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Lotta interna nella famiglia Jackson

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Avevamo riportato un articolo del New York Post tradotto su MJFANSQUARE che riguardava la lotta interna nella famiglia Jackson portata alla luce dai twit di Paris. Articolo abbastanza inattendibile, visto che attribuiva delle frasi a Janet e a Paris in base al video di sorveglianza pubblicato precedentemente, che è senza audio!!!

Pubblichiamo, invece, la traduzione (tratta da mjjforum.it) di una lettera di Jermaine pubblicata sul suo twitter, sempre sulla questione del testamento.

Inoltre c’è il comunicato dell’avvocato di Janet che porta alla luce un altro possibile scenario.

Più in basso, il comunicato di Howard Weitzman, avvocato dell’Estate di MJ, che ha interdetto l’accesso alla casa di Katherine per alcuni membri della famiglia Jackson.

Da segnalare che ora l’affidamento dei figli di MJ è in condivisione tra Katherine e TJ Jackson (figlio di Tito).

A proposito del testamento, Howard Mann, socio d’affari di Katherine contro i quali l’Estate ha sollevato una questione di “copyright” per un libro che dovevano pubblicare, nel processo che si terrà a fine agosto/inizio settembre porterà delle prove che metterebbero seriamente in dubbio la validità del testamento di MJ del 2002.

La prima udienza è prevista per il 27 agosto.

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COMUNICATO DI JERMAINE

“Ieri, ho avuto una telefonata con mio figlio Jaafar che mi ha spezzato il cuore. Mi ha chiesto: “È vero che non potremo più visitare la casa della nonna come una famiglia?”

Adesso basta..dopo un lungo esame di coscienza, è chiaro che sia il momento per noi di vivere secondo per parole di Michael sull’amore, non sulla guerra. In questo spirito, offro questa dichiarazione come un modo per estendere un ramo d’ulivo. Di conseguenza, ritiro la mia firma dalla lettera che è stata inviata all’Estate, che non sarebbe mai dovuta essere pubblica.

Conservo ancora profonde riserve su molte delle questioni che coinvolgono l’Estate e continuerò a portare controllo e una voce risoluta ovunque ci sia motivo per preoccuparsi. Ma il modo giusto per affrontare tali questioni attraverso è fare uso di canali appropriati e attraverso un dialogo privato, non un conflitto pubblico.

Qualsiasi siano le false dichiarazioni che i tabloid online che hanno portato la gente a credere di tutto ciò, la mia principale preoccupazione è sempre e solo stata radicata nel benessere di nostra madre, nell’ambiente in cui vive. Nessuno là fuori ha un’idea circa le sollecitazioni e le pressioni a cui è stata a lungo sottoposta, prima degli ultimi avvenimenti ed io, come tutti in famiglia, adoro la terra su cui cammina.

Inoltre, la perdita di Michael di tre anni fa è una ferita per noi ancora fresca. Il dolore sempre presente mi perseguita con domande sul fatto che lo abbiamo lasciato troppo da solo o se abbiamo fatto tutto ciò che potevamo per aiutarlo quando il mondo dello spettacolo lo ha circondato. Perciò, quando si tratta dal benessere dei nostri cari, e specialmente di nostra madre, forse siamo comprensibilmente e fieramente iperprotettivi.

Come ha confermato l’avvocato Perry Sanders, un controllo sanitario aveva rilevato un’alta pressione sanguigna di mia madre. Il riposo era l’unica motivazione per la quale è stata in Arizona. Prince ha anche portato le sue borse giù per le scale e l’ha invitata a riposarsi, perché veniamo tutti dalla stessa educazione premurosa.

Quando lei era via, e i bambini erano affidati a TJ (il figlio di Tito), non c’è mai stato un malintenzionato tentativo di impedire ai ragazzi di parlare con la loro nonna. Eravamo semplicemente preoccupati che una chiamata da casa avrebbe comportato (o provocato) innanzitutto conversazioni con individui con cui siamo in controversia, e un conseguente innalzamento della pressione, che non era ciò che le era stato prescritto dal medico. Per questo motivo siamo andati nella casa di Calabasas per parlare direttamente con i bambini e per discutere su come avrebbero potuto incontrare la nonna. L’accesso ci è stato negato dalla sicurezza, ed era chiaro che i sospetti reciproci avevano permesso che glie eventi andassero fuori dal controllo.

