Colombian Artists Record Peace Anthem Inspired By We Are The World


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.


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.


“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.”


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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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 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


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


  • 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.

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Daily Meditation: Peace Begins With Me

Sources: Huffington Post | All Things Michael


We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be part of bringing spirituality alive in your life.

Today’s meditation features a classic song by the late pop icon Michael Jackson. “Man in the Mirror” recalls the famous quote often attributed to Gandhi: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Man in the Mirror by Michael Jackson

I’m gonna make a change
For once in my life
It’s gonna feel real good
Gonna make a difference
Gonna make it right

As I, turn up the collar on
My favorite winter coat
This wind is blowing my mind
I see the kids in the streets
With not enough to eat
Who am I to be blind?
Pretending not to see their needs

A summer’s disregard, a broken bottle top
And one man’s soul ( and a one man’s soul)
They follow each other on the wind ya’ know
‘Cause they got nowhere to go
That’s why I want you to know

I’m starting with the man in the mirror
I’m asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you want to make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change

I’ve been a victim of a selfish kind of love
It’s time that I realize
That there are some with no home, not a nickel to loan
Could it be really mean, pretending that they’re not alone?

A willow deeply scarred, somebody’s broken heart
And a washed-out dream
They follow the pattern of the wind ya’ see
‘Cause they got no place to be
That’s why I’m starting with me

I’m starting with the man in the mirror
I’m asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you want to make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change

I’m starting with the man in the mirror
I’m asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you want to make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself and then make that

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4-Year-Old Michael Jackson Fan Gets His Wish With Help From Military

Sources: Travis Air Force Base – By Amber Carter| All Things Michael

Marlon Valentine, 4-year-old Make-A-Wish recipient, arrives sst his MJ themed party Aug. 24 in Calistoga, California.

Marlon Valentine, 4-year-old Make-A-Wish recipient, arrives sst his MJ themed party Aug. 24 in Calistoga, California.

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.  — “You wanna be tough, better do what you can, so beat it,” blared over the sound system Aug. 24 at the Tucker Farm Center in Calistoga, California, in preparation for a blast-from-the-past party for 4-year-old Marlon Valentine, Michael Jackson fanatic and Make-A-Wish recipient.

Airmen from Travis Air Force Base were on hand to help make Marlon’s wish into a reality. Marlon has acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

He is known at the Children’s Hospital Oakland as the “Michael Jackson boy” because he and his brother, Ivan, 3, and sister, Angelina, 8, would dance to Jackson’s music during his hospital visits, said Jennifer Wilson, Make-a-Wish marketing and promotions manager.

“When Marlon was asked about his wish, he replied without hesitation, saying he wanted a Michael Jackson themed party,” Wilson said.

For the past two months, approximately 40 people, including military members, attended dance practices inside a Travis Air Force Base hangar to help Marlon’s wish come true.

“The practices were around two hours long every Sunday,” said Airman 1st Class Vincent Dahilog, 60th Logistics Readiness Squadron individual protective equipment apprentice. “It was a lot of work, but it was worth it because it was for a good cause.”

Choreographed dances to songs such as “Beat It” and “Thriller” were the highlights of the party. There was a decorate-a-cookie table with Jackson’s iconic glove-shaped cookies, a table with individual bags filled with popcorn playfully labeled “King of Pop” and Marlon had his own personalized chair.

Volunteers perform for Little Marlon to some of Michael's biggest hits.

Volunteers perform for Little Marlon to some of Michael’s biggest hits.

“At first he was shocked,” said Melissa Trujillo, Marlon’s mom. “I told him we were going to take pictures and when we walked in and he saw his family and the decorations, he was surprised.

He’s obsessed with Michael Jackson. We had to replace his Michael Jackson Wii game twice because he plays it so much.”

The “King of Pop” led the dances. Burgess Griffin, a Michael Jackson impersonator, would drive from his home in Sacramento to Travis once a week to teach choreography to the volunteers.

“I’m really grateful and appreciative of the amount of effort that went into this party,” Trujillo said. “Marlon is having a great time and I can’t thank everyone enough.”

The Make-A-Wish Foundation partnered with Travis to bring hope and encourage Marlon to fight leukemia and “beat it.”

