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Michael Jackson's Memorial Updates

Today is Michael Jackson's public memorial at the Los Angeles Staples Center.  The city is expecting over 200,000 people to flock to the city.  Staples only holds about 18-20k, so this ought to be interesting.  Fans found out yesterday if they got a ticket to the memorial.  It appeared as though the family had a private ceremony yesterday at Forest Lawn cemetery. It's been confirmed that Mariah Carey and Jennifer Hudson and Stevie Wonder are a few of the performers for the memorial.  TV stations and some radio stations are broadcasting live from the scene.  Many other of Michael's fans and friends are expected to make an appearance.  But interestingly, 2 of his closest friends Quincy Jones and Elizabeth Taylor said they will not be there.  Q is determined to never attend another friend's funeral as long as he lives.  And Liz says she feels like the public memorial will be a "big whoopla" she feels she shouldn't be a part of. Stay tuned for the details....
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Diana Ross was too good to

Diana Ross was too good to show up, too.
Demi's picture

I agree with Liz! I saw a

I agree with Liz! I saw a little on t.v and it looks like a circus! The family and close friends should be there. I once heard that they were thinking about selling tickets, that's pure selfishness. I understand that he has a world of fans, but that's just what they are fans, FANS STEP BACK AND LET THOSE THAT REALLY KNEW AND CARED FOR HIM HAVE THIS MOMENT FOR THEMSELVES!!!!!
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I know Mariah and Stevie will

I know Mariah and Stevie will tear it up but probably be extra emotional.
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miss ashley: I hope Michael

miss ashley: I hope Michael Jackson will now be at peace away from this cruel world….I have just one question for Elizabeth Taylor and Quincy Jones, “How would either of them feel if they’d died and Michael Jackson said he wouldn’t attend their public memorials?” I mean BOTH of them have stated how CLOSE they were with Michael Jackson…Rest in Peace Michael Jackson!!! I agree! It's not about them today!!
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(tears) R.I.P Michael

(tears) R.I.P Michael Jackson
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plz: Quincy is NOT Mike’s

plz: Quincy is NOT Mike’s friend. During the trial , on Access Hollywood he said Mike is Not his FRIEND, he was JUST a Buisness Associate. Quincy gets tooo much when it comes to Mike. Mike wrote most of the songs on off the WALL, Bad and Thriller. If fact the demos were already done when he brought them to Q. Who was Quincy before Mike???? Who was Mike Before Quincy a Superstar. Wqas Quincy involved with what Mike did in the Thriller ? NO. Was he the one on stage for Billie Jean on Motown 25th. Hell NAH. He needs to sit down somehwere. Two Faced Old MAn. Well if that's the case you can at least give Quincy respect for NOT going to the funeral. And Quincy had a lot to do with the entire Motown movement. Just b/c we are mourning MJ's death and celebrating his life doesnt mean we have to put others down. Just sayin RIP MJ
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still hard to

still hard to believe....michael jackson is gone...on his last rehearsal tape he did look a little tired..while he was trying to rehearse
tRaCi's picture

If u guys want to hear the

If u guys want to hear the stuff Quincy has said about MJ over the years , ask his fans. They will put u up to date. He aint a friend of Michael. RIP MIKE.
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Quincy is NOT Mike's friend.

Quincy is NOT Mike's friend. During the trial , on Access Hollywood he said Mike is Not his FRIEND, he was JUST a Buisness Associate. Quincy gets tooo much credit when it comes to Mike. Mike wrote most of the songs on off the WALL, Bad and Thriller. If fact the demos were already done when he brought them to Q. Who was Quincy before Mike???? Who was Mike Before Quincy a Superstar. Wqas Quincy involved with what Mike did in the Thriller Video? NO. Was he the one on stage for Billie Jean on Motown 25th. Hell NAH. He needs to sit down somehwere. Two Faced Old MAn.
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miss ashley: I hope Michael

miss ashley: I hope Michael Jackson will now be at peace away from this cruel world….I have just one question for Elizabeth Taylor and Quincy Jones, “How would either of them feel if they’d died and Michael Jackson said he wouldn’t attend their public memorials?” I mean BOTH of them have stated how CLOSE they were with Michael Jackson…Rest in Peace Michael Jackson!!! Elizabeth...ok...have u seen her in public recently? Yeah, she is better off at home. Quincy..I can not stand funerals and when I have to go one day (hopefully no time soon) for someone close...I don't know how I am gonna get through it. Michael knows their heart and not going to a PUBLIC memorial does not mean u do not love the person u lost...I don't blame them!
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Elizabeth Taylor was at the

Elizabeth Taylor was at the private service that was held last night with his family and friends. She doesn't have to attend the public memorial. The Jacksons said goodbye last night and he will be buried in private. The public memorial is for us not them.
Anon's picture

LOL at the arguments lmao.

