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'Hold My Hand'
   When I listened to “Hold My Hand” this morning, I was once again awed by the purity and magic of Michael’s voice. It’s a voice I am intimately familiar with; it’s a voice I love dearly, and in that moment when the harmonies came together in perfect unison, I loved him more than I had at any other point in my life. The song is a beautiful testament to his genius and a lasting reminder of his incredible legacy. Knowing that this was perhaps his last known song before he died, I was struck by the profoundness of the lyrics and wondered if Michael had any idea what they would come to mean to the fans, especially now. The release of ‘Hold My Hand” at a time when the fan community is so divided, so full of anger and dissention, is uncanny. Speaking for myself only, I strongly feel that the message in this song calls for unity and love. This life don’t last forever (hold my hand) So tell me what we’re waitin’ for (hold my hand) Better off...
01. "Fans In The Mirror" Update
As I’m sure most of you are aware, the Official Michael Jackson Tribute Book, Fans In The Mirror, was published in June this year for the first anniversary of Michael’s passing. Seven months in creation, this beautiful eBook is a testimony to the loving bond that will always exist between the fans and Michael, and reveals the power one man had to inspire and change countless lives. It is also worthy of the world’s attention.So far there has been a wonderful response to the book, and we are exploring the possibility of making it available in hard copy. This is a dream we have had from the very beginning; a tangible, physical book to hold in our hands. We are asking you to help us provide you with the opportunity to make this happen.Everyone who would like to have a hard copy of this remarkable book, please add your usernames in the comments section below so I can begin to create a list. The more names that are added to the list, then greater is the possibility of our dream...
01. "Fans In The Mirror" Now Available
  Fans In The MirrorThe Official Book of The Michael Jackson Tribute PortraitBy His Fans, For His Fans Created and Edited by Valmai OwensCo-Editor Linda Higgins "Fans In The Mirror" promotional video created and produced by Valmai Owens for the MJTP.While there are millions of Michael Jackson fans around the world, many fans have expressed feeling isolated in their love for the King of Pop. Family and friends just don't understand the deep connection, nor how fans felt they had lost a family member - or a part of themselves - when he passed away so unexpectedly. Bringing fans together in a pure, safe, and loving community has been one of the most important missions of the largest and most respected tribute in the world, The Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait.From its creation twelve months ago, the Tribute Portrait website has evolved into a global family where fans have become part of Michael, and each other, developing friendships that will last a lifetime....
02. Honoring Michael's Gift To The World On His Birthday.
 It’s hard to believe that we are celebrating yet another of Michael’s birthdays without his presence. The last year has passed by so quickly, but the feelings of loss and grief still linger within us. This will never fade because missing Michael is now a way of life, and calls to mind all the reasons why we love him and what he means to each one of us personally. That is what is at the heart of this birthday video; recollections of a man who found his way into our hearts and changed us forever. Many times I found myself smiling at the images moving across my computer screen as I tried to piece them together for the video, and I would drift on waves of memory. Michael was my first crush. I was 12 and didn’t particularly hold boys in any worth or importance, so when Michael burst into my world and I found myself entranced by his sweet smile and face, it really was a major event. In my country there was only one television station at the time, so it was rare to see Michael...
02. Interview with "Fans In the Mirror" Book Cover Contest Winner
 Young Talent On The RiseAn Interview With Jessie GottliebWinner of the "Fans In The Mirror" Book Cover ContestJessie Gottlieb’s perfect adaptation of a young fan standing in front of a mirror while imitating Michael in one of his iconic poses dressed in an oversized jacket, shoes and classic fedora, won my heart the first time I saw it. It personified the book title Fans In The Mirror so completely; there was little doubt in my mind that it would become the winner of our Book Cover Contest.The vision behind Jessie’s entry was just as sincere as her drawing, and as she explained in her cover letter to me, “I thought, man in the mirror and fans in the mirror. What MJ fan doesn’t on occasion stop to dance and pretend they’re as good as him, or pretend to be him? I know I do, and kids have a big enough imagination to see themselves actually as him. So this fan in the mirror sees himself as the man in the mirror, Michael Jackson.” Jessie is seventeen...
