Request Michael Jackson’s “A Place With No Name” –

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The Legend Returns –

“As with so many times before, Michael Jackson’s artistry and genius is again at center stage.” MJEstate

And we like to keep it there!! 

We are urging Michael Jackson fans to request:

A Place With No Name on Ryan Seacrest’s popular  iHeart American Top – AT40 radio program by using the online request line  ……..it’s easy and quick- 

Simple Click red IHeartRadio banner below:

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You should see a self explanatory request form:

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Type in your name and other * required fields and any other message you’d like to include and SEND –       That’s it!!! 

If you prefer you can call in your request:Requests & Shoutouts 1-877-AT40-FAN


Michael Jackson’s fanbase is the largest social media community in the world ..  – Feel free to request Love Never Felt So Good, Slave to the Rhythm as well or any other Michael Jackson song-

Requests can also be made at iHeart Radio/New York click  Z100 banner below  and fill out the form on botton right- Type in three song selections, fill out form name, email and other pertinents and BOOM ..

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Let’s make some noise for our beloved, Michael

Love  & appreciation to HappyChick93 who continually advocates for Michael! 

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Harrison Funk: His friend, Michael Jackson

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Michael Jackson’s Personal Photographer Remembers How They Met

In a New Republic article written by Anna Hiatt, Harrison Funk, who photographed Michael from his early days through to his sad passing in 2009, remembers how he met Michael for the first time.

Harrison Funk remembers being captivated by Michael Jackson’s eyes.

“Michael had the most beautiful eyes I’ve ever photographed,” he told me recently. “They were large. They were expressive. They were deep. I don’t mean that physically. It was a picture into his soul. I think Michael, he knew in every picture what he wanted to convey. Even when he was completely natural he could convey a message to the camera.”

Funk began shooting Michael in the early 1980s and continued on and off until his death five years ago on June 25, 2009. Funk was in his twenties when he made his first shot of Michael, before the singer launched his solo career. Funk had been invited to a party at New York City’s Tavern on the Green, and he found himself shooting pictures of Michael and the rest of the Jackson family backstage. Shortly afterward, Funk got a call from Michael’s publicist, inviting him to Los Angeles. Without promise of a job or even reimbursement, Funk got on the plane.

He remembers the day that he and Michael connected – really connected – for the first time. Tito Jackson’s kids were playing in a softball game, and while a couple of the brothers hung out on the sidelines, Michael sat by himself in a parked car down the block. When he saw Funk approach, Michael told him to get in and the two sat talking about “everything in the world, and baseball.”

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Funk chronicled Michael’s career, starting with the Jacksons’ ‘Victory Tour’ in 1984 and Michael’s first solo tour, ‘BAD’ (1987-89).

“He taught me so much about observing, seeing the moment and capturing the moment,” Funk said. “He taught me so much about perfection and Michael was a perfectionist. He wanted everything to be just so, even when it was spontaneous, it was just so. That was part of his brilliance, the ability to make that happen without any effort.”

Access and trust are key to making documentary images, especially with publicity-conscious celebrities.

“I was just myself,” Funk said. “There was no pretense. I am who I am. I was open, and they knew that no picture would leave my hands without approval. And it got to the point to the middle of the tour where I was able to approve images. They trusted me.”

READ and SEE more Harrison Funk’s historical photographs of Michael.

Follow Harrison Funk’s Facebook.

Source: New Republic & MJWN

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Dangerous Talk with Susan Fast

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Dr. Susan Fast, whose new book on the Dangerous album will be coming out September 25 from Bloomsbury Press.

Originally posted on dancing with the elephant:

Willa:  This week I am thrilled to be joined once again by Dr. Susan Fast, whose new book on the Dangerous album will be coming out September 25 from Bloomsbury Press. I just want to say up front that I’ve read this book twice now, and I’m still staggered by it. For the first time we have a detailed, in-depth analysis of one of Michael Jackson’s albums, and it’s amazing – it reveals how he conveys meaning through every layer of musical creation and performance. Some sections I’ve read numerous times, going through sentence by sentence with my headphones on, trying to catch all the details and nuances of meaning Susan identifies. I was quite simply blown away by it.

