3T On The Big Reunion Tour: “It’s Like A High School Reunion”

Source: Reveal.co.uk – Olivia Heath| Edited By – All Things Michael

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TJ, Taryll and Taj Jackson, better known as 3T, arrived back in the UK this week to kickstart rehearsals for the ‘Big Reunion Boy Band Tour.’

The group will be joining Blue, A1, Damage, 911, 5ive and 5th Story for the 13-date arena tour and they can’t wait to be back on stage.

3T, the nephews of the late Michael Jackson, can’t wait to catch up with the bands from series one and two. Taryll tells Reveal: “It’s almost like a high school reunion, only we didn’t go to school with these bands!”

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3T tell us that rehearsals are “going good” and they say they’re most looking forward to performing their 1996 hit ‘Anything’. “It means so much to us because it was our first single and it was an introduction to the world,” says Taryll.

While the trio can’t wait to get back on stage, TJ tells us that he’s most looking forward to spending time with his brothers.

“Back home, my life is so crazy and hectic that I don’t get as much downtime with my brothers,” says TJ. “This is a good opportunity for us to be back and be on stage having fun together. Being on the tour bus will help with that as well.”

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So what’s next after the tour?

“We’ve been working on the album and we’re more than half way through with it,” explains Taryll. “It’ll be ready by 2015 and then we’ll do another tour. Our style has grown. It’ll be more organic and more live instrumentation.”

Tickets for ‘The Big Reunion Boy Band Tour’ are now on sale via www.livenation.co.uk,www.ticketmaster.co.uk. Meet and greet packages from www.vipnation.eu. For tour details visititv.com/bigreunion.

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[VIDEO] The Jackson’s Talk About Michael’s Birthday With Tom Joyner

Sources: Black America Web | All Things Michael

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The famous brothers talked to the TJMS about growing up in his Indiana, their sleeping arrangements in the small home and who pee’d in the bed.

TOM JOYNER:  We are here onstage with the Jacksons.  And I wish you were here, during the break we did Acapulco Jackson Five and Jackson songs and Jermaine Jackson songs and everybody sang along.  It was incredible Jackie.

JACKIE:  Incredible, amazing.

JACKIE:  It’s great to sing with you, Tom.

TOM JOYNER:  Yeah.  Turn these mics up.  You know, they talk soft.  (Laughter).  I don’t know they do it.  Jermaine.

JERMAINE:  Except for Tito.

SYBIL WILKES:  (Laugh)

JERMAINE:  Oh, I don’t …

ANTHONY BROWN: Yeah, Tito’s got that bass.

TOM JOYNER:  Yeah.  Hey, Jermaine, what’s going on, man?

JERMAINE:  What’s going on with you?

TOM JOYNER:  Yeah, good man.  I’m so glad you’re here.  I saw you guys when you opened in Vegas.  I came backstage and I said; would you please, please, please bring your family and your act to the Tom Joyner Family Reunion.  You said; yes, I’ll do it.

JERMAINE:  Here we are.

JACKIE:  Yes, sir.

TOM JOYNER:  And your dad and your mom were backstage and it was a beautiful thing.

JERMAINE:  Thank you.

TOM JOYNER:  It was a beautiful show.  And I said then, I said, if anyone gets a chance to see this show, you should.  And we will have it at the family reunion.  Now you’ve been touring, and everywhere you go I get messages that you turned it out and that they were coming here because they saw you in Kentucky and other places.  The act is incredible.  You know what I like most, Tito, and Jackie, is when you do the breakdown and you talk about how you were raised, the behind the scene stories.

JERMAINE:  Uh-huh?

TOM JOYNER:  About Michael.  And one thing that I noticed is that watching the four of you let me know where Michael really got it from.  Being the younger brother, if you’re a younger sibling, you always want to be like your older sibling.  And when you see these guys performing you look on that stage and you go; oh, that’s where Mike got it from.

JERMAINE:  We were blessed but at the same time we had a mother and father who really wanted us to be our best, and my father and mother they really stayed behind us.  And like Tito said, Jackie, myself and Tito, we were trying to be the Isley Brothers when we first started?

TOM JOYNER:  Is that true?

JACKIE:  Yes.

