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MJTP/Boys & Girls Club Event at Disneyland
Legacy FilesMarch 1, 2011Outside Captain EO, left to right:Big Al, Blake Plash, MJTP Artist David Ilan, MJTP Director of Philanthropy Valerie,and many of the Boys & Girls Club group.Thanks to an anonymous donor and to co-sponsor Rose'e Entertainment, on behalf of Michael Jackson and in our mission to carry on his humanitarian legacy, on February 26 2011, the Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait co-sponsored and hosted an event at Disneyland for children and familes of Boys & Girls Club of East Los Angeles.The anonymous donor wanted to do something special, something meaningful, to brighten the lives of children even if only for a day, in Michael's name, on his behalf, and in his memory and honor. Hoping we could help with this mission, the donor, who is also an MJTP member, contacted the Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait last year, with the hopes that Michael would continue to receive the recognition he so deserves for all the work he did to better the...
We Are Proud E-Ambassadors of Believe Foundation's LASAE
"Believe Foundation provides high quality arts programming to underserved communities. Emphasizing the universal appeal of great art, [the Believe Foundation] seek[s] to inspire inner-city youth to become the artists and audiences of the future. In addition to afterschool arts programming and summer arts institutes, the Believe Foundation is the guiding force behind the creation of the Los Angeles School of Arts and Entertainment, a public charter school slated to open in the Fall of 2012."Learn more about Believe Foundation on their website. Learn more about the Los Angeles School of Arts and Entertainment on LASAE's website. You can also visit Believe's Facebook page.Click here to read an interview with Gregory Smith, founder of Believe Foundation.    Comments for this post are now closed.
Michael's Angels - YOU Carrying on His Legacy!
Legacy Files July 22, 2010 [Updated June 2012]Welcome to the new Michael's Angels section!  To see the information from the original launch of Michael's Angels, including our first contest and the first set of members' stories, please click here.The Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait has an opportunity, with members worldwide and celebrity support, to really make a difference - to really carry on Michael's legacy. Through you, our MJTP family, The Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait project in its entirety can consistently work to make sure we, as some of his true "soldiers of love," carry on his legacy, to continue to focus on love as our message, with love as our mission.  We can share and express Michael's message of love through taking action to help change the world in Michael’s name.  We are Michael's Angels.Michael Jackson wasn’t just the greatest entertainer in the world; he was also a great humanitarian. Passionate...
A Whisper from Behind the Curtain
Legacy files       June 30, 2012 Thousands of hours. Tens of thousands of emails. Five titles (three that stuck). 34 months and 2 days. Tons of decisions made and advice given. Hundreds of articles designed and posted for the various general MJTP Admin profiles (both belonging to individual team members and those not "owned" by any of us), in addition to my own (some of which I have since bade farewell to). Communication with people in tens of languages, well enough that we understood each other, thanks to Google Translate, when a human translator wasn’t available. Lots of inside info. Involvement in most of the projects, events and initiatives this tribute has spearheaded. And yes, money, an amount I choose not to publicly disclose, donated to help pay for things like bills, or direct sponsorship, Facebook advertising, and charitable efforts.We don’t normally announce a departure, and unlike David, without whom there would be no portrait; or Linda,...
Children First Academy - Helping Homeless & At-Risk Children
Legacy FilesJuly 24, 2010 [Links and other information updated July 30, 2011; Last update: June 2012]Children First Academy (CFA), the USA’s largest school for homeless and at-risk children, is in need of help to supply their students with life’s basic necessities. CFA has two schools located in Arizona, USA. Many of these children go without basics such as food, water and clothing, and often don't even stay at the same place every night – no place to call home. The one thing the children can count on is going to school every day – these schools.The school relies on donations and volunteers to give these children something stable in their lives - an education, friends, and activities they may not otherwise ever be part of.You can help by sending items from their ongoing Critical Needs List. Please note: all shoe sizes listed are in U.S. sizes; if you're outside the US and wish to send shoes but can't order sizes, you can try to find...
Friends of Treasure
Legacy FilesApril 4, 2011 [Updated January 3, 2012; Last update: June 2012. Please scroll down for updates.]  Treasure is a loving young girl with a vascular malformation of the tongue.  Flare-ups can cause her to have trouble eating, closing her mouth, talking, and could potentially block her airway.  Treasure was diagnosed at the age of 5.  She’s had many very costly surgeries. Treasure is doing well today, thanks to the love and support of compassionate people, such as a local dance community who helped raise funds when they heard Treasure needed yet another surgery last year.Read Treasure’s timeline. What is a vascular malformation?*Vascular malformations are benign (non-cancerous) lesions that are present at birth, but which may not be visible for weeks or months after birth. Unlike hemangiomas, vascular malformations do not have a growth cycle and then regress - they continue to grow slowly throughout life. There are several types of vascular...
Having Trouble with Your Comments Section, or Some Other Function on Your Profile?
April 12, 2011 [Updated May 3, 2011]We've been hearing that some members have been having trouble viewing or posting comments recently, possibly around the same time we updated our home page.  Please note that we made no changes that would affect anyone's profile, and we made no programming changes, other than to change the appearance of the main home page and the user home page (“What's New”).  No features were added or removed.In working with some members, we tested their profiles using several computers, several browsers/browser versions, and two operating systems.  We were able to view the comments and other profile areas reported without any trouble.  In further helping to troubleshoot, we found that the members may have updated their computers (manually or through automatic updates) which could have affected how they see things on the site.If you're having this same sort of trouble, there are a few things you can do to fix it:...
