Annual Thriller In The Pit Dance Party To Be Held Friday For Eve Carson Scholarship

Sources: The Herald Sun | Edited By – All Things Michael


Chapel Hill – A dance party will be held at the Pit at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Friday in honor of The Eve Carson Scholarship.

The Eve Carson Scholarship board, along with UNC Dance Team and other UNC-Chapel Hill dance groups, will teach and dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” according to a news release.
Students, campus organizations and university leaders will dance to “Thriller” and other big dance hits. The UNC Dance Team will teach a step-by-step tutorial before the performance. All attendees are invited to dance and are encouraged to arrive early.

This event aims to promote awareness of the scholarship, to encourage the motto of “students celebrating students” and of living out the Carolina Way.

The Eve Carson Scholarship is open to all juniors, and the application is due on Oct. 10.

The scholarship was established in 2008 to commemorate and celebrate the life of the former student body president who was slain that same year.

Eve Carson Student Body President UNC-Chapel Hill Trustee
She had envisioned a junior-year merit-based scholarship and included it in her platform for student body president in 2007.


Time: 11:45am at Chapel Hill

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New 1980s Themed Pizza Restaurant Features Life-Sized Michael Jackson Replica And Other Cool Stuff

Sources: Coloradoan | Edited By – All Things Michael


From behind bright pink Ray Bans, Alex Morgan gets nostalgic about his new Fort Collins pizza place and decade-themed museum.

“Ohh,” he draws, “the eighties are the best.”

Morgan is a week away from opening Totally 80’s Pizza, a project he’s been working on for the last decade, by collecting a restaurant’s worth of 1980s-themed paraphernalia.

Bon Jovi's "You Give Love a Bad Name" plays next to "The Goonies" movie poster at Totally 80's Pizza

Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love a Bad Name” plays next to “The Goonies” movie poster at Totally 80’s Pizza

Formerly Amici Pizzeria, which closed in August as the owners moved back to Italy, the walls at 1717 S. College Ave. are now covered in pink and teal accents. Display cases hold Jem, Barbie and Pee-Wee dolls, My Little Pony, Care Bears and signed photographs like the one of Paula Abdul dancing with a cartoon cat in “Opposites Attract.”

“Everyone will notice something different,” Morgan says of the diverse collection that also includes empty pop cans and niche cereal boxes.

His most prized artifact? The original hand-written lyrics of A-ha’s one hit, “Take on me” (1985).

His most expensive piece? A handmade and life-sized Michael Jackson replica, complete with facial scruff, that Morgan commissioned.


Morgan, who is in his late 30s, lived with his wife in Hawaii before moving their young family to Northern Colorado. The couple also own Daddy O’s Barbershop in Loveland.

Morgan says the 1980s were a special time in history.

“To me, it’s kind of the last of the innocent times,” he said. “It was the decade of fun … and nothing goes better with fun than pizza.”

Once open, he sees Totally 80’s as a date spot and a place to take the family.

The restaurant will have a fast-casual atmosphere, with customers ordering personal, medium or large pies at the counter, from ’80s accessorized employees.

All of the restaurant’s booths are surrounded by I Spy-worthy memorabilia, wall-mounted TVs will play period music videos, and three arcade games will provide distraction by the entrance.

Owner Alex Morgan, left, with Alf, a DeLorean and the Fort Collins Ghostbusters van at Totally 80's Pizza

Owner Alex Morgan, left, with Alf, a DeLorean and the Fort Collins Ghostbusters van at Totally 80’s Pizza

“There are plenty of places to eat in Fort Collins, and plenty of places to eat pizza,” Morgan said. “We want to create an experience.”

Totally 80’s Pizza

What: 1980s-themed pizza place with an all-you-can-eat salad bar and local beer on tap.

Where: 1717 S. College Ave., Fort Collins CO

When: Opening Oct. 1

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NME Photography Exhibit At Royal Hall Features Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse And More

Sources: NME |Edited By – All Things Michael

The ‘Behind NME Lines’ exhibition will run from September 23 to October 23


London’s Royal Albert Hall is to host an exhibition celebrating NME’s music photography.

Opening on September 23, the ‘Behind NME Lines’ exhibition is a retrospective of iconic covers from our 62-year history, featuring some of the industry’s most renowned photographers including Dean Chalkley and Kevin Cummins, and profiling an array of music icons from Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Sex Pistols, The Who, Public Enemy and Amy Winehouse. The exhibition will run until October 23.

The exhibition can be viewed when attending performances at the venue or on the following free open days:?

Saturday September 27, 10am–4pm?
Saturday October 4, 10am–4pm?
Saturday October 18, 10am–4pm

For more information and ticket details, visit the Royal Albert Hall website.

‘The Wiz’ Screening Encourages Audience To Sing Along And Dress in Costume

Sources: DNA Info Chicago – By Wendell Houston | All Things Michael


CHATHAM — Black World Cinema‘s movie night this month at Studio Movie Grill-Chatham will feature “The Wiz” — and audience members are encouraged to sing along and dress in character.

