Bobbi Kristina Brown: Michael Jackson’s Nephew Pays Tribute

Sources: Billboard – By Austin Brown | All Things Michael

Before Brown’s death on July 26, Austin Brown penned an essay for Billboard in which he relates and reflects on the girl he came to know as the adoring daughter of a very famous mom.

I had the pleasure of meeting Bobbi Kristina at the 2009 American Music Awards. It was only a few months after losing our beloved Michael. My family was still grieving through our own personal pain as the world was grieving the public loss of someone who meant so much to so many.

Attending in support of my aunt, who was opening the show, I was sitting with [producer] Rodney Jerkins, a family friend to both the Jackson and Houston families. Right before the show started, I saw a woman approaching us with a young lady clamped to her arm. As the pair drew closer, I could see that it was Whitney Houston and her daughter, Bobbi Kristina.

Whitney offered her cheek for Rodney and I to kiss as her daughter said hello. During the quick conversation, Bobbi Kristina didn’t let go of her mom’s arm for one second. You could tell that Whitney was truly the light in her eyes and her safety zone. Whenever I saw Bobbi Kristina after that, it was always the same thing: her clamped tightly to her mother and never letting go, evidence of the deep bond between the two.

With the death of Houston three years ago, we lost another icon. But it saddened me that many people forgot — first and foremost — that her death was about the loss of a mother and the pain it caused a family. No matter what the public perception is, the human factor should be evident: the loss of a family member, especially a parent, is extremely painful beyond comprehension.

I experienced the same personal struggle after losing my father in 2013 to pancreatic cancer. I was trying to work through the inevitable downhill spiral while fighting to find inner peace and discover the new person I was moving forward to be. At these moments, families do one of two things. Either they come together and grow from the loss so they can move forward. Or they bicker over the mundane material possessions or financial matters, not realizing the real anger and pain they are experiencing stems from the hurt and void caused by the loved one’s loss. But no matter the outcome, the family can grieve, cry, fight and emote in private without public opinion judging their actions.

When I think about Bobbi Kristina, it pains me to see that her grief has turned into a story full of public judgment and opinion since the passing of her mother. As she continues fighting for her life, public perception is still inquiring about her rights as a celebrity child and her personal relationships with her family. Have we come to this as a society?

Yes, we all know the answer to that question. But let’s take a real look inside at what that can be like. When our family lost Michael, we grieved with the world. When there were internal struggles, these were headlined as “Entertainment” for the world to watch unfold. The reality: we all had to adjust to who we were now as a family moving forward and, most important, help the children he left behind handle their pain and adjustment. The public’s intrigue only further fueled the stress and internal struggles. Fortunately, however, through faith, prayer, and love we got through it and weathered the storm to rebuild a new family foundation.

I pray and hope to see Bobbi Kristina live to show us why her love for her mother was so strong that she continually clamped onto her arm. Before only seeing her as the beloved daughter of a legend we all adored, we have to remember this is a daughter who lost her mother. And that she is not the first person in the world to have a hard time with grief.

Energy is the battery of the universe. Through prayer and love we can shift the negativity that is being portrayed publicly into a positive effort for someone to live through their sadness and struggles and hopefully move on to help others in the future. Bobbi Kristina, we as a family have you in our prayers.

Austin Brown is the son of Rebbie Jackson, eldest of the Jackson children and sister of the late Michael Jackson.

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Michael Jackson On Fatherhood And Family

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The Dream of Fatherhood

“The Michael Jackson No One Knows” – Ebony Interview – 1984

Recalling that the late superstar Josephine Baker, an entertainer he admired, had a United Nations of children that she had adopted, Michael smiled broadly and said with assurance:

“I’m going to have children of my own, but I’m going to adopt as many races as I can. That is what I’m going to do. I love children. Like Emmanuel Lewis (tiny, 12-year-old star of TV’s Webster series), he’s a real inspiration.”

Diana Sawyer Interview – 1995

Diane Sawyer: We also heard a report that maybe you were planning to adopt the children.
Michael: Oh, I would love to adopt children. I think that’s something I’ve always wanted to do. But children of all races: Arab children, Jewish children, black children, all races.

1995 Simulchat With Fans

In Oprah’s interview you said that you wanted to raise a family one day. Do you plan to do so?
Michael: Yes. That’s my dream for a long time. My own children, I want to adopt them. Not only my own, but children from all over the world. I think we should be less territorial about it.

