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Author/Poet/Editor/Historian“The beautiful thing about true genius, such as that which Michael Jackson possessed, is that it can inhabit and express its truth in meaningful ways through many forms.” BIODespite my overly-elegant name, I was born and raised in Savannah, Georgia (USA), on the west side of the city about two miles from the Savannah River. By the time Michael Jackson and his brothers completed their fifth album, I had started considering the possibility of one day becoming a writer. So far I’ve authored (or co-authored) eight published books, including the world’s first Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance, edited several others, and lost track of the number of articles (approximately 8 on MJ) and poems I’ve written. Before actually getting on with the business of writing, I attended a number of colleges and universities, and then became a photojournalist and editor with the U.S. Air Force for six years. I later worked two more years with the Reserves as an...
Adam Rafferty
Guitarist(Recorded I REMEMBER MICHAEL - A Michael Jackson Solo Guitar Celebration)"Michael's musical genius is utterly inspiring to me. The combination of love, honesty, perfect melody, perfect groove and a deep feeling for blues is a guiding light for me in my musical world. He shows me where the top is."Many people play pop songs on solo finger-style guitar, but no one has tackled Michael's music until now. It's very emotional for me to see young people get inspired by my solo guitar version of 'Billie Jean'."I am honored to further Michael's legacy - and more importantly, spread HIS message of love. Thank you, Michael."BIO“The first time I heard the guitar I was still in my mother’s womb” says Adam Rafferty. Born and raised in Harlem, Adam started playing blues guitar at age 6, got mugged in front of his building at 10, played in a hard rock band at 12, was ripped off by a club owner on his first gig at 15, and by 18 he was a rapper on a...
Al Walser
Singer/Producer/Songwriter/Grammy Voting and Nominating member    "A dramatic loss to the world, but his magic keeps inspiring us!"   Find us on      Please note: You must be logged in to comment.
Alex Gernandt
 Editor-in-Chief, Bravo Magazine    We honored Alex Gernandt with a dot in Michael’s heart, honoring his consistent positive portrayal over the years. He has a decades long history of writing truly journalistic material. Alex has met with and written about Michael for a long time, and his stories have always been honest and tasteful.We met Alex in Munich on our 2010 Tour. Read more on David's Blog.                                 Find us on      Please note: You must be logged in to comment.
Allan M Scanlan ("Big Al")
Operated Neverland Ranch Amusement Park    "Mr. Jackson was and still is the greatest entertainer the world has ever known. I will take that a step further and add … the greatest entertainer the world will ever know. Having worked at Neverland for 15 plus years, I would also like to say that Mr. Jackson is without a doubt the most caring, compassionate and genuine person I have ever known." Read Big Al's exclusive interviews with the MJTP in the December 2010 and February 2011 issues of  Dot to Dot: Keeping Michael's Legacy Alive.  Find us on      Please note: You must be logged in to comment.
Dance Group    "Michael, only you could make the world come together and dance! Thank you for all inspiration."    Find out more about Bounce here:    Watch their tribute to Michael Jackson here:   Find us on      Please note: You must be logged in to comment.
Brian Friedman
Choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance   Find us on      Please note: You must be logged in to comment.
Cherilyn Lee
Michael Jackson's Nurse    "Michael was the humblest person I ever met and he loved life. He loved life so much."  Find us on      Please note: You must be logged in to comment.
David Michael Frank
Composer (Collaborated with Michael Jackson)   Find us on      Please note: You must be logged in to comment.
Deborah Dannelly
Michael Jackson Fan Club President and Friend    “This tribute is a way for fans to feel like they’re part of something that’s going to be timeless. The portrait will be around forever, and they can always be a part of that. Each fan is one dot for eternity. The one thing that Michael loved more than anything else besides his children was his fans, and he was always very, very appreciative of his fans. For there to be a portrait that’s going to be done with each dot representing a fan, oh he would love it! He would absolutely just be over the top with that.”  Find us on      Please note: You must be logged in to comment.
Don Wilson
Producer/Director of "Man In The Mirror" Video    “This tribute and the actual portrait are a unique, touching and ever-lasting way for those who knew, worked with and loved Michael Jackson to have a timeless connection to him and his spirit.”   Find us on      Please note: You must be logged in to comment.
Dorian Holley
Vocal Director/Singer/Songwriter/Vocal Coach    "Michael Jackson was as polite as he was sweet, as sweet as he was talented, as talented as he was fearless, as fearless as he was genius. He will never be forgotten."   Find us on      Please note: You must be logged in to comment.
Elizabeth Barry
Creator and Founder, gendance (   Find us on      Please note: You must be logged in to comment.
