Newsletter Highlights: March 2011
March 28, 2011
Rest in Peace, Elizabeth Taylor: 1932-2011
This issue is dedicated to Elizabeth Taylor who passed away on March 23, 2011. May your beautiful soul rest in peace, we will miss you. Thank you for the unconditional love you gave Michael Jackson. You were a true friend.
In lieu of flowers, her family has requested that you donate to her AIDS foundation:
The MJTP Home Page Has A New Look!
We have just unveiled a new homepage for The Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait. The website is still the same with all of the functions and features that have gotten us this far. However, we have redesigned the homepage especially for those who are hearing about the Tribute for the first time. We have placed a greater emphasis on Michael Jackson the Humanitarian and are celebrating the power of music to make the world a better place. We believe this will expand our horizon and attract more people to appreciate and learn about what made Michael Jackson so much more than the most talented entertainer of all time. We hope you like it. This would be an ideal time to tell your friends who are outside of the familiar MJ online community about their opportunity to get a free dot in this one-of-a-kind work of art.
We're excited to announce our Who'z Bad?! project, an initiative that's been under way for several months. Make the pledge to Live a Life of Peace and Non-Violence; you will receive a Who’z Bad?! badge on your MJTP profile as a reminder of your commitment. While this is geared toward our younger members, anyone can take the pledge. We will be highlighting important issues we – our youth especially - face in today's society. The younger generation is our future; working together, we can make this world a better place for all. Read more and take the pledge HERE
An Update from Dot Members in Japan
Ten days have passed since the disastrous earthquake and tsunami. In the affected area, more than eight thousand people were deprived of their precious lives and more than 10 thousand people are still missing. Survivals are facing a severe situation because of the cold weather and lack of food.
The traffic line has been damaged, so it’s making the situation more difficult. However, we are trying very hard to overcome this hard time by helping each other. Please stay with us by your thoughts and prayers. We believe Michael is sending his love and support, too. Thank you for all your care, love and prayers.
We're especially touched by the group "Prayers for Japan." Through your cares and prayers expressed in notes and comments, we realize that we are not alone even in our darkest hours.
- from Tomoko & Miyuki in Japan
Exciting New Video Interview with Kevin Antunes about Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour
Kevin Antunes, Musical Designer for Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour, talks about working with the original multitracks to Michael's music and how his voice from the original master recordings drives the show.
To see the video CLICK HERE
Welcome Musician/Producer Rory Kaplan to the MJTP
We're pleased to announce Rory Kaplan as a Dot in The Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait. Rory toured with Michael on the Victory and Bad tours, and has worked with many other great artists throughout his long-standing career.
"Michael personified art, talent, integrity, dedication to his craft, spirited, heartfelt, a visionary, and giving in so many ways. His impact on his fans, and myself will be remembered forever."
To leave Rory a warm welcome message CLICK HERE.
Announcing a New MJTP Partner: ‘Heal The Dream’
The MJTP is happy to support the 'Heal the Dream' project, which is in collaboration with BENU, seeking to help children in need. In 2011/2012, an exclusive release of a fairy tale book will jumpstart this motivated organization. The content will include artists, musicians and actors from all over the world who support this act, and without doubt, will surprise you. All of the profit collected by "Heal the Dream" will be donated to the most needy children in Africa.
In Michael’s Words
To see a collection of videos and quotes that I’ve gathered of Michael and Elizabeth CLICK HERE.
March 18, 2011
The Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait sends our prayers, thoughts and love to everyone, everywhere, affected by the Japan earthquake, resulting tsunamis and concern relating to the damaged nuclear power plants.
Jermaine Jackson to Write a Memoir of Michael
Jermaine Jackson, Michael’s brother and VIP dot, has announced plans to publish his memoir about Michael calledYou Are Not Alone in the fall of 2011. Jermaine said, “This book commemorates Michael’s life. The forthcoming trial of Dr. Murray surrounds Michael’s death, but none of us wish for those proceedings to stand as the final word on how he is remembered.”
My article on the MJTP called “What Will Be the Lasting Impression of Michael Jackson” echoes those sentiments.
According to Touchstone, his publisher, “Jermaine’s book will offer a unique view of the real Michael Jackson, a perspective only a very few people could possibly have. As his brother and close confidante since they were children, Jermaine can explain Michael in a way that, in life, Michael was never able to articulate himself.”
