Dear Jackson Family,
We here at We Love 3T would like to let you all know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We would like to make We Love 3T: Michael Jackson Day an event every year to remember a man who truly cared about the world and the people in it.
We plan to remember Michael and the Jackson family, with continual support and admiration. Thank you to 3T, Austin Brown, Yashi Brown, T-Rio and the Code Z Team for your continual support. May God continue to bless each and every one of you. We send our love!
Amber's Exclusive Interview with Yashi Brown...
1) Hey Yashi, thanks for being willing to talk to me today. Can you tell the fans a little bit about yourself? (I have had e-mails from fans who know about your artistic talents but, I also have e-mails from fans who only know you as Rebbie Jackson's daughter.) I love hanging out with my friends discussing daily drama, life and issues affecting the world then going home and writing about it. What can I say, I'm a poet. I'm very actively involved in talking to people about mental health and bringing awareness to severe mental illness and how its very treatable while eliminating social stigma in the process. My favorite pastimes are dissecting the fashion and style trends with my best friend Helen, writing, reading,watching movies, and of course listening to music. I do just about EVERYTHING other than reading, listening to music. I actually can't think without it. Real talk.
2) What would you say inspired you the most, to write your poetry book and give it the title, "Black Daisy in a White Limousine"? Life inspired me to write the book. The title of the book derived from a song I wrote in my early twenties. The chorus which later became the name of the song was "When I saw you it was like a dream, I was a black daisy in a white limousine.. ." It's a love song about a girl who deals with all these loser guys to end up with a dream come true romance. Later the title started to mean much more for me and signified the dark moments in my life I was unable to cope with. It took on a life of its own and a more universal theme.
3) Where can fans go to purchase your poetry book and what can they look forward to upon getting it? You can go on Amazon.com or purchase directly from my website. Upon getting it you'll get a chance to really get to know me and how my brain works, Lol. I'm very transparent, honest and raw in all my pieces. I don't hold back so its VERY intimate. You get a lot of realness.
4) You are a passionate advocate in the mental health community, what made you become so involved with helping others with mental health needs? Going through my own mental health challenges having the more severe bipolar type 1 compelled me to be an advocate for awareness. I know the pain as well as the reality of recovery which seems impossible while being in the throws of the illness. I always said if I was able to beat it I would have to tell others like myself.
5) What do you think is the most misunderstood concept about individuals who deal with a mental illness? That its a wrap and there's no hope a person will ever get better or can change. Another misconception is that its a sign of weakness which is a lot of the reason people are afraid to be open about it. It's not a sign of weakness. It's simply chemical and fixable. We don't say diabetes is a sign of weakness. We just think, "hey they just have to watch their diet and take meds". Its the same thing with protecting your mental health. The last misconception is the argument these illnesses are not illnesses but just individuals needing attention or not being able to cope with life. This is the worst misconception of all.
6) You and your mom (Rebbie Jackson) are a part of Pick Up The Phone project and your mom will be the headline of Pick Up The Phone concert, will you be performing with her as well? I'm not going to be singing or performing any music at the moment. Right now its all about poetry and advocacy for me.
7) Can you tell fans more about "People of Poetry" the open mic event? Its a chance for individuals to hear some AMAZING featured poets from across the country along with local beginners who want to get up at the mic and express themselves. All you have to do is sign up on the sign in sheet and your name will be called. All are welcomed. Hope to see you there soon.
If you want to get to know me better subscribe to my website to get local update blog posts at http://www.yashibrown.com.You can also visit me on facebook and twitter at /yashibrown. Hope to meet you soon!
January 10, 1984: Michael visits the unit for burn victims at
Brotman-Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles.
July 5, 1984: During the Jackson's press conference at Tavern On The Green, Michael announces that his part of the earnings from the Victory Tour will be donated to three charitable organizations: The United Negro College Fund, Camp Good Times, and the T.J. Martell-Foundation.
July 14, 1984: After the first concert of the Victory Tour, Michael meets 8 terminally ill children backstage.
December 13, 1984: Michael visits the Brotman Memorial Hospital, where he had been treated when he was burned very badly during the producing of a Pepsi commercial. He donates all the money he receives from Pepsi, $1.5 million, to the Michael Jackson Burn Center for Children.
