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Michael Jackson's Mom Cleans House

4/27/2010 5:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned ... Katherine Jackson is downsizing the number of grandchildren in her San Fernando Valley mansion -- and the stun gun incident was the catalyst.

Sources with direct knowledge of the situation tell TMZ ...  Katherine has told Alejandra Genevieve Oaziaza -- who is currently living at the estate, along with two of her kids by Randy Jackson and two others by Jermaine Jackson -- that she must take the kids and move out of the estate next week, because supervising seven children is just too much for the 79-year-old grandmother.

But don't think Katherine is heartless.  It's the opposite.  She's moving Alejandra, along with Jaafar, Jermajesty, Donte and Randy Jr. to a San Fernando Valley condo owned by the estate.


We're told the move was prompted by the stun gun incident last month. TMZ broke the story that 13-year-old Jaafar bought a stun gun online and fired it in the house.  Sources say Jaafar pointed the gun at two of Michael's kids, but the family denies that. 

The L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services came to the estate, took the gun and interviewed people in the home, and it became apparent seven kids were too much for Katherine to handle. 

So as of next week, Prince, Paris and Blanket will have the run of the mansion, unobstructed.


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Good Job BusyLady! Good Job!

1633 days ago


Jacko's ghost still haunting in the mansion. Lol.

1633 days ago


I'm only here for a moment, don't have time to read the posts. But it does seem that there are contradictions as to how long Lopez was involved with MJ's legal affairs. In addition, from everything I'm reading on the web, it looks like Joe Jackson's claim that the will was invalid, may have been absolutely true...and that Peter Lopez knew it. This is where the bulk of the research should be done imo....but there's not a lot to go on. Blogs and MJ sites are the best place to find information. I will be back on later tonight.

1633 days ago


Hello Everybody!

I was going to respond to Cher in part about Michael’s photo shoot with Vanity Fair and Ebony. My response for some reason ended with…….Michael’s captivating eyes, mocha skin, “suggah lips”, and his chestnut nipples….then I said wake up. If you never saw the magazine here’s a glimpse at what you missed. They still have some really nice info and photos of him in the later years. There’s also a video interview from 1982. For now, I’ll keep my lust love for him out of the equation…..and let the editor and the fans have the last word on this topic.

Behind the scenes at Michael Jackson/Ebony Magazine cover shoot
Nearly a year in the making, Ebony magazine debuted this week the special collector's edition featuring Michael Jackson, celebrating the 25 th anniversary of Thriller. Early response in America and around the world has been tremendous, with copies of the magazine flying off shelves and requests for additional copies coming in from as far as Italy, Finland, Australia and Japan.
As a bonus for readers online, the editors of Ebony have agreed to answer a few of your questions and offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the making of the cover. Here are their thoughts:

Ebony magazine had been working with Michael and his staff for the past eight months on the details of the shoot and interview. Originally, we had tried to get together in early August, but schedules collided. 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 dollars 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, we 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. You will find that interview and more in the pages of the December issue of Ebony magazine.
Meanwhile, more than 200 readers from around the world have already written in over the past few days with questions about the shoot, the interview and the star. Here are a few of those questions, along with comments from the Ebony team -- vice president and editorial director Bryan Monroe, creative director Cole and senior editor Joy Bennett -- who were with him over those three days...

Q: How did you get the interview with Michael? Was it easy?
-- Marni in Australia
A. (Bryan Monroe) | Because of the nearly 40-year relationship between Johnson Publishing Company -- the owner of Ebony and Jet magazines in Chicago -- and the Jackson family, a relationship that began when Michael was part of the Jackson Five, we knew that, when and if Michael was ready to re-emerge back onto the world stage, who better to do it with than Ebony. We had been talking with his team in Washington, D.C. for the past eight months and Michael himself requested that it be Ebony and Jet magazines to have his first U.S. cover and interview in years.

Q: Will Michael Jackson do another world tour?
-- Dusty in Dublin, Ireland
A. (Bryan Monroe) | Michael didn't say specifically when or if he would tour, but was hesitant about taking on another global concert series. " I don't care about long tours," he told us in the interview. He doesn't want to grow old doing concert after concert, flying from one mega-stadium to the next. "Not the way James Brown did and or Jackie Wilson did," he said in the article. "They just kept going, running, killing themselves. In my opinion, I wish [Brown] could have slowed down and relaxed and enjoyed his hard work."