03. Continue His Legacy: Become His Voice
Graphic content appears in this video and may be disturbing to some viewers. Caution is advised.As a proud Michael Jackson fan and Team Member of this wonderful Tribute Portrait, I am enthusiastic about wearing my MJ pins and related jewelry to work, and I carry my business cards to hand out to anyone who I think would be interested in joining us on this site. Fortunately my Manager tolerates my, as she calls it, “Obsessive Michael Jackson Syndrome, “but some of my co-workers and customers are not so open-minded. While I can overlook any personal remarks directed towards my involvement with the MJTP, it’s a little more difficult to ignore the slurs and innuendo’s directed toward Michael.  As protective as I am of his name, it’s imperative for me to defend and protect it against these negative comments. I respond with love by directing people to read The Michael Jackson Conspiracy, by Aphrodite Jones and Michael’s Moonwalk, Dancing The Dream, and Oxford Speech,...
03.“FANS IN THE MIRROR” Book Cover Contest Winners
After two weeks of deliberation, we are very excited to announce the winners of our Book Cover Contest. Congratulations go to our First Place Winner: Jessie GottliebUsername:Jess68Dot # 243139  Jessie will receive a free copy of the E-Book “FANS IN THE MIRROR” (soon to be published) and a copy of the Tribute Portrait when it is completed. She will also have her name credited prominently in the book.  Congratulations also go to our two runners’-up: Rita C. Valois LeiteUsername:ValoisDot # 238596 Naomi OhkiUsername: naomingoDot # 240516 Their entries will be included in the book along with their names. We have posted Rita’s and Naomi’s entries here to share with you all, but as a very special surprise we will not be posting Jessie’s until “FANS IN THE MIRROR” is ready to be published. We wish to thank everyone who participated in this contest and for the time, talent and love that they put into their entries. Your love and...
04. Forest Lawn
  Forest Lawn: A Special Journey When I See You What will I say?What will I feel when I look through the glass to where you layWill I sink in the truth that faces meRefuse to acknowledge what my eyes will see? My greatest wishI never imagined it would come about like thisThrough the years, over miles, I have been travelling to youI was almost there, but now I find you have gone too soon So close I cameCarrying this love inside like a burning flameTo see your face and touch your handNow all alone and without you I stand My journey will endWith a broken heart that will never mendWith pen and paper before you I'll sitAnd write of how life goes on without you in it The sun will riseI'll awake to the dawn with tears in my eyesAnd move through each day with a knowledge so trueYes life goes on, but it's no life without you. I wrote this poem several months ago just after I purchased my airline ticket to LA. Yes, I was excited to...
05. Fans in the Mirror - Latest News!
Several months ago, we were proud to announce the launch of the Official Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait Book, titled, FANS IN THE MIRROR. We see this exciting project as an extension of David’s beautiful drawing; we are all joined together with Michael here through our love for him by dots in his portrait, and so we shall continue to be united the same way by our written words and art in the Tribute Portrait Book. Without Michael, this Portrait would never have been envisioned.  Without the Portrait, the voices of our hearts, would never have found a home on this website. Without the voices of our hearts, the book would never have been realized. Through the connection we have with Michael, The Tribute Portrait and each other, we have witnessed an outpouring of words and artwork, written and created by fans, that have come straight from the heart. This will make up the content of the Book and will set it apart as something unique...
05. Michael and His Fans: An Inspiration of Hope
 “If we start living peace instead of just dreaming it, then we will be living Michael's legacy!”   There is no scale from which one can measure the level of pain that is felt after losing someone you love. Whether it is through death, divorce, changes in geographical locations or the agony of separation that is felt between two lovers who have drifted apart, the emptiness that ensues is deep and everlasting. Grief does not come with a set of instructions. If it did, I imagine it would read somewhat like a recipe. Preparation and Cook Time: Will vary according to different elevations of grief. Ingredients: 3 quarts of...
