The King of Pop Lives On With Michael Jackson ONE!

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Today we spread Michael’s message of unity, harmony and hope for a better world. Help celebrate Michael’s birthday by joining this annual worldwide movement. Visit this link http://birthday.michaeljackson.com/ and let us know how you’ve made the world a better place since last year or what you plan to do today and over the coming year. #MJWeAreOne

Experience the world of one of the greatest artists of all time with Michael Jackson ONE, hitting the stage at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. In a riveting fusion of music, dance, and visuals, 63 vibrant dancers take the audience on a heart-warming journey through the life and times of an innovative, musical genius.

Relive the glory of the King of Pop. Show times are 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Saturday through Wednesday, and 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Sundays. Call 877.632.7400 or 800.745.3000, or head this way for tickets.

Sources: Eater | Michael Jackson.com | All Things Michael

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

 Written By – All Things Michael

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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.

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“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.

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“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.

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“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.

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“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.

Articles

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)

Speeches

Giving Back

Songs

 

 

 

 

Michael Jackson Audio Comic Book To Mark King Of Pop’s Birthday

Sources: BlueWater Production | All Things Michael

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Bluewater Productions is proud to announce a new audio comic book about the life of superstar Michael Jackson. The updated release, Tribute: Michael Jackson is in celebration of what would have been the King of Pop’s fifty-sixth birthday on August 29th. In conjunction with the audiobook, an expanded edition of the original comic book,Fame: Michael Jackson, a 40-page graphic novel, will be available in print and digital formats.

Several Jackson family members have expressed their appreciation regarding this touching tribute to Michael.

Michael Jackson’s reign as the King of Pop is celebrated in the latest biographical comic book from Bluewater Productions. The newest addition to the publisher’s critically acclaimed library features a cover and foreword by artist and friend of Jackson’s Giuseppe Mazzola. The life of the world’s most popular entertainer was infused with fantasy and tragedy. His discography is legendary. His legacy is complicated and unparalleled.

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In a partnership with Colonial Radio Theatre, one of the top, award-winning producers of audio drama, Bluewater has produced audiobooks based off three pop culture subjects of their sold-out comic book series. These updated versions of the comic books have been written by writer Michael Frizell. Audiobooks featuring Princess Diana, One Direction, and Justin Bieber were released earlier this year, while Selena Gomez, Demi Lovat,o and Taylor Swift audiobooks will be released later this fall.

“The stories, and legends, behind the real people featured in Bluewater titles continue to grow. In order to keep the stories timely and current, the scripts had to be expanded. Longtime readers will find something new and up-to-the-minute here, while new readers will be immersed in the topics,” said Frizell.

The Fame series was launched in 2010 as a companion piece to the successful Female Force andPolitical Power biography titles. The comic series allows Bluewater to delve into the celebrity culture and understand how a person rises to fame, deals with the newfound celebrity status, and continues to produce in the public eye. Individual issues spotlight actors, sports figures, recording artists, and the British royal family.

Bluewater Production’s biography comics have been embraced by the media and featured on several television news outlets including The Today Show, MTV, and on CNN. Their comics and graphic novels have also been featured in publications such as Forbes, Vanity Fair, Time Magazine, andPeople magazine.

Print copies of the graphic novel of Fame: Michael Jackson as well as the comic book edition can be ordered at Comic Flea Market here: http://bit.ly/18OSz4A. The audio books cost $3.95 and are available through Audible, iTunes and Nook.

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Download the comic to your e-reader from iTunes, Kindle, Wowio, ComiXology, DriveThru Comics, Google Play, My Digital Comics, Overdrive, Iverse, Biblioboard, Flipkart, Axis360, Epic!, Blio, Entitle, Comicblender.com, Wheeler, Scoop, Nook, Kobo and wherever eBooks are sold.

