Kids Page: My Celebrity Dinner Date

Sources: NJ.com | Edited By – All Things Michael

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Some kids were asked to name a famous person they would eat dinner with. Michael was listed as a favorite as well as others.  The kids gave some very funny and very impressive answers.

If I could have dinner with one famous person dead or alive, it would be Michael Jackson. I chose this person because I like his music. 
Russell Hyland 
Franklin Township School
Grade 2

I would have dinner with Michael Jackson because he was a good musician. He was good at making songs and dancing. 
Kelsey Thompson
Spruce Run School
Grade 1

Of course I would want to have dinner with a famous person, that famous person would be Michael Jackson. I chose Michael Jackson because he made a song I thought I would never hear. And that song is Scream. And he made cool dance moves that I can’t do or other people can’t do.

Next we would go to an awesome restaurant. The food there would be so awesome everything would taste like tater tots. The place would be so beautiful it would look like a beautiful waterfall. Lastly we would have so much fun. We would dance, laugh and sing together. Finally I would sing with Michael Jackson and have fun with a famous person.
Ava Mcdougall
Round Valley School
Grade 6

Other mentionables:

If I could have dinner with any famous person it would be me! No just kidding it would be The President of the United States of America, Yep! That’s who, I could look all around the White House, I would like to play bowling. We would have pancakes for dinner and cake for dessert. I would stay all night. 
Madilyn Thompson
Franklin Township School
Grade 3

I would like to have dinner with Helen Keller! She grew up in the early 1900’s, blind and deaf. Helen Keller learned how to read, type, and even speak. She helped so many people who were blind learn how to live a normal life. It would be great to sit down to dinner to meet such a unique person!
Rachel Meza
Copper Hill School
Grade 4

Jack the Pumpkin King because he’s skinny and needs to eat. 
Sophia Roman
Spruce Run School
Kindergarten

I want to have dinner with President Lincoln because he is very important. He stopped our country from splitting in half. 
Erin McCool
Spruce Run School
Grade 1

If I could have one famous person have dinner with me, it would be Leonardo DaVinci. He would teach me about the ancient scientist ways I would also like to learn to make astronomically incredible gadgets. I would like to learn from this master. I wonder if he was as mysterious as the Mona Lisa!. 
Bennett Fog
Copper Hill School
Grade 4

I would have dinner with Jeff Foxworthy. Jeff Foxworthy is one of my favorite comedians, and I know that dinner with him would probably consist of some kind of wild game. I think that Jeff Foxworthy is as funny as a squirrel falling out of a tree, and I like the fact that he is an outdoorsman also. Not only does he hunt, but he has a hunting show on TV, and can sustain a good food source by hunting. That is why I would like to have dinner with Jeff Foxworthy.
Austin Tarby
Franklin Township School
Grade 8

I would like to have dinner with Walt Disney! I would ask him if he rode any rides at Disney World. I would tell him that I love Disney World and thank him for making it!
Leah Ciarlante
Patrick McGaheran School
Grade 2

The person I would have dinner with would be George Washington. I want to meet George Washington because I want to know how he fought in the Revolutionary War and crossed the Delaware River. He made it possible so the USA would be free from England.
Ian Grenda
Patrick McGaheran School
Grade 2

If I could pick anyone in the world that I would have dinner with it would be the creator of Legos. The reasons why are because ever since I was a child I have been in love with Legos and I thought they were really fun to build. Another reason is that I think it would be really nice to get to know him. Also, he could help fix some of my Legos. I wish I could have dinner with him just once.
Sean Agaronin
Patrick McGaheran School
Grade 3

 

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Talent Show Video Helps Teen Land The Role Of Michael Jackson

Sources: MY San Antonio – By Jeff B Flynn | Edited By – All Things Michael

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While his classmates are busy picking out Halloween costumes, Nathaniel Cullors is busy slipping into his costumes. But his garments aren’t for a holiday — they are for Broadway.

Nathaniel, 13, an eighth-grader at Kitty Hawk Middle School, is starring in the Broadway production of “Motown the Musical,” where he plays roles as young Barry Gordy, young Stevie Wonder and young Michael Jackson.

Nathaniel landed the role after a pair of auditions earlier this year. His mother, Fredrecia Cullors, found out that “Motown” was holding auditions.

Nathaniel has been in commercials before, and even had a role in a movie, “The Red Cape.” His mother inquired about parts in the “Motown” production through the talent agency that handles Nathaniel’s appearances.

“They said, ‘You can send a video in,’ so I sent in Nathaniel’s sixth-grade talent show video, ‘Who’s Loving You,’ by the Jackson Five,” Cullors said. “In literally seven minutes, the agent called back. He had the casting director for ‘Motown’ on the other line, and he wanted to know if we could come to New York.”

