‘Barbershop Books’- Right up Michael Jackson’s Alley –

Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 3.59.05 PMIn honor #WorldBookDay -we’re highlighting an article we thought would inspire MJGlobal family, as we was know how dedicated Michael Jackosn was to gaining knowledge and promoted reading as a way to acquire a broader view of the world.  Below are excerpts from an Article entitled “Getting African-American Boys to Read”

Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 2.50.01 PMexcerpts from Barbershop Books article –  

“Many young black males don’t see reading as part of their identity, one NYC educator believes. Haircut by haircut, he’s trying to fix that.

When Alvin Irby was teaching kindergarten and first grade in Harlem and the Bronx, he saw that many of his students—especially African American boys—needed new associations around books. Statistically, those boys are the most reluctant when it comes to reading—and lag more in test scores. ”

“I’m developing this theory that a lot of young black males simply don’t associate books with their identity,” says Irby. “Fathers are missing from a lot of black children’s early reading experiences. There aren’t many black male teachers, either.”

That’s how Barbershop Books was born. Irby, now just a few weeks away from a master’s degree in public administration from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service, had a simple idea: Go to neighborhood barbershops that African American families visit on a regular basis. Set up a shelf of children’s books specially selected to appeal to young boys (action-packed, culturally relatable, and led by male characters). Get the barbers to encourage boys to pick up “No, David!” or “Calling All Cars!” while they wait for their haircut, or even once they’re in the chair.

Even if the book is a little above or below the kid’s reading level, and even if there’s not an adult sitting next to him as he reads, boys are still making an implicit link between reading and barbershops—which are cultural hubs in New York City’s African American communities. The bit of encouragement from the barber, most often an older black man, is essential too.

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So far, Irby has six barbershops set up in Harlem and Brooklyn. He’s looking to expand to 25 by September, with the help of $5,000 that he and a team of other NYU students won for Barbershop Books, as finalists in UPenn’s Fels Public Policy Challenge. He’s looking for additional funding for the project while fielding calls from people in other cities who want books with their haircuts, too.

Read full article: Barbershop Books 

Alvin Irby points out that role models are much needed to encourage young black boys to identify themselves with reading. Michael credits Rose Fine, his tutor, as being his role model. She taught him and his brothers during Jackson5 tours and he considered her like a second mother. 

“We traveled with a wonderful tutor, Rose Fine, who taught us a great deal and made sure we did our lessons. It was Rose who instilled in me a love of books and literature that sustains me today. I read everything I could get my hands on. New cities meant new places to shop. We loved to shop, especially in bookstores and department stores”

“I love to read. I wish I could advise more people to read. There’s a whole other world in books. If you can’t afford to travel, you travel mentally through reading. You can see anything and go anyplace you want by reading.”  Moonwalk

Knowing he had great following Michael was dedicated to being a role model himself. In January 1979, Michael Jackson donated an unspecified number of books, including Peter Pan to the Chicago Public Library’s, Young Adult Section and promotes reading through a library program called Boogie to the Book Beat.

“Role Models are key to a child’s development. As with those little people I saw happily skipping into the library to pick out books, each was led by a significant adult…one who not only expressed the joy of reading…but, showed it. Bedtime stories give children the gift of a lifetime. Michael was moved to include reading to children as part of the CHILDREN’S UNIVERSAL BILL OF RIGHTS in his Oxford Address for the Heal the Kids Initiative…rededicating all of us to the wonder of childhood.” Jude Ling

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Michael Jackson was self-educated and driven with his own fire to learn. The media never really did any sort of research regarding that part of his character and it would not have jived with the mischaracterization they wanted to put forth.  In a 1984 Ebony Interview. Wesley Snipes began to speak on Michael, his voracious reading and world knowledge – something the media would never report –

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His attorney Robert Sanger also has spoken in depth publicly about Michael’s incredible knowledge:

“… We stand up and the judge leaves, and Michael turns to me and says, “Bob, the jury system is much older than 200 years, isn’t it?’ I said, ‘Well, yeah, it goes back to the Greeks.’ He says, ‘Oh yeah, Socrates had a jury trial, didn’t he?’ I said, ‘Yeah, well, you know how it turned out for him.’ Michael says, ‘Yeah, he had to drink the hemlock.’ That’s just one little tidbit. We talked about psychology, Freud and Jung, Hawthorne, sociology, black history and sociology dealing with race issues. But he was very well read in the classics of psychology and history and literature.”

To further illuminate this issue we only have to look at Michael Jackson expansive Neverland Library which held over 10,000 volumes – Picture from Libraries to Top All Libraries.

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What others say about one of Michael’s favorite books, Jonathan Livingstone Seagull:

One of the things he always told me was, Don’t be afraid to be different. In other words, when you have that desire, that drive, people are going to try to pull you away from that, and pull you closer to the pack to be “normal.” And he was saying, It’s O.K. to be that driven; it’s O.K. to be obsessed with what you want to do. That’s perfectly fine. Don’t be afraid to not deviate from that. One of the books that he gave me that helped him communicate with me was Jonathan Livingston Seagull, which was about that.”              Kobe Bryant

“I remember when you read Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach all the way through in one sitting at Disney World. Thank you for always being there for me and for teaching me to believe in dreams! We miss you..Happy birthday!” Anthony Jackson

“One of the books Michael told me to read on the trip was Jonathan Livingston Seagull. Jonathan, out of all the seagulls saw that here was more to life than just being a seagull – more than what was right in front of him. Michael wanted to live that way – to fly beyond all expectations, to live an extraordinary life. He instilled that ambition in me, often asking me, “Do you want to be Jonathan, or one of the other birds? 

And on gainging knowledge:

“On weekends in the city, we often went to the movies or comic book stores, but what I remember most fondly about those visits was that Michael introduced me to the joys of books. I was dyslexic, and reading had always been tough for me, but when I complained that I didn’t like to read, he said, “Well, then you will be dumb and ignorant for the rest of your life. Frank, you can do anything you want in this world, but if you don’t have knowledge, you are nothing. If I gave you a million dollars right now, would you take it? Or would you want to have the knowledge of how to make that million on your own?”

I knew the correct answer to this question. “I’ll take the knowledge.”

“That’s right. Because with knowledge you can make the first million into two.” Frank Cascio

It’s clear that being a role model to a young boy who may not have a father around to instill that desire to read is most desirable and thankfully for many, Michael was took on that important role.

So today in honor of  #WorldBookDay … We ask you to make it a point to  encourage young people to read – Volunteer at an Elementary School reading program or in your local Library – And  most importantly donate to endeavors that encourage reading like Alvin Irvy’s Barbershop Books.

Donate to Barbershop Books 

Sources:

Donate to Barbershop Books http://readingholidayproject.org

https://mjjjusticeproject.wordpress.com/2012/10/29/michael-jackson-extremely-well-read/

http://michaeljackson-innocentvoices.com/little-sponges-of-pure-delight/

Libraries to Top All Libraries

Getting African-American Boys to Read With ‘Barbershop Books’

https://books.google.com/books?id=CDe_aPsA4lQC&pg=PT141&lpg=PT141&dq=boogie+to+the+book+beat&source=bl&ots=nRh70_g84l&sig=8kt3KCoF0PgOrUpmQzw1JJCGrK0&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Mm45VcHnKYq5oQSNvoCwBA&ved=0CCcQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=boogie%20to%20the%20book%20beat&f=false

https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2002&dat=20010327&id=vF0vAAAAIBAJ&sjid=PtsFAAAAIBAJ&pg=5098,6875149&hl=en

http://www.mjfancommunity.com/human.htm

http://EconomicPolicyJournal.com : Michael Jackson “Extremely Well-Read,” Had 10,000 … http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2014/08/michael-jackson-extremely-well-read-had.html?spref=tw … #WorldBookDay

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A Reblog – The Cutting Edge – The Michael Jackson “Truth Hurts”

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Original post April 10, 2004

When Dungeons Shake
25About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody’s chains came loose. 27The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. 28But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!” 29The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. 30He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:25-30)

Michael Jackson is a threat. To everybody. Except children, of course. Otherwise, he would not be going the way traveled before him by James Baldwin, Paul Robeson, and even Josephine Baker—African Americans who found a resting place for their heads overseas in Europe. I wonder now if Mr. Jackson, once he is cleared of these trumped up charges of child molestation, will not, for the sake of his own dignity and sanity, follow suit and leave America behind.