The movie, starring singer Diana Ross and the late Michael Jackson in the “Wizard of Oz” remake, will be shown at 7 p.m. tonight at the theater, 210 W. 87th St. Admission is $6.

Venisha White-Johnson, director of operations for the theater, said she hopes the audience will sing during some of the musical numbers.

“It’s a fun way to engage the audience and have fun, too,” she said. “We also want kids to come dressed up in their favorite ‘Wiz’ costume.”

Free school supplies also will be given away before the movie starts, and White-Johnson said children are not required to wear a costume to receive the school supplies.

For the last nine years, Floyd Webb, artistic director of the Chicago-based Black World Cinema, has been showing black films at the theater. The screenings are followed by a discussion.

“‘The Wiz’ is a good family movie,” he said.

While that movie was a Hollywood release, the series also features lesser-known films.

“A lot of the movies we show never made it to the big screen but were good movies,” he said.

Thurs. Sept 4th, 7pm
Studio Movie Grill Chatham 14 Theaters
210 W 87th St
Chicago, IL

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See Adam Levine Sing The Sesame Street Theme As Michael Jackson On Jimmie Fallon

Sources: News Ok | All Things Michael


Look out Jimmy Fallon! Adam Levine can also do impressions.

The late-night host had The Voice mentor play “Wheel of Musical Impressions” on Tuesday’s Tonight Show, which had the guys singing random songs while doing impressions of iconic musicians.

Levine first sang “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” as Frank Sinatra but it was his impression of Michael Jackson singing the Sesame Street theme song that he really nailed. The Maroon 5 frontman also performed “The Muffin Man” as Eddie Vedder.

Of course Fallon, the king of impressions, sang his songs flawlessly. He performed “Rude” as Bob Dylan and “Old McDonald Had a Farm” as Iggy Azalea.

Prior to his Tonight Show appearance, Levine was making headlines for his bloody Instagram photo with his new wife Behati Prinsloo. We can only presume this is a scene from his band’s new music video for “Animals” as People’s Sexiest Man Alive captioned the pic: “#ANIMALS.”

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Confessions From Usher: On New Album, Michael Jackson’s Shoes And More

Sources: The Globe and Mail – By Brad Wheeer | Edited By – All Things Michael


Usher was speaking earlier this week from his home in Atlanta, about his uncompleted and yet-to-be titled eighth studio album and about his first tour in three years. The UR Experience begins at Montreal’s Bell Centre, on Nov. 1, with dates in Toronto, Vancouver and Edmonton to follow.

“In the past, I’ve chosen to play the songs as you know them, as they were recorded,” says Usher. “This will be a different musical experience. My new show does call for me to play the bass or to pick up instruments.”

If Usher is set to embrace his bass-thumping inner Bootsy Collins, it marks a departure from his past worship of dancing-shoe singers. In 2010, on his last tour, the performer planted a pair of glittering kicks on the stage of Toronto’s Air Canada Centre and asked the audience if he had permission to wear them. It was a meant as a tribute to a King of Pop who had died less than a year earlier, but was construed as an audacious attempt to take his place.

“My plan was never to fill Michael Jackson’s shoes,” says Usher, who recalls the ACC moment as a “tender” one. “My plan has never been to fill James Brown’s shoes, or Jackie Wilson’s shoes or Frankie Lymon’s or any of the performers who sang and danced.

“Every bit of who I am is a product of where I’ve been able to stand,” continues the eight-time Grammy winner. “And when I say ‘stand,’ I mean standing on the shoulders of the people who paved the way before me.”

Of course, as one of the most successful record-selling artists of all time – he has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide – Usher has his own place in the lineage of pop stars, with the likes of Canadian superstars Justin Bieber and Drake being followers of his. At Drake’s OVO festival this summer, the Toronto-bred hip-hop maestro playfully challenged Usher to a dance-off. The contest was not close; Drake’s moves haven’t improved much since his excellent bar mitzvah motions he possessed as a child (as documented on a YouTube video and viral GIFs).

“He’s a lyricist,” says Usher, diplomatic about the showdown. “I don’t think I’ll battle him in the studio.”

In addition to recording his new album, Usher just completed his second season as a mentor on NBC’s talent show The Voice. As well, fans will see him portray boxer Sugar Ray Leonard in Hands of Stone, a biopic of Roberto Duran that is expected in theatres in 2015.

Usher is still working on his forthcoming album, though two singles from the LP have been released: Good Kisser, a risqué, stripped-down, salsa-fied R&B number, and the aforementioned She Came to Give it to You, which is more fun, produced by Pharrell Williams, the industry’s hat-happy hitmaker of the moment. It’s expected that the album will mark a return to Usher’s funky R&B roots, as opposed to the electronic explorations of 2012’s Looking 4 Myself.

The track She Came to Give it to You is a slice of slinky boogaloo that bears the upbeat party-starting spirit of Williams, who produced Daft Punk’s Get Lucky and Lose Yourself to Dance and Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines from a year ago, and had a massive hit on his own this summer with Happy.

