Happy Birthday To Prince Michael Jackson II

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Today, as you turn the corner from childhood to teen, we hope that your birthday will be just as special as you are. 

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Your dad would be so proud to see how you’ve grown. His parenting and love will guide you through the years to come.

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And whatever you decide to be, he will always watch over you. 

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Happy 14th Birthday!

Peace, love and blessings.

From All Things Michael

Michael Jackson On Fatherhood And Family

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The Dream of Fatherhood

“The Michael Jackson No One Knows” – Ebony Interview – 1984

Recalling that the late superstar Josephine Baker, an entertainer he admired, had a United Nations of children that she had adopted, Michael smiled broadly and said with assurance:

“I’m going to have children of my own, but I’m going to adopt as many races as I can. That is what I’m going to do. I love children. Like Emmanuel Lewis (tiny, 12-year-old star of TV’s Webster series), he’s a real inspiration.”

Diana Sawyer Interview – 1995

Diane Sawyer: We also heard a report that maybe you were planning to adopt the children.
Michael: Oh, I would love to adopt children. I think that’s something I’ve always wanted to do. But children of all races: Arab children, Jewish children, black children, all races.

1995 Simulchat With Fans

In Oprah’s interview you said that you wanted to raise a family one day. Do you plan to do so?
Michael: Yes. That’s my dream for a long time. My own children, I want to adopt them. Not only my own, but children from all over the world. I think we should be less territorial about it.

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Michael As A Father

The birth of his first child…“Words can’t describe how I feel,” the superstar singer said in a statement last night. “I have been blessed beyond comprehension, and I will work tirelessly at being the best father that I can possibly be. I appreciate that my fans are elated, but I hope that everyone respects the privacy that Debbie and I want and need for our son. I grew up in a ‘fish bowl’ and will not allow that to happen to my child. Please respect our wishes, and give my son his privacy.” Source

Ok Magazine – 1997

Interviewer: Michael, how does it feel to be a father?
Michael: It was an incredibly joyful experience. I’m in bliss 24 hours a day.
Interviewer: Can you talk us through the birth of your son?
Michael: It’s hard to take it step by step, but the snapshots in my mind from the birth show our excitement and nervousness. Debbie was so strong throughout the delivery. There were shouts of joy when the baby was born. I couldn’t believe the miracle I had witnessed. It was unbelievable!

Interviewer: Michael, among all your life’s glittering achievements, how does fatherhood rate?
Michael: Words can’t describe it. There is no miracle in life that compares with watching your son come into the world.

Interviewer: Debbie, does Michael change the baby’s nappies, get up in the middle of the night to feed him and do his share of the chores?
Debbie: Yes, Michael does everything. He loves being involved in every aspect of caring for the baby. He is such a wonderful father, feeding him, holding him, and, of course, singing to him.

Interviewer: What sort of dad will you try to be?
Michael: The best! My father was always there for us through the stardom of the Jackson Five and through many of the ups and downs that followed. I, too, will always be there for my son. It’s the most important thing in the world to me.
Interviewer: Debbie, what are your family’s feelings about Michael?
Debbie: They’re crazy about him. They were delighted to discover how warm and genuine he is.
Interviewer: And how would you describe Michael’s strengths as a father?
Debbie: He’s very patient and protective. He never rushes what he’s doing with the baby. I was very proud of how tough he was about our privacy. He’s incredibly strong.

Gerald Interview 2005 

Geraldo: How you doing, man?
Michael: How you doing?
Geraldo: Good to see you. You get to smile anymore?
Michael: Of course, I smile a lot.
Geraldo: You smile when you’re in a recording studio like this one, doing music?
Michael: Of course, I love music.
Geraldo: Is it nice to get back to the music?
Michael: It’s fantastic. Because ahhh… It’s my life. That’s what I do.
Geraldo: You’ve been so distracted, you know, you want to talk about how you’re feeling?
Michael: I’m doing fine Geraldo, how are you?
Geraldo: Despite whatever else goes on in the world, you’re doing ok?
Michael: I’m doing very well, thank you.
Geraldo: You know, it was wonderful, seeing you with the children. That I think, is the real Michael Jackson that has not been seen… you with your own children, one in diapers the other two toddlers… I don’t know how you manage without a nanny. 
Michael: Well, I enjoy taking care of my children myself it’s… it’s fun that’s why I had them so I could take care of them and it’s just great relief for me you know it’s a pleasure it keeps me happy and laughing and you know, they’re wonderful sweet innocent children.
Geraldo: I saw you as kind of the arbitrator between the ‘Nickelodeon’ and the ‘Disney Channel’ there. You got some really difficult problems to solve there. But you have such a- a kind of a normal life there. It’s sweet to see.
Michael: Thank you. They bring me that.
Geraldo: Tell me, tell me what the children mean to you, your own children.
Michael: They mean, it’s hard to put it into words because they mean everything. The way you would explain how your children make you feel… They’re the world for me, I wake up and I’m ready for the day because of them. I get them breakfast, I change diapers, if they want to read, we do a lot of reading, we play hide and seek, we play blind fold and have a wonderful time with it.
Geraldo: And you can create a world that at least begins to seem normal? They don’t know any other world obviously.
Michael: I do my best for sure.
Geraldo: So, that is obviously a priority to you 
Michael: Yes of course. I want to be the best father in the world of course.
Geraldo: Do they know who you are? Or what you mean to people?
Michael: Yes, they do. They’ve been on tours with me and in limousines among a sea of fans.
Geraldo: Do they like it?
Michael: They find it exciting. They want to get on stage. They bug me to go on stage with me. So, pretty sure I’m going to take them on with me and let the world see them for the first time.
Geraldo: They don’t say, “Daddy I want to go home and watch ‘Nickelodeon’?”
Michael: [laughs] Probably, probably. 
Geraldo: They do that too.
Michael: Yes.