Mi dispiace che sia stato permessi che questi eventi raggiungessero un simile livello. Mi dispiace per ogni disagio causato a Prince, Paris e Blanket. Tutto questo non è mai stata intenzione mia e di Janet, Rebbie e Randy. Andando avanti, il modo migliore per garantire il benessere a nostra mamma e quello dei figli di Michael è quello di avere un dialogo collettivo e privato.

Degli errori sono stati fatti e delle cose irrazionali sono state dette da entrambi i lati, in ambiente di forte carica emotiva. È giunta l’ora per tutti noi di tracciare una linea nella sabbia e di muoverci verso la pace, la cooperazione, l’amore e la guarigione. Spero vivamente che potremo trovare nei nostri cuori la forza per farlo. Perché al di là di qualsiasi altra cosa e sopra ogni cosa, ciò che conta…è la famiglia.”

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COMUNICATO DELL’AVVOCATO DI JANET

“Sono l’avvocato di Janet Jackson. Faccio questa dichiarazione a nome suo e di Randy e Rebbie Jackson, a proposito dei recenti avvenimenti che coinvolgono loro, la loro famiglia, e l’Estate del loro defunto fratello Michael Jackson.

Sin dal momento della perdita di Michael, la preoccupazione principale di Janet, Randy e Rebbie è stata e continua ad essere la sicurezza e il benessere dei suoi figli, della madre Katherine e dell’intera famiglia. Purtroppo, queste persone sono state danneggiate dalle azioni degli esecutori dell’Estate di Michael, John Branca e John McClain dell’avvocato Howard Weitzman e delle persone pagate per eseguire i loro ordini.

La campagna negativa generata dagli esecutori e dai loro agenti è inarrestabile. Nelle ultime settimane i media hanno ricevuto delle segnalazioni assurde – tutte dimostratesi false – a proposito del rapimento di Katherine Jackson e di abusi fisici e verbali di un minore. Gli esecutori e i loro agenti hanno anche recentemente emesso un comunicato per impedire a Janet, Rebbie e Randy Jackson di visitare nella sua casa la loro madre 82enne e i figli di Michael.

Le azioni degli esecutori e di chi lavora per loro possono essere comprese solamente alla luce dei dubbi sul testamento di Janet, Randy e Rebbie. Gli esecutori non hanno mai fornito una spiegazione valida su come Michael abbia potuto firmare il testamento in California mentre prove inconfutabili stabiliscono che si trovava a New York.

È importante sottolineare che Janet, Rebbie e Randy hanno messo in dubbio la veridicità del testamento senza alcuna motivazione economica, non guadagnerebbero nulla finanziariamente parlando se venisse dimostrato che il testamento non è valido. Vale la pena ripeterlo: non guadagnerebbero nulla finanziariamente parlando se venisse dimostrato che il testamento non è valido. I figli di Michael saranno i beneficiari della sua Estate. Quello che succederà se venisse dimostrato che il testamento non è valido è che gli esecutori verranno sostituiti e l’Estate e la tutela dei ragazzi verranno gestiti in modo tale da poter tutelare i migliori interessi dei ragazzi, che è ciò che Michael desiderava. Le persone che ci perderebbero di più se venisse provata la falsità del testamento sono, ovviamente, gli esecutori e quelli sul loro “libro paga”.

Janet, Randy e Rebbie proseguiranno nella loro ricerca della verità, per fare in modo che i desideri del loro fratello Michael vengano realizzati.”

