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The Jacksons Give Back To Gary, Indiana And Plan Museum And Cafe Devoted To The Jackson Legacy.
08-01-'20

Jackie and Tito visited West Side Leadership in whirlwind tour of school's arts department. From the minute they stepped into the building, the brothers were treated to performances by the orchestra, the dance department and more.

The Jackson brothers took a stroll down memory lane on Windy City LIVE, reflecting on their rise to stardom and their childhood in Gary, Indiana. Plus, Jackie Jackson shared how his late younger brother Michael Jackson is still a part of his life today.

The Jacksons
The Jackson brothers reflect on rise to fame, brother Michael Jackson, growing up in Gary.

To watch the interview click here.

Source: Jackson Source / Billie Jean


'MJ The Musical' Announces More Casting & Ticket Sales Planning. 08-01-'20

MJ MusicalMore casting is here for the upcoming Michael Jackson musical 'MJ'. The production will begin previews on July 6 and open on August 13 at Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre.

New cast members include Quentin Earl Darrington, Whitney Bashor, Gabriel Ruiz, Antoine L. Smith, Joey Sorge, Darius Barnes, Raymond Baynard, Coral Dolphin, John Edwards, Ayana George, Kali May Grinder, Apollo Levine, Ryan VanDenBoom, Lamont Walker II, Naomi C. Walley and Zelig Williams.

They join the previously announced Ephraim Sykes as Michael Jackson. Additional casting is still to come!

'MJ The Musical' will feature a book by two-time Pulitzer winner Lynn Nottage and a score made up of Jackson's song catalogue. Tony winner Christopher Wheeldon will direct and choreograph. Who both have publicly insinuate they believed Robson and Safechuck's stories.

The Estate has also sent an email to fans regarding the ticket sales planning. Advanced tickets will go on sale on January 14 for the people who have registered to the website before general ticket sales on January 15. But a special pre-sale on the evening of January 13 will take place just for the fans (what a threat! really!) through a special link which will be shared by the Estate.

For more information click here.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


MJ MusicalAudition For 'MJ The Musical'. 06-01-'20

'MJ The musical' has announced a multi-city search for actors of all ages, including young performers to play Michael Jackson at age 10. These auditions come on the heels of the recently announced star casting of Tony Award nominee Ephraim Sykes as Michael Jackson. Actors are being sought for Broadway stage roles as well as to understudy, and must possess the singing and dancing chops for the role of Michael Jackson at various stages of his life in the upcoming Broadway production.

Auditions will take place across the country throughout January in Washington, D.C., Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, Atlanta, New York City, and Los Angeles. Complete details on each of these planned open calls is listed below. Video submissions will also be accepted.

Those interested in auditioning can find more information at 'MJ The Musical'.

Audition Dates:

WASHINGTON, D.C.
Saturday, January 11th, 2020
Open Call from 12-3pm
Hyatt Place Washington DC
1522 K Street NW
Washington, D.C 20005

CHICAGO, IL
Saturday, January 11th, 2020
Open Call from 1 – 3:30 pm
Gus Giordano Dance School
5230 N Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60640

DETROIT, MI
Sunday, January 12th, 2020
Open Call from 10am – 12:30pm
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Detroit Downtown – Fort Shelby
525 W Lafayette Boulevard
Detroit, MI USA 48226

PHILADELPHIA, PA
Sunday, January 12th, 2020
Open Call from 12pm – 3pm
Walnut Street Theatre
825 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

ATLANTA, GA
Saturday, January 25th, 2020
Open Call from 12-3pm
Sheraton Atlanta Hotel
165 Courtland Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

NEW YORK CITY, NY
Saturday, January 25th, 2020
Open Call from 10am – 1pm
Telsey + Company
1501 Broadway, Suite #510
NYC, NY 10036
*Must bring ID to enter the building

LOS ANGELES, CA
Saturday, February 1st, 2020
Open Call from 9am – 1pm
Screenland Studios
10501 Burbank Boulevard
North Hollywood, CA 91601

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson's 'Leaving Neverland' Accusers Win Appeal, Can Sue For Negligence. 03-01-'20

Leaving NeverlandWade Robson and James Safechuck, two men who accuse late pop star Michael Jackson of sexually abusing them as children in the HBO documentary 'Leaving Neverland', won an appeal allowing their claims against two of Jackson's corporations to stand in light of a recently extended statute of limitations for victims of childhood sexual abuse.

In a decision handed down from California appellate court Friday, a previous decision in favor of the corporations was reversed in Robson and Safechuck's favor, allowing the men to move forward with claims of intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence and breach of fiduciary duty against MJJ Productions and MJJ Ventures.

Robson and Safechuck's claims against the two companies had originally been deemed untimely due to a requirement in California's Civil Code of Procedure that victims of childhood sexual abuse must make claims against third party nonperpetrators before their 26th birthday. As of Jan. 1 2020, the code was amended to extend the deadline to the victims' 40th birthday. Both Robson, 37, and Safechuck, 41, filed claims before that amended deadline.

"We are pleased that the Court has recognized the strong protections California has put into place for sexual abuse victims under the state's new law extending the statute of limitations. We look forward to sharing the facts of the terrible abuse of James Safechuck and Wade Robson with a jury," Robson and Safechuck's lawyer, Vince Finaldi, said in a statement.

Source: The Wrap / Billie Jean


Taj Jackson'The Truth Runs Marathons', Taj Jackson's Documentary Named. 02-01-'20

On December 29, Taj Jackson updated his GoFundMe page and revealed the title of the documentary: 'The Truth Runs Marathons'.

Also in his update, he tells the fans that the documentary will be released in 2020!

We will update you as soon as we know!

Full update from Taj:

"With 2019 finally coming to a close, 2020 will be OUR year. There is A LOT of pro Michael Jackson videos, docs and specials coming down the pipe line in 2020 that I am truly excited about. I thank everyone who is out there tirelessly spreading the truth everyday about my uncle. I always knew that there are way more of us then there are of them and 2019 proved it. When we are united and focused, there is nothing we can't do. Cancel Culture took their biggest and deadliest cannon and fired it directly at Michael Jackson's legacy. What they didn't expect was for his friends, family, and incredible fans to put themselves in front of the blast. My uncle would be so thankful and grateful for all of you. I look forward to 2020, because with the release of 'The Truth Runs Marathons', we will finally put to rest all the ridiculous decades of lies and hold those accountable for spreading and profiting off them."

Source: GoFundMe / Billie Jean

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