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.”


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

Gary resident Judah Coleman, 10, tries out his best Michael Jackson moves. | Kyle Telechan/For Sun-Times Media

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


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


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


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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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.


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.


“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.


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.


“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.”