TV Guide – 1999

TV-Guide: Do the kids live with you at Neverland?
Michael: They were at Neverland two weeks ago. I think they realized for the first time that it’s their home. They used to always think it was some hotel resort. We stay in hotels everywhere. They didn’t realize that the train and the train station are for them, and those rides are for them. Now they go, “We want to go to Neverland!”
TV-Guide: What are their personalities like?
Michael: Prince tells me all day that he has to make movies. So I bought him this video camera, I say, “What are we doing this time?” He goes, “Star Wars.” So we put some figures on the table, make them move. And Paris is just now starting to talk and walk. She’s very sweet. And I’m surprised she loves dolls. My sister Janet didn’t like that sort of thing. She was a tomboy. I thought [Paris] was going to be like that, but she isn’t.
TV-Guide: And you’re changing their diapers and feeding them?
Michael: Yeah, I love it. It’s a lot of work. I thought I was prepared ’cause I read everything about child rearing, but it’s so much more exciting than I ever imagined it would be. The only regret I have is that I wish I had done it earlier.
TV-Guide: Do you sing and dance for them?
Michael: That’s how I keep them quiet if they’re crying. If I just start dancing, they shut down.
TV-Guide: Do you want to have more kids?
Michael: Definitely. I told my father [Joe] I’m going to match his record. He had 10.

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USA Today – 2001

Question: How has fatherhood changed you?
Michael: In a huge way. You have to value your time differently, no doubt about it. It’s your responsibility to make sure they’re taken care of and raised properly with good manners. But I refuse to let any of it get in the way of the music or the dance or the performing. I have to play two different roles. I always wanted to have a big family, ever since I was in school. I was always telling my father I would outdo him. He had 10 children. I would love to have like 11 or 12 myself.

Question: And what have your kids taught you?
Michael: A lot. [Parenthood] reminds you to do what the Bible has always told us. When the Apostles were arguing among themselves over who was the greatest in Jesus’ eyes, he said, “None of you,” and called over a little boy and said, “until you humble yourself like this child.” It reminds you to be kind and humble and to see things through the eyes of children with a childlike wonderment. I still have that. I’m still fascinated by clouds and the sunset. I was making wishes on the rainbow yesterday. I saw the meteor shower. I made a wish every time I saw a shooting star.

Question: You’ve said you plan to home-school your kids. Given your fame, how can you provide a normal life for them?
Michael: You do the best you can. You don’t isolate them from other children. There will be other kids at the school [on his property]. I let them go out in the world. But they can’t always go with me. We get mobbed and attacked. When we were in Africa, Prince saw a mob attack in a huge shopping mall. People broke so much stuff, running and screaming. My biggest fear is that fans will hurt themselves, and they do. I’ve seen glass break, blood, ambulances.

Gold Magazine -2002

Magdalena: Are you a family man? What do you like doing with your family?

Michael: My personal family? My Children? We love just sitting together, talking, shooting the breeze. We sit by the lake. I take them for a walk every day at my house. We sit by the lake and we throw rocks in the water and we just talk.
Magdalena: What do you think is the deepest form of love someone can feel? And have you felt it?
Michael: Wow, I think that’s really a matter of opinion. Have I felt the deepest form of love? I don’t know what would be the deepest… [long pause] and interesting question… [repeats question a few times]. I love my children very, very much, and I always look in their eyes and tell them that — I think that’s the most important thing.

Michael Jackson Home Movies -2003

MJ: You’ve seen a lot of footage tonight of my life…
(You are my life intro plays)
MJ: … my joys, my happiness, you know, (looks down and pauses), um, but what you’re about to see now, is what I’m most proud of… what I think life is really all about.
(Chorus plays to various clips of Paris and Prince playing and a party with a small group of people)
MJ: I love and adore my children. They mean everything to me. When they’re in public though, I conceal their faces, cos I don’t want… I want my children protected. At home, they have a normal life, they play with other kids and they have a good time, they’re laughing a lot. They run around, they even go to school. It’s a normal life for them. But in public, I must protect them.
Man: What do you wanna do when you grow up?
Paris: I’m gonna be like my Daddy.
(Clips of the children at a table and outdoors)
Woman: Paris, what do you like to read?
Paris: Peter Pan!
Prince: I like to read Snow White.
(Clips continue ending with Michael sitting on the floor leaning against the wall with Prince and Paris)
MJ: I love my children very much… and I’m proud to be their dad.

Mirror Interview With Piers Morgan – 1999

His joy at fatherhood is tempered by the knowledge that it hasn’t stopped the sneering, the rumours, the nudge-nudge, wink-wink brigade. He says: “I love my children so much. They have changed me and my outlook on life.”

“I just wish people would leave me alone to get on with my life. I’m just a person who wants to be honest and do good, make people happy and give them the greatest sense of escapism through the talent God has given me.”

“That’s where my heart is, that’s all I want to do. Just let me share and give, put a smile on people’s faces and make their hearts feel happy. To see my kids leaping round the room going mad to my sister Janet’s music is just fantastic. It fills my heart with so much joy.”

“As soon as Janet’s songs with a good beat like ‘The Knowledge’ or ‘Rhythm Nation’ come on they both go crazy.”