06. My Forever King
I wasn’t going to write a New Year’s message for Michael and I know it was because I would have to finally say goodbye to him. I was very reluctant to do that because he has been a part of my life for forty years. He has been my familiar friend, my confidant, my inspiration and love but most importantly he has been the voice of my conscience. Even though he will remain all these things to me, letting go of his physical presence is probably the hardest thing for me to do.As I sat and watched him today dancing and singing, I felt closer to him than I ever had before. Yes there was sadness, but there was also the knowledge that he had touched my life; he walked next to me as I moved through the years, held my hand when I was in danger of falling and whispered his message to me while I slept. I knew he would always do so, because letting go does not mean forgetting. Letting go means setting someone free.Michael will always be in my heart, but I have let go of his hand so he can walk...
07. Dear Friends
 Dear FriendsI have never really understood the human race and our propensity toward acts of cruelty. I have never understood why for some, it is easier to hate than to love. It also seems easier to discriminate rather than to accept and to look at a different race as being beneath our own, rather than being equal to it.I have seen the indifference some have for the suffering of others and have witnessed the ‘I don’t care’ attitude many share for our dying planet. Many of us have experienced these things and even more have tried to make a difference by changing attitudes and bringing awareness. One such person was Michael. Beyond the music, the dance and the spectacle of the stage, he stands as a testament to the difference we can all make. Through the beautiful poems, letters and artwork that have been submitted for the Tribute Book, I can see and feel his inspiration and the love in your words. It is a very moving experience and one that I hope the world will share once...
08. The Last Day for Submissions for Fans in the Mirror
Today is the last day we are accepting submissions for Fans in the Mirror. I can’t believe how quickly the time has passed since we first announced the launch of our Tribute Book.I will almost miss the hours I have spent, reading and viewing the beautiful poems, letters and artwork that you have sent. I say almost, because I can’t help but feel excited about moving on to the next stage. As hard as this will be I know we will be one step closer to publishing.I want to thank you all for you love, support and patience you have given during the last weeks and ask that it continue as we move into the next phase.I will keep you updated on the Book’s progress during the next few weeks, but if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to email me.Once again, thank you so much for everything you have done to help make our Book a special Tribute to our love for Michael and the inspiration he has given us. I would like to leave you with a fun and delightful poem from...
09. Book Cover Contest- Fans in the Mirror
This is your chance to design the cover of the Tribute Book!The amazing artwork we have been receiving for the Tribute Book has sparked an idea for a contest for any of our artistic members. Your drawing, painting or graphics could be on the cover of Fans in the Mirror. The winner will receive a free copy of the E-Book and an autographed copy of the Tribute Portrait when it is completed. Your name will be prominently credited in the book. There will be two runners-up who will have their entries included in the book and their names credited. Judging, by a committee of the Tribute Team and Board of Advisors, will take place the first week of February, 2010 and the winners will be notified by email. We will also make an announcement on the website, so we can share the good news with everyone. The guidelines for this contest are very simple. Fans in the Mirror is for the fans, but it is also by the fans, and ideally we would like...
10. Examples for Tribute Book
Hello everyone, I am hoping you all have read our announcement for the launch of the Official Tribute Book. This is an exciting project and we encourage you all to send us your special writings of Michael. Below you will find a few examples, but please remember, you don't have to be a writer to submit a piece and it can be a poem, letter, tribute, artwork or just the voice of your hearts.I would also ask that submissions be written in an MS Word document and artwork to be attached as a jpg file whenever possible. Please include your username and dot number.  We are also receiving a lot of comments expressing your support and approval of the Tribute Book. We are reading each and every one sent to us, but may not always have the time to reply back to you. Please know, how much we appreciate all your comments.  My co-editor Linda and I look forward to hearing from you. Valmai OwensEditor@MichaelJacksonTributePortrait.com. Follow me on...
