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    The Michael Jackson Work Archive




    This Thread is Dedicated to ALL the Michael Jackson

    Blogs
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    News Features
    News Articles
    DVD/VHS
    Tapes
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    All things which highlight Michael’s Work, Ethic, Process and Artwork ! Please Post ALL them here :agree:



    The Library of Congress has placed 2 Michael Jackson recordings into the National Recording Registry.

    Thriller Sound Recording




    Michael Jackson's Thriller (Film)

    LC control no. 86708393
    Type of material Film or Video
    Main title Michael Jackson's thriller / Optimum Productions ; directed by John Landis ; produced by George Folsey, Jr., Michael Jackson, John Landis ; written by John Landis, Michael Jackson.
    Published/Created U.S.
    United States : Optimum Productions, 1983.
    Related names Landis, John, 1950- direction.
    Folsey, George, production.
    Jackson, Michael, 1958-2009, production.
    Landis, John, 1950- production.
    Landis, John, 1950- writing.
    Jackson, Michael, 1958-2009, writing.
    Peters, Michael, 1948- choreography.
    Bernstein, Elmer, music.
    Temperton, Rod, music.
    Jackson, Michael, 1958-2009, cast.
    Ray, Ola, cast.
    Optimum Productions.
    Copyright Collection (Library of Congress) DLC
    Related titles: Thriller.
    Description 1 reel of 1 (1232 ft.) ; sd., col. ; 35 mm. ref print.
    Summary Film presents Michael Jackson performing the song Thriller. Production is enhanced by dramatic narrative, choreography, make-up and special effects.
    Notes Copyright: Optimum Productions; DCR 1983; PUB 15Dec83; REG 19Mar84; PA216-784.
    Work given limited theatrical release at Avco Cinema, Westwood, CA, on November 20, 1983, to qualify for an Academy Award nomination, cf. Los Angeles



    Thriller (Album)
    LC control no. 90753548
    Type of material Music Recording
    Personal name Jackson, Michael, 1958-2009. prf
    Main title Thriller [sound recording] / Michael Jackson.
    Published/Created Los Angeles : Epic, p1982.
    Description 1 sound disc : analog, 33 1/3 rpm, stereo. ; 12 in.
    Publisher no. QE 38112 Epic

    Contents
    - Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'
    - Baby Be Mine
    - The Girl is Mine
    - Thriller
    - Beat It
    - Billy Jean
    - Human Nature
    - P.Y.T. (Pretty young thing)
    - The Lady is my life.
    Performer Performed by Michael Jackson.
    Subjects Rock music--1981-1990.
    LC classification Epic QE 38112
    Other system no. (OCoLC)16992535
    USA.gov


    The Registry was established as a result of the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000 to recognize and preserve recordings that are "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant."



    LC Online Catalog - Film

    LC Online Catalog - Sound



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    Did I read BLOG? :cheeky:

    Is MJJC Blog 'allowed' a space here too?
    I know it's 'fan fiction', poems and 'reflections' but always 'respectful' towards Michael
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    :ciao: Daz

    BLOG meaning any Articles or Books on Michael's work on BLOGs everywhere :agree:
    I hope I explained that :agree:



    Quote Originally Posted by Daryll748 View Post
    Did I read BLOG? :cheeky:

    Is MJJC Blog 'allowed' a space here too?
    I know it's 'fan fiction', poems and 'reflections' but always 'respectful' towards Michael
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    Quote Originally Posted by MJ TinkerBell View Post
    :ciao: Daz

    BLOG meaning any Articles or Books or Interviews on Michael's work on BLOGs everywhere :agree:
    I hope I explained that :agree:
    Thanks for clearing that up, TINK :ciao:

    I'll have a look around if I'm on the net...
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    16 of Michael Jackson's Greatest Non-Musical Achievements......

    The news of Michael Jackson's death rocked the world on June 25, 2009. Since his death all of the major television networks have aired special tributes highlighting his musical legacy. Those tributes are fitting for the man who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice and whose 1982 Thriller album still holds the title of all-time best selling record in the world. However, Michael Jackson also had many significant non-musical achievements that are rarely mentioned.

    The Michael Jackson Burn Center



    On January 27, 1984, Michael Jackson suffered second degree burns on his scalp while filming a Pepsi commercial at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. A pyrotechnics accident set his hair on fire in front of the auditorium full of fans who were there for a simulated concert. Michael Jackson sued PepsiCo and settled out of court for $1.5 million. The settlement was donated to the Brotman Medical Center in Culver City, California, where Michael Jackson received treatment for his burns. Using the money donated by Jackson, Brotman was able to get the best available technology for treating burn victims. The burn ward at the hospital was later named the "Michael Jackson Burn Center" to honor Jackson and his generous contribution.

    Received Award from President Reagan



    Michael Jackson was invited to the White House on May 14, 1984, where he received an award for his support of drug and alcohol abuse charities, presented by President Ronald Reagan.

    Donated Profits of Victory Tour to Charity



    The 1984 Victory Tour, headlined by the Jacksons, introduced more than two million fans to Michael Jackson's solo material. Following the tour, Michael donated his $5 million share from the tour's profits to charity.

    We Are the World, We Are the Children


    Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie wrote the charity single "We Are the World" in 1985. Both artists were among the 39 musicians who recorded the song. The single was released around the world to and proceeds went to help the needy in Africa and the U.S. Almost 20 million copies of "We Are the World" were sold, making it one of the best-selling singles of all time. The project raised millions for famine relief.

