Saturday, July 4, 2009
Brass band musicians on trumpet, trombone and tuba belted out "A Closer Walk With Thee" as the Essence Music Festival gave a salute to Michael Jackson befitting a New Orleans jazz funeral procession. The festival runs through Sunday.
At a concert featuring performances by Beyonce, John Legend, Ne-Yo (who has performed at every concert so far this summer) and Salt-n-Pepa in the Louisiana Superdome, the festival paid homage to Jackson with a picture and video montage and the New Orleans-styled tribute. There is also a rumor that Lionel Richie and the Commodores will reunite on Sunday.
Friday marked the festival's highest attendance in its 15-year history, said Michelle Ebanks, president of Essence Communications Inc. She wouldn't provide figures (so you know she lyin'), but reported a first-night sellout at the Superdome, which can seat about 85,000 people for football games and 350,000 for hurricanes.
Friday, July 3, 2009
New Edition's Bobby Brown , believe it or not, says his dance moves were once requested by the legendary King of Pop himself. According to Brown, Michael Jackson asked his group, New Edition, to help out with some dance moves back during their heyday.
"We went to his house," Brown said, speaking at the press room at the BET Awards after his group's tribute medley to the Jackson 5. "We were invited to teach him a couple of our moves. I'm not joking!" Brown, flanked by NE members Ralph Tresvant and Johnny Gill, said the group didn't get to stick around much after dancing with Jackson, although (Johnny Gill left MJ his number) they did get to see the video for "Thriller" before its official premiere, according to Tresvant. But what they really wanted from their encounter with Michael Jackson (to get adopted) didn't quite pan out.
The late icon invited the guys to stay the night at his house but, according to Brown, their manager turned the invite down."We were always upset about that, because we couldn't stay the night," Brown explained. "We were upset because we wanted to stay and get to know him better. I've spent a lot of time around some great artists, but he was definitely the greatest artist and person I've ever been around."
Rev. Al is available to appear at your family reunion with Pookie and dem this summer as he busts a move at the Michael Jackson Tribute this past Wednesday at the Apollo Theatre.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Per the 93 handwritten pages filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Mrs. Jackson is also demanding that Jackson's body, which a source discloses is currently in cold storage at L.A.'s Forest Lawn cemetery, be returned to the coroner's office. She should also be flown to Los Angeles and put in charge of future negotiations with AEG Live regarding any upcoming tribute concerts or other business ventures.
Nona Jackson, who is representing herself in these proceedings, detailed all of this—including the claim that she and Jackson are still married although they legally separated in 2008, according to the filing. She wants Taj Jackson to temporarily (somebody actually took the time to read this BS) take care of the children until she arrives in LA and she wants the entire Jackson family out of "her" Encino home because she doesn't want them around the kids.
The court told her not to call them, that they'd call her, and scheduled a hearing on the matter for Aug. 19.
Jermaine's interview this morning on the Today Show....CNN reports that Michael Jackson's funeral will be held on Tuesday July 7th at the Staples Center....
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
1. Crowded: You must arrive early. Funerals are very important in our community. This is one of the times that family members make the sacrifice to travel from all over to attend.
2. Seating: In the African American tradition, when you enter the sanctuary their is seating for the Family of the departed and then general seating on the adjacent side of the sanctuary. The family has a processional into the sanctuary and is seated. Please stand during this part of the opening of the service.
3. Exuberant: You can expect the entire service to be very celebratory with clapping, dancing, standing, noise, shouting, etc.. For our community it is important to rejoice when someone who loves the Lord dies. So join in with the celebration.
4. Program: There is a well thought out program to include prayer, scripture reading, words from family and friends, singing, solos, etc.. Be prepared to celebrate for a while.
5. Eulogy: This is the highlight of the funeral. The pastor is really going to express the life of the departed in relation to their walk with the Lord. If the person was not a believer, the preacher will then place his/her focus on those who are gathered in the audience. This message can be long, but it will end on a high note with music, dancing, and shouting about heaven.
