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“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

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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?

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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

Examples

  • 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

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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

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“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:

VolunteerMatch.org

RandomActs.org

DoSomething.org 

We.org

Girl Up

OxFam International

ChangetheWorld.org

WeDo.org

ManKindProject.org

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

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If you have made the commitment, please sign this petition and…..

MAKE THAT CHANGE!

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

Source/Initiator: All Things Michael

Kanye West Will Receive The Michael Jackson Vanguard Award At The MTV VMA’s

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Originally posted on AllHipHop:

Kanye West will be receiving the top honor at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards this Sunday (Aug. 30). Yeezy will reportedly be presented with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award for his distinctively creative music videos that he has released throughout his a career.

Whether Ye’ will hit the stage or not has not been confirmed.

[ALSO READ: Kendrick Lamar, Fetty Wap And More Score Nominations For 2015 MTV Music Awards]

Past honorees include Justin Timberlake, Beyonce and Michael Jackson himself.

West is also up for a moonman for Video With A Social Message for being featured on Big Sean’s track “One Man Can Change The World.”

The 2015 MTV Music Awards will air on Sunday, Aug. 30th at 9:00 p.m EST from the Microsoft Theater, previously known as the Nokia Theater L.A.

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African Diaspora Artist Remixes TDCAU In Tribute To Social Movement

Sources: Fader – By Adam Harper | All Things Michael

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Beat me, hate me, you can never break me/ All I wanna say is that they don’t really care about us. Michael Jackson’s taut, furious voice writhes against a barrage of claustrophobic violence in Richmond artist Chino Amobi‘s remix of “They Don’t Care About Us.” Amid the chaos—alarms, gasps in pain, gasps for breath—the song remains firm and rhythmic, its resolution underscored by a sublime drone during the third and final verse.

Back in December, angry New Yorkers gathered to sing “They Don’t Care About Us” following the decision not to indict Eric Garner’s killer, a police officer. The song’s lyrics were written on a placard during a protest against the Ferguson police department in the wake of their fatal shooting of Michael Brown. It also provided the soundtrack to the Baltimore protests in response to the death of Freddie Gray in police custody, danced to by a Jackson impersonator amidst the chaos of helicopters and sirens. The song, which addresses racism, police brutality and the media, was written in response to the 1992 acquittals of the police officers who assaulted L.A. taxi driver Rodney King, and to a strip search by the LAPD on Jackson himself. The song has recently found new layers of meaning and urgency in the context of the continuing struggle against racist police violence, now taken up by the Black Lives Matter movement. As their website states, the movement is about even more than the assault and murder of countless black men and women: “When we say Black Lives Matter, we are broadening the conversation around state violence to include all of the ways in which Black people are intentionally left powerless at the hands of the state. We are talking about the ways in which Black lives are deprived of our basic human rights and dignity.”

It’s against this backdrop that Amobi’s remix sounds out. It was released through a new collective, NON Records, which is dedicated to artists from Africa and of the African diaspora.

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Shraddha Kapoor Asks Tiger Shroff To Teach Her How To Moonwalk

Sources: The Indian Express | All Things Michael

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Shraddha Kapoor blew away everybody with her amazing dance skills in her last release, ‘ABCD 2′. However, the dancing queen is back to learning and practicing.

Apparently, Shraddha Kapoor has requested her ‘Baaghi’ co-star Tiger Shroff to teach her to moonwalk. The ‘Moonwalk’ is a signature dance move introduced by Michael Jackson and everyone knows what a big fan Tiger is of the King of Pop.

Shraddha Kapoor feels that Tiger Shroff is the best person to teach her to moon walk as well as some other dance techniques. Directed by Sabir Khan, ‘Baaghi’ will have Shraddha and Tiger sharing screen space for the first time together.

 

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Toddler Meals That Look Just Like Olaf, Minions And Michael Jackson

 Sources: the Stir – By Judy Dutton| All Things Michael

Laleh Mohmedi’s 2-year-old son Jacob was always a good eater, but the mom wondered if she could inject more excitement into his meals. “I decided to cook and arrange Jacob’s pancakes so they looked like a lion,” she says. “He absolutely loved it!” And that’s how Jacob’s Food Diaries — a photo diary where Mohmedi turned toddler meals into an an art form — was born.

“Every night before bed, Jacob requests a character that he would like for me to make the next day,” says Mohmedi, who lives in Australia. “These characters are from books, toys, cartoons, or something that has caught his eye that day. He has even asked for Michael Jackson!”

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The King of Pop was made possible thanks to coconut chicken rice, nori (seaweed), peas and carrots for letters.

Mohmedi started posting photos of her dishes on Instagram, where they were met with rave reviews from friends, foodies, and (of course) moms looking for some mealtime inspiration themselves to convince their toddler to eat.

And while her creations have generally made mealtime easier, that’s not always the case: Sometimes her creations are such nice eye candy, Jacob misses them once they’re gone.

