Jermaine Jackson posted the following on Twitter in response to the passing of Muhammad Ali:
Thoughts and prayers with our dear friend Muhammad Ali. #thegreatest #keepfighting
As boys, we huddled around the radio as Muhammad Ali floored Sonny Liston. In 1975, he walked into, and blessed, our lives...
Like a playful uncle, he shadow-boxed, he levitated, he inspired, he taught us self-belief. He was the sweetest, friendliest of men...
He was the greatest there ever was. As a boxer, as a man, as a friend to our family. So many unforgettable memories.
You shook up the world, champ. Now go rest in peace. #RIPMuhammadAli
- Jermaine Jackson on Twitter, 4 June 2016
Sheffield Wednesday will have a celebrity fan cheering them on in Saturday's Sky Bet Championship play-off final. WATCH Jermaine Jackson talking to Sky Sports as he joined the show live via Skype and spoke about his support for Sheffield Wednesday and said that he has even re-written a song in honour of Wednesday's Wembley appearance against Hull City. The match is live on Sky Sports 1 HD from 4pm. The Owls are one match away from a return to the Premier League after a 16-year absence, following a 3-1 aggregate win in the play-off semi-final against Brighton. Jermaine and his brothes also recorded a video in support of the Owls.
The Jackson Patriarch was hospitalized on May 12th, 2016 and TMZ asked Jermaine Jackson about his father's health.
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Jermaine Jackson attended the AltaMed Power Up, We Are The Future Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 12, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. Visit our Facebook page for photos of the event.
Jermaine spoke to US Weekly during the event and revealed that he's hoping the baby is a girl! Jermaine couldn't contain his excitement at the news that his baby sister Janet was finally going to become a mother.
"My sister Janet is my baby. She is fine but she’s having a baby," he said. "A baby having a baby. We look at her like our little baby. And now she’s grown-up and she’s having a baby. I’m proud to be an uncle and I can’t wait to see how this baby is going to look," he said. Jermaine said that his sister hadn't opened up to him about any cravings she was having, although he was quite sure she would be eating plenty. "She is feeling fine. Oh, my God! Janet loves to eat. I really don’t know what she’s craving, but I do know that she likes to eat!" he said. Janet Jackson performing on stage. And Jermaine has nodoubt that Janet will be an awesome mother. "She’ll be a great mother because she is very tough, very strict," he revealed. "I tell her, 'If you need any parenting skills or any baby skills, let me know, because I’m the best diaper-changer there is on this planet, still to this day.'" Jermaine says Janet doesn't know the sex of the baby — though he's hoping for a girl. "We need more girls in the family," he said, laughing. "There are too many boys." And it's not just Jermaine who's looking forward to meeting Janet's new bundle of joy. Their late brother Michael Jackson's kids are delighted about their future cousin too. "Oh, yeah. Yeah!" the singer replied when asked whether Paris, Prince and Blanket were excited, before he was pulled away.
Watch Jermaine Jackson's exclusive interview with Bisi Olatilo on The Bisi Olatilo Show known as ‘BOS’, the Flagship of all TV talk shows in Nigeria with millions of viewers. The video is courtesy of BISCON.
Jermaine Jackson, said the forthcoming global tour of The Jacksons would be used to raise money for internally displaced persons, orphans and widows in the country. Jermaine, told journalists on Thursday 28th) in Abuja that the global tour would kick off in some Nigerian cities, adding that three concerts and two special performances would hold in some unnamed cities. Jermaine explained that he was touched by the plight of the IDPs hence his plan to raise money to alleviate their challenges.
“The global tour which would feature other members of the Jackson 5 group, will start in Nigeria where we would raise money for the internally displaced persons. We would perform five concerts in Nigeria and then move to other African countries and to other parts of the world,” he stated.
Jermaine said some local artistes would also perform alongside the Jackson 5, adding that the tour was meant to celebrate the group’s 50th anniversary on stage.
Jermaine Jackson is in Lagos, Nigeria and has disclosed that the family is planning to build the Jackson Academy Performing Art School in Lagos to raise up musical talents. Jermaine paid a courtesy visit to the Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde on Friday in Ikeja, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria and hinted of plan to site an academy to train up Nigerians and Africans in the area of music. Jermaine, who led a team on a tour of Nigeria to mark the Jackson Golden Jubilee in performance on stage, said there were lots of great talents in Nigeria that needed to be trained and given bright future. “There is a lot of great talents here and we want to use our 50 years of experience in being in the business to teach the arts. We want to construct the Jackson Academy Performing Art School here. It will have a curriculum and also will teach music, directing, film, lightening, producing, dancing and so on. We want to get the talents here ready for the global market. I do believe that the drums and the beat started from here,” Jermaine said. According to him, “we are going to give you nice compilation of songs that you know and I am just very honoured to be here because we have been kept away from you because of the politics and we are not interested in such politics because we are people who cared about people. We need to have a closer relationship with African-American and the rest of Africa because we have been separated for long and we can reach out to do other things.” Jermaine said civilization began in Africa and that “we have always been interested in knowing the beginning of civilization. We are bringing a team together of people who can produce a concert. It’s been 50 years for the Jacksons. I like coming here because I have a lot of questions. I was just in China and I learnt that the first dynasty that started in China came from Africa here and I had a professor in China to tell me this. That made me very proud and the world needs to know this because in our history books in America because they don’t put this there. They don’t want us to know this but when you travel and you have the opportunity to see things for yourself, you will realize that the history books were written by someone else and it is their version and it is their interpretation of what happened which is usually not the truth,” Jermaine added.
Steve Ayorinde stated that The Jacksosn 50th anniversary celebration coincided with the plan by the Lagos State Government to mark the 50th year anniversary of Lagos, saying that Lagos is now the oldest state in Nigeria as it had not been divided like others. “Lagos State is the oldest State Nigeria now as it has been indivisible. Other states have had states created out of them. Lagos State being the most populated and prosperous in Nigeria, we thought it deserves celebration and we are starting a year long celebration from May 29. “We welcome the idea that the golden tour of the Jacksons in Africa starts fom Nigeria and Lagos. We encourage the organiser of the tour, that we will welcome collaboration from you. The Jackson at 50 and Lagos at 50, we welcome collaboration,” he said. Ayorinde added that the Jackson’s tour coincided with the International Jazz Day, which Governor Akinwunmi Ambode would be hosting on Saturday evening to showcase the world of Jazz to lovers of the music, while extending invitation to Jackson and his team.
Commissioner for Information & Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde (right); with Jermaine Jackson of the defunct Jackson 5 during Jackson’s visit to the Lagos State Government, at the Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, on Friday, April 29, 2016.
Jermaine confirmed readiness to participate at the star-studded Jazz concert being put together by the Lagos State Government in commemoration of the 2016 International Jazz Day. The concert, which is to be hosted by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, will hold at the Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja onSaturday, April 30 by 5pm. Jermaine, who confirmed his readiness to participate at the festival during a press conference held at the Lagos state ministry of information and strategy, Alausa, said he would be at the festival to support the government and array of international and local artists who would be performing.
Photo: Commissioner for Information & Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde (right) with Jermaine Jackson during Jackson’s visit to the Lagos State Government, at the Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, on Friday, April 29, 2016.
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