6. The recessional will be joyful. Join in and greet the family on your way out after they have viewed the remains of the departed. Then the congregation will travel to the grave site for a short ceremony and burial. Following all of this will be celebration with food
Did you know Michael Jackson tried to squash the beef between the Game and 50 Cent?
"I was on tour in Canada, sitting in my room, cutting my hair. I was messing my hair up. Then my road manager knocks on my door. Boom, boom, boom. He told me, I got MJ on the phone. I ran and snatched up the phone. He said, 'I don't know how you're gonna feel about this, but I want to ask you something. I don't want you to judge me, but I don't really know everything that's going on between you and 50. But I want to be the middle man behind you putting this situation to bed.'"
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Okay. This is too much. First people all over the world start committing suicide in Michael's name and now people are seeing him in the clouds and on the streets. Pretty soon people are going to start seeing Michael everywhere just like Elvis sightings.
Here is another posting of Janet's appearance on the BE.T Awards show Sunday night. I see Vi.acom pulled all the videos I posted yesterday.
repost of Jamie's "Beat It" and moonwalk
Heaven help us if this is as good as it gets from now on "Ave Maria"
Old New Edition
The Man In My Life "Lady In My Life"
Drake and Young (Cash) Money
Keyshia Cole and Monica
Tyrese, Tevin Campbell, Johnny Gill, and Trey Songz O'Jays Tribute
Big ups to Yardie for risking the wrath of The Man for uploading these.
"I just remembered something. Didn't gossip blogger Perez Hilton almost single
handedly get Isiah Washington fired from Grey's Anatomy for calling one of his
co-stars a fag? Then he wants to turn around and call Will.I.Am a fag and cry
when he gets socked in the mouth. Don't dish it out if you can't take it piggy!"
Jacked from Gossip Jacker.
Picture by four four.
Monday, June 29, 2009
UPDATE: I forgot to talk about some of the hair. Well, as expected Ne-Yo had absolutely none. Amber Rose had very little.anywhere. Her t-shirt dress was so short you could tell. Amerie had on the same shirt-as-a-dress. Beyonce had on a short assed tunic as a dress and Joseph Jackson couldn't take his eyes off her a$$. (disrespectful to his family? Thoughts?) On a side note, do all these women wearing no-damn-pants realize even nudists put a towel down? Ciara must have worn one of Tyra's (huge) wigs, Tyra's new wig looked a mess, Queen Latifah had on a honey blonde Rapunzel weave, Beyonce's lacefront looked like it hadn't been brushed since Kelly fired Matty (is Solange on strike from the wig crypt), and Lil Wayne's dreads were under control for once.
Well, there you have it folks. What are your thoughts on the show?
Janet looks great! I am so happy some of the family members could make the awards show. I cried at this part. Michael, you will be immortal in the hearts of your fans!
Maxwell was the best performance of the night hands down! Doesn't he look great with his haircut? I love a man in a pinstripe suit. This was absolutely beautiful! Note to Miss Keri and the rest, Maxwell managed to stay in tune. Look into that.
It was nice to see Michael wasn't forgotten. Jaime almost got it right. LOL He knows he enjoyed those nuthugger pants and that tight assed red pleather jacket. I still think Chris Brown would have killed this dead without being silly. Jaime is right: everyone tried to have that glove and dress like Michael with those high water pants and white socks--don't forget the curl! Whether it was an s-curl, a Jheri curl, or a California curl, most Black people were rocking something greasy!
Y'all know how I feel about he of the lipgloss and shiny superdome head* but he nailed this one. Even I have to give him props for his inflections. This is one of my favorite of Michael's slow songs.
*If you don't, I have a problem with some of Ne-Yo's remarks regarding skin color and race. Let's just say he needs therapy.
This was a cute way to open the show. I was expecting Chris Brown (more on that later), but this was a fun tribute. They could have been a bit more energetic with their dancing, but overall they get a pass for this set. Somebody's voice is shot...and I wanted to tell Joe Jackson to pull out his belt on Bobby Brown for all that inappropriate tongue action.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
This is proof of how widespread his fans were. I first saw this routine almost two years ago. I still laugh every time I watch it. I think Ola Raye should consider suing about that casting though!