“You’d think a machine is moving them around.”    

The star starts to rap out his sister’s hits to me, using the desk in front of him as a drum. This is definitely one of those Kodak moments for the grandchildren.

He goes on: “I start singing and there’s screaming all over the house.”

“I start dancing and Prince is all in the way trying to dance with me.”

Jackson never plays his own music to his children — “I’m saving that for a surprise when they are a bit older,” he smiles. He would love them to go into the entertainment world but he’s aware of the dangers.

He says: “It’s going to be hard for them. When Lisa Marie wants to sing, people always compare her to her father which is so tough.”

“Of course, I’d love them to do something in the arts so I could teach them to sing and dance. But they’d have to want to do that without pressure from me.”

Jackson is clearly devoted to his own kids.

He tells me: “They are staying with a friend of mine who I went to school with. We go back a long way.”

“My children are with hers having fun which is great. I call them all the time and we have great conversations. Hearing them say ‘Dad! Dad!’ is such a thrill.”

Jackson says he has learned a lot about being a father from Al Fayed, a friend for more than 20 years. The two spent Saturday touring the toy department at Harrods and watching Fayed’s team, Fulham, play in Division Two.

Jackson says: “Mohamed is a lovely family man and has been giving me some great tips.”

“He tells me to be loving, to take time with the children, not to leave them with anybody and to be with them as much as I can.”

“To help them grow and let them know you love them by looking them in the eyes, and saying ‘I love you.’ And play, play, play with them.”

“My Childhood, My Sabbath, My Freedom” – 2000

“When I became a father, my whole sense of God and the Sabbath was redefined. When I look into the eyes of my son, Prince, and daughter, Paris, I see miracles and I see beauty. Every single day becomes the Sabbath. Having children allows me to enter this magical and holy world every moment of every day. I see God through my children. I speak to God through my children. I am humbled for the blessings He has given me.

There have been times in my life when I, like everyone, has had to wonder about God’s existence. When Prince smiles, when Paris giggles, I have no doubts. Children are God’s gift to us. No–they are more than that–they are the very form of God’s energy and creativity and love. He is to be found in their innocence, experienced in their playfulness.

My most precious days as a child were those Sundays when I was able to be free. That is what the Sabbath has always been for me. A day of freedom. Now I find this freedom and magic every day in my role as a father. The amazing thing is, we all have the ability to make every day the precious day that is the Sabbath. And we do this by rededicating ourselves to the wonders of childhood. We do this by giving over our entire heart and mind to the little people we call son and daughter. The time we spend with them is the Sabbath. The place we spend it is called Paradise.”  Source

Vibe Magazine 2002

Jones: You seem to be enjoying life as a single parent.
Michael: I never had so much fun in all my life. That’s the truth. Beacause I’m this big kid, and now I get to see the world through the eyes of the really young ones. I learn more from them than they learn from me. I’m constantly trying things and testing things on them to see what works and what doesn’t. Children are always the best judges to monitor something. If you can get the kids, you’ve got it. That’s why Harry Potter is so successful — it’s a family-oriented movie. You can’t go wrong there. We want a wide demographic, and that’s why I try not to say things in my lyrics that offend parents. I don’t want to be like that. We weren’t raised to be like that. Mother and Joseph [Michael’s father] wouldn’t say stuff like that.

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Teaching His Kids To Be Individuals

Vibe Magazine 2002

Jones: What do Prince and Paris listen to?
Michael: They listen to all of my music, and they love classical, which plays all around the ranch. They like any good dance music.
Jones: How would you feel about your children becoming pop icons, based upon your experience?
Michael: I don’t know how they would handle that. It would be tough. I really don’t know. It’s hard, since most of the children of celebrities end up becoming self-destructive because they can’t live up to the talent of the parent. People used to always say to Fred Astaire Jr., “Can you dance?” And he couldn’t. He didn’t have any rhythm, but his father was this genius dancer. It doesn’t mean that it has to be passed on. I always tell my children, You don’t have to sing, you don’t have to dance. Be who you want to be, as long as you’re not hurting anybody. That’s the main thing.

Ok Magazine – 2002

Interviewer: Michael, what are your hopes for Prince Michael Junior’s future?
Michael: I want him to grow up surrounded by love and family, to receive the best education I can provide him with, to discover and develop his talents, and to use his resources to make life better for those less fortunate than he.

USA Today – 2001

Question: What have you taught your children?
Michael: I try to make sure they’re respectful and honorable and kind to everybody. I tell them, no matter what they do, work hard at it. What you want to do for a lifetime, be the best at it.
[Prince is staring. “Stop looking at me,” Michael says, smiling.]

Gold Magazine – 2002

Magdalena: If one of your children came to you and said, “Dad, I want to be a pop star,” what’s the best advise you could give them?
Michael: The best advise that I would give them is it’s a lot of hard work, and be prepared, because it’s not all joy all the time. And that you’ve got to have rhinoceros skin, because the bigger the star, the bigger the target. The tabloid press are bastards, and you’ve got to have rhinoceros skin to deal with that kind of ignorance mentality. They do it simply to sell papers, because bad news sell, not good news. They simply make it up. If they don’t have anything, they just make it up. I’m nothing like the way the tabloids have painted me out to be, nothing. Nothing like that. They’re the ones who are crazy. They’re ignorant. I always say to my fans “Let’s have a tabloid burning. Let’s make a big mountain out of tabloids and just burn them.” The real fans who love me know that garbage isn’t true. They know. They’re smart.