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Michael As A Father

The birth of his first child…“Words can’t describe how I feel,” the superstar singer said in a statement last night. “I have been blessed beyond comprehension, and I will work tirelessly at being the best father that I can possibly be. I appreciate that my fans are elated, but I hope that everyone respects the privacy that Debbie and I want and need for our son. I grew up in a ‘fish bowl’ and will not allow that to happen to my child. Please respect our wishes, and give my son his privacy.” Source

Ok Magazine – 1997

Interviewer: Michael, how does it feel to be a father?
Michael: It was an incredibly joyful experience. I’m in bliss 24 hours a day.
Interviewer: Can you talk us through the birth of your son?
Michael: It’s hard to take it step by step, but the snapshots in my mind from the birth show our excitement and nervousness. Debbie was so strong throughout the delivery. There were shouts of joy when the baby was born. I couldn’t believe the miracle I had witnessed. It was unbelievable!

Interviewer: Michael, among all your life’s glittering achievements, how does fatherhood rate?
Michael: Words can’t describe it. There is no miracle in life that compares with watching your son come into the world.

Interviewer: Debbie, does Michael change the baby’s nappies, get up in the middle of the night to feed him and do his share of the chores?
Debbie: Yes, Michael does everything. He loves being involved in every aspect of caring for the baby. He is such a wonderful father, feeding him, holding him, and, of course, singing to him.

Interviewer: What sort of dad will you try to be?
Michael: The best! My father was always there for us through the stardom of the Jackson Five and through many of the ups and downs that followed. I, too, will always be there for my son. It’s the most important thing in the world to me.
Interviewer: Debbie, what are your family’s feelings about Michael?
Debbie: They’re crazy about him. They were delighted to discover how warm and genuine he is.
Interviewer: And how would you describe Michael’s strengths as a father?
Debbie: He’s very patient and protective. He never rushes what he’s doing with the baby. I was very proud of how tough he was about our privacy. He’s incredibly strong.

Gerald Interview 2005 

Geraldo: How you doing, man?
Michael: How you doing?
Geraldo: Good to see you. You get to smile anymore?
Michael: Of course, I smile a lot.
Geraldo: You smile when you’re in a recording studio like this one, doing music?
Michael: Of course, I love music.
Geraldo: Is it nice to get back to the music?
Michael: It’s fantastic. Because ahhh… It’s my life. That’s what I do.
Geraldo: You’ve been so distracted, you know, you want to talk about how you’re feeling?
Michael: I’m doing fine Geraldo, how are you?
Geraldo: Despite whatever else goes on in the world, you’re doing ok?
Michael: I’m doing very well, thank you.
Geraldo: You know, it was wonderful, seeing you with the children. That I think, is the real Michael Jackson that has not been seen… you with your own children, one in diapers the other two toddlers… I don’t know how you manage without a nanny. 
Michael: Well, I enjoy taking care of my children myself it’s… it’s fun that’s why I had them so I could take care of them and it’s just great relief for me you know it’s a pleasure it keeps me happy and laughing and you know, they’re wonderful sweet innocent children.
Geraldo: I saw you as kind of the arbitrator between the ‘Nickelodeon’ and the ‘Disney Channel’ there. You got some really difficult problems to solve there. But you have such a- a kind of a normal life there. It’s sweet to see.
Michael: Thank you. They bring me that.
Geraldo: Tell me, tell me what the children mean to you, your own children.
Michael: They mean, it’s hard to put it into words because they mean everything. The way you would explain how your children make you feel… They’re the world for me, I wake up and I’m ready for the day because of them. I get them breakfast, I change diapers, if they want to read, we do a lot of reading, we play hide and seek, we play blind fold and have a wonderful time with it.
Geraldo: And you can create a world that at least begins to seem normal? They don’t know any other world obviously.
Michael: I do my best for sure.
Geraldo: So, that is obviously a priority to you 
Michael: Yes of course. I want to be the best father in the world of course.
Geraldo: Do they know who you are? Or what you mean to people?
Michael: Yes, they do. They’ve been on tours with me and in limousines among a sea of fans.
Geraldo: Do they like it?
Michael: They find it exciting. They want to get on stage. They bug me to go on stage with me. So, pretty sure I’m going to take them on with me and let the world see them for the first time.
Geraldo: They don’t say, “Daddy I want to go home and watch ‘Nickelodeon’?”
Michael: [laughs] Probably, probably. 
Geraldo: They do that too.
Michael: Yes.