“Me and Pharrell have a long-standing relationship,” says Usher. “He’s an advocate for real music, in a time when what is popular may be more simple and may be a little more young and may not feature instruments.”

Asked if he is chasing hits by hooking up with Williams for She Came to Give it to You, he denies the insinuation. “No, my intentions were never to sound like anyone else, and it doesn’t feel like anyone else when I’m singing it. When we get together, the music just leads us.”

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Library: Learn A Lot By Listening To Kids

Sources: Fayo Observer | Edited by – All Things Michael


Last week, I interviewed the children who attend the Ed V. Baldwin Elementary School’s Prime Time, an after-school child care program. Usually when I visit schools, I talk about what the library has that the kids might be interested in and read a book or two. This time, I still did those things, but I wanted to know more about the children.

The more I know about children’s interests, the better our programs will be. Plus, kids are just generally awesome, and folks need to care about what they think.

I asked them a few questions. They were super-excited about participating and about being mentioned in the newspaper. So here’s a big shout-out to Baldwin Elementary Prime Time for being such a good sport and playing along.

Question No. 1: If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be? Musicians Taylor Swift, Usher, Arianna Grande, Michael Jackson and Austin Mahone got the top spots. (I had to ask who Austin Mahone is.) Basketball players LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Michael Jordan were also popular. Votes were cast for George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, one person liked Dr. Seuss and two kids nominated their friends Benjamin and Carly.

What their answers tell me: These children have a lot of exposure to popular culture.

Question No. 2: What’s your favorite wild animal? Answers were all over the place, but monkey and dolphin each got two votes. African and South American animals dominated (lion, jaguar, tiger, leopard, cheetah, gorilla) followed by ocean dwellers (shark, whale, fish, electric eel). Rounding out the votes were reindeer, scorpion, Tyrannosaurus Rex, and dragon. I did not specify that the animals had to be currently living or real.

What their answers tell me: These children are curious about animals with which they don’t have daily contact.

Question No. 3: What do you like about being a kid? “You don’t have to work.” “You don’t have to pay bills.” “You don’t have to vote.” “Being lazier than adults.” “You don’t have to wake up super early.” “You can stay home with your parents.” “Playing with my brother.” “Having a family.” “Playing on the playground.” “Skateboarding.” “Jumping on the bed.” “Sleeping on the couch sometimes.” “Going to school and learning.” “Skipping school.” (“Oh?” I said. “How does that work out for you?” “Not good.”)

What their answers tell me: I want these kids to be my focus group. They are hilarious.

If you’ve got a cool kid in your life, try one of these interviews. It’s a great brain builder and relationship strengthener.

Vicki Sheeler is the youth services librarian at the Hope Mills Branch Library.

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Administrator’s Note: Even though Michael is only mentioned once in the article, the content is appropriately related to him since he loved children and reading so much. It also shows that no matter what some adults may think, children still love and adore Michael Jackson.

Michael Jackson’s Family To Honor Their Brother At Tom Joyner Sky Show

Sources: EurWeb  | All Things Michael


*Tom Joyner’s annual evening celebrating family will feature an interview on Michael Jackson’s birthday with The Jacksons.

The brothers will honor their the “King of Pop” during Tom Joyner’s Sky Show® event along with performances by KEM and Eddie Levert.

The live broadcast is open to the public and takes place on August 29 from 6am – 10am ET.

The Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion will be held at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, and throughout the weekend will feature concerts from The Jacksons, Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds, Tank, Syleena Johnson, and more including a Gospel Explosion all day Sunday with Yolanda Adams and James Fortune.

There will be seminars, activities, and more and appearances throughout the weekend with celebrities including Michael Baisden, Kandi Burruss, Don Lemon, Syleena Johnson and Porsha Willliams.

For more details on the event and the free expo visit

Please see the following list for more information and details about the Tom Joyner Family Reunion:

2014 Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion:
Labor Day weekend, August 28 – September 1, 2014
Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Florida

Tom Joyner Sky Show®:
Performances by: Kem and Eddie Levert
Special Appearance by: The Jacksons

Live Radio Broadcasts:
The Yolanda Adams Morning Show
Keepin’ It Real with Al Sharpton

The Jacksons
Kenneth ‘Babyface’ Edmonds
Syleena Johsnon
Best of Old School Hip Hop: Chubb Rock, Melle Mel, Kurtis Blow, Kid n’ Play
Mary Jane Girls
Force MDs
Yolanda Adams
Motown Gospel Revue 2014 hosted by James Fortune featuring: Tasha Cobbs, Vashawn Mitchell, Smokie Norful, Anita Wilson, Kierra Sheard

Celebrity Guests:
Michael Baisden
Kandi Burruss
Porsha Williams
Chubb Rock

Theme Nights:
Represent Night
White Night

Theme Park:
Walt Disney World

Michael Baisden Talent Search
Daily Fitness
Empowering Seminars
Family Game Night
Bid Whist Competition
Teen Glow Party
Teen Luau Party
Celebrity Day Party


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