The Messenger of Love: A Birthday Appreciation For Michael Jackson

Dearest Michael:

Today would have been your 59th birthday. As I began to think about your extraordinary life, I thought about what my life would be like if you had never been born. Other than family, no one else has ever held the place that you do in my heart. I love you so much and I am proud to be your fan.

Though you were never one to toot your own horn, I am sure that many have to come to recognize, now more than ever, what a great and precious gift your presence has meant to this dark world.  You have touched the lives of millions people and influenced many generations around the world for decades. I truly believe that you were sent to this world for a divine purpose.

“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.”…

“I believe in the Bible and I try to follow the Bible. I know I’m an imperfect person, I’m not making myself out to be an angel. Because I’m not an angel and I’m not a devil either. I try to be the best I can and I try to do what I think is right. It’s that simple.” 

Because of your impact and influence on the world, I think of your birthday not only as a day of appreciation, but also a day of self-reflection. You have blessed and influenced a lot of people, not only through your music, but by your example of hard work and dedication. You rose from poverty to heights that no other entertainer has ever seen.  Even your idols were amazed and awestruck at the level your talent, genius and creativity.

“I try to write, put it in song. Put it in dance. Put it in my art to teach the world. If politicians can’t do it, I want to do it. We have to do it. Artists, put it in paintings. Poets, put it in poems, novels. That’s what we have to do. And I think it’s so important to save the world.” – Michael Jackson

“A perfectionist has to take his time……he shapes and molds and sculpts that thing until it’s perfect. He can’t let it go before he’s satisfied; he can’t.”

“It [my music] breaks all barriers. I don’t have to make a political statement. I do all of that with music.”

You were a walking illustration of genuine compassion, empathy and real love. It has always amazed me that a person of your stature had such depth of humility, kindness and warmth. It’s one of the zillion things that I love about you the most. You were never phony and always wore your heart on your sleeve. You gave abundantly, unselfishly and quietly. Some will never know that they were helped by your generosity and caring because that’s the way that you wanted it.

“To give someone a piece of your heart, is worth more than all the wealth in the world.”

“Wherever you go – in every country,or in every continent, people yearn and hunger for only one thing, to love and be loved. Love transcends international boundaries and heals the wounds of hatred, racial, prejudice, bigotry and ignorance. It is the ultimate truth at the heart of all creation.”  

Your words and deeds are forever inspiring. Whenever I need to push myself or need encouragement, I always think of you….

“Please go for your dreams. Whatever your ideals, you can become whatever you want to become.” 

“Others can’t overcome fear for you; you have to do it on your own. It’s hard, because fear and doubt hold on tight. We are afraid of being rejected, of being hurt once more. So we keep a safe distance. We think separating ourselves from others will protect us, but that doesn’t work, either. It leaves us feeling alone and unloved. Trusting yourself begins by recognizing that it’s okay to be afraid. Having fear is not the problem, because everyone feels anxious and insecure sometimes. The problem is not being honest enough to admit your fear. Whenever I accept my own doubt and insecurity, I’m more open to other people. The deeper I go into myself, the stronger I become, because I realize that my real self is much bigger than any fear. In accepting yourself completely, trust becomes complete. There is no longer any separation between people, because there is no longer any separation inside. In the space where fear used to live, love is allowed to grow.”

You taught us to stay positive and focused, but most importantly to work and fight against injustice and poverty. You showed us that the power of change lies within us. We are all responsible for helping our fellow man.

“Soul is the most precious thing you can share, because you’re sharing yourself, and the world needs that gift more now than ever. The child with AIDS in the ghetto is waiting for you, along with the starving people of Africa, and everyone else who needs healing. Make the world more beautiful by sharing with me the wonderful feeling you get when your soul is lifted up to become pure love.”

“Today of all days, we focus on loving one another and giving. Let’s do that not just one day of the year, but for 365 days. Let’s love one another. Let’s forget hatred and turn to those that are suffering; not just today, but every day. Join me in healing the world and making it a better place.”

You were not afraid to take risks. You experienced a lot of heartache, but you never stopped helping those in need. You kept your dignity in the midst of persecution. Many have wondered why you kept helping people, even at the risk of hurting yourself.

“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.” 

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

“To give someone a piece of your heart, is worth more than all the wealth in the world.”

“I am sensitive to other people’s feelings and emotions…and I am very thankful. I don’t know if I could have done what I have done without the help of other people on the way, really. Even those who don’t know how much they helped me, I thanked them later. Even those who do things from a distance and don’t know that it is affecting me from another place.

