Archive | August 2010

2010 Bob Hope Humanitarian Award


Last night at the 2010 Emmy Awards, George Clooney was presented with the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award. I was already a George Clooney fan because he has always appeared to be a very down-to-earth and humble man – not to mention I luv his self-deprecating humor; however, I am noting this award because of his acceptance speech. His final words were very moving and said a lot about the man. He is the epitome of class.


“It’s important to remember how much good can get done, because we live in such strange times where bad behavior sucks up all the attention and press. And the people who really need the spotlight: the Haitians, the Sudanese, people in the Gulf Coast.. Pakistan, they can’t get any.

I thought maybe there was a way to combine the two. I have offered to go to the south Sudan and have a wardrobe malfunction, but it was pointed out to me that I’m 49 and the consensus was that it would just be upsetting and kind of sad.

When the disaster happens, everybody wants to help, everybody in this room wants to help, everybody at home wants to help. The hard part is seven months later, five years later, when we’re on to a new story. Honestly, we fail at that, most of the time. That’s the facts.

I fail at that.

So here’s hoping that some very bright person right here in the room or at home watching can help find a way to keep the spotlight burning on these heartbreaking situations that continue to be heartbreaking long after the cameras go away. That would be an impressive accomplishment. Thank you.” ~ George Clooney

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Michael Jackson Concert Memories


Today Michael Jackson would have been celebrating his 52nd birthday. Since Michael Jackson and I were born the same year, needless to say, I was a huge MJ fan from very early on. Although I didn’t attend any Jackson 5 concerts as a child, I was fortunate to see Michael in concert – solo and with his brothers –  a few times as an adult. Here are a few of my fondest MJ memories…

My first time seeing Michael in concert was the Victory Tour at Madison Square Garden in 1984. The Amsterdam News was giving away tickets to the show. I took my entry to their office in Harlem, where they were going to be picking the winner. As expected, there was a huge crowd outside of the building and I was hoping that my idea of taping a penny to the back of my entry would cause the person picking the winner to pick mine.  Sure enough, after calming the huge crowd down, Rev. Al Sharpton reached in, pulled out my entry and called out my name. I couldn’t believe it. I was finally going to see Michael in concert. Only two of us won tickets, and I’ll never forget the other winner. He said his last name was Jackson and he was dressed like Michael from head to toe, from his hair & make up to the ‘Thriller’ outfit he was wearing. After winning, we were taken inside and photographed with Rev. Sharpton for the newspaper. When the day finally came for the concert, I was excited and nervous. As I was walking in, a woman approached me and asked if I would take a little girl inside and put her in her seat because they only had one ticket. I said I would. It turned out the little girl was Vicki Sue Robinson’s niece (Turn the Beat Around). After taking her to her seat, I went to mine. I assumed ‘Mr. Jackson’ and I would be sitting next to each other, but I never saw him at all that night. Not that it really mattered, because I was just happy to be there at all and my full attention was on that stage. Seeing the Jackson Five in person, and especially Michael was indeed magical. I was in awe. I knew all of the songs and sang and danced throughout the entire show. When the concert was over, I found the little girl and delivered her back to her family. It was truly a memorable night and I couldn’t wait until the next time.

Another favorite memory of seeing Michael in concert was when I went to see Michael during his Bad Tour in 1988 with Charles, a friend of mine from work who I always refer to as my ‘play brother’. We were both huge fans of Michael and decided to go to the concert together. Our seats weren’t exactly the best, but we were excited to be going. As it turned out, an executive who worked at our agency said she was friends with someone in Michael’s camp and she had been given floor tickets. She said she was taking her grandchildren, but since they were so young, she would be leaving early. She gave us her seat numbers and told us to find her so that she could give us her tickets when she was ready to leave. When we arrived at MSG, we didn’t even go to our seats. We decided to just look for empty seats until it was time to go to the floor.  Every time I went to a concert with Charles, we always ended up sitting in better seats against my initial protests. We cut up laughing and were just having a good time, as we always did when we hung out together. Soon after, a female walked up to us and said we seemed like we were having so much fun, she wanted to hang out with us. The three of us watched the concert together for a while and we didn’t want to leave the girl alone and head to the floor, especially since she left the friends she came with to hang with us. After a while, Charles decided we should try to head for the floor with our new friend in tow. She was extremely apprehensive since she didn’t have a ticket to get to the floor but Charles grabbed her hand and the three of us someway, somehow made it all the way down without getting stopped. We knew by this time, the woman we worked with had been long gone, so we didn’t even bother to look for her. We were mesmerized by Michael and his moves.  Our new friend was overcome with emotion and started crying. She thanked us for bringing her down with us and couldn’t believe how close we were to him. The three of us just watched Michael do his thing until the show was over. It was amazing and all three of us were in disbelief when the concert was over, as to what we had just witnessed.