January 28, 1985: Michael and 44 other artists meet to record "We Are The World", written by Michael and Lionel Ritchie. The proceeds of this record are donated to the starving people in Africa.
1986: Michael set up the "Michael Jackson UNCF Endowed Scholarship Fund". This $1.5 million fund is aimed towards students majoring in performance art and communications, with money given each year to students attending a UNCF member college or university.
February 28, 1986: After having had a heart-transplant, 14-year-old Donna
Ashlock from California gets a call from Michael Jackson. He had heard that she
is a big fan of his. Michael invites her to his home as soon as she is feeling
better. This visit takes place on March 8th. Donna stays for dinner and watches
a movie together with Michael.
September 13, 1987: Michael supports a campaign against racism. He supports
efforts of the NAACP, to fight prejudices against black artists.
October 1987: At the end of his Bad Tour, Michael donates some personal items
to the UNESCO for a charitable auction. The proceeds will be for the education
of children in developing countries.
February 1, 1988: The Song "Man In the Mirror" enters the charts. The
proceeds from the sales of this record goes to Camp Ronald McDonald for Good
Times, a camp for children who suffer from cancer.
March 1, 1988: At a press conference held by his sponsor Pepsi, Michael
presents a $600,000 check to the United Negro College Fund.
April 1988: Free tickets are given away for three concerts in Atlanta,
Georgia to the Make A Wish Foundation.
July 16, 1988: Before a concert at Wembley Stadium Michael meets the Prince
of Wales and his wife Diana. He hands over a check of 150,000 pounds for the
Prince's Trust, and a check of 100,000 pounds for the children's hospital at
Great Ormond Street.
July 20, 1988: Michael visits terminally ill children at Great Ormond Street
Hospital. At a unit for less critical patients he stays a little bit longer and
tells a story.
December 1988: Michael visits 12-year-old David Rothenburg. His father had 5
years earlier burned him very badly in an act of revenge against his former
January 1989: The proceeds of one of Michael's shows in Los Angeles are
donated to Childhelp USA, the biggest charity-organization against child-abuse.
In appreciation of the contributions of Michael, Childhelp of Southern
California is founding the "Michael Jackson International Institute for
Research On Child Abuse".
January 10, 1989: The Bad Tour comes to an end. Under-privileged children are
donated tickets for each concert and Michael donates money to hospitals,
orphanages and charity-organizations.
February 7, 1989: Michael visits the Cleveland Elementary School in Stockton,
California. Some weeks earlier a 25-year-old man had fired at the school's
playground. 5 children had been killed and 39 had been wounded.
March 5, 1989: Michael invites 200 deprived children of the St. Vincent
Institute for handicapped children and of the organization Big Brothers and Big
Sisters to the Circus Vargas in Santa Barbara. After this event he invites them
to his ranch to introduce his private zoo at his Neverland Ranch to them.
November 13, 1989: The organization "Wishes Granted" helps 4-year-old Darian
Pagan, who suffers from leukemia to meet Michael. Michael invites the little
boy to a performance of Canadian acrobats.
December 28, 1989: Young Ryan White, who suffers from hemophilia, spends his
holidays on Michael's ranch. Ryan had been infected with AIDS by contaminated
blood transfusions in 1984. After he was excluded from his school in Kokomo,
Ryan fought against the discrimination of AIDS victims.
January 6, 1990: Michael invites 82 abused and neglected children through
Childhelp to his Neverland Ranch. There are games, a Barbeque and a movie show
provided for them.
July 1990: 45 children from the Project Dream Street, Los Angeles, for
children with life-threatening illness are invited to Neverland Valley.
May 6, 1991: Michael is invited to the Jane Goodall Charity event. Michael
supports her, an advocate of behavioral research concerning chimpanzees in
Gombe, Nigeria for more than 30 years.
July 26, 1991: Michael pays a visit to the Youth Sports & Art Foundation
in Los Angeles. This Foundation supports families of gang members, and helps
dealing with drug-abuse. Michael talks to the kids and presents them with a
wide-screen TV set and a financial gift.
December 1991: Michael's office MJJ Productions treats needy families in Los
Angeles with more than 200 turkey dinners.
