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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KENDRICK LAMAR PLAYS NEW MUSIC FOR MICHAEL JACKSON’S SON PRINCE

Sources: RAP UP | All Things Michael

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Kendrick Lamar is keeping a tight lid on his new music, but he did give Michael Jackson’s son a sneak peek. The Compton rapper played a few tracks for the late legend’s son, Prince Jackson.

The 18-year-old shared a few photos from their meeting this week. “Had the great honor of meeting Kendrick and hearing some of his new tracks for his upcoming album with @RealOBee,” said Prince.

His friend Omer Bhatti was also one of the lucky ones to hear the new music and added, “Music is on another level.”

Kendrick’s album is slated for release in the first half of the year. In December, he performed an untitled song live on the finale of “The Colbert Report,” but told Billboard that it’s unlikely to appear on the album.

Earlier this month, he debuted his powerful song “The Blacker the Berry” and won two Grammys for his self-love anthem “i.”

Kendrick will perform some of the new material live during his festival tour this summer, which includes Bonnaroo, ESSENCE Festival, and BET Experience.

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Marlon Jackson Talks About The Jacksons Legacy

Sources: The Press Enterprise  – Timothy Guy| All Things Michael

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In the past few months, The Jacksons have performed in Dubai, the Philippines and Jakarta. To kick off their new tour, the brothers will be performing their first show of 2015 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino on Saturday, Feb. 28.

The Jacksons formed in 1964 as The Jackson Brothers and when younger brother Michael joined, they became The Jackson 5. The group had hit after hit with songs such as “ABC,” “I Want You Back” and “The Love You Save.” After performing with each other for decades, Marlon, Jermaine, Tito and Jackie don’t appear to be slowing down any time soon.

As they prepared for the tour and putting together a new album, Marlon Jackson spoke about five fun facts about the brothers’ music and legacy.

1. With so many songs to choose from in the Jacksons’ catalog, the brothers put all of the titles in a hat and start picking.

“We have to watch out for Jermaine,” Marlon said. “He likes to try and slip some of his new material in.”

2. The brothers know how much their music means to people.

“It’s nice knowing the music we created has helped people’s lives,” Marlon said. “It brought joy to people. It has brought people and families together. It makes you feel good.”

3. The reason why the Jackson 5 songs have stuck with people for so long:

“We were young when we recorded them,” he said. “We targeted young kids. A lot of music nowadays, you can’t bring your family to.”

4. Being on-stage when the crowd starts singing along:

“It makes you feel good,” he said. “It energizes you and gets you into the show. I just let it flow and feel it.”

5. Marlon’s favorite songs to perform:

“Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)” and “Show You the Way to Go.”

 

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Happy Birthday Blanket!

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Congratulations Blanket! 

You are officially a teen!

So on this very special day

WE LIKE TO WISH YOU A HAPPY

AND

MAGICAL 

BIRTHDAY!

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The sky is the limit 

Keeping reach for your dreams

You can accomplish anything you desire

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Continue to be strong and of good courage

Your daddy is still watching over you from heaven above

Blowing you kisses and sending his love

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Prince Jackson Turns 18, Pays Tribute To Dad Michael And Family

Sources: Gossip Cop – By Shari Weiss | All Things Michael

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Prince Jackson turns 18 on Friday, and a few hours before the clock struck midnight on the West Coast, the son of Michael Jackson took to Twitter to pay tribute to his late father and their famous family in light of the occasion.

“Before I turn 18 tomorrow I really want to thank a few [people] and first is obviously my dad,” Jackson began. “He was and is an incredible human being. Not only did he give me the gift of [life], he gave me an opportunity to make something of myself.”

Jackson went on, “Secondly my cousin/guardian TJ [Jackson]. He has made so many sacrifices to help me along and he’s been there when I needed him and helped shape who I am.” “Finally my grandmother/guardian,” continued the teen. “She has been through so much and is such a strong woman to have to live so much.”

Jackson continued, “She’s an inspiration to keep going no matter what and has always been there for us and I love them all :).”

Jackson was just 12 years old when his father died in 2009, a shocking tragedy that put him and siblings in the care of his grandmother, Katherine.

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“He Raised Me Right”

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Dear Prince:

When Brook Anderson of Entertainment Tonight commented that you seemed much older and wiser than 16, you replied:

“That’s what most of my people say. That was all thanks to my dad. He raised me right.”