JERMAINE:  That’s what we wanted to be like.  And Michael and Marlon were so young; they were too young to be in the act.  So once we heard Michael singing Climb Every Mountain at a PTA meeting at school we said you’re in the group, you’ve got to be in the band.

JACKIE:  That’s exactly how …

JERMAINE:  That’s how it happened, and Marlon, of course …

SYBIL WILKES:  Now he didn’t sing around the house with you all?  This was out in public at the PTA where he sang and you heard it for the first time?

JERMAINE:  Yeah.

JACKIE:  Yes, yes.

TITO:  We didn’t want to listen to him at all.  He was just a little baby, actually.  He and Marlon both running around playing with their little toys, and we were serious.  We were digging the Isley.  We wanted to be pros.  And they’re playing cars and just saying we want to be in the group.  And we like, no, get out here.  You know, you’re too little (laugh) you know, you’re our little itty, bitty baby brother

TOM JOYNER:  So, Jackie, you’re the oldest.

JACKIE:  Yes.

TOM JOYNER:  And so you dogged Marlon and Michael all the time, being the older brother.

JACKIE:  Yeah.

J. ANTHONY BROWN: What was his prank?

JERMAINE:  Jackie used to have us fighting all the time.

SYBIL WILKES:  Oh, no.

JACKIE:  But I tried to make them tough.

JERMAINE:  He would, no …

JACKIE:  Yeah.

JERMAINE:  … Jackie would give us a quarter.

JACKIE:  Because once they get outside they’re going to have to fight, so I tried to teach them how to box and …

TITO:  Tell them the story, Jermaine.

J. ANTHONY BROWN: Tell the story.

JACKIE:  Tried to make them tough, you know.

JERMAINE:  Jackie would give us a quarter if Tito could be me up.  So he would have us fighting.

JACKIE:  That’s true, though.

TITO:  Yeah.

TOM JOYNER:  Real brothers.

SYBIL WILKES:  And who won those quarters?

J. ANTHONY BROWN:  Who won the most fights?

SYBIL WILKES:  (Laugh)

TITO:  The thing about it, Jackie would pop popcorn first, he’d pop corn and watch us fight.

J. ANTHONY BROWN: Well, they didn’t have a TV player and they didn’t have a television.

JACKIE:  That’s right.

SYBIL WILKES:  This was entertainment.

JACKIE:  But we had the black and white TV.  And we had the colorful screen, you know.

SYBIL WILKES:  Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah.

JACKIE:  And you put it on top of the TV you got color, right?

J. ANTHONY BROWN: Oh, they don’t know about that.

JACKIE:  That’s how we did it back then.

JERMAINE:  They don’t know about that.

J. ANTHONY BROWN:  They young ones don’t know – raise your hands if you know about that.  That plastic over the television?

JACKIE:  Yeah.

J. ANTHONY BROWN: That’s right.

SYBIL WILKES:  Now you guys, at our Family Reunion, at the Tom Joyner Family Reunion, what about your family reunion?  Do you all get together?

JACKIE:  Oh, yeah.

SYBIL WILKES:  And so what are those like?

JACKIE:  They were …

JERMAINE:  Well, we just had game day at my mother’s house because she loves Pictionary.  So it was all the guys against the girls and the girls won for the first time ever.

SYBIL WILKES:  (Laugh)

TOM JOYNER:  Wow.

J. ANTHONY BROWN: Wow.

JERMAINE:  The guys always beat.  And so my mother was there, and she’s happy and guessing, and the girls are cheating, of course.

SYBIL WILKES:  Hey, hey.

JERMAINE:  Sorry, sorry, sorry.  Sorry ladies.

JERMAINE:  But this time they won.  But usually we win.

JERMAINE:  Yeah.

J. ANTHONY BROWN: How many people would it be when you all would get together.

JERMAINE:  Everybody.

TITO:  It’s about the same capacity here.

JERMAINE:  My mother, our father.

J. ANTHONY BROWN:  Wow.

JACKIE:  Janet.

JACKIE:  Yeah.

JACKIE:  Randy.

SYBIL WILKES:  I was just asking Jackie, you are the proud papa of seven month old twins?

JACKIE:  Yes.

SYBIL WILKES:  Isn’t that incredible?

JACKIE:  Yes.

TOM JOYNER:  Seven month old twins?

JACKIE:  Yes.

SYBIL WILKES:  Seven month old twins.

J. ANTHONY BROWN: Still got it.

SYBIL WILKES:  (Laugh)

JACKIE:  Still got it.

J. ANTHONY BROWN: Jackie, Jackie, right here, still got it, man. Still got it.

JACKIE:  Yeah.  We’re set.

Jackie:  Jayden and River.  (Laughter)

JACKIE:  Seven month old twins.  They’re crawling around everywhere.  They keep me up all night.  But they’re a lot of fun, though.  I love them.  They’re great.

SYBIL WILKES:  And so all of your kids, do they exemplify some sort of talent or another?

JERMAINE:  Oh, yeah.  They’re into sports, golf, singing.  You’re going to hear a lot from Tito’s sons.

TITO:  No, your sons, Jermaine.

JERMAINE:  Jafar, and Jamagesty, which are coming out very soon and I’m very exciting.  And it’s all coming.  It’s coming at you very soon.

TOM JOYNER:  Today is your brother’s birthday.

JERMAINE:  Yes.

TITO:  Yes, it is.  Yes it is.

TOM JOYNER:  He’s the youngest of all the kids?

TITO:  No.

SYBIL WILKES:  No, Randy.

TITO:  Janet.

JERMAINE:  Randy then Janet.

TOM JOYNER:  Randy then Janet.  And I’ve seen the house at 2300 Jackson Street.  Tell me about the sleeping arrangements?

JERMAINE:  Well …

TOM JOYNER:  How many square feet?

JERMAINE:  Our bed is probably the size of a closet, but Tito and I slept at the top, and Mike and Marlon slept in the middle and Jackie slept at the bottom, but you always say he got all the showers.  (Laughter)

TITO:  Yeah.

JERMAINE:  We were peeing in the bed.

J. ANTHONY BROWN: Which Jackson pee’d the bed the most? (Laughter)

JERMAINE:  Tito.

TITO:  I did.

JERMAINE:  Tito did.  Tito wet the bed every day.  (Laughter)

TITO:  Yeah, every day, I couldn’t help it.

TOM JOYNER:  But really …

SYBIL WILKES:  You did grow out of that though, didn’t you?

TITO:  Sometimes I was afraid to go to sleep, Tom.  (Laughter)

J. ANTHONY BROWN: This explain why they kept Tito on the end. (Laughter)

TITO:  And my grandma used to get so mad at me.  Oh, my gosh, I was scared.  You know, I wouldn’t even sleep because I was scared to wet the bed.

TOM JOYNER:  Scared to wet the bed, huh?

TITO:  That’s right.  That’s right.

J. ANTHONY BROWN: I know your pain, I know what it’s like. I understand.

TITO:  I couldn’t help it.

J. ANTHONY BROWN: I understand, Tito, I understand your pain. Till I was 19.  (Laughter) Hey, you don’t know my pain.  You don’t know my pain.

SYBIL WILKES:  And his wife said he had to do something about that.

TOM JOYNER:  I think there might be a few tickets left for tomorrow night’s concert when the Jacksons, Dennis Edwards and the Temptations Review and the Bar Kays perform.

ANTHONY BROWN: Oh, my goodness.

JERMAINE:  Oh!

JERMAINE:  I love it.

TOM JOYNER:  Yes, yes.  Tomorrow night, here at the All State Tom Joyner Family Reunion.  Let’s hear it for the Jacksons!

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Paris Hilton, LaToya and Katherine Jackson Remember Michael On His Birthday

Sources: EurWeb | All Things Michael

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*La Toya Jackson wrote a message to her late brother Michael, who would have turned 56 today. His mother Katherine is marking the occasion at an annual event in the family’s hometown of Gary, Indiana.

LaToya took to Twitter Friday to reveal she still feels the pain of his loss.

Katherine is currently attending the fifth annual Michael Jackson Tribute Festival of the Arts event, which began on Thursday in Gary.

Also celebrating MJ’s birthday is Paris Hilton, who posted a pic on Instagram showing herself as a child with Jackson at his video shoot for “Bad.”