 Barbara Walters – 1996

Barbara Walters: Do you like being a father?
Michael: I love it. [big smile]
Barbara Walters: Are you very involved with him?
Michael: [laughing] Yes.
Barbara Walters: Do you want more children?
Michael: Yes. [with an embarrassed laugh]
Barbara Walters: You have been in the spotlight since you were a baby yourself.
Michael: Yes.
Barbara Walters: If your son showed talent… by the way does he show any talent at nine months?
Michael: Well, I’ll tell you this much… when he’s crying… to keep him from crying, I have to do one thing.
Barbara Walters: What?
Michael: I have to stand in front of him… and dance.
Barbara Walters: Really?
Michael: Yes. And he stops crying. His tears turn to laughter… and he’s happy [with a clap of his hands], he smiles.
Barbara Walters: And do you do your ‘Moonwalk’ with him?
Michael: Yeah… I do all kind of movements [abrupt movements in imitation of his dances] … [laughs] …
Barbara Walters: And then he stops crying?
Michael: And then he stops crying.
Barbara Walters: You must do a lot of dancing.
Michael: [laughing louder] I do a lot of dancing, yes.
Barbara Walters: Michael, if this little boy says, “Daddy, I want to go on the stage?”
Michael: [Peels of laughter as his hand slaps his leg]
Barbara Walters: After what you’ve been through?
Michael: I would say, “Hold on, now. Hold on. If you do go that way, expect this… expect that… expect this… expect that”. [Counting on his fingers]
Barbara Walters: You’d lay it all out?
Michael: I’d lay it all out. “See you’re gonna get all this [pointing to one of the camera positions] … and all this [pointing to another camera position] … and all this [pointing to a third camera position] You ready to do that?” “Yeah, I can’t wait”. Then I would say, “Go… and do it better than I did”.
Barbara Walters: But know what you’re in for…
Michael: Know what you’re in for.

Good Morning America Interview – 2008

“They love music…they are very much into the arts. But I don’t push them. I am letting them enjoy their childhood as much as possible. I really do. I let them go to the arcade and get out and go to the movies and do things. I think that comes naturally. You know, I want them to get to do the kind of things I didn’t get to do. So I fill them with a lot of enjoyment that way – a lot of amusement. You know? I get pretty emotional when I see them having a wonderful time; when they are on a ride and they are screaming and they are happy and they are running. It makes me emotional, cause I see they are having a real good time.”

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On His Family

Gerald Interview 2005 

Geraldo: But, uh, you trust your family.
Michael: Of course, you have to.
Geraldo: Is it a ‘blood thicker than water’ thing? What is it?
Michael: Family is everything. It’s love. It’s what we were taught. We’re friends at the end of the day, which is important. Other than what the public or press people say, we’re friends. We love each other very much.

Geraldo: Do you rely on friends? Have people stayed with you through thick and thin? Who are your best friends?
Michael: My children, my family, my brothers and my sisters and yeah, most people have. Most people have.

Geraldo: Michael is there anything else you would like to say?
Michael: No… yes. I would just like for the public to keep my family and myself in their prayers. That would be very nice. Thank you, Geraldo.

Associated Press 2007 

“I’ve been in the entertainment industry since I was 6 years old, As Charles Dickens says, `It’s been the best of times, the worst of times.’ But I would not change my career. While some have made deliberate attempts to hurt me, I take it in stride because I have a loving family, a strong faith and wonderful friends and fans who have, and continue, to support me.” Source

TV Guide – 1999

TV-Guide: What is your relationship with your father like now? You were estranged from him for a while.
Michael: I have the best relationship now that I’ve ever had with him. I think with age and time he’s really mellowed out to become a nice person. He’ll simply say to me, “How are you doing? Are you eating? That’s all I wanted to know.” Not, “Did you sign that contract?” He just wants to know if I’m okay. I think that’s really nice… And my mother [Katherine] is like the perfect angel.

USA Today – 2001

Question: Have you made peace with your father?
Michael: It’s much better. My father is a much nicer person now. I think he realizes his children are everything. Without your family, you have nothing. He’s a nice human being. At one time, we’d be horrified if he just showed up. We were scared to death. He turned out really well. I wish it wasn’t so late.

Michael Jackson Home Movies – 2003

[Clip of Janet and Katharine miming to ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’ as Michael performs, labelled 1988]

MJ: That’s Janet and my mother, backstage at one of my concerts. They’re singing almost as loud as me hehe! [laughs] I remember one thing my mother said to me. We were at the Copenhagen, I think. And there was just a sea of people. It was like over two hundred thousand people and her eyes were watery. She was on the side of the stage. And I said Mother, what’s wrong? Why are you crying? She said um… [pauses and looks down], when you were a baby and I was holding you in my arms, I would never dreamt it. You would, you could, you would do this. You would have this kind of effect on an audience like this. And I gave her a hug and tried to get her on stage. She’s so shy, she, no matter what, she will not go on stage… [laughs] But I thought that was really sweet of her.