TV Guide – 1999

TV-Guide: Do the kids live with you at Neverland?
Michael: They were at Neverland two weeks ago. I think they realized for the first time that it’s their home. They used to always think it was some hotel resort. We stay in hotels everywhere. They didn’t realize that the train and the train station are for them, and those rides are for them. Now they go, “We want to go to Neverland!”
TV-Guide: What are their personalities like?
Michael: Prince tells me all day that he has to make movies. So I bought him this video camera, I say, “What are we doing this time?” He goes, “Star Wars.” So we put some figures on the table, make them move. And Paris is just now starting to talk and walk. She’s very sweet. And I’m surprised she loves dolls. My sister Janet didn’t like that sort of thing. She was a tomboy. I thought [Paris] was going to be like that, but she isn’t.
TV-Guide: And you’re changing their diapers and feeding them?
Michael: Yeah, I love it. It’s a lot of work. I thought I was prepared ’cause I read everything about child rearing, but it’s so much more exciting than I ever imagined it would be. The only regret I have is that I wish I had done it earlier.
TV-Guide: Do you sing and dance for them?
Michael: That’s how I keep them quiet if they’re crying. If I just start dancing, they shut down.
TV-Guide: Do you want to have more kids?
Michael: Definitely. I told my father [Joe] I’m going to match his record. He had 10.

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USA Today – 2001

Question: How has fatherhood changed you?
Michael: In a huge way. You have to value your time differently, no doubt about it. It’s your responsibility to make sure they’re taken care of and raised properly with good manners. But I refuse to let any of it get in the way of the music or the dance or the performing. I have to play two different roles. I always wanted to have a big family, ever since I was in school. I was always telling my father I would outdo him. He had 10 children. I would love to have like 11 or 12 myself.

Question: And what have your kids taught you?
Michael: A lot. [Parenthood] reminds you to do what the Bible has always told us. When the Apostles were arguing among themselves over who was the greatest in Jesus’ eyes, he said, “None of you,” and called over a little boy and said, “until you humble yourself like this child.” It reminds you to be kind and humble and to see things through the eyes of children with a childlike wonderment. I still have that. I’m still fascinated by clouds and the sunset. I was making wishes on the rainbow yesterday. I saw the meteor shower. I made a wish every time I saw a shooting star.

Question: You’ve said you plan to home-school your kids. Given your fame, how can you provide a normal life for them?
Michael: You do the best you can. You don’t isolate them from other children. There will be other kids at the school [on his property]. I let them go out in the world. But they can’t always go with me. We get mobbed and attacked. When we were in Africa, Prince saw a mob attack in a huge shopping mall. People broke so much stuff, running and screaming. My biggest fear is that fans will hurt themselves, and they do. I’ve seen glass break, blood, ambulances.

Gold Magazine -2002

Magdalena: Are you a family man? What do you like doing with your family?

Michael: My personal family? My Children? We love just sitting together, talking, shooting the breeze. We sit by the lake. I take them for a walk every day at my house. We sit by the lake and we throw rocks in the water and we just talk.
Magdalena: What do you think is the deepest form of love someone can feel? And have you felt it?
Michael: Wow, I think that’s really a matter of opinion. Have I felt the deepest form of love? I don’t know what would be the deepest… [long pause] and interesting question… [repeats question a few times]. I love my children very, very much, and I always look in their eyes and tell them that — I think that’s the most important thing.

Michael Jackson Home Movies -2003

MJ: You’ve seen a lot of footage tonight of my life…
(You are my life intro plays)
MJ: … my joys, my happiness, you know, (looks down and pauses), um, but what you’re about to see now, is what I’m most proud of… what I think life is really all about.
(Chorus plays to various clips of Paris and Prince playing and a party with a small group of people)
MJ: I love and adore my children. They mean everything to me. When they’re in public though, I conceal their faces, cos I don’t want… I want my children protected. At home, they have a normal life, they play with other kids and they have a good time, they’re laughing a lot. They run around, they even go to school. It’s a normal life for them. But in public, I must protect them.
Man: What do you wanna do when you grow up?
Paris: I’m gonna be like my Daddy.
(Clips of the children at a table and outdoors)
Woman: Paris, what do you like to read?
Paris: Peter Pan!
Prince: I like to read Snow White.
(Clips continue ending with Michael sitting on the floor leaning against the wall with Prince and Paris)
MJ: I love my children very much… and I’m proud to be their dad.

Mirror Interview With Piers Morgan – 1999

His joy at fatherhood is tempered by the knowledge that it hasn’t stopped the sneering, the rumours, the nudge-nudge, wink-wink brigade. He says: “I love my children so much. They have changed me and my outlook on life.”

“I just wish people would leave me alone to get on with my life. I’m just a person who wants to be honest and do good, make people happy and give them the greatest sense of escapism through the talent God has given me.”

“That’s where my heart is, that’s all I want to do. Just let me share and give, put a smile on people’s faces and make their hearts feel happy. To see my kids leaping round the room going mad to my sister Janet’s music is just fantastic. It fills my heart with so much joy.”