LOL at the arguments lmao.
leomi's picture

Well i'm sorry if i

Well i'm sorry if i disrespected you!!!!
V's picture

V: Actually u need to and

V: Actually u need to and don’t start anythin with me!!!!!!!! U gave ur opinion and i gave mine!!!!! You are the one coming on here attacking my opinion...you could have said what you said without all that extra bull. I'm not a keyboard gansta boo...how will I start something over the internet?...say what u need without the disrespect and keep it moving..simple.
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LSU GYRL~hates the way JAWN

LSU GYRL~hates the way JAWN MURRAY sounds on the radio...he always sounds like he has a damn cold! So annoying!: No the question is…who the hell are you? I defended my statement already..fall back boo.. Actually u need to and don't start anythin with me!!!!!!!! U gave ur opinion and i gave mine!!!!!
V's picture

quicy was kind of rude. but

quicy was kind of rude. but maybe hes always been that way.people just have no respect. dont you ever wonder what will happen when you pass?
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V: Okay das real ignorant

V: Okay das real ignorant man ppl don’t always deal with death the best way so y don’t u back off instead of judgin them!!!! U can’t tell dem what dey should do cuz itz like WHO R U AGAIN? All i have to say is ppl need to stop and realize that sum ppl can’t handle death and i shud kno cuz das wats happened!!!! So instead of judgin realize dat itz not easy for others as you may think!!!! As for Elizabeth Taylor she loved Michael Jackson like a son, in fact she helped Michael Jackson celebrate Christmas for the first time, and you have the nerve to tell her dat she duzn’t care? Dat she was fakin it? If Michael Jackson were here i bet he wud b upset cuz he wudn’t want any1 disrespectin his friends & family like that!!!! No the question is...who the hell are you? I defended my statement already..fall back boo..
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After the scathing interview

After the scathing interview he gave to DETAILS magazine about Michael, after all of that crying and carrying on, Quincy shouldn't go. I'm glad I don't have friends that would speak of me that way.
Ashley's picture

Kwame: It’s been almost two

Kwame: It’s been almost two weeks. While we all loved Michael’s music none of us knew him. None of us are personally impacted by his death. It is a damn shame that two weeks later black folks attention is still pointed like a laser beam on the ugly media feeding frenzy that has become Michael’s death. It’s a damn shame that you can’t get black folks to focus their attention on Troy Davis, the ongoing saga of the Jena 6 or the fact that our President is about to cave to conservatives and NOT deliver on public health care. C’mon people… Who are you to tell anyone what they should focus their attention on? Who told you you have a right to tell 'Black folks' how they should be spending their time today? And for that matter, you're here on a blog post dedicated to MJ yet you're complaining about all the attention given to him. WHY DID YOU CLICK ON THE LINK? What did you come in here for? Take your sanctimoniousness somewhere else since you have this need to act high and mighty. And as someone else asked, what are YOU doing about all these pressing issues that you raised? I'm willing to bet you're doing not one damn thing but sitting behind your pc being salty as hell that people are paying attention to an issue you don't personally care for. It's a 'damn shame' that you're so petty, selfish and small-minded. Nobody here wants to know what YOU think we should be doing. This is an entertainment blog, and today is the day we're saying goodbye to an ICON. If you can't deal with that, click on the little X in the top right hand corner and keep it moving. Some folks are just ROTTEN to the core and I guess they're all coming out of the woodwork today.
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LSU GYRL~hates the way JAWN

LSU GYRL~hates the way JAWN MURRAY sounds on the radio...he always sounds like he has a damn cold! So annoying!: man, EFF QUINCY and ELIZABETH T..yeah I said it. If Mike was your real friend regardless of all the “whoopla” you would go and pay your respects and Quincy ass done made millions off of mike and now he dont want to go…KISS MY AZZ…I hate old fake hollywood people… Okay das real ignorant man ppl don't always deal with death the best way so y don't u back off instead of judgin them!!!! U can't tell dem what dey should do cuz itz like WHO R U AGAIN? All i have to say is ppl need to stop and realize that sum ppl can't handle death and i shud kno cuz das wats happened!!!! So instead of judgin realize dat itz not easy for others as you may think!!!! As for Elizabeth Taylor she loved Michael Jackson like a son, in fact she helped Michael Jackson celebrate Christmas for the first time, and you have the nerve to tell her dat she duzn't care? Dat she was fakin it? If Michael Jackson were here i bet he wud b upset cuz he wudn't want any1 disrespectin his friends & family like that!!!!
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leomi: ii feel what ur