In February, the day after Super Bowl XLVIII, Nathaniel arrived in New York City and was one of four boys to sing for Barry Gordy and his creative team.

“They were looking for people for the tour, the traveling show … unfortunately, they only picked one,” his mother said. “They said they really liked him, and would keep him on file.”

In April, Nathaniel was invited to take part in the four-day Michael Jackson Boys Camp in Chicago. “It was like another audition; four boys, and they taught them choreography, they went over the songs, and one day was strictly voice lessons.

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“When we were leaving, they were offering him a one-day contract, in New York City. He was the top replacement for either the tour or New York,” she said. “Then, in May, they called and said they wanted him to come to New York.”

June 25 was his first performance. Motown is staged at the 1,501-seat Lunt Fontanne Theateron West 46th Street in the Theater District. The show runs through Jan. 18.

“Who’s Loving You” is Nathaniel’s favorite song to perform. “It’s the moment where Michael Jackson had his audition, and it reminds me of when I was auditioning, in that little auditioning room for all those people.”

He first hit the stage as young Barry Gordy, a moment he said he’ll never forget.

“There’s a number right before the scene I have to go out for. They take their bows after their number, and as soon as they hit the downbeat for that, my stomach just kind of dropped. I was like, ‘Uh-oh,’ but all I can remember is how confident I was,” he said.

There are eight “Motown The Musical” performances each week, but child labor laws keep his participation to two nights each week and a Sunday matinee. He is tutored, as are his brother,Demetrius 16, a junior at Judson High School, and his sister, Steffanie, 8, a student at Rolling Meadows Elementary.

He and his parents, Demetrius and Fredrecia Cullors, and the family live in New Jersey and take the bus into NYC each day for rehearsals and shows.

Being on stage takes a lot of getting used to, but Nathaniel said he’s had no problems making the adjustment.

“I like to see the audience. I get nervous when I don’t see them,” he said. “The light hits you, so you can see the first two rows, but behind that, it’s darkness.

 

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Viral “Dirty Dancing” Kid Got His Start From Watching Michael Jackson Short Films

Sources: Digital Spy – By Liam Martin | Edited By – All Things Michael

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A young Dirty Dancing fan has racked up millions of views on Facebook.

Lainie Kristina has posted a video of her son Charlie imitating Patrick Swayze during the film’s final dance routine.

The video has already got close to 4 million views in the week since it was posted.

Lainie told Buzzfeed that she took her 8-year-old son to see the film in Knoxville, and he has watched it 10-12 times at home since.

“He loves to dance and cannot sit when he is watching a music video or anything with dancing in it,” the boy’s mother continued.

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“He immediately gets up and starts copying all of the moves.

“It started when he was 3 and Michael Jackson died and he started watching his videos.”

Charlie can also be seen recreating Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ in video above available on YouTube.

It looks like he’s having the time of his life…

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The Super Talent 2014: 13-Year-Old Dancer Luciano Hiwat Aspires To Be Like Michael Jackson

Sources: Das Super Talent | Edited By – All Things Michael

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The 13-year-old Luciano Hiwat wows in the 2014 “The Super Talent” with a hip-hop dance score. The jury and audience are thrilled by his presence. For juror Lena Gercke, the candidate is already the new Michael Jackson: “You’re a Star!”

Luciano Hiwat is from the Netherlands.  He hopes to one day be as famous as his idol Michael Jackson.

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As a professional, he shows extraordinary and spectacular dance moves. The jury is excited and the audience does standing ovations and thunderous applause for the teen.

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Darnell Bruce praises after Luciano’s appearance: “Every move was straight to the point.” The style icon in the “Super Talent” jury has nothing to criticize. “It can not be better.”

Jury colleague Guido Maria Kretschmer says, “The Dutch are lucky to have you.”

Luciano Hiwat has gotten “The Super Talent” off to a fantastic start. For juror Lena Gercke, the 13-year-old has a high target set, if he wants to be as famous as his idol Michael Jackson. “You’re a star, you got it somehow in the blood. You have us all spellbound in the room.”

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Also, the pop titan Dieter Bohlen says, “It was a strong performance.”

Luciano gets four “yes” votes from the jury and makes it to the next round of “Das Supertalent” 2014.

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This Toddler’s Performance Of Michael Jackson’s ‘Billie Jean’ Is Equal Parts Cute And Impressive

Sources: Huffington Post UK| All Things Michael

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“My little dude of a brother is obsessed with Michael Jackson,” writes YouTuberstaylooser, adding: “He doesn’t know he is dead yet either!”

