King of Pop Funky Fitness Friday! (DC)

Funky Fitness Fridays are fun, musically themed fitness events that happened across the District monthly on the first Friday of each month.  This FREE fitness experience offers residents a fun way to celebrate musical legends while learning from some of DC’s best fitness instructors in our recreation facilities across the District.

Join us for our 3rd Funky Fitness Friday of 2017 as we celebrate the life of the King of Pop Michael Jackson doing everything from yoga, pilates, zumba, moonwalk dance class, high heel dance class and more!

Also, be sure to join us for our closing celebratory happy hour event at 8:30PM!

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

Artwork By Michael Jackson’s Chimp Bubbles To Be Shown At Exhibit

The Sun Sentinel is reporting that the art of Michael Jackson’s beloved pet Bubbles will be featured in a upcoming exhibit entitled, “Apes That Paint’’ exhibit at Frames USA & Art Gallery in Miami-Dade County. A free opening reception is set for 6-10 pm on July 21st, but registration is required since this is a catered event.

According to gallery owner Adam Brand, the exhibit will feature about 60 pieces of original art, and each painting will go for $300 to $2,000. Proceeds from sales will benefit the Center for Great Apes, a permanent sanctuary for orangutans and chimps that are unable to live in the wild. The nonprofit center has 100 acres in Wauchula, which is southwest of Orlando. Bubbles, born in 1983, has been at the center since 2005. Many of the animals at the center come from the entertainment business, medical research centers, and from people who buy exotic animals and discard them when they can no longer handle them.

This is not the first time that Bubbles art has been shown pubically. In 2012, Bubbles was featured at the Art Basel in Wynwood. Miami pop artist Romero Britto bought a painting to add to his personal collection.

Great Apes founder Patty Reagan says Bubbles is highly intelligent and loves painting.

“Bubbles loves to paint and draw so we give him a tray with about 5 non-toxic colors that won’t harm him if he eats it. Mostly Bubbles paints abstract compositions and has a lot of fun doing it.”

For more information about this exhibit and to register, click here.

Sources:  SunSentinel/All Things Michael

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

New Rockabye Baby Birthday Compilation Features Michael Jackson’s Rock With You And More

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Rockabye Baby transforms rock favorites into beautiful instrumental lullabies.

In honor of Rockabye Baby’s 10th anniversary, the children’s lullaby label is releasing a new compilation entitled, “Birthday Party” on October 14th. The album’s first release is a tune entitled, “All My Friends” by  LCD Soundsystem.

The track list features the lullaby version of songs by Daft Punk, Outkast, Miley Cyrus and includes renditions of songs smash hits from David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance,” Michael Jackson’s “Rock With You” and the Beatles “Birthday.”

Rockabye Baby! Birthday Party Tracklist:

01 The Beatles: “Birthday”:
02 Kool & The Gang: “Celebration”
03 Black Eyed Peas: “Let’s Get It Started”
04 Pitbull: “Don’t Stop the Party”
05 Miley Cyrus: “Party in the U.S.A.”
06 Cyndi Lauper: “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”
07 David Bowie: “Let’s Dance”
08 Daft Punk: “Get Lucky”
09 P!nk: “Get the Party Started”
10 Deee-lite: “Groove Is in the Heart”
11 Chic: “Good Times”
12 Marvin Gaye: “Got to Give It Up”
13 Michael Jackson: “Rock With You”
14 OutKast: “Hey Ya!”
15 LCD Soundsystem: “All My Friends”

You can listen to sample tracks and pre-order your copy here.

Sources: Rockabye Baby | Pitchfork | All Things Michael

 

 

Kevin Bacon Wrote A Ballad For Michael Jackson As A Kid

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Kevin Bacon wrote his first song at the age of 11 in the hopes of having Michael Jackson record it.

The movie star has garnered praise for his acting work over the years, starring in hits such as 1984 musical-drama Footloose and 2003 mystery Mystic River, but Kevin has never forgotten his musical roots and regularly performs alongside his brother Michael in their band The Bacon Brothers.

While the duo has a folk-country sound, Kevin reveals the first song he wrote as a young boy was actually a sad tune titled, All the World Looks Lonely Through Lonely Eyes.

“I’m a giant Jackson 5 fan. The first song I ever wrote, in my mind, I wrote it for Michael Jackson,” he shared during an appearance on America’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday (29Aug16). “I was 11, so it didn’t make its way to Michael.”

Kevin, 58, was close in age to the late King of Pop, who died in 2009, at the age of 50, and he was a big fan of Michael’s more sentimental songs growing up, including his first solo number one, 1972’s Ben, from the film of the same name.

“I was a very, very romantic child. I mean, I remember always being heartbroken from the time I was little…,” he laughed. “Being in love with the girl in school, the teacher, the girl next door, (I Dream of Jeannie’s) Barbara Eaton in a bottle… I was always in love, so the songs I wrote were always heartbreak songs.”

Following his interview, Kevin showed that his acting and singing skills extend to a very solid Tom Petty impersonation, taking to the stage with host Jimmy, who was dressed as Mike Campbell, Tom’s long-time collaborator and guitarist. The pair performed an “original” version of Tom’s 1989 hit song Free Fallin’, called Free Horses, as part of a sketch segment called First Drafts of Rock.

Read more at Film News

MICHAEL JACKSON’S SON PENS A HEARTFELT POEM FOR HIS DAD’S BIRTHDAY

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We lost the King of Pop on June 25, 2009, just two months before his 51st birthday on August 29. To celebrate what would’ve been his 58th, his oldest son, Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr. — a.k.a. Prince Jackson — has penned a poem for his dearly departed father.

In a brief post he shared on Twitter and Instagram, Prince, who was only 12 when his father died, remembers him as “the Myth, the Legend and the Man” in a 14-line sonnet.

He stresses how dear Michael’s family was to him, specifically drawing attention to how much Jackson cared for his kids and his mom.

Prince, his younger brother Bigi and several members of the Jackson family recently visited Gary for the annual birthday tribute to his late father.

 

Read more here at MTV.