    Treated Underprivileged Children to Free Shows



    During the Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson played to sold out crowds and smashed Guinness World records when 504,000 fans packed Wembley Stadium for each of the seven sold out shows and the tour grossed $125 million. During all of this, Michael invited underprivileged children to the shows and donated to hospitals, orphanages and other charities.

    100 Percent to Charity



    Michael Jackson donated 100 percent of the profits from him single "Man in the Mirror" to charity.

    Donations to the United Negro College Fund



    From 1985 to 1990, Michael Jackson donated $500,000 to the United Negro College Fund.

    Honored by President George H. W. Bush



    President George H. W. Bush commended Michael Jackson for his achievements and presented him with the White House's special "Artist of the Decade" award in recognition of his musical influence during the 1980s.

    Heal The World Foundation



    Jackson founded the "Heal the World Foundation" in 1992. The charity organization brought underprivileged children to Jackson's Neverland ranch to ride theme park rides the singer had built on the property. Heal the World also gave millions of dollars to help children around the world who were threatened by war and illnesses.

    Dangerous Profits Go to Charity



    Michael Jackson started the Dangerous World Tour on June 27, 1992 and completed it on November 11, 1993, after entertaining 3.5 million people at 67 concerts. All of the profits from the concerts were donated to the Heal the World Foundation.

    Publicly Pleaded for More HIV/AIDS Research



    When Ryan White, a hemophiliac teen from Indiana was kicked out of school in 1985 because he contracted HIV from a contaminated blood treatment, Michael Jackson became one of his advocates. After White's death in 1990, Michael pleaded with the Clinton Administration at Bill Clinton's Inaugural Gala for more funding for HIV/AIDS charities and research.

    Teamed with Luciano Pavarotti for Charity



    Michael Jackson and Pavarottii teamed up for a benefit concert in Modena, Italy in June 1999. The concert was focused on support of the non-profit organization Warchild. The artists raised a million dollars for the refugees of Kosovo and also donated money to help the children of Guatemala.

    Michael Jackson and Friends Benefit Concerts



    Also in June 1999, Michael Jackson organized a series of benefit concerts in Germany and Korea. He recruited Slash, The Scorpions, Boyz II Men, Luther Vandross, Mariah Carey, A. R. Rahman, Prabhu Deva Sundaram, Shobana Chandrakumar, Andrea Bocelli and Luciano Pavarotti for the Michael Jackson and Friends concerts. The proceeds were donated to the "Nelson Mandela Children's Fund", the Red Cross and UNESCO.

    Guinness Record for Support of Charities



    Michael Jackson was listed in the 2000 book of Guinness World Records for his support more charities than any other entertainer or personality. Michael supported 39 charities through cash donations and sponsorships.

    Moonwalk



    Michael Jackson released his first autobiography, Moon Walk, in 1988. The book took four years to write and detailed abuse Michael Jackson suffered as a child. The book topped the New York Times best seller's list.

    Support After 9/11



    After the 9/11 attacks, Michael Jackson helped organize the United We Stand: What More Can I Give benefit concert at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., which aired on October 21, 2001. Dozens of major artists performed at the concert and Michael sang "What More Can I Give" as the finale.

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    ICON OF THE WEEK: MICHAEL JACKSON
    By Claudia Low..Wed, 11/11/09 UTC

    To be completely honest with you, I was first assigned to write Michael Jackson as a style icon the week he passed away. But it was just far too hard. Despite a close family unit, I credit most of what I am today to growing up to Disney animateds and Michael Jackson. But I’m going to try my very best to detach personal sentiments to write this from a complete fashion standpoint. Just know that this is going to be an extremely long post and that it was excruciating for me to write, so go easy on me in the comment box.

    For generations to come, perhaps for the rest of mankind’s existence, we’ll all remember Michael Jackson for penning all our favourite songs, creating (and patenting) gravity-defying dance moves, and exactly what he was wearing every step of the way.

    He didn’t just give us the Moonwalk or Heal The World; he immortalized and androgynized permed weaves at every length, aviators, military jackets, fedoras, sequins, gloves, jazz shoes, and so much more…



    But let’s go about this chronologically. Today, most fashion doyens pinpoint Michael’s (please excuse me – only this once will I refer to a subject by their first name) fashion genius right from the start of his career.



    However, I personally feel they are currently biased to disregard taking into account that his stardom started out as a fifth of a stylistically co-ordinated band that consisted of brothers, and whose clothes were most likely tailored by a family member. Much like Destiny’s Child.



    Much like Destiny’s Child, this meant a lot of embarrassing outfits that matched in ways only a mother could lovingly put a child through.



    Which is why I will begin Michael’s fashion journey from Off the Wall (released in 1979); because it commemorates his first famed album, and consecutively, the first known appearance of a pair of glittery sequined socks tucked into a pair of stark black jazz shoes. And of course, that iconic disco-sparkled outfit from Rock With You.



    Seems to me that Michael was able to constructively take past fashion mishaps in stride to confidently strut around in what would otherwise seem like effeminate outfits.



    The next (and probably most renowned) album released, in 1982, was Thriller. The artistic process meant over 300 collaborative songs between Michael and famed Motown producer Quincy Jones, which eventually led into the makings of the now iconic outfits behind the dapper glove and fedora in Billie Jean, and the red leather jackets for Beat It and Thriller.



