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

Source: Michael Jackson Legacy | All Things Michael


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?


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.


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

‘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:

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.


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

Pop Songs With Social Messages

Sources: Popcrush – By Erica Russell | All Things Michael


Pop music has long been stigmatized for being, well, empty.

Some unfairly view pop merely as fluff music, something light and irreverent and fun to dance to. And while there’s plenty of pop music that’s been perfectly primed for the dance floor (which, by the way, there’s nothing wrong with!), countless pop artists have concerned themselves with creating music with a message.

As widely listened to as it is, pop music can be used as vessel for change, a tool for discourse on social issues. There are numerous pop songs — including more than a handful of well-known singles — that tackle social, political, and cultural issues as diverse as racism, feminism, police brutality, LGBT representation, and much more.

In 1987, the reigning King of Pop, Michael Jackson, released his classic record, Bad. One of the singles from the hit album included “Man In The Mirror,” an uplifting and critically acclaimed pop ballad about society’s tendency to turn away from difficult social issues. The song, and its politically-charged video, acted as a literal call for change, touting the message that change begins from within.

Almost 25 years later, Lady Gaga released the lead single and titular track off her highly anticipated sophomore album, Born This Way, in 2011. With its thumping bass, infectious hook, and slamming club beats, “Born This Way” sounded like any sexy dance-pop song should, but its progressive lyrics transformed the contagious track into the powerful anti-prejudice, pro-LGBT, pro-self-acceptance anthem Gaga intended it to be.

But these two aren’t the only pop songs that tackle issues more pressing than getting lit in the club. From Gwen Stefani advocating for interracial relationships alongside André 3000, to Madonna taking down the patriarchy with trip-hop, check out ten pop songs packed with powerful social messages in our gallery above.

Oh, and if you wanna make a change, don’t forget to start with the man in the mirror.


Michael’s social message songs 

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DJ Expo On The Impact Of Michael Jackson

Sources:  SF Weekly – By Christina Li | All Things Michael


When did you start Down with the King?
Down With The King started last year. I decided to start doing this event in SF after seeing the amazing response received from the Michael Jackson birthday tributes we’ve done at Motown On Mondays in L.A. every year. The first year of Down With The King received a lot of love so we’ve made it an annual event now.

What MJ song has had the biggest impact on your life?
“Bad.” Not my favorite song of his but it defines my generation. I was born just a year before the Bad album was released and the title cut is the earliest memory I have of MJ’s music. I was of course familiar with theThriller album too, but Bad had a much larger impact on me growing up. I partially blame that on watching Moonwalker all the time at my babysitter’s house when I was a little kid. Something about the energy and groove of “Bad” always makes you want to sing and dance along to it.

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Why do you think his songs have a timeless quality?
Michael created original music and his unique sound can never be replaced. His music saw no boundaries of age, race, gender, religion, etc. Michael has inspired and influenced a huge amount of the music released over the past few decades including music today from Justin Timberlake and Pharrell to Kendrick Lamar and Jay Z. Children that have never experienced MJs music love it when they hear it. We still hear much of his music played on radio, TV, movies and more today. He is the first artist to have a hit record in five different decades. Michael spent his entire life devoted to music and he is loved across the globe for the beautiful music he brought to the world.

Lastly, what’s your favorite rework/remix of an MJ song?
I’d have to say that J Dilla’s beat for Q-Tip’s “Move, which sampled from Jackson 5 “Dancing Machine.” is one of my favorite reworks of an MJ song. Can’t even explain why except for the way Dilla chopped up that song. I also really enjoy the re-edit that Reflex did of Jackson 5 “ABC”, which is a lot more DJ friendly version of the song.


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Sigala’s EMD Remake Of “ABC” Becomes Number One On UK Charts

Sources: Official Charts | Xpose |All Things Michael

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British DJ Sigala scores his first chart-topper this week with Easy Love. The track, which samples Michael Jackson vocal’s of the 1970 Top 10 hit ABC, has racked up a combined chart sales figure of over 82,000 this week, rocketing 71 places to secure the Number 1 position following its full sales release.

Sigala insists the feedback he’s had on his song has been universally positive and he hasn’t had any hardcore Jackson fans complaining about his re-working of the tune.

The video of the song features the talents of two 12-year-old dancers, Lucky and AC, known as Lucky Aces.