I couldn’t blame him.

If my estate was pillaged and ransacked by a bitter white, hate-filled man who, without apology, without probable cause, and without common sense, I’d consider another address. Sneddon’s rampage evoke the image of the senseless rage of some white overseer who is bent on exacting some measure of sick joy out of torturing the psyche of his boss’s slave. Sneddon stepped onto———no I take that back: he and his mob stormed the gates of Neverland like U.S. commando forces thundered through the city of Tikrit to capture Saddam Hussein. Helicopters swarmed over Jackson’s abode like vultures suddenly whipped into a sickening frenzy over the stench of dead carcasses.

The latest scandal Jackson is faced with is like nothing he has faced before. In addition to staring down a twenty years prison sentence, Jackson is facing another prison of sorts: an avalanche of scurrilous press saturated with lies and innuendo. Is the onslaught payback for years of Jackson refusing to toady to the whims of a media clamoring for every morsel of information about every detail of his life? Is Jackson that big of a threat to them, to their “right-to-know” mentality? For all practical purposes, the media has cast off all restraint, stripping themselves of ethics, integrity and common decency, writhing in a defiled bed of slander, libel, and outright character assassination. Money indeed makes liars and whores out of many.

Michael Jackson is also a threat to white society[1].  He is the one who simply would not stay in his “place”. For centuries, it has always been acceptable for blacks to entertain but never to own and control their own services. Even black minstrels who found work after the Civil War were controlled by white managers who profited more than they did. Sound familiar? But Jackson has never played the part of anybody’s minstrel. He made it clear that there was more to him than simply performing. His business acumen helped earn him co-ownership of the Beatles catalog as well as songs of Elvis Presley. Do not think for a minute that this move set well with some white folks in the music industry. Unlike some of the young black artists who wear their bling bling around their necks or in their mouths, Jackson actually OWNS something substantive and formidable. And folks have been trying to wrench it from him ever since. For some whites, Michael Jackson will never be anything more than a nigger, albeit a rich one, but still a nigger. Du Bois’ words, though spoken a century before, still ring true today concerning the problems of the color line in America.[2]

White folks aren’t the only ones who are threatened by Jackson. Some in the black community are just as intimidated by Jackson. Yeah, I said it! Some of my people confuse and befuddle me. On one hand, these sold-out “proud-to-be-black-y’all-and-that’s-a-fact- y’all” people love to brag about how important it is for us to be different, to be edgy, and to defy the box (or coffin) mainstream society tries to place us in. This mentality is trumpeted about in the hip hop community and marks the language, the apparel, and the music.

On the other hand, however, the moment a black artist breaks outside “the box”, he or she is branded a sellout. Some of us forgot the fact that the black community is as guilty of boxing its people in as white society is. “Look at him! He ain’t black enough. He bleached his skin!” Is blackness based merely on appearance? And what is it to be black, o critical ones? If nothing else, Jackson is guilty of attempting to move beyond the boundaries set by society PERIOD. However, it at least appears, at least according to a number of polls, that a number of blacks are attempting to look at both Jackson and this case against him with some measure of objectivity and even support if they so feel moved. This is not a call to blind followership rooted solely in racial solidarity but rather to move toward the common sense and dignity of not judging a thing or a person by its cover. We all, irrespective of our social location, want that much.

But even the racial element in the Jackson drama is trumped by the cultural issues surrounding masculinity and sexuality. While Jackson is maligned for being a man who openly admits and demonstrates his affection for and sensitivity to children, “respected” members of parishes, churches, law enforcement, etc continue to victimize children sexually themselves. While the media continues to speculate about Jackson’s sexuality because of his appearance, his voice, and his unwillingness to be anything but a gentleman when it comes to discussing his personal relationships with women, football players and politicians, traditional pictures of assumed masculinity, continue to come out of the closet. Interesting. For the record, Jackson has, without denigrating the gay community, denied that he himself is gay. The media, however, continues to be selectively deaf to his voice.

Even more troubling to me is the underlying assumption that it is somehow abnormal for a “real” man to show affection for children. I’m sorry but I honestly believe this lie is one of the biggest hindrances to authentic masculinity in society today. How many adults are now griping that their fathers were never there for them emotionally, never showed them any kind of affection? Rest assured, Jackson is anything but weak. How many tough guys could survive the ish he’s been through? Some would have committed suicide. Other would no doubt drink themselves into oblivion. Yet Jackson is poised to fight Sneddon, to fight the media, and most importantly, to fight the charges that he is a child molester. Michael Jackson is as much a man as I’ve ever seen, PERIOD!!!

In closing, there is little doubt in my mind or heart that Jackson will be cleared. How long this sham of a process will take, however, is anyone’s guess. But when it is finished, Jackson will be a man freed from the constraints of other people’s ideological fetters and liberated from the ghost of a shocking allegation. Some of course, will always believe that Jackson is guilty simply because they are either too lazy to think or too biased against Jackson to even consider that the case against him a shady. But rest assured, someday and that right soon, Jackson’s very soul will resound with the words of one poet, “My dungeon shook, and my chains fell off.”[3]

[1] Please note that I am not referring to all white people and merely some. The same also applies to any discussion of the black community.

[2] W.E.B. DuBois, The Souls of Black Folk. (New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1994), 9.
[3] James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time. (New York: Vintage International, 1993), 10.

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Thank you Mira Jackson

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Michael Jackson’s Global fans ask for Journalistic Investigation of NYPost Stacy Brown

Screen Shot 2015-04-07 at 2.36.34 PMMJGlobal family – Now is our time to become pro-active-

We all are aware that Stacy Brown of the NYPost continually and with impunity. posts articles with no basis in truth or named sources on Page Six-

Howard Weitzman, attorney for Michael Jackson’s Estate and the MJEstate have stated publicly – against these reports.

“Statement from the Estate of Michael Jackson RE: Stacy Brown

We have received a number of inquiries from the community regarding the most recent Stacy Brown story. As many of you are aware, the Estate generally prefers not to legitimatize the lies and rumors spread in the media or expand the coverage by other media of those stories. However, the Estate has asked that we share with you the following statement that was issued by Howard Weitzman, attorney for the Estate of Michael Jackson, in a response to a request for comment yesterday:

“We are aware of recent false “reports” regarding Michael Jackson having, among other things, paid over $200 million to 20 “victims.” There is not a shred of evidence to support these ludicrous “reports.” It is unfortunate that, even in death, Michael cannot be free of these types of allegations, but we are confident that the truth will prevail in the end, just as it did in 2005 when a jury fully exonerated him.”

The Estate is steadfast in its defense of Michael in courts and that will not change regardless of what lies and rumors are spread by journalists with their own agendas.

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“Not a Shred of Evidence”

Currently in the News –

Almost immediately following the Rollingstones disturbing story regarding a gang rape of a female student  by members of fraternity at Unversity of Virginia .. the story seemed to unravel and eventually fall apart.

The New York Times called in to question the journalistic integrity of not only the author, but the Rollingstones editor, the article obvious bias and issues regarding lack of research and finding out the other side of the story.   A Report on RollingStone- A Case Study in Failed Journalism 

While we applaud the New York Times for calling out this bias fabricated story we wonder why other stories that are clearly baseless and contain equally salacious allegations and accusation of sexual misconduct are not simiarly called out.

Why isn’t this case of Failed Journalism called out when Wade Robson claims of “rape” are simply accepted because he’s brought a civil suit against the Estate of Michael Jackson? 