Susan, your book is such a treasure trove of ideas, as well as new ways of listening and thinking about his music. There’s so much I want to talk with…

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Michael Jackson: The Man In The Mirror by Gerald L. Campbell

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“Oh, God! That boy moves in a very exceptional way. That’s the greatest dancer of the century.” – Fred Astaire
“I didn’t want to leave this world without knowing who my descendant was. Thank you Michael!” Fred Astaire (shortly before his death)

“The only male singer who I’ve seen besides myself and who’s better than me — that is Michael Jackson.” Frank Sinatra

 

Screen Shot 2014-09-03 at 8.50.15 PMMichael Jackson died unexpectedly on Thursday, June 25. The suddenness of his death came as a source of shock to all.

Some have used the occasion to present a contemptibly narrow view of his personal struggles. But as the months and years roll by, it is the contribution of his musical genius that will be written permanently in the hearts and minds of people everywhere. Even now, the greatest of his peers have recognized him as one of the most gifted and accomplished musical artists of the last century.

Few artists have used their talents to uplift mankind as vigorously as Michael Jackson. Though lean in stature, he stood firmly against social and political forces that seek to diminish the integrity of the human spirit. He uplifted individuals struggling to be free. At the same time his voice spoke a message that went far beyond the rights of the individual. Michael reminded us that personal dignity and individual freedom can only be perfected in the warm embrace of human solidarity.

It was the human family that stood foremost in Michael’s mind. “We are the world,” he said. And against this backdrop, he challenged freedom-loving individuals to act heroically for the betterment of all. “If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make a change,” he said.

Thus Michael Jackson was no spokesman for narcissism, despite the fact that he often sought refuge there. At bottom, his music was driven by the ancient dream of the brotherhood of man. He saw redemption in a bonding of all individuals in simple humanity. Human solidarity — Love — was for him the foundation of Justice and the meaning of Life!

Armed with this simple vision, Michael set about to dedicate his life to others. As a young boy, he burst onto the world’s stage like a bolt of lightening and, once there, he inspired youth, and the youthful, to act on behalf of justice and the human community. He created a powerful synergy with his audiences and through this confluence helped generate a moral force that over time would bring the world to a better place.

It is not commonly recognized how much Michael Jackson contributed to U.S public diplomacy during the last decade of the Cold War. Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, Michael’s music inspired young people in captive nations to take chances on behalf of freedom and democracy. With his dramatic style, he electrified youth and stirred them to unite in common purpose. In response, they rallied moral forces against fear and set about to challenge the ubiquitous brutality of totalitarian regimes. The collective energy Michael and other artists inspired became a critical factor in bringing about the political collapse of the Soviet Union and its Eastern European empire. “We are the world!”

Surveys taken by the Voice of America during the 1980s demonstrate his appeal. Michael Jackson, Pink Floyd, and Billy Joel were the preferred pop artists for VOA listeners behind the Iron Curtain. The music they provided offered a unique challenge to the fundamentals of Soviet totalitarianism — fear and isolation. It enabled listeners to dream of freedom and dignity, and it filled their hearts and minds with a practical determination to seek a brighter future.

But, among all American pop artists, it was Michael Jackson that towered above the rest. His popularity achieved the highest ranking by VOA listeners –more than 50% approval.

I recall myself and a friend crossing the border into East Berlin before the Wall was torn down. As my friend maneuvered our rented VW to the checkpoint, I pulled back the sunroof and rolled down the windows. Earlier I had cued a tape to play Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror.” As the guard approached, I hit the play button and turned the volume way up. The guard, who was carrying an automatic rifle, asked for our passports. Instead of responding directly, I said over the top of the music: “Do you like Michael Jackson?” He looked nervously at the guard house and then quickly nodded in approval. For a long moment, his face was covered with an unforgettable smile. But more than signaling his approval, the guard had broken military decorum.

Similarly, when we returned to the West through Austria, the guard stationed there responded to my question by first placing his machine gun on the ground. Then he grabbed my closest hand with both of his and said: “Yes, oh yes. Michael Jackson!” Not far away, hidden in a clump of bushes and trees, I saw the dark, sinister presence of Soviet tanks.