Oklahoma Commissioner Recreates Michael Jackson’s BAD For Pediatric Cancer Awareness #JustKeepDancing

Sources: Tulsa World – By Ginnie Graham | All Things Michael


No one can claim that Oklahoma’s leader in the state mental health and substance abuse agency isn’t game for a challenge.

Terri White summoned the spirit of Michael Jackson to recreate the “Bad” video. She’s the leader of the pack with some impressive hair leading the way.

I would like to know where her staff located all the leather gear.


The video is part of a #JustKeepDancing challenge to raise awareness for pediatric cancer.

The Oklahoma Health Care Authority called out the mental health and substance abuse agency. Now, the gauntlet has been thrown to the child welfare division of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.

This is the most fabulous idea coming out of state government. And, it’s for a good cause.

It would answer the long-burning question: Who is the best dancer in state government?

Right now, Terri White is ahead.

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Also see Ellen Degeneres and Ellen Nation for more details.

When Michael Jackson’s ‘Billie Jean’ Became an English Lesson

Sources: Haaretz – By Allison Kaplan Summer | All Things Michael

“Creativity is a must when your high school students are Somalis who have never read or written in any language,” says Shanna Peeples, who is giving lessons in innovation and collaboration to Mideast educators and policymakers this week.


For Shanna Peeples, the 2015 United States National Teacher of the Year, the exhausted yet hopeful faces of refugees fleeing conflict and war in Asia and Africa aren’t just images on her television screen — they are the real-life students in her high school classroom.

The 50-year-old Texas native dreamed of travelling the world as a child. That never worked out — she has lived in her home state all her life and never took a trip abroad until now. “But as it turned out, the world came to me.”

It was a decade ago that refugee students from far-flung lands in Asia began arriving at schools like Peeples’ Palo Duro High School in the city of Amarillo. Their families had been relocated there by charities and refugee rescue organization because the huge cattle-raising and slaughterhouse industries offered up an ample supply of low-paying jobs for which little knowledge of English is necessary.

Teachers like Peeples and her colleagues were suddenly faced with the task of educating newly-arrived children from countries like Somalia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Iraq and Myanmar, many of whom knew no English and were often deep in culture shock. “One day a 12-year-old girl disappeared from my classroom. I found her in the bathroom, repeatedly flushing the toilet — she was fascinated by indoor plumbing because she’d never seen it,” Peeples recounts.

U.S. National Teacher of the Year Shanna Peeples meets with students of education at Beit Berl College in Kfar Sava.U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv read more:

U.S. National Teacher of the Year Shanna Peeples meets with students of education at Beit Berl College in Kfar Sava.U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv

She compares teaching groups of teenagers who have never stepped foot in a school in their lives to being a doctor in an emergency room: “It’s straight-up triage.”

Some of her students have been members of Somalia’s Bantu, an oppressed minority in their native land for whom learning to read and write was forbidden. They came into her classroom with no concept of written language.

Stumped at first as to how to begin teaching them, Peeples decided to seize on their “amazing talent for mimicry — they could repeat pop and hip hop lyrics for me in perfect unaccented English. That’s when we decided we were going to get a karaoke machine and that is how we are going to teach them — through Michael Jackson lyrics.”

She has deep appreciation for the late pop star, who somehow managed to  “penetrate the jungles of Myanmar and refugee camps in Kenya. When these kids sang ‘Billie Jean,’ it blew my mind — and really showed us that there were things we could do with them.” From that starting point, she said, the students were able to take their first steps towards fluency and, hopefully, literacy.


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Peruvian Teen Aims To Revive Language With Musical Covers By Michael Jackson And Others – Concert Planned

Sources: CTV News | All Things Michael

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Ayacucho – Renata Flores Rivera has teenage cuteness, a velvety voice and a mission: to revive the Quechua language with songs like “Chaynatam ruwanki cuyanaita” — better known as “The Way You Make Me Feel.

Flores, a 14-year-old from the Peruvian highlands, has racked up more than a million views since posting her cover of the Michael Jackson hit on YouTube on July 27.

The sleek video features the almond-eyed high schooler, sporting a jean jacket, a schoolgirl skirt and a Peruvian hat with earflaps, performing the song against the backdrop of the ruins of Vilcashuaman, an ancient Incan administrative center.

She made the video as part of a campaign called “Young people speak Quechua too,” which aims to combat perceptions of the indigenous language as unhip and backwards.

