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Michael Officially Launches His Heal The World Foundation At An Orphanage In Bucharest. 30-09-'92

Michael Jackson Heal the World Foundation was founded by Michael Jackson on September 30th, 1992 as a charitable organization to aid children and the environment. It shared the name with Michael’s charitable single, the song he, by his own admission, was most proud of. The foundation’s goals included providing medicine for children and fighting child abuse as well as world hunger, drug and alcohol abuse. Heal the World Foundation worked with established local and national organizations to share expertise and infrastructure in delivering aid to disadvantaged children.The Launch of the Heal The World Foundation (30-09-1992)

An estimated 6,000 people pour onto the streets to witness the Michael Jackson procession make its way to the Leanganul Pentru Copii Sfinta Ecaterina orphanage in Bucharest to formally open a playground for 500 orphans funded by Michael.

President Illiescu and the world’s press are there. Outside, Michael is mobbed by children, on his way to the newly restored Casino Theatre for a rare press conference to officially launch the Heal The World Foundation in the presence of the Prime Minister.

At the press conference Michael says:
“I’m very happy to be here…….in Romania, and for my concert live on HBO, and to help the children……. Dear friends, ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Prime Minister. These children are as dear to me as all the children of the world. Today, I’ve had the opportunity to see the face of transformation and civilization. A moment like this means healing the world. We must heal the world and ourselves. We have to weave our life like a web, because we are part of this web. Out of negligence, we have contaminated and polluted our planet and, in exchange, we hurt ourselves. In the life songs of ages is the dance of our blood. The environment is an extension of our body and it gives the pulse of love, is the orchestra of universe’s symphony. It is music’s territory and enables us to rediscover our souls. Let’s rejoice together in love today, unity and conciliation. Let’s heal everybody and, thus, heal ourselves. Let us make a covenant with life and let us celebrate with joy a new world… and healed. Thank you… especially, to all the children of the world. I love you all. Thank you so much.. Thank you..”

A portion of the proceeds from his Bucharest concert is reported to have been directed to the Serbian refugees at the time. A press booklet distributed at the launch contained an interview with Michael, in which he described the Heal The World Foundation as “an international foundation I have formed to formalise, focus and spearhead my activities and desires, to help improve conditions in our world… In order to heal the world, we must start by first healing our children.“

During his stay in Bucharest, he also takes time to visit the Snagov Monastery, built by Vlad Tepes, the so-called Dracula; he requests privacy, and spends six hours inside, reportedly, in order to pray and explore the building, but agrees to sign an autograph for one of the female journalists waiting outside.

Source: Billie Jean


Save The Children Benefit Concert (29-09-1972)The Jackson 5 Perform For "Save The Children". 29-09-'72

The Jackson 5 perform for "Save The Children", a film theme of the 1972 "Black Exposition" and conducted by "Operation PUSH" ("People To Save Humanity").

In honor of the "Save The Children" foundation, the Jackson 5 participate, with the greatest Black artists of the era, at the series of concerts given during 5 days at t annual event organized by the Reverend Jesse Jackson in Chicago. The Black PUSH Expo '72 benefit concert at the International Amphitheater in Chicago, IL at the PUSH Expo: Save the Children (2:00 pm show). The Jackson 5 performing sometime during the week of September 27-October 1 a medley of their hits: 'I Want You Back', 'ABC' and 'I Wanna Be Where You Are'.

Michael’s voice was just starting to show signs of pubescent change, although admittedly that change wasn’t as profound as it is for most boys who are becoming men.

The show was filmed and included in the concert movie double LP Save The Children includes the best moments: the event highlighting, among musical acts, footage of the city’s black population, their churches, schools, slums and playgrounds, and promoting the hope for an improved future, benefiting the children of Chicago, Illinois.

Source: Billie Jean


This Is It Movie (27-09-2009)Tickets To Michael Jackson’s 'This Is It' Movie Went On Sale. 27-09-'09

The first day of ticket sales, all 3,000 tickets to the advanced screenings of the film had “sold out within two hours [on] early Sunday [(September 27).” Fans had reportedly waited in line for days.

CinemaBlend.com reported that over 160 showings had sold out. Reuters.com, stated that “hundreds of screenings in North America have already sold out, a month before the film’s October 28 opening.”

Sony, confirmed that over 30,000 tickets were sold in the first 24 hours that tickets went of sale. Sony also stated – as of September 28, – that the film’s ‘moved’ over 1 million dollars in tickets sales in Japan.

Sony announced in a press release that in the “last 24 hours (since September 27)“, that over 80% of all Fandango.com and Movietickets.com sales for the film, had already sold out in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Nashville and New York, among others and: “Internationally, exhibitors from London and Sydney to Bangkok and Tokyo have experienced the same epic demand.” Sony stated in a statement of the film’s good ticket sale’s that: “Staggering advance sales were reported in Australia, where tickets for Michael Jackson’s 'This Is It' purchased through Village Cinemas exceeded the lifetime pre-sales of such blockbusters as Transformers and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Source: Billie Jean


Michael Makes A Photoshoot For The Upcoming Cover Of Ebony Magazine. 25-09-'07

Michael attends a photoshoot for the upcoming cover of 'Ebony' magazine at the Brooklyn museum in Brooklyn, New York, with photographer Matthew Rolston.

'Ebony' magazine had been working with Michael and his staff for eight months on the details of the shoot and interview.

The night before, Michael and his son Prince Michael, II, fondly known as Blanket, arrived at the hotel suite-turned dressing room to look at the clothes selected by renowned stylist Phillip Bloch. Italian designer Roberto Cavalli provided clothing, as well as such designers as Valentino, Yohji Yamamoto, Hugo Boss, Cesare Paciotti, and more. More than $2 million worth of diamond jewellery was also on the set from the likes of Jacob the Jeweller, H. Stern and Lorraine Schwartz.

Ebony Magazine Photoshoot (25--09-2007)
Michael attends a photoshoot for the upcoming cover of 'Ebony' magazine at the Brooklyn museum in Brooklyn, New York, with photographer Matthew Rolston.

Normally the museum is closed to the public on Mondays, but the staff allowed it to be used as the location for the historic shoot. Celebrity photographer Matthew Rolston, 'Ebony' creative director Harriette Cole and 'Ebony' photo director Dudley Brooks had already scouted several locations including the grand Beaux-Arts Court, Egyptian gallery and sculpture garden. The shoot began at around 3 p.m.

During the session, a relaxed Michael grooved to his own music - 'PYT,' 'Billie Jean,' and 'Human Nature' - booming from a sound system, and even showed off a few of his trademark dance moves. After five wardrobe changes and six hours of memorable photography, he thanked the crew and was on his way back to the hotel, just in time to put the kids to bed.

The next day, he arrived at his hotel around noon for what would be Michael's first sit down interview in years. For the next hour and a half, Michael shared his thoughts and passions on the making of 'Thriller,' MTV and music videos, God, fatherhood and the state of the music industry today; published in December issue of 'Ebony' magazine.

Source: Billie Jean


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