Like the old Indian proverb says, do not judge a man until you have walked two moons in his moccasins. Most people don’t know me , that is why they write such things in which most is not true. I cry very,very often because it hurts and I worry about the children. All my children all over the world. I live for them. If a man could say nothing against a character what he can prove, his story could not be written. Animals strike not from malice, but because they want to live, it is the same with those who want to criticize, they desire our blood, not our pain. But still I must achieve. I must seek Truth in all things. I must endure for the power I was sent forth , for the world, for the children. But have mercy , for I’ve been bleeding a long time now.”

“………they have really betrayed and deceived me in so many different ways and at so many different times. I have had adults with tears coming down their face, saying “Ít’s a shame what you have been through and I would never ever ever ever hurt you or do anything.” And they turn around and they hurt me. Honestly, that´s the kind of crap I’ve been through… tears rolling down and hugging me. And they end up a year later suing me over something ridiculous… like a photographer over some pictures, or some person who get terminated and I didn’t terminate them, but I get sued by them, but I didn’t do it. This is the sort of silliness.

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You were the voice for the children, giving many of them the will to live when all hope was lost.

“With just a little love and a little caring, I have seen kids totally turn around. Where you can’t find any cancer at all anymore in their body. I’ve done it a lot of times. I’m not trying to say I’m Jesus Christ. We should just give a little more attention to the power of love and caring and faith and prayer.”

“In their innocence, very young children know themselves to be light and love. If we will allow them, they can teach us to see ourselves the same way. ”

“God gave me a mission, I feel, to do something for them and they have given me a support and the believe and the love to hold on, hold on. When I look in the mirror, I feel healed all over again. It´s like being baptized. It´s like God saying, “Michael, everything will be ok,” when I look in the eyes of a child.”

“I tell the kids “I’ll see you next year” and sometimes the thought that I’ll be back next year makes them hang on. That’s happened several times. People told me this girl was about to die, but I kept running into her three years in a row – and the fourth year she died. The doctors couldn’t do anything, and for me to come in and help give her the gift of life really makes me feel good.”

Sometimes there were tears in your eyes, but for your fans, there was always a big, beautiful smile. You never let us forget how much you loved and appreciated us. You allowed us into you life. You invited fans into your home. You always took the time sign autographs, take pictures and embraced us with hugs. You never ceased to tell us how much you loved us and when you said it, we felt it.

“I appreciate all my fans, on all occasions, everyday of my life. Its your presence and your loyalty that has given me great strength.”

 “The fans don’t know how much I love them so. It really can get to a hurting feeling inside due to how strong I love them all.”

“Over the years we became a family, all of us. You are my family… My children are your children and all the children of the world are our children and our responsibility. It was you who put your heart on the line. It was you who stepped forward to defend someone you love. It was you, on a worldwide basis who supported me as my army, my soldiers of love. You were always there. You are always loyal and I love you forever.”

Even in your anger at injustice, you used it in a constructive way to enlighten us. You opened our eyes to see that the misdeeds of history will keep repeating itself if we don’t stand up. You taught us not to judge, but also not to hide in blissful ignorance. I think more than anything that Michael would want his followers to continue the work that he was so passionate about.

“Human knowledge consists not only of libraries of parchment and ink – it is also comprised of the volumes of knowledge that are written on the human heart, chiseled on the human soul, and engraved on the human psyche.” 

“We all have to give, and we all have to do what we can to help end the needless suffering in the world.”

“I get a taste of poverty, too. When I go to a country – like in the Phillippines and in Trinidad and in Africa – I really get out and go to the poor sections and talk to the people. I sit in their little huts, their cardboard houses, and I make myself at home. I think it’s important to know how different people feel, especially in my field of endeavor.”

I pray that one day this blind world will finally see your heart and appreciate all that you have done for mankind. Your legacy will never be forgotten.

As you once said, “Music has been my outlet, my gift to all of the lovers in this world. Through it — my music, I know I will live forever.”

All quotes and speeches by Michael Jackson 

Brooklyn Loves Michael Jackson Annual Birthday Block Party

In what has now become an very anticipated tradition, Director Spike Lee will host his annual Brooklyn Love Michael Jackson birthday celebration block party on August 26 from noon to 7pm.

The event will be held on Do The Right Thing Way avenue in the Bed-Stuy neighborhood of Brooklyn. Music by DJ Spinna.

Come on out and enjoy yourself!

Source: Spike Lee

You Left Us In Summer…8 Years Without Michael Jackson

Every once in a while, you’ll see a star that shines exceptionally brighter than all the others. Its twinkling beauty makes you wish you could touch it, but you know that is well beyond your reach.

Michael, from the first time I saw you, you captivated me with the natural rhythm of your dance and the soulful, beauty harmony of your sweet voice. You oozed charisma and sweet endearing charm. You were a kid like me, so I connected with you right from the start.

