Michael Jackson Social Agent for Change

Sources: Legal Speaks – By Debbie Hines (Published June 26, 2009) | All Things Michael

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Michael Jackson will always be remembered as the King of Pop.  No one can take that title away from him. His Thriller album sold 100 million copies, more than anyone else including the Beatles or Elvis. Yet, he also leaves a musical legacy of social activism.  His music and legacy was also about social change and justice.

Michael broke the color barrier at MTV. He became the first black artist to showcase their talent on MTV with Billie Jean and Beat It.  He paved the way for many others.  Then who could forget the Jackson 5 cartoon show on Saturday mornings.  In the ’70’s there were few black tv shows or blacks appearing on TV.

In 1985 he brought together artists and musicians from all over to perform a benefit  for the famine victims in Ethiopia.  His lyrics on We Are the World symbolize his spirit of social change.  He wrote: “We are the world, We are the children; We are the ones who make a brighter today, so let’s start giving. There comes a time when we need a certain call; When the world must come together as one.  There are people dying and it’s time to lend a hand to life, the greatest gift of all”.

His lyrics spoke of race relations.  Remember “Ebony and Ivory” living in perfect harmony. That’s how he wanted the world to be.  On “Black and White” he penned in 1991..If you’re thinking of being my brother, it don’t matter if you’re black or white.

My favorite was “Looking at the Man in the Mirror”.  ” I see the kids in the street with not enough to eat. Who am I to be blind, pretending not to see their need.  I’m starting with the man in the mirror. I’m asking him to change his way.  If you wanna make the world a better place, then take a look at yourself and make a change.  You gotta get it right while you got time.”

And in the words of Michael Jackson, it is up to us to make the world a better place.  He had it right, change begins within each of us. Let’s celebrate his life and legacy by making a change in the world.

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Shy Kid Ignores His Bullies By Walking On Stage And Doing THIS!

Sources: Little Budha – By Barbara  Diamond | The Bully Project | All Things Michael

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14-year-old Julian was born with a special gift. Most people dream of being able to dance like he can.

But kids can be cruel, especially when they’re intimidated by or jealous of someone’s confidence in the face of bullying. The more his classmates call him names, threaten him, and try to turn him off from his passion, the more Julian dances.

Though he’s never taken a dance class or lesson, watching Julian dance is like watching Michael Jackson himself. As soon as he’s finished with his homework after school, he rolls up the rugs, puts on the music, and dances throughout the house. Luckily, his parents are incredibly supportive. They refuse to stop their son from doing the one thing that makes him truly happy.

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Julian even dances in public places, on the streets, and inside skating rinks where his classmates socialize. He responds to those who ridicule by saying, “They call me stupid, I don’t care. I know who I am, I know what I am.”

Now, other students who are drawn to the music — and to Julian’s courage — have been showing up to dance with him. As this group of inspirational kids grows, they plan on dancing for other kids as advocates against bullying.

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Graduating Class Sets Out On Quest To Change The World

Sources: Mohave Daily News – By Rodd Cayton| Edited By – All Things Michael

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FORT MOHAVE — They are going to change the world. Maybe not with great discoveries, but with acts of all types that improve the lives of the people around them.

Such was the theme of the Mohave High School Class of 2015, which was sent off into the world by a near-capacity crowd Thursday night at the Mojave Crossing Event Center.

Salutatorian Nathan Barton set up the night by reading lyrics from a John Mayer song and encouraging his classmates not to wait on the world to change.

“We have the power to do it,” he said.

Barton said a better theme song for the way the class should approach changing the world is Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror.”

“If you want to make the world a better place,” he read. “Take a look at yourself, and then make a change.”

The nine valedictorians followed up with variations on the theme. They talked about ideas as the genesis of innovation and progress. They mentioned the willingness of people such as George Washington, Martin Luther King Jr. and Malala Yousafzai to stand up for what they believed in. However, they said, such courage is not a characteristic that belongs solely to people of the past.

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The valedictorians told their classmates that as they move into the wider world, they’ll discover that their voices have more power, and that they should stand up for the rights of others to voice their opinions.

They said that each member got to this point not alone, but with teachers, friends and family members who provided love, support and encouragement. The time has come, they said, to remember great and small acts of kindness done toward them and pass them on to others.

 

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Michael Jackson Bollywood Mashup Goes Viral (Video)

Sources: Hollywood Reporter – By Nyay Bhushan  | All Things Michael

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Michael Jackson‘s 1979 classic hit “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” has been mashed up with Bollywood hit track “Chaiyya Chaiyya,” which was featured in the 1998 film Dil Se, starring Shah Rukh Khan.

The resulting video has gone viral, not only garnering more than 430,000 views its first four days but also impressing Khan, who tweeted the link to the YouTube video to his 13 million-plus followers.

“Chaiyya Chaiyya” was composed by Oscar- and Grammy-winning composer A. R. Rahman(Slumdog Millionaire). The track was featured in a sequence in Dil Se featuring Khan and a troupe led by actress Malaika Arora Khan dancing atop a moving train. “Chaiyya Chaiyya” also crossed over to Hollywood when it was used in the opening and closing credits of Spike Lee‘s 2006 filmInside Man with Denzel Washington.

The Jackson mashup project came about after American artists Kurt Hugo-Schneider, Sam Tsui,Shankar Tucker and Indian vocalist Vidya Iyer met up at the second YouTube Fan Fest in Mumbai in March.

Hugo-Schneider’s popular YouTube channel features his productions for various artists, including vocalist Tsui. One of their earlier popular videos features a medley of Jackson songs rendered by Tsui, whose vocal style is similar to the King of Pop. Tucker is a clarinetist and music composer known for his online music series The Shruti Box, which fuses jazz with Indian music. His collaborations with various artists include Iyer.

