“I am very pleased to present the 2000 Millenium Award to an artist whose music, generosity and unmatched showmanship have lent color and brightness to the 20th Century. A thousand years from now when the history of popular music is examined, no single performer will be as remembered and as celebrated as Michael Jackson. It’s rare for a child performer to be successful in his adult career, and then, still that career to take off into the stratosphere as Michael’s did. And, at the close of the century, he has sold more records around the world than any single artist in the history of the medium. His influential song WE ARE THE WORLD and his international HEAL THE WORLD FOUNDATION are just two of the many charitable efforts that have raised millions of dollars for hundreds of causes. Simply put, Michael Jackson’s influence on entertainment, on charity, and in fact, on an entire culture is absolutely immeasurable. As we enter the 21st Century, we can look forward to even more outstanding achievements in music and feature films from this incredibly talented artist. It’s been a privilege to witness Michael’s dazzling journey over the years which has transformed him from singer to a superstar, and from a charming little boy to a dignified man.”
Prince Albert of Monaco
World Music’s 2000 Artist of the Millennium Award
“I wish the world could know the real Michael Jackson. Michael always said that if you talked about the good you did in the world, it cancelled the beneficence of the gift. So he was very private about his humanitarian work. Nobody will ever know how much he did for the world and for the children. The world will never know what it lost because they took Michael from his work…and that cheated not just him of his future, but it cheated us all.”
“The biggest misconception about my brother was that his legendary shyness made him timid…but, he was a man of principle, especially where his roots as a proud black man were concerned. And, he wasn’t afraid to speak up on this when he was riled.”
Michael Jackson eclipsed his rivals…making them dim or obscure by comparison. Unlike the eclipse of September’s blood moon, Michael’s gentle touch often slipped by unnoticed by the world’s hungry and greedy eyes. Or, what is more likely, those unseeing eyes simply spent their time in the gutter, determined to appeal to the shabby cynicism and doubt of hatred. As the media and those with agenda celebrate Michael’s passing with stories of addiction, bankruptcy and self-hatred, the educated have realized the world has been cheated, leaving us with the question: “To the Media and Conrad Murray: Help us to understand why you shouldn’t pay for this?” In holding onto blame, we understand its paradoxes…still striving to bury the seemingly never-ending myth. The force of Michael’s enemies prove how very powerful he was by their strength in trying to destroy his legacy. “When a good man is hurt, all who would be called good must suffer with him.” Euripides We believe that little minds are tamed by misfortune, but great minds rise above them. Washington Irving…and so, we live with the paradox of seeking justice and continuing message and purpose…all done in the name of LOVE. As Charles Dickens proclaimed: HAVE A HEART THAT NEVER HARDENS, A TEMPER THAT NEVER TIRES, AND A TOUCH THAT NEVER HURTS. With hearts, tempers and touches, we move forward in the world with our mission of love; standing on principles, seeking justice, determined to change the world.
YOU CAN TOUCH THE SKY
ALL CRY AT THE SAME TIME TONIGHT
CHANGE THE WORLD
GONNA NEED SOMEBODY’S HELP
~He is so massive it will take a globe full of people, each using different methods of expression, to be able to collectively communicate who he was. That makes each of us crucial because we aren’t responsible for a general audience, but for a few very specific souls who are waiting for exactly what we are offering to help ignite their minds and hearts and take them to Michael…it is the intimacy of awakening even one soul~
Each day we grasp another opportunity to put things right. Michael has shown us a love for which each of us can only be grateful. With that gratitude we know the truth in Michael’s words: THINGS WILL GET BETTER IF YOU JUST HOLD MY HAND…NOTHING CAN COME BETWEEN US IF YOU HOLD MY HAND.
~In addition to the humor of Michael, it was the embodiment of love…I’ve never met anyone who loved you more than Michael. When Michael said, “I love you,” you felt that it was true~ John Bahler May 2011
“If you’re capable of stripping your thoughts of everything you’ve ever known, thought, or thought you’ve known about love, if you could just strip it for a moment, relieve yourself of that and then ask yourself: What is the highest form of love like? My answer to you is…if you want to see an example of that in flesh in this century, LOOK AT MICHAEL, because there is no agenda, he didn’t love to be loved, he loved because that’s what he was. HE WAS LOVE. He couldn’t help it and it wasn’t conditional, it wasn’t for sale, it couldn’t be manipulated. You know, you could kick Mike in the face, turn around and help him up, ask for forgiveness and he would forgive you and say, ‘I LOVE YOU’, and he would mean it. You know, it’s pure, it really is pure, it is not tainted. I think there is a tendency to be suspicious because it is so rare. The average person is not familiar with that kind of love. We operate so much in a kind of mutual way…I love you if you love me first. I’ll love you back. We are very suspicious of free gifts…and, that is what he gave ~FREE GIFTS~ He couldn’t help it. It just oozed out of him. It was who he was.”
Amalia Amaki Artist, Critic, Writer, Poet, Historian
Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art
“I want my children to see the world with astonishment and without fear, to have goals and live life fully. I will always be on their side. The purpose in my life is my children. I am a human being, not a phenomenon…just a guy who wants to bring up my children and live in peace.”
“I have hundreds of songs…I write all the time. I think of rhythms and dance all the time. People don’t know that side of me. I want to make a new album, but I want to do it right. It’s a lot of work. I plan every detail, it takes me years. Many songs are special, each song represents something special-charity or relationships or world peace. I can’t choose one favorite because they all come from the soul. It’s not just written words that rhyme. My mother instilled in me being charitable from the time I was a boy. The more I grew, the more I was convinced that it was what I had to do. I hate to see suffering, people in need. God gave me a gift and I have the responsibility to use it, return it to others. I will do that until I have no more to give or when the Lord calls me home. I love my Fans. If I could meet everyone of them, I would. When I see other famous people complain about their fans, it makes me angry. If I can give them time, it is worth it. I live for them and I am gonna die for them. I want the fans to know that I’m not finished…I am going to be back bigger than ever. I owe it to them, to my kids, and to me. I want my kids to see what their Dad can be.”
We, in the Michael Jackson Community, are a family…and it is true when people say it’s not the blood that defines your family, it’s your heart. (Irina Eropolova) With tenacity fueled with intense emotions~carried to another place~convinced that Michael’s justice and legacy are for all people~our faith doesn’t make it easier, but instead makes all things possible.
We live for YOU, Michael.
We love you.
Thank you, Siren, for your beautiful words and stunning art.
Thank you, Irina, for thoughts that inspire.