Artists Unite To Help The Healing After San Bernardino Tragedy

Sources: The Press Enterprise – By Stephen Wall | All Things Michael

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It happened 30 years ago, but Frankie J remembers it like it was yesterday.

Watching a video of “We Are the World” on MTV resonated with the R&B singer who was eight when the pop single topped the charts.

“I’m a huge fan of Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie,” he said. “Even at that age, I felt their love and care for the world through this particular song they wrote.”

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Frankie J is carrying on the beat of his childhood heroes by appearing in a benefit concert for people affected by the Dec. 2 mass shooting in San Bernardino. He was among the scheduled performers in the San Bernardino Healing Memorial Show on Sunday, December 27 at the National Orange Show Events Center. A classical music concert is planned tonight at San Bernardino Valley College.

“Music is a very powerful tool,” Frankie J said by phone. “It can bring unity, awareness, a sense of relief, a sense of peace.”

The two events are the most recent examples of how art and music can relieve suffering following a tragedy. Other instances include Live Aid, a concert that raised money for Ethiopian famine relief in 1985, and the Concert for New York City after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

“More than anything, I think music helps people heal because it brings us into an emotional place where we can reflect and appreciate the difficulties and pain of others,” said Manuel Alberto Aybar, an orchestra and opera conductor who helped organize the San Bernardino Cares concert set for Monday, December 28th.

The San Bernardino Cares show features more than 100 performers aiming to soothe wounds through song. Singers and musicians from throughout Southern California will offer opera and classical selections as well as compositions written for the occasion.

Date: 8 p.m. Monday, December 28th

Place: San Bernardino Valley College Auditorium, 701 S. Mount Vernon Ave., San Bernardino.

Admission: Free

Information: 909-326-2223 or sanbernardinohealing.com

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MLJ Needs You! October Back-To-School Challenge!

Source: Michael Jackson Legacy | All Things Michael

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In August, MJL teamed up with the Foundation of Goodness, a Sri Lankan organisation that works with villagers and donors to uplift the lives of rural communities in Sri Lanka. Our ‘Back-to-School’ campaign sought initially to raise enough money to provide school packs for at least 100 children ahead of the start of their new school year in January 2016. The big news is that at the time of writing, dear friends, you have done it again and our current figure stands at 115 bags and counting! We have decided to extend the campaign into October and have a new challenge – can you help us double the figure to at least 200 bags by the end of the month?

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Most of us will remember the joy of starting a new school term with brand new supplies, uniforms and school bags. These simple things that so many of us took for granted make a huge difference for children in poverty-stricken areas of Sri Lanka (particularly those orphaned and otherwise affected by the civil war and the devastation caused by the 2004 tsunami, which so touched Michael’s heart). They can mean the difference between a child starting school with all he or she needs for a successful school year and being denied an opportunity to attend classes due to lack of what many might consider basic provisions. Not only have you made that chance of success a reality for over a hundred children so far, but you have given the children the added gift of a few MJ-themed, personalised keepsakes such as postcards, bookmarks and key rings, created by our very own Mimi and assembled by long-term supporter Cindy K., with some of Michael’s most popular quotes (as voted for by you!) printed on the back.

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We’d be thrilled if you would join us on our October challenge – it costs just $30 USD (£20) to sponsor a school bag packed full of school provisions such as books, stationery, a pencil box, a lunch box, crayons, a water bottle, fabric for school uniforms and a voucher for shoes.  You can donate by clicking on the ‘donate’ button at the top of this newsletter or on our website, or simply send your gift via Paypal to hello@michaeljacksonslegacy.org.

‘You can change the world…’   

Let’s Start Giving

‘It’s us. Or else it’ll never be done …’

Every month we receive many kind messages from a number of you who love what we do, have ‘liked’ our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter and want to help in some way, but feel that you don’t have much to contribute financially to the work of MJL. Whilst it’s true that the regular donors who give again and again to every project we launch (you know who you are – we love and appreciate you very much!) and the surprise, one-off larger donations we receive from time to time are the crucial to the survival of our small charity, the truth is we need an increase in regular donations if we are to continue this amazing work in Michael’s memory. We all know that Michael was larger than life and continues to be so, and although we are a small charity, we all share Michael’s big dream of helping as many children, animals and environmental projects as time and money will allow.

