June 25, 2010
Posted: 11:54 AM ET
By Avis Thomas-Lester
The pain is still sharp. They read the stories about how he died, why he died, who might have been responsible for him dying and it brings them more anguish.
They play his music over and over, as if one more turn of "I'll Be There" or "Billy Jean" will bring him back. They buy his posters, wear his T-shirts and remember. They are grown, they know they should get over it, but they still mourn.
"I always laughed at Elvis fans who swore that he was still alive, but now I understand because all of us Michael Jackson fans think he might be hanging out with Elvis," said Bridgette Cooper, 45, of Mitchellville. "Hopefully, we'll start having some Michael Jackson sightings."
Other fans accept that he's gone but still gather at makeshift celebrations to pay homage to his music and his genius. The gatherings end up like mini wakes, like at Coopers' house on Father's Day, when she and two relatives broke away from a party to listen to M.J. songs on her iPod. When "Maybe Tomorrow" came on, the mood went somber.
"They were both men and it was surprising to me how much they felt for him and how they had no problem expressing it," Cooper said. "We just listened to the music, sighed and shook our heads."
Filed under: Michael Jackson
Posted: 10:32 AM ET
Thank you, Larry King, you are a great human being and you show it by supporting the folks of the Gulf and the beings of the sea and sky, and bringing us all together to heal this hurt created by the oil spill.
I wrote my new song, The Land, The Sea & The Sky, originally to show our connection with the Earth because I have long been an advocate of the Earth and then when I first heard about the Gulf disaster I just knew I had to do something more. Like many people, in those first few days I felt helpless and didn't know what I could do. But we can all help, if you can't personally go down and volunteer, we can at least support the people who are.
Every penny of profits from The Land, The Sea & The Sky goes to Waterkeeper Alliance, who is on the frontlines of helping clean up the affected environment and creatures, test for toxicity, work with the fisherfolk to put their lives back together, and train volunteers to help. I hope your fans will download it from iTunes or my website. People can click here to learn more about Waterkeepers efforts.
With the help of you and your viewers, it is vital that we keep this crisis at the top of the news every day. It is a crisis of monumental proportions. Today I heard from John Wathen, Hurricane Creekkeeper who told me that he has "horrid photos of entire pods of dolphins and a Sperm Whale trying to escape the oil slick.”
And the oil is still flowing. Every day. We have not even begun to see the havoc it will wreak. Now is the time for everyone on the ground to raise their voices for all of the creatures and people who depend upon the Gulf for their lives and livelihoods.
Posted: 10:30 AM ET
Today marks the one year anniversary of Michael Jackson's death. Use this as a forum to leave your tributes to Michael Jackson, and don't forget to tune in tonight for a special "LARRY KING LIVE" with Jermaine Jackson at 9pmet/6pmpt.
June 24, 2010
Posted: 07:00 PM ET
Plus! Bill Maher, Kathy Griffin, Don Rickles, Howie Mandel and other comedians pay tribute to Joan!
Do you think Joan Rivers gets the respect she deserves as a comedienne?
Weigh in below!
Posted: 04:39 PM ET
Check out more from the PS22 chorus at their website – http://ps22chorus.blogspot.com/
Filed under: Michael Jackson
Posted: 11:59 AM ET
They are two words we tuck away for safe-keeping in our hearts. I have just begun using LATISSE® (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution) 0.03% and am excited to be part of a campaign which is going to help raise a great deal of much needed funding for an organization which fulfills wishes and hopes for a lot of inspirational children whose misfortunes might have stolen from them the ability to dream were they not so courageous and so in love with the wonders of life. Please join me and some of my dear friends in helping the Make-A-Wish Foundation® make wishes come true for these heroes who refuse to stop wishing and hoping.
Join me and my fundraising teammates in the LATISSE® Wishes Challenge campaign, "Dancing with the Stars" pro Chelsie Hightower and "Today" show Style Editor Bobbie Thomas. We will be raising money to help the Make-A-Wish Foundation grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. I've worked with the Make-A-Wish Foundation for 16 years, and was so moved by one family we served that they remain close to my own family today.