“As soon as Janet’s songs with a good beat like ‘The Knowledge’ or ‘Rhythm Nation’ come on they both go crazy.”

“You’d think a machine is moving them around.”    

The star starts to rap out his sister’s hits to me, using the desk in front of him as a drum. This is definitely one of those Kodak moments for the grandchildren.

He goes on: “I start singing and there’s screaming all over the house.”

“I start dancing and Prince is all in the way trying to dance with me.”

Jackson never plays his own music to his children — “I’m saving that for a surprise when they are a bit older,” he smiles. He would love them to go into the entertainment world but he’s aware of the dangers.

He says: “It’s going to be hard for them. When Lisa Marie wants to sing, people always compare her to her father which is so tough.”

“Of course, I’d love them to do something in the arts so I could teach them to sing and dance. But they’d have to want to do that without pressure from me.”

Jackson is clearly devoted to his own kids.

He tells me: “They are staying with a friend of mine who I went to school with. We go back a long way.”

“My children are with hers having fun which is great. I call them all the time and we have great conversations. Hearing them say ‘Dad! Dad!’ is such a thrill.”

Jackson says he has learned a lot about being a father from Al Fayed, a friend for more than 20 years. The two spent Saturday touring the toy department at Harrods and watching Fayed’s team, Fulham, play in Division Two.

Jackson says: “Mohamed is a lovely family man and has been giving me some great tips.”

“He tells me to be loving, to take time with the children, not to leave them with anybody and to be with them as much as I can.”

“To help them grow and let them know you love them by looking them in the eyes, and saying ‘I love you.’ And play, play, play with them.”

“My Childhood, My Sabbath, My Freedom” – 2000

“When I became a father, my whole sense of God and the Sabbath was redefined. When I look into the eyes of my son, Prince, and daughter, Paris, I see miracles and I see beauty. Every single day becomes the Sabbath. Having children allows me to enter this magical and holy world every moment of every day. I see God through my children. I speak to God through my children. I am humbled for the blessings He has given me.

There have been times in my life when I, like everyone, has had to wonder about God’s existence. When Prince smiles, when Paris giggles, I have no doubts. Children are God’s gift to us. No–they are more than that–they are the very form of God’s energy and creativity and love. He is to be found in their innocence, experienced in their playfulness.

My most precious days as a child were those Sundays when I was able to be free. That is what the Sabbath has always been for me. A day of freedom. Now I find this freedom and magic every day in my role as a father. The amazing thing is, we all have the ability to make every day the precious day that is the Sabbath. And we do this by rededicating ourselves to the wonders of childhood. We do this by giving over our entire heart and mind to the little people we call son and daughter. The time we spend with them is the Sabbath. The place we spend it is called Paradise.”  Source

Vibe Magazine 2002

Jones: You seem to be enjoying life as a single parent.
Michael: I never had so much fun in all my life. That’s the truth. Beacause I’m this big kid, and now I get to see the world through the eyes of the really young ones. I learn more from them than they learn from me. I’m constantly trying things and testing things on them to see what works and what doesn’t. Children are always the best judges to monitor something. If you can get the kids, you’ve got it. That’s why Harry Potter is so successful — it’s a family-oriented movie. You can’t go wrong there. We want a wide demographic, and that’s why I try not to say things in my lyrics that offend parents. I don’t want to be like that. We weren’t raised to be like that. Mother and Joseph [Michael’s father] wouldn’t say stuff like that.

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Teaching His Kids To Be Individuals

Vibe Magazine 2002

Jones: What do Prince and Paris listen to?
Michael: They listen to all of my music, and they love classical, which plays all around the ranch. They like any good dance music.
Jones: How would you feel about your children becoming pop icons, based upon your experience?
Michael: I don’t know how they would handle that. It would be tough. I really don’t know. It’s hard, since most of the children of celebrities end up becoming self-destructive because they can’t live up to the talent of the parent. People used to always say to Fred Astaire Jr., “Can you dance?” And he couldn’t. He didn’t have any rhythm, but his father was this genius dancer. It doesn’t mean that it has to be passed on. I always tell my children, You don’t have to sing, you don’t have to dance. Be who you want to be, as long as you’re not hurting anybody. That’s the main thing.

Ok Magazine – 2002

Interviewer: Michael, what are your hopes for Prince Michael Junior’s future?
Michael: I want him to grow up surrounded by love and family, to receive the best education I can provide him with, to discover and develop his talents, and to use his resources to make life better for those less fortunate than he.

