“I pray a lot. When I see a beautiful sunset, I say: ‘God, it’s beautiful, thank You’. Or a baby’s smile or butterfly’s wings or anything like that.”- Michael Jackson
By Gotham Chopra
– The last time I spoke to my friend Michael Jackson was about 3 weeks before his shocking death. He had called me late one night to ask about another of my close friends who he had read about in the news. Laura Ling, a former colleague and friend, was detained originally by North Korean border guards along with her colleague Euna Lee on March 17th. Since then, they have been imprisoned, had very little contact with their families or western officials, and endured a secretive trial at which they were sentenced to twelve years hard labor. At this present moment, it is unclear where Laura and Euna are – whether they remain in a government guesthouse, or moved to the infamous N Korean labor camps that many do not survive.
Michael had read some of the details regarding Laura and Euna’s predicament. As was often the case with him and global events he read about – from famine in Africa to victims of natural disasters in far off countries, to orphans created by wars – he felt a deep sense of empathy for Laura and Euna. When I shared with him that Euna had a four-year-old daughter, he was even more anguished.
He asked me whether I had had any contact with Laura. I told him I had written her a few letters and had been assured they were getting through. Outside of that, her own family had only heard from her twice in the over three months they had been imprisoned. When I told him that, Michael paused.
“Do you think,” he said hesitantly, “that the leader of North Korea could be a fan of mine?” (more…)
Michael Jackson read a statement to service members, their family members, U.S. civilian, and local national employees during a visit to Camp Zama. MJ thanked troops and their family members for their service to their country.
On March 10, 2007, Michael Jackson greeted thousands of U.S. troops and their family members at an Army base south of Tokyo.
About 3,000 troops and their family members gathered at a fitness center at Camp Zama. Michael walked around shaking hands and exchanging words to thank them for their service.
“Those of you in here today are some of the most special people in the world,” Jackson told the crowd, reading from a statement. “It is because of you in here today, and others who so valiantly have given their lives to protect us, that we enjoy our freedom.”
- Michael Jackson fans await the arrival of the self-proclaimed “King of Pop” at Camp Zama on Saturday. Jackson greeted thousands of U.S. troops and their family members Saturday at the base, which is located south of Tokyo.
Jackson, 48, arrived in Japan on March 4 for his second trip in less than a year to attend parties including an extravagant gala held March 8 in Tokyo.
MJ was the guest of honor at the lavish party aimed at a well-heeled business crowd — roughly 400 people who showed up were die-hard fans, and more than 100 orphans and handicapped children who were invited for free.
The paying guests each paid $3,500 for tickets, which included a buffet dinner, a show featuring several Japanese Michael Jackson impersonators and a chance to meet, greet and take photos with MJ. On March 9, he made an appearance at another party for his less affluent fans. More than 1,000 people crowded a popular night club. He did not perform at either party.
- Col. Robert M. Waltemeyer, left, garrison commander of Camp Zama, presented Michael Jackson with a certificate of appreciation to thank MJ for visiting about 1,600 service members, their families, and U.S. civilian and Japanese national employees at Camp Zama, Japan.
On January 19, 2005 Michael Jackson was interviewed by Geraldo Rivera. It was aired on TV on February 5, 2005.
#2 During the interview MJ revealed that he was working on a song to benefit the victims of the Tsunami disaster. He also talked about making music, movies, and how he sees himself:
#3 This part of the interview includes video inside Neverland, his passion for giving, and dedication to charities:
#4 This video will make you feel inspired:
#5 Geraldo defended MJ’s innocence. The facts are undeniable: