Thanksgiving Tribute: Nourish The Child – By Michael Jackson

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All Things Michael would like you wish you a very happy and peaceful Thanksgiving. 

In that same spirit, we present the forward from the 1993  Nieman Marcus children’s charity cookbook “Pigtails and Frog Legs” written by Michael Jackson. 

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“Dedicated to everyone who was a kid…who is a kid..who will always be a kid.”

Contributors: To all InCirclers who submitted recipes demonstrating their interest in supporting children’s causes. To Michael Jackson, whose commitment to the needs of all children is evident in the foreword which he wrote.

To a child, food is something special. It isn’t just a delicious taste or the vitamins that build a healthy body. Food is love and caring, security and hope — all the things that a food family can provide. Remember when you were little and your mother made a pie for you? When she cut a slice and put it on your plate, she was giving you a bit of herself, in the form of her love. She made your hunger go away, and when you were full and satisfied, everything seemed all right. Because that satisfied feeling was in the pie, you were nourished from a deep level. Food is something we all need physically, but so is love, the deeper nourishment, that turns into who we are.

Think about how necessary it is to nourish a child with a bit of yourself when you use this book. It is full of delicious things. Every recipe has an extra ingredient of caring, because the people who wrote them were thinking of the children. They were specially thinking of those who aren’t able to take nourishment for granted because they are poor, sick or disabled. These are the children who need food to heal. The theme of ‘Heal the World’, which has been close to my heart, is the central theme of this book, also. Here are recipes for the spirit. Please make them with that in mind. Your child is growing spirit that can be knit strong with love. When you break an egg and measure a cup of flour, you are magically mixing the gift of life. The food’s proteins and minerals will turn into bones and muscles, but your feeling as you cook will turn directly into a soul.

It makes me happy to think that the needs of children’s spirits are at last becoming important in this world. Children have no power to end wars directly or to mend age-old differences.

All they can do is be themselves, to shine with gratitude and joy when love is turned their way. Yet isn’t that ultimately the greatest power? In the eyes of a child you become the source of joy, which lifts you into the special category of caregiver and life-provider. You may think that your apple pie has only sugar and spice in it. A child is wiser — with the first bite, he knows that this special dish is the essence of you love.

Enjoy!

Michael Jackson

Heal The World Foundation 1993

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Join UNICEF’s Children Without A Voice Campaign #EveryChildCounts

Sources: Examiner  – By Victoria Poller | Edited By – All Things Michael

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#IMAGINE is a UNICEF initiative uniting millions of people to raise awareness and funds for children’s rights globally.

In collaboration with David Guetta and Yoko Ono, we are bringing the world together to create the largest sing-along ever.

According to Geoff Herbert of syracuse.com, The #IMAGINE project aims to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and bring awareness to UNICEF and its mission. Supporters and participants are encouraged to donate to the organization’s programs for education, health care, clean water and emergency relief for children in more than 150 countries worldwide.

To participate, fans can download the TouchCast app (currently only available via Apple’s App Store). They then record themselves singing “Imagine” along with Lennon and others by tapping the red record button, along with a personal message imagining what a better world for children would be like.

Recordings can also be shared on social media with the hashtags #EVERYVOICECOUNTS and #IMAGINE. Guetta will then mix all the celebrity and individual recordings into a multi-lingual “world” version that will premiere on New Year’s Day in New York City’s Times Square.

Don Jazzy is scheduled to perform with: Idris Elba, Katy Perry, will.i.am, Courteney Cox, Angelique Kidjo and more at The Unicef Imagine Singalong to raise awareness for children’s rights and mark the 25th anniversary of the convention on the rights of the child. The Imagine Project, which also features actor Hugh Jackman and singer Nicole Scherzinger, is being supported by the late Beatles (John Lennon) star’s widow Yoko Ono.

Every voice counts. Especially yours. You’re not the only one. You’re part of an amazing group of like-minded people who believe that every child counts. In the days and weeks ahead, you’ll learn more about how UNICEF, together with caring people like you, is working to create a world fit for children. To find out how to sing along with John and create your own version of Imagine sign up below. We hope you’ll join us.

Sing with John and help UNICEF protect the rights of children.

DOWNLOAD the TouchCast app,

SING #IMAGINE with John Lennon,

SHARE with friends to be a part of the largest sing-along in history. #EVERYVOICECOUNTS

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Michael Jackson – Advocate And Global Ambassador For Children

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All Things Michael believes that the mission of the Imagine campaign falls in line with the vision of Michael Jackson, a long time advocate for children’s rights. In 1992, Michael founded the Heal the World Foundation to make the world aware of the rights and needs of all children around the world and also to help improve the world we live in, without violence and free of diseases.