“It has truly been an honor to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation,” said Tech. Sgt. Shanta Glover, 60th Air Mobility Wing equal opportunity. “It’s a great opportunity to give back to our community and I think parents would do anything to see their kids smile.”

Military members across a broad spectrum of backgrounds participated. Enlisted, officers, reservists and retirees all played a role in the success of the event.

“It was great to see the military members come out and put so much into it to make Marlon’s day special,” said Jan Hammond, Travis event coordinator. “This was an all-volunteer event and it was all for Marlon.”

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Feel Our Love: The Maria Fernandes Homegoing Fund (Update: Goal Met)

Sources: Legacy of Love (Facebook) | All Things Michael

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On August 25th, we unexpectedly lost fellow Michael Jackson fan and sister, Maria “Jackson” Fernandes. Help us give her a proper homegoing.

On August 25th, Maria ‘Jackson’ Fernandes passed away in her car between working 4 job shifts. Maria was a committed employee, thoughtful friend and a devoted Michael Jackson fan, who lived as he did by giving back to those who was in more need than herself.


The outpouring of love and support for Maria’s Story has been tremendous and amazing. Because we know so many people want to do something, we have set up a fundraising page. Although we cannot bring Maria back, the least we can do is give her the homegoing she deserves.

All contributions will go to Maria’s final wish of cremation and having her ashes taken to her favorite places including Neverland Ranch and Forest Lawn in California.


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All Things Michael would like to send love and condolences to the Fernandes and Legacy of Love families. We didn’t know Maria personally, but she sounds like a wonderful and special person who touched many people during her short time on earth. RIP dear one. ♥


Five Michael Jackson Songs That Charted Higher Internationally Than In The US

Sources: Idolator – Mike Wass| All Things Michael


August 29 would have been Michael Jackson‘s 56th birthday. It boggles the mind to think what treasures the King of Pop could have created if he were still alive but his legacy is so incredibly vast that there’s always something new to discover. To celebrate the life of the gloved genius, I’ve put together a list of five singles that performed considerably better overseas than at home.

It’s hard to fathom how classic tracks like 1995′s environmental awareness-raising “Earth Song” could be the highest-selling MJ single of all time in the UK but not chart on the Billboard Hot 100. That has a lot to do with the way charts were compiled in the ’90s and the lack of a physical release but it still feels completely wrong. Discover over such cases after the jump.

1. “Heal The World”

The sixth single from Dangerous only reached number 27 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1992 but the inspiring ballad performed considerably better in Europe. It peaked at number three in Germany and number two in France and the UK.

2. “Give In To Me”

The next single from Dangerous received even less love stateside, where it didn’t garner an official release. However, the rock anthem received a lot of attention around the world. It peaked at number one in New Zealand, number four in Australia and number two in the UK.

3. “Earth Song”

As I mentioned earlier, “Earth Song” wasn’t given an official released in the US in 1995. Meanwhile, it’s MJ’s highest-selling single in the UK where it spent six weeks at number one. It also topped the charts in Spain, Switzerland and Germany.

4. “Stranger In Moscow”

This is one of my all-time favorite Michael Jackson songs because I think it gives astonishing insight into the loneliness he was feeling at the time. The HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book Isingle reached number 91 on the Billboard Hot 100 but topped the charts in Italy and Spain. It also reached number four in the UK and 14 in Australia.


5. “Blood On The Dance Floor”

The lead single from the pop icon’s 1997 Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix remix album, “Blood On The Dance Floor” stalled at number 42 in the US but reached number one in New Zealand, Spain and the UK.


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A True Soldier of Love: A Birthday Wish For Peace In Honor Of Michael Jackson

 Written By – All Things Michael


In preparation for Michael’s 56th birthday, I began to think about what he would have wanted if he were still with us. As the result, I would like to honor Michael’s birthday by using his words and songs of inspiration to bring some hope and encouragement to others.

Being raised as a devoted Jehovah’s Witness, it was forbidden to celebrate birthdays. Over the years, his position seemed to change somewhat as he politely accepted well wishes, birthday events and gifts from his fans who wanted to show their love and appreciation. He also allowed his children to experience having their own birthday parties, something that he could never enjoy as a a child.  But without some type of acknowledgment from others, Michael would probably not indulge in the usual birthday fanfare for himself. Being the unselfish person that he was, he used his 45th birthday blow out as an opportunity to raise money for charity.