That one simple statement is the basis for which I write these words to you. Welcome to manhood! Your father taught you many valuable lessons, many of which I am sure you will never forget. From your own words, you stated that he was the one who taught you how to tie a tie. He taught you about film making.

“We wrote a lot of screenplays, my dad taught me how to write scripts, helped me unlock thinking with the right side of my brain.”

“We watched the sound afterwards and he would show how the sound could actually make or break the movie.”

“Most my work ethics I learned from my dad.”

Most of all, he taught you to be a well-educated, loving and generous person. He emphasized the importance of having faith as well as having a positive outlook on life.

“He wanted to know how we were doing in school, how we could better the world.”

“My dad was always optimistic.”

I know that you will always miss your dad and there are many things that you would love to talk about with him…..things that only a father can teach to a son about becoming a man. As a single mom of two young, adult sons, I know the importance of this.

My birthday gift to you is to share some additional words of your father’s wisdom that you can use in your everyday life.

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Things Boys Can Do to Become Men

By Kareem Adbul Jabbar

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1. Learn who you are as an individual.

Figuring out who you are, what you care about, what you believe in, and what you stand for is the most important—and most difficult—challenge of becoming a man. We’re all raised with people telling us what to think, how to act, and what to say. The important thing is you make those decisions for yourself—not out of spite against authority figures, or because of peer pressure, or even out of fear of losing someone’s affection—but out of conviction of who you are and who you want to be.

Michael Jackson: “In the end, the most important thing is to be true to yourself and those you love and work hard.”

“Don’t be afraid to know who you are. You are much more than you ever imagined.”

“The deeper I go into myself, the stronger I become, because I realize that my real self is much bigger than any fear.”

“I know who I am inside and outside, and I know what I want to do. And I will always go with my dreams.” 

“I have confidence in my abilities. I have real perseverance. Nothing can stop me when I put my mind to it.

“We can program ourselves to be the person we want to be, whatever the subject matter is, live in it by a mental physical program- a system of learning and doing.

“No matter what, the most powerful thing in the world is the human mind and prayer, and belief in your self and confidence and perseverance. No matter how many times you do it, you do it again until it’s right. And always believe in your self. And not matter who’s around you that’s being negative or thrusting negative energy at you, totally block it off. Because whatever you believe, you become. (…) and after all that, the most important — most important: Stay humble. The humbleness that a child, like a new born baby has. Even though you become powerful or have power with people, with your talent .. like with what Michelangelo did with sculpting, you know, underneath all that be as humble as a child, as a baby, and be as kind and as giving and loving. They don’t become puffed up with pride.”

“People always ask me how I didn’t let it all go to my head. Um, because obviously it’s not me. so how dare you think this is your doing, it’s not me. It’s not Michaelangelo. He was touched with divine inspiration. That was a gift. I think you can cultivate something into a certain extent. But to be given real genius, that’s like a gift.” 

2. Stand up for yourself and your beliefs.

You’ll feel proud that you took a stand. Those moments you do nothing will haunt you for a long time.

Michael Jackson: “I remember being in the studio once with Quincy and Rod Temperton while we were working on Thriller. I was playing a pinball machine and one of them asked me, “If this album doesn’t do as well as Off the Wall, will you be disappointed?” I remember feeling upset – hurt that the question was even raised. I told them Thriller had to do better than Off the Wall. I admitted that I wanted this album to be the biggest-selling album of all time. They started laughing. It was a seemingly unrealistic thing to want. There were times during the Thriller project when I would get emotional or upset because I couldn’t get the people working with me to see what I was. That still happens to me sometimes. Often people just don’t see what I see. They have too much doubt. You can’t do your best when you’re doubting yourself. If you don’t believe in yourself, who will? Just doing as well as you did last time is not good enough. I think of it as the “Try to get what you can” mentality. It doesn’t require you to stretch, to grow. I don’t believe in that.

“Sometimes when you’re treated unfairly it makes you stronger and more determined.”

“Trusting yourself begins by recognizing it’s ok  to be afraid.”

“You can always dream, and your dreams can come true. But you have to make them come true.”

