The Jacksons visit The Way Youth Zone in Wolverhampton

On August 7th, on their day off ahead of their concert at Port Adriano in Mallorca, The Jacksons (Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon) took the time to visit The Way Youth Zone where they met with kids at the performing arts studio who also danced to Tito Jackson's hit single "Get It Baby". The Way Youth Zone in Wolverhampton is a purpose built facility for young people aged 8–19 (and up to 25 for those with disabilities). The Jacksons left starstruck youngsters speechless during a show-stopping visit to the city. Hysteria swept across The Way Youth Zone when the superstars strolled into the Wolverhampton hub with their families in tow. Crowds of delighted youngsters were left in awe of the icons, swarming the quartet for selfie snaps and autographs. 

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Michael Jackson: The Diamond Celebration

Michael Jackson would have turned 60 on August. 29. Though he is no longer here, his extraordinary life and legacy will be heralded at the Michael Jackson Diamond Birthday Celebration in Las Vegas. Coordinated by the Estate of Michael Jackson and Sony Music, the festivities will kick off with an early evening performance of Michael Jackson One by Cirque du Soleil, followed by an exclusive after-party at Daylight Beach Club, both at Mandalay Bay. Fans are expected to flock to Las Vegas from all over the world for the festivities. Michael will be well represented by his family at the event, with children Paris and Prince expected to attend, as well as brothers Jackie, Marlon and Tito. The Daylight Beach Club party, hosted by Sway Calloway, will include interactive elements including activations inspired by Jackson's music videos. The party is for invited guests only, as well as attendees of that day’s Michael Jackson One performance. 

For the event, the Michael Jackson Estate is joining forces with The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation to bring health care to southern Malawi. Paris Jackson, who is an Ambassador for the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, will accept the 2018 Elizabeth Taylor Legacy Award for Humanitarian Service awarded to their father posthumously. Attendees are encouraged to make donations to the Taylor's AIDS Foundation. 

The party comes as Jackson’s legacy continues to grow. A previously unreleased Jackson vocal provides the hook for “Don’t Matter to Me,” a song on Drake’s Scorpion album, which is spending its fifth week atop the Billboard 200 albums chart. 

Additionally, the National Portrait Gallery in London’s Michael Jackson: On The Wall exhibit runs through Oct. 21, while work continues on a Broadway musical inspired by Jackson’s life produced by the Estate and Columbia Live Stage. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lyn Nottage will author the book, while Christopher Wheeldon will direct and choreograph the musical which is expected to open in 2020. 

 

Jackie Jackson: 'Our father would have wanted us to go on'

Jackie Jackson speaks to Shilpa Ganatra for Independent.ie about his dad's death, a difficult childhood and brother Michael's legacy. On June 27 this year, after years of ailing health and a short battle with pancreatic cancer, the Jacksons' patriarch Joe Jackson passed away in his home city of Las Vegas aged 89. His family, who under his stewardship now bear the most famous surname in pop culture, were by his side.

"We knew he wasn't 100pc for a while, but he was still travelling around, doing speeches and talking to people," recalls his eldest son Jackie, with more than a touch of sadness in his voice. "Then we got the news that he was very, very sick. The doctor found out that he had cancer of the pancreas, and he had maybe three weeks to live. That's when he wanted to see his whole family." 

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Special screening of 'Moonwalker' and afterparty on August 29th in London

London's prestigious British Film Institute has announced a screening of Moonwalker plus afterparty on August 29th for what would have been Michael Jackson's 60th birthday presented by music collective Amplified presents this special screening plus afterparty. Info and tickets here.

The Jacksons paying tribute to their father Joe Jackson

During the first concert after the passing of their father, papa Joe's boys Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon pay tribute to their father live on stage at ScotFest 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland on 6 July 2018. The brothers also wanted to say thanks for all the love and prayers the Jackson Family has received from al over the world. Joe Jackson passed away on 27 June 2018 at age 89. Video recorded by Jackson Source.

On July 8th, Janet Jackson started her Summer Tour at Essence Fest and she also paid tribute to Joe in a very emotional and beautoful speech. 

Joe Jackson Laid to Rest in the Same Cemetery as Son Michael

Joe Jackson, the patriarch of the legendary The World's Most Popular Music Family The Jacksons, was laid to rest at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale near his son, Michael, on Monday 2 July 2018.  Joe, who died at the age of 89 from pancreatic cancer, was farewelled in a private ceremony at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California, the same cemetery where Michael was buried in. The Jackson family patriarch died on Wednesday and is survived by eight of his children (with Katherine) and multiple grandchildren.