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The organization built playgrounds, provided immunizations and funded scores of children’s causes around the world. It helped pay for a Hungarian boy’s lifesaving liver transplant and co-sponsored an airlift of more than 46 tons of relief supplies to war-torn Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1992.The organization built playgrounds, provided immunizations and funded scores of children’s causes around the world. It helped pay for a Hungarian boy’s lifesaving liver transplant and co-sponsored an airlift of more than 46 tons of relief supplies to war-torn Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1992.

Michael’s Heal L.A. project was established to help aid inner-city children after the Los Angeles riots in 1992. The program was intended not only for LA but for urban cities throughout the United States. Michael aid the program was inspired by President Clinton’s call for the nation to unite in recognition that “we must care for each other.”

In 2000, Michael Jackson launched his global initiative for children, ‘Heal The Kids.’

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“Heal the Kids is about making a difference and trying to help adults and parents realize that it is in our power to change the world that our children live in.”

The goal of ‘Heal The Kids’ was to help developing the relationship between parents and children. It educated parents on the importance of giving their children the love, support and devotion that they so badly need, to stop the cycle of neglect and improve the communication within families. It is also devoted to fostering programs that help all children gain the love, attention and quality time they need to prosper and flourish.

As we all know, Michael Jackson was a true humanitarian. He spent his entire life helping children and many others in need. He has visited hundreds of orphanages and hospitals all around the world during tours, to help children, bringing bring them smiles, love, gifts and happiness. His charity work throughout his lifetime has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World records for the ‘Most Charities Supported By A Pop Star.’ He still holds the record to this day.

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Michael Jackson’s Children Bills of Rights

“Children show me in their playful smiles the divine in everyone. These children are a reminder of the preciousness of all life, especially young lives untouched by hatred, prejudice, and greed. Now when the world is so confused and its problems so complicated, we need our children more than ever. The mission of Heal The World, my mission, is healing, pure and simple. To heal the world, we must start by healing our children. Being with them connects us to the deep wisdom of life. This simple goodness shines straight from their hearts. We have to heal our wounded planet. I wrote this song for everyone in our world in an effort to help bring global harmony.”Michael Jackson on ‘Heal The World’.

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Let’s us all continue in Michael’s memory to Heal the World, each and everyday. #makethatchange

MJ Fan Amy Perez Finds Her Happily Ever After

Sources: Inquirer – By Dolly Anne Carvajal | All Things Michael

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Amy Perez and I fondly call each other “MJ Twins” because we are both Michael Jackson fanatics. But beyond her love for The King of Pop, she adores the king of her heart, Carlo Castillo. After eight years of blissful togetherness, Amy and Carlo got hitched on Nov. 12 at The Mango Farm in Antipolo.

When we were working together in TV 5’s old show, “Ang Latest,” Amy used to tell   me she was looking forward to the annulment of her marriage to singer Brix Ferraris. Last week’s wedding was the sum of all of Amy’s dreams and more.

For women like me, whose first marriages failed, Amy and Carlo’s love story serves as a beacon of hope that it’s never too late to have our “happily ever after.”

What did you learn from your first marriage?

I’ve realized that it’s important for you and your husband to have a personal relationship with God. And that, when you pray, you let His will be done. 

What’s your advice to separated women who want to give marriage another try?

Have faith and be open to learning what you need to know. Accept that you need to change how you look at life. 

Tell us about your kids. 

Adi is 17. He will be in college next year. He sings well and is a loving kuya to Kyle, who is now 5. Kyle is a Michael Jackson fanatic, too. Kyle and I watch MJ’s “This Is It” concert all day when we can. My youngest, Seyah, is turning 2 in January. He is also starting to like MJ’s music.

What is the relationship of your eldest son (with Brix) and Carlo like?

Great. Adi has learned to appreciate his dad with all the love and care that Carlo shows him, too.

What’s your message to Brix? 

I wish him well. I hope he is as happy and fulfilled as I am.

How do you balance being a mom, wife and career woman?

Even if I work weekdays, I make sure I find time to take Kyle to school and pick him up after. I squeeze in bonding time with Carlo, lunch/siesta with Kyle and Seyah, and merienda with Adi. Friday is our weekly movie date. We attend Bible study every Saturday and go to church on Sundays.

What is the sweetest thing that Carlo has done for you?

When I got my annulment in January 2013, Carlo told me to prepare for our wedding. I told him that I wanted him to propose. He said there was no need. When he sensed that I felt bad, he proposed a few weeks after his birthday.

How did he propose? 

He did it during the family’s bridal shower for me. He said he was scared I’d change my mind. 

How do you and Carlo resolve fights? 

We’ve never had a major fight. Carlo just lets me be when I’m having a “drama queen” fit.

What are your honeymoon plans? 

We are now on the Star Cruise Gemini … on an Asian tour.

How does it feel to be officially Mrs. Castillo? 