Quechua, the language of the Incas, has faced such stigmatization since Spanish conquistadors colonized Peru in the 16th century.

“I sing in Quechua as a voice of warning, because the language is being lost. Children and young people are ashamed to speak it. They think only poor people in the Andes mountains speak it,” said Flores, who lives in Huamanga, the capital of the Ayacucho region in southern Peru.

“We did this in Quechua so the world sees that we have an identity and that we’re proud of our culture, that we’re not at all ashamed of our culture or the Quechua language,” she told AFP.

Bob Marley, Alicia Keys

Around 3.6 million of Peru’s 30 million people speak Quechua, particularly in the highlands.

Another 4.4 million people speak it in Ecuador, Bolivia, Argentina, Colombia and Brazil.

In Peru, it is an official language, alongside Spanish. But experts have been warning for years that social stigma could eventually endanger its survival.

“For young people, Quechua is synonymous with backwardness and poverty, because the colonial mentality of discrimination, contempt and racism still persists in Peru,” said Elena Burga, the head of an education ministry program to promote bilingual education.

She said more funding is needed to protect and promote the language.

The campaign that Flores sings for was launched by her mother, Patricia Rivera, a 41-year-old music teacher.

“This project came about because we realized our children were no longer speaking our language,” said Rivera.

“We older people speak nicely. We tell jokes that sound funnier in Quechua than in Spanish and our children weren’t enjoying it as much.”

She called Quechua a language that “sounds lovely, a language to woo your lover.”

Others working to boost the language include hard rock band Uchpa and language teacher Demetrio Tupac Yupanqui, who has translated Cervantes’s “Don Quixote” into Quechua (“Yachay sapa wiraqucha dun Qvixote Manchamantan”).

Flores admits she is not fully fluent in the language, which she is “learning phonetically,” she said.

She translated “The Way You Make Me Feel” with the help of her 72-year-old grandmother, Ada.

She is working on another song that will feature the traditional Andean music known as huayno.

“I want young people to not just identify with the melodies but with their roots,” said Jorge Flores, one of the musicians in the garage band that accompanies her.

They will give a concert on September 11 in Huamanga featuring Quechua covers of songs by Bob Marley, Alicia Keys and of course the King of Pop.


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The Michael Jackson Fans For Change Initiative #HappyBirthdayMichaelJackson MichaelJacksonDay


“In a world filled with hate, we must still dare to hope. In a world filled with anger, we must still dare to comfort. In a world filled with despair, we must still dare to dream. And in a world filled with distrust, we must still dare to believe.”

In honor of Michael Jackson’s 57th birthday, I would like to propose an introductory step to foster and extend the philanthropic mission of Michael Jackson. This is not the makings of a new fan group, but a call for you to make a personal commitment to “make a change” in the world around us. In my view, this is the best possible way in which we can honor Michael’s memory and carry his legacy and memory forward for years to come.  Michael lived his life in accordance with his true belief that change starts with one person with the vision and dedication to make a difference.

“One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.” – John F. Kennedy

Michael’s Vision


Even as a child, Michael Jackson believed that he could make a difference in the lives of all living things and the earth. his mother Katherine Jackson, was well aware of the compassionate nature of her son and once recalled:

“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 says 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.”

We all know how much he loved children and wanted to end their suffering. He later founded his own charitable organization to just that.

“I started Heal the World Foundation to improve the conditions for children throughout the world.”

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Heal The World Mission Statement June 23, 1992  

“Our children are the most beautiful, most sweet, most treasured of our creations. And yet, every minute at least 28 children die. Today our children are at risk of being killed by diseases and by the violence of war, guns, abuse and neglect. Children have few rights and no one to speak for them. They have no voice in our world. God and nature has blessed me with a voice. Now I want to use it to help children speak for themselves. I have founded the “Heal The World Foundation” to be the voice of the voiceless: the children. Please join with me and the children to help heal the world together. Parents, communities, governments, all people of the world, we must put our children first. Finally and most importantly, I want to tell the children of the world, you are all our children, each one of you is my child and I love you all. Thank you very much.”

Michael’s genuine concern for the well-being of others made a huge impact upon the world that will always be felt. He overcame whatever doubts or fears he may have felt, strengthening himself to make a start and try to accomplish good in the world. He never quit, no matter how badly the odds were stacked against him. His faith, love and determination made him the greatest and most well-known superstar on the planet and a great role model for anyone to emulate.

