Jermaine Jackson is in Lagos, Nigeria and has disclosed that the family is planning to build the Jackson Academy Performing Art School in Lagos to raise up musical talents. Jermaine paid a courtesy visit to the Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde on Friday in Ikeja, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria and hinted of plan to site an academy to train up Nigerians and Africans in the area of music. Jermaine, who led a team on a tour of Nigeria to mark the Jackson Golden Jubilee in performance on stage, said there were lots of great talents in Nigeria that needed to be trained and given bright future. “There is a lot of great talents here and we want to use our 50 years of experience in being in the business to teach the arts. We want to construct the Jackson Academy Performing Art School here. It will have a curriculum and also will teach music, directing, film, lightening, producing, dancing and so on. We want to get the talents here ready for the global market. I do believe that the drums and the beat started from here,” Jermaine said. According to him, “we are going to give you nice compilation of songs that you know and I am just very honoured to be here because we have been kept away from you because of the politics and we are not interested in such politics because we are people who cared about people. We need to have a closer relationship with African-American and the rest of Africa because we have been separated for long and we can reach out to do other things.” Jermaine said civilization began in Africa and that “we have always been interested in knowing the beginning of civilization. We are bringing a team together of people who can produce a concert. It’s been 50 years for the Jacksons. I like coming here because I have a lot of questions. I was just in China and I learnt that the first dynasty that started in China came from Africa here and I had a professor in China to tell me this. That made me very proud and the world needs to know this because in our history books in America because they don’t put this there. They don’t want us to know this but when you travel and you have the opportunity to see things for yourself, you will realize that the history books were written by someone else and it is their version and it is their interpretation of what happened which is usually not the truth,” Jermaine added.
Steve Ayorinde stated that The Jacksosn 50th anniversary celebration coincided with the plan by the Lagos State Government to mark the 50th year anniversary of Lagos, saying that Lagos is now the oldest state in Nigeria as it had not been divided like others. “Lagos State is the oldest State Nigeria now as it has been indivisible. Other states have had states created out of them. Lagos State being the most populated and prosperous in Nigeria, we thought it deserves celebration and we are starting a year long celebration from May 29. “We welcome the idea that the golden tour of the Jacksons in Africa starts fom Nigeria and Lagos. We encourage the organiser of the tour, that we will welcome collaboration from you. The Jackson at 50 and Lagos at 50, we welcome collaboration,” he said. Ayorinde added that the Jackson’s tour coincided with the International Jazz Day, which Governor Akinwunmi Ambode would be hosting on Saturday evening to showcase the world of Jazz to lovers of the music, while extending invitation to Jackson and his team.
Commissioner for Information & Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde (right); with Jermaine Jackson of the defunct Jackson 5 during Jackson’s visit to the Lagos State Government, at the Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, on Friday, April 29, 2016.
Jermaine confirmed readiness to participate at the star-studded Jazz concert being put together by the Lagos State Government in commemoration of the 2016 International Jazz Day. The concert, which is to be hosted by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, will hold at the Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja onSaturday, April 30 by 5pm. Jermaine, who confirmed his readiness to participate at the festival during a press conference held at the Lagos state ministry of information and strategy, Alausa, said he would be at the festival to support the government and array of international and local artists who would be performing.
Photo: Commissioner for Information & Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde (right) with Jermaine Jackson during Jackson’s visit to the Lagos State Government, at the Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, on Friday, April 29, 2016.
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Janet Jackson is set to produce a Lifetime movie about Queenie, the only female gangster in Prohibition Era New York City, which will be set against the backdrop of the legendary Cotton Club. Kenny Leon, known for A Raisin In The Sun, will be directing the movie. The mobster, whose real name was Stephanie St. Clair, did not only run several criminal businesses out of Harlem in the 1920s, but was also a strong advocate for the black community, calling out police brutality and discrimination in columns she wrote for the local newspaper getting involved in “policy banking” (an illegal way of investment banking, at a time when many banks would not accept black customers). She spent ten years in prison after being accused of shooting her husband (although accounts vary on whether she actually did). She died peacefully (and rich) at the age of 82, in 1960.
Jermaine Jackson visited APC National leader, Bola Tinubu at his Ikoyi, Lagos home on April 28th. Photo credit: E.G Bakare.
The Jacksons just launched a new official website at www.thejacksons.live, and they arrived on Instagram with a new official account at www.instagram.com/hayvenhurst and they now have a page on Soundcloud at www.soundcloud.com/hayvenhurst. Follow the official pages to stay updated on the latest of Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon...The Jacksons!