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LETTERA DI WEITZMAN

“Date le circostanze delle ultime due settimane, e al fine di proteggere i bambini e la signora Jackson, gli esecutori credono che non sarebbe opportuno consentire alle seguenti persone l’accesso nella residenza o nell’area della proprietà e abbiamo ordinato alla sicurezza di impedire che le seguenti persone potessero entrare nella residenza: Randy Jackson e uno dei suoi figli, Janet Jackson, Rebbie Jackson e uno dei suoi figli, Jermaine Jackson, sua moglie e uno dei suoi figli, Janice Smith, o chiunque altro sia stato coinvolto negli ultimi avvenimenti che hanno portato alla separazione e all’incapacità di comunicare alla signora Jackson con i figli di Michael, o qualsiasi altro agente o rappresentante di questi individui.

Non ci saranno altri membri della sicurezza o autisti ammessi nella proprietà ad eccezione di quelli nominati dall’Estate di Michael Jackson. A Joe Jackson è preclusa la possibilità di entrare nella proprietà. Howard Mann, che è nel contenzioso contro l’Estate e che sta lavorando con i fratelli Jackson che hanno scritto la “lettera”, non dovrebbe essere ammesso nella proprietà.”

Per quanto riguarda la “lettera” a cui si fa riferimento, si tratta di quella firmata da Janet, Jermaine, Randy, Rebbie e Tito Jackson, dove si chiedono le dimissioni degli esecutori dell’Estate.

La lettera scritta da Weitzman continua dicendo:

“Ovviamente Paris, Prince e Blanket, T.J e i suoi fratelli, Tito, Marlon, Jackie e i loro coniugi, i membri attuali della sicurezza (assunti dall’Estate), il personale (per TJ), Meg Lodise, Michael Kane, Sandra Ribera, Parry Sanders, Trent Jackson, voi (Charles Shultz) e tutte le altre persone autorizzate da TJ (a parte quelli sopra elencati), sono autorizzati ad entrare e a rimanere nella proprietà.

È indispensabile per l’Estate che d’ora in avanti venga assicurato un ambiente sicuro ed appropriato per i figli di Michael Jackson e per sua madre.”

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Misteriosa assenza e ricomparsa di Katherine Jackson

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Strani movimenti sono avvenuti in questi giorni nella famiglia Jackson.
Paris fino a stamattina lamentava un’assenza prolungata e ingiustificata della nonna Katherine. Un mistero che sembra abbia indotto un altro nipote di Katherine, Trent, a dichiarare la nonna come “persona scomparsa”.
Alcuni dei figli di Katherine si erano affrettati a smentire e a dichiarare che la sua assenza era dovuta a motivi di salute, ma intanto anche Marlon su Twitter si domandava: “Sono stanco di non sapere dov’è mia madre. Le ho parlato l’altra notte, ma non sembrava lei. Mi è stato detto da Janet, Randy e Jermaine che non potevo vederla per ordine del dottore, ma li vedo in televisione con lei. Com’è che non mi hanno chiamato in modo che potessi essere anch’io con lei?”.
Finalmente, nelle prime ore di oggi (alle 12 circa in Italia), Paris ha annunciato che Katherine è tornata: “grandma’s here!”, ha twittato (anche se le era stato promesso che l’avrebbe rivista ieri).
Un mistero che sembra confermare una lotta interna nella famiglia e un vociferato tentativo di allontanare i figli di MJ dalla nonna. Tesi che sembrerebbe sia stata confermata anche da Prince, in qualche modo.
Da un lato ci sarebbe il gruppo composto da Tito, Randy, Jermaine, Janet e Rebbie: coloro che ricordano la possibile irregolarità del testamento di MJ preso in considerazione.
Questo gruppo sembra essere anche quello che vorrebbe allontanare i 3 figli di MJ da Katherine.
Sembra che Tito abbia anche richiesto di avere la custodia dei 3 ragazzi, mentre Randy, Jermaine e Janet sarebbero stati ripresi da una videocamera di sicurezza che mostrerebbe un “litigio” con Prince e Paris, con Janet che tenta di togliere il cellulare a Paris forse per evitare che continui ad usare Twitter (video diffuso da TMZ).
Comunque, Katherine è ricomparsa, e per ora si può fare un sospiro di sollievo, in attesa di ulteriori sviluppi e maggiori informazioni.

