2002 ~ Prince Michael (Blanket) is born ~ Exeter Football Club Speech ~ Devilish Mottola ~ Neverland Pictures company ~ “Sony Sucks” ~ MJ’s 44th birthday at MTV awards ~ “What More Can I Give”
- January 9 :
At the end of the American Music Awards Ceremony, Chris Tucker
presented the Artist of The Century Award to Michael Jackson.
Chris introduced film director Brett Ratner to Michael.
- February :
Michael was on the cover of VIBE magazine with an exclusive interview & pictures taken at Neverla nd.
- February 9 :
Michael & Elizabeth Taylor attended the fund-raiser Art For Aids : A Tribute To Rock Hudson at the Laguna Art Museum in Laguna Beach .
Later in the evening, they attended a private dinner at Dana Point with Michael’s dermatologist Dr Arnold Klein.
- February 13 :
- February 21 :
Prince Michael II (nicknamed Blanket) was born at the Grossmont Hospital in San Diego, California. Soon after Michael took Blanket to Neverland. Mark Lester is Blanket’s Godfather.
- February 24 :
Michael, Elizabeth Taylor & Brett Ratner attended a private party at Mark Damon’s house to announce that Neverland Entertainment and Raju Sharad Patel have signed with Damon’s Independant film company MDP Worldwide Entertainment to create a new division called Neverland Pictures.
- March 16 :
Angry with Sony Music who refused to release What More Can I Give & finance the video for Unbreakable, Michael invited several fans to his suite to explain them the situation and encouraged them to push the promotion of Invincible.
Michael also decided to finance & produce the Unbreakable video himself. He hired Brett Ratner to direct it and asked Chris Tucker & Mel Gibson to play in it. He also contemplated the video of a new world tour.
- April :
Michael was about to start shooting the Unbreakable short film when Sony announced that they wouldnt release the single. The promotion of the Invincible album was over with only 2 singles.
Michael’s former business manager Myung-Ho Lee filed a $13 million lawsuit claiming that on September 14, Michael met him in Los Angeles and signed an agreement to pay him those fees but he never got them. Michael’s lawyer Zia Moddaber answers that his client never signed anything and was not even in Los Angeles on that date.
- April 03 :
Michael hosted a party for Paris 4th birthday at Neverland with Prince, Blanket, Brett Barnes and Grace.
- April 12 :
Michael talked to the the actionnaires of MDP Worldwide through a recorded video message asking them to rename the company Neverland Pictures. The first movies project was called Wolfed.
Michael filmed a scene for the movie Miss Cast Away at Neverland directed by Brian Michael Stollers. Together, they worked on a movie project called They Cage The Animals At Night based on a novel.
- April 20 :
At the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Michael recorded a performance of Dangerous for Dick Clark’s 5Oth Anniversary of American Bandstand.
- April 22 :
The three biggest Michael Jackson’s fan-clubs in the world gathered their effort to denounce the lack of promotion of Invincible from Sony Music and they organized many demonstrations of fans to re-launch the album.
Michael performed Dangerous, Black Or White & Heal The World (with Diana Ross) during a fund-raiser for the Democratic National Committee’s Every Vote Counts ‘campaign held at the mythic Apollo Theatre in Harlem .
Brett Barnes, Prince, Paris, Blanket, Grace, the Cascio family Chris Tucker & Rodney Jerkins attended the event. Afterwards Michael Bill Clinton posed for pictures.
While in NYC Michael introduced Prince, Paris & Blanket to President Clinton.
Michael Jackson fanclubs issued a joint Statement, exposing Sony’s sabotage of the Invincible album as a strategy to acquire full control of the Beatles Catalog.
Worldwide Fanclubs organize to re-launch Invincible album.
- June 6 :
Michael joined the NAC (National Action Network), a recently formed coalition which has been set up to investigate artist exploitation by major record labels supported by lawyer Johnnie Cochran and civil rights campaigner Reverend Al Sharpton. He also denied owing $200 millions to Sony Music.
- June 10 :
Michael arrived in London and checked in to the Marriott Renaissance Hotel.
- June 11 :
Michael had dinner with Uri Geller and his family. Geller introduced him to British journalist Martin Bashir who wanted to do a TV documentary on Michael.
- June 12 :
Michael went shopping at Hamley’s.
- June 13 :
Michael went shopping at HMV store.
Michael was inducted into the National Academy of Popular Music/Songwriters Hall Of Fame. Liza Minnelli & David Gest accepted the award on his behalf.
Michael visited the Houses of Parliament accompanied by Uri Geller and magician David Blaine.
Later, Michael left Paddington Station, on a train ride to Exeter with Geller, Blaine, Mark Lester & 200 fans. They went to St James’ Park where 10 000 had gathered for this fund-raising event, organized to raise money for the footclub club and two charities aimed at combating Aids and malaria.
**Michael Jackson Speech, 2002 Exeter Football Club:
“Sadly, sadly, we live in a state of fear.
Every day we hear of war.
On the news.
On the radio.
Always of war.
We hear of nations hurting each other.
Of neighbors hurting each other.
Of families hurting each other.
