Spike Lee Throwing Memorial Block Party for Michael Jackson in Fort Greene, Brooklyn on His Birthday

Straight from The Root:

Anybody and everybody is invited to attend Michael Jackson’s 51st birthday party on Saturday, August 29, from noon to 5 p.m., at Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn, New York. DJ Spinna will be spinning all things Jackson, from the Jackson 5 to the Jacksons to Michael Jackson. The Brooklyn borough president will be on hand to declare Aug. 29 “Michael Jackson Day.”

It seems Spike had a particular affinity for Michael Jackson; they were born a year apart into musical families. He wasn’t immune to the Jackson Five hit phenomenon, and saw every Jackson Five cartoon as a kid. Later, both men found fame, and eventually worked together in the slums of Brazil, with Spike directing Michael’s video, “They Don’t Really Care About Us.”

Like many in the community, Spike Lee has been hit hard by Jackson’s death.

“At the end, we’ll all sing Happy Birthday to Michael,” Lee says. “We’re going to make sure he hears us, too. All over the world, people are going to be celebrating his birthday. But he’s going to hear Brooklyn; Brooklyn is going to be in the house. Deep.”

Meanwhile, it has been announced that Michael’s body will at last be laid to rest, also on his birthday, as his father had recently stated in an interview.

In its release, the publicity firm Sunshine, Sachs & Associates said that Michael Jackson would be buried on Aug. 29 at 10 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, at Holly Terrace in the Great Mausoleum at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, Calif. The release said that the burial ceremony would private and limited to the Jackson family and close friends, but that there would be nearby accommodations for the news media. The Jackson family added that it “once again wishes to express its gratitude to Michael’s fans around the world for their support during these difficult times.”

The L.A. Times said that in that same interview, Joe Jackson said he would have preferred to have had his son buried in Las Vegas, at a replica of the Neverland Ranch, the easier to charge admission at a venue “honoring” him. At this, I can truly say that there are no words.

Impoverished Gary, IN, though, seems to have garnered plenty of words about its connection to Joe Jackson, who with the Seventies soul group, the Chi-Lites, appeared at a memorial concert in the Jacksons’ hometown. Apparently, Mayor Rudy Clay is about to pay $5000 as “a donation” to Joe and the Chi-Lites, since the actual cost for their appearances–hotels, meals, airfare and security–exceeded the $5000. One would think this kind of expenditure–for a memorial concert–would have been covered by Joe Jackson and the Chi-Lites. But you don’t reckon on the avarice of Marshall Thompson and Joe Jackson who were going to milk the death of Michael Jackson for all it was worth.

Remember that Marshall Thompson has already served time for fraud, and that Joe Jackson’s motor mouth has talked of exploiting Blanket Jackson as a second Michael and insinuating for British tabloids, for money, that Michael was killed. I find this very interesting because Gary had angled to have the remains of Michael Jackson buried there when news and speculation about Michael’s death had been fresh. Had Michael been buried in Gary, it would have certainly brought industry and cash to the Rust Belt city–if not to Joe Jackson as well.

Michael will surely rest in peace over at Forest Lawn, far from any more from even his father’s earthly machinations. According to TMZ, the mausoleum where he will be interred does not allow the public to visit.

~ by blksista on August 18, 2009.

One Response to “Spike Lee Throwing Memorial Block Party for Michael Jackson in Fort Greene, Brooklyn on His Birthday”

  1. I am really looking forward to being in Ft Greene next Saturday for this. I know everyone’s over it but I am still grieving for Michael.

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