    The next album, in 1987, was Bad, which gave us arguably the best fashion interpretation (and most exaggerated) of rock, and the most stylish way to layer an undershirt (in The Way You Make Me Feel) and a fitted suit (in Smooth Criminal).



    It wasn’t until Dangerous (in 1991), when Michael embodied the King of Pop persona that more people took notice of, and came to love.



    Jam, In The Closet, Black or White, Remember The Time

    The Dangerous World Tour saw Michael in kitschy leotards only he could rock, putting superheroes to shame. And I say this as a true blue DC Comics book fan!



    HIStory (1995) saw Michael shift towards structured (yet materially fluid) avant garde.



    Scream, You Are Not Alone

    It’s tour, which came to KL in 1996, saw Michael look towards the future with pelvis-high metallic boots.



    The next we saw Michael in his global fanatic prime. When he announced This Is It in 2009, by then, he had already stylishly matured into embellished silken shirts.



    Along the way, Michael had already proven himself a style icon via the release of albums and public appearances.



    Unfortunately, by then he had also established himself as the brunt of much tabloid adversity.



    But no matter the cause, we always saw Michael stylishly face his tribulations.



    In fact, earlier this year, we saw him rock (and start the craze for) structured looks by Givenchy and Balmain.



    So much so that Balmain released an SS09 collection of Michael-inspired jackets.



    Martin Maison Margiela re-visited and contemporized the iconic Thriller jacket (as worn by Pharell Williams).



    And Christian Louboutin designed an AW09 collection of Michael-inspired shoes,



    It also granted Repetto their best-selling pair of loafers, the “Jackson“.



    Whether you love or hate him, Michael has thoroughly influenced fashion as we know it today.

    Among other things, he demonstrated the importance of a perfectly fitted suit.



    Androgynized sequined-anythings



    De-stupefied cropped slacks



    And inspired much of today’s Pop industry.



    Justin Beiber



    Chris Brown



    Beyonce



    Lady GaGa



    Agyness Deyn



    Meagan Good, Vanessa Simmons



    Kanye West, Rihanna, Victoria Beckham



    Nina Garcia, Mischa Barton, Beyonce

    Really, the only negativity I saw in Michael’s fashion evolution was the fact that he out-shown every single female counterpart he came into contact with. We all remember the 1994 VMA kiss, but really, who could care about a second-long kiss with those kick-butt boots he had on?



    with Brooke Shields, Madonna, Lisa Marie Presley




    But that’s how I personally feel. Michael was the perfect Pop parcel – the sort of mass icon who’d influence you to better every aspect of your life; even in times of privacy, or death. The sort of icon timeless enough to make you continue to aspire for greatness no matter the era. Because as much as Michael impacted my life, he also nurtured me to appreciate music, culture and fashion from a very young age. What say you?

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    Michael Jackson inducted into the Dance Hall of Fame
    By TOM KEYSER Staff writer
    Published 11:54 p.m., Sunday, August 15, 2010



    SARATOGA SPRINGS — He moonwalked into our soul and on video, but Michael Jackson also danced his way Sunday into the National Museum of Dance Hall of Fame.

    Fourteen months after his death at age 50, Jackson became the first dancer from the world of pop and rock ‘n’ roll to be inducted into the dance hall of fame in Saratoga Springs. At a ceremony attended by his brother Marlon, Michael Jackson became the 44th dancer or choreographer enshrined in the hall. Most came from the worlds of ballet and modern dance.

    As soft-spoken as his late brother, Marlon said he wished Michael could be here to accept the honor in person. Michael Jackson died in June 2009 of cardiac arrest. His personal doctor was charged with involuntary manslaughter for allegedly administering the sedatives that killed him.

    “What we always did, including Michael, was try to reach out and bring happiness to people,” said Marlon, who was the second youngest member of the Jackson 5 — one year older than Michael. “That’s what we tried to do, bring people together in a peaceful environment … unite people around the world as one.

    “I’m proud of him for what he accomplished in his life. That he’s being recognized for his ability, his musical ability and dance ability, makes me feel good inside.”

    The induction ceremony was an extension of a gala the previous evening called the National Museum of Dance Tribute to Michael Jackson.


    Attendees stepped into the museum through an elegant entryway of black-and-gold drapes. They were immediately offered a glass of champagne.

    They were treated to Michael Jackson videos and dance tributes, including one by the Lombard twins, Martin and Facundo, who perform in the recently released dance film “Step Up 3D.” As they gyrated in the style of Jackson, fans in the audience hollered, “Michael … Michael.”


    Before the ceremony, Marlon said that when he and Michael were boys, they pretended that Michael was Fred Astaire and Marlon was Gene Kelly. They emulated the masters’ moves, took pieces from each, and that’s how Michael built his routines, Marlon said.


    Michele Riggi, president of the dance museum’s board of directors, said Jackson’s trailblazing style of dance and his impact on the world of dance qualified him for the hall of fame.

    “The moonwalk, I mean, he was the first to do that,” she said. “And all his dance moves, from his robot dances to the moonwalk to all his gyrations and song and dance together, were such a unique style.

    “Along with his music and dance, he was a complete person and so worthy of being inducted.”

