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    1 year after Jackson's death, sombre memorials, vigils and parties planned


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    1 year after Jackson's death, sombre memorials, vigils and parties planned

    Post  starfish on Thu Jun 24, 2010 3:40 pm

    1 year after Jackson's death, sombre memorials, vigils and parties

    NEW YORK, N.Y. — A year ago, DJ John Quick was scheduled to spin at a
    party when he got the news — Michael Jackson was dead.So instead
    of playing the hits of the moment, the Harlem event turned into an
    impromptu tribute to the King of Pop."It was the first time I've
    ever seen grown people crying and dancing at the same time," he said.On
    Friday, the first anniversary of the King of Pop's death, Quick will
    once again play Michael Jackson tunes, at the club Taj in Manhattan, but
    he expects a more cheerful party this time."They wanna celebrate
    his life and music," he said. "His albums are like timelines in your
    life. You can remember what you were doing ... when 'Thriller' came
    out."The Taj party will be part of the global celebration of
    Jackson's brilliant but troubled life. Jackson died at age 50 as he was
    preparing for comeback concerts in London.In that city, a
    memorial was unveiled Thursday to a gaggle of press who packed the foyer
    of London's Lyric Theatre, the site of an impromptu wake following the
    pop superstar's death last year.Perri Luc Kiely, 14, a member of
    the dance troupe Diversity, pulled back a pair of dark purple curtains
    to reveal a small plaque featuring a young Jackson with a wide, beaming
    smile. Applause and the bright flashes of cameras erupted."He
    influenced me and the whole group so much, and it was just a real big
    honour to be able to do that," Perri said.With the foyer packed
    to the brim with photographers, videographers and journalists, fans
    stood on the street and peered in, capturing the moment with their
    camera phones.Leanne Irving, 20, travelled seven hours by bus
    from her home in northern England to be able to attend the memorial
    events."An absolute inspiration. I would love to be like him and
    dance like him. He inspires everything I want to do in life and
    everything I want to achieve," said Irving, an aspiring performance
    artist.In Hong Kong, Jackson imitators performed to the late
    singer's classics at a suburban mall Thursday. Four-year-old Wang Yiming
    danced to "Dangerous" wearing Jackson's trademark black fedora hat, a
    black suit with a silver armband and white socks.While festive
    celebrations like parties are expected on Friday, there will also be
    sombre remembrances. In Gary, Ind., Jackson's hometown, there will be a
    tribute at the Jackson home; city officials said they expected Michael's
    mother Katherine and his niece Genevieve to show up, along with
    thousands of others.Fans are also expected to gather at Forest
    Lawn cemetery outside of Los Angeles, where he is buried.Katherine
    Jackson has thrown her support behind a "Forever Michael" fan event to
    be held Saturday at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. Tickets range
    from $150 to $500.The Apollo Theatre in Harlem, where a young
    Michael Jackson and his brothers won amateur night, will host a
    commemoration Friday of Jackson's life in front of the recently
    installed plaque honouring him in the legendary theatre's new hall of
    fame.And later in the afternoon in Harlem, around the hour of
    Jackson's death, the Rev. Al Sharpton and his National Action Network
    will hold a moment of silence.Sharpton, a longtime associate of
    Jackson and his family and who gave impassioned remarks at Jackson's
    televised memorial last July, said he thought a moment of silence was
    appropriate to show "the sanctity of the hour. He meant a lot to us of
    all races in terms of bringing us together in another kind of spirit."I
    wanted to make sure that we showed that in the middle of all this that
    is going on in the world that Michael is someone that we would all stop
    for ... He was more than just a singer, he was a social force, and a
    sense of inspiration."

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