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Happy Birthday Michael Jackson! Love & miss you lots! You will always be special to me & close to my heart. I will never forget this day being on set with you for your music video. Thinking of you on your birthday. Love always Paris

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Gary Renovating Homes On The Jackson’s Block For Three-Day Festival (Audio)

Sources: Chicago CBS Local – By Bob Roberts| All Things Michael

Gov. Mike Pence hammering siding into place at new home being built down the blockfrom Jackson family homestead. (Credit: Bob Roberts)

The sounds of saws and hammers have filled the air this week along the street in Gary where pop idol Michael Jackson grew up in advance of a three-day festival marking his birthday.

Prison inmates and volunteers from the Fuller Center for Housing are building the new home and rehabbing two others down the street. Even Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson wore a blue “I Heart Gary” T-shirt and a carpenter’s apron as she hung siding on the new house being built 100 feet from the Jackson homestead. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence joined her and toured the three homes, all on the 2300 and 2400 blocks of Jackson Street.

“To the extent that we have people visiting, we want to make sure that we have a place that we would want them to visit,” she said.

Pence inspected the work, hung a piece of siding on the new home, at 2332 Jackson St., then met the pop star’s mother, who is in town for the festival, which begins Thursday and runs through Saturday. He’d never met Katherine Jackson, and said talking with her as he sat on the sofa in the living room of 2300 Jackson Street was a “pinch me moment.”

“I said, ‘One of the dreams of my life was to meet your son,’” he said. “But this is pretty close.”

The Jackson family is hosting a three-day festival that begins in the morning, on Jackson Street and at adjacent Roosevelt High School, directly in back of the homestead. While Michael Jackson did not attend Roosevelt, his older brothers did.

The Jackson family has rehabilitated their old homestead, on the southwest corner of 23rd Avenue and Jackson Street, and the home next door, at 2306 Jackson. The family has purchased 2312 Jackson and intends to rehab that home as well, Freeman-Wilson said.

The three-day festival will include live music on two stages, a car show, a dance competition and steppers show, a kids’ pavilion and a petting zoo. Hours are 12 noon until 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Saturday.

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Students Audition To Solo In Gary School’s Program Honoring Katherine Jackson

Source: Chicago -Tribute | All Things Michael

Gary resident Judah Coleman, 10, tries out his best Michael Jackson moves on Saturday as he auditions for lead singer in an upcoming documentary on Michael Jackson on Saturday at West Side High School in Gary. | Kyle Telechan/For Sun-Times Media

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GARY — Of six people trying out for the soloist part during the Gary Community School Corp.’s presentation to Jackson family matriarch Katherine at the end of the month, three of them were Colemans: Markeysha, 16; Dwayne, 14, and Judah, 10.

And if any one of them gets it, the other two will be thrilled to death

“We all like each other,” Markeysha said of her siblings.

The Thea Bowman Academy students auditioned for the program, set to honor Catherine and her contributions to Roosevelt High School and the community, Saturday afternoon at West Side STEM Academy. The corporation’s All-City Choir will perform.

Katherine Jackson’s heart always has remained in the city, said Deborah Chang, a Los Angeles-based attorney for the woman.

“She always wants to inspire kids,” Chang said. “They want to show that people should never give up, because Michael (Jackson) made every one of his dreams come true here.”

Chang had the chance to talk to Michael Jackson’s elementary school principal, Gladys Johnson, and saw just how strong the Jackson influence carries through.

“She told the cutest stories,” Chang said. “One of them was how Michael wanted to raise money for the school, so he told Mrs. Johnson that he and his brothers were going to perform a show and charge 10 cents a head.

Mrs. Johnson told him he’d better do his math on that, and Michael told her, ‘I’m going to be so famous, someone will do my math for me!’ And he was right.”

GCSC Superintendent Cheryl Pruitt said the program will be a thanks to the Jackson family for their efforts in cleaning up Roosevelt and the surrounding community. The Jacksons grew up less than an eighth of a mile from the high school.

West Side student Erik Jacob Jax, 17, performed Maxwell hit “Pretty Wings” for the judges. A major fan of Jackson, he said he would love to earn the soloist spot.

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“It would be an honor for me to honor him,” Erik said before wowing the judges.

Hadiya Pugh, 18 and a Bowman student, told the judges she thinks more of MJ’s music needs to be heard. As for his signature dance moves, they need to be seen as well, only she wouldn’t be the one to do them.

“Uh … no,” Pugh said when asked if she could do any Michael Jackson moves.