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Interview with Arabic Children – 1996

“I am a very family oriented person and I come from a family of ten children, so I am very used to a family, you know… surrounding, to come around you as a unity. So I don’t think I can live without that bond. So I would love to have a major… a huge family. I’d say a total of twelve… My aunt had 13 children, I have an uncle who had twelve children, and my father had… ten children, and so eh… I love it big… everywhere…”

Oxford Speech – 2001

“My father had to leave them secretly at night, so as no one might catch him with his guard down. He was scared of human emotion, he didn’t understand it or know how to deal with it. But he did know doughnuts. And when I allow the floodgates to open up, there are other memories that come rushing back, memories of other tiny gestures, however imperfect, that showed that he did what he could. So tonight, rather than focusing on what my father didn’t do, I want to focus on all the things he did do and on his own personal challenges. I want to stop judging him. I have started reflecting on the fact that my father grew up in the South, in a very poor family. He came of age during the Depression and his own father, who struggled to feed his children, showed little affection towards his family and raised my father and his siblings with an iron fist. Who could have imagined what it was like to grow up a poor black man in the South, robbed of dignity, bereft of hope, struggling to become a man in a world that saw my father as subordinate.

I was the first black artist to be played on MTV and I remember how big a deal it was even then. And that was in the 80s! My father moved to Indiana and had a large family of his own, working long hours in the steel mills, work that kills the lungs and humbles the spirit, all to support his family. Is it any wonder that he found it difficult to expose his feelings? Is it any mystery that he hardened his heart, that he raised the emotional ramparts? And most of all, is it any wonder why he pushed his sons so hard to succeed as performers, so that they could be saved from what he knew to be a life of indignity and poverty? I have begun to see that even my father’s harshness was a kind of love, an imperfect love, to be sure, but love nonetheless. He pushed me because he loved me. Because he wanted no man ever to look down at his offspring. And now with time, rather than bitterness, I feel blessing. In the place of anger, I have found absolution. And in the place of revenge I have found reconciliation. And my initial fury has slowly given way to forgiveness.”

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The Importance of The Family Bond

Anthony DeCurtis Online Chat – 2001

When I come to town, I would love to see a children’s festival, to hear children’s choirs, uh, you know, pretty much present when I come to different countries, singing some of their favorite songs of mine. Uh, we should forge and create a children’s day, a celebration internationally, where children are honored. Where parents can take their children to the movies or to the toy store or to the park. And that, alone, will create a bonding. Because the family bond has been broken. They don’t eat with their children or speak to their children much anymore, or mother their children. And I would love to see a celebration for children. Children’s Day; a holiday. We have Mothers Day, Fathers Day — no Children’s day. And, uh, I would love when I come to town just to see them sing songs, or a parade or something. I would love that.

USA Today – 2001

Question: What happened to your plans to build theme parks in Europe and Africa?
Michael: We’re still working on a couple projects. I can’t say right now where. I love theme parks. I love seeing children coming together, having a good time with their parents. It’s not like it used to be, when you put your kids on the merry-go-round and sat on the bench eating peanuts. Now you enjoy it with them. It builds a unity to the family.

Gold Magazine – 2002

Magdalena: Who are your favorite people?
Michael: I love people who have really contributed to the pleasure and happiness of the planet and mankind, people with light — from Walt Disney to Gandhi to Edison to Martin Luther King. These are people with light, people who really cared about children, bringing families together, and love. That’s what I try to say in my music and in my songs. If you go to one of my concerts, my shows, you will see 200 000 people swaying, holding candles, saying, “We want to heal the world,” and “We love you.” I’ve seen it around the world from Russia to Germany to Poland to Africa to America. We’re all the same. People cry in the same places in the show. They get angry in the same places in the show, they get the pathos in the same places.

Martin Bashir Interview – 2003

“People don’t even eat with their fathers anymore, or their mothers. The family bond has been broken, it’s an outcry for attention.” (Michael gets emotional here and breaks down)
 
“Why are kids going to school with guns? They want to be touched, they want to be held, but they [the parents] are busy off on their day job and they leave them at home on the computer and they’re just doing all kinds of crazy stuff. And that’s destroying our bond. We need to bond again, that’s very important.” 

“I’m just very sensitive to their pain and I am very sensitive to the family, the human condition, you know? On that subject, it means a lot to me and I want to help. Whatever I can to help that….. Everything, in my heart, is for them.”

Michael Jackson at the launch of the Heal The Kids campaign – Carnegie Hall – 2001

Oxford Speech – 2001 full speech

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Michael’s Love For His Fan Family 

Michael Jackson Home Movies -2003

[Clip of a marching band on stage approaching Michael]
MJ: One of the best moments is right here. Right here. It’s right in the middle of the show and it’s my birthday and I’m thousands of miles away from my family.
[Band plays while Michael hides his face]
MJ: When they surprised me with the full marching band and then they brought out this huge, beautiful birthday cake…
[Happy Birthday is performed by the band; clip labelled Michael’s Birthday 1993]
MJ: I realized that I’ve got family all over the world. Everywhere I go, because my fans really show me the love and I love them just as much.
MJ: [wiping his face] This is wonderful. Thank you so much.

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“I want you to know that I appreciate my fans not only on occasions like this, but every day of my life. It is your presence, your faith and your loyalty that has given me great strength during difficult times, and it was you who inspired me to work hard and deliver, I owe you. 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.”

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My fans truly are a part of me, we share something that most people will never experience”

In honor of all great DAD’s….HAPPY FATHER’S DAY ♥
From All Things Michael

Happy Birthday Blanket!

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Congratulations Blanket! 

You are officially a teen!

So on this very special day

WE LIKE TO WISH YOU A HAPPY

AND

MAGICAL 

BIRTHDAY!

