- Dominique W.
- About Me: First I would like to say, RIP DADDY, I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU AND MAKE YOU PROUD. Rev. L. Wilson Jan 23, 1939- January 26, 2003 In Memory of a Loving Father. D & R Photos for Less "We'll beat any price, cause our price is right." Holla at ya gurl, sike nah. Wassup yall! Yall know me. I'm an alumna of Montclair S. U. now! Been one since Aug 2nd 2007. I was a Geography major and concentrating in Environmental Studies. I'm an alumna of Arts High School and a resident of Newark, NJ. I love basketball and other sports. My favorite team is the WNBA's New York Liberty. I'm a nice down to earth person. I'm also a Michael Jackson Tribute Artist.
Saturday, July 7, 2012
6/29/12 What better way to end a work week but than to see and meet the Jacksons, then the next day see a LMFAO concert? Two concerts back to back and ended my work week with a bang. Luckily, I was off from work that Saturday morning to fully rest. It was my first time seeing this dynamic duo, LMFAO, perform live. The group consists of Redfoo and SkyBlu. Redfoo is Motown founder, Barry Gordy's son and SkyBlu's uncle. This also makes Redfoo the brother of Hazel Gordy and the former brother-in-law to Jermaine Jackson. They also cite their former brother-in-law, Michael Jackson, as their musical influence. That is a cool correlation between me seeing the Jacksons' concert and their concert back to back. I've heard their music before and saw their videos, but watching them live was a whole other experience.
This concert was held at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. My friend Shauna and I went out on this adventure. I was super excited because I heard that these guys can really put on a show. The person who told me this surely told me the truth. There were so many people there and we were lucky to have had floor seats. Well actually floor spots cause we didn't have chairs on that level.
There were some great opening acts that gave the place a club vibe. Artists like Eva Simons, Far East Movement who did a cool tribute to MCA from the Beastie Boys, and Matthew Koma. There was also DJ Sidney Samson mixing up some hits as well getting the crowd worked up for LMFAO.
LMFAO came out and they crowd went wild. They were dancing, partying and having such a good time on stage. People in the audience were so excited they were pushing people, of course we pushed back and that settled it. LOL. They sung their hit songs and danced like there was no tomorrow. There was some points were I thought they were really drinking on stage. It was obvious that must of the audience had a drink or two themselves. Overall, it was a wild, crazy, funny, cool, and interesting experience I will never forget. All the way down to the part when they were practically dancing half naked.
6/28/12 Thursday June 28th, I had the experience of a lifetime. I had the chance to see the Jacksons (Marlon, Tito, Jermaine and Jackie) perform live at the Apollo Theatre in New York City for their Unity Tour. It was their first tour since their Victory Tour in 1984 which included all of the brothers and their first tour without their brother Michael. Randy was not a part of the tour, as well.
I was able to actually meet and greet the Jacksons with my ticket upgrade. I was so excited to meet them. I wore my red “Beat It” jacket, white v-neck and black bucket pants. I dressed as Mikette for the occasion. I was nervous as I approached them all lined up for their hand shake and photo opportunity. Some of my friends were also in line nervous as well. The looks on their face as I approached them were surprising. They loved how I dressed as their brother Michael. They even mentioned that I looked so much like him and how amazing I looked. Of course, I blushed and say thank you. As I greeted them I almost forgot Jackie’s name and still couldn’t say it right. He was my second favorite after Michael that I truly adored. Just know I was going to be in the center and he was to my left with his arm around me, made me tense up inside. They were all so beautiful in person inside and out. I fell in love with all of their smiles and soft voices. This was also my second time meeting Jermaine, the first time being at his book signing in September 2011, and he remembered me.
After the meet-up, it was time for the show to begin. Even though I sat in the third level, it was still great seats and I truly enjoyed the show. They opened up with “Can You Feel It” and from that point on, they brought the house down. I danced and sang along to their set list that mainly consisted of their hits from their Jackson 5 days. They also sang so of Michael’s songs as well. I love how they paid tribute to their brother by showing his photos on a projector screen as they sang “Gone Too Soon.” I was in tears along with my friend Shanda who sat next to me. They really performed to their best vocally and performance wise. They danced and made the crowd go wild. I was on my feet dancing like there was no tomorrow. I truly loved how they looked as if they were having a great time together and showed what the name of the tour was, and that is unity. I wish I was able to see them at least one more time. I will always remember that day forever, and my love for the Jackson family will never die.
Here are just a few of many photos I took.
This photo, even though I can't find a larger version, reminds me of my photo with the brothers. Only instead of Randy, it is Jermaine in my photo.
6/25/12 Sometimes I still find it hard to believe Michael Jackson is gone, especially since it has been three years already. It is all a blur how fast time has went by but the painful memory follows me like it happened yesterday. Being that my heart aches thinking about him leaving us, I still know that I have a strong MJ family that sticks together.
Like last June 25th, the group, Michael Jackson Fans of New York City, hosted their annual candlelight vigil at the Apollo Theater. The candles were arranged around Michael's ground placard outside the legendary Apollo Theater, where it all began for Michael Jackson and his brothers as the Jackson 5. There were fans from all over. We sang and danced to his music. Many people, like myself, dressed like Michael. My friends Shauna and Lamar joined me on this adventure.
6/24/12 The Michael Jackson Fans of New York City and Legacy of Love: Michael Jackson Fans United NYC joined forces to celebrate the life of Michael Jackson with a key person in his life and career, Siedah Garrett. Siedah Garrett is a Grammy award winning singer/songwriter who sung duet on the track “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” and wrote songs “Keep the Faith” and “Man in the Mirror.” She also toured with Michael as one of his main female vocalists. The two shared many memories together as she reminisced to us. She answered questions and took us back to when they shared the stage and studio together. As she spoke, the live “Dangerous” concert in Bucharest played on televisions in the room.
The day was also her birthday in which we sang “Happy Birthday” to her and gave her a beautiful cake with a photo of her and Michael in the recording studio facing one another. She was such a beautiful and awesome person. She shared laughs and a few tears with us. We all shared one common connection, missing Michael. She also signed autographs and took photographs. I was nervous of course, but I got over it and showed her much love and respect.
Special thanks to Siedah and her manager Erik for sharing their time with us. We definitely need to do this again.