3. Avoid a physical fight—if you can.

There’s a Chinese proverb that says, “The man who throws the first punch has lost the argument.” That means that when an argument turns into a fight, it’s because the one starting the fight realizes he isn’t smart enough to win verbally, so he resorts to violence. It’s always the dumbest guy who resorts to violence. What do you do if someone threatens you with violence? You walk away, even run away if necessary. Even if you’re pretty sure you could take him. Bad things can happen in a fight, even if no one means them to. And all the crying later about how “it was an accident!” won’t change that.

The only time you should fight is if there is no other recourse. You can’t run, you can’t talk your way out of it. If that’s the case, hit first, either in the nose (sometimes the blood will discourage further fighting) or the crotch (because the pain will make it hard for him to chase you). One punch and then run.

Michael Jackson: ‘Cause there’s a time when you’re right and you know you must fight….. And there’s a choice that we make and this choice you will take….

Q: But have you ever had to forgive anyone in your life, Michael? Have you ever forgiven anyone without them asking? Have you forgiven the people who have hurt you?

Michael: “Yes, because I was taught to be Biblical: “Forgive them for they know not what they do.” And you do it.”

Q: Do you think you are a better person for it?”

Michael: “Yeah.”

Q: But if someone does that, they don’t even have to ask for forgiveness because you will just forgive them?”

Michael: “Yes.”

4. Choose your friends for the right reasons.

Good friends can see you through a lot of the tough parts of growing up. But bad friends can actually be the cause some of those tough parts. Don’t hang out with kids just to piss off your parents or try to be something that you’re not. You waste a lot of your youth that way—and miss out of some meaningful friendships.

Michael Jackson: Some friends are like shadows, you only see them when the sun shines..”

“Elizabeth’s friendship is like the perfect jewels she owns-indestructible and eternal.”

“I prefer just being with people I like. That’s my way of celebrating.”

“I like people who can make you laugh without using vulgarity or bad words.”

5. Fight your fear of the unknown.

We all have a tendency to hate what we don’t understand, whether it comes in the form of different food, different cultures, or different ideas. Fight that impulse. Becoming a man means growing, learning, and understanding—not cowering under a blanket with a handful of comforting notions.

Michael Jackson: “People used to underestimate my ability as a songwriter. They didn’t think of me as a songwriter, so when I started coming up with songs, they’d look at me like: “Who really wrote that?” I don’t know what they must have thought – that I had someone back in the garage who was writing them for me? But time cleared up those misconceptions. You always have to prove yourself to people and so many of them don’t want to believe. I’ve heard tales of Walt Disney going from studio to studio when he first started out, trying to sell his work unsuccessfully and being turned down. When he was finally given a chance, everyone thought he was the greatest thing that ever happened.

“Trusting yourself begins by recognizing it’s ok to be afraid.”

“If someone ever tells you that you can’t, all you have to do really is remove the T at the end because you CAN.”

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6. Listen to advice.

Whatever troubles and doubts you’re facing, billions of guys before you have gone through the same thing. Listening to people’s advice doesn’t always mean taking it. You have to decide which advice is right for you. But it might be a good idea to collect some quotes from those who came before you so you can refer to them when you need to. George Santayana: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

Michael Jackson: “When you get right down to it, survival means seeing things the way they really are and responding. It means being open. And that’s what innocence is. It’s simple and trusting like a child, not judgmental and committed to one narrow point of view. If you are locked into a pattern of thinking and responding, your creativity gets blocked. You miss the freshness and magic of the moment. Learn to be innocent again, and that freshness never fades.”

“I remember Berry Gordy sitting us all down and saying that we were going to make history together. “I’m gonna make you the biggest thing in the world,” he said, “and you’re gonna be written about in history books.” He really said that to us. We were leaning forward, listening to him, and saying, “Okay! Okay!” I’ll never forget that. We were all over at his house, and it was like a fairy tale come true listening to this powerful, talented man tell us we were going to be very big. “Your first record will be a number one, your second record will be a number one, and so will your third record. Three number one records in a row. You’ll hit the charts just as Diana Ross and the Supremes did.” This was almost unheard of in those days, but he was right; we turned around and did just that. Three in a row.”