Happy, blessed, thankful. I still have to practice signing with my new surname, though.

 

 

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Michael’s Soldiers of Love November Vita Water Campaign

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After receiving the thumbs up from Vita Water, Michael’s Soldiers of Love (MSOL) has ordered bracelets to that reflect, MSOL SUPPORTS VITA WATER and their global quest to provide clean, drinkable water to those less fortunate. For every 31 bottles of spring water sold, Vita has pledged to provide clean drinking water to one person for 20 years. Many of you seen a recent post by Jaafar Jackson, pictured with Vita Water.

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Jermaine and Halima Jackson have joined Vita Water to create awareness of the benefits to purchasing this water, straight from the Sierra Nevada mountains.

“The songs, the videos and everything that’s where it comes from, this is all representative of heal the world, we are the world, man in the mirror, this is all part of it and that’s why I’m here.” ~ Jermaine Jackson

Shakira Niazi, the company’s founder and CEO, is a refugee from Afghanistan. She escaped the war-torn country at just 8 years old, and says she’s made it her mission to help others.

“Their smiles, their simple joy of celebrating life through just access to water,” says Niazi, explaining what led her to water.

After each well is built, Niazi says, it’s turned over to a woman in the village to manage, empowering her, while giving thousands of people clean water for years to come.

Vita Water has 18 finished wells — 2 in Ethiopia and 16 in Afghanistan. They say they hope to have thousands more in the years to come.

This is your opportunity as humanitarians to pay Michael forward and say , ” I made a difference and I support Vita Water!”

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Bracelets are 1 for $5 or 2 for $7. We will not ask you to donate on top of purchasing the bracelets, at this time, rather we ask that you consider buying Vita Water at a Whole Foods or Safeway nearest you. As an extra bonus, when you provide a photo copy  of your purchase of a case of Vita Water, we will send you a bracelet, as a token of appreciation.  To purchase your bracelets use PayPal bbruckner2@yahoo.com or inbox me for further payment options.

MSOL Is a non profit group. Everything we do, we do for love and to cause awareness. We believe in giving back to our communities and encouraging others to help make the world a better place.YOU, and WE , are making a difference!

Be well & God Bless,

Poli Bruckner – Michael’s Soldiers of Love

The Variety Children’s Charity Celebrates Halloween With Thriller Live Production Team

Sources: IndieLondon | Variety The Children’s Charity | Edited By All Things Michael

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On Tuesday, October 28, 2014, Twenty children from Kentish Town Primary School took part in an afternoon of fun, chills and thrills in the West End.

They were made up as zombies (face painting materials kindly donated by Charles Fox) and then learned some wicked zombie moves at a Thriller Live dance workshop. They then performed together on the Lyric Theatre stage after meeting the show’s MJ, David Jordan.

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It was an afternoon they are not likely to ever forget.

The children, many of whom are from disadvantaged backgrounds or have physical disabilities and autism, are supported by Variety, the Children’s Charity, which provides positive experiences for sick, disabled or disadvantaged children and young people.

The dance workshop was led by Thriller Live cast members Stefan Sinclair and Lauren Gore. Professional stage cosmetics company, Charles Fox, kindly donated the make-up to complete the children’s transformation into the ghouls and the undead from the show.

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David Jordan said of the event: “The Thriller dance was ground-breaking and everyone has, at some point, tried to impersonate the Michael Jackson moves. It’s been fantastic to be able to share our skills with the children and give them the opportunity to experience the magic of transformation on Halloween.”

Variety, the Children’s Charity, has supported the children of Kentish Town Primary School for 15 years. The school caters for 252 children between the ages of 3 and 11 years from disadvantaged backgrounds, some with physical disabilities and autism.

Trevor Green, Variety’s Chief Barker said: “Variety ensures that children can interact with the world around them and experience a fun, entertaining and educational environment. For some children and young people, there are few chances to discover what fun the world can be and how many possibilities it can offer, so it’s fantastic to see the children of Kentish Town Primary celebrate Halloween in true ‘Thriller’ style.”

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To date, Variety, the Children’s Charity, has provided more than 600,000 children throughout the country with unforgettable days out. In partnership with many visitor attractions, companies and private supporters, alongside the support of volunteers, Variety, The Children’s Charity, is able to provide special days out for children and young people at Variety’s partner schools and community groups.

Thriller Live, a spectacular concert production that celebrates the music of Michael Jackson and the Jackson Five, has played in London’s West End since 2009, and last month entered the record books as the 20th longest running musical in West End history. It is currently booking at the Lyric Theatre until September 6, 2015.

 

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Kaitlin Niswanger To Perform Private Thriller Dances To Cheer ILL Children On Halloween

Sources: Pamplin Media | All Things Michael

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Every kid deserves to have a fun Halloween, even if they are not feeling well enough to go out trick-or-treating.