Fonti: mjjforum.it, ansa.it, twitter.com, tmz.com

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Unity Tour 2012 dei Jacksons

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Il 20 giugno c’è stato il debutto dell’Unity Tour, il ritorno sul palco dei Jacksons.

Dopo 28 anni dal loro ultimo tour, il Victory Tour del 1984, e dopo anni di annunci che non avevano avuto un seguito, finalmente i fratelli di Michael Jackson sono riusciti a realizzare il loro progetto di tornare ad esibirsi insieme con i vecchi successi.

Purtroppo è avvenuto solo dopo la morte di MJ, ma comunque sono riusciti ad organizzare un tour di 15 date negli Stati Uniti e una in Canada tra giugno e luglio 2012.

L’esibizione in Canada è stata proprio quella del debutto, il 20 giugno, a Rama (Ontario).

L’evento porta inevitabilmente a ricordare le esibizioni di MJ, mettendo ancora più in risalto la grande assenza del Re Del Pop, provocando nostalgia anche, ovviamente, ai Jacksons.

Tito ha dichiarato: “Ci sono delle canzoni che ti fanno percepire la tristezza ed altre che invece arrecano tanta gioia e felicità quali ‘ABC’ e ‘I Want You Back’ ed altri pezzi ritmati come ‘This Place Hotel’. Me lo immagino com’era solito camminare, volteggiare e fare tutte queste cose. Riesci a sentire la sua presenza qui”.

E Jermaine ha detto:  “I fratelli non lo sanno, ma sono più volte scoppiato a piangere durante le prove. Sono talmente abituato ad avere Michael alla mia destra seguito da Marlon, Jackie e così via. E’ semplicemente un qualcosa a cui non ci abitueeremo mai”.

Per le date del tour e gli aggiornamenti, si può visitare il sito ufficiale dei Jacksons: http://www.thejacksons.com

1000 giorni + Intervista a Jermaine

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Oggi sono passati esattamente 1000 giorni da quando Michael Jackson è stato ucciso, impedendogli di realizzare il grande ritorno che voleva, di rimettere a posto le sue finanze e di chiudere finalmente il contratto con la Sony che da troppo tempo lo aveva immobilizzato.

Riporto l’intervista che MJJC (mjj community) ha realizzato il 29 febbraio 2012 a Jermaine Jackson, con cui lo ricordano e trattano anche alcuni temi molto importanti.

Fanno riferimento anche al libro che Jermaine ha pubblicato recentemente, “Michael – La vita del Re del Pop vista attraverso gli occhi di suo fratello”.

Ecco l’intervista.

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MJJC: You occasionally call out celebrities who call Michael a drug addict, and we love you for it. However, you seem to stay silent when your own family calls Michael an addict. What is the truth? Are you at odds with certain family members that continue to call Michael a drug addict? Have you ever told them to stop it or to try and word their comments better?

Jermaine Jackson: I’m not at odds with anyone because everyone accepts that Michael died due to Propofol intoxication, and he used it because he was desperate to sleep, not because he was addicted.

I personally felt it was important to point out the difference between Michael’s one time addiction to painkillers, and the sensationalist addiction talk of him being “a junkie” that the media and Murray wrongly attached to his death. That was why I wrote what I did and why I called out all the bull-crap during the trial.

My siblings shared private conversations and concerns with our brother about his addiction around 2001/02 time, and they are entitled to talk about it, but talking about that period does not mean they are calling him a drug addict in 2009. He wasn’t.

MJJC: Why do you and many in your family continue to down play what Michael said was abuse in the hands of Joe? Obviously Michael was deeply affected by it. You and your family always say its discipline when it’s not. Don’t you think Michael has a right to tell it how he lived it and how for him it was abuse, whether you agree with it or not?

Jermaine Jackson: Yes, Michael had the right to tell it, and so do I because I experienced the same discipline from Joseph. I was disciplined. I was not abused. He treated us the same and I don’t apologize for attempting to place all of this into context. In every family, there will be different perspectives of the same event. I have given mine.

I will say this: I read many biographies that invented what Joseph was supposed to have done. The majority of it was pure fantasy or wildly exaggerated. It was designed to paint him as evil. Joseph has never been evil. Michael would agree with that.