Some of my dearest friends who have already come on board with their contributions and their generous support are my friend and teacher in humanitarian endeavor, Dame Elizabeth Taylor, and Janet Jackson, who so beautifully wears her heart on her sleeve in her music and her philanthropy and the depth of whose feelings you see so powerfully through her acting talent. Also on board for the wish children is my own "Dancing" pro Tony Dovolani, who is so attuned to the rhythms of life. They are sharing my joy in being able to help the Make-A-Wish Foundation assist our most precious fellows on this planet, these children so challenged in the fulfillments which come so gift-wrapped for the rest of us. Come share the joy of helping them accomplish their dreams, helping them hold on to the hope. Most wonderfully, my new friends at LATISSE® will match all donations up to $250,000 through October 31, and you can receive a LATISSE® free trial certificate.
Let me remind you that each of us, at some time, feels we have lost the ability to wish and to hope. It is hard work to find our way back onto the bright path. Think of the wondrous strength of spirit of the people the Make-A-Wish Foundation provides with fulfilled wishes. Helping them, we can borrow some of their spirit.
They give back far more than they get. So please log on today to www.LatisseWishesChallenge.com to get involved.
This LKL Web Exclusive is by actress/activist Kathy Ireland.
Posted: 10:33 AM ET
Watching the ongoing news coming out of the Gulf of Mexico is absolutely heartbreaking. So much damage has already been done, and we won’t even be able to uncover the extent of the damage done to the environment and to the animals and people living in the affected areas until long after the spill is stopped. The only heartening thing to come from this situation is seeing the many organizations already working to fix the problems. I’m proud to be part of one of these organizations—Morris Animal Foundation.
In times of disaster, people often focus on the immediate needs—which is critically important—but these events can also affect people and animals for a very long time. Morris Animal Foundation established the Betty White Wildlife Rapid Response Fund in March to help wildlife researchers respond to unexpected events, such as natural or manmade disasters and emerging diseases, that result in the immediate need for animal health research. We had no idea we would need to use the fund so soon, but I’m glad that it’s available to help animals in the gulf.
Currently, about 160 bottlenose dolphins, spanning five generations, live in Sarasota Bay, and the oil spill could have profound effects on their health, behavior and reproductive success if they are exposed to the oil and related chemicals spilled and the dispersants used to clean the site. The first grant we’re giving provides scientists with immediate funds to begin important research on the oil spill’s long-term effects on dolphins.
The ramifications of this spill will be both short and long term. I hope the information learned in this study will help monitor the long-term effects this kind of disasters has on animals.
Actress & comedian Betty White has always been a powerful advocate for the welfare of animals. You can see her on TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland.”
Posted: 08:29 AM ET
Well, Murray has and he's not happy about it.
A rep for the not so good doctor shot down Joe Jackson's claim that he administered propofol while under the influence or otherwise engaged in any sort of behavior unbefitting a physician on the eve of Michael's death.
In fact, he went so far as to say allegations of such behavior were not only untrue on that occasion, but they would be untrue on any occasion, thanks to one very important but apparently ignored-by-Joe detail.
"Dr. Murray does not drink," Miranda Sevick, the spokeswoman for Murray's defense team told E! News. "It is complete and utter nonsense, just ridiculous."
TUNE IN THIS FRIDAY FOR OUR INTERVIEW WITH JERMAINE JACKSON – HIS FIRST INTERVIEW FROM MICHAEL'S FINAL RESTING PLACE!
Posted: 08:20 AM ET
Go Behind The Scenes
LARRY KING LIVE'S Emmy-winning Senior Executive Producer Wendy Walker knows what it takes to make a great story.
With anecdotes, provocative emails, scandals, show transcripts and insights into Walker's long working relationship with Larry King, her new book PRODUCER issues readers an invitation to listen in on the most intriguing conversations on the planet.