leomi: ii feel what ur saying but u gotta look at it from their view. money dont mean nothing wen it comes to a friend, and if they feel they dont wanna be apart of the CIRCUS they really can go to the private ceremony, which they probably did. RIP man i feel like i lost my unclee. my crazy uncle id see once a yr at my reunion. I feel you but dont you think you are causing major media whoopla and taking some attention off of MJ's death by two of his closest friends ranting to the news about why they wont attend. You should know how America loves mess and this is another example of Elizabeth and Quincys hissy fits. MJ was your personal friend and he was also a friend/hero/mentor to many others. It would not have been fair to regualr people like us who love Mike, grew up with him if they didnt have some sort of memorial. It's not always about individuals but the bigger picture...if you didnt want to go then just shut your trap and dont go! Period!
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Today will indeed be a media

Today will indeed be a media circus but I'll actually be happy if close to 200,000 fans show up at the Staple Center. In New York we've been holding it down for The King of Pop at the Apollo for weeks. May his legacy live on in all of us! RIP MJ. I can't wait to meet you in heaven.
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@ Kwame, people can focus on

@ Kwame, people can focus on more than one issue at a time. Just because we are talking about MJ's death, that does NOT mean that we aren't concerned with other news in the country... Do you have a one track mind? I don't think so. Stop assuming we don't care about other issues in our communities and in the national news. Geez.... And Obama is backing off of public care because he realizes it's a bad idea.
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LSU GYRL~hates the way JAWN

LSU GYRL~hates the way JAWN MURRAY sounds on the radio...he always sounds like he has a damn cold! So annoying!: man, EFF QUINCY and ELIZABETH T..yeah I said it. If Mike was your real friend regardless of all the “whoopla” you would go and pay your respects and Quincy ass done made millions off of mike and now he dont want to go…KISS MY AZZ…I hate old fake hollywood people… ii feel what ur saying but u gotta look at it from their view. money dont mean nothing wen it comes to a friend, and if they feel they dont wanna be apart of the CIRCUS they really can go to the private ceremony, which they probably did. RIP man i feel like i lost my unclee. my crazy uncle id see once a yr at my reunion.
leomi's picture

where were all these stars

where were all these stars 2005 when he probably needed them the most? i know i was pasted in front of my tv at 12 yrs old hoping for the best. giving all my support from NY. where were u ush? mariah? kobe wtf were you boo? yea.
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miss ashley: I hope Michael

miss ashley: I hope Michael Jackson will now be at peace away from this cruel world….I have just one question for Elizabeth Taylor and Quincy Jones, “How would either of them feel if they’d died and Michael Jackson said he wouldn’t attend their public memorials?” I mean BOTH of them have stated how CLOSE they were with Michael Jackson…Rest in Peace Michael Jackson!!! I don't think either of them would care if MJ came to their memorials...they'd be dead...imjussayin...
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man, EFF QUINCY and ELIZABETH

man, EFF QUINCY and ELIZABETH T..yeah I said it. If Mike was your real friend regardless of all the "whoopla" you would go and pay your respects and Quincy ass done made millions off of mike and now he dont want to go...KISS MY AZZ...I hate old fake hollywood people...
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...great lineup. I hope all

...great lineup. I hope all goes well.
jjj's picture

Kwame: It’s been almost two

Kwame: It’s been almost two weeks. While we all loved Michael’s music none of us knew him. None of us are personally impacted by his death. It is a damn shame that two weeks later black folks attention is still pointed like a laser beam on the ugly media feeding frenzy that has become Michael’s death. It’s a damn shame that you can’t get black folks to focus their attention on Troy Davis, the ongoing saga of the Jena 6 or the fact that our President is about to cave to conservatives and NOT deliver on public health care. C’mon people… And what exactly are YOU doing about all of that? just asking cause I'd LOVE to know.
Whoa!'s picture

That ought to be nice. I just

That ought to be nice. I just hope all of the celebs keep the focus on Micheal (we all know how Mariah gets down...)
MeeYow's picture

Miss you sooooo much Micheal.

Miss you sooooo much Micheal. You will always be alive in my heart and the heart of soooooo many!!! Love you again and again and again... :sad:
Whoa!'s picture

It's been almost two weeks.