“He was the most inspirational person in my life. His one dream was to cure all the sick children in the world. And when I’d say, ‘Isn’t that impossible?’ Michael would just start to cry. He was very emotional about things that moved him. I guess you’d have to say he was a pure innocent in a world that wasn’t so innocent anymore.” – Bret Ratner

Heal the World Foundation was just one part of Michael’s overall vision to  improve conditions in the world.  Due in part to his enormous influence as the world’s most renowned and popular entertainer, he was able to channel his considerable material resources and set aside time from a busy schedule to achieve that goal.  But even without fame or money, some of you may feel called to use your own special gifts and talents in other areas.  Everyone has something unique to offer the world.  (If you have not yet discovered what that is, this may be your opportunity to explore and discover what that may be.) Granted, the call for this type of commitment may not appeal to everyone, but it is a great start for those who have a burning desire to become an instrument of change.  Think of the words that Michael left to us as a legacy.  Draw your inspiration from them.  All that is required is your commitment to begin anew the work that Michael started.  This is a call for you to pledge to doing the work of healing the world, using what you already have, know, and are able to do—right where you are in your life—TODAY. It is time to take up the cause for action in honor of Michael’s memory. We are our brother’s keeper….will you answer the call?

In Our Darkest Hour
In My Deepest Despair
Will You Still Care?
Will You Be There? 

1. I promise to devote at least ____ (fill in the number of hours a week/month) to volunteering to help social issues and causes. I won’t just talk about the problems that I see, but I will do my part to end them. If I don’t have the time to volunteer, then I will make financial contributions to worthy causes that provide solutions.

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

” Dad said you should give back to community and help as best as you can. ~ Prince Jackson


  • Give money, food, time, clothing etc., to organizations in need.
  • Donate blood, bone marrow or become an organ donor.
  • Visit the sick or elderly person who may be confined to their own homes, nursing home or hospitals.
  • Do something nice for total stranger (leave change in a vending machine for the next person or add money to someone parking meter, etc.)
  • If you love children, babysit for a friend or family member. Parents, especially single parents on their own caring for children, need  and appreciate having a break to relax and rejuvenate.

 2. I promise to respect Planet Earth and to protect and preserve all of its beauty and grandeur for future generations. I will recycle and save energy. I will not litter, I will not pollute the water, soil, or air with chemicals and will use environmentally safe products. 

“Out of negligence, we have contaminated and polluted our planet and, in exchange, we hurt ourselves…The environment is an extension of our body and it gives the pulse of love, is the orchestra of universe’s symphony…Let’s heal…ourselves. Let us make a covenant with life and let us celebrate with joy a new world…” ~ Michael Jackson

“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 time has come, This Is It…. It starts with us. It’s us. Or else it’ll never be done…  After that it would be irreversible. Let’s take care of the planet.” ~ Michael Jackson

3a. I promise to respect all life as precious and protect the animals and other creatures of nature. 

“How could you be mean or cruel to an animal? That’s like being cruel to a small child.” ~ Michael Jackson

“I love animals because all they really want from you is love. Too bad that’s even too much to ask for from some people.” ~ Michael Jackson

Examples of what you might do:

  • Give a neglected or homeless pet a home by adoption or providing temporary shelter.
  • Donate funds or items that pet shelters desperately need to care for their animals- e.g., blankets, pillow, newspapers. You can contact your local shelter to find out what items they can use.
  • Volunteer time to work at an animal shelter.

3b. I promise to care for the world’s children because they are our greatest future asset.

“I want to tell the children of the world, you are all our children, each one of you is my child and I love you all.” ~ Michael Jackson

“I’m not trying to be philosophical, but I really think it’s my job to help children.” ~ Michael Jackson

“Children show me in their playful smiles the divine in everyone.”  ~ Michael Jackson

“Children, this is my opinion, represent the purest, the quintessence of honesty, of love, of God. To me they are God’s way of saying there is hope, there is such a thing as humanity. Be like children, be humble like them, be sweet, be giving, be innocent. It shows in the eyes, I always see it in eyes. When you look in a child’s eyes you see just a pure innocence and it reminds me to be humble, to be sweet, and to be really good. I don’t mean to sound weird, but I really believe that children are God. I think they are the purest form of the creation of God. When a child steps in the room I am totally changed. I feel their energy, their presence, and their spirit. I think we have to remember it is so easy for adults and parents to push them aside and not to pay attention to them. But I think they have so much to say and we don’t listen, we don’t feel. It’s almost hard to put it into words.” ~ Michael Jackson