My favorite MJ concert memory by far was also during the Bad Tour, when I tried to surprise my son by taking him to see Michael. To throw him off the scent, I told him we were going to the circus. On the ride over, he kept saying how excited he was. I was smiling inside, thinking that if he was this excited to be going to the circus, he was really going to be thrilled when he found out where we were actually going. I didn’t want him to know a thing until the lights came up. I couldn’t wait to see the look on his face. As we were going up the escalator at MSG, a man in front of us turned around and said, “I bet you’re excited to see —“. I immediately cut him off and mouthed, “He doesn’t know”. He smiled and turned back around. When we got to our seats, it was a real effort trying to keep my son from seeing the tour books and overhearing people talking about Michael. I whispered to as many people as possible that the concert was a surprise for my son and I tried to keep him distracted by talking to him to drown out the other voices. Little did I know, the surprise was going to be on me.  Soon, the time had arrived. I was ready to break the news. I gave a nod and a smile to the strangers sitting around us. I got my sons attention and said, “Do you know when I said that we were coming to the circus? Well, we’re not at the circus.” A look of confusion came across his face as he looked around the venue and at the people around us. “We’re not at the circus? Where are we?” he asked. “We’re here to see Michael Jackson!” I exclaimed, anticipating seeing his eyes grow wide and a huge smile appear.  Instead, my son responded with, “Michael Jackson? Michael Jackson? I don’t want to see Michael Jackson. You said we were going to the circus. I want to go to the circus!” The group surrounding us began to laugh and my son continued his objections. I was shocked, especially considering he had always enjoyed watching Michael on TV with me and listening to his music.  He continued his protests and pouting as the lights went down. Within a minute of Michael hitting the stage, his pout changed to a smile and it just grew bigger throughout the show. He was dancing, clapping, yelling. Whew! My surprise worked out after all and by the end of the concert, my son was thanking me profusely and saying it was the best thing he had seen in his life.

The last two concerts that I attended were back to back at Madison Square Garden in 2001 for the 30th Anniversary. The first concert was on Friday, Sept. 8th and I was also attending a taping of the Conan O’Brien Show that day. I thought the taping would end early enough for me to make it in time for the scheduled 7:45pm start time of the concert.  As much fun as I was having at the Conan taping, I panicked a little as the time ticked away and I wondered if I would make it on time. When the taping was over, I dashed out of the building as fast as I could and hailed a cab to MSG. I soon realized that there was no need for the rush, as I think the concert didn’t even start for another hour or two. Thankfully, I was seated on the floor with a fun group. As I took my seat, I couldn’t help to notice how attractive the group of five to six men were. Their chiseled angular faces and bodies made me think they had to be models. My eyes were immediately drawn to one, but I soon realized all of the guys were ‘not on my team’, so to speak. Nonetheless, I still couldn’t keep my eyes off of him and I’m sure at some point during the night, I must have drooled a few times. We had our own little raised area in our section in the back and all of the guys kept me thoroughly entertained with their antics and jokes (and their looks lol) as we waited between the numerous acts – from Whitney Houston to Liza Minnelli – that preceded the main event.  I was happy that I had opted for the floor seat in the back as opposed to the up close seat in the mezzanine. We were having a party. And forget it – when Michael and his brothers hit the stage, it was a done deal. All of us were on our feet dancing and watching the huge screen. It was the KrayZiest experience I had ever had at a concert with a group of people I didn’t even know. Michael was burning the stage and I couldn’t believe I was experiencing this man live in concert, once again.