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The sky is the limit 

Keeping reach for your dreams

You can accomplish anything you desire

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Continue to be strong and of good courage

Your daddy is still watching over you from heaven above

Blowing you kisses and sending his love

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Best Wishes,

All Things Michael

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The Ghosts of Jealousy: Media And Social Attacks On Michael Jackson’s Children

Source: Written By All Things Michael

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For the past several years, there has been a relentless amount of stories written about Prince, Paris and Blanket.  The Daily Mail has hounded Prince for years when he goes out on a date or simply hangs out with his family and friends. Since he is about to turn 18, Radar Online and most recently Stacey Brown, have set their claws for him. Since the unfortunate events that led up to Paris’s hospitalization in 2013, the media has foamed at the mouth to picture Michael’s children as out of control and on the brink of disaster. Some naysayers try to hurt them with hateful remarks. They want them to doubt and question who they are.

The sympathy that was showered upon on them after Michael’s memorial is now a distant memory.  As you may recall, the news ran reel after reel of Paris’s heartbreaking tribute at Michael’s memorial for weeks.  The entire world seemed so fascinated over the fact that she simply loved her dad and saw him as a normal person.  They were so well-behaved and mature that people couldn’t fathom that it was the result of Michael’s excellent parenting.  Since that time the entire world, particularly the media, has not stopped watching their every move. The public ridiculed Michael for many years for covering his children’s faces, but he was a smart man.  He only wanted them to have to have a childhood free from public scrutiny. Michael also knew that one day his children would have no peace because he is their father and that is exactly what has happened. Prince, Paris and Blanket have the same rights as anyone else to enjoy their lives freely and without interference from outsiders.

Paris and Prince have been verbally assaulted on their social media accounts with cruel insults for no reason. People forget or simply do not care, that they are just your average teens, trying to do what their peers are doing, but they cannot because of who they are.

Why is this happening? It’s simple…..they are the children of Michael Jackson, the biggest and most famous celebrity, world-wide. It’s also all about jealousy.

Shamefully, there are people who don’t want to see Michael’s children do well. Nothing would please them more than to see them notoriously featured story as a sensational cover story as was done to their father.

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Many people were (and still are) very jealous of Michael’s vast success.  Those same “ghosts of envy” are trying to rise up against his children. Some journalists were not happy about Prince’s week-long appearance on Entertainment Tonight as a guest correspondent, saying that he has not earned his dues. The envy against Michael’s children stems from the fact that they are financially well off and their famous bloodline automatically gives them raised status.  They probably won’t have to work a day in their lives if they choose not to do so, but they have made it clear to the world that they want to make their own way in life.

Today’s media is vicious. The tabloids do not care whether you are young or old, whether it’s the truth or lie, they will go after you.  The cruel irony of the fact is that TMZ is as successful as it is today because of Michael. Being the first to break the news of his death, gave them some credibility that they never had before June 25, 2009.

When Michael was growing up, the media’s portrayal of him was very different. Much of the attack on him did not happen until he grew up. During the Jackson 5 years, the press simply presented him as a cute and incredibly, gifted child. Later on, Michael became the tabloid whipping boy for decades years.   After he reached humongous musical and financial success and shattered records like no one before him, the media and other entities tried many times to take him down, making it their life’s mission to destroy his career. The media loved to kick Michael before the world, while gleefully reporting the damage as front page news. He couldn’t go anywhere or say anything or do anything without it being ridiculed.

“Like the old Indian proverb says, don’t judge a man until you’ve walked two moons in his moccasins,” he wrote. “Most people don’t know me. That is why they write such things in which most are not true. I cry very very often because it hurts…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.” – Michael Jackson

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No matter what he said or did, it was met with speculation, doubt and fabrication of the real facts. The harder he fought for his privacy and credibility, the more the media  and society bashed him.

“Why not just tell people I’m an alien from Mars. Tell them I eat live chickens and do a voodoo dance at midnight. They’ll believe anything you say, because you’re a reporter. But if I, Michael Jackson, were to say, “I’m an alien from Mars and I eat live chickens and do a voodoo dance at midnight,” people would say, “Oh, man, that Michael Jackson is nuts. He’s cracked up. You can’t believe a damn word that comes out of his mouth.” – Michael Jackson

“I told the truth and told them everything about me and they twisted it around. I don’t know what to do anymore. I tell the truth and it doesn’t work.” – Michael Jackson

The world is now beginning to see that Michael Jackson was telling the us the truth about many issues. He was a modern-day prophet, sharing his deep love, passion and concern for the world’s problems in his music, songs, speeches and writings. He backed up his convictions in action and deed. He suffered and I dare say even died for it. Even 5 1/2 years after death, we still see stories about him that read like something out of a fiction novel. The endless lawsuits continue with no sign of ending. The sad part is that a lot of people will still believe what they read in print, but the truth is finally coming out for Michael’s full and complete public vindication.

But back to the subject at hand…what kind of so-called, “professional” writer would waste time taking jabs at a teenager or reporting about their personal life? Since when is being a member of the National Honor Society, volunteering at a children’s hospital, building cages for your pets and sculpting jewelry reasons to label a gifted and intelligent young man with derogatory names? When did it become acceptable to slander and bash minors?  Is this real reporting or what I call “toilet paper” journalism? I think you will agree that it is definitely the latter.

The media’s insane fixation with stalking famous children could also be viewed as a form of mental child abuse. This is not about reporting the news. Following children around in their daily activities is straight up harassment, which prompted actresses Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner to take action to get Senate bill 606 passed to increase the possible punishment for the paparazzi who stalk celebrity children.

Senator Kevin de León, who sponsored the bill stated: 

“Kids shouldn’t be tabloid fodder nor the target of ongoing harassment. SB 606 will give children, no matter who their parents are, protection from harassers who go to extremes to turn a buck.”

