The Dancing and Music of Michael Jackson Celebrated On “Dancing With The Stars”

Season 9 dancers pay tribute to Michael Jackson on "Dancing With The Stars". (Photo:ABC)

Season 9 dancers pay tribute to Michael Jackson on "Dancing With The Stars". (Photo:ABC)

Dancing With The Stars was a “Thriller” night on Tuesday as all of the professional dancers performed a special tribute to Michael Jackson. Performing in the tribute were Season 9 dancers Kym Johnson, Karina Smirnoff, Cheryl Burke, Dmitry Chaplin, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Edyta Sliwinska, Anna Trebunskaya, Alec Mazo, Lacey Schwimmer , Jonathan Roberts, Mark Ballas, Tony Dovolani, Anna Demidova, Louis van Amstel, Chelsie Hightower  and Derek Hough. The show has danced to 17 performances over the years to songs of Michael Jackson. Clips and interviews were shown throughout the show with the professional dancers talking about Michael Jackson. ” He is an inspiration to anyone who wants to dance ” stated dancer Mark Ballas. Michael’s siblings, Jermaine Jackson and LaToya Jackson also spoke on the taped tribute talking about Michael’s love of dance and his love for the show Dancing With The Stars.

The dancers performed to “I Want You Back”, Man In The Mirror” and “Thriller”. Latoya Jackson introduced the musical tribute.

Along in the audience with LaToya Jackson were Michael’s mother Katharine Jackson and brother Jermaine Jackson.

Dancing With The Stars airs Monday and Tuesday nights on ABC.

BET’s Debra Lee Talks Michael Jackson, The Nielsen Ratings System and President Obama

BETBroadcasting and Cable sat down with BET networks head Debra Lee to get her thoughts on branding BET and how President Obama’s presidency will help Black America and the cable channel in general. “President Obama has had such a great effect. Having a black family in the White House increases awareness of black culture, and the number of non-black viewers coming to our network has increased”, said Lee.

For the full article, read here: DEBRA LEE

Going Back To Indiana: Thousands Pay Tribute To Michael Jackson In Gary

Photo:MJJ Pictures.com

Photo:MJJ Pictures.com

The tributes and memorials to the late Michael Jackson continue around the world. A memorial was held for him today in his hometown of Gary, Indiana. Jackson’s father, Joe and Reverends Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson were expected to attend, USA Today reports.

Read the full article: JACKSON HOMETOWN TRIBUTE

Coverage of Michael Jackson’s and Farrah Fawcett’s Deaths Bring In Huge Ratings For Magazine News Themed Shows

Farrah Fawcett

Farrah Fawcett

The news of the deaths of Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett on June 25 boosted syndicated news magazine shows into huge ratings. Coverage of the deaths of the two icons help propel all shows, giving them great numbers for the week ending June 28. Entertainment Tonight was the top rated show for the week, followed by Inside Edition, Access Hollywood, The Insider, and Extra.

Michael Jackson’s Memorial Expected To Be Watched By The World

Fans leave messages on a Michael Jackson poster outside The Staple Center. Photo: Getty

Fans leave messages on a Michael Jackson poster outside The Staple Center. Photo: Getty

Michael Jackson’s Memorial will be held on today live at The Staples Center in Los Angeles and is expected to be the most watched event in history.

Among the stars signed on to perform in a celebration of the singer’s life and career are Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey, Kobe Bryant, Smokey Robinson, Brooke Shields, Jennifer Hudson, Lionel Richie, Usher and John Mayer. There is expected to be an estimated 500,000 or so outside of The Staples Center who also want to celebrate the life of the pop star.

Most of the major broadcast networks will cover the memorial live, as will the cable news nets and MTV, VH1, BET and TV One.

AEG has arraigned for the memorial to be broadcast live on 88 theaters across the country, including Mann 6 in Los Angeles and Jackson’s home state of Indiana.

E! plans to cover the service and devote a full day of programming to Jackson. MTV will have a special day called  “Michael Jackson Television” on Aug. 1, for the channel’s 28th anniversary.

Many news-based and streaming video sites will be airing the Michael Jackson memorial live at 10am PST on Tuesday.

CBSNews.com, which is owned by CNET parent CBS, plans to stream video provided by Los Angeles-based CBS station KCBS, as well as other sources. TV.com , also a CBS property, plans to stream the CBSNews.com content as well.

CNN plans to stream the memorial service with hosts Anderson Cooper, Larry King, Don Lemon, and Soledad O’Brien.

ABCNews.com plans to stream live with commentary from Charles Gibson.

Fox News‘ live stream will be hosted by Shepard Smith, with from Greta Van Susteren and Megyn Kelly providing live reports from the scene.

Video and social networking
Hulu, which by nature of being one of the most popular video Web sites may be one of the best-prepared sites to handle the load, plans to stream the Fox News feed.

MySpace members will have access to a live stream provided by entertainment company AEG, which owns the Staples Center and was underwriting the planned Jackson tour.

Facebook members will have access to CNN Live feed thanks to a partnership with the TV news channel.

All of the networks will pre-empt their regularly scheduled programming with coverage of The Michael Jackson Memorial. Most will air coverage of news and events related to Michael Jackson all day.

President Obama Comments On Michael Jackson

President Obama commented about Michael Jackson calling him “one of our greatest entertainers” on CNN. A public memorial for Michael Jackson will be held on Tuesday, July 7 at 10am at The Staple Center in Los Angeles. All networks are expected to carry the event live on television and on the Internet.

Black Music Month Artist Of The Day: Day 30 Lionel Richie

Whether it’s as a member of The Commodores or as a solo artist, Lionel Richie is definitely one of the names that first comes to find when thinking of Black Music. As a principal songwriter for the chart-topping group, Lionel penned some of their most memorable songs, including “Sail On”, “Easy” and “Three Times A Lady”.

As a solo artist, Lionel crossed into superstar status by hosting The American Music Awards and performing at the closing ceremonies of the 1984 Olympics. Lionel’s billing as one the greatest songwriters ever, was sealed when he wrote and sang on two of the most popular selling songs of all-time, “Endless Love” a duet with Diana Ross and “We Are The World”, which he co-wrote with Michael Jackson for the USA For Africa Project.

Lionel Richie is one of the first black artists whose music reached simultaneous world-wide appeal. “All Night Long”, one of the catchiest, uplifting songs ever written is still sung and danced to on every corner of the world.

Lionel’s accomplishments makes him the fitting choice to close out The Black Music Month Artist Of The Day Series. Here is “All Night Long”.