Frank Cascio
Author/Entrepreneur"Knowing Michael was both an ordinary and extraordinary experience. From the very beginning, I knew Michael was special, different, a visionary. When he walked into a room, he was captivating. There are plenty of special people in the world, but Michael had a magic about him…"But at the same, he was a regular, expected presence. I always appreciated the moments we shared, yet I never looked at him as a superstar. He was my friend, my family. I knew I wasn’t living a traditional life. Not compared to what my friends were doing. I knew this was not normal. But it was my normal…" BIO: Frank Cascio is an entrepreneur whose expertise ranges from business finance to music entertainment. His friendship with Michael Jackson began in 1984, when Frank was just a few years old. At the age of eighteen, Frank was hired by Jackson to be his personal assistant, eventually being promoted to personal manager. Cascio was a producer of The Michael Jackson Interview: The...
Frederick Henry
Singer/Michael Jackson Impersonator (Las Vegas)    "I dislike it when people say Michael is one of the greatest entertainers that ever lived. No, no, he is the greatest entertainer that ever lived.  He is the King of Pop, Rock & Soul of all time."   Find us on      Please note: You must be logged in to comment.
Gary Owens
Legendary Voice Artist, Announcer, "Laugh-in" alumnus, Radio Hall of Fame Inductee    Find us on      Please note: You must be logged in to comment.
Choreographer    "MJ... Thank you for inspiring me to do what I do today. My dance career has spanned 17 years and I am honored and humbled to have danced in your presence and, for a few rehearsals, by your side. Meeting you, dancing for you and with you was a dream come true. Through DANCE I will always remember you and keep your legacy alive. You are a true ICON. You will never be forgotten. Someday we will dance in heaven. God Bless you and your family. Rest in peace. Thank you gendance for keeping his legacy alive. It means so much to me and the fans around the world."  Find us on      Please note: You must be logged in to comment.
Gotham Chopra
Author/Journalist    "Michael was a gifted performer, an unparalleled artist, a compassionate humanitarian, a doting father, and a great friend. He is missed."   Find us on      Please note: You must be logged in to comment.
Gregg Russell
Emmy Nominated Choreographer    "No matter if you're 'Black or White,' 'Get on the Floor' and 'Remember the Time' like it's 'Human Nature' and 'Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough' (which is never). I had the pleasure of teaching Michael tap for a bit and must say that he was humble and amazingly talented. I know he is now in a peaceful place."   Find us on      Please note: You must be logged in to comment.
Howard Bloom
Best-Selling Author    His current book is The Genius of the Beast: A Radical Re-Vision of Capitalism     "He became the client who most moved me and who has remained an integral part of my soul."    Find us on      Please note: You must be logged in to comment.
J. Randy Taraborrelli
Michael Jackson Biographer / CBS reporter    "I was honored to know Michael for 40 years.  There was never anyone like him, and there'll never be another.  There is no way to express the overwhelming sadness those who loved him feel about his sudden death.  He's gone too soon... but always in our hearts."    Find us on      Please note: You must be logged in to comment.
Jason Jackson
Singer/Songwriter    "The Tribute Portrait is an opportunity for all the Fans of our ‘Michael’ to be united as one and to be a part of something that is a part of our Michael. This ‘VIP Tribute Dot’ is both a privilege and a honor that I will treasure always and it is my duty to carry on ‘Michael’s’ legacy, because ‘Michael’ will be always in my heart. I love you Michael."   Find us on      Please note: You must be logged in to comment.
Joseph Vogel
Author"I want Michael Jackson to be recognized for what he was and is: one of the most significant artists of the past century."BIO:Joe Vogel is the author of three books. His most recent work, Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson, will be released worldwide in October 2011. Joe has been interviewed by numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, Democracy Now!, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. He currently resides in Western New York where he is a doctoral candidate and instructor at the University of Rochester. Visit his website       Read our exclusive interview with Joe Vogel HERE. Find us on      Please note: You must be logged in to comment.
Ken Stacey
Musician / Background Vocalist THIS IS IT    "Above all, Michael was a man.  A man who took his God given gifts and his dreams, honored them with a drive and determination few can match, and created for the world a gift of L.O.V.E.  His art was his heart!  I pray his story inspires many to reach for the heights of their own potential, and, perhaps, change the world as Michael has."   Find us on      Please note: You must be logged in to comment.
Larry Nimmer
Filmmaker, Creator of Michael Jackson: The Untold Story of Neverland, a documentary “I love the simplicity and the power of the MJTP project and I love having a movement around somebody that represents so much good about life.” Watch Larry's interview with David Ilan, Jerry Beiderman, and Michelle Easter of the Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait.           Find us on      Please note: You must be logged in to comment.