We want to encourage every single one of you who reads these words and has thought about giving but hesitated because you’ve thought that one dollar, euro, yen or pound is not enough to make a difference – please give anyway. If each of us who has a little, gives a little, you’d be surprised at how quickly that adds up to a lot! We’ve often imagined how much more we could do if each of the 15,000-plus ‘Likes’ we have on our Facebook page could spare just a pound a month to support MJL …

So, our second challenge to you is … could YOU be one of those ‘pound-a-month’ regular givers? As a 100 per cent volunteer-led charity, we are all committed to keeping our overheads low so that you can be confident that your money will go to the places it’s most needed. Can you help make a difference? Yes, absolutely, and MJL needs you. Will you be there?

Make His Message Your Mission

Please consider making a donation today and thus keeping Michael’s legacy of love alive. You can donate via the orange Paypal button on our homepage, or by logging into your own Paypal account and sending your gift to the Paypal-linked email address: hello@michaeljacksonslegacy.org.

If you haven’t yet ‘liked’ our Facebook Page, please consider doing so, since up-to-the-minute news is posted there. If you HAVE like the page, please be sure to click on the ‘down’ arrow on the ‘liked’ button and choose ‘get notifications’ – that way you will get all the news as it happens and you will see frequent pictures and details showing where and how your money is being spent.

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We couldn’t agree more! Michael’s Army of L.O.V.E – THANK YOU!

Until next time,

Vimbai, Anusha, Sam,
Dee, Sue and Mimi (MJL)

Michael Jackson’s Legacy – building a better future for our children, and our children’s children

Everland Haiti Preschool Opens!

Source: Michael Jackson’s Legacy | All Things Michael

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February 6, 2015 was officially the first day of opening of newly built MJL Everland Haiti preschool, in loving memory of Michael Joseph Jackson.This school is fully funded by Michael’s fans. We are so very grateful for your help.What an experience. Nobody wanted to go home!” ~ Maman Bishop, Everland Haiti Children’s World

MORE good news thanks to YOUR generosity. After three years without water, thanks to those of you who gave towards the water provision, Everland Haiti Children’s World now has water! It was a huge job since they had to bring in water from the river which is almost a mile away. Here you will see men digging the canal in order for the pipes to bring water into the village.

The City Eats Youth Direction Program To Feed The Homeless

Sources: Genevive Jackson | The City Eats

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Next Saturday, January 24 The City Eats & Youth Direction Program will be hitting the streets of Downtown Los Angeles to feed and give back to the homeless on Skid Row.

We are currently accepting donations of bread, food, water, toiletries or even donations can be made via PayPal – thecityeats@gmail.com. ANYTHING HELPS! Whether it’s your time or a donation!Please Contact us via email if you would like to help out.

We will be meeting downtown Saturday at 9am to prepare the lunch (If you would like to help prep please contact us for meeting point) then meeting on 256 Winston St at 11 to begin passing them out! Start your year off on a positive note doing something for those less fortunate! What goes around comes back around and Thank You to all organizations that will be helping us out! LA WE CAN’T WAIT!

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Citizenship And “Healing The World” Central Themes Of School Award Ceremony

Sources: Trinidad Express – By Kimoy Leon Sing|Edited By – All Things Michael

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“Being A Good Citizen” was the theme this year at St Joseph’s Convent, Port of Spain awards ceremony held in the school’s chapel on the school compound last Thursday.

Over 144 awards were presented to pupils for their success in academic fields, service to the school, outstanding performance in sport, for achievement in the arts and for their fine personal qualities. Some of the top awardees were Celeste Superville who was the top pupil for CAPE Unit One and Natalia Koylass who got top spot for CAPE Unit Two. The top CSEC pupil was RaVen Joseph.

Astrid Casimire and Anisha Romany copped the Rose Bowl Award. This award goes to the pupils who best represent the ideals of the school. Catherine Aboud, Anyse Calder, Natalia Koylass and Shane Winner copped the Javouhey Award. This award goes to the pupils who show initiative, generosity and commitment to the school.