In the Fox411 article, Holly McKay quotes Howard Weitzman but  uses unnamed “inside sources” to add salacious and half-truths – and Then she fails to explain further that the housekeeper who testified for the prosecution was impeached on the stand by Tom Mesereau, as was many of the State witnesses.  There is a reason why Michael Jackson was found NOT GUILTY on 14 counts... and yet the article makes it sound like the housekeepers account was accepted by the jury, as fact.

No one called out Fox411 article nor the author Holly McKay for writing a biased piece against Michael .. Why ?  Is it just because it’s Michael Jackson? 

Jack Shafer of Politico penned a very interesting piece that echoes our concerns. Why point out RollingStone egregous violations of journalistic code when other “reporter” and publications are not?

Please do read http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/04/rolling-stone-rape-columbia-report-116714.html#ixzz3WekyZA4P

We think the New York Times, Politico and Forbes and other publications should investigate and report about the  NyPost lack of journalistic standards and FAKE Michael Jackson stories, as much as they did RollingStones for their FAKE rape story-

MJJJP decided to ask a few of the journalist who were discussing the Rollingstone issue if they’d look into Stacy Brown’s completely fabricated NYPost article which is filled with baseless accusation regarding Michael Jackson-

We shared a moment with Jonathan Swan

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“questionably sourced” ?  hmhm .. indeed

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We were elated to get a response from Jonathan Swan and he did advise us to contact Eric Wemple of Washington Post …. and so we did

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Every member of MJGlobal has the potential of making a difference.

We suggest any fans who are as concerned about continued reports that have no basis of facts regarding Michael Jackson being copy pasted over and over – to please express them in a similar manner.  Tweet to the journalist below, and any other who might be open to communicating on this topic. These are Journalists who are at least examining BAD journalistic practice and are alarmed by it- . @JackShafer  @RavisSomaiya @PeterHilmer @JonathanSwan

We must enter into dialogue and express ourselves – It’s TIME

We, the MJGlobal family,  as the largest social media group in the world need to raise our concerns in a concentrated voice – If we want to see a Change we must BE proactive in making the Change happen.  

Below are our twitlongers and expression of concern, feel free to use them or write out additional concerns – but Please do get involved.  We can not kvetch, then sit and do nothing about how Michael Jackson is written about by the copy paste media.

1. New York Times should speak to ALL violators of journalistic ethics.

@ravisomaiya We would appreciate the New York Times to mete out equal inspection upon the NYPost as it did on Rolling Stone articles. Please speak out with the same sort of admonishment for the baseless salacious lies regarding Michael Jackson in the NYPost –

It is the very SAME lack of journalistic ethics and self regulation that have been pointed out in the Rollingstones False UAV Rape case –

Howard Weitzman, attorney for Michael Jackson’s Estate has stated publicly – against these reports.

“We are aware of recent false ‘reports’ regarding Michael Jackson having, among other things, paid over $200 million to 20 ‘victims . . . . There is not a shred of evidence to support these ludicrous ‘reports.’ It is unfortunate that, even in death, Michael cannot be free of these types of allegations, but we are confident that the truth will prevail in the end, just as it did in 2005 when a jury fully exonerated him.”

Shouldn’t the New York Times bring same sort of investigation regarding credibility of “sources” and the idea of copy paste journalism that AOL, USAToday, Fox etc employed when baseless salacious allegation against Michael Jackson, are  posted again and again without benefit of research?

All we are asking is for FAIR & credible reporting –

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1slklfk

2. @jackshafer – We would appreciate you at Politco AND the New York Times to mete out equal inspection upon the NYPost as it did on Rolling Stone articles. Please speak out with the same sort of admonishment for the baseless salacious lies regarding Michael Jackson in the NYPost –

Your quote: “,.. Editors and producers at the highest ranks of journalism have fallen again and again during the past few decades, committing crimes against journalism that match or surpass those of Rolling Stone and Erdely”

The very SAME lack of journalistic ethics and self regulation that have been pointed out in the Rollingstones False UAV Rape case apply to NYPost Page Six article written by Stacy Brown – http://pagesix.com/…/lawyers-say-jacko-paid-200m-in-hush-m…/
Howard Weitzman, attorney for Michael Jackson’s Estate has stated publicly – against these reports.

“We are aware of recent false ‘reports’ regarding Michael Jackson having, among other things, paid over $200 million to 20 ‘victims . . . . There is not a shred of evidence to support these ludicrous ‘reports.’ It is unfortunate that, even in death, Michael cannot be free of these types of allegations, but we are confident that the truth will prevail in the end, just as it did in 2005 when a jury fully exonerated him.”

Shouldn’t ethical journalist bring Brown and the NYPost to task as well? Shouldn’t the New York Times has a standard in publishing integrity, bring same sort of investigation regarding credibility of “sources” and the idea of copy paste journalism that AOL, USAToday, Fox etc employ when baseless salacious allegation against Michael Jackson, are posted again and again without benefit of research?

All we are asking is for FAIR & credible reporting –

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1slklk93.Journalism ethics OR Copy Paste anything goes?

3. Journalistc ethics or Copy Paste Anything goes?

@PeterHelmer Can we expect Forbes to SPEAK OUT on the SAME lack of journalistic ethics regarding the FALSE NYPost Michael Jackson story posted by Stacy Brown?

http://www.forbes.com/sites/peterhimler/2015/04/06/rolling-stones-festering-pr-problem/

Howard Weitzman, attorney for Michael Jackson’s Estate has stated publicly – against these reports.

“We are aware of recent false ‘reports’ regarding Michael Jackson having, among other things, paid over $200 million to 20 ‘victims . . . .

“There is not a shred of evidence to support these ludicrous ‘reports.’ It is unfortunate that, even in death, Michael cannot be free of these types of allegations, but we are confident that the truth will prevail in the end, just as it did in 2005 when a jury fully exonerated him.”

Shouldn’t the New York Times bring same sort of investigation regarding credibility of “sources” and the idea of copy paste journalism that AOL, USAToday, Fox etc employed when baseless salacious allegation against Michael Jackson, is posted again and again without benefit or research?

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1slkl9j

Michael sang .. “You and I must make a pact, we must bring salvation back …”

Let’s bring salvation back for Michael …. “where there is Love.. I’ll be there. “

ADDITIONAL READING – Michael Jackson Allegations  and Did Michael Jackson Pay Hush Money to Family in Brazil?

Sources:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/06/business/in-report-on-rolling-stone-a-case-study-in-failed-journalism.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/07/business/media/university-of-virginia-fraternity-to-go-after-rolling-stone-for-rape-article.html

http://www.forbes.com/sites/peterhimler/2015/04/06/rolling-stones-festering-pr-problem/

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2013/05/29/source-wade-robson-not-asking-for-lot-money-in-claims-against-michael-jackson/

http://michaeljacksonallegations.com/?p=1557

http://michaeljacksonallegations.com/did-michael-jackson-pay-hush-money-to-a-family-in-brazil-in-2003/

NOTICE: THIS POST IS FLUID AND WILL BE UPDATED DAILY IF NECESSARY -AS DIFFERENT JOURNALISTS  ANSWER OUR TWEET REQUESTS .. 

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Macaulay and Brett Barnes do NOT join Wade Robson’s lawsuit. WHAT BRETT REALLY SAYS

MJJJusticeProject:

Macauley Culkin and Brett Barnes are cyber stalked by MJtrolls who support Wade Robson. Is this Legal? Does Wade support this abuse?

Originally posted on Vindicating Michael:

The flood of comments following mentioning Brett Barnes’s reaction to Robson’s complaint made me change plans and demanded a post. First of all it was necessary to collect in one place the tweets from Brett Barnes and other Michael’s friends expressing their attitude to Robson’s lawsuit and secondly, there was also some news to share.

The collection of tweets will be far from full and will contain the things which are just close at hand, but even these will give you the general idea.

But first let me explain the headline of the post.