Laurie Ann Gibson
Dancer    "Working with Michael Jackson, I finally understood that the gift of dance is born in the heavenly realm.  He embodied the purest form – the world calls it magic, I call it dance.  Michael Jackson will never be duplicated nor replaced."       Find us on      Please note: You must be logged in to comment.
Maryss from Paris
Dancer /Choreographer (This Is It Backup Dancer)    "I feel so blessed to be able to be part of a tribute of the greatest entertainer that ever lived. Michael was an Angel sent by God and I thank God everyday for choosing him to touch so many lives regardless of race, sex, religion, age, background etc... my life being one of them. Michael touched my heart when I was six years old, and I owe him my best friend, my passion, my job, my success and my inspirations. I always adored Michael, always will. Michael, the world misses you and always will."   Find us on      Please note: You must be logged in to comment.
Matt Semino
 Attorney, Legal Analyst and Writer"Michael Jackson was not only a tremendous artist, but a humanitarian of the highest order.  He is responsible for touching and improving the lives of so many people around the world and has left an indelible mark on this earth.  I commend Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait and his millions of fans across the globe for passionately honoring this man's enduring legacy."BIO:Matt Semino is a practicing New York attorney, legal analyst and writer. As a columnist for The Huffington Post, Matt covers some of the nation's most highest profile legal cases, trials and news. His commentary and analysis on headline grabbing stories has appeared through such media as FOX, CNBC, CBS, Forbes and Bloomberg online, among other domestic and international media outlets. Matt's fresh perspective on today's most salient topics is drawn from his experiences as an attorney as well as his policy work in Washington, London and Asia....
May May Ali
Writer/Daughter of Muhammad Ali   Find us on      Please note: You must be logged in to comment.
Mengesha "Mystro" Francis
 Piano Virtuoso"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".BIO:Mengesha "Mystro" Francis was born, June 13, 1971. He is of African-American and Ethiopian descent. He goes by the stage name "Mystro" that was given to him by Rap Producer, "Battlecat". "Mystro" is a native of South Central Los Angeles and is a classically trained pianist. He has a gospel, hip-hop, and classical style of playing.Mystro has been a member of The Professional Musicians Union Local 47 since 2000, and some of his musical production work can be found on MCA Records, Capitol Records, Virgin Records and a host of Hollywood’s best! Mystro's upcoming project is a Musical Medley Piano Tribute to honor Michael Jackson, called Michael Jacksonology: Piano Tribute (In The Key Of Pop) and will feature some of "The King of Pop's" greatest songs.  Read our exclusive...
Michael Sarver
American Idol Season 8 Top Ten Contestant    "We Miss You MJ"    Michael's profile page can be found here:   Find us on      Please note: You must be logged in to comment.
Michel Froget
Professional dancer, teacher and choreographer"As an artist I have the incredible appreciation for THE artist of all time, Michael Jackson. Our job is so complicated, only 1 person could bring it to this level, that it appeals to every dancer.  My responsibility now is to bring this magic as perfect and respectfully as I can.  I know myself how hard it is since I imitated Michael many years." BIO:Inspired by Michael, dancer since 16 years, later, choreographer.  International experience like performances with 2 Unlimited, Technotronic, Enrique Iglesias, Nathalie Cardone and more. His love for music and dance brought him into the world of musical, cabaret, TV. He worked as choreographer with several dance broadcasts on TV (including behind the scenes with candidates of Move Like Michael Jackson), choreographer of the show This is now - Benelux Tribute to Michael Jackson, December 2009). Michel is active dancer of dance company...
The World's #1 Michael Jackson Impersonator    “You're doing a great service to Michael and I wish you the absolute best.”   Find us on      Please note: You must be logged in to comment.
Patrick De Coninck
 Dancer, teacher, choreographer, owner of Move Dance Center in Belgium"Without Michael Jackson, I would not be the person I am today. Nor would the MJTP event happen here or even would there be this Dance Center!"BIO:Patrick De Coninck, is an original sponsor of TMC. Patrick and Move Dance Center are central to the Michael Jackson community in Belgium and the Netherlands.In 1983, Patrick was the Belgian champion in an imitation contest  with his rendition of a Michael Jackson medley of  “Beat it" and "Thriller.”  Thereafter, since others also wanted to learn how to dance like Michael Jackson, Patrick pursued his dream to open a dance center. Move Dance Center is comprised of four separate studios and employs more than 33 highly qualified, professional teachers. Patrick makes a point to say that he runs Move Dance Center in accordance with the passionate and kind spirit of Michael Jackson. Patrick had a number of connections with Michael Jackson....
Patrick Treacy, Dr.
