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.

Read more at the Chicago Post – Tribune

 

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!”

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/06/la-toya-jacksons-exclusive-statement-on-5th-anniversary-of-michael-jacksons-death/?

 

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.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/3t-ending-hiatus-michael-jackson-legacy-24292103

Prince Jackson Opens Up About His Dad

Source: Sunday Express – By Kristy McCormack / All Things Michael

IT’S been five years since Michael Jackson passed away, but his son Prince has admitted that it’s still tough for the famous family.

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The 17-year-old, who has entered the limelight since his father’s death, revealed it was still “tough” coping with the loss and told how the last thing he and Michael had planned was a trip to London.

Speaking to The Sun on Sunday, Prince said: “My dad always said he loved London.

“He really wanted to go there and show what he could do. He was looking forward to showing us around.”

The King of Pop was scheduled to play several dates at London’s O2 Arena, but sadly he died of a cardiac arrest on June 25, 2009 – three weeks before the tour was due to begin.

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“It’s tough. This will be the fifth anniversary of his death. Yeah… yeah,” Prince added.

“He was the best father anybody could have. He raised us the right way and there is nothing anyone can do to make us forget about him.

“He was always concerned about humanity. He helped many charities. In his songs his message was simple — love. We will continue to spread his message.”

Prince’s life nowadays is worlds away from how he lived when his father was alive – especially as the superstar used to hide Prince’s face behind a mask, along with his other two children Paris and Prince Michael “Blanket” Jackson II.

The teenager has not only found work as a TV presenter but he’s also acted in US TV show ’90210′ and attends several celebrity events.

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Speaking at the after party of the US premiere of ‘True Blood’ in Los Angeles this week, he said: “I don’t expect to walk into roles because of who I am. I want to learn my craft.

“My plan is to work for TV companies, doing what I did for Entertainment Tonight,” he added.

“I had such great fun working for that show and doing interviews. I learned a lot. The feedback I got was really great, too. I want to get more experience.”

The youngster hopes to direct films one day, but is keen to do more acting before taking on that role.

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“We all love movies and I would like to be a director one day. But to be a good director you have to know how an actor works and feels on set,” he explained.

“I want to learn my craft and experience being in TV shows and possibly movies before I even consider going behind the camera.

“It is not a job to be taken lightly. You need to put your time in to learning something properly before overseeing others.”

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See Inside The Jackson Estate (Pictures)

Source: LA Curbed – By Bianca Barragan / All Things Michael

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Michael Jackson’s estate has just purchased the 12,670-square-foot Calabasas villa that the Jackson children and family matriarch Katherine Jackson had been leasing at a jaw-dropping $26,000 a month. (It wasn’t even on the market, though it had previously been listed at $11.5 million.) Located in the gated, the LA Times reports the celeb-filled The Estates at The Oaks of Calabasas, the seven-bedroom, 11-bathroom Mediterranean-y main residence has an elevator, a home theater, and mountain views. There’s also a guest house larger than most new studio apartments (600 square feet) and a putting green mound in the backyard. That selling price was $10.75 million.

Prince Jackson Looks Sharp On The Red Carpet At The True Blood Final Season Premiere (Updated)

Source: Daily Mail – By Mike Larkin / All Things Michael

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It was sure to be a Thriller.

So no wonder Prince Jackson looked so excited when he turned up at the final season premiere of True Blood in Hollywood on Tuesday.

The jolly teenager flashed peace signs at his fans in the crowd as he lapped up the attention at the bustling event.

The 17-year-old showed some of the swagger of his old man Michael as he sauntered down the red carpet.

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He looked quite the dashing young chap in a black suit, smart leather shoes and pullover.

No doubt the Prince Of Pop’s eldest son was excited to be seeing show favorites such as Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer and Joe Manganiello in the flesh.

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The popular show is finally coming to an end after six sizzling series at the top.
Series seven promises to be as gripping as ever, with the residents and vampires of Bon Temps in Louisiana last seen about to face off against a horde of Hepatitis-V infected bloodsuckers.
The show premieres on HBO on Sunday, taking the time slot occupied by the channel’s smash hit program Game Of Thrones.

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Please Note: Ordinarily, I do not post stories about Prince by the Daily Mail, but since this was a public event and he looks so sharp like his dad, I thought it to be appropriate. I am so proud of the fine young man he has become. Like Prince said, “his dad raised him right.”

Latoya Interviews With Sway About Her Life, Show, Family And The Kardashians

Source: SutBeatTalks

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Legendary Jackson Family member, La Toya stopped by Sway in the Morning to promote her new show on the OWN network “Life With LaToya.” The La Toya went into detail about her new reality show and if Michael’s children will be featured on the show. Additionally, she discussed the multiple connections the Kardashians have with the Jackson family and how she personally knows Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney. After the soon-to-be bride also celebrated her new engagement by showing us her 17.5 carat ring, she discussed her past interactions with domestic violence and how she got wrapped up in Mafia drama. Be sure to catch La Toya on the OWN network every Saturday.

Read more: http://sutbeattalks.com/the-kardashians-dated-which-members-of-michael-jacksons-family/