Michael’s creative imagination enabled him to craft a music of freedom, a music replete with a crisp defiance of injustice and unjust authority, a music deeply tinged with respect for the essential dignity of the human person. In a world whose temptations breed isolation and aloneness, Michael’s music gave voice to our common need for love, compassion, understanding, and mercy. It gave succor to those struggling to belong and unleashed a willfulness to labor against the forces of spiritual alienation. In a world dominated by fear, his music gave transcendent purpose and the hope of future redemption. In short, Michael’s artistry was an energy that inspired resistance against all forms of cultural and political repression. It was a music whose vitality cried out for a liberation of the human spirit.

Reflecting on the 1980s and early 1990s, one labors to imagine a more heroic episode in history’s hard march against tyranny. Liberty sprang up amidst a near bloodless convulsion, and took a daring but peaceful step forward. It was in the intensity of this revolutionary fervor that the artistry of Michael Jackson towered as a beacon of light for those struggling to be free.

In the YouTube video below, listen to Michael perform “The Man In The Mirror.” Hear his words. Watch the imagery. Reflect how deeply he pleads for each individual to dedicate their lives to the reconciling impulses of Justice and Love. In a world that continues to be much too cold and brittle, Michael Jackson has established himself a much-needed prophet for our age.

Source: http://vox-nova.com/2009/06/30/michael-jackson-the-man-in-the-mirror/ 

Biography of Gerald L Campbell

Gerald L. Campbell was a senior staff member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1976 to 1985, the Director of Policy and Research for the National Security Caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1977 to 1980, the Senior Advisor to the Director of the United States Information Agency from 1985 to 1990, and the Special Assistant to the Administrator, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Programs, at the U.S. Department of Justice from 1992 to 1993.

From 1997 to 2001, Campbell was the Senior Advisor to the Commissioner of Health for the State of Texas. Until recently, he was President and a member of the Board of Directors of The Impact Group, Inc., a non-profit education foundation located in Washington, D.C. and Tyson’s Corner, Virginia.

In June 1990, Campbell began to inquire into the nature, root cause, and the spiritual dynamics of socially dysfunctional behaviors. He spent nearly five years exploring the streets of Washington, D.C., associating with and befriending the homeless, violent youth, and substance abusers.

With camera and tape recorder in hand, he took black and white photographic images — and recorded the personal stories — of many of these individuals. He also recorded the stories of many teenagers who had been incarcerated for capital crimes.

A senior member of President Reagan’s Domestic Policy Council said of Campbell’s work: “He has captured the image and voice of the homeless — their own voices — in ways that are instructive to us all. On film and note pad he has recorded what they confided to him. Campbell finds in their stories and existence a message for the nation, a message about the importance of bonding in simple humanity. He is their camera, not their filter; he is ‘Boswell'” to their ‘Samuel Johnson.'”

Senator Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) has written about his efforts: “Your work with and on behalf of the homeless in Washington, D.C. is a model that should be emulated across the country. The isolation and the loneliness felt by the destitute, the poor, and the hungry is the same isolation felt by virtually every American at some point in their lives.”

A member of the Arts Education Advisory Panel of the Washington, D.C. Council on the Arts and Humanities said: “The artistic merit of Gerald Campbell’s photographs are unparalleled in quality. The technical skill is flawless and the subject matter has the emotional substance that competes with the subject matter of Vincent Van Gogh’s “The Potato Eaters.”

The Curator of the Washington Center for Photography said: “I am stunned by the intensity and compassion expressed in your body of work. It has been a long time since I have seen portraits which combine spiritual presence and strength with technical accomplishment. I see what Eugene Smith was searching for within your images: the ability to see past skin and culture and see the true individual within.”

The photographic images and personal stories displayed on this web site are representative of the artistic portion of his work.

Campbell is persuaded that the nature and root cause of socially dysfunctional behaviors can only be discovered through the stories people tell about themselves. Personal stories, together with photographic images that capture the interior presence of a person, create a unique synergism that generates a more insightful understanding of the origins of human problems than any other methodology.