    Michael Jackson joins such legendary figures in the hall as Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, Jerome Robbins, Alvin Ailey, Paul Taylor, Robert Joffrey and Bob Fosse. Their plaques hang side by side in the order they were inducted. At the end, now, will hang one for the greatest that ever lived the King of Pop.

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    Michael Jackson's 'Blood on the Dance Floor,' 15 Years Later
    The strange story behind the global hit, which was released a decade and a half ago today
    MAR 21 2012, 2:02 PM ET

    On June 6, 1990, producer/musician Teddy Riley was supposed to be at his friend and fellow band member's birthday party. Instead, he spent the night at a Soundworks Studio on 23rd Avenue in Queens, working on grooves for none other than the King of Pop, Michael Jackson.
    "I told [the group] I had a lot of work to do," Riley recalls. "Michael was my priority. I was going out to California to meet him soon, and he wanted me to bring my best work."

    It was a fortuitous decision.

    Later that evening, Riley learned someone was shot on the dance floor at the party he had skipped. He was shaken. At just 23 years of age, violence and death were already becoming a recurring theme in his life. Within that same year, his half-brother and best friend both had also been murdered.

    Riley was shocked to learn Jackson's title for the track: "Blood on the Dance Floor." "He knew what it was about even before I told him what happened that night." The rhythm track Riley worked on that night was aggressive, ominous, menacing. But it had no words, no title, and no melody.
    The following Saturday he was on his way to Neverland Ranch to meet Michael Jackson. Riley was nervous. Jackson had already tried out a handful of people to replace legendary producer, Quincy Jones, including L.A. Reid, Babyface and Bryan Loren. None stayed on.

    Jackson had high hopes, however, for Teddy Riley, whose street-inflected New Jack Swing style brilliantly fused jazz, gospel, R&B, and hip hop. Indeed, perhaps its greatest achievement was in bridging the divide between R&B and hip hop, a bridge, incidentally, that Jackson had been hoping to find since working on Bad.

    Jackson listened carefully to the tapes Riley brought with him and instantly loved what he heard. The tracks used different chords than he was accustomed to. The rhythms were fresh and edgy. The beats swung with velocity and hit like sledgehammers.

    Among several tracks Jackson listened to that day was the groove Riley worked on the night of the party. Jackson had no idea about the context. "He knew nothing about it," Riley says. "I never told him anything about it."

    A couple of weeks later, however, Riley says he was shocked to learn Jackson's title for the track: "Blood on the Dance Floor." Riley got goose bumps. "It was like he prophesied that record. He felt its mood."



    Over the subsequent months, Jackson and Riley began working feverishly on a variety of tracks, sometimes separately, sometimes together at Larabee Studios in Los Angeles. "I remember he came back with this melody, 'Blood on the dance floor, blood on the dance floor.' I was like, 'Wow!' He came up with these lyrics and harmonies. Then we just started building it up, layer by layer."

    Riley used a vintage drum machine (the MPC 3000) for the beat. The snare was compressed to make it pop ("I want it dry and in your face," Jackson used to say). It was a sound they used throughout the Dangerous album. "Listen to 'Remember the Time,'" Riley says. "It's very similar."

    Ultimately, however, "Blood on the Dance Floor" didn't end up making it onto Dangerous. "It wasn't quite finished," Riley says. "There were still some vocal parts missing. Michael loved the song, but he would listen to it and say, 'I like what you did here, but we still need this here.' He was a perfectionist."

    As the Dangerous sessions continued, other tracks began to take priority, including "Remember the Time" and "In the Closet." Jackson wouldn't resume work on "Blood" until nearly seven years later. It was now January of 1997. Jackson was in the midst of his HIStory World Tour, and had decided to visit Montreux, Switzerland during a break between the first and second leg (according to news reports, while there he also tried to purchase the home of his longtime idol, Charlie Chaplin).

    Here, at Mountain Studio, Jackson went to work on the old demo. "We took Teddy's DAT (Digital Audio Tape) and worked it over with a four-man crew," recalls musician, Brad Buxer. The completed multi-track, engineered, and mixed by Mick Guzauski, was modeled very closely on the last version Jackson and Riley recorded.

    "When I heard it finished, I wished I could've been the one to [complete it]," Riley says. "But Michael knows what he wants, and he was happy with it."

    It was, in some ways, an unusual dance song. Like "Billie Jean," its subject matter was dark and disturbing (in this case, a narrative about being stabbed in the back in the place he least suspected--the dance floor). Jackson's clipped, raspy vocals evoke a sense of foreboding, as the electro-industrial canvas conjures a modern urban setting. Still, the song feels anything but bleak. The beat cracks out of the speakers like a whip and the hook is irresistible.

    'Glee' Gambles on Michael Jackson Jackson told Riley he believed the song was going to be a "smash." "He explained it like this: A hit is a song that stays on the charts for a week or two. A smash is a song that stays up there for six weeks," Riley says. "He felt 'Blood on the Dance Floor' was a 'smash.'"
    "Blood on the Dance Floor" was released on March 21, 1997. Strangely, the song wasn't even promoted as a single in the U.S. Riley says Jackson didn't mind in this case. "He figured people in America would find it if they really wanted it. He wasn't worried about it." Globally, however, the song thrived, reaching the Top Ten in 15 countries and hitting No. 1 in three (including the U.K.). It also proved ripe for remixes and received frequent play in clubs and dance routines. Left off Jackson's two major studio albums that decade, "Blood" ironically became one of Jackson's most durable rhythm tracks of the '90s.