USA Today – 2001

Question: What have you taught your children?
Michael: I try to make sure they’re respectful and honorable and kind to everybody. I tell them, no matter what they do, work hard at it. What you want to do for a lifetime, be the best at it.
[Prince is staring. “Stop looking at me,” Michael says, smiling.]

Gold Magazine – 2002

Magdalena: If one of your children came to you and said, “Dad, I want to be a pop star,” what’s the best advise you could give them?
Michael: The best advise that I would give them is it’s a lot of hard work, and be prepared, because it’s not all joy all the time. And that you’ve got to have rhinoceros skin, because the bigger the star, the bigger the target. The tabloid press are bastards, and you’ve got to have rhinoceros skin to deal with that kind of ignorance mentality. They do it simply to sell papers, because bad news sell, not good news. They simply make it up. If they don’t have anything, they just make it up. I’m nothing like the way the tabloids have painted me out to be, nothing. Nothing like that. They’re the ones who are crazy. They’re ignorant. I always say to my fans “Let’s have a tabloid burning. Let’s make a big mountain out of tabloids and just burn them.” The real fans who love me know that garbage isn’t true. They know. They’re smart.

 Barbara Walters – 1996

Barbara Walters: Do you like being a father?
Michael: I love it. [big smile]
Barbara Walters: Are you very involved with him?
Michael: [laughing] Yes.
Barbara Walters: Do you want more children?
Michael: Yes. [with an embarrassed laugh]
Barbara Walters: You have been in the spotlight since you were a baby yourself.
Michael: Yes.
Barbara Walters: If your son showed talent… by the way does he show any talent at nine months?
Michael: Well, I’ll tell you this much… when he’s crying… to keep him from crying, I have to do one thing.
Barbara Walters: What?
Michael: I have to stand in front of him… and dance.
Barbara Walters: Really?
Michael: Yes. And he stops crying. His tears turn to laughter… and he’s happy [with a clap of his hands], he smiles.
Barbara Walters: And do you do your ‘Moonwalk’ with him?
Michael: Yeah… I do all kind of movements [abrupt movements in imitation of his dances] … [laughs] …
Barbara Walters: And then he stops crying?
Michael: And then he stops crying.
Barbara Walters: You must do a lot of dancing.
Michael: [laughing louder] I do a lot of dancing, yes.
Barbara Walters: Michael, if this little boy says, “Daddy, I want to go on the stage?”
Michael: [Peels of laughter as his hand slaps his leg]
Barbara Walters: After what you’ve been through?
Michael: I would say, “Hold on, now. Hold on. If you do go that way, expect this… expect that… expect this… expect that”. [Counting on his fingers]
Barbara Walters: You’d lay it all out?
Michael: I’d lay it all out. “See you’re gonna get all this [pointing to one of the camera positions] … and all this [pointing to another camera position] … and all this [pointing to a third camera position] You ready to do that?” “Yeah, I can’t wait”. Then I would say, “Go… and do it better than I did”.
Barbara Walters: But know what you’re in for…
Michael: Know what you’re in for.

Good Morning America Interview – 2008

“They love music…they are very much into the arts. But I don’t push them. I am letting them enjoy their childhood as much as possible. I really do. I let them go to the arcade and get out and go to the movies and do things. I think that comes naturally. You know, I want them to get to do the kind of things I didn’t get to do. So I fill them with a lot of enjoyment that way – a lot of amusement. You know? I get pretty emotional when I see them having a wonderful time; when they are on a ride and they are screaming and they are happy and they are running. It makes me emotional, cause I see they are having a real good time.”

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On His Family

Gerald Interview 2005 

Geraldo: But, uh, you trust your family.
Michael: Of course, you have to.
Geraldo: Is it a ‘blood thicker than water’ thing? What is it?
Michael: Family is everything. It’s love. It’s what we were taught. We’re friends at the end of the day, which is important. Other than what the public or press people say, we’re friends. We love each other very much.

Geraldo: Do you rely on friends? Have people stayed with you through thick and thin? Who are your best friends?
Michael: My children, my family, my brothers and my sisters and yeah, most people have. Most people have.

Geraldo: Michael is there anything else you would like to say?
Michael: No… yes. I would just like for the public to keep my family and myself in their prayers. That would be very nice. Thank you, Geraldo.

