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MJ 'IMMORTAL' & Fan Fest Updates
November 22, 2011More fun at Fan Fest!  This is the motorized vehicle featured in Michael’s Moonwalker film. The car has a Porsche engine and silver fiberglass shell in a space aged design with electric lights and Pirelli tires. It was used during special effects sequences in the film. Check it out: Moonwalker Car At Fan Fest!!Want to win a trip for 2 to see the Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour by Cirque du Soleil in Los Angeles? Take a pic of you and a friend holding the IMMORTAL album and email or text to mj@pongr.com, or head to head to the MJ Immortal Contest tab here to enter!November 18, 2011Michael Jackson fans who are also CityVille players are in for a treat! Swing by CityVille starting this week, where players will be able get closer to the King of Pop with a visit from Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour! Players over level six can celebrate from now until November 25th, as Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour makes a stop in Cityville....
MJ Inducted into Hall of Fame
 HALL OF FAME INDUCTIONOn August 15, 2010, Michael Jackson will be inducted into the National Museum of Dance Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.  Michael is recognized and honored for his unique talent and many contributions to the Art of Dance.  Other C.V. Whitney Hall of Fame recipients include Fred Astaire, George Balanchine and Bill "Bojangles" Robinson.  In addition, the Hall will present a year long tribute exhibit of Michael's career and wonderful dance artistry. Thank you for your interest.  It's all for L.O.V.E. Lauren Trainor (LMT, Dot #239372)Writer/EditorUpdated by MJTP Admin January 2012: The above brief previously referenced an MJ Garden of Rememberance at the Museum. We had been periodically keeping up with how to help make that happen, last posting (in January 2011) a confirmed, direct donation link to the Garden via the Museum's donation page, however we can no longer...
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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.
Neverland Bumper Cars Ride Again
The following is shared with us by "Big Al" Scanlan:On July 14, 2011, "Big Al" Scanlan attended the grand opening of the California State Fair in Sacramento, California, and he was there for a very special reason. He had been personally invited to the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Bumper Car ride—the same bumper cars that had once given pleasure to so many children and adults (including Michael) at Neverland."Big Al" shares with us, and provides some wonderful photographs of his experience that day.Michael Jackson’s custom-built, one-of-a-kind bumper cars will once again bring smiles to the faces of children and adults of all ages as they visit the California State Fair in Sacramento, California.This year's fair had its official grand opening around 11:30a.m. on July 14. Shortly after the festivities at the front gate, another special event took place on the carnival midway. Fair officials, dignitaries, carnival management, Michael Jackson fans and fairgoers gathered at...
Newsletters Archive
Legacy FilesClick here for "Recent News" archives.Have you missed a newsletter? Click the links below to read some highlights from our newsletters archives.March 2012January 2012 / December 2011October 2011September 10, 2011August 11, 2011July 3, 2011June 20, 2011June 5, 2011May 2011April 2011March 2011February 7, 2011January 2011December 2010October 2010September 2010Summer 2010Older newsletters are currently unavailable.
Omer Bhatti
Recording Artist/Dancer "You changed the world, and you still are.. Your legacy will live for eternity. Thank you for making me the person I am today. I will do my best to make you proud. Love L.M."var addthis_config = {"data_track_clickback":true};                                                                                         Find us on     You must be logged in to comment.
Our Thoughts & Prayers to Fellow Dot Member for Recent Loss of Her Son
We wish to extend deepest condolences to fellow Dot member Yvon, for the recent loss of her son, Nick, who passed away on 19 June 2011. We received the following message from Yvon on 27 June 2011, and are posting this on her behalf, with her permission:Two police officers came to our house to tell the terrible news and we were asked to identify our son. That was so shocking and confronting to find our son lying in a mortuary, after he had left our house in such a good mood the evening before.The cremation has been last Saturday. Although very emotional and sad it also had something beautiful. We've created a very personal ceremony, many photos of our son's life were shown, and a lot of music was played; music that he liked and also Michael's. Of course Nick knew about my love for Michael and he understood it.Nick was very musical himself and was the drummer in a band. The other band members have been playing some music at the ceremony, one of them had written a song...
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...
Photos from 'Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour' LIVE!
