The Ghosts of Jealousy: Media And Social Attacks On Michael Jackson’s Children

Source: Written By All Things Michael

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For the past several years, there has been a relentless amount of stories written about Prince, Paris and Blanket.  The Daily Mail has hounded Prince for years when he goes out on a date or simply hangs out with his family and friends. Since he is about to turn 18, Radar Online and most recently Stacey Brown, have set their claws for him. Since the unfortunate events that led up to Paris’s hospitalization in 2013, the media has foamed at the mouth to picture Michael’s children as out of control and on the brink of disaster. Some naysayers try to hurt them with hateful remarks. They want them to doubt and question who they are.

The sympathy that was showered upon on them after Michael’s memorial is now a distant memory.  As you may recall, the news ran reel after reel of Paris’s heartbreaking tribute at Michael’s memorial for weeks.  The entire world seemed so fascinated over the fact that she simply loved her dad and saw him as a normal person.  They were so well-behaved and mature that people couldn’t fathom that it was the result of Michael’s excellent parenting.  Since that time the entire world, particularly the media, has not stopped watching their every move. The public ridiculed Michael for many years for covering his children’s faces, but he was a smart man.  He not only wanted them to have to have a childhood free from public scrutiny. Michael also knew that one day his children would have no peace because he is their father and that is exactly what has happened. Prince, Paris and Blanket have the same rights as anyone else to enjoy their lives freely and without interference from outsiders.

Paris and Prince have been verbally assaulted on their social media accounts with cruel insults for no reason. People forget or simply do not care, that they are just your average teens, trying to do what their peers are doing, but they cannot because of who they are.

Why is this happening? It’s simple…..they are the children of Michael Jackson, the biggest and most famous celebrity, world-wide. It’s also all about jealousy.

Shamefully, there are people who don’t want to see Michael’s children do well. Nothing would please them more than to see them notoriously featured story as a sensational cover story as was done to their father.

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Many people were (and still are) very jealous of Michael’s vast success.  Those same “ghosts of envy” are trying to rise up against his children. Some journalists were not happy about Prince’s week-long appearance on Entertainment Tonight as a guest correspondent, saying that he has not earned his dues. The envy against Michael’s children stems from the fact that they are financially well off and their famous bloodline automatically gives them raised status.  They probably won’t have to work a day in their lives if they choose not to do so, but they have made it clear to the world that they want to make their own way in life.

Today’s media is vicious. The tabloids do not care whether you are young or old, whether it’s the truth or lie, they will go after you.  The cruel irony of the fact is that TMZ is as successful as it is today because of Michael. Being the first to break the news of his death, gave them some credibility that they never had before June 25, 2009.

When Michael was growing up, the media’s portrayal of him was very different. Much of the attack on him did not happen until he grew up. During the Jackson 5 years, the press simply presented him as a cute and incredibly, gifted child. Later on, Michael became the tabloid whipping boy for decades years.   After he reached humongous musical and financial success and shattered records like no one before him, the media and other entities tried many times to take him down, making it their life’s mission to destroy his career. The media loved to kick Michael before the world, while gleefully reporting the damage as front page news. He couldn’t go anywhere or say anything or do anything without it being ridiculed.

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The world is now beginning to see that Michael Jackson was telling the us the truth about many issues. He was a modern-day prophet, sharing his deep love, passion and concern for the world’s problems in his music, songs, speeches and writings. He backed up his convictions in action and deed. He suffered and I dare say even died for it. Even 5 1/2 years after death, we still see stories about him that read like something out of a fiction novel. The endless lawsuits continue with no sign of ending. The sad part is that a lot of people will still believe what they read in print, but the truth is finally coming out for Michael’s full and complete public vindication.

But back to the subject at hand…what kind of so-called, “professional” writer would waste time taking jabs at a teenager or reporting about their personal life? Since when is being a member of the National Honor Society, volunteering at a children’s hospital, building cages for your pets and sculpting jewelry reasons to label a gifted and intelligent young man with derogatory names? When did it become acceptable to slander and bash minors?  Is this real reporting or what I call “toilet paper” journalism? I think you will agree that it is definitely the latter.

The media’s insane fixation with stalking famous children could also be viewed as a form of mental child abuse. This is not about reporting the news. Following children around in their daily activities is straight up harassment, which prompted actresses Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner to take action to get Senate bill 606 passed to increase the possible punishment for the paparazzi who stalk celebrity children.

Senator Kevin de León, who sponsored the bill stated: 

“Kids shouldn’t be tabloid fodder nor the target of ongoing harassment. SB 606 will give children, no matter who their parents are, protection from harassers who go to extremes to turn a buck.”

Unfortunately, the protection under this bill only covers a child or ward under 16 years of age, but with Prince becoming a legal adult in a few weeks, he can sue on his own behalf against those who slander or harass him, if he chooses.

Whatever the future holds for Michael’s children, I pray that they will continue to grow up confident and strong, despite whatever negativity is thrown at them. May they do many great and amazing things as they grow into adulthood.

Janet Jackson And Husband On Palestine Peace Mission

Sources: Alarabiya News | All Things Michael

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Pop-music icon Janet Jackson was in Palestine on Sunday during a visit to Occupied Jerusalem with her Qatari billionaire husband Wissam al-Mana.

Jackson, also a UNICEF goodwill ambassador, posted pictures on her Twitter account of herself posing with “beautiful Palestinian students.”

She tweeted: “Peace. Yatta High School, West Bank with @UNICEF. Beautiful Palestinian students.”

She also tweeted a photo of her husband posing with a peace sign alongside young Palestinian boys in South Hebron Hills.