“We want to thank you all for the support you have shown us as we grieve for the patriarch of our family. We mourn the loss of our father and celebrate the life of a man who sacrificed so much to give us the life and success we have today. Thank you for respecting our privacy during this time,” the family said in a statement. 

Patriarch of World's Most Popular Music Family, Joseph Jackson, dies at age 89

Joseph Walter Jackson, born on 26 July 1928, has passed away on 27 June 2018 at age 89. We owe this man a lot of thanks and gratitude for creating the World's Most Popular Music Family and Pop Royalty. Jackson Source sends love, light and condoleances to the entire Jackson Family and all Jacksons fans worldwide. 

Precious Moments with Joseph Jackson in Las Vegas in 2014

Janet Jackson to be named BMI Icon at BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards

BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.), the global leader in rights management, announced that Janet Jackson will be named a BMI Icon at the 2018 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards.  The event will be held Thursday, August 30th at The Woodruff Arts Center's Symphony Hall in Atlanta and will be hosted by BMI President & CEO Mike O'Neill and BMI Vice President Creative (Atlanta), Catherine Brewton. "As one of the most influential entertainers of all time, Janet Jackson's artistry and music transcends generations and has inspired many with messages of empowerment that can be heard throughout her rich catalog of music," said Brewton. "She is the definition of an icon, and I can't think of anyone more deserving of this honor." Throughout the evening, BMI will also salute the songwriters, producers, publishers and administrators of the past year's 35 most-performed R&B/Hip-Hop songs in the United States from BMI's repertoire of more than 13 million musical works. The BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Songwriter, Producer and Publisher of the Year will be named during the ceremony. For more information on the BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, visit https://www.bmi.com/genres/rb_hiphop and to join the conversation, use hashtag #BMIRnBHipHopAwards.

ESSENCE Exclusive: Janet Jackson Pens "Letter From My Heart"

In an ESSENCE cover story exclusive, music icon Janet Jackson pens a deeply intimate message to Black women for the magazine's first-ever "Happiness" issue. In Letter From My Heart, the artist reveals herself like never before—connecting with the audience as she shares her personal journey to finding joy and happiness in her life. In the essay, Janet shares with her "ESSENCE Sistas" some of the lessons she learned from her childhood to adulthood—including her early struggles with depression, low self-esteem and failed relationships to her eventual growth as an artist, discovery of peace and learning to "fully embrace God's love." She shares:

  • In Her Childhood: "I was happy when my brothers came home from performing on the road. I was happy when my mother lavished me with love. But I wasn't happy with the way I looked…"
  • In Her Teens: "Happiness came when people asked me to perform…but I was happiest when I was pleasing others and not myself. An older and wiser Janet might have said, 'True happiness is knowing you're doing the best you can…'"
  • In Her Thirties: "These were difficult years, when I struggled with depression. The struggle was intense. I could analyze the source of my depression forever. Low self-esteem might be rooted in childhood feelings of inferiority. It could relate to failing to meet impossibly high standards. And of course there are always the societal issues of racism and sexism. Put it all together and depression is a tenacious and scary condition. Thankfully, I found my way way through it…"
  • Today, at 52: "Now the height of happiness is holding my baby son in my arms and hearing him coo, or when I look into his smiling eyes and watch him respond to my tenderness. When I kiss him. When I sing him softly to sleep. During those sacred times, happiness is everywhere. Happiness is in gratitude to God…"

The gorgeous GRAMMY award-winning singer and actress, who was photographed with members of her J Tribe dancers in the background, stuns as she donned clothing and accessories from designers such as Zac Posen, Givenchy, Haider Ackermann, Azzi & Osta and more. 

Jermaine Jackson responds to media headlines about his father Joseph's welfare

Following the story of The Daily Mail (20 June 2018) and media headlines that Jermaine Jackson said that Jackson family patriarch Joseph is "dying", Jermaine released the following statement on Twitter:

On the new story re Joseph. I'd like to be clear: I've no problem speaking up when it comes to the welfare of this family, but a journalist called me with information he clearly already had about my father. I confirmed certain details but "revealed" nothing. (1/2)
2: My father's health is not good, but "dying" is a harsh word chosen by headline writers, not me. For however long he has left, my mother, siblings, and relatives want to be with him, without hindrance. (2/2)

- Jermaine Jackson on Twitter, 21 June 2018