11. The Fans in the Mirror
Follow me on Twitter for updates on Fans in the Mirror and the Book Cover Contest. http://twitter.com/ValmaiOwensI now have an Official Facebook Page for the Tribute Book. Click on the link if you want to follow and post your poems, letters, artwork or just share your thoughts about Michael and Fans in the Mirror. Everyone is welcome. http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?ref=profile&id=100000628803294If you have not already read in Recent News, we are proud to announce the launch of the Official Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait Book, after several months of discussion and planning.    We see this exciting project as an extension of David’s beautiful portrait; we are all joined together with Michael through our love for him by dots, and so we shall continue to be united the same way by our written words and art.    Michael has and still is inspiring and changing the lives of fans from around the world. Each of us has a...
A Conversation with Joe Vogel and Frank Cascio
      In the later part of 2011, Joe Vogel’s long awaited book Man in the Music was published. Expectation had been high in the preceding weeks, because we had been promised a book that was not only positive, but one that also exposed Michael Jackson’s creative process and showcased his extensive body of work, which had been often ignored and undervalued by some critic’s. The book quickly became a promise well-kept, and the few who did criticize its merit, were soon silenced by the roar of approval from those who embraced it as an important and definitive piece of literature. Right upon its heels, another young author published his book, one which delves into a very close friendship spanning 25 years. Frank Cascio’s, My Friend Michael, is as different to Man in the Music, as it is to any other book that has been written, because it comes from a personal perspective owned solely by Frank. Yet, despite suspicion and criticism from fans, overall,...
A Living Thing
  Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become ~ C. S. Lewis On our weekly, Sunday visit to my grandmother’s house many, many years ago, she called my parents and me to the table for lunch. Laid out upon the table was her usual fare of cold-cuts and salad, along with scrumptious hot scones, butter, jam and whipped cream. Normally I would race to the table in anticipation of feasting on the hot treats, but that day I was immersed in a new book my mother had just bought me. It was full of colorful pictures and fantastical tales of knights, dragons and castles. I was too young at the time to understand most of the words in the book, but the illustrations had certainly captured my attention and imagination. Food paled in comparison to the feast I held in my hands.Reluctantly, I folded the page...
Announcing the Premiere Issue of the MJTP Magazine!
   Get Your Free Copy Today.....  We are very excited to be announcing our very own monthly E-magazine, titled Dot to Dot: Keeping Michael’s Legacy Alive.This magazine is 100% devoted, as is the MJTP, to continuing the legacy Michael left behind, and includes many sections and articles dedicated to that purpose. Our articles and blogs will prove to be entertaining, informative and often thought-provoking. Focusing not only on all the positive good that was Michael, we will also address issues that are still of concern to fans today, such as the attempted assassination of his character, and the way that words were used as weapons to destroy his integrity.  I have also structured this publication in a way that will allow for your active participation in several of our sections: That’s A Wrap, Meeting Michael, The King’s Feast, The Gailearaí and It’s A Matter of Opinion. Your comments and contributions will be a vital part of...
Conrad Murray and the Voices That Ring True
October 4, 2011“He’s the greatest entertainer in the world.  I’m taking that money, a million children, children’s hospital, the biggest in the world, Michael Jackson’s Children’s Hospital…”This last sentence taken from the haunting audio recording of Michael Jackson under the influence of “unknown agents” is a key element of the involuntary manslaughter case that the state of California is currently building against Dr. Conrad Murray. Hearing this voice cracked the door open for the jury into the private state of mind of the deceased and exposed the intimate knowledge that the accused had of his celebrity patient. The recording also presented a window of truth to the global humanitarian that Michael Jackson truly was. Would a man with these grand hopes and dreams actually risk taking his own life for a few hours of sleep?  It was shocking, disheartening and enraging for many to hear Jackson in such an eerie state of sedation.  The slurred...