February 1992: Within 11 days Michael covers 30,000 miles in Africa, to visit
hospitals, orphanages, schools, churches, and institutions for mentally
February 3, 1992: At a press conference at the New York Radio City Music
Hall, Michael announces that he is planning a new world tour, to raise funds
for his new "Heal The World" Foundation. This Foundation will support the fight
against AIDS, Juvenile Diabetes and will support the Camp Ronald McDonald and
the Make A Wish Foundation.
July 1992: Michael donated L. 821,477,296 to La Partita del Cuore (The Heart
Match) in Rome and donated 120,000 DM to children's charities in Estonia and
July 25, 1992: On the occasion of a concert in Dublin, Ireland, Michael
announces that he will give 400,000 pounds of the tour earnings to various
July 29, 1992: Michael visits the Queen Elizabeth Children's Hospital in
London. To the surprise the children, he brings Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse
from Euro-Disney to the hospital.
July 31, 1992: On the Eve of his second concert at Wembley Stadium, Michael
presents Prince Charles with a check of 200,000 pounds for the Prince's Trust.
September 1992: Michael donated 1 million pesetas to charity headed by the
Queen of Spain.
September 30, 1992: President Iliescu of Romania inaugurates a playground for
500 orphans which Michael has financed. Michael discusses his Heal The World
October 1, 1992: Michael chooses a concert in Bucharest, Romania for
worldwide television broadcast. Bucharest is a logical choice due to the
numerous orphanages the country is known for.
November 24, 1992: At Kennedy Airport in New York, Michael supervises the
loading of 43 tons of medication, blankets, and winter clothes destined for
Sarajevo. The Heal The World Foundation collaborates with AmeriCares to bring
resources totaling $2.1 million to Sarajevo. They will be allocated under the
supervision of the United Nations.
December 10, 1992: During a press conference at the American Ambassy in Tokyo
Michael is presented with a check for $100,000 for the Heal The World
Foundation by Tour Sponsor Pepsi.
December 26, 1992: During a broadcast request for donations to the United
Negro College Fund, Michael declares: "Black Colleges and Universities are
breeding some of the leading personalities of our time. They are on top in
business, justice, science and technologies, politics and religion. I am proud,
that the Michael Jackson Scholarship Program enabled more than 200 young men
and women to get a qualified education."
January 19, 1993: Michael is one of the stars to perform at the Presidential
Inauguration of Bill Clinton. Before he sings "Gone Too Soon" he draws the
attention to the plights of the victims of AIDS and mentions his friend Ryan
January 26, 1993: At a press conference held at Century Plaza Hotel in
Century City, Los Angeles, Michael is presented with a $200,000 donation from
the National Football League and the Sponsors of the Super Bowl. He gets
another $500,000 from the BEST Foundation for his Heal The World Foundation. At
this occasion the foundation of "Heal L.A." is officially announced.
February 1993: In association with Sega, launched an initiative to distribute
more than $108,000 of computer games and equipment to children's hospitals,
children's homes, and children's charities throughout the U.K.
March 1993: The foundation of an independent film company is announced. They
will produce family-oriented movies. A part of the earnings will go to the Heal
The World Foundation.
March 27, 1993: At a meeting at Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, Michael
gives a 5-minute speech to 1200 teachers and politicians.
April 26, 1993: Within his "Heal LA" tour, Michael visits the Watta Health
Foundation, and two schools in Los Angeles South Central.
May 5, 1993: Former President Jimmy Carter and Michael, who are chairmen of
the "Heal Our Children/Heal The World" initiative, are in Atlanta to promote
their "Atlanta Project Immunization Drive".
October 1993: Donated $100,000 to the Children's Defense Fund, the Children's
Diabetes Foundation, the Atlanta Project, and the Boys and Girl Clubs of
Newark, New Jersey.
October 22, 1993: Michael visits a hospital in Santiago.
October 28, 1993: Michael makes it possible for 5000 underprivileged children
to visit the Reino Aventura Park, where the whale Keiko ("Free Willy") is
November 5, 1993: Michael is guest at a children's party at the Hard Rock
Cafe in Mexico City.
December 1993: With the Gorbachev Foundation, airlifted 60,000 doses of
children's vaccines to Tblisi, Georgia.
