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Third Annual MJFanvention ends on a high note
The MJFanvention2012, the third in the annual event, ended on August 26 with attendees singing to "You Give Me Butterflies" and creating origami butterflies to symbolize the life of Michael Jackson. The weekend of the MJFanvention left many attendees uplifted and informed about the King of Pop. Dr. Cherylin Lee, who worked with Michael Jackson to adjust his health through natural means, talked about her last days with the star. "There was nothing wrong with Michael. He just wanted to sleep," said Lee refuting reports that the singer was ill during his last few months of life.
Lee also said that the entertainer told her that he met a doctor that said he could put him to sleep using the now infamous drug that killed him. Lee said she told him that anyone that would administer that drug outside of the proper hospital environment was not his friend and not to do it.
Days before his death the singer got in contact with her again after using the drug to tell her he was hot on one side and cold on the other. She knew then that he was experience side effects of the drug. Several days later, he was dead. Lee said she is still going to court to testify in the civil trial.
Joe Vogel, professor at Rochester University, shared notes and ideas that Michael Jackson used during the creative process as he developed the BAD album. This year is the 25th anniversary of the album. Attendees learned about the messages of love, acceptance and tolerance that Jackson tried to convey through his music.
Michael Jackson’s brilliance as an artist has often been overshadowed by the tabloid frenzy that surrounded his unusual life. Vogel took attendees into the albums, songs and videos that made the King of Pop a cultural force in the first place.
Joseph Vogel is the author of five books, including Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson and The Obama Movement . His work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Huffington Post and PopMatters, among other publications.
Attendees were also privy to an outstanding exhibit by the Chicago Blues Museum that featured not only photographs of Michael and his brothers, but an unseen video presentation that featured personal interviews, scenes from the Japanese tour, and personal reflections from Jackson.
"The exhibit was amazing," said one participant. "I had never seen any of these photos before. It really showed us who Michael Jackson really was."
The exhibit was the first time that anyone had hosted such an extensive visual presentation of MJ in the City of Gary.
Plans are underway for the 2013 celebration. More information will be available soon.
See you next year!!
2/18/2013 12:00:00 AM