Honoring Treasure in the Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait
Legacy FilesApril 27, 2011What a great time I had giving Treasure her dot today. It was a different kind of ceremony. As always, I try to think about what Michael Jackson would want the Tribute to do. Sometimes I place dots up on a stage in front of hundreds of people. Sometimes I place dots for celebrities in front of the media. Today I met Treasure and her mom at a park. It was the perfect setting and I thought if Treasure is bringing her mom then I should bring my mom, too. So my mom and I got to spend some quality time with Treasure and her mom. The only cameras around were the ones our moms were holding.After I drew Treasure's dot I gave her my pen and she gave me a Friends of Treasure T-shirt. When it was time to go, Treasure's mom, Chelsa, had to call Treasure back to say goodbye. She and her friend went to an open area and played catch with a tennis ball. After all, she is a kid and we were at the park. It was at that moment when I realized we had accomplished our...
Make An Ill Child's Day Brighter
Legacy FilesJuly 10, 2011 [Updated April 8, 2012; Last update: June 2012] This morning, as I rubbed the sleep from my eyes and shut off the alarm, hoping for some coffee, I thought I'd check my emails. One email I read took my breath away, left me humbled, and had me smiling all day.  Dot Member jma had written to me about a group she formed on The Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait website. jma and some friends have been collecting money and toys to bring to ill children in a hospital in Belgium. A friend of mine suggested jma contact us, and I'm so glad!When I read about the group, I could feel my heart swell with love, and I realized, once again, that Michael's humanitarian legacy really is continuing on: As we all know Michael used to visit many hospitals around the world to make children happy with by giving them some attention. We have founded this group because we want to do the same MJ did for ill children: give them a nice day with a...
MJTP 2010 Tour - Part 1: Rome, Austria & Amsterdam
Legacy FilesAutumn 2010RomeWhat an amazing time I had in Rome. The people were so welcoming and gracious. The event we had at Antica Biblioteca Valle was large enough to get to meet with fans but it still had a "home" feeling to it. I think that was because of how kind everyone was. We started off with showing people the portrait and then a few people spoke to the crowd.  With the help of an interpreter, I was able to speak about the meaning behind the portrait and why it is important for us to continually build our Tribute and participate in our Tribute community. I was then able to place dots for people as they watched up close.After some delicious food we were treated to fantastic dance performances by both professional and non-professional MJ fans. The performers gave everything they had and the audience enjoyed every bit of it. It truly was a night I will never forget. I feel like I...
MJTP 2010 Tour - Part 2: Germany
Legacy FilesAutumn 2010  Meeting JoshuaAs you may have realized by the photos, for the travel to Europe, the portrait had to be disassembled.By this time we were one week into the trip. We had mastered air-travel with all our baggage and the portrait; however, the journey to Joshua involved the first international train travel – heaving and throwing several boxes, the easel and portrait components on and off of the multiple trains, and running with all the baggage from one train station platform to another, since the journey involved multiple trains. (We are considering submitting audition footage for The Amazing Race.) Caught sleeping at the train station.....and on the train.Meeting Joshua was an amazing experience.  We were welcomed into the warm-coziness of the Badder home, so relaxing after a week on the road. We were treated hospitably by Joshua, him mom, his dad and his grandmother. We were spoiled...
MJTP 2010 Tour - Part 3: Belgium
Legacy FilesAutumn 2010Munich to Brussels viaUtrecht, Gouda, Alexander Polder and RotterdamWhen we arrived in Utrecht from the long overnight train ride, we learned that there’d been a big fire in the train station and there were no departing trains. What was going to be an 11-hour train ride ended up being an 18-hour day involving several trains, one taxi and one bus, as we were repeatedly sent to train stations that turned out to be closed due to the majority Dutch train system being off line and/or off schedule.  But it was all worth it because I got to witness Michelle being giddy with an overly handsome waiter while we were stuck in Gouda. I’m not sure she focused on half of the directions he was giving us, which may have caused further delay. In her defense, he was really good-looking.The Gouda restaurant story is reminding me that I need to apologize to the fine people who were dining in the restaurant of our Rome hotel when Michelle and I created a small scene....
MJTP 2010 Tour - Part 4: Amsterdam & Israel
Legacy FilesAutumn 2010 Amsterdam – Part 2Only a handful of hours before we needed to catch the flight to Israel, so we took a quick stroll over to the Anne Frank house and got a bite to eat (pancakes with ice cream on top). Then we caught a taxi to go meet with Dutch fans at a café near the train station. After searching high and low and making ourselves rather late, we found the café in the most obvious possible place, and had a very special, quiet meeting with the fans. We formed a circle with our chairs, and I had a chance to get to know some of the people behind the dots. I drew dots, signed autographs and we took lots of photos. Cool.                                                  Yum!                                            ...
Partners for the Planet: The MJTP & A Million Trees for Michael
Legacy FilesAugust 17, 2010 [Updated June 2012]We all know that Michael cared about our planet.  From "Planet Earth" (Dancing the Dream) to "Earth Song," to his pleas in This Is It, his gentle message is unmistakable: Earth is our home and it's up to US to save it. We are pleased to announce that we have partnered with  A Million Trees for Michael, a group of MJ supporters who share our love and concern for the planet, encouraging us all to plant trees in Michael's name.How are you supposed to do that?  Simple!  A Million Trees for Michael has partnered with American Forests, a non-profit organization that will plant one tree for every $1.00 you donate. (For everyone outside the USA, you can find out the current exchange rate by clicking here.  Your credit card will show the amount you were charged in your currency.  Please contact American Forests with any additional questions on acceptable forms of payment.)All donations are made...
Rumors, Scammers, Spammers, Trollers and Phishers, Oh My!
