Last summer, Spike Lee organized the first-annual Brooklyn Loves Michael Jackson Birthday Party in Prospect Park, and it was awesome. I’ve never attended an even of that scale (20,000 people!) before that didn’t have problems, but this one went off without a hitch—everyone was nice to each other, no one was arrested, and nobody got stupid. It really was a mass celebration of L.O.V.E. + music + dancing + family + friends + FUN, which is exactly what a Michael Jackson birthday party should be.
I find it dismaying how many supposed “Michael Jackson tribute” events (not to mention all of the awards show events) have been held around the world in the past year that have really been little more than an excuse for greedy people to make money (or to promote other artists) by exploiting MJ’s name. Spike is doing this for FREE (with the inimitable DJ Spinna!), and he’s doing it RIGHT. I’m so pleased that it wasn’t a one-time thing, either. I’d love to see this celebration become an annual event. Thank you, Spike! (For more information, visit the event page on Facebook.)