Q: What was one of the more memorable moments during the interview?
-- Carl in Florida
A. (Bryan Monroe) | It was very interesting to watch him react when we played a digital video of the famous Motown 25 performance for him on my MacBook Pro, and later when he listened to and talked about an early demo version of Billie Jean on my iPhone. He was both excited to be back in the moment and equally uncomfortable talking about his performances. (And he is clearly fascinated by new technology.)

Q: Can he still dance as amazingly as he did before?
-- Gabriella in England
A. (Bryan Monroe) | For a man nearly 50, he was still incredibly limber. He showed of a few of his classic moves during the photo shoot - the leg twist/kick move in particular. Yes, he's still got it.

Q: When is a new CD coming out?
-- K. Hall in Alabama
A. (Joy Bennett) | Not sure. Michael told us repeatedly that he was writing every day and recording in the studio. He also says that he thinks he's got more blockbuster hits coming out (see the story for more on his writing process). Neither he nor his staff will confirm a date but we'll be on the lookout for an early 2008 new release.

Q: Is he very shy in person?
-- Stacie in New York
A. (Joy Bennett) | No, surprisingly he was not very shy. He wasn't shrouded, masked or gloved and he answered questions directly, and at great length.

Q: There has been talk about his skin color. Is he the whitest person to be on the cover of Ebony?
-- Mae in Southeast Asia
A. (Joy Bennett) | Not at all, the actor Carroll O'Connor was on Ebony's cover as his character, Archie Bunker in June 1972. But make no mistake, despite his unusually light skin, he has said it is due to a skin condition called vitiligo, Michael is still 100 percent African American.

Q: I think America still has yet to grasp the influence and position Michael has internationally. You can ask a woman who grew up in a small community in Norway, and a woman who grew up in Africa, and they will know his name, and his music. I have some questions: Who decided on the clothing? Was it picked by the stylist, and approved by Michael Jackson beforehand? Why this particular museum? Was the location picked by Michael Jackson?
-- Annette in Norway
A: (Harriette Cole) | Michael wanted to be photographed in an artistic setting and the Brooklyn Museum gladly accommodated us all. We shot in the midst of ancient and contemporary history, and it was powerful to be in that space. Regarding the wardrobe, we worked with celebrity fashion stylist Phillip Bloch to develop concepts for wardrobe and then he and his team went shopping. We really wanted him to look elegant and timeless on the cover. We found a number of looks that would achieve that and presented them to Michael. He ultimately chose what he would be happy to wear--which turned out to be far more outfits than we had time to shoot! Michael Jackson was the perfect fit for everything we put on him. It was a lot of fun to work with someone who looks great in clothes, who knows how to move his body and who understands the camera. It was magic!

Q: Could you give us some insights on what went into the thought process of Michael's choice of fashion accessories that complemented each outfit?
-- Michelle
A: (Harriette Cole) We learned before the shoot that Michael loves jewelry, especially diamonds, more particularly diamond brooches. So Phillip and his team went diamond shopping, calling upon some of the most well known jewelers in the world. And sure enough we ended up with more than $2 million worth of jewelry at the shoot for Michael's consideration.

Q: Did most of the people who worked with Michael, during the interview or photo shoot feel intimated by him? How did he interact with the crew?
-- Samantha and Michele
A: (Harriette Cole) What I loved the most about working with Michael Jackson is how kind he was to everyone. He was gracious to the elevator operator, the guard and the executives in the museum. He made sure to thank each person who was in ear shot when the shoot was over. He was generous and kind. Did some people feel intimidated by him? I don't know if that's the right word. More, I think some people were mesmerized. Some were pinching themselves wondering if they actually were in the presence of the King of Pop.