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6th Annual MJ Birthday Celebrate Hit The Stage Sunday At Washington Park

Sources: GlocallyNetwork |All Things Michael

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On Sunday, 24th,the Stage was set fro the 6th Annual MJ Birthday celebration.  Interesting note, since his passing, this is the longest running event in Newark celebrating the music of Michael Jackson”King of Pop”, and the longest continuous celebration event in the tri-state area,  The event is alway a special event, said one of the performer in the Look-like Michael impersonators part of the program.  The event has been a tradition for Jessie Daniels of the 80’s band the Forced MD’s. Though best known for the band’s #1 hit, “Love is a House,” its lead singer donned full MJ regalia for Sunday’s event.

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From curly wig to glitter socks, Daniels energized the audience with a medley of Michael’s greatest hits. His enthusiasm set the tone for the fiercely competitive “Move Like Mike” contest, which attracted over 20 impersonators, dancers, groups, and singers that had previously participated included local, national and international showcases.

Also notable were the young entertainers in the competition who embodied the enthusiasm of the next generation of Michael fans.

Rivaling the energy and showmanship of the on-stage performers were the throngs of attendees assembled in Washington Park. Whether clad in bedazzled gloves, challenging one another’s moon-walks or simply singing along to their favorite MJ hits, the attendees were just as committed to showing their love and appreciation for Michael’s trademark moves and his contribution to music history. Surely, the famed humanitarian would have been moved by the event’s success in drawing together a crowd so diverse in age, race and cultural background.

Swaying, stomping and sashaying together to MJ’s “Rock with You” and “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’” allowed all of us to indulge once more in what is perhaps the most enduring aspect of Michael’s legacy: the experience of letting the music melt away our differences. For a brief moment, grooving to “The Way You Make Me Feel” made us feel like we were once again in the presence of the King, one of the few places where we could transcend our divisions and dance side by side. Clustered within the expanse of grass and gravel between the Washington Park Light Rail Station and the majestic architecture of the Newark Public Library, we transformed our humble park into a makeshift Neverland ranch that would have made the pop culture legend himself proud.

The closing line-up, was brought home by the voice of John (Skyes) Feva, with band had the audience swaying to the favorite Michael Jackson classic songs.

If you’re kicking yourself for having missed this momentous occasion, “You Are Not Alone.” An encore Michael tribute will be held today during “the W@W Wednesday at Washington Park” music series’ regular lunchtime hours.

 

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Writing About Writing About Michael Jackson: What Some Critics Still Get Wrong

Sources: Forbes – By Zack O’Malley Greenburg | All Things Michael

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If Michael Jackson were still alive, tomorrow would be his 56th birthday. And though he passed away more than five years ago, fans across the country–from his onetime home of Las Vegas to his birthplace of Gary, Indiana–and around the globe will be celebrating the King of Pop as though he never left.

In many ways, he hasn’t. Songs from his latest posthumous album, Xscape, have been soaring across the summer airwaves. And from a financial perspective, Jackson couldn’t be more alive: he’s raked in over $700 million in the past half-decade–the most lucrative stretch of his career since the late 1980s–and has out-earned every living act measured by FORBES over that span.

Yet amidst this Jacksonian renaissance, a few stubborn narratives persist in corners of the mainstream and tabloid media, even as his image and finances have undergone something of a metamorphosis. That unfortunate reality is one of the more fascinating ones I’ve observed since releasing my book, Michael Jackson, Inc., earlier this summer.

The book has put me in a unique position to observe such trends. Thanks to the magic of the internet—Google alerts and Twitter updates, in particular—I’ve been able to find most of the reviews of the book within hours of their publication.

As a writer, I’ve been mostly pleased with the reactions to Michael Jackson, Inc. It’s been covered by outlets from Billboard to Vibe to the Chicago Tribune. Amazon named it Book of the Month in Business & Leadership and USA Today dubbed it one of “the hottest titles this season,” while Kirkus called it “a useful, informative examination” and Ebony said it “offers a perspective fans around the world may have never seen.”

But in a couple of cases, the reviews barely addressed the book at all; rather, they merely seemed like excuses to rehash old arguments and heap judgment on the King of Pop. Quite a few would be better characterized not as reviews of Michael Jackson, Inc., but of Michael Jackson himself.