August 22, 2010In an effort to help keep this site safe and enjoyable for everyone, we are addressing three uncommon but important issues which are mentioned in our Terms of Service and/or FAQs.1. A Note about Website Safety - Don't Be Scammed:  You should easily be able to trust 99.99% of the members on this site.  However, until they've truly earned your trust, and you've built a friendship with them, you should use caution. Some people come to the site - or any website - to try to get  personal information from or otherwise scam members, and are not really here for the right reasons.  This is very rare, though it does happen! When we find out about such confirmed activity occurring on this website, we will terminate their account, as scamming, spamming, trolling, and phishing are violations of our Terms of Service (scam attempts often contain a combination of these offenses). If someone on this site whom you don't really know...
'BAD' 25! New Logo and MJ Estate Announcments
May 3, 2012MJ/Statement from the EstateWe want to thank fans for all their positive feedback on this morning’s announcement about the Pepsi deal. Michael did three successive deals with Pepsi, on the Victory Tour, the Bad Tour and the Dangerous Tour, so this extends a long and very successful relationship with the brand. Michael would have loved that we are making the record books with his image on a billion cans around the world. And the campaign will be a great kickoff to the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of BAD.____________________________________________________ May 3, 2012Pepsi Announces Global Partnership with theEstate of Michael Jackson Michael’s Iconic Image to Be Featured on One Billion Pepsi Cansin More than 20 Countries;China is First Market to Launch Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Michael Jackson’s Multi-platinum Album, BAD PURCHASE, N.Y., May 3, 2012 – Pepsi today announced an exclusive global partnership with the Estate of Michael...
'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...
'Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour' Song List Update
September 20, 2011Thanks so much for all of your continued support of Michael, the Estate, and all of us on this end!Clearly, there’s been lots of talk on the Internet about songs that are, and are not, in the upcoming Cirque show, and we wanted to update you on what is actually happening:As fans in Montreal were told, several songs they [heard] in Montreal will not end up in the show, and several that they did not see will be in the show [when the show opens] October 2. As the Estate and Cirque stressed to everyone during their visit, this is very much a work-in-progress and there continue to be changes made to all aspects of the show, not only the music.There are various reasons for these changes – some creative, some because of clearance issues and other reasons. For example, as a result of the rehearsals that have taken place since the fans’ visit, "Cry," "Breaking News," "Monster" (though a portion of 50 Cent’s rap may be used), and "Off The Wall" are now no longer in...
'THE IMMORTAL WORLD TOUR' EUROPE!
 MICHAEL JACKSON FAN CLUB PRE-SALECLICK HERETO GET YOUR PRE-SALE TICKETSBEFORE TICKETS AREAVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC!Public tickets go on sale beginning 3 February 2012, depending on the city.________________________________________________________ MICHAEL JACKSON THE IMMORTAL WORLD TOUREUROPEAN DATES BEGIN OCTOBER 2012Premiere performance at London’s O2 Arena on October 12January 30, 2012 – The Estate of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil announced today that the European tour of Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour™ will begin in October 2012 following its highly successful North American tour, which has thrilled more than 600,000 people since the October 2011 World Premiere in Montreal. This once-in-a-lifetime electrifying production combines the excitement and innovation of Michael Jackson’s music and choreography with Cirque du Soleil’s unparalleled creativity to give fans worldwide a unique view into the spirit, passion and heart of the...
'THE IMMORTAL World Tour' Production Updates
HAPPY FRIDAYSeptember 2, 2011The cast and crew for Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour has been working very hard preparing for the premiere performance 1 month from today on October 2. _____________________________________Happy Birthday MJ from THE CAST OF MICHAEL JACKSON THE IMMORTAL WORLD TOUR.JOIN WITH ALL OF US AND THE CAST OF MICHAEL JACKSON THE IMMORTAL WORLD TOUR IN REMEMBERING MICHAEL ON HIS BIRTHDAY, AUGUST 29._____________________________________Production Journal - Day 11 - Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World TourAugust 26, 2011AND THE ANSWER IS…Kevin Antunes has been a lifelong Michael Jackson fan..._____________________________________Who Is It?August 25, 2011Long before he started working in the music business and would have the chance to be involved with MICHAEL JACKSON THE IMMORTAL WORLD TOUR, this young man was already a huge Michael Jackson fan. Do you know who this is doing his best Michael Jackson impersonation? If you paid close attention to the video...
"Christmas Again" with Jonathan Moffett
 On behalf of Jonathan Moffett and Paula Katsikas, who has been working closely with Jonathan over the last few weeks, The Jam Café and Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait are happy to announce and promote “Christmas Again”, an album which Jonathan has dedicated to his friend Michael Jackson. Available on his website Jonathan follows in the footsteps of Michael by donating part of the proceeds to Make A Wish Foundation. Truly, this album is “All For Love” and a celebration of Michael’s life and message, as well as bringing home the real meaning of Christmas.From Paula Katsikas:Jonathan “Sugarfoot” Moffett accomplished musician, songwriter and producer, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. The third son of a musical family of siblings, Jonathan began playing on a marching snare drum at the tender age of six and after arriving in Los Angeles in January 1979, he had his first contact with Michael and the Jackson brothers. Just six weeks later in the spring of 1979,...
**Butterflies: Finding Love Through A Child's Heart
Love Through A Child's Heart FilesBut it all begins with forgiveness, because to heal the world, we first have to heal ourselves. And to heal the kids, we first have to heal the child within, each and everyone of us. -Michael Jackson, Oxford Lecture, March 2001Michael Jackson spoke on many occasions and wrote messages to his fans about love, forgiveness and the care of our children, but it wasn't until I read the words from his lecture at Oxford that I truly began to understand within what love and forgiveness really meant. I knew that the first steps to healing would not be easy. My heart was in bondage to depression and it would take my own children to awaken my inner child. Through them I have been able to see the colors of the butterflies again.   Looking at a butterfly, one can be captivated by its beauty, but what we don't think about is the caterpillar it once was. How did the butterfly become so beautiful? The butterfly had to go through a...
