Michael Jackson's life was celebrated today not only as an entertainer but as man, with remembrances and tributes to his love and generousity. It was beautiful. The Jackson family held a private service at Forest Lawn Cemetary before going to the Staples Center for the public memorial. I was so afraid it would be a spectacle. It was anything but. When the lights went down and a sanctuary backdrop came up it set a somber but certainly not depressing mood. The presence of Michael's casket in the room brought it all home that this was real. The homegoing ceremony was just right. Celebritory with a touch of humor, reflective, touching, comforting and a little defiant.
Rev. Al Sharpton pointed out that when Michael crossed and crashed each barrier to become the worlds brightest star he opened the way for those who followed. I don't know if people realize how the mass appeal of Michael changed everything. MJ broke the magazine cover, MTV, and music charts color barriers with a tremendous impact that allowed other entertainers, models, athletes and even politicians to follow. The Michael Jackson phenomenon opened minds and hearts on a global scale.
From Mariah Carey and Trey Lorenz singing "I'll be There" and Jermaine's "Smile" to Michael's singers and dancers doing "We are the World" joined by his brothers, sisters and children to Marlon (who was my favorite J5)and Michael's daughter Paris who made the final teary remarks, the service celebrated and honored the man and the artist. It was all very beautiful.
Jermaine sings Michael's favorite song "Smile". All the brothers wore one glittered glove.