It's been almost two weeks. While we all loved Michael's music none of us knew him. None of us are personally impacted by his death. It is a damn shame that two weeks later black folks attention is still pointed like a laser beam on the ugly media feeding frenzy that has become Michael's death. It's a damn shame that you can't get black folks to focus their attention on Troy Davis, the ongoing saga of the Jena 6 or the fact that our President is about to cave to conservatives and NOT deliver on public health care. C'mon people...
Kwame's picture

I'm sure they all went to the

I'm sure they all went to the private service yesterday.
Lodak's picture

I'm disappointed by Liz's

I'm disappointed by Liz's statement. I can give her a pass since she is in poor health but something about her statement just doesn't sound very sorry that a good friend passed. As for Quincy, IMO his statement sounded like he never really cared for MJ and was very contemptous of MJ's so called weirdness and now MJ passed he doesn't even have to pretend anymore so he just was like "WTF, I can't even pretend no more."
Fo' Sho's picture

My thoughts and prayers with

My thoughts and prayers with the Jackson family today. RIP Michael, I hope today doesn't get to crazy and turn into a media circus. That everyone can compose themselves as we finally lay rest to MJ. I understand Quincy J and Liz Taylor reasons for not attending people grieve and deal with death many ways, especially since they were older than Michael and was so close to them, that is even worst feeling because they will feel they outlived someone that die to soon, sort of like parents who lose a child.
binky's picture

thank you "Hot"..I didn't

thank you "Hot"..I didn't know Liz Taylor was having health problems or whatever...I still have no words for Quincy Jones... btw, does anyone know for SURE who will be broadcasting Live at the memorial OTHER than CNN?
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Wow, When I was a little girl

Wow, When I was a little girl I remember his Thriller days and having my whole wall covered with posters and pictures.I think it's finally started to sink in that you are no longer here. Although I feel blessed to have woken up today you are the lucky one...... Rest in Peace Michal Jackson.
Dani's picture

Let them grieve in there own

Let them grieve in there own way, I dont blame them funerals are really hard and take something out of you. I stopped going to funerals because it started making my nerves bad and I couldnt sleep.
OK OK OK I'm a grandma, there I said it :)'s picture

miss ashley: I hope Michael

miss ashley: I hope Michael Jackson will now be at peace away from this cruel world….I have just one question for Elizabeth Taylor and Quincy Jones, “How would either of them feel if they’d died and Michael Jackson said he wouldn’t attend their public memorials?” I mean BOTH of them have stated how CLOSE they were with Michael Jackson…Rest in Peace Michael Jackson!!! I really dont blame them, I've been to so many funerals I got to the point where I couldnt take it anymore and stopped going. After a while I found that I couldnt sleep after funerals and had to go to the Dr. for meds, so let them grieve in there own way.
OK OK OK I'm a grandma, there I said it :)'s picture

miss ashley: I hope Michael

miss ashley: I hope Michael Jackson will now be at peace away from this cruel world….I have just one question for Elizabeth Taylor and Quincy Jones, “How would either of them feel if they’d died and Michael Jackson said he wouldn’t attend their public memorials?” I mean BOTH of them have stated how CLOSE they were with Michael Jackson…Rest in Peace Michael Jackson!!! i dont think miss liz is in the best of health these days.wouldnt want her keeling over at the staples center and quincy i think he just stopped doing funerals alltogether these days
"HOT"'s picture

I hope Michael Jackson will

I hope Michael Jackson will now be at peace away from this cruel world.... I have just one question for Elizabeth Taylor and Quincy Jones, "How would either of them feel if they'd died and Michael Jackson said he wouldn't attend their public memorials?" I mean BOTH of them have stated how CLOSE they were with Michael Jackson... Rest in Peace Michael Jackson!!!
miss ashley's picture

RIP Mike. sure gonna miss him

RIP Mike. sure gonna miss him *prays for fans to act decent today*
"HOT"'s picture

ooops! top 5

ooops! top 5
OK OK OK I'm a grandma, there I said it :)'s picture

to 5, lov it!

to 5, lov it!
OK OK OK I'm a grandma, there I said it :)'s picture

RIP MJ! And Lord, I just hope

RIP MJ! And Lord, I just hope these people act right cuz with a crowd like that you never know....
Fo' Sho's picture

R.I.P Michael xoxox

R.I.P Michael xoxox
Laydacris's picture

Rest in peace, Michael. You

Rest in peace, Michael. You are truly missed.
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wow!r.i.p. mike!!

wow!r.i.p. mike!!
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