As a responsible citizen of this earth, Michael didn’t want to just make number one hits; he wanted to utilize his celebrity as a platform to raise public awareness. Though a task this great may seem impossible to some, he believed that anything is possible. He wanted everyone to be as concerned as he was about the social, economic and moral issues that plague our world.

“I look at things and try to imagine what is possible and then hope to surpass those boundaries.”

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

“There’s nothing that can’t be done if we raise our voice as one.”

With all the tragic events that we see and hear daily on the news, I believe that it would his fondest wish to see the world and its inhabitants healed and restored from the onslaught of bigotry, war and famine.  He always dreamed of a better place for our children to live in. It hurt him immensely to see any living creature suffer, yet many can watch it everyday and not even flinch.

“I feel guilty just sitting around when I know I can be doing something.”

This was his life’s mission, even as a child.


“My dear mother instilled in me very young to give back, and as I grew in God I knew what I had to do as a believer in Christ. I hate to see suffering, I hate to see people in need, and I feel God gave me a gift, and I have to use it responsibly by giving back, and I’ll do it until I have pennies left or the good Lord …calls me home”

KATHERINE JACKSON:You remember when they used to show the little African kids starving to death, flies all around their mouth? We, Michael and I, would lay there on the floor watching TV…Michael would look up at me and said, ‘Mother,’ he said, ‘one day’ – he was only a kid then – “I’m going to do something about this.”  Katherine said he kept his promise, sending boxes and boxes of food to people who needed it, paying tuition for those who couldn’t afford it. After he got old enough to manage his own money and do things, everything he did was for the children. “I was very proud of him because he remembered and he gave, up until his last day.” 

It would be so wonderful if I could say that our world’s compassion for humanity has advanced so much, we no longer need teaching in learning to love and being involved in changing our world for the better, but sadly, I can not. Michael’s songs and his messages of peace are still just as relevant today as they were when they were written.

“Michael’s passion for humanitarianism, equality, and world peace comes across in many of songs. The most prominent include “Can You Feel It,” “Man in the Mirror,” and “We Are the World”—undoubtedly the most famous of the group. Michael teamed up with Lionel Richie for “We Are the World,” to aid the poor in Africa and the U.S. The single became one of the best-selling singles of all time, with nearly 20 million copies sold and millions of dollars donated to famine relief. MJ also supported the green movement in eco-tunes like “Earth Song”—the video for which showed images of animal cruelty, deforestation, pollution and war.” Source

Michael was indeed a true prophet among us and like most of the great prophets, the masses fail to realize the value of the message until the messenger is gone or it is too late.  After Michael passed, people rediscovered “Man In The Mirror” and it has now become one of his most downloaded songs. But at the time that the video was released, he was accused of using the plight of others to promote a video for his own self-gain. As usual, nothing could have been further from the truth.

“We knew we had a responsibility and the effect it would have on the world.  We cried for 30 days straight making it. Michael watched the first half with us but did not see the finished Video until it played while he was singing it live for the first time on the Grammys, and they helped him off stage overcome with his emotions.” ~ Don Wilson – Producer of MIM short film

Though critics totally missed his message in the beginning, Man in the Mirror has now become as symbolic to Michael Jackson as Imagine is to John Lennon.

Prophets are often crucified for being “different.” They make people feel uncomfortable because they demand that we stop and take a look at all our mistakes. The burden of the message is so heavy on their hearts, they may cry and wail as if in mourning. They want us to to see and feel what they are feeling so that true “revival” can really come to solve these problems.


“It was not hard to find the good people who wanted to solve the earth’s problems. As I listened to their solutions, I thought, ‘There is so much good will here, so much concern.’ At night before going to bed, that one in the mirror looked back at me seriously. ‘Now we’ll get somewhere,’ he declared. ‘If everybody does their part.’