    Fifteen years later, what makes the song unique? I ask Riley. "It was just a direct, aggressive sound for Michael. He always pushed for something stronger. But what was really amazing was how he pre-meditated the energy of the song. He knew what it was about even before I told him what happened that night. I've never witnessed anything or anyone as powerful as Michael."


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    My Friend Michael Jackson by Joanelle Romero...

    On the first anniversary of Michael Jackson's death, actress/activist Joanelle Romero writes about growing up with him and the connection to the “Black or White” Music Video...

    On June 25th 2009, I was packing and moving out of a house we had lived in for 6 years and an acquaintance phoned me and said Michael Jackson is dead, turn on the TV.I dropped the phone, turned on the television and there it all was, I fainted, no one was home with me. I woke and cried and cried and I am still crying. My heart is so broken; you see Michael was a friend and he believed in me. I’ve known Michael since I was 10 years old, we went to school together at Gardner Street school off of Sunset Blvd, we were in the 6th grade together. I was always invited to go to his house to play, he would swing me in this big tree swing and we would speak of our dreams. Michael asked me to go steady on the steps of Gardener Street school. Two weeks before school ended my mother sent me to live with my dad in NM. I never got to say goodbye to Michael.


    (In Photos: Joanelle Romero, Sage and Michael)

    One week before Michael left this earth, my son and I were shopping at Nordstrom’s, and we run into Jermaine. I asked him to please tell Michael I needed to see him, that I needed to visit, that it was important and I gave him my new numbers. God works in mysterious ways.

    In 1991, I launched my production company, it was 2 weeks old when I received a call from Michaels casting office, asking if I had any American Indian dancers because everyone he had been interviewing wasn’t right. I told them “I have the best dancers in town” I really had no one, however I went to many Pow wows and gathered 30 dancers, one of them being my precious daughter Sage. She was 5 then. Michaels casting office had no idea that Michael and I knew each other. To make a long story short. Director John Landis, cast 5 dancers, my daughter – who was the jingle dress dancer, and four other dancers from the native community here in Los Angeles that I brought in that day.



    Michael shot 7 hours of photos of Sage while shooting his video and used her image for his painted angels in his Neverland ranch. We had so much fun while filming. Michael, Sage and I watched “Willie Wonka” 3 times while everybody had to wait on set. Michael took Sage and Nancy Reagan to lunch, he had asked if I wanted to go however I declined for obvious reasons. Many stories to remember .....



    We had shot the segment of the native dancers in the studio, then Michael read one of my music video scripts and one week later we were on location re-shooting the native segment out-side. Due to Michael’s insight, he added my production company and shared the press in Entertainment Weekly.



    Michael became the leading force in making my company known to the world. It is now an award-winning production company in producing American Indian documentaries and independent films. The 1991 “Black or White” music video and song made history. I was able to negotiate for the American Indian dancers to be paid over and above any dancers on any music video ever, due to the fact they were traditionally dressed (the wardrobe did not come from western costume). To date, they are the highest paid dancers in the music video industry. Also, this segment was the first clip of American Indian dancers in a music video without being a Native American music group/artist.

    On our opening night of our 2009 Red Nation Film Festival – A Night of Tribute Awards, we honored Michael Jackson for his “Black or White” Music Video – In Loving Memory of Michael Jackson. I have many personal stories about Michael and that I will keep in my heart forever. I am not going to spend my life being a color, I am a Human Being
    God Bless You MJ

    Together we can Heal the world make it a better place.

    …..We Love You Michael ……..

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    Michael Jackson: Legacies of a Globetrotting
    Moonwalking Philanthropist

    August 24, 6:15 PM African-American Art Examiner - Aberjhani

    As what would have been the beloved iconic entertainer’s 51st birthday approaches (August 29, 2009) the world community once again finds itself engaged in rediscovering, redefining, and re-devouring Michael Jackson. Some are feasting as they have been for years on continuous disclosures about aspects of his life (and now death) considered unconventional and mysterious largely because the man in question is Michael Jackson ––were he someone else, those qualities termed “eccentricities” while he lived might have been described just as individual idiosyncrasies or personal issues.

    In addition to the extent of his dependence on drugs to manage pain in a world known to exact agonizing cruelty upon hypersensitive souls, another revelation that immediately set tongues wagging and fingers snapping was that of Jackson’s actual monetary net worth. Reports in recent years have often stated he was broke, the result supposedly of spending more to support a lavishly self-indulgent lifestyle than the millions of dollars he was actually earning. While the performer did indeed reportedly accumulate an excess of $300 million in debt, he had also worked hard enough and invested shrewdly enough to ensure at least that amount would go to his family once all debts were settled. One well-known investment in particular––a cache of rights to songs by the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and Neil Diamond––has a potential value of $1 billion plus.


    The Timeless Music

    Aside from conversations pertaining to his wealth, the one truth upon which all seem to agree universally is that the legacy of Jackson’s music will stand as steadfastly as that of the Russian composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (whose classic Nutcracker Suite the performer adored), jazz master Duke Ellington, or songstress Ella Fitzgerald. To date, his solo albums Thriller (1982) have reportedly sold 110 million copies worldwide; Dangerous (1991) 32 million copies; and Bad (1987) 30 million copies, a feat that helped earn him the World Music Diamond Award in 2006. Additional recordings with his brothers as The Jackson Five and with other artists place his total sales (again, to date) at some 750 million units. In the simplest of human terms, those staggering figures mostly mean someone somewhere will always hear a Michael Jackson song for the first time or the ten-thousandth time and privately celebrate his musical art as a gift to their appreciative soul.