October 2, 2011: Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour by Cirque du SoleilWE ARE NOW ON TOUR!An electrifying production that unfolds inside the creative mind of Michael Jackson.A riveting fusion of visuals, dance, music and fantasy that immerses audiences in Michael's creative world and literally turns his signature moves upside down, Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour unfolds Michael Jackson's artistry before the eyes of the audience. Aimed at lifelong fans as well as those experiencing Michael's creative genius for the first time, the show captures the essence, soul and inspiration of the King of Pop, celebrating a legacy that continues to transcend generations.Tickets & Show Information: http://cirk.me/ntzSmQPHOTOS FROM THE LIVE SHOW!   Source: MJOnline  - The Official Online Team of the Michael Jackson Estate®  Please note: You must be logged in to comment.
Press Release: 25th Anniversary of Michael Jackson's 'BAD'
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                            MAY 21, 201225th ANNIVERSARY OF MICHAEL JACKSON’SLANDMARK ALBUM BAD CELEBRATED WITH SEPTEMBER 18RELEASE OF NEW BAD 25 PACKAGESMICHAEL’S PERSONAL VHS COPY OF HIS JULY 16, 1988PERFORMANCE AT WEMBLEY STADIUM UNEARTHED FOR THE RELEASENEWLY DISCOVERED OUTTAKES AND DEMOS FROM BAD ALBUM RECORDING SESSIONS TO BE RELEASEDNew York, NY – Twenty-five years after the phrase “Who’s Bad” became a generation’s cultural catchphrase, Epic/Legacy Recordings, in collaboration with the Estate of Michael Jackson, will celebrate the legendary album and record breaking BAD tour on September 18, 2012 with the release of a deluxe package, BAD 25, which includes three CDs, two collectible booklets, and features the first ever authorized DVD release of a concert from...
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.
Raven-Symone
Actress/Singer-SongwriterClick here to watch raven get her dot.  Find us on      Please note: You must be logged in to comment.
Recent News Archive
Legacy FilesHave you missed a newsletter? Click here read our newsletters.Following is a partial list of archived 'Recent News' entries (these aren't necessarily in chronological order):Updates on Joshua - June 30, 2012To ready a truly special update about Joshua and one of his heroes, click here! For some heartwarming news about how Josh is doing, click here.'A Whisper from Behind the Curtain' - June 30, 2012Valerie, Director of Philanthropy, is moving on from her position at Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait (but not Michael Jackson, and she's still a member here). The team at MJTP would like to thank Valerie for her dedication and hard work over the last 34 months. She will be greatly missed and we wish her all the best in everything she does! Read her "goodbye" blog post here.Portrait Update - June 25, 2012David has posted the most recent scan of the portrait here. As you can see from the scan, he's added much of Dangerous-Era MJ's...
Regarding Michael's Wishes - Children's Charities
October 11, 2011: The below message is from MJOnline, the Official Online Team of the Michael Jackson Estate, and is posted with their permission.We all know how much Michael cared about children and children’s charities, among his many causes, and we also know that many of Michael’s fans want to honor him by making charitable donations or volunteering their time to help others. We have received many inquiries from concerned and caring fans looking for information to help them in making their choices in this regard.Although we are not at liberty to provide any details at the present time, we can say that the Executors are very much looking forward to sharing with the fans (and the world at large) the way in which they intend to implement Michael’s wishes under his will to have a certain portion of his estate benefit children’s charities. The process is underway but there are many steps that have to be taken before the announcement can be made. Bear with us, keep your faith,...
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...
Rory Kaplan
 Musician/Producer"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."BIO:In high school Rory, would meet some great musicians who inspired him like Steve Lukather and Steve Porcaro, who would later become Toto. Rory then started out of high school with Jazz artist Chick Corea as his keyboard tech and synthesizer programmer. Through Chick he worked with Stanley Clarke, Herbie Hancock, The Crusaders, and many other jazz artist including the Yellow Jackets, where he would originally meet Ricky Lawson.  Then Rory was signed to Michael Chapman’s label; Michael had produced the Knack, Pat Benatar, Exile, and Blondie.  From there he was asked to work for Fairlight Keyboards which was the first sampling keyboard. Through Fairlight he would work for Shelly Duval for her Faerie Tale Theater, Christopher Cross,...