And of children killing each other.
We must learn to live and love each other.
Before it’s too late.
WE HAVE TO STOP!
We have to stop the prejudice.
We have to stop the hating.
We have to stop living in fear of our own neighbors.
I would like all of you now to take the hand of the person to the left and to the right of you.
GO ahead, right now. I mean it. Right now.
Don’t be shy…DO IT. Right now. I mean it. It starts now.
The person to the left and the right of you.
Go ahead, right now. I mean it. Right now.
Don’t be shy…DO IT.
Now, tell the person…
tell the person next to you that you care for them.
Tell them that you care for them.
TELL THEM THAT YOU LOVE THEM.
TELL THEM THAT YOU LOVE THEM.
THIS IS WHAT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE.
Together, we can make a change in the world.
Together, we can help to stop racism.
Together, we can help to stop prejudice.
We can help the world live without fear.
It is our only hope.
And without hope, we are lost.
To all the children of the world,
THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING.
Thank you, and GOD BLESS.” ~Michael Jackson
- June 15 :
Later, Michael attended a fan-club event with Uri Geller at the Equinox nightclub where he spoke for the first time of his problems with Sony and his CEO Tommy Mottolla.
- June 17 :
Michael had business meetings with Mohamed Al Fayed and Adrian Grant.
- June 18 :
Michael returned home.
- July 6 :
Michael attended a fan demonstration at the Sony Music offices in Manhattan, New York. As he did in London, Michael arrived on the top of a double-decker bus.
Later, Michael went to a civil rights meeting to speak out against the music industry’s treatment of the artists and he called Tommy Mottola a racist, mean and devilish man.
In the evening, Michael attended a fan-club party with Grace & Karen at the Webster Hall where he accepted the 3Oth Anniversary Fan Award.
- July 7 :
Michael completed his Last Will and appointed John Branca, John McClain and Barry Siegel as co-Executors of this Will.
- July 9 :
Michael went to Al Sharpton’s National Action Network headquarters in Harlem where he again spoke of a conspiracy in the record industry against black artists.
Michael gave an interview to Rita Cosby for Fox News TV. He spoke about corruption and conspiracy in the record industry.
- July 13 :
- Mid July :
Michael settled at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas with Prince, Paris & Blanket, their nannies Grace & Patricia & bodyguards.
- July 30/31 :
Michael invited British journalist Martin Bashir to Neverland to record a documentary on his life.
- August 26 :
Michael invited Chris Tucker to Las Vegas so that they can work on film projects together.
He also invited the Wolf family, a family who lost everything during the recent floods in Germany to visit Neverland .
- August 29 :
Michael went to New York City to appear at the MTV Video Awards Ceremony where Britney Spears presented him a birthday cake for his 44th birthday and Michael gave a thanking speech for the Artist of the Millenium award.
Michael opened the gates of Neverland to all the fans that came for his birthday.
- September :
Michael invited journalist Martin Bashir to Las Vegas for interviews and a shopping spree with Prince, Paris & Grace.
- September 26 :
Michael was at Neverland with Martin Bashir to film an interview with Gavin Arvizo whom Michael saved him from cancer.
- October 12 :
Michael invited more than 2OO members of the US Air Force and their families to spend the day at Neverland.
- November 2 :
Michael accepted the World Arts Awards through a recorded video message during the World Awards For Men in Vienna.
- November 13/14/15 :
Michael went to the Santa Maria Courthouse to testify in the Marcel Avram trial.
- November 19 :
Michael arrived in Berlin, with his three children and Grace.
Later he introduced Blanket to the world by holding him over the balcony of his hotel suite.
In the evening he went to a restaurant with journalist Martin Bashir & business partner Dieter Wiesner.
♥ I would give anything to be able hear Michael sing in the streets.. “Butterflies.. Hee Hee..”
- November 20 :
Michael took Prince & Paris to the zoo (with Grace, Wiesner & Bashir).
In the evening he attended the charity gala “A Tribute to Bambi” with Wiesner & Bashir where he donated one of his jackets for the auction.
- November 21 :
Michael attended the Bambi Awards with Wiesner & Bashir where Boris Becker presented him the Pop Artist Of The Millenium award.
During the ceremony, the video of What More Can I Give was premiered.
- November 23 :
Michael and his entourage returned home.
- November 28 :
Bunte magazine published an interview of Michael
- December 1:
Michael invited Dieter Wiesner & Ronald Konotzer at Neverland to work on a 10 year plan named MJ Universe.
♥ Michael went to Disneyland with his children.
- December 3/4 :
Michael went back to the Santa Maria Courthouse to resume testimony in the Marcel Avram trial. He arrived on crutches after being severly bit by a spider at Neverland.
- December 9 :
Live from Neverland, Chris Tucker presented Michael a special award to celebrate the 2Oth Anniversary of Thriller during the Billboard Awards. Frank Tyson and several fans were present.
- December 20 :
Gold magazine published an interview of Michael.
Michael went to Miami to visit houses and work with Barry Gibb on a charity song.
- December 24/25 :
Michael celebrated Christmas with Prince, Paris, Blanket & Grace.