Examples of what you might do:

  • Support great children’s charities and organizations
  • Become a mentor/role model to a child.
  • Volunteer to tutor kids with homework.
  • Adopt a child or become a foster parent
  • Become a child sponsor to help educate, provide health care, food, clothing and clean water to a needy child

4. I promise to treat my body as a temple and not abuse it. I will exercise regularly and meditate daily to increase productivity. (Note: Please check with your doctor before implementing new exercise or diet changes.)

“Calories do count. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.” ~ Michael Jackson

I was a strict vegetarian for much of my life, until my doctor told me to include some fish and chicken in my diet for extra energy.” ~ Michael Jackson

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


Kobe Bryant on meditation: “When I was 18, Michael Jackson tried to get me to meditate. He could sit in meditation for seven hours. But I couldn’t sit still for 20 minutes.”

PG (Interviewer): “Michael Jackson?”

KB: “Yeah. “Thriller” Michael Jackson….It’s crazy to me that meditation is viewed as hokey. Just look at the people who’ve done phenomenal things. Do they meditate? Absolutely.” Source

“No matter what, the most powerful thing in the world is the human mind and prayer.” ~ Michael Jackson

“But for me the sweetest contact with God has no form. I close my eyes, look within, and enter the deep soft silence. The infinity of God’s creation embraces me.” ~ Michael Jackson

5. I promise that I will be a positive force wherever I go.  I will be grateful for all that I am and have because there are others who have greater needs than I do.

(Note: Not all of us are naturally happy people, but try to think about the things that you have to be thankful for. Make a list of them at the end of every day and you will see that you are better off than most people. When you stop thinking about yourself, it helps you to see the needs of others.

“But I will never stop helping and loving people the way Jesus said to.” ~ Michael Jackson

“I see a beautiful sunset and I say “God, that’s beautiful…Thank you”, or a baby smile or butterfly wings or anything like that.” ~ Michael Jackson

“I am happy to be alive, I am happy to be who I am.” ~ Michael Jackson

6. I promise to keep my mind and heart clear of negativity, whether it originates from my own negative thoughts or from the negative words and behavior of other people.

“Always believe in yourself. No matter who’s around you being negative or thrusting negative energy at you, totally block it off. Because whatever you believe, you become.” Michael Jackson

“People write negative things, cause they feel that’s what sells. Good news, to them, doesn’t sell.” ~ Michael Jackson

7. I promise to set new visions, goals and plans for my life to be a more productive citizen of this planet. I will be the best at whatever I set out to do. I will search until I find my purpose for being and use my gifts to reach others.

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

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

“I’m committed to my art. I believe that all art has as its ultimate goal the union between the material and the spiritual, the human and the divine. And I believe that that is the very reason for the existence of art and what I do. And I feel fortunate in being that instrument through which music flows…” ~ Michael Jackson

“And my goal in life is to give to the world what I was lucky to receive: the ecstasy of divine union through my music and my dance. It’s like, my purpose, it’s what I’m here for.” ~ Michael Jackson

“I am always writing a potpourri of music. I want to give the world escapism through the wonder of great music and to reach the masses.”  ~ Michael Jackson


“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” Matt 5:9

Don’t underestimate the power of your vision to change the world. Whether that world is your office, your community, an industry or a global movement, you need to have a core belief that what you contribute can fundamentally change the paradigm or way of thinking about problems. – Leroy Hood

Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have. – Margaret Mead

Click here for a list of Michael Jackson’s charitable acts and charities that he supported.

To help you get started, please see the  following sites below for ideas:

Girl Up

OxFam International

Better World Handbook

United Nations Foundation

List of charitable foundations

“Out of negligence, we have contaminated and polluted our planet and, in exchange, we hurt ourselves…The environment is an extension of our body and it gives the pulse of love, is the orchestra of universe’s symphony…Let’s heal…ourselves. Let us make a covenant with life and let us celebrate with joy a new world…” ~ Michael Jackson



A special thanks to my dear friend, Angelwatcher for her feedback and support. 

Source/Initiator: All Things Michael