    To Help Heal a World

    What is so odd when it comes to public discussions of Jackson’s legacy is how few comments one hears about the monies the singer worked for and donated to dozens of charities around the globe. As NBA star Kobe Bryant put it at the singer’s memorial, “Michael gave as much off stage as he did on stage.” The acknowledged amount in that area also exceeds $300 million and prompted the editors of the Guinness Book of Records Millennium Edition to cite Jackson as “the Pop Star who supports the most charity organizations.” That observation places an entirely different spin on the title “King of Pop,” conjuring as it does the image of a true sovereign seeing to the needs of his people. That he touched as many lives as he did through his music is miraculous enough but when studying the vast list of organizations and individuals for whom he at times served as a philanthropist, Jackson’s impact on humanity magnifies to an astounding degree.
    The following sample of the many organizations to which he made substantial (and some cases long-term) contributions provide some indication of the magnitude of his impact upon his fellow human beings: the AIDS Foundation, Camp Ronald McDonald, the Make A Wish Foundation, the United Negro College Scholarship Fund, Camp Good Times, the T.J. Martell-Foundation, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, the NAACP, the Rotary Club of Australia, UNESCO, Volunteers of America, the YMCA, numerous children’s hospitals and various legal defense funds. But while most of these organizations are based in the United States, Jackson was a true citizen of the world, a globetrotting moonwalking philanthropist if you will, and the hands he opened to one segment of humanity did not close when he encountered another.



    Michael Jackson in classic dancer form. (digital press release detail)

    All those stunned by the literally worldwide outpouring of tributes upon his death need only recognize that his generosity truly was global. During the course of various tours he often forfeited individual payment and instead donated his earnings to others: at one point presenting Mayor Kronawitter of Munich, Germany, with a 40,000 DM-check for the needy people of his city; donating £400,000 pounds to charities in Dublin, Ireland; presenting 1 million pesetas to charities sponsored by the Queen of Spain, and £200,000 to Prince Charles of Great Britain for the Prince’s Trust. Argentina, France, Italy, Estonia, Latvia, Romania, Russia, and citizens of countries throughout Africa benefited repeatedly from Jackson’s amazing capacity for altruism.

    It is possible that the inscription on the Bollywood Humanitarian Award that the megastar received in 1999 sums up what drove him to work so hard in order to give so much: "Though he comes from the young American tradition, Michael is the embodiment of an old Indian soul. His actions are an expression of the philosophy of Weda, which asked to work for the people––not for one's own interests."


    Michael Jackson: Legacies of a Globetrotting
    Moonwalking Philanthropist (Part 2)
    August 25, 3:16 PMAfrican-American Art Examiner - Aberjhani


    Following the 1993 allegations of child molestation against Michael Jackson many radio stations stopped playing his music, contributing in a major way to what has been described somewhat obliquely as his “decline in popularity.” Even though he was never convicted of any supposed crime and charges against him dropped without a trial, various media outlets in his homeland clearly decided he was guilty and punished him with silence.

    A number of famous individuals who had been great friends behaved as though he had become too much of a PR liability and also quietly distanced themselves from him. In the collective mind of one part of the world, he may have become the equivalent of a Biblical leper but in other corners of the global village his voice grew increasingly stronger as he continued to perform and “give back” as much as he could, possibly even managing to give much more than he had ever actually received.


    A Different Behavioral Theory

    In his brilliant article, “Back in the Day,” featured in the current issue of GQ Magazine, writer John Jeremiah Sullivan examines Jackson’s growth as an artist and at one point ponders the challenge of writing about a superstar who was both revered for his genius and tainted by charges of molestation. Many people meditating upon the allegations––in conjunction with Jackson’s public statement that he believed it was acceptable to share his bed with children––have struggled to make sense of them because they find it difficult to believe they could love someone as much as the world loves Michael Jackson if the charges were true. Some have surmised there was a part of Jackson which itself was only a child and therefore––as a child––saw nothing inappropriate about sharing bed space with other children. Sullivan describes this perceived aspect of his personality as a “frozen adolescent.” That particular theory of course opens the door to all manner of speculations regarding the precariousness of mental wellness for thousands living in the high-pressure zone of life as a celebrity.

    But another theory surfaced after famed mentalist Uri Geller stated he had once hypnotized Jackson and, while the singer was “under,” asked if he was guilty of any of the charges against him. The answer was an emphatic "No" that provided Geller with personal closure on the issue. So the question remained, what then might have been Jackson’s reason for the sleepovers at his Neverland ranch?

    And the answer could be this: his fantasy was not a sexual one at all but a fantasy of being the perfect father. To seek refuge from fear or loneliness within a parent’s bed is a common family scenario. Jackson welcomed children in order to practice parenting them with degrees of compassion, empathy, and love that he felt he had never received but which were essential to the greater development of one’s human spiritual potential. Consider that possibility and it becomes no small wonder that his daughter Paris took the emotional risk of speaking before millions to declare, “Daddy has been the best father that you could ever imagine.”