Oh dear. We don’t want to be around when he finds out.

In the meantime, enjoy the little guy’s performance of ‘Billie Jean’ – and watch out for the big finish!

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Autistic Teen Gets Down To ‘Thriller’ At Michael Jackson Tribute Show

Sources: Times Free Press – By Shawn Ryan | All Things Michael

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Jesse Hullender, center, poses with Meleeke McCants, left, and Danny Ware after the Black Jacket Symphony performance of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” at the Tivoli Theatre. Ten-year-old Meleeke sang songs from Jackson’s days with the Jackson 5, while Ware was the vocalist for the rest of the show. Photo: Shawn Ryan

He appears in the aisle of the Tivoli Theatre, right down front, as the Black Jacket Symphony bounces through Michael Jackson’s funky, bubbly “The Way You Make Me Feel.”

Eyes are drawn to him — black hat, just like Michael’s; red jacket, just like Michael’s’ mirrored shades, just like Michael’s and, of course, the single silver-sequined glove, just like Michael’s.

And then he starts dancing, throwing down some of Michael’s moves.

“I saw him! He was in the middle of the floor, and man, he was jammin’!” Black Jacket vocalist Danny Ware, who sounds as much like Michael as Michael, says effusively after the show last Saturday, standing in the Tivoli lobby.

Yes, 16-year-old Jesse Hullender loves Michael Jackson, has since he was about 11 years old. He’s listened to the albums, knows them by heart. He has danced as Michael in talent shows at Bradley County’s Ocoee Middle School and Walker Valley High School, where he’s now a sophomore.

“I like his music,” Jesse says, slowly and quietly, after the Black Jacket Symphony show. “It’s my favorite dance style.”

Jesse, you see, has autism, a case so severe, when he was diagnosed at 4 years old, doctors said he’d probably end up in a mental hospital. For life.

“He was so bad … we were told he’d probably have to be institutionalized, that he’d never speak, that he didn’t have any imagination,” recalls Monte Wilson, his grandfather. “It about broke our hearts; I almost tear up thinking about it now.”

“All I knew about autism was the movie ‘Rain Man,'” says his mother, 34-year-old Lindsey Johnson. “I remember praying every night for God to keep me alive at least long enough for Jesse to know who I was and how much I loved him.”

But Jesse has taken those predictions and moonwalked over them. He speaks just fine, although carefully and cautiously in short sentences; he shakes hands and makes eye contact, unlike many with autism, and doesn’t seem ill at ease in a crowd; he is doing well in school and wants to be a chef when he graduates.

“His favorite shows are ‘Hell’s Kitchen and ‘MasterChef.’ He loves Gordon Ramsey,” his mother says.

Knowing how much Jesse loves Michael Jackson, Wilson decided to surprise him when the Black Jacket Symphony came to town with its note-for-note, song-by-song performance of “Thriller” plus a selection of Jackson’s greatest hits. To get it right, they even hired Ware, a Michael Jackson impersonator from Orlando, Fla., to handle lead vocals.

Wilson bought tickets to the show but didn’t tell Jesse; instead, he told him there was a talent show that night downtown and maybe Jesse could get dressed up and do his Michael Jackson impersonation in it. Jesse didn’t know he was going to the concert until they walked up to the Tivoli.

“I was in shock from the very first moment,” Jesse says.

But he got over it quickly, spending a lot of the concert dancing in the aisle, unable to stay seated.

And that thing that doctors said about no imagination? His grandfather just laughs and, in the Tivoli lobby, points to Jesse’s outfit and hip-shaking joy at the show.

“No imagination?” Wilson asks, hugging Jesse shoulder-to-shoulder. “Just look at him.”

“Jesse is my miracle,” his mother says. “He inspires me to be a better person, and I admire his perseverance and his determination.”

 

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An Autistic Teen’s Guide To Impersonating Michael Jackson (A Must Read)

Sources: Kuow.org | All Things Michael

Impersonating Michael Jackson made it easier for Lorenzo Manuel to deal with the social pressures of middle school.

Impersonating Michael Jackson made it easier for Lorenzo Manuel to deal with the social pressures of middle school.

It was homecoming dance at Roosevelt High School, and the Roosevelt football team had just been crushed. As it started getting late, the energy sunk even lower. People were mostly slow dancing; it was all Taylor Swift at that point.

Just then, a familiar tune started to play. The thinning crowd began to roar. A spotlight came on. As the first lyrics of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” shook the room, a skinny kid with short brown hair and a sparkly glove began to dance.

“When I impersonated, I just kind of would think… like, what would Michael do?”