I don’t dismiss Michael’s experience and feelings. What I have tried to do is balance what happened and do what Michael tried to teach us all: be more understanding and more compassionate. That’s why I used his Oxford University speech in the book because he didn’t have the judgment or vitriol that some fans have for Joseph. He forgave him. He didn’t judge him. He also loved him and history deserves to know that.

MJJC: What made you feel that Tohme Tohme was someone worthy of meeting Michael and to be in business with? What were your thoughts of Michael being on tape saying he doesn’t like Tohme and how he controls everything Michael does including his money and keeping him from seeing anyone he didn’t want Michael to see?

Jermaine Jackson: I’ve explained this over many pages in the book because I know how concerned fans have been and I wanted to explain everything from the very beginning. The full story is in there. I can’t go over it all again. But the biggest misunderstanding is that I introduced him to Michael as some kind of partner or manager. That’s not true.

I first met Tohme-Tohme as someone who could help fund the Crystal City project (described in the book) which I was working on with Michael around 2007 time. I had four meetings with Michael to get down our vision on paper. He was all about it.

I met with Tohme-Tohme to find a consortium to raise the $5-6 billion we needed. Not once did I mention to him that Michael was involved in this project. Not once.

Soon afterwards, I heard that Neverland was in trouble. There was talk of foreclosure. That was the first time I went to Tohme-Tohme about Michael (April 13 2008) because if this guy could find billions for a leisure project, he probably knew businessmen who had $23-24 million to save Neverland. That was my thinking.

Long story short, Tohme-Tohme introduced me to Tom Barrack at Colony Capital. Make no mistake; Tom saved my brother’s financial ass. Folk out there have no idea how close to the wire things got.

From that moment on, I wasn’t part of the equation and Tohme-Tohme turned against me. He was no friend of mine and I know that he became no friend of Michael’s. But, from April 2008, the choices and the appointments that were made had nothing to do with me. Michael was his own man with his own mind.

MJJC: Why was Tohme-Tohme allowed at UCLA Medical Center and even allowed to speak on June 25th, after Michael Jackson had fired him?

Jermaine Jackson: I don’t know why he was there or who authorized it. When I arrived, he was already there in the corridor, but you’ve got to understand that I wasn’t thinking about any of that, or why he was allowed to speak. That day was a blur.

MJJC: What is your opinion about Tohme-Tohme now?

Jermaine Jackson: My opinion of him? He was the same as everyone else who came and went in Michael’s life – he didn’t understand the revolving door he was caught in. I do think his heart was in the right place but I think the access went to his head. His manner was too sharp and fiery for Michael in the end.

MJJC: Do you believe Dr Murray’s actions on June 25th directly caused Michael’s death or do you hold Latoya’s view of what happened? In other words who do you think is responsible for Michael death?

Jermaine Jackson: With the wrongful death lawsuit going on, this is not something I want to get into, but I’ll say this: Murray was the person who injected the fatal dose of Propofol, but that fact doesn’t remove questions that I still have. Also, Michael’s death was preventable by others, long before those early hours of June 25th 2009. He was dying long before he died and no one did anything and no one alerted us, his family. Had I known what I know now, I’d have been in there shutting it down and getting him to a hospital.

MJJC: Why were you taken aback by Michael not naming his brothers, sisters and father in his Will? Was it because he took care of the family in life that you believed naturally he would do the same in case of death? Was this something Michael ever discussed with the family?

Jermaine Jackson: Who says I was taken aback? We didn’t discuss Michael’s death. Why would we? The rest of the family has had musical careers and we’ve got and always had our own money.

Michael did what a father should in a will – he took care of his kids, and he also named our mother. By including her, he included us. The lioness takes care of her cubs, and that philosophy has always been understood in our family.

MJJC: What do you think about the individuals that Michael appointed to run his Estate? And are you happy with his choice? Why does it seem as if your family is forever going against the Estate, by initiating projects without Estate approval and making hostile remarks to the press about the people running the Estate?