Sandra Robinson
Musician   "Since Michael always has been and still is a true genius in my eyes, I turned towards the Tribute Portrait during my time of mourning in order to exchange experiences with his true fans and to honor him. His passionate message for our children’s futures, healing the world, saving the planet and giving love to all people around him, that’s what he was always striving for in his lifetime. We should honor him not just as a king of pop, no, as a legend. That’s what he wanted and that’s why I’m supporting the Tribute Portrait and his child foundation."    Go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyDDuEmlX6w to watch her Tribute video to Michael JacksonSandra was paramount in helping to coordinate David's 2010 trip to Germany. Thank you, Sandra!  Find us on      Please note: You must be logged in to comment.
Sandra Robinson - Germany Spokesperson
MusicianSandra is the official Spokesperson for the Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait in Germany. "Since Michael always has been and still is a true genius in my eyes, I turned towards the Tribute Portrait during my time of mourning in order to exchange experiences with his true fans and to honor him. His passionate message for our children’s futures, healing the world, saving the planet and giving love to all people around him, that’s what he was always striving for in his lifetime. We should honor him not just as a king of pop, no, as a legend. That’s what he wanted and that’s why I’m supporting the Tribute Portrait and his child foundation."    Visit Sandra's website.  Sandra was paramount in helping to coordinate David's 2010 trip to Germany. Thank you, Sandra!  Find us on      Please note: You must be logged in to comment.
Sean Flynn
Star of Zoey 101 and Recording Artist"I can always remember singing along with Michael as a little boy, looking back I realize he helped teach me how to sing. I will always love his music, and I will always respect the man, all these are the reasons why I am so happy to be getting a dot on Michael's Tribute Portrait."   Find us on      Please note: You must be logged in to comment.
Statement and Letter from the Estate on Conrad Murray 'Documentary'
November 8, 2011 [UPDATED NOVEMBER 9, 2011, TO INCLUDE LETTER FROM ESTATE TO NBC, COMCAST, AND MSNBC]Like so many of Michael’s fans, the Estate is also disgusted by MSNBC’s irresponsible and inexplicable decision to air a Conrad Murray “documentary” and the Co-Executors, John Branca and John McClain, are sending a letter to the top executives at Comcast, NBC Universal and MSNBC to express their disdain for their actions. Source: MJOnline  - The Official Online Team of the Michael Jackson Estate®  Please note: You must be logged in to comment.
Statement from the Estate Co-Executors
April 21, 2011Please let the fans know that we are aware of the many questions from the fan community regarding the recent settlement of the HTWF lawsuit. The Estate will need at least ninety days to gather information, as well as all of the property that will be coming back to the Estate from Melissa Johnson and the HTWF. We want the fans to rest assured that all decisions on the use of a charitable foundation or, as an alternative, making direct contributions to recipient charities, and any and all personnel decisions, will be made with complete regard to Michael’s wishes and Michael’s legacy, which we intend to honor and perpetuate. We also value the opinions of Michael’s fans who, above all, have shown unwavering support for Michael and his legacy.  We therefore want to assure the fans that all actions being taken by the Estate, past, present and future, will be guided by the paramount objective of doing the right thing by Michael.John McClain and John...
T-Rio (Thayana, Thaina and Thaisa)
Singers / Actresses"Beloved Michael,It's very hard for us to put down in words what we feel inside. You were (and still are) truly loved by family, friends and fans all around the world. It's so beautiful that one single person could gather so many together with a positive message.Because of you, the world is a better place.See you on the other side!Love you."  Find us on      Please note: You must be logged in to comment.
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.
Teddy Riley
Singer-Songwriter, Musician, Record Producer  Find us on      Please note: You must be logged in to comment.
THE ESTATE OF MICHAEL JACKSON REMEMBERS FRANK DILEO
August 24, 2011As many of you know, Michael’s longtime friend and manager Frank Dileo had been dealing with serious health issues for the past several months. It is with great sadness that we share with you the news that Frank lost his long struggle this morning and passed away at the age of 63.Frank had an amazing amount of creative energy, a huge heart, an infectious spirit and a larger than life persona that captured the attention of any room he entered. He also cared deeply about Michael, his children and his fans.Frank and Michael became friends when Frank was vice president for promotion at Epic Records during the release of Thriller. In his best-selling book Moonwalk, Michael wrote: "Frank really worked hard and proved to be my right hand during the years ahead. His brilliant understanding of the recording industry proved invaluable."Frank went on to manage the incredibly successful Bad World Tour. Even after they stopped working together professionally, the bond between...
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.
Todd Bridges
Actor   Find us on      Please note: You must be logged in to comment.