HOAX

MJ haters invent a new lie to promote their agenda MJ haters invent a new lie to promote their agenda

The reason for it is a strange discovery I made a few days ago when I came across the following headline:

The discovery was made when I was innocently googling for the names of Brett Barnes and Wade Robson and all of a sudden this…

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Vindicate Michael Jackson – We Thank You – Tom Mesereau-

Michael Jackson –

 The Chosen One

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The voice of divine love…a true messenger of God…

Michael’s “prosecution” was a TRAVESTY OF JUSTICE AND ONE OF THE MEANEST MEAN-SPIRITED ATTACKS ON AN INNOCENT PERSON IN LEGAL HISTORY…Tom Mesereau

Screen Shot 2015-04-06 at 8.05.57 AMMichael Jackson was one of the nicest, kindest people I’ve ever met. He really wanted to do more than just be a musical genius. He wanted to heal and change the world through love, through kindness, through art and through music. I do believe the world’s a better place because he was with us.

He was very gentle, very kind. There was…I sort of describe it as a UNIVERSAL MICHAEL and Michael the individual. There was this UNIVERSALIST MICHAEL who really wanted to change the globe, wanted to see the entire world focus on children. He felt that if children were properly loved and cared for we would significantly reduce violence in the world…significantly reduce meanness, significantly reduce poverty. That’s the UNIVERSALIST MICHAEL who thought he could heal the world through music, through humanitarian measures. He was the greatest humanitarian in world history. He actually is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest donor to children’s causes…which the media doesn’t like to focus on. There is also the individual Michael who I dealt with who was a person. He loved to see a child smile. He built Neverland to see children happy…respecting them for who they were. He was one of the wealthiest men in the world and could have spent all that money selfishly but, instead built a zoo, an amusement park, a Screen Shot 2015-04-06 at 8.10.42 AMtheatre, had statues made devoted to the world’s children. If you looked at the artwork in his house,peter pan a lot of it centered on children and seeing them happyand respecting them for who they were, their race, their religion, what part of the world they were from, what kind of native traditions they had. This was someone who, as a person, loved to see a child smile, to see a child from the inner city who was growing up in poverty and violence, come to Neverland and look at a giraffe and smile, and look at an elephant and smile, get some free ice cream and just be happy. It just meant a lot to Michael because he was a very, very good person! But, unfortunately, when you are that much of a genius and you’re that wealthy, all of the sharks are going to come forward. Michael was a person who just didn’t want to be wrapped up in money matters all the time or legal matters. He wanted to do creative things. He wanted to do humanitarian things. That makes him even more of a target for frivolous lawsuits and frivolous claims Of course, because the media wants shock value and they want to see people go down in flames, and they were desperately hoping that he would be convicted because it would mean stories for years about what he looked like and how he was doing in prison and was he going to kill himself…believe me, they were salivating over his conviction and they were trying to skew all the reporting in a way they hoped would influence the jury to convict him. Even a lot of cheap shots at me throughout that time. Everyone was hoping to profit off his destruction. IT WAS TERRIBLE! It is one of my proudest moments in my lifetime just acquitting and vindicating him. In retrospect now, he only had approximately four more years to live. At least he was there to be with his kids and just be vindicated. Screen Shot 2015-04-06 at 8.15.45 AM

The trial was so unjust. The case was so unjust and lacking in credibility. At Michael’s burial, which I attended, a young man, who in the 80’s was a rather high-profile case in California when his father doused him with gasoline and set him on fire burning most of his body including his face…his name is Dave Rothenburg known as Dave Dave. Michael took care of him. Dave spoke at Michael’s funeral about what a kind and decent, generous, wonderful person Michael was. I happen to know there were kids all over the world he did this for…disabled kids, children with illnesses and disabilities. Michael would write checks for them…nobody publicized it.

He did it because that’s what his heart wanted him to do. I think one of the cruelest things ever was to take his love for children, his desire to help kids and turn it against him and try and call him a monster as they did in the trial. IT WAS JUST HORRIBLE. It was just heart-wrenching to be there and watch him and see what a toll it took on him. It was a dreadful experience. It was painful. It was horrifying He couldn’t believe what he was listening to…some of the statements that were made. He couldn’t believe that anyone could accuse him of harming children. He couldn’t believe that anyone could accuse him of masterminding a conspiracy to falsely imprison a family, to abduct children, to extort. THESE ARE THINGS THAT MICHAEL IS NOT CAPABLE OF EVEN IMAGININGand, to formally charge him with this and then to call witnesses who were clearly not telling the truth to try to build a case against him was frigthening and very disheartening for him.

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Michael is a person who would often be up early in the morning walking through Neverland to relax and get close to nature…to look at the sky and the moon and the stars. I never expected Michael Jackson to be convicted on any felony count or misdemeanor. I BELIEVED, AND STILL DO, THAT HE WAS COMPLETELY INNOCENT OF THESE FALSE ALLIGATIONS. I had a very strong feeling that this jury was not going to convict him. Screen Shot 2015-04-06 at 8.20.34 AM I met Michael Jackson during a very dark period. The forces of evil were trying to take him away from us. The man I came to know was a kind, gentle soul who really wanted to heal the world through music and art, love and decency. HE SUCCEEDED! He said this to me…”THE GREATEST THING YOU’LL EVER LEARN IS JUST TO LOVE AND BE LOVED IN RETURN.” Screen Shot 2015-04-06 at 8.21.54 AM

“IT WAS AN HONOR AND A PRIVILEGE TO DEFEND HIM.”  – Tom Mesereau

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Originally posted by MichaelJacksonChosenVoices 7/26/2013

Source for Tom Mesereau quotations from Reflections On The Dance interview with Tom Mesereau

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Michael Was Right, Someone Was After His Catalog. What If It Wasn’t Sony Corp.?

NOTE from MJJJP- There are a few people in the fan base who question the legitmacy of the legal executors of Michael Jackson’s Estate. They often make claims that John Branca and John McClain have illegally usurped the power and even go so far as to claim they are complicit in Michael’s death. We all know that Michael did speak of a “conspiracy” prior to his demise but just who was/is involved in it, is a mystery.  Michael Jackson was surounded by wheeler dealers his whole life and had many people, with their own self-aggrandizing agendas whispering in his ears. Who could he really trust?  Who was protecting him and who was using him?  The information, quotes, comments, opinons and clarifications below have been sent to MJJJP from a MJ fan Twitter Account – ItsBlackItsWite–  Their wish is to present this information and let the Michael Jackson fanbase come to their own conclusions and we are willing to oblige this request.

Michael Was Right, Someone Was After His Catalog.
What If It Wasn’t Sony Corp.?

1 Undue Influence

From “Hit Men” by Fredric Dannen:
Pg 145
Walter Yetnikoff’s first meeting with Allen Grubman took place in 1977….The subject of the meeting was the third man at the table, artist manager Tommy Mottola, who handled Hall and Oats and some other acts. Mottola was Grubman’s client and closest friend.

Pg 150
(about 1987) Grubman did all of Geffen Record’s East Coast legal work. “He is my partner,” said Geffen, “but he’s called my attorney.”

Pg 151
In a 1984 lawsuit…The plaintiff was Sandy Linzer, who had been Tommy Mottola’s partner in artist management. Linzer was one of Grubman’s earliest clients, and even took credit for introducing Allen (Grubman) and Tommy. He apparently believed that Mottola had somehow deprived him of stock he should have had…Linzer alleged that Grubman admitted in a conversation with him that Mottola had defrauded Linzer, but said he was “unable to act in Linzer’s behalf if Mottola directed otherwise.”…The suit was settled out of court, and the terms have not been disclosed.

Pg 156
The same year (1980) Grubman completed his first deal for David Geffen…(details are not applicable to our subject)…In the meantime, Geffen became a Grubman fan.