    The Blessing of Options

    One of the greatest legacies, other than monetary wealth, that Jackson will leave to all the members of his extended family is that of choice. They will not have to work in the same driven manner as he did for survival, acceptance, material comfort, racial equality, or individual integrity because his labors have already paved the way. They have been blessed with resources and opportunities to carry his creative visions and the prosperity they generated, as well as their own, much further.


    Michael Jackson during release of Thriller album. (press release photo)


    As of this writing, word comes that the entertainer and philanthropist will be buried––just over two entire months following his passing June 25, 2009––several fluctuating days after the anniversary of his fifty-first birthday. Many macabre reports will be drawn from that particularly unsettling fact as well but some will find it poetically and spiritually fitting, reading the occasion of this final ceremony more as a re-birthday than as an overdue burial. However the world community chooses to interpret it, where Michael Jackson himself is concerned, if the purpose of a legacy is to help make the world a richer, more fulfilling, and more humane place than it was during one’s lifetime, he can rest in peace knowing he did exactly that.

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    Mick Garris Talks About Filming 'Ghosts' with Michael Jackson...

    Movieline has published an interview with Mick Garris. Garris is known as the creator of the Masters Of Horror TV series and director of Stephen King book adaptations such as The Shining and The Stand. To Michael Jackson fans he is also known as part of the team that put together Michael's extraordinary movie 'Ghosts'.



    First things first: How did you come to be a zombie in Thriller?

    John Landis had already been a friend for several years. We actually met when I was a receptionist for the original Star Wars at an off-lot office at Universal. John’s office was next door to mine when he was prepping Animal House. And Rick and his wife at the time, Elaine, had been very close friends and neighbors to me and Cynthia. So when they invited us, we came running. I was a hopeful writer then, doing publicity for studios and the like, just starting to get screenwriting jobs.

    Was there the sense that you were seeing pop-culture history being made?

    We knew we were doing something special, but had no idea just how special. We knew it was a much bigger scale than music videos at the time had been, and so much different than the usual 1980s performance things. But watching Michael come alive on that first night I was there was electrifying. I became a fan right there.

    Did you become friends with Michael Jackson then?

    We did not become friends at that point. Later on, when I was shooting The Stand, Stephen King and Michael put together a script for another scary music video — one with huge scale, even compared to Thriller. King recommended me for it, and that’s where I really met Michael on a one-to-one basis. We became friends through that experience.

    What did you think Michael wanted to achieve with Ghosts?

    Michael wanted to make the biggest, scariest music film ever. Well, I don’t know that that’s what happened; you can’t really be scary in this context, but it’s huge, the music and dancing are great, and it’s quite the spectacle. And it definitely got its point across. That theme of the outcast stranger that he and King created was important, and stayed the focus through various incarnations.

    How did you get involved, and how did the collaboration between you, Michael, Stan Winston and Stephen King work?

    I was actually the original director. It was begun in 1993, and I worked with him throughout pre-production and two weeks of production. It shut down for three years before resuming under Stan Winston, who was doing the effects work when I was directing. I recommended him to finish shooting when it resumed, as I was about to shoot The Shining. So yeah, I was on set a lot. But I was not there when the production continued in 1996. I’d get midnight calls from Michael, who was so passionate about finishing it, making it special. He and Stan had become friends way back when they did The Wiz together.Nobody knows this, but it was originally going to be a video to promote Addams Family Values. In fact, Christina Ricci and the boy who played Pugsley were both in it. We shot for two weeks and never got to the musical numbers.".

    In the beginning, he and Steve did the script together, and I wasn’t really privy to what went on then. It was when it was greenlit that Michael and I and Stan would get together for hours on end, planning the complicated effects as well as the music and storytelling. But it started as something completely different. Nobody knows this, but it was originally going to be a video to promote Addams Family Values. In fact, Christina Ricci and the boy who played Pugsley were both in it. We shot for two weeks and never got to the musical numbers. It was very expensive and ambitious. And when the first so-called scandal happened, it was when we were shooting. Suddenly, Michael was out of the country, and the studio no longer wanted him to help promote that film..


    What does it mean to you now that Stan and Michael are both gone?

    It’s incredibly sad, of course, and really tragic. Stan was a very talented and funny and friendly man. But I was closer to Michael, spent more time with him. It really breaks my heart to see what happened to him. He was always very fragile, had lots of trouble sleeping. He reminded me a lot of Don McLean’s song about Vincent Van Gogh. The world can be mean, and Michael didn’t have a mean bone in him. Very vulnerable and sweet. And what most people don’t realize is how smart he was and especially how funny he could be. A very witty, explosively talented guy.

    Did Michael hope Ghosts would break out as big as Thriller?

    Michael always seemed to hope to make something that would be huge. He thought big, because his whole life seemed to be surrounded by magnitude. I don’t know what his hopes were in terms of comparing it with Thriller, but I know he thought it would be very special.

    Ghosts and Thriller see him as a charismatic, playful “monster”. Do you think he kept having fun with that reputation, even when the media turned on him?

    He was very playful with that image, though as the press got meaner, he was definitely hurt by it, and pulled back and became more reclusive. But though we were friends, it wasn’t like I saw him all the time. A couple years could go by without seeing or speaking with one another, but when we did, we always had a good time.

    Where were you when you heard he’d died? What did you immediately think and feel?