7. Be politically aware.

One clear difference between children and adults is an awareness of your community outside your circle of friends and family. The world is constantly changing. Whether it changes for the better or the worse depends on the actions of those willing to get involved. Part of being a man is to be informed so you are prepared to take an active and responsible place in your society. Read newspapers, magazines, watch the news. Discuss these subjects with your friends, but always while respecting each other’s opinions.

Michael Jackson: “We all have to give, and we all have to do what we can to help end the needless suffering in the world.”

“I get frightened and hurt easily and the news frightens me very much, even if I’m not involved in somebody else’s problem. At Big Bear Lake I heard on the news that this little boy had his Christmas a month ahead of time, and Santa Claus was at his house, because he only had a week to live. Sure enough, in that week, he died – and that just got me so bad.”

“It’s like when a mother sends her child off to war, they don’t know if they’re ever gonna come back, you know? How can we look at such things happening, and not, you know, want to do something? How can we turn our heads and pretend as if we don’t see it? You know? I can’t see people in pain and pretend as if it’s not there.”

But I will never stop helping and loving people the way Jesus said to.

“…instead of regular conversations between parents and children about drugs and violence, there is the deafening sound of silence. Who among us would have believed that the sound of children at their playgrounds would be replaced by the sound of automatic machine-gun fire at our schools? That the sound of little girls skipping rope would be overshadowed by the frantic squeals of children dodging bullets? Yet, instead of loving our children more, we install metal detectors in our schools. Are we blind to the fact that our children are raging against the indifference, crying out against the abandonment or thundering against the neglect? ‘Heal The Kids’ is about doing something, about making a difference and trying to help adults and parents realize that it’s in our power to change the world that our children live in. As a wise man once said, “If not us, then who; if not now, when?”

“I respect the secrets and magic of nature. That’s why it makes me so angry when I see these things that are happening, that every second, I hear, the size of a football field is torn down in the Amazon. I mean, that kind of stuff really bothers me. That’s why I write these kinds of songs, you know. It gives some sense of awareness and awakening and hope to people. I love the Planet, I love the trees. I have this thing for trees – the colors and changing of leaves. I love it. I respect those kind of things. I really feel that nature is trying so hard to compensate for man’s mismanagement of the planet. Because the planet is sick, like a fever. If we don’t fix it now, it’s at the point of no return. This is our last chance to fix this problem that we have, where it’s like a runway train. And the times has come, This Is It. People are always saying,’They’ll take care of it. The government’ll–Don’t worry, they’ll–‘ ‘They’ who? It starts with us. It’s us. Or else it’ll never be done… We have four years to get it right. After that it would be irreversible. Let’s take care of the planet.”

8. Be patient in love.

The worst thing you can do in looking to find a significant other is to try to change yourself into something you’re not just because you think that’s what girls are looking for. It doesn’t work.

The best way to get an idea of what’s attractive to girls is to talk to them. Like a girl? Get to know her, ask her about herself, then show her you’ve been listening to what she says. Did she mention a book she likes? Send her an article about the book. It’s low-key, non-stalkerish, and shows you care what she talks about.

Michael Jackson: “It doesn’t matter with blood or race or creed or color. Love is love and it breaks all boundaries and you just see it right away.”

“In spite of the risks, the courage to be honest and intimate opens the way to self-discovery. It offers what we all want, the promise of love. ”

“Just watching a girl can give me the best reason to smile. Girls are something very special and you got to treat them that way. That’s why I always say don’t stare right at a chick. She’ll begin to fidget, wondering if her hair’s messed up or if her make-up is smeared. It’s kind of like going to an art gallery to see beautiful paintings. If you look at a painting just the right way, you get the most out of it!”

“Well, if I knew from the beginning that she was going with another guy, I probably wouldn’t date her, no matter how much I wanted to! But, if I didn’t know she was going steady, and I found out after I fell in love with her, I think I’d be pretty mad! Even if I thought that she didn’t do it to be cruel, and was just too scared to tell him her true feelin’s, I think I’d tell her in a kind, understanding way, to figure out what she was gonna do, and come back after she’d done it.”

“Wherever you go – in every country, or in every continent, people yearn and hunger for only one thing, to love and be loved. Love transcends international boundaries and heals the wounds of hatred, racial, prejudice, bigotry and ignorance. It is the ultimate truth at the heart of all creation.”