December 16, 1993: The Heal The World Foundation UK supports "Operation
Christmas Child" delivering toys, sweets, gifts and food to children in former
1994: Michael donates $500,000 to Elizabeth Taylor's AIDS Foundation.
January 7, 1994: On the weekend of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, Michael
gives a party for more than 100 underprivileged children at his Neverland
February 22, 1994: "The Jackson Family Honors" is televised. The earnings of
the show are given to their own newly formed charity, "Family Caring for
1995: Michael wants to free dolphins who have been locked up for years. He
believes there should be legal guidelines about the way dolphins have to live
in zoos and parks.
March 1995: Little Bela Farkas received a new liver. Michael and Lisa Marie
met this 4-year-old boy during their trip to Hungary in 1994. Michael did
everything to help Bela, whose only chance to live was getting a new liver. The
Heal The World Foundation covered the surgery and the cost for caring.
July 18, 1996: In Soweto, South Africa Michael is laying down a wreath of
flowers for youngsters who have been killed during the fights involving
September 1996: The first Sports Festival "Hope" was held for orphans and
disadvantaged children. 3000 children and 600 volunteers took part in the
Sports Festival and Michael Jackson was a special guest.
September 6, 1996: Michael visits the children's unit of a hospital in
October 1996: Michael visited a hospital for mentally challenged children in
Kaoshiung, Taiwan and offered 2,000 free tickets to the sold out performance in
October 1, 1996: Michael donated the proceeds of his Tunisia concert to "The
National Solidarity Fund", a charity dedicated to fighting poverty.
October 3, 1996: Michael visits a children's hospital and brings small gifts
for the patients during a HIStory tour visit in Amsterdam. A room in the
hospital (for parents who want to be with their children) is named after
November 1, 1996: Michael donates most of the earnings from a HIStory concert
in Bombay, India to the poor people of the country.
November 7, 1996: Before his first concert in Auckland, New Zealand, Michael
fulfills the wish of little Emely Smith, who is suffering from cancer, who
wants to meet Michael.
November 25, 1996: Michael visited the Royal Children's Hospital in
Melbourne, delivering toys, signing autographs, and visiting with children.
December 9, 1996: During a HIStory tour visit in Manila, Michael visits a
children's hospital. He announces that a part of his concert earnings will be
donated to the renovation of the hospital.
January 25, 1997: Michael waved his personal fee for his Bombay appearance
and donated $1.1 million to a local charity helping to educate children living
April 4, 1997: British magazine "OK!" is publishing exclusive photos of
Michael's son Prince. The magazine pays about 1 million pounds for the photos.
Michael donates the money to charity.
June 18, 1997: Michael signed the "Children in Need" book auctioned by the
September 1998: Michael meets 5 year old Aza Woods, who suffers from cancer,
at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas. Michael introduces Aza to the attraction
"Star Trek: The Experience" and spends the rest of the afternoon with the
little boy. Finally Michael invites Aza to spend some time with him at his
November 16, 1998: Michael arrives in Harare, Zimbabwe. He is a member of the
American Delegation invited by the Minister of Defense. The delegation thanks
the government of Zimbabwe for helping to keep the peace in this area.
September 4, 1999: Michael presented Nelson Mandela with a check for
1,000,000 South African rand for the "Nelson Mandela Children's Fund."
January 22, 2000: During Christmas last year a violent storm ravaged the park
of the Chateau de Versailles and destroyed 10,000 trees in the park. The
estimated cost for rebuilding the park is around $20 million. Some celebrities
are supporting the restoration of the park. French officials are reporting that
Michael Jackson is one of them. He was one of the first people to donate money
to this cause.
October 28, 2000:Michael painted a plate to be auctioned for the "Carousel of
Hope Ball" benefiting childhood diabetes research.
March 6, 2001: Michael donated a black hat, a birthday phone-call and a
jacket worn at the Monaco Music Awards in 2000 to the Movie Action for Children
auction, an event being given by UNICEF with all proceeds will going to
UNICEF's efforts to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission in Africa.
March 26, 2001: Michael handed out books to young people at a Newark, NJ
theater. The event, which helped to launch the Michael Jackson International
Book Club, part of his new Heal the Kids charity, aims to promote childhood
reading and encourage parents to return to reading bedtime stories.