*2010/06/21: Michael Jackson Poem Recited by Maya Angelou
The first and only public reading of "We Had Him" by Maya Angelou. This is the poem she wrote for the Michael Jackson memorial. Dr. Angelou then receives her dot in the Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait. Additional footage, exclusive to the MJTP:“He doesn’t have to be translated.”“…humbly over the moon”“He spoke for me in his songs and in his life.” Comments for this post are now closed. You may leave a comment for Dr. Maya Angelou here.Find us on      
*Fans In The Mirror
Fans In The Mirror video, created and produced by our own Valmai Owens, Tribute Book Editor / Patchwork Blanket Organizer.Learn more about Fans In The Mirror, the Official Book of the Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait. Comments for this post are now closed.Find us on      
*Keep Michaeling!
  Did you know? According to the Urban Dictionary "Michaeling" is defined as:  1."When a Michael Jackson fan surfs the web for Michael Jackson, usually videos. It can be a hobby and the word is usually used on youtube."  I was Michaeling the other day, and found this awesome video; how to become a dot in the Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait.  2."To keep on being a fan of and supporting Michael Jackson." We will be Michaeling for many years to come.  3."To do anything (positive) relating to Michael Jackson!" "Listening to MJ, looking at photos or videos of MJ, speaking to MJ fans, dancing to MJ, reading about MJ, dancing in the style of MJ, thinking about MJ, researching about MJ, talking about MJ, writing about MJ, spreading the truth and love about MJ, anything!" MJTP dot members love Michaeling.   4."The act of "Day dreaming" or sleeping with your eyes open." Sorry I'm late. I...
*Promotional Videos
Our Latest Promotional Video, featuring Raven-Symone, Nick Cannon, Dionne Warwick, Marlan Wayans, Andrea White & Jeanne White-Ginder, (Ryan White's sister and mother) Maya Angelou, and more! Promotional Video 1: Promotional Video created by Anne-Sophie (Dot #5555). This is the video that won the YouTube contest. Congratulations to our French dot member Anne-Sophie!  Promotional Video 2: Another great Promotional Video created by our French Dot Member Anne-Sophie (Dot #5555). Promotional Video 3: Another great Promotional Video created by our French Dot Member Anne-Sophie (Dot #5555). Find us on      Comments for this post are now closed.
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....
01. Introducing Michael's Magic Box
Michael's Magic Box is a fictional story about a young girl named Isabella who gets a magic box that plays messages from Michael Jackson in an effort to help her live a life of love. It begins with her as a seven year old and follows her throughout her life as she receives and applies the messages she gets from him. She experiences challenges such as bullying, heartbreak, and unscrupulous people who lie about her. The magic box gives her messages along the way that teach her how to deal with these challenges from a place of love. She then goes on and uses the magic box to help others do the same. The book is now finished and all 12 chapters have been posted under the tab called "Magic." If you want to receive updates about future endeavors with Michael’s Magic Box please subscribe by filling out the form below.I hope you love reading it as much as I loved writing it.  Thank you,  Linda HigginsDirector of Community...
01. Spreading Michael's Messages in 2012
I have used this platform given to me by the MJTP for the last two and a half years as an opportunity to express appreciation for things I love about Michael Jackson, such as the compassion he had for humanity, the sensitivity he had for the planet, his generosity of spirit, and amazing talent. I wanted to demonstrate why he is one of the most loved people in the world. When I write about him it comes from the heart, but prior to 2009, I wouldn’t have been able to write this way.When Paris spoke those heartbreaking words at Michael's memorial service, the walls that had been up built up around my heart came tumbling down. That’s when all of this pent up love came flowing out of me and it hasn’t stopped since. The experience has been life changing.  Michael has created a place in each one of our hearts where he resides forever. It has been said that out of every tragedy comes something good. I know one thing good that has come of it is that we have become a very...
01. The Spiritual Experience of Writing Michael's Magic Box
I still have days where a single thought about Michael Jackson can bring me to tears instantly. It has happened to me twice this month. They weren’t tears of sadness though. I can only explain it by using his words: “In those moments I felt touched by something sacred.” It begins with a thought about him and turns into a feeling of pure, deep, profound love. In writing Michael’s Magic Box, I have begun to experience creativity in the way Michael used to always speak about. (For those who aren’t familiar with Michael’s Magic Box, read a brief summary about it here.) I have tried to write chapters ahead, but I’ve found it doesn’t work that way. Now I understand what he meant when he said, something in the heavens has to say now it’s time for you to have this. I feel guided every month when it’s time to write and in what I am supposed to write about.  Writing this story has caused me to recognize that creativity is a spiritual experience.  It is truly...
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...
02. Michael Jackson - A Vessel of Love and Healing
As Thanksgiving Day came to a close I sat down to relax for the evening in my favorite recliner with a soft blanket covering me. Since nothing was on TV I decided to pull out my phone and watch some videos of Michael on YouTube. I started by watching tributes fans have put together – each one heartfelt in their own way – like this one called "Why You'd Leave the Stage." This video still brings me to tears, every single time!  Before I knew it I had spent two hours immersed in watching Michael, feeling an extraordinary amount of love the entire time. I listened to Dr. Wayne Dyer talk about the week he and his family spent with Michael at Neverland Ranch. I’ve seen Dr. Dyer in person. He has that same loving aura and energy about him that Michael has. When you are in his presence you can feel his light. I was thrilled when this video was posted because he spoke about his solid belief in Michael’s innocence. In fact, he referred to him as “a transcendent being...