Before crossing into Palestine, Jackson visited the Zaatari Camp in Jordan on Dec.17 where thousands of Syrian refugees displaced by the conflict now live.

Jackson rose to fame in the 1970s with her siblings as part of the Jackson Five group, along with legendary musician Michael Jackson.

 

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The Jacksons Bring Classic Hits To Hong Kong

Sources: SCMP | All Things Michael

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The Jacksons, I’m told before speaking over the phone to the eldest brother, Jackie, from his home in Los Angeles, don’t talk about “family matters” in interviews.

Considering that they have made themselves the subject of a self-produced TV reality show, this reticence seems perverse. But now that they are back on the road as a touring band, and have a new album in the works, a desire to refocus public attention on their music is understandable.

The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty aired after Michael Jackson’s death. It was filmed without the participation of the youngest brother, Randy Jackson, who also chose not to take part in the Unity Tour which Jackie, Marlon, Tito and Jermaine undertook in 2012.

Rifts and reconciliations between the members of the Jackson family – which includes sisters Rebbie, La Toya and Janet – have provided gossip column fodder on and off since 1975, when all the brothers bar Jermaine left Motown, the label which released their hits as the Jackson 5, for a better-paying contract with Epic.

The real tragedy of Michael’s death in 2009 aside, the history of black America’s best-known showbusiness family is something of a soap opera – but one with an intermittently great soundtrack.

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The four brothers now touring as The Jacksons will perform many of the highlights from a repertoire that is less dependent on the group’s most famous member than many might imagine – on November 1 at the annual Foreign Correspondents Club Charity Ball at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Although the Unity Tour officially finished in 2013, according to Jackie Jackson the brothers are undertaking occasional additional dates. “It’s pretty much an extension of the tour,” he says. “We hadn’t toured in quite a while and we’re looking forward to coming.”

The original Unity Tour included shows in Japan, Malaysia and Singapore, but not Hong Kong. This performance will come after a show in Jakarta on October 26.

The set list will be similar – a nostalgic canter through a long list of hits dating back to the days when Jackie, Michael, Marlon, Tito and Jermaine collectively became the first recording artists to reach No 1 in the Billboard Hot 100 with four consecutive singles.

The brothers began performing together in 1964 with five-year-old Michael playing percussion. Within a couple of years, he had become the group’s principal lead vocalist, but all the brothers sang, and their harmonies were the foundation for the group’s distinctive sound.

After the early run of Motown pop hits ran out, The Jacksons, as they became known after leaving the label, reinvented themselves as a funk outfit, and scored notable hits for the Epic label with Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground), co-written by Michael and Randy who had temporarily replaced Jermaine in the group, and Can You Feel It?, co-written by Michael and Jackie.

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After the huge success of Michael’s 1982 album, Thriller, however, his solo career eclipsed the group. Their 1984 album, Victory, for which Jermaine rejoined and which accordingly featured all six brothers, was another hit, but after the supporting tour Michael and Marlon both left the family firm, and the glory days were over.

The brothers reunited in 2001 for two Madison Square Garden shows, but Michael’s death in 2009 put to rest any hopes of another full reunion. However, four of the surviving brothers still had something to prove, and reviews for their recent concerts suggest that even without the physical presence of their far more famous brother, The Jacksons remain a potent live act – and after 50 years in the business, certainly a well-rehearsed one.

“It comes quite easy because we’ve been doing it for so long,” says Jackie. “The hardest part is choosing the songs. Getting all of them into a two-hour show is really quite difficult, so we try to pick the songs we think people would really want to hear, but we change it up here and there. Jermaine might sing some of his solo hits and we’ll do some Michael songs as well. It’s such a workout on stage. It’s like going to the gym.”

The show is quite a production. About 22 employees travel with the brothers, including the band, back-up singers, tour managers and technicians, who handle the complexities of the sound, lighting, and the screens onto which snapshots from the Jacksons’ history are projected.

The brothers, Jackie says, think of Michael’s spirit as present, and the “tribute to Michael” section of the show, can get quite an emotional audience response. “Sometimes people are crying in the audience and then later it turns into laughter and dancing,” he says.

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“The King of Pop” is a silent presence during the hits from his solo career, and also during the Jackson 5 medley on which his vocal was generally the lead. “I sing a lot of the parts in the medley, and then there’s Tito singing certain parts and Jermaine singing certain parts. We all share the vocals,” Jackie says.

The new album, as yet untitled, has been in the works for about two years, but is nearing completion. “We’re trying to get it finished for Christmas, but that probably won’t happen. It will be out next year, maybe in the first quarter,” Jackie says.

The brothers are up to speed with modern recording technology, but still use skills and techniques they learned in their early days in the Motown hit factory. “Back then it was about real recording, how to put a record together, how to record strings and a real brass section. Kids don’t know anything about that today because they’ve never had a chance to do that. You can’t work with 46 people on your song,” says Jackie. “You go back and look at all the Motown hits that Berry Gordy was able to put out during that era, great songs, great melodies, great lyrical content, and we learned so much from that. But it wasn’t just Motown then. There was Stax records, and the Philadelphia sound. Great music all over.”

Touring, however, is where the money is made for musicians these days, and Jackie and his brothers are aware of that. “You have to hit the road because records are not selling like they used to,” he says.

At 63, though, he says he still gets a kick out of performing. “We just want to keep making great music. Hopefully this album will be a success and we can keep touring from that – and doing what we do best, keep making great music, and making the people happy.”

 

The Jacksons, Foreign Correspondents Club Charity Ball, Nov 1, Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, HK$2,488 (inclusive of dinner and drinks). Inquiries: 2521 1511 or charityball@fcchk.org

 

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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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