As you grew to be a man, your artistry knew no bounds. It was like a seeing a great work of art coming to life on stage…..the pure embodiment of grace and expertise, painting colorful brush strokes with music on the canvas of our hearts.

You told us a story in a ways we hadn’t seen or heard with your phenomenal talent. From God’s lips to your ear, a spiritual connection took place and manifested itself right before our very eyes, bringing people all over the world together in the spirit of great humility, love and peace.

A treasury of beautiful memories are left for those of us who were fortunate enough to grow up and witness the rise of your preeminence as the world’s greatest entertainer. There is a lot of laughter, love and exhilarating moments to replay for a lifetime in the corridors of our minds. But even those memories can never replace having you here with us and your loved ones.

Your musical legacy is firmly etched in history for those who are yet to discover the magic and extraordinary talent of such an incredible visionary.  You have taught, inspired and paved the way of success for many following in your wake with your vast artist contributions and examples as a philanthropist, humanitarian, leader, teacher and role model.

Though you were hurt too many times to name,  you maintained your dignity and held your head high. I admire your humility and gentleness. No matter how successful you became, you never tried to boast, but gave all the glory to God. You helped those that society had long forgotten, becoming the world’s herald, crying against poverty, violence, and ignorance.

Michael, I can not say thank you enough for the many times that you have given me faith and inspired me to endure during my darkest hours. You were there for me when I couldn’t share my heart with anyone. Your songs have blessed me with so much comfort, peace and joy during my life and especially so over the past several months. I owe much thanks to God and to you for keeping me encouraged. I am so thankful that you were created and I feel so privileged to even be born in the same dispensation of time as you. You are truly my greatest inspiration and I love you from the bottom of my heart.

Though many may try, those Florsheim loafers are just too big to fill. There will never be another shining star like you. Like all beautiful stars, you burned out far too soon, but the light that you shined in this dark world will never be dimmed or forgotten.

You Left Us In Summer – By All Things Michael

You left us in summer

Too quickly to even say goodbye

Reeling from shock

All we could ask is why?

After all these years

We still remember where we were

When we first heard the news

Now summertime has forever changed

Because it will repeat the day that we lost you

 

Missing you today and always,

Valerie

Lip Sync Battle Will Open Season 3 With An All Star Cast Tribute Of Michael Jackson’s Beat It

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Lip Sync Battle is taking on Michael Jackson’s “Beat It,” recreating his famous music video for season 3 of the hit show — and EW has your first look at the trailer, above.

The performance finds host LL Cool J and commentator Chrissy Teigen facing off, dressed in costume and backed by dancers. Best of all, it shows the talent taking part in season 3, all of whom offer a peek at their lip-synching skills while sporting a version of Jackson’s famous, red jacket.

That talent includes Don Cheadle, Sir Ben Kingsley, Wanda Sykes, Uzo Aduba, Craig Ferguson, T.J. Miller, DeAndre Jordan, Jay Leno, Jeff Dye, Milla Jovovich, Ruby Rose, Lupita Nyong’o (see the teaser photo she posted to Instagram here), John Cho, Rob Riggle, America Ferrera, Sarah Hyland, Regina Hall, Laverne Cox, and Samira Wiley.

We know who to expect, but how will they perform? That is the question… See what tricks the stars have up their sleeves when LSBreturns to Spike with its season premiere on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 9 p.m. ET.

 

Sources: EW | All Things Michael

In Honor Of Michael Jackson’s 58th Birthday

On August 29, 1958, a genius prodigy was born in a little town in Indiana called Gary.  

At the time, Nobody could have guessed that the sweet little angel bundled in his mother’s loving arms was destined to be known all around the world.

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As he grew in knowledge and favor among his peers and family, people began to take notice of the precocious, little youngster, who first became a Dancing Machine to the rickety sound of the family’s old washer.

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Words could not describe the Pride and Joy his mother felt the first time she fully realized the gift that he had when she heard his endearing voice singing in front of an audience at the tender age of five.

As he became the lead singer of the Jackson 5, the sweet Melodie of his voice and his natural charms quickly won the hearts of people. They marveled at his talent and ability to convey such depth of emotion in song. He was an old soul beyond his time and had just as much command of the stage as his idols James Brown and Jackie Wilson.

The Jackson’s immediately shot to fame quicker than anyone could have imagined. Some would even say it was Much Too Soon for a child so young to be a veteran of the stage by the time he was 10.

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Then one day, Destiny started to call his name and he felt the pull to answer the call.

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He loved his family dearly, but his heart was leading him in another path. As his faith grew, so did his motivation. He set a written plan in motion and followed it to the letter.

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MJ’s 1979 Manifesto

He began Workin’ Day and Night to create a new image and new music like the world had never seen.