Q: Michael looks healthier and happier than he's been in years (not just in the photo shoot but in paparazzi pictures even). In your time spent with Michael, did you get a sense that he really wants to make a comeback and reinvent the music industry again? The world is awaiting his next move, but I get the feeling he doesn't even realize how much he is missed in the music scene.
-- Robert
A: (Harriette Cole) Michael certainly seemed healthy and happy--and more, content. He had a peace about him that was palpable. He seemed comfortable in his own skin. Never mind, he's got the body that any woman or man would die for! At 49 years old, he's got a slim dancer's body, evidence of consistent, disciplined exercise. So, could he make a comeback?

1633 days ago


Hi Chico,

The first will only included Prince and Paris. I always thought Michael updated his will due to the birth of his third heir. He did it to include Blanket. How can that be invalid?

1633 days ago



Quickie response here...Joe has been screaming that this will was invalid since MJ died. He has been adamant that Branca SHOULD NOT nor should he have ever been...the executor of the estate. Apparently at one point, MJ had Branca et al. investigated for embezzlement into offshore accounts...I think a judge dismissed the case, but that may have been because MJ didn't show up in court....I could be wrong with this last part, don't quote me, I will have to put this down here tonight on the TMZ blog.

So, Joe and Oxman basically have been saying that the will was invalid, that there was another will, and that someone else should have been the executor to the estate. Now with the new SONY deal, the estate is guaranteed $200 mil, and could reach $250 mil. Branca and McClain EACH made $12.5 MILLION FROM THIS DEAL. With the Lopez suicide, this only furthers the curiousity of those who are either investigating, or who believe that the will is invalid. Lopez was certainly around in 2007-09, and was gone right before the 02 announcement, leaving some to speculate WHY he left. Was he fired? Or did he leave on his own accord? One thing is for sure, the circle around Michael Jackson during the first part of 2009 was circling closer and closer, and I think MJ knew that it was only a matter of time before they went in for the kill.

1633 days ago


1115. Chico and Tellit
On another note, here is one out of many tweets made by Raffles Van Exel regarding the suicide of his friend Peter Lopez.
Posted at 5:25 AM on May 2, 2010 by MiMi

Thanks MiMi...can you drop link of Raffles tweets? No nothing of tweeting (and I don't really want to) or where to find them.

1633 days ago


1134. 1115. Chico and Tellit
On another note, here is one out of many tweets made by Raffles Van Exel regarding the suicide of his friend Peter Lopez.
Posted at 5:25 AM on May 2, 2010 by MiMi

Thanks MiMi...can you drop a link of Raffles tweets? Know nothing of tweeting (and I don't really want to I just want to read his tweets) or how to go about finding them.

1633 days ago


Chico...have you read Raffles van Excel tweets re Lopez?

1633 days ago


Here ya go Tellit

1633 days ago


I thank God for her decision. It's the best one. She has to protect her grandchild. It was MJ's desire. I pray to God every day to give long life to Mrs. Katherine. I can't wait to see Prince like a 18 year olb boy. So he could take care of Blanket and Paris.

1633 days ago


I say BOYCOTT tmz I'm sick and tired for them posting such BS,even Harvey said this wasn't true yet he posts a story about it!

1633 days ago


to Chico

i see your point. however, to me this sounds like a disgusted frustrated father whose child has been killed and there's nothing he can do. saying there's another will w/o the benefit of proof, sounds like joe is grasping at anything he can to get back at the people he believes are responsible or contributed in some way to his son's demise.

i know the court approved a 10% share of the estate to the executors. they are making a lot of money for the estate and themselves. The children's future is secure and assured.

another thing, the executors petitioned for a monthly allowance for the children and katherine. they failed to petition for joe.
saying it would “take money away from the children.” i think that estate administrators Branca and McClain filed papers blocking Joe's attempt to get more than $15,000 a month from the estate. claiming that Joe has failed to prove that he was in some way supported by MJ while he was alive.

anyhoo $15k per month are pennies in comparison to $12 million and counting.

(Don't quote me either.........What a mess!)

1633 days ago


Sorry, I was in the midst of preparing dinner and was posting hurridly. Takes time to put in all those < / " and other stuff lol. Eventually I will have it memorized.....

1633 days ago


Thanks Mimi I had been wondering if that was in fact his twitter ....

murky mess this is shaping up to be here , huh?

1633 days ago
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