That is why Kaitlin Dale Niswanger is planning to participate in Thrill the World, an annual worldwide dance to the music of Michael Jackson’s super-popular “Thriller.”

Instead of having the Halloween Blues, kids can have Niswanger come to their house to dance to what she calls “the greatest Halloween song of all.”

Parents in Lake Oswego and West Linn wanting to have this unique performance at their home can contact Niswanger at kaitlindale@mac.com and put “Thriller Dance” in the topic line.

Niswanger is doing this because she knows just how it feels to be a shut-in on Halloween.

“I remember coming down with the flu on Halloween when I was about 9 years old and too sick to go trick-or-treating,” said Niswanger, who is a graduate of West Linn High School. “So, I mopingly sat at the front door giving out candy, checking out all of the costumes the neighborhood kids came up with.

“I would have been in awe to have a bunch of dancing zombies at my door to cheer me up! I hope it’s a night these kids never forget!”

Motivated by this memory, Niswanger joined the Thrill the World PDX event last week. Not only will she be entertaining kids on Halloween but she, and all of the other Thriller dancers, will be raising money for charity. And also attempt to break the world record for the greatest number of people dancing simultaneously. Other Halloween-spirited dancers are invited to join Niswanger on her quest.

Niswanger has a very theatrical bent. She has just moved back to the Portland Metro area after living in New York City to pursue of her love of dancing and acting. She is checking out acting opportunities in the Northwest, and she is already going to parties as Elsa the Ice Queen, where she sings “Let It Go” and prances around like a princess.

But on Halloween night Niswanger will be a dancing zombie and cheering up kids.

 

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Colombian Artists Record Peace Anthem Inspired By We Are The World

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Sixty Colombian musical artists, including Carlos Vives, Juanes and Andres Cepeda, have released the song “A Step Toward Peace,” as part of the I Can campaign that aims to end the decades-long armed conflict in the country.

Vives and producer Ivan Benavides took their inspiration from 1985’s “We Are the World,” written by Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson and produced by Quincy Jones and Michael Omartian.

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The project’s goal, Benavides told Efe, is to convey to Colombians the notion that peace “is more than the signing of agreements between the government and the illegal armed groups, although now it seems as if peace belongs to others and is faraway.”

The Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, are holding peace talks in Havana.

“To recover peace and to rebuild in peace the process must come from the civil society, and in this effort we all should participate, artists, the private sector, the Church and the parties in conflict,” Benavides said.

He brought in performers ranging in age from 16 to 91 and representing a broad range of styles. The song has shades of pop, urban music, folk and vallenato.

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“With this array of artists we were able to show Colombia’s diversity because well-managed differences enrich us all and we find that there are more things that unite us than separate us,” Benavides said.

Furthermore, according to Benavides, the song sends the message that “peace is not something far away,” but “everybody’s business.”

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In this regard the song can promote peace in “a different way because the music connects us all” in a manner that is not rational but emotional and sentimental.

The Colombian conflict has been raging since the mid-1960s, when the nation’s government forces, paramilitary groups, crime syndicates and other armed forces began to clash in a battle to increase influence and control over the land.

Peace talks are currently being held in Havana in an effort to bring the decades-long fighting to an end.

 

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MICHAEL’S MESSAGE OF LVE IS STILL MAKING A DIFFERENCE.

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Sources: Latino Fox News | Contact News| Columbia Reports | Compliation, pictures and edits By – All Things Michael

Help Girls With Gifts Feed The Homeless By Supporting #Hashtag Lunchbag

Source: Poli Brucker – Michael’s Soldiers of Love | Genevieve Jackson | All Things Michael

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Genevieve Jackson, along with her best friend and partner Deja Riley, are are coordinating #HashtagLunchbag on behalf of #GirlsWithGifts Please come out to help feed about 1000 people experiencing homelessness for the Midnight Mission next weekend on Sunday, September 21, 2014. Assembly will be at 12:00 pm, distribution will begin at 1:30 pm.

Visit www.girlswithgifts.org to give $10 donation towards groceries or you can give it at the door. All info is on the flyer above. Hope to see you all there! Spread the word! ❤️ #HashtagLunchbagLA #GirlsWithGifts #makeadifference #makeachange

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Girls With Gifts is based on three fundamental principles for girls:

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  • Growing focuses on personal development: GWG encourages girls to be the best “YOU” that you can be. This includes mentorship, grooming, etiquette and presentation skills.
  • Giving focuses on reaching back. GWG empowers girls to give back and to service our communities and our world in whatever way we can.
  • Gifting focuses on scholarship: GWG Promotes scholastic excellence among girls, including a broad knowledge of the world around us.

For more information about Girls with Gifts, please email us at info@girlswithgifts.org.