Pg 312
(1988) The new president of CBS Records US was Tommy Mottola…Apart from being one of Walter’s (Yetnikoff) closest friends in the business, Mottola had few apparent qualifications to run the largest American record company. It was true that David Geffen and Irving Azoff had also begun as artist managers, but no one put Mottola in their intellectual league. Even Walter noted, somewhat ambiguously, “I think one of the more interesting facts about Tommy is that he’s extremely smart. He’s hidden that from the world until recently.”

Pg 336
Walter had allowed Tommy to restaff the upper echelons of the company with his own soldiers, and to some, that seemed like a surefire recipe for a palace coup….Surely, Tommy Mottola, whom Lynda Emon (Yetnikoff’s girlfriend) referred to as “Walter’s personal valet”, would never be disloyal. There were onlookers, however, who believed Tommy would turn on Walter in the blink of an eye. The late Morris Levy, for instance… “Mottola is a no-talent mover-upper,” Morris concluded. “He’s a user.”

Pg 337
Allen (Grubman) had done all he could to regain the good graces of David Geffen….If Yetnikoff was overthrown at CBS, Grubman could not lose. He represented the three top people below Walter: Tommy Mottola….by mid 1990 the friendship (between Grubman and Yetnikoff) was over.

Pg 337 – 340
…what Geffen wanted most was a Michael Jackson single for the movie “Days of Thunder”, since his record company was going to put out the soundtrack album. When Jackson declined to write an original song for the movie, Geffen agreed to settle for an outtake from the “Bad” album – a cover of John Lennon’s “Come Together”.

The trouble was, Walter did not agree that Geffen could have the recording. Worse, his method of delivering the bad news was crude even by Walter’s standards…Yetnikoff had occasionally made sarcastic references over the years about Geffen’s bisexuality….

…If he (Geffen) couldn’t get a Michael Jackson single, could he get Michael Jackson himself? As Geffen was well aware, the singer’s recording pact with CBS had been negotiated under California law, which provides that contracts can be abrogated after seven years – an amount of time that had already expired in Jackson’s case. And Geffen certainly had set the stage for making a pass at the singer. For more than a decade, Geffen had served as an unpaid business adviser to Jackson….

The signer’s former manager, Frank DiLeo, a diehard Yetnikoff loyalist, might have saved the day for Walter. But he had been let go in early 1989, partly at Geffen’s urging. DiLeo had not been replaced. Instead, his role was filled by Jackson’s lawyer of more than a decade, John Branca. Branca was very much Walter’s man and therefore an obstacle between Geffen and Jackson. Geffen had never had much love for Branca.

Despite Branca’s presence, however, it seemed that Jackson was increasingly willing to take his cue from Geffen…..

Jackson replaced Branca with a manager and three attorneys. The manager, Sandy Gallin, happened to be one of Geffen’s closest friends. For publishing, Jackson now used Lee Phillips – Geffen’s West Coast attorney. For litigation, he hired Bert Fields, who was also Geffen’s litigator. For records, he retained Allen Grubman.

(Yetnikoff’s version of the Come Together/Days of Thunder issue differs only in that he says Michael told Geffen he could use the song, then called him [Yetnikoff] and said he didn’t really want it used, so would he tell Geffen no? Walter agreed, and apparently told this story frequently at social events as well as writing about it in his book, “Howling At The Moon.” Michael never publicly denied it, and Geffen must have heard it. It’s noteworthy in that a record executive’s job is to maximize revenue from any artist’s work, and a Michael Jackson song in a Tome Cruise film would have been gold at that time, so this illustrates how these men let their personal conflicts affect business.)

Back to “Hit Men” Pg 337 – 340
(after discovering it was far too costly to get MJ from CBS to Geffen Records) Geffen had to settle for a consolation prize. Jackson owned two publishing companies (this is before the merger of his ATV with Sony, so MJ owned ATV and MiJac)… Suddenly, ATV dropped EMI Music as its administrator and hired MCA Music. It was easier to see how this benefited MCA Corporation employee David Geffen than how it did Michael Jackson. Unlike EMI, MCA was not equipped to manage the catalog outside the United States….

Though he did not get Michael Jackson on his label after all, Geffen would nevertheless have his revenge against Yetnikoff. All it would take in the end was an article by Laura Landro that appeared in the August 17, 1990 edition of The Wall Street Journal. She reported that Yetnikoff’s relations with Jackson and Springsteen had soured, and that he had just signed a new contract under which he would gradually phase out his managerial duties and groom a successor. Tommy Mottola was described as the “most logical candidate” to take his place… Someone had leaked this information with a decidedly negative spin. Landro would not reveal her sources, but Walter was sure that Geffen and Mottola were involved.

From “The Operator”, by Tom King:
Pg 23 – 24
Apparently Batya had failed to teach her young son one fundamental lesson: the difference between right and wrong. Although she herself was morally grounded…David early on found it was easy to cheat and sometimes simple to get what you wanted if you lied.

Pg 48
Having tossed aside all notions of right and wrong, young David Geffen simply lived by different rules than did the rest of society around him.

Pg 115
Geffen had recognized how easy it was for him to manipulate the press. The media were to become some of his most powerful tools to help him get what he wanted.

Pg 319
Grubman and Geffen were sort of simpatico on their outlooks on life, and they shared the belief that rules were made as guidelines and not as hard-and-fast laws. If one needed to bend a rule here or there to achieve a goal or make a deal, Geffen and Grubman both believed, then so be it.

Pg 92
(1966) Gallin and Geffen quickly became inseparable, incorrigible gossips….

(the following are not to judge Geffen’s life style but to show that the stories about Raffles Van Exel could be true)

Pg 278
During his relationship with (Marlo) Thomas, Geffen had a fling with a 21 year old, sandy haired adult film star named Gavin Dillard.

Pg 285
He (Geffen) began hosting small parties at his beach house in Malibu, filling the guest list with attractive men in their twenties.

Pg 321
As had been the case on many previous nights, lying next to him was a male prostitute.

Pg 587
(late 1990s) He (Geffen) continued to pursue men who were half his age and presided over parties that seemed to have been stocked with decorative young men.

From http://divinevarod.com/2012/04/03/raffles-van-exel-knew-no-shame-lied-to-michael-jackson-and-created-a-scam-in-the-name-of-the-911-victims-duping-jermaine-jackson/
In the early years of the 21st century Raffles Van Exel had landed firmly in the camp of the Jacksons. Having wangled his way up via a relationship with toyboy loving David Geffen… (this links Raffles with Tohme)

From http://diaryofahollywoodstreetking.com/raffles-van-exel-connected-to-gay-mafia/
…the story about David Geffen sending his limo to pick Raffles up for a party the music mogul was holding. Only, as Raffles told it, the party was just for the two of them….three separate sources have confirmed to HSK that back in the 90s Raffles worked as a male escort. (this also connects Raffles to Tohme)

Back to “The Operator”
Pg 327 – 328
Geffen (who had had a nose job) told Eisner he needed to get a nose job and suggested a plastic surgeon…Similarly, Geffen told Carole Childs she needed an eye lift….he himself (Geffen) had become an ardent supporter of a Beverly Hills dermatologist named Arnold Klein.

Pg 337
(1981) Geffen called his attorney friend Allen Grubman…”You get me $15M to $17M and you’re my lawyer!” Geffen said gleefully…And David Geffen had a new lawyer.

Pg 382 – 383
…Geffen had a year or so earlier (so 1982) forged a relationship with pop superstar Michael Jackson and offered to create a big-budget movie musical around him….Geffen believed Jackson was tailor-made for the movies and predicted that he would be a huge star on the silver screen…

Pg 385 – 386
He (Geffen) had an uncanny ability to understand people, recognize their weaknesses, and capitalize on them…David Geffen at his worst, as a man willing to implode any business or personal relationship to attain his goal.

Pg 399 – 400
(1985) Plans for Geffen’s Michael Jackson movie floundered amid a host of problems, including Geffen’s inability to find the right script…The deal soon expired and The Gloved One again was a free agent.