    I was driving in my car when I heard on the radio that he’d been found unconscious and had been rushed to the hospital. I was stunned, of course, like everyone. Then, about an hour or so later, when I heard it rumored that he had died, I just couldn’t believe it. It took a couple of days for it to sink in. Maybe it was inevitable, I don’t know. I just know that he was fragile, sensitive, and an incredibly sweet and generous guy. It broke my heart, just like it broke the world’s. And I really felt for his kids, who are terrific and unspoiled in a way you wouldn’t imagine. At least, they were when I last saw them a couple of years ago.

    As someone who knew him, what’s your reaction to the 24/7 speculation and media coverage?

    I don’t know, I hate to speculate. I know he had his demons, fears, fragility. I really wasn’t exposed to the drug usage or any of that stuff. It was not that intimate a relationship. All I know is that he was someone I liked a lot, and was privileged to know and work with, and I miss him. Even though I hadn’t seen him in a couple of years, it always seemed like we’d be getting together again soon to talk about movies, and laugh and joke and have fun. It makes me so sad that it won’t ever happen again.

    Did you see the loneliness and sadness claimed to have been his constant companion?

    One of my earliest meetings with him was in New York, where he had a penthouse apartment in the Trump Towers. He was so very lonely. He’d take me to the window and point down at Fifth Avenue below and tell me he’d give anything to be able to just walk down there and go into the shops, but he couldn’t. I went out to visit him in Orlando, and was surprised to find that I was the only one, other than staff, that was around with him. There was nobody but us for a couple of days. I don’t think he had a lot of close friends, people who didn’t want something from him.

    Your enduring memory of him will be…?

    Making him laugh. When Michael laughed, when you got to him for more than just that giggle behind the hand, it was a sight to see. He just loved to laugh, and it was fun to tease him gently. Maybe one of my favorite memories was on the set of Ghosts; we’d finish a take, and if I wanted another, I’d put on Bullwinkle’s voice and say, “This time for sure!” The first time, he just laughed and laughed and laughed. Then he’d keep asking, even after the good takes: “Mick, do Bullwinkle!” That’s how I like to remember him.

    Will Ghosts get a DVD release now?

    I hope so. It was hugely expensive, and never released in the United States. He paid for it out of his own pocket, too. So I don’t know who owns it. But I think people would love it. It changed a lot from the time that I worked on it to the time it was finished, but it’s quite an accomplishment. I’d love to see it available. The only copy of it I have was one I came across in a music store in Hong Kong, on the old VCD format. It deserves better. [/I]



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    Heal the World: Michael Jackson as the King of Charity...
    M. R., Yahoo! Contributor Network. Aug 28, 2009

    Michael Jackson was not only the King where music was concerned, but he was also the King of charity. The Millennium-Issue of the "Guinness Book of Records" named Michael as the Pop Star that supports the most charities. In all, 39 international organizations were named, but Michael was known to give away anonymously and to local charities often, with an estimated $500 million charity donations made in his lifetime.
    His most notable charity work came in the form of a song that he co-wrote with Lionel Ritchie in order to help children who lived in countries that were suffering from poverty and civil unrest. "We are the World" was produced by Quincy Jones and performed by Michael and 45 other musicians, friends and actors. The proceeds of the song were donated to those who were starving in Africa.

    This led Michael to create the Heal the World Foundation, which was formed to improve the lives of children and teach them how to help others. The foundation helped international charity organizations fight poverty, hunger, cancer, abuse, AIDS, disease, illiteracy and racism. Michael also wrote the flagship song for the organization called Heal The World.

    During the History Tour in Bombay, Michael donated the proceeds of his concerts to local hospitals and charities. This is only one example of the many times where Michael would donate proceeds of his concerts to those that were most in need. He also donated his personal items for auction to UNESCO.

    In addition, Michael wrote many of his songs to support charity and noteworthy campaigns. His song Gone Too Soon was written in honor of AIDS victim Ryan White, who received a contaminated blood transfusion early on in life. Ironically, White was from Michael's home state of Indiana. All sales of Man In the Mirror went to the Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times for cancer children.

    Other famous charities to which Michael donated were the Make A Wish Foundation, the Minority Aids Project, Angel Food, the American Cancer Society and the Society of Singers. While his voice went Platinum many times over in the record world, his heart was golden.

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    Michael Jackson Makes The Pope's Top Ten Albums List
    According to a Vatican newspaper...February 15, 2010 by Scott Colothan | Photo by WENN.com




    Pope Benedict XVI is a fan of Oasis, The Beatles and Pink Floyd, according to a classic rock and pop albums list issued by the Vatican.

    Endorsed by the Pope, the Vatican’s official newspaper L'Osservatore Romano published a top ten countdown of records they consider the best of all time.

    In top spot is The Beatles' 'Revolver', but Oasis' 'What's The Story (Morning Glory)?', Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side Of The Moon', Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' and Fleetwood Mac's 'Rumours' also make the list.

    Of Oasis' record, L'Osservatore Romano said: “The album was never equalled - probably because the Gallaghers were always fighting but that's how they like to take on their domestic and musical challenges.

    “All credit to the group for gathering in the tradition of the Beatles, mixing it with a hint of punk and rock, the distorted guitar is a trademark of Oasis.”

    Other records that made the top ten included U2's 'Achtung Baby', David Crosby's 'If I Could Only Remember My Name', 'Graceland' by Paul Simon and Carlos Santana's 'Supernatural'.




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