Jermaine Jackson presented the Guinness World Records "Most Valuable Guitar" at Hong Kong Convention Centre on April 19th, 2016. The extravagant instrument art piece, a Gibson SG, titled ‘Circles of Life’ is encrusted with 16,033 Swarovski gemstones and is co-designed by Jermaine Jackson (and product director of Aaron Shum Jewelry Alice Trinh) and sponsored by Swarovski Gemstones. The guitar also holds the Guiness World Records title of "Most Jewels on a Guitar". Jermaine also Jackson paid a visit on April 19th, 2016 to HKTDC Design Gallery in Hong Kong where (his) Jermaine Jackson Fine Jewelry is on display and for sale!
Listen to an interview with 3T on did on April 5th on LA Talk Radio. Taj, Taryll and TJ share about their journey of grieving after the murder of their mother. Creators of the Dee Dee Jackson foundation, these men pour their heart and souls into helping children cope, heal and thrive following loss.
Jermaine Jackson signed a deal on April 15th, 2016 to set up a studio in Shanghai, consisting of a theme park and art school in honor of his late brother Michael Jackson. Jackson signed the deal with HoLLyWood Cultural Industry Development (Shanghai) Ltd. to launch "The EMPEROR Group" studio during his business trip to China last weekend. Jermaine also inspected several locations in Shanghai, looking for sites to build The Jacksons theme park and an art school and a concert in memory of Michael Jackson. In addition, Jermaine will also work with his Chinese partners to produce a theme song entitled "The Shadow of Heaven" for a Chinese-American film co-production about the story of the Jews in Shanghai during 1939.
Tito Jackson has paid tribute to David Gest after the reality star's shock death. David was found dead in his hotel room yesterday (April 12th, 2016) and his childhood friend Tito Jackson has opened up about his lifelong friend. "David was more like a brother to the family," he told Good Morning Britain. "He was always fun, always joyful. He shared some good times with us." Speaking about David's close friendship with Michael Jackson, Tito added: "They were very close friends, they spent a lot of time together as well. They had a very abundant relationship." He added: "He carried himself as a celebrity back in the day."
It was revealed yesterday that David's final interview saw him talk about the delight he felt about reuniting the Jackson 5. Music producer Gest grew up with the Jackson brothers in California, and was close friends with the family. Opening up about their bond in a radio interview with Compass FM in Grimsby, he recalled the moment he called Michael to ask him to perform with his brothers once again. David with his good friend Michael Jackson "I was very fortunate to produce his last concert when I reunited him with the Jackson 5 in 2001 and I’ll tell you how that happened," he said. "I was living in California and we were both living in a city called Encino and we lived about a few blocks from each other. I woke up and I heard The Love You Save by The Jackson 5 - that was always my favourite Jackson 5 song. Read more: David Gest was 'strung out' on sleeping pills before his tragic hotel room death Read more: David Gest to be buried in York as star revealed last wishes weeks before sudden death "I thought I want to hear this live and I said I’m going to reunite them. So I called Michael and I said I’m going to do a concert and it will be your 30th anniversary in show business and we’ll reunite you - and he said no." He continued: "So I called his assistant Frank and I said you’ve got to help him talk me into this and we decided we’d take a trip to San Francisco, we’d go there for a few days and we’d go to this memorabilia show because Mike loved memorabilia and we convinced him on that trip to do it. PADavid GestThe producer appeared on a number of reality TV shows "And I’ll never forget when we went into rehearsal the first day and they started to sing The Love You Save and I just looked at them and go, 'I can’t believe I’ve reunited The Jackson 5 and I’m actually doing a TV special and two live concerts.' "It was incredible because they were my favourite group as a kid and I grew up with their music." The 2001 television special was the highest rated in history.
David was married to Liza Minnelli from 2002-2003, but they only officially divorced in 2007. They were married in a star-studded ceremony with Michael Jackson as best man and Elizabeth Taylor as maid of honour.
Janet Jackson shared a new message on her official website and channels revealing that she is postponing her world tour because she is "planning a family". Janet has been ordered to rest by doctors, but is determined to get back on the road as soon as she can. She said in a video message to fans: "Hey you guys, on August 31 I launched the 'Unbreakable world tour. First I want to thank all the fans for coming out and seeing the show, you guys made it so enjoyable each and every night. We are in the second leg of the tour and there's been a sudden change and I thought it was important you be the first to know. My husband and I are planning a family so I'm going to have to delay the tour. Please, if you can, try and understand it's important that I do this now, I have to rest up, doctors orders, but I have not forgotten about you, I will continue the tour as soon as I possibly can."Janet concluded her message with thanks to all those involved in her tour adding: "I want to thank the dancers, the band, my entire crew, you were so professional, so incredibly talented, so supportive and loving each and every night, and I can't wait to get started again. I'd like to thank Live Nation for your loyal partnership and support, you guys are the best at what you do in your field and know that's why I'm with you. Once again thank you to all your friends for your love, your loyalty, it's truly appreciated. It's been a long journey and you've been there every step of the way and I really do appreciate that, thank you so much. Inshallah, I will see you soon, I love you, bye."