Conrad Murray Trial: Christi Paul and Matt Semino Discuss Dr. Shafer Cross-Examination (10-24-11)
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9hg684LUqQ&feature=youtu.be
Conrad Murray Trial: Dr. Paul White Cross-Examination Discussed by Christi Paul and Matt Semino (11
 
Conrad Murray Trial: HLN's Jane Velez-Mitchell Interviews Attorney Matt Semino (10-19-11)
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vI4f0aIGyrc&feature=youtu.be
Conrad Murray Trial: Jane Velez-Mitchell, Matt Semino, Marcia Clark Talk Closing Arguments (11-3-11)
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysBM8lxe8w8&feature=youtu.be
Conrad Murray Verdict: IN SESSION's Christ Paul and Matt Semino Discuss (11/8/11)
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsYPA_-y93g&feature=youtu.be
Fans in the Mirror Translations
  For a number of months now, volunteers having been working diligently on translating our tribute book, Fans in the Mirror, into different languages. While there is still more to come, the Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait is happy to announce that three translations are now available for purchase in our Store: http://www.michaeljacksontributeportrait.com/store_page.html Dutch Translated by: Yvonne Username: YvonDot# 250436 LindaUsername: Linda516Dot# 19261 SpanishTranslated by: IraUsername: IRADot# 11457 ClaudiaUsername: Jackita  Italian Translated by: MoniaUsername: MoniaDot# 13034 As time goes by, more translations will be added, but as some languages are more difficult than others to translate into, I ask for your patience while waiting for these to be completed.Please join us in thanking our volunteers for all their hard work, and dedication in bringing these translations to you. We appreciate them all, very...
Finding Michael
 It happened almost the minute I walked off the plane. There was a feeling of familiarity, and of stepping back in time to 2010.I greeted friends that I had met last year, and met others for the first time. It was wonderful, yet strange to see the faces of those I had only communicated with via the internet and by telephone.Yes, this was familiar ground to me. Last year, I had left behind a piece of my heart and soul, and I expected to feel the same emotions I had at that time, but I didn’t. I expected to find Michael where I had felt his presence last year, but I didn’t. Instead, I sensed a difference in the air; a difference in me. Perhaps it was because the grief and pain wasn’t quite so raw and new, not so all-consuming. There was silent resignation within me that he had physically departed, and no more would we see the life-force shine from eyes that had on lit up our world. I know deep down inside I had already reached that acceptance long before my trip, but being...
IN SESSION Interview with Christi Paul (10-6-11)
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQDewFbcFZ0&feature=youtu.be
IN SESSION's Interview with Attorney Matt Semino on the Dr. Conrad Murray Trial (9-27-11)
 http://youtu.be/BAXvTb90G0A
Interview with Gregory Smith, founder of the Believe Foundation
 Not many people in the fan community know who Gregory Smith is. For myself, I was not aware of him until a few weeks ago when by accident I happened upon his facebook page, Believe Foundation: http://www.facebook.com/believefoundationusa  There, I saw a picture of him taken with Michael Bearden which piqued my interest and curiosity. Having interviewed Michael in the past, and finding in him a true sense of honesty and integrity, I knew that anything he was involved in would be something I would have no question in supporting. As I read a description of the Believe Foundation and what it stood for, I knew I had stumbled upon something that to me was a direct extension of Michael Jackson’s humanitarian legacy and empathy for children. I contacted Michael Bearden immediately asking what, if anything, I could do to help; how could I support this foundation. In turn, Michael put me in contact with Gregory Smith, a man with vision, dedication and heart, and the founder...
