Today in MJJ HIStory
1987 – Michael performs BAD tour at Yokohama Stadium in Yokohama [Japan] attending 38,000 fans.
2007 – Michael makes a photoshoot for the upcoming cover of Ebony magazine at the Harlem museum with photographer Matthew Rolston (Brooklyn Museum, NY).
Ebony magazine had been working with Michael and his staff for eight months on the details of the shoot and interview. The final date, Monday, September 24, 2007, was set and the teams were mobilized.
The night before, Sunday, Michael and his son Prince Michael, II, fondly known as “Blanket,” arrived at the hotel suite-turned dressing room to look at the clothes selected by renowned stylist Phillip Bloch. Italian designer Roberto Cavalli provided clothing, as well as such designers as Valentino, Yohji Yamamoto, Hugo Boss, Cesare Paciotti, and more. Plus we had more than $2 million worth of diamond jewelry on set from the likes of Jacob the Jeweler, H. Stern and Lorraine Schwartz.
The next morning, we arrived around 9 a.m. at the Brooklyn Museum. Normally, the museum is closed to the public on Mondays, but the staff allowed us to use the location for the historic shoot. Celebrity photographer Matthew Rolston, Ebony creative director Harriette Cole and Ebony photo director Dudley Brooks had already scouted several locations including the grand Beaux-Arts Court, Egyptian gallery and sculpture garden. Then, around 3 p.m., the shoot began.
During the session, a relaxed Michael grooved to his own music – PYT, Billie Jean, Human Nature – booming from a sound system and even showed off a few of his trademark dance moves. After five wardrobe changes and six hours of memorable photography, he thanked the crew and was on his way back to the hotel, just in time to put the kids to bed.
The next day, he arrived at his hotel around noon for what would be Michael Jackson’s first sit down interview in years. For the next hour and a half, Jackson shared his thoughts and passions on the making of Thriller , MTV and music videos, God, fatherhood and the state of the music industry today; published on December issue of Ebony magazine.