03. A Community Outraged
I have heard from several MJ fans in the past two weeks who have told me how the trial has taken them to a dark place, making them feel angry and depressed. I thought a guilty verdict would make me feel relieved but it actually left me feeling kind of empty. Although justice was served, it doesn’t bring Michael Jackson back. I know the trial has taken its toll emotionally on everyone – fans, friends and family – so I was hoping that once the verdict came in we would be able to put it all behind us and move forward, but there is one thing preventing us from doing that: the documentary Conrad Murray filmed.   Like many other fans, I was outraged that television stations would even consider buying this documentary and I joined in the quest to let our disgust be known, staging a boycott and making a plea to advertisers not to sponsor it.  La Toya Jackson even got involved, tweeting about her efforts to stop it and, although hesitant to do so, Jermaine talked...
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. A Message from Michael Jackson
Friday, September 30th, marked the end of the first week of the Conrad Murray trial for the death of Michael Jackson. It was an emotionally devastating week. I felt sad, angry, disgusted, and horrified as I heard and saw things that broke my heart. I can't even imagine how Mrs. Jackson and the rest of the family must have felt sitting in that courtroom every day. While I listened to the testimony of the witnesses, I found myself asking God the same question I have many times before: Why did he have to go?  Even though I want to put some of the events of last week out of my mind, there is one I want to remember. Kenny Ortega testified that the last song Michael ever sang was “Earth Song.” That is my favorite song.There is something about that song that touches my heart deeply; it's a combination of the message, the music and Michael's voice. To know it was the last song he ever sang, brought a tear to my eye. As Friday evening approached, I just...
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...
05. Sneak Peek at Chapter 5
Here is a sneak peek at what to expect in Chapter 5  Read the Introduction to Michael's Magic Box and Chapters 1-4 HERE. Note: You must be logged in to comment.   
05. The End of an Era: My Thoughts About Jermaine's Book
As I finished reading the last page of Jermaine Jackson’s book, You Are Not Alone Michael: Through a Brother’s Eyes, I wept, openly, for about ten minutes. In fact, I had already been crying as I read the last two chapters. Once I composed myself and went about my business, at various times throughout the day I would find myself in tears again. The next morning, I awoke at 3am; while lying there thinking, the tears started to flow again. I thought to myself, Why has this book affected me like this?Michael is four years older than I am, so, in a sense, I grew up with him. He captured my heart many years ago, so Jermaine’s memoir took me back down memory lane as he told stories about each period of Michael’s life: the beginning, the middle, and the end. I remember lying on the living room floor on my elbows in front of the television, watching in awe as they performed on The Ed Sullivan Show, singing “ABC” right along with them. I also remember how much I loved the...
06. Michael Jackson's Fans Need to Get A Life?
I came across this video the other day of Donny Deutsch, an American businessman, author and television personality, talking about Michael Jackson’s death.  Please watch the video before you read on.  Let me preface this by saying that Donny Deutsch is an amazing businessman. In addition to hosting his popular show on CNBC, The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, he is also the Chairman of Deutsch Inc., a 2.5 billion dollar ad agency and he serves on the board of directors for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Having said that, he clearly does not understand the impact Michael Jackson has had on the world.He expresses his disbelief about the level of attention Michael received when he died, comparing his death to other people who passed away that have made an impact in the world. “In the last few days there are other Americans that have died,” Deutsch said. “Kenneth Russell…he flew 253 combat missions in three wars; Sylvia Levin…she registered...
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. A Star is Born - Michael Jackson
“A star is a person who shines so brightly, who gives their gifts so fully, who loves so completely that everyone is drawn by the light of this star to find the way home.” – Chuck Spezzano, If It Hurts It Isn't LoveSometimes when I’m watching someone being interviewed on television I like to pretend that I am the one being interviewed. I like to reflect on how I would answer certain questions, because doing so tends to give me clarity about who I am and what is important to me.  The other day I watched a video of one of my favorite authors being interviewed. She was asked to tell people who may not know much about her what her basic philosophy is, what the foundation of her work is based on. She began to talk about what she saw as problems in the world and her ideas on how to solve them.  For me, I really believe that man’s inhumanity to man is destroying our world.  We’re a society that has been living with a closed heart for so long that...
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...
08. The Power of Michael
As I sat on the plane waiting to leave for home after paying my respects to Michael Jackson on the 2nd anniversary of his passing, I had to hold back the tears. I was not ready to leave. Even though my body was on that plane, my heart was back at Forest Lawn. This trip was a life changing experience for me and I didn’t want to let go of that feeling. Last year I visited the places Michael used to live; Neverland, Hayvenhurst and Carolwood and had powerful experiences at each place, some good and some bad. The only house I cared to return to this year was Neverland. I remembered how I felt at peace there. I had been able to visualize the happier times. I imagined the children, the rides, the giving tree; all the things that brought him joy there. I couldn’t wait to experience that again. I remembered how the ride up there was so full of laughter, song and declarations of love for Michael. The scenery was absolutely stunning and I was looking forward to seeing it again,...
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...
09. Michael Jackson's Ultimate Truth
“The truth reveals itself when you look with your heart.” – Linda HigginsThere are two things about life that I am certain. The first is that everyone in this world wants to feel like they are somebody worth loving. We all want to feel we are worth being treated with kindness, compassion, dignity and respect. To purposely treat someone otherwise is one of the most hurtful and destructive things that can be done to another human being. Yet that’s exactly what happened to Michael Jackson.  He was publicly shamed, criticized, ridiculed and condemned by writers, authors and journalists. He was the subject of entire television programs where the intent was to invite audience members and viewers to see him through the eyes of judgment and hatred; laughing, ridiculing and dismissing him as someone not worth loving.He was handcuffed and paraded around for the entire world to see when he was charged with allegations of child molestation, yet the person charged in his death was...
