with approximately four alternative techniques.

In terms of self defence jiu jitsu and karate are not so different, as they both derive from the same eastern country, are empty handed and focus on technique and power with similar moves.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2521283/Blanket-Jackson-celebrates-older-brother-Prince-winning-new-karate-belt

Contratulations Blanket! We are very, very proud of you and love you so much! ♥ Cutie Pie ♥

 

La Toya Jackson Denies Marriage Rumors

Source: ET Online

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La Toya Jackson is setting the record straight after weekend media reports that she had married her longtime business partner Jeffre Phillips.

“The rumors that La Toya Jackson married her longtime business partner Jeffre Phillips are completely false,” a rep for Jackson told ET exclusively on Monday. “The reporting outlet should be embarrassed for their mistake and at least make an effort to find facts to back up their story before reporting.”

Media outlets reported that a wedding was held Friday in Los Angeles and that the singer’s mother Katherine and nephew Prince Michael had attended the ceremony.

http://www.etonline.com/news/141575_La_Toya_Jackson_Denies_Marriage_Rumors/