Pg 435
(1988) …Michael Jackson continued to seek and value Geffen’s advice. He asked him to become part of a three-man board of advisers who counsel him on career and financial matters. Shortly after taking the job, Geffen became the most influential voice in Jackson’s life.

Geffen was soon handed the task of finding him a new manager….

Pg 439
(1989) When Grubman called Geffen to announce that Chrysalis had made a deal with Thorn EMI, Geffen erupted…incensed that Grubman had not leaked the news to him. He (Grubman) tried to explain that he had been sworn to secrecy… “You’re fired!” Geffen bellowed, hanging up.

The next month was the worst month of Allen Grubman’s life. He was well aware of Geffen’s power to destroy people, and he feared that he would attempt to ruin him….He was desperate to figure out a way to get back into Geffen’s good graces.

Pg 449
(later in 1989) Geffen realized the ally he heeded most at that moment was Allen Grubman… “I don’t want this ever to happen again,” Geffen said, referring to the Chrysalis fiasco… “You understand what I’m saying?… I don’t want this ever to happen again.” (Geffen rehired Grubman b/c he wanted to sell Geffen Records. Grubman realized he had to do as told.)

Pg 468
When an article in The Wall Street Journal said that Yetnikoff would be gradually phased out of his job amid souring relationships with Jackson and Springsteen, music-industry executives speculated that Geffen had been the source. Although the article reported that Yetnikoff had signed a new contract, it said that Tommy Mottola, Yetnikoff’s number 2 and a friend of Geffen, had signed a longer one was was “the most logical successor”.

Geffen also turned on John Branca, Michael Jackson’s lawyer, who had become Jackson’s de facto manager since he’d fired Frank DiLeo. Branca was close to Yetnikoff, and Geffen wanted him out, too. Influenced by Geffen’s reports that Branca was getting too large a share of the singer’s income, Jackson soon told Branca he was letting him go.

In addition, Geffen went on a rampage to ruin Branca, working the early-morning telephone and instructing many other people to fire him as well…. When Lowenstien refused to heed Geffen’s call, Geffen turned on him, too. Their friendship, dating to 1969, was finished.

Pg 474
(1989/90) And Lisa (Eisner, wife of Eric Eisner, president of The Geffen Company) thanks to a Geffen recommendation, had picked up a valuable contract to offer image-consulting services to Michael Jackson.

2 Mottola, Malnik and The Mob

From “The Trials of Michael Jackson” by Lynton Guest:

Pg 50
“Tommy Mottola” Jackson said, “is mean, racist and very, very devilish.”… There can be no doubt that the most important part of Jackson’s statement as far as he was concerned, comes at the end, when he accuses Mottola of being “very, very devilish.”… Since signing a famous, ten to fifteen year so called $1 billion contract in 1991, he had become ever more disillusioned in his relationship with his record label. That deal came hard on the heels of Tommy Mottola convincing Jackson to support him in his battle to take over the job of his then boss, Walter Yetnikoff… (which) swayed Sony’s Japanese leadership to take Mottola’s side against Yetnikoff….Jackson was….implying that Tommy Mottola was actively engaged in an attempt to sabotage his, Jackson’s, career, hence the use of the word ‘devilish’. Michael Jackson had no idea how close he was to the truth yet how far away he was from understanding the reality of what was occurring. He thought it was about CD sales and marketing. It was actually about survival.

Pg 64
(after LWMJ aired and Sneddon went into overdrive) It was time (for Sony) to pass some information to the Santa Barbara District Attorney’s office…The information concerning Jackson’s finances, which neither Sneddon nor any one else could have guessed, gave the prosecutor exactly what he required. Michael Jackson’s career was in the doldrums, Sony could give proof of that. His borrowings were such that if the investigations proceeded to a trial, it could well bankrupt the singer as he would be forced to default on his loans. To Sneddon, that knowledge was crucial.

Sneddon now had a narrative he thought he could credibly present to a jury…

This is where the conspiracy charge comes into play…

This, at any rate, was Tom Sneddon’s version of events now he had the financial information. It provided motive for the conspiracy and the abuse. The conspiracy was pivotal to his case…

The source of the leak was carefully concealed. If my information is correct, even from the Santa Barbara DA. I have been told that the story emanated from Tokyo but was delivered from New York. Something ‘very, very devilish’ had indeed been going on. It is unsurprising that Sony’s lawyers were so concerned that Paul Russel (former CBS Records exec and Sr VP for Sony, knew and liked MJ) had put two and two together they tried to intimidate him into silence.

Pg 75
There can be no doubt that of all the Sony executives involved, Tommy Mottola was instrumental in the demise of Walter Yetnikoff, whispering poisonous stories into the ears of artists and their managers.

Pg 96
(regarding copyright reversion as pertains to the controversial 1991 Sony/MJ contract)
I believe that what in fact happened can be traced ultimately to Tommy Mottola, via his eternal sidekick, a lawyer called Allen Grubman… Mottola and Grubman came as a package, with Mottola the streetwise manager and Grubman his full time networker and negotiator…

Tommy Mottola had deployed Grubman to perform various tasks on his behalf for years. When Yetnikoff brought Mottola to CBS, Grubman, as always, was at his side…

…he (Mottola) became used to sending Allen Grubman to smooth his path, to oil the wheels. When he became a company man, he continued the pattern that had served him so well. Soon the lines between who was acting for whom became blurred. At various times after Mottola joined Sony, Grubman found it necessary to have a word in Michael Jackson’s ear. At around the time when Walter Yetnikoff was losing it and the new contract was being negotiated, Jackson fired his manager, Frank DiLeo, and his lawyer, John Branca. For a while, Jackson’s confidant was unofficially Allen Grubman.

From http://nymag.com/nymetro/news/features/n_8387/
Mottola ran his team like a little Mafia family. And loyalty to the dysfunctional famiglia was prized…He (Mottola) would sometimes hire detectives to check up on artists who were litigious with the company – most famously Michael Jackson…..But there were also sanctioned leaks to the press…. “The biggest influence on my (Mottola’s) life, everything, was Morris Levy.”

(The article explains who Levy was [Considered the Godfather of the American record industry, in deep with the Mafia via the Genovese family and a very dangerous man]. Anyone who wants to get more into the Mafia’s control of the American music industry should read “Me, the Mob and the Music” by Tommy James.[this book mentions Mottola as a frequent guest of Levy’s] Mottola owns rights to the life story of one these mobsters and meant to make a feature film about him.)

From http://www.foxnews.com/story/2002/07/12/jacko-may-claim-threats-by-mottola/
It’s all about Tommy goading Michael to respond the way he has… he has been present during speaker calls between Jackson and Sony Music President Tommy Mottola in which Mottola threatened Jackson. “Not physical threats but certainly the threat that Michael would be destroyed and his career would be over if he didn’t agree to Tommy’s terms. It’s Tommy saying ‘I’ll ruin you’ “….It’s as if he awoke from a long, deep coma to find his financial house on fire and Mottola standing there with the matches.

6-26-2009 Al Malnik claims he’s executor of MJs will
http://www.browardpalmbeach.com/news/updated-reputed-mobster-al-malnik-says-hes-executor-of-michael-jacksons-will-and-blanket-s-new-dad-6452862

From http://www.browardpalmbeach.com/news/the-malnik-familys-michael-jackson-photo-dump-6439351
He’s (Malnik) been quoted in several publications regarding his friendship with Jackson, saying he’s Godfather to the pop king’s youngest son, Blanket, and that, last Malnik knew, he was executor of the estate….

Jackson also said he (Malnik) received a phone call from Mottola while he was there, which aroused his suspicion…

Michael and the family wanted Novel to gather proof of the Malnik/Mottola conspiracy and further find evidence that Mottola was behind the criminal child molestation charges…

He (Novel) said Jackson’s mental state was “excellent” and that the pop star was lucid and extremely intelligent.

“He (MJ) thought that Mottola was Mob connected and that Malnik was representing the Mob… I don’t want to get on Mottola’s bad side. My sources in New York say he’s a very dangerous guy.”

(We know Morris Levy was deeply involved with the Genovese crime family, that he was friends with Tommy Mottola and that Mottola openly admits he patterned himself after Levy. We know that Al Malnik was a friend/protege of Meyer Lansky, known mobster. According to this book, Lansky was also part of the Genovese crime family. The name Vincent Gigante is significant in that Mottola intended to make a film of that man’s brother’s life. Vincent Gigante was a friend/business partner of Levy’s. I’ve read many articles and bio’s [like that of Lucky Luciano, Lansky’s partner] that have Lansky affiliated w/ the Genovese family even if he wasn’t actually “in” it.)
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/genovese-crime-family-source-wikipedia/1114565041?ean=9781156480090

From http://mafiatoday.com/tag/alvin-malnik/
Reader’s Digest rather famously dubbed Malnik as Lansky’s “heir apparent” when the mobster died in 1983.

It was in the parking garage there that Malnik’s brand new Rolls Royce was blown up in 1982. Malnik’s ties to organized crime run long and deep, beginning with Meyer Lansky….

…Hollywood film producer Brett Ratner who is so close to Malnik that he calls Ratner his “11th son”.

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucky_Luciano
He (Luciano) was the first official boss of the Genovese crime family. He was, along with his associate Meyer Lansky…

From http://www.thewrap.com/tv/column-post/showtime-ending-big-c-49986/
The network also announced plans for a documentary about music executive Tommy Mottola by director Brett Ratner.

From http://prince.org/msg/8/156577
“Tommy Boy” by Robert Sam Anson, Vanity Fair, November 1996
Tommy Mottola….tucks a 9mm Glock into his briefcase, and travels in an armor plated limo with a cop badge on the back (also mentioned in Hit Men & other books)…

…sometimes at one of the Mob joints in Little Italy, Tommy grinning at the curbside soldati. “Relax, just a couple of civilians coming in.”…

Senior CBS officials….their pique swelled when Tommy showed up in a 1986 NBC report on Mob infiltration of the music business…

…a call to Sony from a CBS corporate officer. “Do you know this guy (Mottola) has a Mafia background?”…. The FBI said “No, this guy (Mottola) is not somebody who will start dealing with people we should worry about, but he has friends who do.”…

…in the middle of Grubman’s divorce from his long time wife, who suffered from Multiple Sclerosis, he (Yetnikoff) heard Tommy phone attorney Barry Slotnick, who has represented Vinnie “The Chin” Gigante and John Gotti….

Another headache was journalist Frederic Dannen, whose best-seller, Hit Men, had sketched the darker chapters of Tommy’s past all too vividly. Now Dannen had another story, told to him by a reputed Mottola acquaintance named Michael Franzese. According to Franzese, whom Mottola doesn’t remember meeting, he’d lately been approached about buying Tommy’s stake in Champion. Franzese passed, though not out of lack of regard for Tommy. “I heard from guys on the street that, you know, Tommy was a guy that understands us,” Franzese told Dannen. “Let’s put it this way: I don’t know what affiliation he’s had. I’m not going to say that about him. But he’s a guy that could relate to somebody like me….Tommy, we knew he was a friend of ours.” What made Franzese’s comments noteworthy was his previous occupation. Until he became a cooperating government witness, he’d been a high-ranking caporegime in the Colombo crime family, a career at which he’d been so proficient that Fortune listed him as one of the top Mafia bosses in the country…

Joel’s business manager invested his money in a string of racehorses and invited Tommy and Allen to do the same. By and by, Tommy decided to reclaim his cash, only to be informed by the business manager that the money was gone. The manager advised Tommy, however, not to worry: he was going to bump off a nag and collect on the insurance. Without alerting Joel or the authorities, Tommy (who remembers thinking the whole thing a joke) passed the news on to Grubman, who later referred to the alleged scheme as “comic gossip.” However, the horse in question did die-officially of natural causes. The suit settlement was even neater. The same day Billy dropped his litigation, a $2.4 million check arrived from Sony, along with a pledge of an additional $600 000-supposedly for future record royalties and commercial endorsements. Few in the industry believed it. “Why would Sony put up $3 million for Grubman, when they’d not been named in the suit?” says Joel’s lawyer. Leonard Marks. “the answer is he’s got the Mottola connection.” ….

Of course Tommy knows there are other opinions out there, so he’s had his lawyers remind ex-employees of their confidentiality agreements. Quite on their own, his old friend Daryl Hall and John Oates have also been consulting lawyers in an attempt to find out where all the money went.

(Thinking about the Malnik Photo Dump article above, dated June 29, 2009 – why do that so soon after MJs death? Preemptive damage control? Part of a plan to insinuate himself as Executor before it became clear that was going to be John Branca?)


3 The Hiring & Firing of John Branca; Who Wanted Him Out Of The Way?                           (a few paragraphs are repeated from above, for clarity’s sake)

From “Hit Men” by Frederic Dannen, Pg 337 – 340
The singer’s former manager, Frank DiLeo, a diehard Yetnikoff loyalist, might have saved the day for Walter. But he had been let go in early 1989, partly at Geffen’s urging. DiLeo had not been replaced. Instead, his role was filled by Jackson’s lawyer of more than a decade, John Branca. Branca was very much Walter’s man and therefore an obstacle between Geffen and Jackson. Geffen had never had much love for Branca.

Despite Branca’s presence, however, it seemed that Jackson was increasingly willing to take his cue from Geffen…..

Jackson replaced Branca with a manager and three attorneys. The manager, Sandy Gallin, happened to be one of Geffen’s closest friends. For publishing, Jackson now used Lee Phillips – Geffen’s West Coast attorney. For litigation, he hired Bert Fields, who was also Geffen’s litigator. For records, he retained Allen Grubman.

From http://prince.org/msg/8/156577
“Tommy Boy” by Robert Sam Anson, Vanity Fair, November 1996
By far the most formidable was David Geffen, the billionaire record impresario and implacable Yetnikoff foe. More than once Geffen had urged Schulhof to get rid of Yetnikoff, and Geffen also urged Michael Jackson, Yetnikoff’s most prized act to leave CBS. Jackson was unwilling to do that but did drop several key members of his entourage closely identified with Yetnikoff. In their place, he installed figures tightly linked to Geffen. Notable among them was an attorney Tommy had recommended to David years before, Allen Grubman….

Then, with Grubman, he (Mottola) drew up a fresh contract for Michael Jackson. (the controversial 1990 contract)…

.. Yetnikoff, and he presented the Japanese with an ultimatum: it was either Tommy or him.
Word of the threat promptly reached Mottola, who began planning countermeasures with Geffen and Grubman….

Long suspected as a repository for Mottola leaks, the Journal reported on Aug. 17 that Yetnikoff had recently signed a contract which would phase him out of the record groups management. The most “logical candidate” to replace him, the paper noted, was his trustworthy lieutenant, Tommy Mottola….

From “The Operator” by Tom King Pg 468
Geffen also turned on John Branca, Michael Jackson’s lawyer, who had become Jackson’s de facto manager since he’d fired Frank DiLeo. Branca was close to Yetnikoff, and Geffen wanted him out, too. Influenced by Geffen’s reports that Branca was getting too large a share of the singer’s income, Jackson soon told Branca he was letting him go.

In addition, Geffen went on a rampage to ruin Branca, working the early-morning telephone and instructing many other people to fire him as well…. When Lowenstien refused to heed Geffen’s call, Geffen turned on him, too. Their friendship, dating to 1969, was finished.

From http://www.thewrap.com/media/article/michael-jackson-4-brancas-fired-rehired-fired-22423/
Three years later (1993) Branca got a phone call. “Branca, It’s Michael. You think I should sell half of ATV Music for $75M?”…

One of several lawyers was proposing just that…

And with Branca now owning the 5% stake…

But instead of an outright sale, he (Branca) proposed a merger of Sony’s music publishing operations and ATV.