10 Things I've Learned from Michael Jackson
I was lying awake at 3:00 am this morning when all of these things that I've learned from Michael Jackson started to flood my mind. I'm not sure why, but I decided to write them down and share them with you. In reverse order:10. If you're going to do something, be the best at it! Practice, Perseverance, Dedication, Commitment. 9. Your talents are God-given gifts meant to be shared with the world. Honor them. 8. Follow your dreams and Keep the Faith, because it's just a matter of time. 7. All creativity is channeled, so don't write the music. Let the music write itself. (Or in my case, the story)6. If you care enough for the living, you'll make the world a better place. 5. It is possible for people to harmonize all around the world. See it's not about races, just places, faces.4. Before you judge someone, try hard to love them. Walk 2 moons in their moccasins. 3. Keep an open mind, because there really are people who will sell their soul just to get...
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...
10. What's Wrong with Our World
I recently came across an intriguing documentary that is now showing in various parts of the United States called I AM. It was directed by Tom Shadyac, a Hollywood director whose previous work includes some very successful comedy blockbuster films such as Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Nutty Professor and Bruce Almighty. In this film however, he sets out to explore the answers to two very important questions: What's wrong with our world and what can we do about it? I believe the answers to those questions can be found by looking at the way Michael Jackson was treated during his lifetime.He was one of the most successful and influential recording artists of all time, with estimates of 750 million records sold worldwide. His achievements are too many to name but the records he holds in the Guinness Book of World Records give a small glimpse into the success he achieved:Guinness Book of World Records Michael Jackson's Thriller is the biggest selling album of all time,...
11. Fighting for the Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait
Some people say that out of every tragedy comes something good. Indeed, I’ve been blessed to encounter some of the most unconditional love I’ve ever experienced through friendships I’ve made in this community. However, in the last few months I’ve had people with whom I was friendly become distant. Some who used to engage with me through social networks stopped doing so as much, others whom I’ve tried to befriend have flat out ignored me; comments on our articles have dropped, and some people seemed to not support the MJTP to the extent they used to. I didn’t give it too much thought until I discovered that there are people in the community who feel the MJTP betrayed Michael because one of our team members attended (by invitation) the album release party for Michael, some even going as far as writing about it on their blogs. Now it all makes so much sense, I thought to myself as the tears began to flow. That hurt me. Our intent is to be a...
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...
12. Associating with Michael Jackson
"He is probably the most famous person in the planet, God help him!" Those words were spoken by Bob Geldof when giving Michael Jackson the award for Artist of a Generation at the Brit Awards in 1996. I’m one of those people who believe that everything happens for a reason. I believe there was a reason he was the most famous person on the planet and in my opinion it has something to do with putting love back into the world. Everybody remembers what they were doing when they learned Michael Jackson had passed away. We remember exactly where we were, who told us, and what our reactions were. It was a defining moment in history, one that caused the world to take a collective gasp. Although the majority of people mourned his loss and moved on with their lives, there are some people who were affected at a deeper level, one that was life changing. I am one of those people. I knew very early on there was a reason his death touched me so profoundly. I knew there was a reason I was drawn to...
13. What Will Be the Lasting Impression of Michael Jackson
When the trial of The People vs. Conrad Murray commences for the death of Michael Jackson, fans, friends and family can expect to encounter more pain as the defense, in their quest to prove Murray’s claim of innocence, will do anything in their power to portray Michael in a negative light. This will be heart-wrenching for all of us to watch…to say the least. We will have to listen to them suggest he killed himself, which is a ridiculous notion for anyone who knows him. His children were much too important to him, which Jermaine Jackson validated in a recent tweet: "Michael did not, would not, take his own life. His children were too important; indisputable." In addition, we’re also going to have our hearts broken while we are reminded of what Michael’s children had to endure the morning of his passing. The judge has ruled that cameras will be allowed in the courtroom, which has its pros and cons, but I sincerely hope it doesn’t affect them in a negative way. We won’t be...
14. The Mastery of Michael Jackson
It’s amazing to me that no matter how many times I watch Michael Jackson’s concerts or short films, he is still able to evoke the same emotional responses from me, even though I know what’s going to happen. When I watch them I’m taken to another place in time as I am thoroughly engrossed in being entertained. His "Live in Bucharest" concert is one of my absolute favorites. I still feel the excitement building in me while I’m waiting for him to bolt up from under the stage, all the while wishing I would have had the opportunity to be there with the crowd chanting, "Michael, Michael, Michael!" When he performs "Black or White," I’m right there with him jamming away on my imaginary guitar, pumping my head up and down to the beat, and he never fails to capture my heart when he sings "I Just Can’t Stop Loving You." An instant smile comes over my face and stays there until he moves me to tears with "She’s Out of My life." That happens every single time. It’s not just me...
15. Through The Eyes of Love
As we say goodbye to 2010, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported me in my work to love, honor and celebrate Michael Jackson on behalf of the MJTP. Since he passed away, I’ve used my articles & videos to capture and convey the heart and soul of Michael in an effort to show the world who he really was: an exceptionally talented, loving, creative, sensitive man who wanted to bring joy and escapism to people through his music and make the world a better place. My work has focused almost entirely on motivating, educating and inspiring people to look at him through the eyes of love, but moving into 2011, my heart is telling me it’s time to make a slight but powerful shift from looking through the eyes of love at Michael to looking at love through Michael’s eyes. In his performance at the 1993 Super Bowl, he made a very poignant statement. As he began to touch the crowd with his outstanding colorful display of "Heal The World" he spoke these...