For instance, the Wall Street Journal review began with the writer’s opinions of the King of Pop, describing him as “a minor god,” “a tricky deity,” “perhaps a child molester” and so forth (never mind the fact that Jackson was cleared of all charges leveled against him).

The Washington Post, meanwhile, focused on Jackson’s “oddball exploits and alleged crimes,” complaining that the book “leaves out the juicy stuff to focus on the pop icon as a business entity” (despite the fact that delving into the finances of Jackson’s career is the title’s stated purpose).

To be clear: as an author, I’m thrilled that such publications took an interest in my work, and I certainly respect the right of fellow writers to state their opinions, even if I disagree with them. But it amazed me that those refrains still often surround any exploration of Jackson’s life and legacy, even one focused on his finances.

Those sorts of attitudes have been noticed by others who’ve studied Jackson in depth, from my friend Joe Vogel, author of Man in the Music, to the late James Baldwin, who famously wrote:

The Michael Jackson cacophony is fascinating in that it is not about Jackson at all. … He will not swiftly be forgiven for having turned so many tables, for he damn sure grabbed the brass ring, and the man who broke the bank at Monte Carlo has nothing on Michael. All that noise is about America, as the dishonest custodian of black life and wealth; the blacks, especially males, in America; and the burning, buried American guilt.”

Jackson indeed turned many tables. And though few will deny his eccentricity, his many accomplishments include serving as the Jackie Robinson of the music video era. He forced MTV, once the province of white rockers, to add the work of black artists to heavy rotation, beginning with “Billie Jean.”

By buying the Beatles’ publishing catalogue in 1985, Jackson flipped the paradigm of artist-as-employee on its head, replacing it with the notion of artist-as-owner. He then pioneered new ways of monetizing superstardom, launching his own clothing line, sneakers, video games and more–paving the way for modern celebrity-moguls like Jay Z and Diddy.

Though those narratives are making progress, they haven’t sunk in across all corners of the press. As journalists, we have a duty to push aside subjective notions and focus on the objective truth. In the case of Jackson, it seems for many observers the subjective has settled over the years like sediment at the bottom of an ancient ocean, forming a solid mass still sometimes mistaken for objectivity.

Five years after Jackson’s death, some of those layers seem to have been worn away, judging by the resurgence of his work–his earnings provide unmistakable evidence of a shift. Given his continued impact on global culture and the business of entertainment, it seems likely that trend will continue, but there’s still a ways to go before the objective fully overcomes the subjective.

That’s a good goal to set as a future birthday present for the King of Pop.

 

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TBT: Michael Jackson’s 1989 Vanity Fair Cover – By Annie Leibovitz

Sources: Vanity Fair – By Sarah Schmidt | All Things Michael

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Michael Jackson would have turned 56 this Friday. In celebration of his enduring legacy, we’re throwing it back to this iconic photograph by Annie Leibovitz that appeared on Vanity Fair’s December 1989 cover and introduced the 80s’ end-of-the-decade Hall of Fame. The list was a compendium of the Media Decade’s stars, at the top of which was—of course—the King of Pop, photographed in a flowing white shirt that would make American Apparel’s deep Vs look modest. More than a decade later, Jackson topped another chart, when readers voted this issue the best V.F.cover of all.

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Devi Sri Prasad’s Tribute To Michael Jackson

Sources: Deccan Chronicle – By Suresh Kavirayani | All Things Michael

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Devi Sri Prasad, one of the top music directors of South cinema, has created a special track Jalsa, a tribute to Michael Jackson.

“I am a big fan of Michael Jackson and I would like to do something for him. So I am releasing this special music track Jalsa on the eve of Michael Jackson’s birthday. I will upload this on YouTube,” said the music director.