Unless Americans reach out and forge a spirit of solidarity with one another, it will not be possible for the nation to reduce the incidence of substance abuse, youth violence, and homelessness. Why? The reason is as penetrating as it is challenging. For only through qualitative relationships such as love, compassion, understanding, and mercy can the person alleviate that “unmet need to belong.” And the existential “need to belong” constitutes the causal headwaters of all socially dysfunctional behaviors.

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The photographic image on this page (above) shows Campbell (right) testifying as an expert witness before a committee of the United States Senate.

Bio source: http://geraldlcampbell.typepad.com/about.html

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Michael Jackson Memorial Bench Brooklyn’s Botanical Garden – Aug2014

Michael Jackson’s concern for the earth were evident and he voiced them many years before the catch phrases “save our planet” reverberated.  His fanbase can now pay respects to him with the help of the Brooklyn Botanical Garden (BBG) whenever they visit his new memorial bench. The mission statement of BBG includes the sentiments of Michael Jackson and highlights his message in Earth Song.

“Seeking actively to arouse public awareness of the fragility of our natural environment, both local and global, and providing information about ways to conserve and protect it.”

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Five years after his passing a group of Michael Jackson fans dedicated a Memorial bench in his honor at Brooklyns Botanical Garden located at 990 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY on Aug 27th, 2014.  Two days later, Aug 29th the first gathering to pay tribute and join in loving respect ot honor Michael’s birthday occurred at 3pm. EST at the bench site.

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The group read Maya Angelou’s beautiful Ode to Michael – “We Had Him” and a short video is available courtesy of Gadget Trish, a member of the group that gathered on his birthday.

“We Had Him” by Maya Angelou

Beloveds, now we know that we know nothing, now that our bright and shining star can slip away from our fingertips like a puff of summer wind.

Without notice, our dear love can escape our doting embrace. Sing our songs among the stars and walk our dances across the face of the moon.

In the instant that Michael is gone, we know nothing. No clocks can tell time. No oceans can rush our tides with the abrupt absence of our treasure.

Though we are many, each of us is achingly alone, piercingly alone.

Only when we confess our confusion can we remember that he was a gift to us and we did have him.

He came to us from the creator, trailing creativity in abundance.

Despite the anguish, his life was sheathed in mother love, family love, and survived and did more than that.

He thrived with passion and compassion, humor and style. We had him whether we know who he was or did not know, he was ours and we were his.

We had him, beautiful, delighting our eyes.

His hat, aslant over his brow, and took a pose on his toes for all of us.

And we laughed and stomped our feet for him.

We were enchanted with his passion because he held nothing. He gave us all he had been given.

Today in Tokyo, beneath the Eiffel Tower, in Ghana’s Black Star Square.

In Johannesburg and Pittsburgh, in Birmingham, Alabama, and Birmingham, England

We are missing Michael.

But we do know we had him, and we are the world.

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Source:

Michael Jacksom Memorial Bench – BBG

Maya Angelou – Global Renaissance Woman

Brooklyn Botanical Garden

 

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‘Vole – Fly Away’ Tribute To Michael

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Beautiful tribute to Michael Jackson from France.

Originally posted on ALL THINGS MICHAEL! ♥:

Source: Michael Jackson World Network | All Things Michael

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‘VOLE – Fly Away,’ a french short film made as a beautiful and moving tribute to Michael Jackson has just hit You tube to coincide with Michael’s 56th Birthday.

The 28 minute short film was made in Paris and Disneyland Paris to honour the King of Pop by 300 fans and dancers – Brilliantly done and sure to bring out fan’s emotions.

‘VOLE – Fly Away,’ which has to be one of the most beautiful tributes to Michael I have seen, is a short film that was made in Paris and Disneyland Paris to honour the King of Pop.

Directed by French Actor, Singer, Vocal Coach and Director Rachid Ferrache, known for his lead role alongside Jean-Paul Belmondo in the movie ‘The Ace Of Aces’ in 1982, amongst others, recalls many scenes from Michael’s career and captures his beautiful spirit.