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Jackson Family To Open Gift Shop In Gary

Source: Post – Tribune – By Michael Gonzalez  | All Things Michael

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GARY — Michael Jackson and Jackson family fans will soon have a place to get their gear and memorabilia locally, officials say.

A city official confirmed that Katherine Jackson, matriarch of the musical clan, is completing permits to open a business on the city’s near west side.

Trent Jackson, a nephew and traveling companion of Katherine Jackson, said the family will convert the house directly east of the family house at 2300 Jackson St. to a gift shop with plans to open Aug. 15.

The annual Michael Jackson birthday celebration begins two weeks later.

The family will make a formal announcement in the coming weeks, Trent Jackson said, but the house will be a pick-up point for fans who buy merchandise online. There will be no money kept at the house, and the pick-up service will be for those who buy a certain amount of merchandise.

Trent Jackson, who lives in Calabasas, California, with other family members, declined to discuss the dollar amount of the purchases that can be picked up, and he did not offer details on the goods that will be sold.

The Jackson family will reinvest the proceeds into the neighborhood and, possibly, Roosevelt High School, which is directly west of the house.

“We want to keep the block looking nice,” Jackson said. “We want to help out with the neighbors here and help out with the school.”

On Wednesday, on the fifth anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death, Trent Jackson and a woman could be seen cleaning the inside of the proposed shop. The lawn outside the small house is well manicured, and it appears much work has been done on the building. Like 2300 Jackson St., the property is surrounded by a high, black fence.

Chelsea Whittington, Gary’s communication director, could not offer details about the gift shop plans, but she said such a project would be “a great complement to the Fuller Center housing build” in the area later this summer.

From Aug. 24-29, the Fuller Center, a faith-based agency building low-income housing around the world, will host a house-building blitz in Gary, building two new homes and renovating two more.

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La Toya Jackson’s Exclusive Statement On 5th Anniversary of Michael Jackson’s Death

Source: ABC News – Luchina Fisher | All Things Michael

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Today marks the fifth anniversary of Michael Jackson‘s death, and no one mourns him more than his family.

Sister La Toya Jackson, 58, gave an exclusive statement to ABC News about her late brother, who died June 25, 2009, at age 50:

“5 Years ago today we all lost the most INCREDIBLE father, brother, son and the most talented performer this world has ever known!

“If Michael were here today he would tell us all to celebrate his life and not to mourn his death. Michael was all about love and peace and in honor of my brother I ask you to please do something kind for someone today, and, BLAST and DANCE to all the beautiful music he left us all.

“I will spend this day celebrating his life by listening to his music, looking through old home photos, watching his videos and concerts. MICHAEL I LOVE YOU FOREVER and if you were here today I know you would say, “I LOVE YOU MORE!”

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Michael Jackson’s Nephews To Perform Again As 3T After 15-Year Hiatus Updated

Source: ABC News – By Associated Press/ All Things Michael

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MILAN (AP) — Michael Jackson’s nephews and heirs to his musical talent say they are ready to take up the pop superstar’s legacy, ending a 15-year hiatus prolonged by his dispute with Sony and untimely death.

Taj, TJ and Taryll Jackson, sons of Tito, one of the original Jackson Five, are preparing for a European tour this fall and are working on a new album, they said in an interview on the sidelines of Milan Fashion Week, which ended Tuesday.

Taj Jackson told The Associated Press that their career as 3T stalled when they lost rights to an album during Jackson’s dispute with Sony around the year 2000. They were planning a comeback in 2009, and `’the day we started recording was when Michael passed,” he said Monday evening at a fashion event.

The brothers decided that focusing on Jackson’s three children was the priority, Taj Jackson said, adding now the kids are pushing them to resume their careers. TJ has since become the children’s co-legal guardian.

`’We wanted to try to the best of our ability to fill in the holes, because we lost our mother at a young age,” Taj Jackson said. `’That was more important for us. Now they are kind of edging us, them and our grandmother” to resume their musical career.

The brothers each have recording studios at home, and have never stopped making music. But they have only rarely performed publicly in the last 15 years or so, notably for a Michael Jackson tribute concert three years ago.

Taj credits their uncle with not only inspiring them, but also teaching them `’the secrets of music and songwriting, and performing, at an early age.”

`’I’ll never forget, he told us, `After I retire you are going to have to take on the legacy and continue it.’ And we took those words to heart,” he said.

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