That skinny kid was Lorenzo Manuel, now a senior at Roosevelt. But he just goes by his first name, Lorenzo. His story started when he was 13 years old. It was the night Michael Jackson died, and for Lorenzo it was a near-cosmic shift.

“The night he died,” Lorenzo said, “I had this dream where I was in a field and he was at an ice cream cone stand, and he gave me an ice cream cone.”

This mystifying dream had an unexpected effect. Lorenzo felt called to impersonate Michael Jackson.

He had just been diagnosed with autism, though he had known his whole life that he didn’t quite fit in with the other kids. He couldn’t handle the social pressures of middle school.

The cover to 18-year-old Lorenzo's self-produced first album includes a tribute to his idol. Can you spot the Michael Jackson face hidden in the image?

The cover to 18-year-old Lorenzo’s self-produced first album includes a tribute to his idol. Can you spot the Michael Jackson face hidden in the image?

“People were bullying me because I was a little bit more feminine, because I was more artistic, and people would call me gay,” Lorenzo said. “And even though I am gay, back then it was just hard, and I didn’t know it then.”

His mom, Christine, remembers him coming home from school every day depressed and confused about the teasing. She even considered transferring him to a different school.

But impersonating Michael Jackson changed all that. With Lorenzo’s newfound passion, he started having easier interactions with his peers. He would even pretend to be Michael Jackson when he felt uncomfortable in social situations. He felt a connection to Michael. They were both shy people with an almost obsessive interest in music. When he couldn’t rely on his own skills, he called on Michael’s.

The response Lorenzo got for impersonating Michael Jackson surprised him. People at school became more accepting of him, not less. Most surprising, even Lorenzo’s dad seemed to accept him more. “He’s usually very critical,” said Lorenzo. “And the fact that he was pretty accepting of it … that was one of the reasons I wanted to keep pursuing it.”

Lorenzo’s idol is ever present in his life. He pointed out a prized possession in what he called the Michael Jackson area of his bedroom: “He actually signed this paper. See? That’s his writing.”

Lorenzo’s bedroom also includes a Michael Jackson cut-out from the “Bad” era, an old turntable with records, and some collectible dolls. One is still in its box from 1995, the year Lorenzo was born.

But being Michael wasn’t enough. Now, through years of studying how to be someone else, Lorenzo has found a way to be himself. Through Michael, he has found acceptance for his own creativity and ingenuity.

“I definitely knew I was an artist,” mused Lorenzo, “because of all the different phases I’ve gone through with drawing, and painting, and acting, and singing, and dancing, and music, and photography. I just knew I was meant to do something in the arts.”

Now, his days of impersonation are behind him. He’s started writing, recording, and performing his own music. “I really enjoy that,” said Lorenzo. “And performing as myself now … I feel a lot more free.”

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12-Year-Old Minneapolis Singer Impresses Michael Jackson’s Mom

Sources: My Fox Twin Cities | All Things Michael

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MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) – She just 12-years-old, but a Minneapolis singer has a talent that has already caught the attention of the mother who raised the King of Pop — and she’s now traveling to perform in a 3-day tribute to the legend.

“I’m a huge Michael Jackson fan,” Kalayah Jones told Fox 9 News.

Jones has been dancing since she was a baby, but she also sings and raps. For the past two years, she’s made a number of local appearances — including performing at St. Paul’s Rondo Days. Now, she’ll be taking her show on the road to celebrate Michael Jackson’s life at an event hosted by the star’s mother.

“In 1969, introduced to the industry, dropping all types of singles that came up instantly — like ‘A-B-C,'” she performed.

Her youthful talent caught Katherine Jackson’s eye as she practiced dedicating her moves and voice to the pop icon. After spotting her on YouTube, the music mogul’s mom invited Jones to come to his hometown and bring some Twin Cities love to the 5th annual tribute.

“I represent the Twin Cities!” Jones exclaimed. “Minnesota, baby!”

Jones’ mother is a strong sideline supporter. She’s takes her daughter to perform at talent shows, events and award shows all year round.

“It’s refreshing to see her do music that the kids like, that’s still age-appropriate, that they can groove to at the same time,” Kimberly Hollifield reflected.

Most recently, Jones passed along her song about Minnesota Lynx MVP Maya Moore called ‘I’m an All-Star’ to the baller herself.

“My song is the theme, or the anthem, for the games when she comes out,” Jones explained.

From her mentor to back up dancers and a song-writer DJ, Jones has a team of support — and she hopes you’ll join up by seeing her perform once she returns from Indiana.

“I want to sing, rap, dance,” she said. “It’s just really fun. I want to do this for the rest of my life.”

Jones leaves for Indiana on Wednesday, but she’s also working on an album that is set to drop in the fall.

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