Interview with IN SESSION'S Christi Paul on Strength of the Prosecution's Case (11/3/11)
  Video One                           http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKv8xg6d3mc&feature=youtu.be  Video Two                            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvwpPkFR8fA&feature=youtu.be Video Three                          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2KhtxXXb1M&feature=youtu.be  Video Four                         http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MH71HproWHo&feature=youtu.be  
Matt Semino: IN SESSION Parts 1-3 (1017/11)
Part 1:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8AJ7o-TRUU&feature=youtu.bePart 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyQWsq37CnA&feature=youtu.bePart 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxaPfIEuqt4&feature=youtu.be
Matt Semino: IN SESSION Parts 1-4 (10/20/11)
Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSjAwFcqJns&feature=youtu.be Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLgPbo8yGc0&feature=youtu.be Part 3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0DPkiuzKAw&feature=youtu.be Part 4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JVgBzvW76A&feature=youtu.be
Pay Michael Forward: A Call to Action!
Joe Vogel's highly anticipated November 1, international release of Man in the Music: The Life and Creative Work of Michael Jackson, will be supported by the launch of Pay Michael Forward—a site dedicated solely to supporting Man in the Music and Joe Vogel, an exciting 'launch-of-Man-in-the-Music' contest, endorsed by Joe Vogel. http://www.paymichaelforward.com/    It’s Time! After many months of anticipation, Joe Vogel’s long-awaited release of Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson has arrived. For those of us who know and those who remember, Michael told us that when we wanted to be near him we could find his love and his soul in the music. Joe’s work will now inform the reader about the meticulous creative process of an artistic genius as he crafts his special magic. Michael’s storied perfectionism and humanity become a tapestry of love, woven throughout his musical...
The World We Live In
  If I were to be asked to describe my life over the last sixteen or so months, I would have to say it’s been like stepping into another world. Here in this world there is a central core of light filled with magic, wonderment, discovery and love, but it is also surrounded by shadows. They hover around the edges enticing the stray wanderer to step into the darkness. Some willingly enter and set up permanent residence. A few have taken a peek out of curiosity and lingered awhile, while others  having once seen what lie in wait for them, run away as quickly as they can. Negativity, greed, envy, spite, self-serving egos and malicious untruths are a major part of this world, and there can be no escape from that part of human nature that lives and flourishes within the shadows. This was Michael’s world for most of his life; it has now become ours.It has been said that taking a walk through the numerous fan communities, pre-existing and newly formed since...
Why Are We Here?
I feel cheated, I really do. Hearing the verdict on Monday was rather anti-climatic for me, because almost straight upon its heels came the Murray documentary and the fight to stop it from airing. We barely had enough time to absorb the guilty verdict, let alone celebrate it and the beginning of justice for Michael. I resent that being taken away from the fans and supporters. Twitter and facebook have been a-buzz for days, and while I contributed my own tweets and posts calling for action and awareness, made my phone calls and wrote my emails in the hope it would make a difference, I realized nothing was going to stop it from going ahead. $$$$ and greed are powerful adversaries.  So yesterday I closed down shop and took the day away from it all. For one, I refused to give this atrocity they call a documentary anymore free publicity than it has already, inadvertently gained. I will not be watching it, I don’t wish to educate myself on it; I will not add to its ratings by a...
WRAPPED IN L.O.V.E.
     WRAPPED IN  L.O.V.E.Our Common Threads Joined to Each OtherCome Together As a Worldwide Hug to the Jackson Family*EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT*The Wrapped In L.O.V.E. Patchwork Blankets Have Been DeliveredThank You!We are thrilled to announce that the Wrapped In L.O.V.E. patchwork blankets have been delivered to Katherine Jackson and Michael's children, Prince, Paris and Blanket. They were presented as a gift - just in time for Michael's birthday - on behalf of the Tribute and everyone who participated in this special project. All the cards and letters from our participating dot members were also delivered, as well as the four exquisite registry books that contain the names of everyone who has a patch in one or more of the blankets. We would like to thank the Jackson family member who personally delivered these beautiful blankets on behalf of our Tribute. They hold our L.O.V.E. not only for Michael, but also for his children...
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