On Wednesday, Devi Sri Prasad attended the launch of Bellamkonda Srinivas’s new film which has been directed by Boyapati Srinu. When asked about the differences that cropped up between him and Boyapati Srinu when they worked for their earlier film Legend, the music director said, “There is no rift between us and I am happy to work with him again. I always maintain good relations with everybody in the industry.”

The music director said that though he is getting offers from Bollywood, he is unable to take them, “Salman Khan offered me Kick but because of my films here I was unable to take it up,” he said and added that he is working on releasing a Hindi music album soon.

 

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An Autistic Teen’s Guide To Impersonating Michael Jackson (A Must Read)

Sources: Kuow.org | All Things Michael

Impersonating Michael Jackson made it easier for Lorenzo Manuel to deal with the social pressures of middle school.

Impersonating Michael Jackson made it easier for Lorenzo Manuel to deal with the social pressures of middle school.

It was homecoming dance at Roosevelt High School, and the Roosevelt football team had just been crushed. As it started getting late, the energy sunk even lower. People were mostly slow dancing; it was all Taylor Swift at that point.

Just then, a familiar tune started to play. The thinning crowd began to roar. A spotlight came on. As the first lyrics of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” shook the room, a skinny kid with short brown hair and a sparkly glove began to dance.

“When I impersonated, I just kind of would think… like, what would Michael do?”

That skinny kid was Lorenzo Manuel, now a senior at Roosevelt. But he just goes by his first name, Lorenzo. His story started when he was 13 years old. It was the night Michael Jackson died, and for Lorenzo it was a near-cosmic shift.

“The night he died,” Lorenzo said, “I had this dream where I was in a field and he was at an ice cream cone stand, and he gave me an ice cream cone.”

This mystifying dream had an unexpected effect. Lorenzo felt called to impersonate Michael Jackson.

He had just been diagnosed with autism, though he had known his whole life that he didn’t quite fit in with the other kids. He couldn’t handle the social pressures of middle school.

The cover to 18-year-old Lorenzo's self-produced first album includes a tribute to his idol. Can you spot the Michael Jackson face hidden in the image?

The cover to 18-year-old Lorenzo’s self-produced first album includes a tribute to his idol. Can you spot the Michael Jackson face hidden in the image?

“People were bullying me because I was a little bit more feminine, because I was more artistic, and people would call me gay,” Lorenzo said. “And even though I am gay, back then it was just hard, and I didn’t know it then.”

His mom, Christine, remembers him coming home from school every day depressed and confused about the teasing. She even considered transferring him to a different school.

But impersonating Michael Jackson changed all that. With Lorenzo’s newfound passion, he started having easier interactions with his peers. He would even pretend to be Michael Jackson when he felt uncomfortable in social situations. He felt a connection to Michael. They were both shy people with an almost obsessive interest in music. When he couldn’t rely on his own skills, he called on Michael’s.

The response Lorenzo got for impersonating Michael Jackson surprised him. People at school became more accepting of him, not less. Most surprising, even Lorenzo’s dad seemed to accept him more. “He’s usually very critical,” said Lorenzo. “And the fact that he was pretty accepting of it … that was one of the reasons I wanted to keep pursuing it.”

Lorenzo’s idol is ever present in his life. He pointed out a prized possession in what he called the Michael Jackson area of his bedroom: “He actually signed this paper. See? That’s his writing.”

Lorenzo’s bedroom also includes a Michael Jackson cut-out from the “Bad” era, an old turntable with records, and some collectible dolls. One is still in its box from 1995, the year Lorenzo was born.

But being Michael wasn’t enough. Now, through years of studying how to be someone else, Lorenzo has found a way to be himself. Through Michael, he has found acceptance for his own creativity and ingenuity.

“I definitely knew I was an artist,” mused Lorenzo, “because of all the different phases I’ve gone through with drawing, and painting, and acting, and singing, and dancing, and music, and photography. I just knew I was meant to do something in the arts.”

Now, his days of impersonation are behind him. He’s started writing, recording, and performing his own music. “I really enjoy that,” said Lorenzo. “And performing as myself now … I feel a lot more free.”

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