Jermaine Jackson: No Jackson needs anyone’s approval to initiate a project that celebrates or remembers our own brother. We were not appointed hypothetically in 2002. We were appointed by blood at birth.

MJJC: Why you and your family always say that you wanted to work with Michael again for albums and concerts when everybody knows that Michael didn’t want to work with his family anymore? For example: on October 29, 2008 you announced a Family reunion. The next day, Michael released a statement that he didn’t have any plans to reunite with his siblings. Why did you make that announcement without conferring with Michael first?

Jermaine Jackson: Who says that “everybody knows he didn’t want to work with us anymore”? They cite one date and one example and apply it forever??

Everybody doesn’t know, because Michael had agreed to do one “final” concert with the brothers and that was because Mother wanted to see us all on stage one last time in her life-time, not thinking that Michael would pass before her.

He made that promise to her, not us, and we hadn’t really spoken about it. But that concert was included in the many plans he had for after This Is it, including spot-dates in China and a performance at the Super Bowl 2010 (plans made prior to John Branca’s return)

MJJC: Your ex-wife, Margaret Maldonado, said you were intensely jealous of Michael. Suzanne de Passe said a similar thing on Oprah in 1993 about the brothers being jealous of Michael. Were you, or were you not jealous of Michael at any point in your life? And what do you make of others who knew you personally, stating that you were jealous of your brother?

Jermaine Jackson: Too many folk listen to what others say. I don’t care what others think they know, and it doesn’t matter if they know me personally or don’t – they can’t know what I’m feeling on the inside. There is not one person out there who can say with any truth that I have said, shouted or complained about Michael in any jealous way. There were differences from time to time, but never jealousy.

I remain as proud of Michael as I always was when he was alive, and this is one reason why I wrote the book – to hear about our life and our journey in my words, no one else’s.

MJJC: In your book and your media interviews promoting it, you were adamant about the importance of family and how individually you were weaker compared to how you were collectively as a family unit. It was a theme that you related to Michael’s professional career, when you talked about how music industry outsiders tried to separate him from his brothers and that this was not a good outcome. How do you explain then why you were the first brother to break away from the family group when you stayed with Motown to pursue a solo career rather than follow your father and brothers to their better record deal at Epic? If your career had blown up and been as successful as Michael, do you think that you would have been so keen to return to the family group?

Jermaine Jackson: I don’t think I’d thought too much about me leaving the Jackson 5 until it came to the book, and it was pointed out to me that my leaving could have been an example set to Michael. If it’s okay for me to break away, it was okay for him to break away. I see that in a way I never did before.

But I use Joseph’s story about the tree and the branches…how we are stronger when tight together, not separate. If you read the book, you’ll see how lonely I was and how all I wanted was to reunite with the brothers. Regardless of success, I was always keen to return to those roots.

That is a different thing to people in Hollywood who surrounded Michael and wanted him in isolation. I lay it all out in the book for folk to make up their own mind and ask themselves one question: Michael was a superstar in his own right, but was he better off as a person when isolated from family? I’ll tell you now: had family been at The Forum or Staples for This Is It, those rehearsals would have been stopped long before and Michael would still be with us today.

MJJC: In your book you wrote that you did NOT write “Word to the Badd” but in 1991, you DID interviews–both live and print–where you in no uncertain terms stated that you wrote the song. For example in a Times interview you said “I wrote this song–and it came from the bottom of my heart–was to help my little brother get a grip on reality. “. Which version is the truth? And regardless do you accept any responsibility for the song Word to the Badd? Even if you didn’t write it, wouldn’t you agree that singing/recording it is just as bad?

Jermaine Jackson: I have heard how some folk are keen to pin me to this kind of reported word or the odd sentence on video. The bottom line is that I didn’t write it and everyone involved knows I didn’t write it, regardless of what I said or didn’t say in this interview or that interview. No one mentions the interviews where I said I didn’t write it do they??!

The true story is the one I’ve told many times, and the one that is in the book. I accepted responsibility a long time ago and my remorse was true. It is a shame to me that some fans cannot move on from this in the same way Michael did. But honestly, what matters to me is that we straightened things out as brothers.

