- 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.
Friday, September 14, 2012
Operation G.I. (Gary, Indiana) 2012
I am so happy I had the opportunity to celebrate Michael Jackson's birthday in his hometown and where it all began, Gary, Indiana. It was very first time traveling to Gary, Indiana and 2300 Jackson Street. My beautiful MJ sisters Raquel, Trish, Wendy, Nieesha, Kimberly and Charity traveled this long journey on Greyhound from New York City with me. We traveled through New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the Ohio to finally reach our destination. With all of the transfers, layovers and trials with Greyhound, we were blessed to have the most spiritual and fun time.
Photo courtesy of AP
Once we arrived in Gary, we got changed into our outfits for the celebration and we were on our way. I wore my silver “Bad” tour outfit. Nieesha and Raquel rocked out the Jackson 5 Michael looks. Trish did her 70’s look, while Wendy and Kimberly sported beautiful sundresses. Charity was the only one who kept it simple and cute but looked like the most comfortably dressed one of us all.
When we were approaching the house, my stomach was tied in knots. I began to get chills when I saw it in the distance. I couldn’t believe the moment has arrived for me to see Michael’s childhood home in reality. It was just as I imagined and looked like how I saw it on television and books. It was such a small yet big house because so many people love to see where it all began for Michael and the Jacksons. Of course I had a spiritual moment that almost brought tears to my eyes. People were showing us so much love and took photos with us. I ran into so many familiar Facebook friends like fellow impersonators Carlo Riley, Mike Polk and Bre Lyle. It is so funny how Bre and I are both from New Jersey and we meet for the first time in Gary. Also our NYC/NJ MJ family was out there as well.
They began playing Jackson 5 tunes and of course that got us on our feet. My break out song was “Billie Jean.” I truly love that song so much and the crowd enjoyed me as well. When I did the moonwalk into the spin and then the toe stand, it drove them wild. News crews were focused on our crew because we rocked Gary. Then came the candlelight vigil and the family arrived. I was so excited to meet and greet all three of Michael’s beautiful children. I greeted Prince Michael and Blanket with a handshake which made them look at me in amazement as I resembled their father. Then I greeted Paris with a huge hug and told her how beautiful she is and she thanked me. It was so hectic I didn’t get photos with them or autographs but I do have a lasting memory of that day. Wendy, however, presented them with her phenomenal large colored drawing of Michael and the three children and her “Invincible” Michael inspired necklace. She also was the only one to get all three autographs. Can I say lucky? LOL Trish also had a funny moment with T.J., which is Tito’s son who has joint custody of Michael’s children. Only we will understand what was funny about that encounter. LaToya Jackson was also in attendance that night as well.
Photo courtesy of AP
The “After Event” that was held at the Majestic Lounge was awesome as well, thanks to my new found friend Marshall for getting me there. I was able to perform in Gary and show the family and fans of Michael Jackson what Mikette had to offer. My friends were there and so supportive of me and I am blessed they were there. We also rocked out to Thomas Stone and Mike Polk’s performances as they both channeled Michael so well giving us all chills to the bone.
Our last morning in Gary we stopped back by the house to pay our last respects and left some notes. We all took photos in front of the house and share our blessings. We passed by the old schools the brothers and Michael attended. It was such a beautiful trip and I couldn’t have done it with anybody else. We were seeing signs from Michael the whole time from seeing butterflies to the number “7” reoccurring. I really want to go back so bad that I want to start planning my next trip. LOL
PRINCE AND BLANKET!!!
Mikette and Bre Lyle
Mikette and Carlo Riley
The Magnificent Seven (Love you gurls!)
My Gary, Indiana performance!!! First artist featured is Thomas Stone of Chicago, IL and I am the second artist. 8/29/12. Video courtesy of Billboard Bee