I had a ticket for the show on Mon, Sept. 10th, as well. My seat wasn’t as great as Friday night’s show, nor was I seated with an outrageous group; but, I still thoroughly enjoyed the show. Of course I did…it was Michael! Little did I know at the time, it would be my last time seeing Michael in concert. It was, however, a full circle evening. The very first MJ concert I saw, he was performing with his brothers and the last one I attended, he was performing with his brothers, as well.

Michael Jackson gave so much to the world. He was one of the greatest entertainers and humanitarians the world has ever seen. I am grateful for the opportunity to have seen him in concert a few times. I will never forget those very special nights.

Michael LIVE ‘Bad Tour’ 1988

Michael AUDIO INTERVIEW

Michael VIDEO MEGAMIX

Cry


written by: R. Kelly

[Verse 1]
Somebody shakes when the wind blows
Somebody’s missing a friend, hold on
Somebody’s lacking a hero
And they have not a clue
When it’s all gonna end

[Verse 2]
Stories buried and untold
Someone is hiding the truth, hold on
When will this mystery unfold
And will the sun ever shine
In the blind man’s eyes when he cries?

[Chorus:]
You can change the world (I can’t do it by myself)
You can touch the sky (Gonna take somebody’s help)
You’re the chosen one (I’m gonna need some kind of sign)
If we all cry at the same time tonight

[Verse 3]
People laugh when they’re feelin sad
Someone is taking a life, hold on
Respect to believe in your dreams
Tell me where were you
when your children cried last night?

[Verse 4]
Faces fill with madness
Miracles unheard of, hold on
Faith is found in the winds
All we have to do
Is reach for the truth

[Chorus]

And when that flag blows
There’ll be no more wars
And when all calls
I will answer all your prayers

[Chorus x3]

Change the world

Help Somebody


written by: Maxwell

There’s a moving inner peace that I love to see
Gotta raise my soul to tell you how I feel
Gotta listen to the tears that people cry for me
In a world that’s so wild fear creeps

‘Cause when I get up to hear you tears just fill my eyes
Now I know I got to let the selfishness subside
Tell ’em y’all

Help somebody, help somebody
Show them what it is, give a little bit more
Help somebody, help somebody
Show them what it is, let ’em know

If you see the future ask it if I’m there
Ask it if I’m there

Ask it to tell you did I ever make a stand
Ask if you may care to mention, did I learn from everything?
And even if it takes a sea of eternity to know
I’ll wait a century, a buried mess of bones, help me

Help me to give myself the way that you’ve given you
Help me to be the helping hand that makes a dream come true
Choir sing

Help somebody, help somebody
Show them what it is, give a little bit more
Help somebody, help somebody
Show them what it is, let ’em know

If I’m there, tell me if I’m there
Do you see me there?

Help somebody, help somebody
Show them what it is, give a little bit more
Help somebody, help somebody
Show them what it is, let ’em know

If you see the future ask it if I’m there
Ask it if I’m there

Love’s in Need of Love Today


written by: Stevie Wonder

Good morn or evening friends
Here’s your friendly announcer
I have serious news to pass on to every-body
What I’m about to say
Could mean the world’s disaster
Could change your joy and laughter to tears and pain

It’s that
Love’s in need of love today
Don’t delay
Send yours in right away
Hate’s goin’ round
Breaking many hearts
Stop it please
Before it’s gone too far

The force of evil plans
To make you its possession
And it will if we let it
Destroy ev-er-y-body
We all must take
Precautionary measures
If love and please you treasure
Then you’ll hear me when I say

Oh that
Love’s in need of love today
love’s in need of love today
Don’t delay
don’t delay
Send yours in right away
right a-way
Hate’s goin’ round
hate’s goin’ round
Breaking many hearts
break-ing hearts
Stop it please
stop it please
Before it’s gone too far
gone too far

People you know that
Love’s in need of love today
love’s in need of love today
Don’t delay
don’t de-lay

Send yours in right away
right a-way
You know that hate’s
hate’s
Hate’s goin’ round
goin’ round
Breaking many hearts
break-ing hearts
Stop stop it please
Before it’s gone too far
gone too far