Associated Press 2007 

“I’ve been in the entertainment industry since I was 6 years old, As Charles Dickens says, `It’s been the best of times, the worst of times.’ But I would not change my career. While some have made deliberate attempts to hurt me, I take it in stride because I have a loving family, a strong faith and wonderful friends and fans who have, and continue, to support me.” Source

TV Guide – 1999

TV-Guide: What is your relationship with your father like now? You were estranged from him for a while.
Michael: I have the best relationship now that I’ve ever had with him. I think with age and time he’s really mellowed out to become a nice person. He’ll simply say to me, “How are you doing? Are you eating? That’s all I wanted to know.” Not, “Did you sign that contract?” He just wants to know if I’m okay. I think that’s really nice… And my mother [Katherine] is like the perfect angel.

USA Today – 2001

Question: Have you made peace with your father?
Michael: It’s much better. My father is a much nicer person now. I think he realizes his children are everything. Without your family, you have nothing. He’s a nice human being. At one time, we’d be horrified if he just showed up. We were scared to death. He turned out really well. I wish it wasn’t so late.

Michael Jackson Home Movies – 2003

[Clip of Janet and Katharine miming to ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’ as Michael performs, labelled 1988]

MJ: That’s Janet and my mother, backstage at one of my concerts. They’re singing almost as loud as me hehe! [laughs] I remember one thing my mother said to me. We were at the Copenhagen, I think. And there was just a sea of people. It was like over two hundred thousand people and her eyes were watery. She was on the side of the stage. And I said Mother, what’s wrong? Why are you crying? She said um… [pauses and looks down], when you were a baby and I was holding you in my arms, I would never dreamt it. You would, you could, you would do this. You would have this kind of effect on an audience like this. And I gave her a hug and tried to get her on stage. She’s so shy, she, no matter what, she will not go on stage… [laughs] But I thought that was really sweet of her.

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Interview with Arabic Children – 1996

“I am a very family oriented person and I come from a family of ten children, so I am very used to a family, you know… surrounding, to come around you as a unity. So I don’t think I can live without that bond. So I would love to have a major… a huge family. I’d say a total of twelve… My aunt had 13 children, I have an uncle who had twelve children, and my father had… ten children, and so eh… I love it big… everywhere…”

Oxford Speech – 2001

“My father had to leave them secretly at night, so as no one might catch him with his guard down. He was scared of human emotion, he didn’t understand it or know how to deal with it. But he did know doughnuts. And when I allow the floodgates to open up, there are other memories that come rushing back, memories of other tiny gestures, however imperfect, that showed that he did what he could. So tonight, rather than focusing on what my father didn’t do, I want to focus on all the things he did do and on his own personal challenges. I want to stop judging him. I have started reflecting on the fact that my father grew up in the South, in a very poor family. He came of age during the Depression and his own father, who struggled to feed his children, showed little affection towards his family and raised my father and his siblings with an iron fist. Who could have imagined what it was like to grow up a poor black man in the South, robbed of dignity, bereft of hope, struggling to become a man in a world that saw my father as subordinate.

I was the first black artist to be played on MTV and I remember how big a deal it was even then. And that was in the 80s! My father moved to Indiana and had a large family of his own, working long hours in the steel mills, work that kills the lungs and humbles the spirit, all to support his family. Is it any wonder that he found it difficult to expose his feelings? Is it any mystery that he hardened his heart, that he raised the emotional ramparts? And most of all, is it any wonder why he pushed his sons so hard to succeed as performers, so that they could be saved from what he knew to be a life of indignity and poverty? I have begun to see that even my father’s harshness was a kind of love, an imperfect love, to be sure, but love nonetheless. He pushed me because he loved me. Because he wanted no man ever to look down at his offspring. And now with time, rather than bitterness, I feel blessing. In the place of anger, I have found absolution. And in the place of revenge I have found reconciliation. And my initial fury has slowly given way to forgiveness.”

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The Importance of The Family Bond

Anthony DeCurtis Online Chat – 2001

When I come to town, I would love to see a children’s festival, to hear children’s choirs, uh, you know, pretty much present when I come to different countries, singing some of their favorite songs of mine. Uh, we should forge and create a children’s day, a celebration internationally, where children are honored. Where parents can take their children to the movies or to the toy store or to the park. And that, alone, will create a bonding. Because the family bond has been broken. They don’t eat with their children or speak to their children much anymore, or mother their children. And I would love to see a celebration for children. Children’s Day; a holiday. We have Mothers Day, Fathers Day — no Children’s day. And, uh, I would love when I come to town just to see them sing songs, or a parade or something. I would love that.

USA Today – 2001

Question: What happened to your plans to build theme parks in Europe and Africa?
Michael: We’re still working on a couple projects. I can’t say right now where. I love theme parks. I love seeing children coming together, having a good time with their parents. It’s not like it used to be, when you put your kids on the merry-go-round and sat on the bench eating peanuts. Now you enjoy it with them. It builds a unity to the family.

