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.’
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.
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.
“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.“
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.
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.
Brook Anderson from Entertainment Tonight got a behind the scenes interview with Prince on the set.
He even sported a fake gash on his face. The director was very impressed with him. (See video below)
National Honor Society Induction
On April 23, 2013, Taj Jackson happily tweeted that Prince was inducted into the National Honor Society at Buckley.
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.
Picture not from actual visit (Taken August 2013, Gary, Indiana) Blanket shown bottom right.
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.
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.
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.
Prince at trial deposition
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:
Prince said MJ always dressed them up so when he grew up, he could show his kids how he looked when little
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.
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.
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.
“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, hand sculpted ring made by Prince. See video below for more details.
She also had this to say about Katherine:
“She’s a lovely woman who really is on top of things.”
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. ♥
Cutie Pie ♥