Unfortunately, the protection under this bill only covers a child or ward under 16 years of age, but with Prince becoming a legal adult in a few weeks, he can sue on his own behalf against those who slander or harass him, if he chooses.

Whatever the future holds for Michael’s children, I pray that they will continue to grow up confident and strong, despite whatever negativity is thrown at them. May they do many great and amazing things as they grow into adulthood.

Gary To Celebrate Michael Jackson’s Birthday With His Family

Sources: Post – Tribune -By Teresa Auch Schultz  | All Things Michael

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Celebrations for Michael Jackson’s birthday have grown from a block party around his boyhood home to a three-day festival set to start Thursday in what local officials and event promoters hope will become an annual affair.

The Michael Jackson Tribute Festival of the Arts will focus not only on the the famous musician, however, but also on encouraging new artists.

“[We want to] let them know it’s a good thing to develop the arts,” event promoter Karvin Johnson said. “Develop your creativity.”

Previous events celebrating Jackson’s birthday Aug. 29 have centered around the former family home at 2300 Jackson St. This year’s event — the fifth since he died in 2009 — has grown to encompass the nearby Roosevelt High School campus and will feature local and new artists.

Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson, spearheaded the event, Johnson said, and she and other family members, including Michael Jackson’s children, will attend.

“She wants to set something in place that will be something to commemorate and celebrate Michael’s legacy,” Johnson said.

Johnson said he expects about 5,000 people a day at the festival, including people from Brazil, Canada and China.

The festival will kick off Thursday with an orchestra and choir made up of Gary students singing and playing a medley of Michael Jackson songs. The Gary Community School Corp. conducted an audition last week for the lead singer.

“Michael Jackson has always been one of the most beloved if not most beloved artists in R&B history,” school district spokeswoman Charmella Greer said. “Students, whether young or older, it doesn’t matter, they’re excited about [the festival].”

The musical performance will be followed by a ceremony at Roosevelt High School on Thursday afternoon, which will include remarks by local officials.

Other highlights include a stage next to the former Jackson home for new and emerging artists, a chance to scratch records and play drums, and a trivia competition that will, of course, focus on the Jackson family. Saturday will include a car show and a dance competition judged by Michael Jackson’s children, Johnson said.

The festival will conclude Saturday night with a live performance by Mindless Behavior and fireworks.

“The main thing is to encourage kids that you can express yourself through art,” Johnson said.

The event will have 24-hour private security to help Gary police officers, he said.

Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson said she sees the festival as a key piece to a week of events in Gary, including the Fuller Center Build, a service project that will build four homes in the area of the Jackson family’s former home.

“It provides a new look, a positive look [for Gary],” Freeman-Wilson said.

Both Freeman-Wilson and Johnson said they would like to see this event continue and grow each year. Johnson said the event promoters hope to add even more events in coming years, including possibly a circus.

Another event promoter, Sharon Chamber, a Gary businesswoman who became involved after the Jackson family contacted her about home insurance for the house at 2300 Jackson St., said she would love to see the event become a regular tourist attraction like Graceland, Elvis Presley’s former home.

“I was just kind of hoping this becomes an annual thing — a national tribute to Michael,” she said.

Freeman-Wilson said she would like to work with the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority to find a way to quantify what the festival brings to the city, including in money spent.

“We know it’s going to be a positive thing,” she said. “The question then becomes what does it look like and how much.”

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE:

THURSDAY

Noon: Gary School Marching Band enters Jackson Street toward 2300 Jackson. Dance troupe performs tribute to Michael Jackson. Opening ceremony with opening remarks from Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and city officials. Festival Village opens at Roosevelt High School Football Field.

1 p.m.: Dedication of homes by Fuller Center for Housing of Gary, CEO remarks; Introduction of the family and presentation of key. Closing remarks by Phyllis Barlow.

1:30 p.m.: Artist performances on all stages. DJs play Michael Jackson mix in the Festival Village and at 2300 Jackson St.

3:30 p.m.: Special ceremony in the Roosevelt High School Auditorium, hosted by Deborah Chang.

Ceremony will play on the big screen in the Festival Village.

5:30 p.m.: Special ceremony ends. Artist performances on all stages.

9 p.m.: End of day’s events.

Kids Pavilion: Corner of Festival Village, open from noon-7 p.m.

FRIDAY

Noon: Festival Village opens at Roosevelt High School Football Field. Artist performances on the small stage and in Festival Village. DJs play Michael Jackson mix in the Festival Village and at 2300 Jackson St.

Kids Pavilion: Corner of Festival Village, open from noon-7:30 p.m.; petting zoo open from 2-6 p.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m.

7 p.m.: Dancing on the lawn with music provided by a DJ followed by a live band.

8:30 p.m.: Live band performs.

9 p.m.: End of day’s events.

SATURDAY

9 a.m.: Car show starts.

Noon: Artist performances on the small stage and in Festival Village.

3 p.m.: Car show winner announced on main stage.

6 p.m.: Winners of all competitions and headliners start performing.

8 p.m.: OMG Girlz

8:30 p.m.: Mindless Behavior

8:55 p.m.: Fireworks

9 p.m.: End of day’s events.

Kids Pavilion: Corner of Festival Village, open noon- 7 p.m.; petting zoo open noon-4 p.m.

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For more information, visit officialmichaeljacksontribute.com. Admission is free.

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Prince Jackson Opens Up About His Dad

Source: Sunday Express – By Kristy McCormack / All Things Michael

IT’S been five years since Michael Jackson passed away, but his son Prince has admitted that it’s still tough for the famous family.

