Spike Lee will host the Michael Jackson birthday bash Saturday in Brooklyn. The bash will mark what would have been the 51st birthday of Michael Jackson. Read about it, and see photos and video here.
The planned celebration is expected to draw a massive crowd—so large that it had to be moved from its original location, and will now be held at Nethermead meadow in Prospect Park. Initial estimates now predict that 10,000 people will show up to pay tribute.
The Rev. Al Sharpton, whose rousing memorial speech reminded us to forget the “mess,” and remember the “message,” will be on hand at the bash to lead the crowd in prayer. Sharpton’s words couldn’t be more poignant now, given the new court documents that have been released this week.
In lieu of late performer’s birthday, August 29th will now officially be Michael Jackson Day in Brooklyn. The celebration will be free and open to the public.
Spike Lee said:
“It’s going to just be how we do it, Brooklyn-style, I’ll leave it at that. It’s going to be a joyous, festive, celebratory party.”
The film director worked with Jackson for the music video They Don’t Care About Us, and has been a long time fan of Michael since back in the Jackson 5 days, Lee also said:
“(back then) I wanted my Afro to be perfectly round like Michael’s, all that stuff.”
The bash will end with the entire crowd singing happy birthday to Michael:
“All over the world, people are going to be celebrating his birthday. But he’s going to hear Brooklyn; Brooklyn is going to be in the house. Deep.”
According to Joe Jackson, the singer’s 51st birthday will also be the day his body will be buried in a Los Angeles cemetery. That contradicts unverified reports that he had already been buried, something that was never confirmed by the family.
We can probably expect to see national television coverage of the party, which begins at noon on Saturday.
Happy birthday Michael! We miss you.
See more photos and video below.
Photos: www.wenn.com/Chris Connor/PNP