“Needless to say, I love the interaction between the sexes; it is a natural part of life and I love women. I just think that when sex is used as a form of blackmail or power, it’s a repugnant use of one of God’s gifts.”

“I do think that marriage can be a wonderful thing if it’s the right thing for the two people involved. I believe in love – very much so – how can you not believe after you’ve experienced it? I believe in relationships. One day, I know I’ll find the right woman and get married myself.”

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9. Stay fit.

It’s hard for all those teenage boys with turbo-charged metabolisms to understand that their bodies will not always be evaporating the masses of greasy calories they consume. They can eat a pizza and a tub of ice cream, then run three miles. They can’t imagine that will ever change, even when you show them photos of their lean dads’ as teens and they look at the potbellies that have miraculously appeared later. But eating somewhat healthily and maintaining an exercise regimen will not only help fight off diseases and aging, they’ll also help ensure an active lifestyle for many years. In other words, the body is like any machine: It may run great when it’s new, but after years of neglect it will slow down, and eventually break down. Then you’re the one vegging on the sofa while your pals are playing pick-up ball at the gym.

Prince Jackson: “I don’t think he ever sat and did nothing, we were always running, exercising, he would teach me how to drive.”

10. Never, never do something on a dare.

The person who refuses a dare displays intelligence, courage, and independence. And that’s what daring someone is trying to rob them of.

Michael Jackson:“Be like children, not childish but childlike.” 

“Just try to stay a child as long as you can. Don’t force into adulthood. Don’t force it, don’t push it. Don’t try to be cool….go to Disney, hangout, enjoy your youth. ’cause you’ll be old for, I mean you know, just keep your innocence. Have some fun and really be yourself.”

11. Get organized.

Being organized can change your life: you do more things you want to do, you finish things you need to finish, and you have more time to pursue new activities and relationships. In general, you will be much more successful.

Michael Jackson: “Work like there’s no tomorrow. Train. Strive. I mean, really train and cultivate your talent to the highest degree. Be the best at what you do. Get to know more about your field than anybody alive. Use the tools of your trade, if it’s books or a floor to dance on or a body of water to swim in. Whatever it is, it’s yours. That’s what I’ve always tried to remember.

I think it’s so important to set goals for yourself. It gives you an idea of where you want to go and how you want to get there. If you don’t aim for something, you’ll never know whether you could have hit the mark.

 I have always been a dreamer. I set goals for myself. I look at things and try to imagine what is possible and then hope to surpass those boundaries.

12. Find heroes to copy.

Find heroes—real or fictional—that embody the values that you want to have, not the bank account.

Michael Jackson:“Some of the greatest men who have made their mark on this world were treated like that-you know, “You’re not gonna do it, you’re not gonna get anywhere.” They laughed at the Wright brothers. They laughed at Thomas Edison. They laughed at Walt Disney. They made jokes about Henry Ford. They said he was ignorant. Disney dropped out of school. That’s how far they went. These men shaped and changed our culture, our customs, the way we live, the way we do things. And I think God plants those seeds through people on the earth. And I think you’re one, I’m one to bring some bliss and escapism, some joy, some magic. Because without entertainment, what would the world be like? You know? What would it really be like? It would be a totally different world for me.”

I admire people who are really dedicated to their music and to entertaining people! That’s why I admire Sammy Davis Jr, and hope to be like him when I grow up! He’s a super professional, who puts a spell over his audience like some kind of magician. Singin’ and dancin’ his heart out to give his audience a thrill they’ll never forget. It takes many years to get like that, and that’s my goal.

13. Be independent.

A man can take care of his own daily needs. In fact, he wants to. Make your bed, do your laundry, learn to cook, hang up your clothes. Slovenliness is the sign of an immature mind. The sooner you start doing things for yourself, the sooner you will have the respect of others—and of yourself.

Michael Jackson: “I don’t think I’m better than other people, I think I’m different from other people, because I do different things.”

14. Question authority.

Respect your elders but don’t think them infallible. People may mean well, but they aren’t always right. To be your own man, you will have to make up your own mind about things.

Michael Jackson: “No one should judge what I’ve done with my life, not unless they’ve been in my shoes every horrible day and every sleepless night.”

“My attitude is if fashion says it’s forbidden, I’m going to do it.”

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15. Get smart.

Making up your own mind doesn’t mean “going with your gut,” “listening to your heart,” or any other such clichés, however. A man knows how to educate himself in pursuit of truth.

Michael Jackson: “I’m a person of the arts. I love the arts very, very, very much. And ah, I’m a musician, I’m a director, I’m a writer, I’m a composer, I’m a producer, and I love the medium. I love film very, very much. I think it’s the most expressive of all of the art mediums.” 

“The greatest education in the world is watching the masters at work.”

“Believe in yourself. Study the greats and become greater. And be a scientist. Dissect. Dissect.”

“I believe we are powerful, but we don’t use our minds to full capacity. Your mind is powerful enough to help you attain whatever you want.”

“An education opens a person’s minds to the entire world. And there is nothing more important than to make sure everyone has the opportunity for an education. To want to learn, to have the capacity to learn and not be able is a tragedy.” 

I love to read. I wish I could advise more people to read. There’s a whole new world in books. If you can’t afford to travel, you travel mentally through reading. You can see anything and go any place you want to in reading.”

“I want to continue to grow. To me, the biggest sin of all sins, is to be given a gift, a talent, because it’s actually a gift from God, to take that and not cultivate it and make it grow, that’s the biggest sin in the world.”

16. Express yourself.

It’s more important that you figure out who you are than caring what those shut-ins of the mind think.

Michael Jackson: “I don’t care if the whole world is against you or teasing you or saying you’re not gonna make it. Believe in yourself. No matter what.”

“However, today, when I create my music, I feel like an instrument of nature. I wonder what delight nature must feel when we open our hearts and express our god-given talents. The sound of approval rolls across the universe, and the whole world abounds in magic, wonder fills our hearts, for what we’ve glimpsed, for an instant, the playfulness of life. And that’s why I love children and learned so much from being around them.”

“I think…to give. In the best way I can, through song and through dance and through music. I mean, I am committed to my art. I believe that all art has as it’s ultimate goal the union between the material and the spiritual, the human and the divine. I believe that to be the reason for the very existence of art. And I feel I was chosen as an instrument to just give music and love and harmony to the world. To children of all ages, and adults and teenagers…. I love people of all races from my heart, with true affection.”

17. Pay attention to the short run….

Don’t let planning for your future consume your present. Do some things just because they’re fun now. Take that art appreciation class just because it would be fun to learn about it.

Michael Jackson: “I’m a strong believer in working hard. But enjoy it, you know? Like be mild-spirited, playful, have some fun. You’ve got to have some fun, too.

18. …But keep your eye on the long run.

Most of what’s important to you now won’t be in a few years. Friends will change. Priorities will shift. That can be a pretty scary prospect. “The price of being a man is eternal vigilance.” Know who you are, what you stand for, watch for any assaults on your principles, but always be open to change if the evidence warrants it.

Michael Jackson: “Yeah, so long as it is not hurting anybody. Ambition is a wonderful thing. To know how the mind works and the power of thought and how we create our own circumstances in life. And to know all those goodies about the brain because we don’t come with instruction when we are born. You to find the truth to life and once you know those things, it’s amazing. You know your possibilities.”

“A perfectionist has to take his time. He shapes and molds and sculpts that thing until it’s perfect. He can’t let it go before he’s satisfied; he can’t.”

Work like there’s no tomorrow. Train. Strive. I mean, really train and cultivate your talent to the highest degree. Be the best at what you do. Get to know more about your field than anybody alive. Use the tools of your trade, if it’s books or a floor to dance on or a body of water to swim in. Whatever it is, it’s yours. That’s what I’ve always tried to remember.

I think it’s so important to set goals for yourself. It gives you an idea of where you want to go and how you want to get there. If you don’t aim for something, you’ll never know whether you could have hit the mark.


Prince Jackson: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.”

Michael Jackson: “I pray that my children will give me the benefit of the doubt. That they will say to themselves: “Our daddy did the best he could, given the unique circumstances that he faced. He may not have been perfect, but he was a warm and decent man, who tried to give us all the love in the world… I hope that they will always focus on the positive things, on the sacrifices I willingly made for them, and not criticize the things they had to give up, or the errors I’ve made, and will certainly continue to make, in raising them. For we have all been someone’s child, and we know that despite the very best of plans and efforts, mistakes will always occur. That’s just being human.

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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.