“One time after eating a Minion he started crying because he had felt so bad!” Mohmedi laughs.

Here are some of her most memorable mealtime creations, plus what they’re made of. Read more here

Image via jacobs_food_diaries/Instagram

 

Download Tori Kelly’s Cover Of “ABC” For A Good Cause

Sources:  Target | All Things Michael

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Listen up, Target guests: Singer-songwriter Tori Kelly’s rockin’ remake of “ABC” for Target now available to download for free on Target.com. Featured exclusively in our new back-to-school commercials, the fall anthem sends kids off with a skip in their step. But the fun doesn’t stop there; every time a guest downloads the song, we will donate $5 in school supplies to the Kids In Need Foundationand we won’t stop until we hit $3.5 million in donations* (that’s 700,000 downloads!), so we need your help to get us there.

If there’s anyone who knows just how powerful the connection between music and education can be, it’s Tori herself. The 22-year-old Californian, whose debut album Unbreakable Smile” is available at Target with two exclusive bonus tracks, tells us music impacted her early days as a student: “I remember my third grade teacher would play guitar and make up cute little songs about whatever subject we were learning. It made me like them a lot more.”

*For each download up to 700,000 downloads of artist Tori Kelly’s recording of the song “ABC” from SoundCloud from 7/19/2015 through 9/12/2015, Target will donate an average retail value of $5 of back-to-school item(s) to the Kids In Need Foundation; total maximum donation (retail value): $3.5 million. www.kinf.orgFor more information and to download song, visit target.com/backtoschool.

See commercial video below:

Take a behind-the-scenes look at Tori’s in-studio recording session, here

Macy’s Sponsors A Cappella Challenge Of J5’s “I Want You Back” – Three Schools Will Win $25,000 Each

Sources: Business Wire | All Things Michael

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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Starting in September, schools across the country can submit an a cappella version of The Jackson 5 hit “I Want You Back,” for a chance to win Macy’s All-School A Cappella Challenge. Students, faculty and staff of schools nationwide can enter a video performance of the song, unaccompanied by any music or instruments. Three $25,000 prizes will be awarded – one to a school in each of the following levels: elementary through middle school level, high school level and college level. Pentatonix, the platinum-selling and Grammy Award-winning a cappella group, will appear in a national commercial spot this summer to further build excitement for the musical challenge.

“The back-to-school season is one of our favorite times of the year at Macy’s, and we’re pleased to support and celebrate music in schools with Macy’s All-School A Cappella Challenge,” said Martine Reardon, Macy’s chief marketing officer. “We’re encouraging students to get creative and have fun, and look forward to seeing all the great submissions from the wonderful talent across the country.”

A cappella is singing without instrumental accompaniment and has grown to include vocal percussion or “beatboxing” to mimic instruments, sweeping the nation in film and television. For the A Cappella Challenge, Macy’s invites students, faculty and staff to create a video of an a cappella performance to “I Want You Back,” originally performed by The Jackson 5. The video must be one to three minutes in length, with at least three participants in the ensemble, and be performed on school property. The a cappella performance must be solely performed by vocal technique, but can be accompanied by sound from beatboxing or through other human parts, such as clapping hands or snapping fingers.

From Sept. 8 through Oct. 9, 2015, an adult school representative or faculty member can upload the video via Macy’s YouTube channel (youtube.com/macys) and enter the school into the challenge.

Entries will be evaluated based on musicality, performance and execution. The winners will be revealed via youtube.com/macys in early November. Three schools will win $25,000 each, one prize to each school level (elementary through middle, high school, and college).

Serving as ambassadors for the new program, Pentatonix (PTX) will star in a television spot for Macy’s, which will begin airing nationally in August. The commercial features all five members of the group (Scott, Mitch, Kirstin, Avi and Kevin), singing an upbeat a cappella rendition of “I Want You Back,” providing inspiration for the challenge. Pentatonix will also be part of the judging process, which will take place in October after the entry period.

For more information about Macy’s All-School A Cappella Challenge, including rules, regulations and how to enter, visit Macy’s.

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Indore Cop Manages Traffic ‘Moonwalk’ Style

Sources: Z News | All Things Michael

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Indore: At a time when continuous downpour has created havoc here and around 700 people have been shifted to relief camps, a traffic police man was captured on camera doing ‘moonwalk’ on the drenched streets while handling the traffic with great care.

The video went viral on the social media and people are really liking the iconic officer’s way of performing his duty – controlling traffic Michael-Jackson-style.

It seems that while showcasing Jackson as his inspiration, the officer could also be seen in the video helping an auto to move on the rain-soaked roads of the state’s commercial hub Indore.

Some passers-by also got captured in the video which shows them gazing at the officer with curiosity.

Hope such an act will encourage other traffic cops as well to handle the tense traffic with great ease.

 

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