Michael Jackson’s Former Publicist Announces New Foundation In His Name: He Is No Punching Bag & Cancel Your HBO Subscription!
Michael Jackson now has a foundation in his name. His former publicist, Raymone Bain announced the Michael Jackson Legacy Foundation during a press conference Thursday. Jackson passed away on June 25, 2009. He was born on August 29, 1958.
Before getting to the announcement, she said,
“It’s time for a new beginning. Michael Jackson is no punching bag. And he deserves better. He knew, that based on what he experienced during his life, that he would continue to be a target. He knew that there were few loyalties. He knew that mandates had to be put in place upon his death to preserve and maintain his legacy. Michael Jackson, for any of you who knew him. He was methodical, he was thorough and he was precise. I have wished, I have hoped, and I have prayed that Michael Jackson’s will, dated October 6, 2006, would be found, revealed, discovered, drop from the sky. Because in it, he outlined how he wanted his legacy to be preserved and maintained. But this isn’t about his will. I don’t have it, I don’t know where it is. And we have to deal with the hand we’re dealt.”
She later announced the foundation and said it was,
“a mandate he set forth to preserve, protect and defend his name, while supporting the numerous organizations he supported during his life. Michael Jackson might no longer be with us, but through this foundation, we are hoping he will continue to live among us.”
She said that she hasn’t contacted his family about the foundation, but added they would be involved. She also said she wanted to remove the family’s burden of keeping Jackson’s legacy alive on their own, and called for people who worked with Jackson regularly to step up and get involved.
She also called out his estate for not handling Jackson’s funds properly. She pointed out that the estate has yet to donate to HBCUs, schools, hospitals and other charities since he passed away on June 25, 2009.
Since his estate still controls his money, Bain said the foundation will be funded through personal contributions and money that will be raised. She added that there will be a forthcoming tribute to the singer, and they hope funds can be used for the African American Museum, a learning center, and other organizations and initiatives.
Her announcement came after HBO aired Leaving Neverland, a documentary where two men said Jackson sexually assaulted them when they were minors.
Bain, who has also worked for Janet Jackson, Babyface and Boyz II Men added,
“I’m not going to even mention the name of the accusers, but I sincerely believe these new revelations were timed for the beginning of the 10th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death. I believe it was their goal to derail anything being planned in his honor. But guess what? They failed.”
She also encouraged fans to cancel HBO subscriptions and call out Jackson’s estate.
“On August 29, 2019, to celebrate Michael Jackson’s birthday, call HBO we will move forward to cancel our subscriptions if you continue to air one-sided biased documentaries of Michael Jackson. You should also tell the executors of the estate of Michael Jackson that you’re tired of the lackluster defense of Michael Jackson. And if they cannot represent him with enthusiasm, say something nice, respect his mother and family, then it’s time for them to go as well. It’s time for a change. #MJNewBeginnings”
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