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The 17-year-old, who has entered the limelight since his father’s death, revealed it was still “tough” coping with the loss and told how the last thing he and Michael had planned was a trip to London.

Speaking to The Sun on Sunday, Prince said: “My dad always said he loved London.

“He really wanted to go there and show what he could do. He was looking forward to showing us around.”

The King of Pop was scheduled to play several dates at London’s O2 Arena, but sadly he died of a cardiac arrest on June 25, 2009 – three weeks before the tour was due to begin.

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“It’s tough. This will be the fifth anniversary of his death. Yeah… yeah,” Prince added.

“He was the best father anybody could have. He raised us the right way and there is nothing anyone can do to make us forget about him.

“He was always concerned about humanity. He helped many charities. In his songs his message was simple — love. We will continue to spread his message.”

Prince’s life nowadays is worlds away from how he lived when his father was alive – especially as the superstar used to hide Prince’s face behind a mask, along with his other two children Paris and Prince Michael “Blanket” Jackson II.

The teenager has not only found work as a TV presenter but he’s also acted in US TV show ‘90210’ and attends several celebrity events.

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Speaking at the after party of the US premiere of ‘True Blood’ in Los Angeles this week, he said: “I don’t expect to walk into roles because of who I am. I want to learn my craft.

“My plan is to work for TV companies, doing what I did for Entertainment Tonight,” he added.

“I had such great fun working for that show and doing interviews. I learned a lot. The feedback I got was really great, too. I want to get more experience.”

The youngster hopes to direct films one day, but is keen to do more acting before taking on that role.

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“We all love movies and I would like to be a director one day. But to be a good director you have to know how an actor works and feels on set,” he explained.

“I want to learn my craft and experience being in TV shows and possibly movies before I even consider going behind the camera.

“It is not a job to be taken lightly. You need to put your time in to learning something properly before overseeing others.”

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Celebrity Custom Home Builder Diko Kassabian Provides Details About The Jackson’s Home

Source: PR Web / All Things Michael

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Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) June 20, 2014 – It was news to the world when Michael Jackson’s estate bought the luxury home that his mother and three children had been renting since 2009. The deal closed this week for $10.750 million. But it was not news to Diko Kassabian, the designer and builder of this luxury custom home.

When Katherine Jackson moved with Prince, Paris and Blanket Jackson into a Kassabian Design/Build home in Calabasas, California, following the tragic death of Michael Jackson in 2009, the mother of the King of Pop made it clear she wanted to eventually buy the property. She liked that the home, on the most prominent ridge of The Estates at the Oaks, felt both open and safe. She told Diko Kassabian that she appreciated its coziness and hominess. This airy, open feeling that is signature to Kassabian Design Build homes is exactly what Oprah Winfrey commented on during her interview with Paris in 2012.

Despite its majestic size—some 12,670 square feet—the Jackson family home, originally built on spec in 2008, was created without supersizing the individual rooms. “It doesn’t have that massiveness that makes a place feel cold,” says Diko Kassabian. “And there’s an organic flow from one room to the next.”

Perched on just under an acre of land, the house features 8 bedrooms, each with its own bathroom; a pub; a theater; a sauna; a pool; a hot tub with Jacuzzi; a putting green; a library, and covered patios off every room of the house. The Tuscan style was inspired by a trip to Italy. The design of the grand entry was one of the tougher aspects of the project, Kassabian recalls. “I was originally thinking of something along the lines of the Arc de Triomphe, in Paris,” he says. “But it just wasn’t working. Then, in a taxi at 4am en route to the Rome airport, I saw this amazing arched entrance to a park. I knew it was what I needed for this house.”

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Kassabian’s educational background, which includes not just architecture but also urban planning, gives him a big-picture perspective on celebrity dream-home projects. Special requests he has accommodated for past clients include a helicopter pad discreetly tucked into a corner of an estate; an underground showroom for a collection of rare and vintage cars; and solar panels hidden almost imperceptibly on a hillside of a custom home. “It’s important for the home to fit contextually into its environment,” Kassabian says.

The home builder to the stars is thrilled that Katherine Jackson and her three grandchildren are now more securely ensconced in their dream home. “We both had a good feeling this day would come,” he says.

About Diko Kassabian:
With an undergraduate degree in Architecture and a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning, both from University of Southern California, Diko Kassabian, is the go-to celebrity homebuilder in the luxury real estate sector of greater Los Angeles area. Establishing Kassabian Design Build in 2000, he has designed and overseen projects from a modest 500-square-foot addition to a 14,000-square-foot custom home. Though he has done some work as a developer, his focus and passion is the designing and building of dream homes and estates. Kassabian and his wife, Andrea, are active in cultural and youth charities in Southern California. They have three children.

For more information on Diko Kassabian or Kassabian Design Build, please visit http://www.kdesignbuild.com

 

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See Inside The Jackson Estate (Pictures)

Source: LA Curbed – By Bianca Barragan / All Things Michael

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Michael Jackson’s estate has just purchased the 12,670-square-foot Calabasas villa that the Jackson children and family matriarch Katherine Jackson had been leasing at a jaw-dropping $26,000 a month. (It wasn’t even on the market, though it had previously been listed at $11.5 million.) Located in the gated, the LA Times reports the celeb-filled The Estates at The Oaks of Calabasas, the seven-bedroom, 11-bathroom Mediterranean-y main residence has an elevator, a home theater, and mountain views. There’s also a guest house larger than most new studio apartments (600 square feet) and a putting green mound in the backyard. That selling price was $10.75 million.