The “Chaiyya Chaiyya/Don’t Stop Mashup” video begins with Iyer’s upbeat rendition of “Chaiyya Chaiyya” followed by Tsui’s take on “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.” The video shows the artists at various Mumbai locations, including the city’s latest landmark, the Bandra-Worli sealink.

Last year, another Jackson track was given an Indian twist. Timed with the Indian release of Jackson’s posthumous album Xscape, the first track of the album, the Jackson-Justin Timberlakecollaboration “Love Never Felt So Good,” was reworked by the Bombay Flip Project, an ensemble of four young artists. The cover version included English lyrics interspersed with Hindi vocals, peppered with the sounds of the traditional Indian tabla.

Watch the “Chaiyya Chaiyya/Don’t Stop Mashup” video below:

 

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A Retrospective Of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” Will Be Featured At The 2015 Phoenix Comicon Convention

Sources: Phoenix Comicon | All Things Michael

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A retrospective look at the making of Michael Jackson’s ground breaking music video and album Thriller. Get a behind the scenes tour of the film makers, make up effects, dancers, musicians and artists responsible for creating some of the most influential music and images of all time. Stick around, immediately following will be the “Dance The Thriller Panel” to teach you all the dance moves.

Date: Friday, May 22 10:30am – 11:30am

Where: Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, AZ

Location: West 213B

Who Will Be There: Jason Alofs

Please Note: MJ’s personal trainer and former bodybuilder Mr. Lou Ferrigno will be a featured panel guest everyday at the convention.  Check the website for more details about his schedule.

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Our Children, Our Future Food Program Gets Help From Michael Jackson Tribute Show

Sources: Northern Life.ca –  By Ivan Radisic| All Things Michael

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Billie Jackson and the Prime Time Band emulate the Gloved One himself, Michael Jackson, to benefit Our Children, Our Future in June.

The King of Pop: Michael Jackson Experience Tribute Show hits the stage at the Fraser Auditorium at Laurentian University on June 19. The fundraising concert benefits Our Children, Our Future’s Infant Food Cupboard and Food Security Program.

“Do to increased pressure on our program, we have decided to introduce this event to help raise much needed funds,” said Susan Nicholson, executive director of Our Children, Our Future. “We rely solely on donations and events like this to provide emergency assistance to families of infant formula, milk and diapers along with nutritious food for children and parents within the District of Sudbury and Manitoulin.”

Tickets can be purchased at STC box office or online.

The event is sponsored by Schuster Boyd Mcdonald.

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Michael Jackson Told Leandra Leandra She Would Be A Singer

Sources: The Straits Times – By Gurveen Kaur

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When the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson, told a then 10-year-old Leandra Leandra that she sounded just like him and would definitely become a singer after listening to her belt out two of his songs, she took heed.

The soulful crooner, whose real name is Leandra Gfrerer, says: “When he said those words to me, it became all the more concrete that singing was what I was supposed to do.”

A relative who was in the music business had arranged for the meeting and she sang Ben and You Are Not Alone to the star after his concert here in 1996.

The raspy-voiced 28-year-old, whose father is African-American and mother is Dutch-Eurasian, has been in and out of the local music scene since she first started performing at the age of three.

At age 17, she was one of the top five finalists in the first season of Singapore Idol but she felt she was “too young for the competition although it was a good experience”.

Since then, she has put out three singles on iTunes and sung at private events and music venues.

She is married and has a three-year-old boy.

After a four-year hiatus, during which she stayed with relatives in California and Austria, she returned to Singapore last September, re-energised and pumped to move her music career into high gear.

She performed at the Singapore International Jazz Festival, or SingJazz, in March and will be singing in a concert, La Vie En Rose, at the end of the month.

To celebrate 100 years since the birth of French singer Edith Piaf, theatre company Sing’theatre is holding a 90-minute musical journey through contemporary interpretations of her songs, including the 1946 hit, La Vie En Rose.

Leandra will be joined by actors Lim Kay Siu and Sebastian Tan, jazz singer Rani Singam and foreign names, including Cirque du Soleil vocalist L.A. Benjamin.

This is a turning point in her career, she says. She performs at SingJazz Club with her band once a month and describes her style as a mix of Motown, rock ‘n’ roll and soul.

She says: “Music is my life and this is me coming out as a more mature and self-assured entertainer.”

 

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United Negro College Fund Announces 2015 Michael Jackson And Ray Charles Foundation Scholarships

Sources: Michigan Chronicle | All Things Michael

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The United Negro College Fund has announced two scholarship programs that are now accepting applications – the Michael Jackson Scholarship and the Ray Charles Endowed Scholarship.

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The Michael Jackson scholarship provides financial assistance to communication arts and social science students attending a UNCF college/university during the upcoming academic year. High School seniors must be planning to matriculate at a UNCF member school in the fall. Proof of acceptance will be required.

Candidates must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The scholarship will provide an award up to $5,000 depending on the financial need of the student as verified by the attending University or College.

For more details and/or to apply, visit: https://scholarships.uncf.org/Program/Details/d82cd347-2b75-42ef-9be5-e2f51864a38f

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The Ray Charles Endowed Scholarship helps African-American students with high academic promise that have significant financial need. Scholarships will be awarded to students who meet the following recommended eligibility criteria, and will be renewable up to one year.

Students must be an African-American junior enrolled full-time at a UNCF member HBCU, must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and must have a demonstrated unmet financial need as verified by their college or university.

For more details, visit:https://scholarships.uncf.org/Program/Details/13a97cdd-401c-4a63-a665-1f969aaa00b9

 

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