16. Remembering Michael Jackson
I created this video from some footage that was taken of me and a few other fans who were remembering Michael at Neverland Ranch on June 24, 2010. I included some of the photos we took while we were there and there is also some great footage of him in there. Hope it brings you a moment of joy today!Linda HigginsDirector of Community DevelopmentConnect with me on Twitter and Facebook  var addthis_config = {"data_track_clickback":true};If you would like to be notified when I post a new article to my blog, send an email to Linda@michaeljacksontributeportrait.com with the word "subscribe" in the subject line.
17. Reflections of Gratitude for Michael Jackson
In the United States, November is the month of Thanksgiving. For one day we all typically eat a bountiful harvest, spend the day with loved ones and give thanks for everything we’re grateful for in our lives. Thanksgiving has long been the time of year that puts me in an attitude of gratitude as I reflect back on reasons why I feel blessed. Thanksgiving fell on the 25th day of November this year, a day of the month which always causes fans to stop and reflect on our love for Michael since he passed away on the 25th day of June. As a result, this year my reflections of gratitude are directed squarely at Michael, and I feel compelled to share them with you. I hope in doing so I will encourage all of you to reflect upon your feelings of gratitude for him as well.Mariah Carey’s loving words put us in the right frame of mind to do that: "Let us remember him for his unparalleled contribution to the world of music, his generosity of spirit in his quest to heal the world and the joy he...
18. A Light of Truth About Michael Jackson
In every generation, there are a handful of people who come into this world equipped with the ability to change it for the better because of their heightened sense of awareness about the power of love. Those people understand love, not as a feeling, but as a state of being, a way of relating to the world. They have a certain light about them; a way of living that encompasses being kind, caring, compassionate and empathic. Through their ability to connect to love, they have the potential to heal the world. Michael Jackson was one of them. In an attempt to define love, I’ll defer to Marianne Williamson through her book called "A Return to Love." She says, "(Love) is our ultimate reality, and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life." Michael seemed to truly understand that concept. His connection to love was so strong that he had an enhanced ability to deeply touch other people with his light. When...
19. Restoring the Honor to Michael Jackson's Name
I have made no secret of the fact that I believe Michael Jackson’s character was attacked purposely in order to ruin his reputation. The people who set out to do that succeeded, and there were many. They succeeded in attaching a stigma to his name, to the extent that it became a disgrace to be associated with him.When it reached its peak, to say that you were a friend, fan or advocate of Michael Jackson brought snide remarks and laughter. Shame and humiliation are powerful emotions and people will go to great lengths to avoid them; hence the reason why many friends turned their backs on him during his 2005 trial, why many fans didn’t dare declare themselves to be so, and why the Gardner Street Elementary School disassociated themselves from him, by covering up his name on the auditorium that they renamed after him in 1989.Following his arrest in 2003, the Los Angeles Unified School District made the decision to cover Michael Jackson’s name up, because angry parents in the...
20. You Are Not Alone: How Michael Jackson Saved Lives
"History books will never capture the essence of your humble soul and the lives you literally saved." Jodi Gomes, Executive Producer of "JACK5ONS: A Family Dynasty" and close personal friend of MJThe quote above is an excerpt from a heartfelt letter Jodi wrote as a message to Michael for his 52nd birthday. She posted it for everyone to read when MJ fans, friends and family took Twitter by storm on his birthday, posting their own personal #MessagetoMJ.I found her letter to be very profound and timely, considering within the last couple of weeks I have had conversations with two different young women who claim exactly that; Michael Jackson saved their life.He was once asked how he would like to be remembered. Michael’s response was, "As a person who came and brought light to the world, some escapism; also as a voice for the voiceless children, because I love them. I’m living for the children. If it weren’t for the kids, I would throw in the towel."These two young women have...
2009/08/29: Hollywood
Placing dots for fans on Michael's birthday. MANN'S GRAUMAN'S CHINESE THEATRE August 29, 2009 (Michael's birthday) We spent the earlier part of Michael's birthday placing dots for fans in Hollywood.Michael's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is located in front of theGrauman's Chinese Theatre where we were located. Artist David Ilan getting readyto place dots in front of theMann's Grauman's Chinese Theatre.Onlookers take a closer look (and photos) of the Tribute Portrait. In the background you can see people signing up for the Tribute and a tour bus driving by.Kimberly Michele Durham, Tribute Director of Marketing, posing for a shot with a member of the Japanese media.Fans leaving flowers and notes on Michael's star.A dance troup shows off their skills to Michael's music.Placing Dots for FansFind us on      Comments for this post are now closed.
2009/08/29: Ribbon Cutting Event
The launch of the biggest Michael Jackson Tributein the world. August 28, 2009 (the day before Michael's birthday)atThe EDGE Performing Arts Center At a special media event in Hollywood, California, Artist David Ilan cuts the ribbon and draws the first dots in The Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait, the largest tribute in the world! The first dot was drawn for Michael and was located in the area of his heart. The next three dots were drawn for Michael's children. Special Guests included Michael's friends and those who worked with him. They were honored at the event by having their dot drawn next to Michael's. Each celebrated guest spoke about their personal relationship with Michael, shared their fondest memories and talked about why this tribute is so special. (All photos, except those marked with an asterisk (*), were taken by Italian photographer Stefania Rosini. She has taken photos of every celebrity under the sun and we...
2009/08/29: World of Dance Tour
 San Diego Convention CenterWORLD OF DANCE TOURAugust 29, 2009 (Michael's birthday) We were honored to be invited to the World of Dance Tour the evening of Michael's birthday.5,000 dancers and fans packed the San Diego Convention Center.Dancers line up to register for their dotin the Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait.The big screens show our video, created by the winner of our YouTube contest, Anne-sophie (France).Dave Gonzalez, Wold of Dance organizer.A wonderful event.David with dance troup Hi Definition.Taking time out for interviews.Placing Dots for Dancers Find us on      Comments for this post are now closed.