But everybody didn’t do their part. Some did, but were they stopping the tide? Were pain, starvation, hatred, and pollution about to be solved? Wishing wouldn’t make it so-I knew that. When I woke up the next morning, that one in the mirror looked confused. ‘Maybe it’s hopeless,’ he whispered. Then a sly look came into his eyes, and he shrugged. ‘But you and I will survive. At least we are doing all right.’

I felt strange when he said that. There was something very wrong here. A faint suspicion came to me, one that had never dawned so clearly before. What if that one in the mirror isn’t me? He feels separate. He ‘sees’ problems out there to be solved. Maybe they will be, maybe they won’t. He’ll get along. But I don’t feel that way-those problems aren’t ‘out there,’ not really. I feel them inside me. A child crying in Ethiopia, a sea gull struggling pathetically in an oil spill, a mountain gorilla being mercilessly hunted, a teenage soldier trembling with terror when he hears the planes fly over: Aren’t these things happening in me when I see and hear about them?” ~That One In The Mirror – Michael Jackson (Dancing The Dream)

“We have to heal our wounded world. The chaos, despair, and senseless destruction we see today are a result of the alienation that people feel from each other and their environment. Often this alienation has its roots in an emotionally deprived childhood. Children have had their childhood stolen from them. A child’s mind needs the nourishment of mystery, magic, wonder and excitement. I want my work to help people rediscover the child that’s hiding in them.” ~ On Children of the World -Michael Jackson (Dancing The Dream)

“The years rolled by and they got old. Sitting in their comfortable houses, they took stock. “We’ve had a good life,” they said. “and we did the right thing.” Their children looked down and asked why poverty, pollution, and war were still unsolved. “You’ll find out soon enough.,” they replied. “Human beings are weak and selfish. Despite our best efforts, these problems will never really end.”

The head said yes, but the children looked into their hearts and whispered, “No!” But the Heart Said No – Michael Jackson (Dancing the Dream)

Such profound words! Not only could Michael write so beautifully, he could effectively sing and convey each heartfelt emotion he felt into every lyric. Whenever I am feeling down, Michael’s music and words of inspiration has been like a healing balm to me. It touches my soul and it’s the closest that I can get to heaven on this earth. Even though I may have heard a song many times, ideas, encouragement, inspiration or an answer to a problem will jump out at me. When I am happy, his music makes me ecstatic! I’m in my own little world with Michael and everything is as it should be! Not only do I listen to his music for enjoyment, I listen to learn. I want to understand what the lyrics mean. I listen for new sounds that I didn’t notice before.

Michael made music that touches people; whether it had a message or was just a feel good tune, nothing he did was ever done lightly. Not only did he fully understood the power of music and it’s effectiveness to reach people, he also knew the source from which it came.


“People ask me how I make music. I tell them I just step into it. It’s like stepping into a river and joining the flow. Every moment in the river has its song. So I stay in the moment and listen.

What I hear is never the same. A walk through the woods brings a light, crackling song: Leaves rustle in the wind, birds chatter and squirrels scold, twigs crunch underfoot and the beat of my heart holds it all together. When you join the flow, the music is inside and outside, and both are the same. As long as I can listen to the moment, I’ll always have music.” ~ “How I Make Music – Michael Jackson (Dancing the Dream)

“The songwriting process is something very difficult to explain, because it’s very spiritual. It’s, uh…You really have it in the hands of God, and it’s as if its been written already – that’s the real truth. As if its been written in its entirety before were born and you’re just really the source through which the song come. Really. Because there is…they just fall right into your lap in it’s entirety. You don’t have to do much thinking about it. And I feel guilty having to put my name, sometimes, on the songs that I – I do write them – I compose them, I write them, I do the scoring, I do the lyrics, I do the melodies but still, it’s a…it’s a work of God.” ~ 2001 interview

“I love to write songs. It´s one of my favorite things to do. It´s very spiritual. It´s a connection. I´m just a source through which it comes. I’m inspired by a lot of things but it´s done in the heavens. I listen to the music and I just create from there.”

Michael used every God given talent to raise our social and spiritual level of consciousness, which all played a part of his ability to reach to the world. We connected to him like no other and we couldn’t get enough. Singer Sheryl Crow said that when “he walked into the room, the molecules changed.” You can’t effectively touch people until you have had an epiphany yourself.