Physician"[I am] honored to be given a place in Michael Jackson's heart. Michael’s legacy as an artist often overshadows the tremendous good he did in the world and how he unselfishly supported many causes both in HIV and Africa, often at financial cost to himself. Like Jesus before him, he saw the goodness in children and realized that our moral values have to be nurtured in the generation of people who are coming up behind us. He treated everybody equally both in race, color and creed. It was especially annoying for me as a doctor to be treating him for a medical condition, which the media used against him. They might as well have said that Franklin Delano Roosevelt was lazy because he spent most of his adult life in a wheelchair."BIO:Dr. Patrick Treacy is Medical Director of Ailesbury Clinics Ltd and Ailesbury Hair Clinics Ltd. He is Chairman of the Irish Association of Cosmetic Doctors and is Irish Regional Representative of the British...
Quest Crew
Hip-Hop Dance Crew / Winners of the Third Season of America's Best Dance Crew  Click here to watch Quest Crew get their dots.  Find us on      Please note: You must be logged in to comment.
Rasheda Ali
Author/Speaker | Daughter of Muhammad Ali    "Because of my parents, I have had the opportunity to meet many people; but Michael was great.  He adored my mother and we loved him.  Although Michael was a great showman and I loved him as a showman, I loved him more for the great human being that he was and the great father that he was and the great humanitarian that he was.  God blessed Michael with his abilities; but Michael did exactly what he was supposed to do with his gifts - he gave his energy, time, money and power to humanity."    Find us on      Please note: You must be logged in to comment.
Rich and Tone Talauega
Choreographers Click here to watch Rich and Tone get their dots.  Find us on      Please note: You must be logged in to comment.
Rino Nakasone
 Dancer/Choreographer"[Michael] is the best entertainer, teacher and has a heart like an angel. I love him so much. He is my family. He will always be in my heart."  BIO:Rino Nakasone was born in Okinawa, Japan and grew up with a passion for dance. She learned how to dance watching footage of Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson and TLC. She moved to Los Angeles in 1999 and started taking classes and doing auditions.Rino has been working with top choreographers in the industry. She has done three world tours and has made appearances on the Grammy's, the American Music Awards and the MTV Video Music Awards, to name a few. Her dance credits include Britney Spears, Missy Elliot, Mary J. Blige, Avril Lavigne, Chris Brown, Ciara, Rihanna, Janet Jackson, and she was one of the Harajuku girls from Gwen Stefani. You can also find her in the films You Got Served and Dance Flick, and in commercials for iPod, Nike, and Hard Tail.Rino’s choreography credits include, Janet...
Tatiana Yvonne
Actress/Model/Dancer/Co-star of "The Way You Make Me Feel" Video    "He was the great love of my life. And as an artist the greatest of all. I am honored beyond words to be a part of this project. Not just because we are honoring the quintessential artist of all time. But, because I was fortunate to be blessed and touched by his magic and love."   Find us on      Please note: You must be logged in to comment.
The Groovies
Renowned Belgian Dance Group"MJ, you have been a great influence in the world. You were and still are an inspiration to us, dancers. Your music still brings tears and laughter to people's faces. This dot is an honor to all of us, and you'll always be with us, in our hearts."BIO:The Groovies are a renowned Belgian dance group that includes some of Patrick de Coninck’s most successful students, for example Lise – recent finalist in the Belgian version of “So You Think You Can Dance.” The Groovies expressed their thanks to Patrick for starting them on dancing like Michael, who has always been very important in their dance life.We met the Groovies on our 2010 Tour at an event in Belgium. Read more on David's Blog                Find us on      Please note: You must be logged in to comment.
Vera Siccard
 Artist"Michael and his beautiful, powerful music full of emotions have always been my inspiration while drawing and painting."BIO:Vera is a successful Belgian artist who has been drawing and painting Michael Jackson for decades. Her work was chosen to be included in the Michael Jackson Opus.                                         Vera Siccard©       We met Vera on our 2010 Tour at an event in Belgium. Read more on David's Blog.                              Find us on      Please note: You must be logged in to comment.
We Are Heroes
Dance Crew / Winners of America's Best Dance Crew season 4    "We Are Heroes loves Michael Jackson! Who doesn't! We feel there isn't much to say that hasn't been said. As performers we have to have to draw from inspiration and whenever you can't find it, you can ALWAYS go to Michael and never be disappointed.He really made music because of how he felt, never for the money and that shines thru. He had endless amounts of vision and created so many concepts for his music and videos that no one can compare to. We aspire to be like him and stay in touch with who we are as artists and never have other things motivate us that aren't from the purity of our hearts.We Are Heroes, as dancers, have only a voice in movement. When Michael moves, we can't take our eyes off of him! When we dance, we try to engulf the crowd as he did when he was on stage. His reign will never fall and we will always and forever look up to this man who gave his...
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