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Chain of Love for Michael Jackson Aug2014

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From South Africa to Neverland to Canada ~ A dream come true ~ “ALL FOR LOVE”

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To end Michael’s birthday celebrations I would like to dedicate this post to Bev Steyn and her ‘Chain of Love’ ~ as without her dream of a ‘global show of love for Michael’ the ‘Chain of Love Hearts’ for Michael at Johannesburg, Neverland and Canada would not have taken place.

Bev Steyn’s dream began at the beginning of August when Bev invited fans to send messages of L.O.V.E. to Michael which would be pinned to the HIStory statue in Johannesburg, a statue Michael gifted to SANTA – South African National Tuberculosis Association in Johannesburg after his HIStory Tour in South Africa, on Michael’s 56th birthday on the 29th August. After posting Bev’s link I noticed a pic of the support hearts pinned up on the Neverland fences during 2005 trial and wondered if we could do the same once again, primarily as the selling of Neverland had just been announced and it would also provide a means of letting those at Neverland know how much it meant to Michael’s fans.

After contacting Bev with the idea, she was overjoyed with the idea of this ‘Chain of Love’ and we began collecting messages and it was arranged that the messages would be printed off in the US, a plan that fell through initially, but with Bev’s faith and encouragement, and with the amount of messages being received a suggestion that I make the message hearts here in the UK and send to the US, a saviour stepped forward, and Lisa Brisse in the US offered to carry out the pinning of the hearts to the fences at Neverland.

So began the task of making the hearts, Bev in SA and myself here in the UK. Working with Bev on this project was an absolute pleasure as we traded messages via email day and night and spent all available time, cutting and gluing and reading all of the beautiful messages of love for Michael that warmed my heart and made the process of making the hearts an absolute joy. Due to the time factor and post the Neverland hearts were sent earlier to Lisa in the US and an anxious wait before Lisa acknowledged they were safety with her. 17 messages received after the hearts were sent to Lisa were printed out by Lisa on A4 decorated sheets and pinned to the Neverland fences so none of the 210 messages were missed.

Brenda Jenkyns inspired by the project then joined the ‘Chain of Hearts’ and made hearts and invited messages to hang from Michael’s ‘LOVE’ Tree in Calgary, Canada. Brenda’s messages can be seen here ~

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ALL messages received by UK loves MJ were also put on RED HEARTS for the HIStory Statue and all messages received by Bev were also put on WHITE HEARTS for Neverland, In all the messages combined were 210 message hearts representing 39 countries from around the World. EVERY birthday message received for Michael either by Bev or from members of this page were represented at BOTH sites. Bev kindly photographed EVERY message seen here at the link where you will find your own message. This is a beautiful album which also includes wonderful photos of your hearts on the HIStory statue. The corresponding messages at Neverland compiled from various sources will be posted shortly.

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I know from my part the hard work, cost and time that went into this project from start to finish, and I could not have completed it without the faith, encouragement and inspiration given to me from Bev behind the scenes of the project for which I will be eternally grateful

We would like to thank you all most sincerely for all your heartfelt messages for Michael and taking part in the wonderful project.

A beautiful added touch from Bev was the addition of a country flag to each personal messages on the Red Hearts at the HIStory statue, and 40 hand made larger hearts with flags of every country represented by the messages, a touch to emphasize Michael’s GLOBAL reach and I will leave this post with a huge thank you to Bev for her dream of this project, her inspiration and also with Bev’s own wonderful words, that sum up this project perfectly …….

Michael wished very much to UNITE Nations … and this project was a fine example that we …. Michael’s fans from across the globe …. united in L.O.V.E for him.

May this be a lesson that one small idea … with inspiration from Michael and all he meant to us ….. can blossom / mushroom into something so much bigger ….if we just Keep the Faith, believe in what we want to achieve and try our very best as Michael always did

Thank your Bev Steyn

From South Africa to Neverland to Canada ~ A dream come true ~ “ALL FOR LOVE”

See more info and wonderful pics from Bev
https://www.facebook.com/bev.steyn/media_set?set=a.10204137056363704.1073741855.1144642057&type=1

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