Mar 01 2010

Michael Jackson Helps With Relief Efforts in Haiti. Even Though He’s No Longer Here, He’s THERE.

Category: Angels,Photos,Quotes About MJSeven @ 4:47 pm

Michael Jackson, one of the world’s biggest humanitarians during his life, remains effective in helping with humanitarian efforts where needed most, even in his death. Through his music, hugely popular literally worldwide, Michael is helping with relief efforts in Haiti. His work, his LOVE and his legacy continues and lives on through his music. He has found a way to help.  He’s THERE.

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http://www.stripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=68395

Haitians waiting for jobs shoveling rubble from the streets in Port-au-Prince enjoy pop music played by U.S. soldiers Feb. 25

Haitians waiting for jobs shoveling rubble from the streets in Port-au-Prince enjoy pop music played by U.S. soldiers Feb. 25

Mideast edition, Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Seth Robson/Stars and Stripes

PORT-AU-PRINCE, HaitiThe late Michael Jackson is helping U.S. soldiers in Haiti deliver aid and start to rebuild the earthquake-shattered nation.

Soldiers working with the 82nd Airborne Division in Port-au-Prince are using Jackson’s music along with other American and Haitian pop songs to calm crowds during aid distribution missions.

One of the soldiers, Spc. Max — commanders asked that the last names of soldiers in the unit not be disclosed because of the nature of their jobs — said he hit upon the idea of using music for crowd control during an aid distribution mission last month.

The Haitians were trying to push ahead in line for aid,” he said.

“I put my iPod into the sound system and played some songs and the people were calmer,” he said. “It reduced tension within the crowd. The next day we went out and it got the same effect.”

Max said his unit told Army leaders in Haiti about the effectiveness of music for crowd control and that its use is spreading.

“We went to another food distribution recently and some Brazilians (soldiers) showed up and they started playing music”, he said.

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Michael Jackson songs are, by far, the most popular with crowds, Max said. The Haitians try to mimic Michael Jackson’s dance moves and incorporate some hip-hop steps, he said.

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4 Responses to “Michael Jackson Helps With Relief Efforts in Haiti. Even Though He’s No Longer Here, He’s THERE.”

  1. TLS says:

    In my opinion, not enough is said about the unprecedented presence in this world of Michael Jackson as a dancer. In my mind, it’s where all the dots connect: the artistry to the humanitarianism. No other dancer that ever lived has inspired so many people in so many places to copy dance moves.

    Many great dancers are remembered for iconic moments (Gene Kelly splashing through the puddles in “Singing in the Rain,” for instance), but you don’t see people from all over the world and all walks of life and all colors of skin and all ages and genders and orientations trying to repeat those moves the way they do with MJ.

    After he passed, I was mesmerized by the flash mob “Beat It” dances that started in Sweden and spread across the globe. Before that, the Cebu Prison inmates did their version of “Thriller” and, more recently, “They Don’t Really Care About Us.” And for several years now, “Thrill the World” has staged simultaneous routines to raise money for charities. MJ’s moves are more universal than his lyrics even, because the only language is joy.

    I just re-listened to an interview with dancer/choreographer Smith Wordes (“Smooth Criminal,” “Black or White”), who said that not only were professional dancers in awe of MJ, but he brought out the “dancer within” in everyone else. With all the pain and suffering in Haiti right now, it seems miraculous they find any joy at all—and so fitting that they find it through MJ’s dancing.

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  3. Seven says:

    “With all the pain and suffering in Haiti right now, it seems miraculous they find any joy at all—and so fitting that they find it through MJ’s dancing.”

    Bingo.

    Music. Dance. Joy. Ecstasy. The Universal language. The connection with the Divine that transcends almost anything. Michael’s magic. I’m stunned that he has found a way to be there and of COURSE it would be through his music and dance.

  4. MJgirl says:

    Yes, Michael is there, he lives in my and other fan heart! Love u Michael!

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