Thus, in 1995, Branca pulled off another coup: Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Jackson owned half of a much larger company…

February 2003, the letter firing Branca http://www.scribd.com/doc/43788480/You-Re-Fired
Note that the “return address” is Aventura, Florida. MJ was with the Malniks in 2003. Al Malnik owns The Forge Restaurant in Miami and lives in Palm Beach County, Florida. Miami is 18.47 miles from Aventura.

April 15, 2003 is the date on the Interfor Report.

From http://www.thewrap.com/media/article/secret-report-got-branca-fired-22850/
Known as the Interfor Report…. it gave Jackson an excuse to get rid of his superlawyer….
But the investigation provided no credible evidence to corroborate those and other assertions. In fact it seems little more than part of an elaborate smear campaign intended to influence Jackson to fire Branca…

About Interfor and its owner, Al Malnik wrote, “I have heard negative and unreliable comments about that company and its director, Juval Aviv.”

(This page from the Interfor report seems to accuse Branca, Mottola and Malnik. Based on The Wrap’s summary and LeGrande’s testimony, “I was given no credible evidence to support the charges. I would be doing Mr. Branca a great wrong if I said other wise”, I can’t help but wonder if this is clarified later in the report but was reproduced here because it’s controversial. )http://www.scribd.com/doc/44182289/Smear

Full transcript of LeGrande’s testimony http://www.geniusmichaeljackson.com/court/Transcripts/Court%20Transcript%205%2013%202005.txt

July 28, 2003 (this letter from Branca to Koppleman makes clear that Branca is again working for MJ. As you can see, he’s trying to make sure MJ retains some control and walks away with cash beyond payment of his debts. Ultimately it was Branca’s recommendation that MJ pass on this deal.)
http://www.scribd.com/doc/43788206/Branca-s-Secret-Letter

From http://www.thewrap.com/media/article/michael-jackson-1-can-john-branca-save-jackson-again-22420/
The due date for the mammoth loan loomed this month (December 2010) and missing it might have meant a loosening of the estate’s grip on its half of Sony/ATV. But Branca beat the clock by months, arranging to refinance the loan in September through the Swiss financial services giant UBS…

From 2003 – 2004, virtually the identical financial crisis – almost $300M in debt with the songs at stake – was met with a momentous initiative led not by Branca but by a power cast that included Wall Street savvy Goldman Sachs, veteran music entrepreneur Charles Koppleman and a Florida entrepreneur dogged by Mob suspicions, Alvin Malnik….

…Branca advised Jackson that he would be giving up too much control based on the proposal and Jackson vetoed the deal.

From http://www.cbsnews.com/news/jackson-defends-self-off-stand/
Two men who took over Michael Jackson’s management in 2003 were discovered to have diverted $965,000.00 of the singer’s assets….

LeGrande said he had been brought in to straighten out a maze of transactions involving Jackson when he met the two men, Ronald Konitzer and Dieter Weisner, who he said were determined to manage all of Jackson’s affairs….

“I became concerned they were in a position to divert funds”… when the accounting report came back, he said “there were hundreds of thousands of dollars dispersed to Ronald Konitzer and Dieter Weisner… wrote a letter to Dieter Weisner asking him to account for $965,000.00”.

“Did you ever find out what he did with the money?” asked defense lawyer Tomas Mesereau, Jr.

“No. I was terminated by Mr. Jackson within 2 weeks of that letter” LeGrande said.

From http://www.foxnews.com/story/2005/12/16/jackson-nears-financial-ruin/
Branca has a 5% stake in the Sony catalog. Experts tell me that his percentage is tied to Jackson’s, whatever happens. (other articles say Branca’s share was “an estimated 2.5%”)

Last April (2005) he (MJ) was offered a chance to sell half of his interest in the Sony catalog, which would have freed up enough cash to pay all his bills and debts. The deal would have left him with a 25% interest in Sony/ATV Publishing as well….

The deal in fact had been constructed by bankers at Goldman Sachs and two of his advisers, Alvin Malnik and Charles Koppleman.

From http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/life/people/2009-08-14-jackson-branca_N.htm
In 1990 Jackson tearfully told Branca he wanted to try different representation; though Branca wouldn’t confirm it, it was widely reported that Hollywood mogul and record company executive David Geffen advised Jackson that Branca’s influence in his affairs had grown too large. They remained apart for 3 years.

Branca returned in 1993 at a time when Jackson was being sued in a child molestation case he ultimately settled.

By 2006, Branca says, his relationship with Jackson was troubled once again. The star was listening to an increasingly odd set of advisers who Branca feared did not have the singer’s best interests at heart.

“He was surrounded and I had to resign,” he said. “He did not ask me to stay. I resigned amicably.”

And then, a little more than a month before Jackson died, the call came from Jackson’s former manager Frank DiLeo…. Branca drafted an agenda and met with Jackson on June 17 (2009) at The Forum in Los Angeles.

(So reports vary on Branca’s percentage of Sony/ATV – 5% or 2.5% – but whichever, it came from MJ not from Sony. This means that technically, Sony became the majority shareholder with 50%, MJ at either 45% or 47.5%, Branca with the remainder. Yet all reports continue to list MJ as having a 50% stake, being a 50% owner. This corroborates Friedman’s report that Branca’s share was “tied to” MJs. Together, they made up Michael’s half. At some point in 2005 or 2006, it seems Branca sold his share back to MJ as part of a refinancing deal, restoring MJ as a full partner w/ Sony. We also know that in 2006 into 2008 R Bain was manager of all MJs financial affairs and really messed up. On her watch Mesereau was not paid in full, MJs Vegas body guards were not paid, NL insurance lapsed and payroll was not met, etc. Although in my opinion she did right when she hired Peter Lopez to replace Branca.)

(By 2009 we learned that the Michael Jackson Estate owned 50% of Sony/ATV, so all those blogs insisting that Branca sold his share to Sony are obviously wrong.)

From http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/20/business/20fund.html
July 2009, Colony Capital “inquired into buying the Jackson estate’s 50% share in Sony/ATV.”
(At this point I’m sure I don’t have to explain to anyone why Colony Cap/Tom Barrack’s interest is overly opportunistic, if not suspicious.)

(Also from the article and many others) “John G. Branca….saying only that the Jackson stake in Sony/ATV ‘is not for sale’…. some members of the Jackson family have pondered the merits of selling.”

Book Links:

Hit Men –http://www.amazon.com/Hit-Men-Brokers-Inside-Business/dp/0679730613

The Operator http://www.amazon.com/Operator-David-Geffen-Builds-Hollywood/dp/0679457542/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1427996995&sr=8-1&keywords=the+operator+tom+king

The Trials of Michael Jackaon –http://www.amazon.com/Trials-Michael-Jackson-Lynton-Guest/dp/1899750401

ADDITIONAL READING ON TOPIC:

John Branca and Michael Jackson Finances – Vindicate MJ – Helena

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Safechuck’s Declaration in the LIE CYCLE and POKER GAME around Michael Jackson

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The LIE CYCLE of James Safechuck and his MJtroll script writers . .

Originally posted on Vindicating Michael:

Constant lies about Michael Jackson are like water cycle - they morph and change form but never end Constant lies about Michael Jackson are like water cycle – they morph and change form but never end

The recent ‘supplementary declaration’ of James Safechuck reminds me of the continuous circulation of water in nature. Same as water constantly changes its form in the environment, lies about Jackson constantly change their form and morph into something different – once they evaporate into steam in one place they gather into clouds and fall as rain in another place thus turning fictional stories about Michael into a constant cycle of lies.

What I mean is that as soon as irrefutable proof is found that Wade Robson lied about his so-called “molestation” in early 1990 and his lie can no longer be corrected as it is actually fixed in writing in his amended complaint, the cloud decides to move to James Safechuck’s territory and rain there in the form of his ‘supplementary declaration’.

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