To read the entire press release CLICK HERE.
– Linda Higgins
The MJTP Welcomes Eddie Garcia, Choreographer/Director
The MJTP is very excited and honored to announce the highly talented Choreographer / Director, and friend of Michael's, Eddie Garcia, as a Dot in The Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait!
As a child, Eddie Garcia was not unlike other kids his age, that is to say, when it came to his affection and adoration for the enormously talented Michael Jackson. But what did separate Eddie from so many of his peers was the chain of events that ultimately had him touring and dancing with his idol on stages from Tulsa to Tokyo.
Raffle Winner Announced!
Congratulations to the Winner Our Latest Raffle,
Tina has been a longtime member of the Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait. She bought several tickets for this raffle.
As promised, the MJTP and matching anonymous donor donation was made on March 14, 2011, to Give Kids the World: "For the children, on behalf of Michael Jackson, from the members of The Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait." Thank you to all who participated for helping to make this happen!
The New Video for ‘Hollywood Tonight’
The new video for “Hollywood Tonight” is now available. "Wayne Isham, who directed the video for Michael Jackson’s 'You Are Not Alone,' returns to one of the very same locations where he filmed in 1995 with Michael – the Pantages Theater near the famed corner of Hollywood and Vine." Thank you to MJOnline, The Official Online Team of the Michael Jackson Estate® for making this post available!
To watch the video and read the storyline of “Hollywood Tonight” CLICK HERE.
In Michael’s Words
Thanks to A Million Trees for Michael for posting this on their Facebook page.
To see a video of Michael giving this speech when he received the Soul Train Humanitarian award in 1993 and his performance of “Remember the Time” CLICK HERE.
March 12, 2011
'Dot to Dot: Keeping Michael’s Legacy Alive'
In her cover article, Valmai Owens, Editor-In-Chief, said “Michael’s dream was to heal the world, and his vision was to do this by healing children and restoring the indestructible bonds of family relationships. At the heart of everything Michael did was love, and although he was a casualty of having no childhood himself, he turned it into a positive thing by using what he had experienced to educate, and promote the right of all children to be protected and loved unconditionally.” Read the full article HERE.
In addition, there are lots of wonderful articles such as “Children Speak of Memories and Love for Michael” by Lauren Trainor, as well as many more features, articles and sections.
CLICK HERE to read the entire issue.
The MJTP Hosts Event at Disneyland
On Saturday, February 26th, thanks to an anonymous donor, the MJTP took a group of 30 kids from The Boys & Girls Club of East Los Angeles who have never been to the theme park and had no hopes of going, until now. Artist, David Ilan, said “This is one of the groups that Michael Jackson supported. He would have brought these deserving kids to his amusement park at Neverland if he were here.”
Read all about the event HERE.
To view photos from the event CLICK HERE
New VIP Dot Member
Please help us welcome VIP Dot member Mengesha “Mystro” Francis.
“Every 50 years God sends an angel down from Heaven to entertain us here on earth, and I believe Michael Jackson was sent from Heaven to get our attention.” - Mengesha “Mystro” Francis.
CLICK HERE to read more about him and leave him a warm welcome message.
Then read the fantastic interview he gave to Valmai Owens in the March issue of Dot to Dot. You can read that HERE.
Mengesha’s piano tribute Earth Song is one of the most beautifully played versions of this song I’ve ever heard. Listen to it HERE.
By Linda Higgins
“Associating with Michael Jackson”
What Will Be the Lasting Impression of Michael Jackson?
Meet Stephanie Marie! New Generation of MJ Fans: "In the Spotlight"
Jacksons Victory Tour Video
CLICK HERE to watch the video.
Important Message from Michael Jackson’s Estate
CLICK HERE to read the entire statement.
Welcome Three New MJTP Partners
We are proud to announce our newest partners with the MJTP
MJJ Magazine – A deluxe publication dedicated to the one and only King of Pop
Discovery Watch– A dynamic team of fans working to ensure the Discovery Channel never airs a re-enactment of Michael Jackson’s Autopsy.
MJFC- The official
In Michael’s Words
To see a video of the Jackson5 singing all three songs on the Flip Wilson show in 1971 CLICK HERE
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