Tommy Organ
THIS IS IT Guitarist    "Michael was a Genius, and it was a true blessing to work with him. I feel very honored and humbled to be a part of the portrait."   Find us on      Please note: You must be logged in to comment.
Tony Wilson
Jackson family friend/Decoy and body double for Michael during the Victory TourBIO:Michael Jackson's 80s decoy and personal friend, known as the “Young James Brown,” a name personally given to him by the Godfather of Soul himself, James Brown. Tony Wilson and Michael Jackson both loved their mentor dearly. Tony and Michael were at James Brown’s funeral in Augusta, Georgia (USA) in 2006. It was Tony Wilson who alerted Michael Jackson of Mr. Brown’s passing on Christmas day, 2006. Tony has a glove and a mike stand that were used during the Victory tour, given to him by Michael. Tony Wilson wrote two of the songs on the MJTP CD: “We Call Him Peter Pan” and “A Dot for the King of Pop. Tony says this of his friend: “Michael Jackson is a global star of light that will never burn out. To love one another is all Michael ever wanted, and love the children like Michael loves his fans all over this universe and beyond. He is The One!”        ...
Travis Payne
Choreographer/Director/Producer  "It is a Blessing and an honor to have worked so closely with The King Of Pop for nearly 18 years. It's through all the wonderful years working with Michael Jackson that I have had the privilege of gaining immense artistic and business knowledge from a true genius and visionary. My Friend, Michael is and will always be one of the most important forces in my life."      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.
Video: 'Behind the Mask'
 June 14, 2011The "Behind the Mask" world premiere is now available on http://www.facebook.com/michaeljackson ! [http://www.facebook.com/michaeljackson?sk=app_157391050947062][The video is embedded below for those who may not be able to view it on Facebook.] For Immediate Release                                   June 8, 2011THE WORLD UNITES ON NEW MICHAEL JACKSON VIDEO “BEHIND THE MASK”Groundbreaking “Crowdsourced” Video to Debut on June 14th on Facebook.com/michaeljackson(Check out Facebook.com/MichaelJackson NOW for an exclusive teaser ['Behind the Mask' trailer embedded below for those without Facebook]!) New York, NY – This spring, the Estate of Michael Jackson and Sony Music gave everyone around the world the opportunity to be a part of Michael Jackson’s video...
Vivica A. Fox
Actress    "This Gentleman truly inspired my destiny as an entertainer and as a humanitarian! We both are from Indiana and we will be forever connected! Michael Jackson will always hold a special place in my heart!  With much luv! Ya gurl! Vivica A Fox! 2009."    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...
Win an Authentic Autographed Photo of Michael Jackson!
July 3, 2011 [Updated August 1, 2011]UPDATED AUGUST 1, 2011: WINNER ANNOUNCED! Congratulations to JuanitaLucero55, Dot Number 253,521! Jaunita's name was drawn to win the below autographed picture and certificate of authenticity.  Thank you to Juanita and all Dot members who donated to win!  Would you like to win an authentic 8in X 10in photograph of Michael Jackson, signed by him with a certificate of authenticity?! All you have to do is make a donation of $10 USD or more to the MJTP between now and July 20, 2011. Your name and dot number will automatically be put into a hat that Michael himself wore. David Ilan will then blindly reach in and choose a winner! Your name and dot number will automatically be entered upon completion of your order. Special thanks to MJTP dot members Joy (Dot Number 259850), Jane (Dot Number 268196) and Brenda (Dot Number 261252) who donated this authentic autographed photo to The Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait!
Win an Original 'E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial' Storybook Album Box Set!
September 6, 2011 [Updated October 1, 2011]Winner of the Original ‘E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial’Storybook Album Box Set AnnouncedCongratulations to Heather Hernando, (Cupcake1985, Dot # 14445) of Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Heather’s name was drawn as the lucky winner of the original E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial storybook album box set, narrated by Michael Jackson.As a gesture of love, Heather has asked that this prize be donated to Joshua, the young boy who received the devastating diagnosis of Leukemia on the same day his family had tickets to see This Is It.In response to winning this fabulous prize, Heather had this to say, “Wow, I never win anything. I would first like to start off by saying that you guys are truly angels for keeping The Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait alive. However, though I am deeply grateful to have been chosen to win such an amazing prize, I would like to go ahead (if that is okay) and donate this to Joshua (dot number 5944) - the little boy who had...

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