2010/02/24: Choreographers CRIS JUDD and THE TALAUEGA BROTHERS Join the Tribute
Imagine dancing with Michael Jackson. Renowned choreographers Cris Judd, and Rich and Tone Talauega don't have to imagine - they lived the dream and were part of the magic! Now watch them be part of Michael's Tribute Portrait at the Debbie Reynolds Studio in North Hollywood, CA, where Michael rehearsed for the "Thriller" video.Comments for this post are now closed. You may leave a comment for Cris Judd here, and for Rich and Tone here. Find us on      
2010/02/24: QUEST CREW Gets Their Dots
On February 24, 2010, Quest Crew, the winners of MTV's "America's Best Dance Crew" 2009 were honored by The Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait. Comments for this post are now closed. You may leave a comment for Quest Crew here.Find us on      
2010/04/01: Travis Payne, Stacy Walker and Milo Levell Receive Their Dots
Dot CeremonyTravis Payne, Stacy Walker & Milo Levell get their DOT in The Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait (MJTP), in the studio where Michael Jackson rehearsed "Thriller" and "Captain Eo."  Find us on      Comments for this post are now closed.
2010/06/13: Dionne Warwick Dot Ceremony
Dionne Warwick gets her dot at her "Under the Stars" benefit concert for Levitt Pavilion in Pasadena’s Memorial Park. Find us on      Comments for this post are now closed. You may leave a comment for Dionne Warwick here.
2010/06/18: Nick Cannon Dot Ceremony
 Nick Cannon received his dot in Studio City, California on June 18, 2010. Find us on      Comments for this post are now closed.
2010/06/22: Raven-Symone Dot Ceremony
 Raven-Symone received her dot June 22, 2010, at the Debbie Reynolds Studio in North Hollywood.  This is the same studio where Michael rehearsed for the "Thriller" video. Find us on      Comments for this post are now closed. You may leave a comment for Raven-Symone here.
2010/06/26: Filmmaker Larry Nimmer interviews MJTP Artist, Producer and Team Member
In a June 2010 interview with filmmaker Larry Nimmer (creator of Michael Jackson: The Untold Story of Neverland), David Ilan, Jerry Biederman, and Tribute Team Celebrity Coordinator Michelle Easter discuss the Portrait: Michael, how it works, the meaning behind it, the people who support it (Michael's family, friends and fans), and how it's bringing together people from all over the world.If you're having trouble viewing this video, please go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNb0HwmW4rM.Click here to learn more about Larry Nimmer.Find us on      Comments for this post are now closed. 
2010/06: Ryan White's Mother and Sister discuss the MJTP
 Ryan White's mother, Jeanne White-Ginder, and sister, Andrea, speak about Michael Jackson and the Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait.Comments for this post are now closed. Find us on      
2010/07/30: A Trip to Gary, Indiana, June 2010
Fellow dot member Debbar spent June 25th, 2010, at 2300 Jackson St., in Gary, Indiana.  For all of us who could not be there, she has shared with us what it was like to be where Michael and his brothers and sisters began their lives, where the Jackson 5 got started..where the magic began.  Please read Debby’s story and watch her video.Thank you, Debby, for allowing your entire MJTP family share this experience through you. Remembering Michael, Gary Indiana June 25, 2010By Debby aka Debbar The first time that I went to Michael's childhood home at 2300 Jackson St., it was a huge surprise. My friend, who is also a dot member, told me that she was taking me for a drive to help me relax. When we got closer to Indiana, which is about 50 minutes away from where I live, I started questioning why we were going there.  She claimed that her brother wanted some lottery tickets from a gas station that had recently sold winning...
2010/08/29: 'In Your Eyes' - Tribute to Michael for His 52nd Birthday
 Tribute Team Member Anne-Sophie, Graphic Designer for the MJTP, made this very beautiful video as a Tribute to Michael Jackson for his 52nd birthday.   Comments for this post are now closed.
2010/08/29: The MJTP Attends Premiere of "The Way He Makes Them Feel"
August 29, 2010 (Michael's Birthday)David Ilan, along with the Tribute Portrait, were invited to be a featured attraction at the Hollywood Premiere of The Way He Makes Them Feel. Thousands were in attendance and hundreds were able to meet David and witness their dots being drawn.The event also featured Thrill the World Los Angeles flash mob. We would like to thank our hosts, Director/Producer ErinRose Widner, and  Art Exhibit Curator for the Premiere, Kelly Seldan.Many of our dot members attended the screening. They expressed how excited they were to meet David and find their dot in the Portrait. David was just as thrilled to meet them! Artist David Ilan and the movie premiere poster. Thrill The World dancers posing with the Tribute Portrait, David Ilan (top middle), and Maxso, our youth spokesperson (bottom middle)  Movie premiere attendees get their dot live at the event:Comments for this post are now closed.
2010/11: Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait in Rome
 "No L.O.V.E. No Party ed MJ Italian Foundation, presentano l'anteprima italiana del tributo mondiale 'Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait'. Vi presentiamo il video ufficiale della conferenza e dell'incontro con David Ilan e Michelle Easter."  "One Dot = One Fan....to represent....the meaning of....L.O.V.E.""He chose the pointillism technique, 'cause  he thinks it's difficult to understand how many people there are behind a number...But each of these persons become a dot and make a drawing, this one can help us to realize how many they are." Special thanks from The Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait to No L.O.V.E. No Party and MJ Italian Foundation for making the November 2010 event in Rome possible. Read about this event on David's BlogFind us on      Comments for this post are now closed. 

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