September 15, 2002: Michael donated 16 exclusively autographed items
consisting of CD's, videos and 2 cotton napkins to aid in the support of the
victims of a severe flood in Germany. These items were auctioned off for
charity and managed to raise 3935 Euro (US$ 3,814).
October 12, 2002: Michael Jackson invited more than 200 Team Vandenberg
members, who recently returned from overseas deployments, and their families to
his Neverland Ranch. This was to show his appreciation for the sacrifices the
military in his community make.
November 19-29, 2002: Michael donated an autographed teddy bear dressed in
his likeness to Siegfried & Roy's celebrity teddy bear auction. This
auction benefits Opportunity Village which is a non-profit organization based
in Las Vegas (USA) that enhances the lives of individuals with intellectual
disabilities and their families. Michael's autographed teddy bear raised $5,000
for the charity.
November 21, 2002: Michael donated a jacket to the The Bambi Charity Event in
Berlin which raised $16,000.
April 25, 2002: Michael Jackson performed at a fundraiser for the Democratic
National Committee at the Apollo Theater in Harlem helping to raise nearly $3
million dollars towards voter registration.
May 14, 1984: At a ceremony in the White House President Reagan presents
Michael an award for special efforts; he is honored for his participation in a
national ad campaign against drunk driving.
January 1989: The "Say Yes To A Youngsters Future" program honors Michael in
recognition of his efforts to encourage children to natural sciences and award
him with the "National Urban Coalition Artist/Humanitarian Of The Year Award".
March 1989: At the Universal Amphitheater in Universal City, California,
Michael receives the Black Radio Special Award for his humanitarian efforts.
September 22, 1989: The Capital Children's Museum awards Michael with the
Best Of Washington 1989 Humanitarian Award in recognition of his efforts to
raise money for the museum, and for his never-ending support of children.
February 3, 1990: From Japan Michael receives a Role Model Award.
April 5, 1990: During a ceremony, where Michael is awarded as "Entertainer Of
The Decade", Michael meets President George Bush, who honors him with the
"Point Of Light" award. Michael receives this award for his philanthropic
activities. President Bush explains Michael's humanitarian commitments to the
September 14, 1990: The Council of the American Scouts honors Michael with
the first "Good Scout Humanitarian Award". Michael receives this award for his
humanitarian activities by supporting the Make A Wish Foundation, the Prince's
Trust, the United Negro College Fund and Childhelp USA.
October 23, 1990: Michael Jackson and Elton John will be the first recipients
of the award in memory of Ryan White, which will be handed over in 1991.
May 1, 1992: President George Bush presents Michael with the "Point of Light"
award for his continuing support of deprived children. During his stay, Michael
visits little Raynal Pope, who had been injured very badly by dogs.
July 1993: The American Friends of Hebrew University honors Michael with the
Scopus Award 1993.
November 17, 1993: Michael rejects the Scopus Award. He was nominated for
this award, which was planned to be given him on January 29th, 1994.
April 12, 1994: On occasion of the 2nd Children's Choice Award ceremony at
Cit Center in New York, Michael is presented with the "Caring For Kids" award.
This award is to honor celebrities, who take time for young people. 100,000
children and young people from 8 to 18 years old gave Michael their vote of
confidence. The Children's Choice Awards are sponsored by Body Sculpt, a
charity organization, that offers drug-prevention programs for young people.
November 2, 1995: Michael receives the award "Diamont of Africa".
March, 30, 1996: The Ark Trust-Foundation, who wants to draw the attention of
the public eye on animal's problems, presents the 10th Genesis Award. Michael
is presented with the 1995 Doris Day Award. He gets this award for the "Earth
Song" video, which draws attention to the plight of the animals.
May 1, 1999: At the Bollywood awards in New York, Michael is presented with
an award for his humanitarian activities. The award is signed: "Though he comes
from the young American tradition, Michael is the embodiment of an old indian
soul. His actions are an expression of the philosophy of Weda, which asked to
work for the people - not for one's own interests."
April 1, 2004: At the Ethiopian Embassy in Washington, D.C., Michael was
presented with a humanitarian award by the African Ambassadors' Spouses
Association in honor of his work fighting AIDS in Africa