Gold Magazine – 2002

Magdalena: Who are your favorite people?
Michael: I love people who have really contributed to the pleasure and happiness of the planet and mankind, people with light — from Walt Disney to Gandhi to Edison to Martin Luther King. These are people with light, people who really cared about children, bringing families together, and love. That’s what I try to say in my music and in my songs. If you go to one of my concerts, my shows, you will see 200 000 people swaying, holding candles, saying, “We want to heal the world,” and “We love you.” I’ve seen it around the world from Russia to Germany to Poland to Africa to America. We’re all the same. People cry in the same places in the show. They get angry in the same places in the show, they get the pathos in the same places.

Martin Bashir Interview – 2003

“People don’t even eat with their fathers anymore, or their mothers. The family bond has been broken, it’s an outcry for attention.” (Michael gets emotional here and breaks down)
 
“Why are kids going to school with guns? They want to be touched, they want to be held, but they [the parents] are busy off on their day job and they leave them at home on the computer and they’re just doing all kinds of crazy stuff. And that’s destroying our bond. We need to bond again, that’s very important.” 

“I’m just very sensitive to their pain and I am very sensitive to the family, the human condition, you know? On that subject, it means a lot to me and I want to help. Whatever I can to help that….. Everything, in my heart, is for them.”

Michael Jackson at the launch of the Heal The Kids campaign – Carnegie Hall – 2001

Oxford Speech – 2001 full speech

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Michael’s Love For His Fan Family 

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[Clip of a marching band on stage approaching Michael]
MJ: One of the best moments is right here. Right here. It’s right in the middle of the show and it’s my birthday and I’m thousands of miles away from my family.
[Band plays while Michael hides his face]
MJ: When they surprised me with the full marching band and then they brought out this huge, beautiful birthday cake…
[Happy Birthday is performed by the band; clip labelled Michael’s Birthday 1993]
MJ: I realized that I’ve got family all over the world. Everywhere I go, because my fans really show me the love and I love them just as much.
MJ: [wiping his face] This is wonderful. Thank you so much.

Michael’s 45th Birthday Party

“I want you to know that I appreciate my fans not only on occasions like this, but every day of my life. It is your presence, your faith and your loyalty that has given me great strength during difficult times, and it was you who inspired me to work hard and deliver, I owe you. Over the years we became a family, all of us. You are my family… My children are your children and all the children of the world are our children and our responsibility.

“It was you who put your heart on the line. It was you who stepped forward to defend someone you love. It was you, on a worldwide basis who supported me as my army, my soldiers of love.

“You were always there. You are always loyal and I love you forever.”

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My fans truly are a part of me, we share something that most people will never experience”

In honor of all great DAD’s….HAPPY FATHER’S DAY ♥
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Relive Janet Jackson’s 2001 ‘MTV Icon’ Special

Sources: Lite 98.7 – By By Ali Szubiak | All Things Michael

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It’s Janet June! All month long, we’re paying tribute to Janet — Miss Jackson, if you’re nasty — with a celebration the legacy of the icon as she prepares to make her long-awaited comeback to the music scene. Welcome back, Miss Janet.

Remember when MTV used to honor great artists of our time mid-career? Remember when there were artists worth honoring mid-career? Remember when MTV played music videos? Also, did you know that Pink, the unofficial ambassador of Australia, used to dance? We briefly forgot. That is, until we dug back into the archives and pulled out 14-year-old footage from the network’s 2001 MTV Icon special — the very first of which was dedicated to the great Janet Jackson.

It isn’t often that a family produces one child who comes to alter the face of music forever — let alone two. And while the rest of us mostly have tone-deafness and a penchant for alcoholism coursing through our DNA, the Jacksons have multi-octave vocal range and rhythm: We got Michael, and then came Janet. And together, they were a veritable demonstration of the fluidity of motion. “Scream,” anyone?

It wouldn’t be easy to step out from a shadow cast as widely as Michael’s, but Janet paved her own way, leaving a lasting impact on the music industry and cementing her status as a living legend. With the announcement of an upcoming album finally near-ish a release date, we thought it appropriate to take a moonwalk down memory lane — and yes, she could do it too.

Pink was a part of this special — and she danced.

The special ended with Janet taking it upon herself to upstage every previous performer that took the time out of their undoubtedly busy schedules to honor her by delivering a six-and-a-half-minute long performance of her then-single, “All For You.” She killed it, practically slaughtering every artist who was up before her and mopping up their remains with whatever dance move was most popular at the time, then painted the walls of the California arena with their blood — proving to everyone watching at home that as good as some of those pop stars paying tribute would become, she would always be better.