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Though many thought his career was over after the Jackson’s, he proved them wrong. His albums and short films were one Thriller after another. He could do it all and better than those who came before him. He became a producer, songwriter, actor, director, inventor, artist, businessman, humanitarian, philanthropist, innovator and trendsetter. Everything he touched seemed to turn to gold.

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The excitement and the flurry that his dancing, singing and bigger than life presence shot his fame out of orbit to a level of celebrity popularity like we have never seen. He drove all his fans to a frenzy: young and old, male and female.

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Many times, the Price of Fame would prove to be many times painful. Though he could not always find a place to Xscape, he never let his personal pain stop him from using his hard earned success to help others and to raise our consciousness about the social issues that troubled him. His heart was even bigger than his fame and whatever he set out to do, he did it with much passion and conviction. He taught us to look at the Man in the Mirror and be the change that we want to see in the world.

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Though Michael is no longer with us in the present, his spirit lives through his monumental artistic achievements and humanitarian efforts.

Those of us who were blessed to witness his rise and incarnation as the King of Pop, will always Remember the Time when a Michael Jackson song has been associated to a special memory or event in our lives.  The relevance and joy of his musical body of work will never be forgotten, nor can we ever forget the extraordinary man that he was and the principles he stood for.

Michael, we thank you for all that you have done for your fans and for all mankind.

We will always love and miss you.

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WITH LOVE,

 FROM ALL THINGS MICHAEL

 

MJ Statue/Tribute At Charlie Chaplin Museum

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In April 2016, the dream of turning Charlie Chaplin’s estate in Switzerland into a museum was finalized. Located in Corsier-sur-Vevey, Manoir de Ban is where Chaplin and his wife Oona lived with their eight children after he was banned from the US on allegations of Communism.

The beautiful estate, with its manicured lawns is filled with touches of art, entertainment, history, politics, film-making and personal touches.

After viewing a brief documentary on Chaplin the theater, visitors walk behind the lifting movie screen into a replica of the street, through a 360 degree circus-like hall, along a corridor with statues of comedians Laurel and Hardy, pop star Michael Jackson, pictures, posters of his films and videos, then down a steep staircase to a mock Hollywood studio with scenes from different movies.

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A plaque says Jackson idolized Chaplin: “[He] was everything that I wanted to be – songwriter, dancer, director, producer.”

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Jackson dressed as the Tramp for a photo shoot on one of the London streets where Chaplin had lived, visited Oona and later the families of Michael and Eugene Chaplin in Corsier.

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In 1995, Jackson recorded his favorite Chaplin song, “Smile” for the HIStory album.

Many say that Chaplin’s nonsense song at the end of Modern Times was one of the inspirations for Jackson’s moonwalk.

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Click here for more information on Chaplin’s World Museum.

Read more at Huffington Post

Questlove’s Remember The Time Michael Jackson Tribute In LA

This Saturday, August 27th, DJ Questlove joins Kiss-n-Grind to celebrate the life and musical legacy of Michael Jackson at the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. Get your tickets today!

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Reserved Seating is only available with Bottle Service. For bottle service pricing please e-mail us e-mail us at BottleService@kissngrind.com.  You must be 21 and over to attend.

WHEN: Saturday, August 27, 2016 from 4:00 PM to 11:00 PM (PDT)
WHERE: Rivera 31 at the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills – 8555 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048 – View Map

Sources: Eventbrite | Kiss and Grind| All Things Michael

Spike Lee’s Michael Jackson Block Party This Saturday

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This weekend, Lee will be honoring a musical legend with his annual Michael Jackson block party.

The free party, slated for Aug. 27, is dubbed “Brooklyn Loves Michael Jackson.” It will take place from noon to 6 p.m. on Stuyvesant Avenue between Lexington Avenue and Quincy Street, which is also known as “Do the Right Thing Way,” named after Lee’s iconic film.

This will be Lee’s sixth annual birthday party for the late King of Pop, and with each passing year, the celebration seems to gain more popularity.

This year’s gathering will be co-hosted by Lee and rapper and radio host Sway. DJ Spinna will be providing the tunes all day long, and he will surely play some of Jackson’s classics.

Anticipation for the party is already growing this week; many attendees are using the #BKLovesMJ hashtag on Twitter and Facebook.

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A spokesperson from Lee’s production company 40 Acres and Mule Filmworks could not be reached for comment by press time, but the company’s Facebook page assured its followers in a post that “DIS IZ GONNA BE EPIC.”

Jackson would be turning 58 on Monday, Aug. 29.

For more information on this weekend’s celebration, visit 40acres.com.

 

Read more at Brooklyn Eagle | All Things Michael