MJJC: If you really have vitiligo as you stated in your book, what prevented you from coming out when everyone doubted Michael had the disease? Don’t you think that it could have benefited Michael if you would have came out to his defense and said you had a vitiligo spot once, instead of mocking your brother in a song about his skin change?

Jermaine Jackson: For us, it was nonsense to hear all those tabloid lies about Michael bleaching his skin but I’ll say what Michael said: if we spent our time extinguishing every rumor and every lie that was ever said or written, none of us would have had lives.

When I first started writing the book, I didn’t intend to include anything about this. We are (as a family) very private. But I mentioned it one day and my ghost-writer thought it was significant. We talked about it and I agreed to include it after being persuaded that it was important information.

MJJC: You claimed in your book that Michael didn’t own a cell phone. There are many pictures, bodyguards, friends confirming Michael did own and use cell phones. Is it possible that Michael simply didn’t want to talk to you?

Jermaine Jackson: Folk’s interpretation of a photo doesn’t mean that Michael owned his own cell just because he was pictured with one. To the best of my knowledge, there was no cell you could call Michael direct on unless it was someone else’s.

MJJC: What was going through your mind when you thought that telling everyone there was an ‘escape plan’ [if Michael was found guilty in 2005] was a good idea? Any escape or leaving the country during a trial (before or after the verdict) would have been a felony. Do you regret writing that?

Jermaine Jackson: Why would I regret writing it??! Once again, this is an example of newspapers misreporting what I had written in the book. I didn’t say there was a plan “if convicted”. I said it was a plan I had after the first few days of evidence. I didn’t say it was rational, but it was the way I was thinking without the benefit of hindsight.

It didn’t occur to me how right or wrong it was. This was a time when my brother was pursued, arrested and put on trial for something he didn’t do, and I was supposed to sit back and trust the system that was screwing him? I had zero faith and I had nightmares about an innocent man going to jail. I have written in the book about the thoughts and feelings I was experiencing in that context. It’s the truth, and I don’t regret writing the truth.

MJJC: To what extent, Michael owes his success to you and the rest of your family? Do you believe Michael’s legacy is his own, and stands apart from the Jacksons or Jackson 5 legacy?

Jermaine Jackson: To the same extent that Paul McCartney owes his success to The Beatles. Michael’s platform was the Jackson 5. Everyone comes from somewhere.

Michael’s legacy is his own and he stands in his own remarkable light, and we feel proud as brothers to have shared in his early days because the Jackson 5 days are part of the Michael Jackson success story. History can’t separate them.

MJJC: While the Jackson family is an amazing musical force and they are American musical royalty, is the Jackson family aware that many fans do not see the Jackson family’s legacy and Michael Jackson’s legacy as one and the same – especially overseas, where Michael’s fan base is so large? How do you think you can grow your Jackson family legacy without alienating Michael Jackson fans?

Jermaine Jackson: I think I’ve partly answered this one with the previous question. We don’t wish to alienate anyone, because Michael had the most amazing fans who are fiercely proud of his legacy as much as we are. Michael’s legacy and the Jackson legacy are interwoven without being one and the same. I think that’s the best way to put it…our legacy started off on the same track and then Michael’s track separated and went on its own way to create another legacy on top of the Jackson 5 legacy.

MJJC: After all the privacy and protection Michael insisted on for his kids, why is your family promoting the kids and disregarding their privacy – especially with public Twitter accounts that expose them to haters. Do you see how putting the kids out there seem to fans to directly contradict everything their father wanted for them as children/young people? Some fans feel Michael’s wishes are being disrespected. Please help us understand.

Jermaine Jackson: We are not disregarding their privacy, and Michael’s wishes are not being disrespected. Those kids are fiercely protected.

Michael entrusted his children to our mother’s care because he knew the love, care and attention they would receive. As any parent knows, it is a fine line between saying “no” and respecting your child’s wishes. As they grow and evolve, so must the decisions taken that affect their lives, development and ambitions.