Awards in art, choir and music were presented to Amelia Fuentes, Maya Galindo and Anisha Romany. Galindo received the Michelle Varley Challenge Trophy for the Most Outstanding Choir Member.

Quoting former US president, the late John F Kennedy, principal of St Joseph’s Convent, Anna Pounder, praised the pupils for their remarkable achievements and urged them to continue to excel in all aspects of their lives, and find ways to make a positive impact in our society.

She said, “Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country.”

Pounder noted it was important for each child to fulfil her potential.

Looking at some of the challenges we face in society, when it comes to the poor and destitute not only affects Trinidad and Tobago but across the globe. Maingot quoted the words of Pope John Paul II.

“The world you are inheriting is a world which desperately needs a new sense of brotherhood and human solidarity. It is a world which needs to be touched and healed by the beauty and richness of God’s love. It needs witnesses to that love. The world needs salt. It needs you — to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world,” she said.

Quoting the words of American author and humourist Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, school supervisor, Port of Spain and environs, Olsen Oliver posed the question to the audience, what did Twain say are the two most important days in your life?

“The two most important days in your life is the day you were born and the day you discover your purpose in life,” he said.

Bringing smiles to everyone’s faces, he encouraged those in the audience to sing Michael Jackson’s 1991 hit, “Heal The World”.

Hoping the song will continue to resonate in the hearts and minds of our nation’s youths, Oliver said, “It is important for you all to make this world a better place for you and for me.”

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Playlist For Peace: John Lennon, Renaud, Michael Jackson And More

Sources: Charts In France | Edited By – All Things Michael

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France is still in shock after three days of horror. Many artists have taken the pen, generation after generation, to defend freedom of each and advocate peace. While tributes to victims multiply, Pure Charts offers a selection of songs that have in their own way, try to change the world – “Imagine” by John Lennon in mind.

After the terrible events that affected the writing of Charlie Hebdo, a kosher grocery store and France as a whole, it is time to brotherhood and peace. Throughout history, artists have mobilized to convey through their works a message of love and peace. Because yes, the music has the power to raise awareness and change the world. “Music takes away hatred in those who are without love. It gives peace to those who are restless, consoles those who mourn, “said cellist, conductor and Spanish composer Pablo Casals.

“Imagine all the people living life in peace …”

Instinctively, because it is rooted in the collective memory, we think of the cult song “Imagine” by John Lennon, which resounded on all radio waves yesterday noon sharp. But how can we forget the “Wind of Change” by the Scorpions, associated since 1989 to the fall of the Berlin Wall, or the We Are The World” collective for USA for Africa, which brought together for a noble cause some of the greatest contemporary artists from around the time Michael Jackson ? In these troubled times when France joins the face of adversity, the editorial teams of Spotify streaming platform developed a playlist calling for solidarity. As for French artists include some emblematic title: the engaged “Street of Peace” of Zazie , “Aux armes et cetera” Serge Gainsbourg, “Freedom” Barbarian, “Peace on Earth” by Jean Ferrat. .. Of course, the song written by Renaud and Axelle Red after the attacks of 11 September 2001, “Manhattan-Kaboul” , is one of the most harrowing testimony of the power of words to heal the ills.

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Listen to the playlist “Peace” Spotify

Deepak Chopra Says Michael Jackson Was “The Most Spiritual Person” He Knew

Sources: YouTube – Bravo | All Things Michael

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Deepak Chopra cites the late Michael Jackson as the most spiritual person he has ever worked with and even received a voice mail from the pop star the day before his untimely death.

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Memorial for Linda Dee Durogene At The Michael Jackson Bench – Brooklyn Botanical Garden

Sources: You Tube – Trish Gadget | Elke Hassell | All Things Michael

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On January 3, 2015 close to 30 Michael Jackson fans, friends, and family held a memorial for Linda Durogene. The tribute took place at the Michael Jackson bench in the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. The bench is part of her legacy and people reflected on her vision and some of highlights in her life.

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To all the family and friends of Linda Durogene, All Things Michael would like to send love and condolences. May her sweet soul rest in peace.