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Prince Jackson Graduates High School, Grandma Katherine And Sister Paris Jackson Attend

Sources: US Weekly – By Stephanie Webber | Edited By – All Things Michael

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On to the next chapter! Prince Jackson graduated from Buckley High School in Sherman Oaks, California on Saturday, May 30, US Weekly  can confirm. The son of the late Michael Jackson was joined by his grandmother Katherine Jackson, sister Paris Jackson, and several other relatives.

“When they announced his name, the whole Jackson family stood up and cheered and whistled,” an eyewitness tells Us. “Prince was ecstatic as he crossed the stage and picked up his diploma.”

The onlooker adds that Prince’s family sat in the front row for the ceremony and the graduate posed for photos with his loved ones at the reception. His younger sister Paris, in particular, seemed “very proud” of him.

“She was fixing the collar on Prince’s shirt,” the insider says, “and gave him a big hug and congratulated him.”

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Prince Jackson – The Handsome Grad!

Source: TJ Jackson – Latoya Jackson | All Things Michael

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Prince, you have grown into an incredibly special young man. Words can’t express how proud I am of you. I will ALWAYS be here to support you wherever life takes you. I love you! – TJ Jackson

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Happy Graduation To Prince Jackson!

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All Things Michael would like to congratulate Michael Joseph Jackson Jr. (aka Prince), who will be graduating from high school today. With much hard work and dedication, you have accomplished a major milestone in your life.

The MJ community wishes you much success and many blessings in the next phase of your education. Much prayer and support is behind you. Stay focused and keep reaching for the stars!

We love you! 

Happy Graduation!

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Time Flew By So Quickly

We can’t begin to tell you
Just how loved you are
We can’t believe how time has flown
And how you’ve come so far

Forgive us when we stop and stare
And tears fall from our eyes
Time flew by so quickly
Sure took us by surprise

Now here you stand before us
A respectful, honest man
Strong-willed and determined
Who always says, “I can”

There are no doubts within our minds
That you’ll indeed succeed
Your future holds so much in store
But ‘that smile’ is all you need

No matter where life leads you
No matter what you do
We’ll always be your biggest fans
And we’ll be here for you.

By Judy Muldowney

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Lundon’s Bridge and The Three Keys

Sources: Poli Bruckner – Michael’s Soldiers of Love,, A Humanitarian Group | Dennis Christen

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It’s official, the first phase of production is under way for character and production, for the highly anticipated, Lundon’s Bridge and the Three Keys, starring Paris Jackson. The story’s plot is conducive with saving the planet.

Ancient sea-magic turns a dolphin into a human, an evil spell changes a teenage boy into a dragonfly and a once good and loving jellyfish queen becomes an evil fairy godmother. This story, filled with adventure after adventure uses family love and the magic of belief as weapons to fight a war between the land and the sea. There are a series of five books that are followed by expected films to assist in bringing the storyline onto the big screen and into your homes.

I recently sat down with producer, Dennis Christen. Dennis and I both share a passion for making a difference in the world. We both also have a commitment to Michael’s Dream Foundation. Dennis serves as chairman of the board and is one of their VIP sponsors. Michael’s Soldiers of Love, A Humanitarian Group, partnered with MDF in 2013 to raise funds for sick children, around the world. We are a non profit  organization and we donate 100% of the proceeds to benefit children in need.

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It is through MDF’s, CEO Louise Greer, that I was able to meet with Dennis Christen. We look forward to assisting him in promoting and supporting Paris in her acting debut.

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Paris in acting class on the set

Lundon’s Bridge and The Three Keys is expected to premiere, May 2017. You can follow Dennis Christen on Twitter @DennisChristen. The official Lundon’s Bridge Like Page, has been underway and has regular updates. The page serves as an open forum for fans to show their support and ask questions they may have.

With Love,

Poli Bruckner, Michael’s Solidiers of Love, A Humanitarian Group

Dennis Christen, Producer of Lundon’s Bridge and The Three Keys

 

Website: www.lundons.com

To Paris, With Love

 My Wish For You..

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Piercing, blue-gray eyes

Soft, brown, little curls

The sweet face of an angel

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Daddy’s precious little girl

Is all grown up

Finding out who she wants to be

At seventeen, she has only begun

With big dreams for the future

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In her heart she will always remember

Her father and first love

Who made all her childhood dreams come true

She will make her parents and family proud

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So on this special day, we celebrate you

You are loved by so many

For the precious little girl you were then

The beautiful young lady you are now

And the loving daughter and sister you will always be

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May you find much happiness, love and success, today and always.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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Much love,

From All Things Michael

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