MJJC: Are you aware that the internet blog where Jordan Chandler retracted his allegations against Michael is a hoax? In TV interviews you and Mrs Jackson when defending Michael from the child abuse allegations use this argument to prove Michael’s innocence and because it is false it has the opposite effect of making viewers continue to question the accusations against Michael. There are so many good arguments to support Michael’s innocence and it is extremely frustrating for fans and extremely damaging towards your brother when an argument which is clearly a lie is used.

Jermaine Jackson: I don’t know what Internet blog is being referred to??

Michael’s attorney Tom had a witness that was prepared to testify that Jordan Chandler had told him the allegations were untrue (should he have appeared as a witness in 2005) The boy had privately retracted it, and Tom was going to prove it. I think that’s as good as any argument can get!

MJJC: Do you still feel strongly against the Cascio tracks? If so then do you or any other family member’s plan to make issue with any future MJ albums that include any more Cascio tracks?

Jermaine Jackson: For now, I’ll say what I’ve always said on this issue: when has Michael’s music and voice ever been released with a question mark over it, as to whether it’s 100% him? I think the truth will come out one day but no, that first album is not 100% Michael and no one can talk to me about the authentic sound of my own brother’s voice.

MJJC: This is kind of random, but did Michael ever express any interest in Islam or becoming a Muslim? There were many rumors swirling around in the months after his death that said he was a Muslim

Jermaine Jackson: Michael did not convert to Islam. He was curious about it and I gave him many books to read about Islam. I write in the book how, during his 2005 trial, he returned to the Kingdom Hall to pray. It’s fair to say that he died a Jehovah Witness.

MJJC: What is the worst prank Michael ever played on you?

Jermaine Jackson: Buckets or bottles of water balanced on the top of doors. Water, water, water. Every prank I ever remember involved a soaking!

MJJC: What do you miss about Michael most?

Jermaine Jackson: That’s simple: his smile. He had a smile like no one else.

MJJC: If you could say just one more thing to Michael, what would it be?

Jermaine Jackson: It wouldn’t be one thing, it would be many things. Many private things, but I would probably remind him how brilliant his London concerts were going to be because his self-doubt worried about that. That’s the saddest thing for me: that his death confirmed the lie that he wasn’t ready or fit enough to perform again, when the truth is that he was going to produce the most amazing show on earth and prove everyone wrong with the comeback of all comebacks.

MJJC: Do you plan to release a solo album of new material and would you ever do a show/tour of your own hits/new material?

Jermaine Jackson: I always have plans and ideas and I’m always working on new material. I’m not finished yet!

MJJC: Is there a reason why we are mostly only seeing Marlon, Jackie and Tito together? Do you think you will ever work with your brothers again?

Jermaine Jackson: You only saw Marlon, Jackie and Tito last year because I was busy writing my book, and then there was the trial. I hold dear the hope that you will see the brothers working as one again.

MJJC: What do YOU plan on doing for Michael and his legacy for years to come?

Jermaine Jackson: My book was the first thing I could do to honor his memory and fight for the truth in a way that he never got the chance to. Looking ahead, my goal will be to always preserve his legacy on the highest level in any appropriate way that I can.

MJJC Note: Did you know that paperback edition of Jermaine’s memoir ” You are not alone” is scheduled to be released June 2012 with a new bonus chapter. Check it out !

MJJC

La famiglia Jackson commemora Whitne

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Negli ultimi giorni, i familiari di Michael Jackson hanno ricordato Whitney, unendosi al lutto dei familiari della cantante.

The Michael Jackson Estate ha fatto pubblicare su alcuni giornali come il Los Angeles Times questa dedica commemorativa:

«In amorevole ricordo della sua maestosa voce, la sua radiosa bellezza e la magia che creava sul palco»

Su Twitter, i vari familiari di MJ hanno scritto qualche commento commemorativo.

Paris, ad esempio, ha scritto: ““R.I.P. Whitney Houston, ho sempre idolatrato lei ed il suo incredibile talento”, ma anche i fratelli di MJ hanno rilasciato dei messaggi, mentre Jermaine e Janet hanno concesso un’intervista in cui ricordano la bontà d’animo di “The Voice”. Tutti i messaggi sono consultabili su mjjforum.it