“I don’t think we’ll find a person as talented, a person who thought the way he thought. A person with the heart that Michael had. People aren’t that way anymore. He was special. He wasn’t God, but he was certainly God-like. He was the closest thing to a god that I knew.” ~ Latoya Jackson interview – Barbara Walters

Michael was proof that one person can make a great impact, but there is much more strength in numbers. We still time to “make that change” before it is too late.

“We had him. Beautiful, delighting our eyes… He gave us all he had been given… We are missing Michael Jackson. But we do know, we had him — and we are the world.” ~ Maya Angelou’s Poem, “We Had Him”

Dedicated to Michael Joe Jackson, the world’s greatest soldier of love!

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More Inspiration

Michael Jackson has done so many phenomenal things in the short time that he was on earth, It is difficult to capture it all.  I am sharing some of my favorite articles, speeches and songs. It’s rather lengthy to review in one sitting, but please review whenever you have time.


Michael Jackson “The Forgotten Humanitarian

Bela Farkas: “Why Did You Choose Me?”

Charity King: Michael Jackson Holds Guinness World Record

Charity – True Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson Pays for the Funeral of 9-Year-Old Victim of Gang Violence

Michael Pays for Funeral For Singer David Ruffin and Two Year Craig Fleming

Michael Brings Gifts and Love To Students After Shooting 

MJ Was First ‘Make-a-Wish’ In Wisconsin

Greenville Woman Hopes Michael Jackson’s Good Deeds Will Be Remembered

Christmas Encompasses What Michael Jackson Breathed During Lifetime: LOVE

J5 Benefit Christmas Party For Blind Children 

David Smithee and Michael

Michael Jackson Saves Fan From Death Leap

Michael Jackson and Dave Dave (Click here for more)


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Pay It Forward: Special Program Uses Music Eduction to Empower DC Students

Sources: ABC7 – By Monica McNutt | All Things Michael

WASHINGTON (WJLA) – Jeffery Tribble Jr. and Diane Granger were both members of the Howard University Marching Band. After they graduated they wanted to use music education as a gateway to help young people be successful. So, the two sought guidance and The Musicianship launched in 2009.

This year, “Diane’s Recital” entertained a full house in the auditorium at Wilson High School.

“I feel the beat, hey, get out of your seat,” the band and dancers chanted, to the rhythm provided by the drumline.

Family and friends happily obliged as the band broke out into a compilation of hits like Michael Jackson’s “Rock with You,” as well as a little hometown flavor with some go-go beats.

When the final number ended, The Musicianship received a standing ovation.

“I’m from the south side of Chicago, so a lot of what these students deal with day to day, I encountered, and my friends encountered, growing up,” Executive Director Jeffery Tribble Jr., a fulltime government contractor, said.  “To be able to provide this opportunity for kids who are similarly situated I think is what drives me to do it.”

The Musicianship targets student musicians from underprivileged areas in the city like Wards 7 and 8. Many of the participants are placed in the program through the District’s Summer Youth and Employment program.

“I’ve learned how to be proud of who I am and my music and to be willing to accept change,” 17 year-old Yasmeen Webb said. “The Musicianship is about growing who you are as a person, and working with other people.”

Webb will be a senior at Bell Multicultural in the fall.

The discipline and focus it takes to successfully perform in a band are the same tools that these students will need to be successful in other aspects of life, Tribble Jr. says.

Fourteen-year-old Elijah Singeltary will be a freshman at Ballou High School when the school year begins.

“It’s taught me more patience – how to control my energy until that one moment when we really need it,” he said. “It teaches you a life lesson because you get to meet different people and you learn how to cooperate to make one good quality sound, rather than different sounds.”

The young musicians don’t just use making music to learn lessons; they also participate in college readiness and career panels.

The summer program lasts six weeks. In the fall, The Musicianship will partner with select area schools to offer after-school programming.

Their work will continue not only through the collective efforts of the program, but through those that have already passed through.

“I just want to make a difference,” 17-year-old band member Erica Moore said.

Her focus prior to participating in The Musicianship was solely graduating high school and getting to college.

“It showed me that thinking of other people is better than thinking of myself,” she added. “Inspiring a bunch of little kids and doing what I love to do, it changed my whole entire life, really.”

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