It’s up to you cause
Love’s in need of love today
love’s in need of love today
Don’t delay
don’t de-lay
Send yours in right away
right a-way
You know that hate’s
hate’s
Hate’s goin’ round
goin’ round
Breaking-hate’s tried to break my heart many times
break-ing hearts
Don’t-you’ve got to stop it please
stop it please
Before before before
gone too far

Love’s in need of love love today
love’s in need of love today
Don’t delay
don’t de-lay
Send yours in right away
right a-way
You know that hate’s going around
hate’s goin’
Hate’s going around hate’s going around
round break-
And it tried to break up many hearts
ing hearts Stop
You’ve got to I’ve got to They’ve got to
it please
We’ve got to They’ve got to We’ve got to
gone
Stop it before it’s gone too far
too far
Love’s love’s in need of love
love’s in need of love
Did you ever think that love would be in need of love today
to-day don’t
Don’t delay
de-lay
Send yours right away
right a-way

Hate’s hate’s
hate’s goin’ round
Bring it down a little love is very peaceful
So bring it down a little
stop it please
gone too far
love’s in need
of love today
don’t delay
right away awaaaay
love’s in need
of love today
don’t delay
right away awaaaay
hate’s goin round
breaking hearts
Well, please stop it
Um L-O-V-E love Oh, L-O-V-E lo———ve
love’s in need
of love today
don’t delay
right away
Just give the world LOVE.

Let Love Rule


written by: Lenny Kravitz

Love is gentle as a rose
And love can conquer any war
It’s time to take a stand
Brothers and sisters join hands

We got to let love rule
Let love rule

We got to let love rule
Let love rule

Love transcends all space and time
And love can make a little child smile
Can’t you see this won’t go wrong
But we got to be strong
We can’t do it alone

We got to let love rule
Let love rule

We got to let love rule
Let love rule

The Earth Song


written by: Michael Jackson

What about sunrise
What about rain
What about all the things
That you said we were to gain…
What about killing fields
Is there a time
What about all the things
That you said was yours and mine…
Did you ever stop to notice
All the blood we’ve shed before
Did you ever stop to notice
This crying Earth its weeping shores?

Aaaaaaaaah Oooooooooh
Aaaaaaaaah Oooooooooh

What have we done to the world?
Look what we’ve done.
What about all the peace,
That you pledge your only son?
What about flowering fields?
Is there a time?
What about all the dreams,
That you said was yours and mine?

Did you ever stop to notice,
All the children dead from war?
Did you ever stop to notice,
This crying Earth its weeping shores?

Aaaaaaaaah Oooooooooh
Aaaaaaaaah Oooooooooh

I used to dream
I used to glance beyond the stars
Now I don’t know where we are
Although I know we’ve drifted far

Aaaaaaaaah Oooooooooh
Aaaaaaaaah Oooooooooh
Aaaaaaaaah Oooooooooh
Aaaaaaaaah Oooooooooh

Hey

what about yesterday
(What about us)
What about the seas
(What about us)
The heavens are falling down
(What about us)
I can’t even breathe
(What about us)
What about everything
(What about us)
I given you
(What about us)
What about nature’s worth
(ooo, ooo)
It’s our planet’s womb
(What about us)
What about animals
(What about it)
We’ve turned kingdoms to dust
(What about us)
What about elephants
(What about us)
Have we lost their trust
(What about us)
What about crying whales
(What about us)
We’re ravaging the seas
(What about us)
What about forest trails
(ooo, ooo)
Burnt despite our pleas
(What about us)
What about the holy land
(What about it)
Torn apart by creed
(What about us)
What about the common man
(What about us)
Can’t we set him free
(What about us)
What about children dying
(What about us)
Can’t you hear them cry
(What about us)
Where did we go wrong
(ooo, ooo)
Someone tell me why
(What about us)
What about baby boy
(What about it)
What about the days
(What about us)
What about all their joy
(What about us)
What about the man
(What about us)
What about the crying man
(What about us)
What about Abraham
(What was us)
What about death again
(ooo, ooo)
Do we give a damn

Aaaaaaaaah Ooooooooh