Picture this in YOUR neighborhood mall? Could happen…
*Are you one of those people who thought you’d heard it all?
Well hold on, here’s one for ya!
Malls are popular all over, right? We can easily find ourselves going in to pick up “just a few things” and leave, hours later, with multiple bags from a variety of stores.
Let’s see, we’ve got our face cream from Target; our cute blouse from H&M or shirt from Men’s Wearhouse; and we even stopped at the shoe repair and sat while they replaced the souls on the shoes we were wearing.
But I don’t care how many malls you’ve been to, or what it is that you did there, because chances are, you couldn’t walk right next door and buy a casket.
NBC Los Angeles affiliate Channel 4 reports that Sunday’s four-hour tribute at Forest Lawn in the Hollywood Hills also featured speeches from Duncan friends and a slideshow, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Private services are being held today on the Forest Lawn grounds with Duncan’s fiance, Omarosa Manigault, expected to attend along with celebrity guests, Channel 4 reported.
Duncan, who was 54, died in Los Angeles Sept. 3 from natural causes, two months after suffering a heart attack.
What: Memorial service for Gladys Horton, co-founder and former lead singer of the popular Motown all-female group, “The Marvelettes,” who passed on Jan. 26th. She was 66.
When: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 12:30 PM
Where: Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills, Church of the Hill Chapel
6300 Forest Lawn Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90068
Who: Former original “The Marvelettes” members Katherine Anderson-Shaffner, Juanita Cowart-Motley and Georgia Dobbins (she co-wrote “Please Mr. Postman”) will be attending.
Other Motown persons attending:
Claudette Robinson (“The Miracles”)
Betty Kelly (“Martha & The Vandellas”)
Richard Street (“The Temptations”)
Cornelius Grant (“The Temptations”)
Scherrie Payne (“The Supremes”)
Susaye Green (“The Supremes”)
Janie Bradford (co-wrote “Money [That's What I Want]“)
Freda Payne (“Band of Gold,” “Bring The Boys Home”)
John “Sly” Wilson
Rev. Wayne C. Hopkins, Officiating
*”She was not a spiritual human being, but a spirit having a human experience.”
Dressed in white hundreds of close friends and family gathered at Forest Lawn today to say goodbye to R&B superstar, Teena Marie, at an afternoon memorial service. The singer, producer, died December 26, in her Pasadena home, but no signs of trauma were found according to investigators. She was 54.
In attendance were music legends, Stevie Wonder, Smokie Robinson, Berry Gordy, and R&B greats Johnny Gill, George Duke, Deniece Williams, Shanice Wilson, and Norwood Young. Near the start of the service, an emotional Wilson shared a special moment when Marie became her unofficial “auntie”. After the story she delivered a beautiful performance of “Ave Maria.”
Later, a medley of Marie’s hits were performed by a group, as baby pictures and photos with friends and family, including Rick James, were displayed on a large screen.
The performance was a musical reminder to celebrate Teena Marie’s life and talents, not just mourn the loss of it. When songs “Square Biz” and “I Need Your Lovin” were sung many attendees bobbed their heads to the beat, while soulful ballads “Dear Lover” and “Portuguese Love” moved some to sway to the music.
*Janet Jackson and her brothers Randy, Jermaine and Tito paid their respects to Michael at Forest Lawn Cemetery today, while their mother Katherine joined Randy’s daughter Genevieve at a memorial event in their hometown of Gary, Indiana.
Janet and Randy arrived at Forest Lawn just before noon, according to reports. Both were said to be in a somber, quiet mood, but waved to fans and well-wishers as they entered the cemetery. Janet wore dark glasses and a fitted black skirt suit.
Tito joined them minutes later. He greeted fans waiting in line to enter the gravesite, shook hands and accepted gifts. Jermaine was the last to arrive, at around 12:05 p.m., and also smiled and waved to fans.
The four left Forest Lawn together at 12.40 p.m., greeting fans and accepting flowers and gifts on the way out as well.
Meanwhile, back in Gary, Katherine Jackson unveiled a marble tribute to her late son, erected on the lawn of their former home at 2300 Jackson St.
Wearing a pale yellow pantsuit, Katherine delivered a brief speech to the hundreds of fans who attended the event and then unveiled the stone tribute, which featured Michael Jackson in one of his most famous poses.
Comedian Eddie Griffin, a longtime Jackson family friend, performed an impromptu Michael Jackson dance routine on the lawn.
*Los Angeles cemetery Forest Lawn says it welcomes Michael Jackson fans for the one-year anniversary of his death tomorrow, but there will be some restrictions in place to preserve the sanctity of the grounds.
Fans will be allowed to leave flowers near the singer’s burial site, but the cemetery has banned balloons, candles, doves, video cameras, candles, spinners, statues, posters, incense, radios and web broadcasting, officials announced Wednesday.
Only family members and designated guests are allowed inside of the mausoleum where Jackson’s body was laid to rest, but the cemetery placed no numerical limits on the amount of fans wanting to place flowers on a nearby outdoor terrace.
Forest Lawn said it was expecting “significant” numbers of visitors throughout the day, and reserved the right to throw out anyone making too much noise or behaving in what it considered a disrespectful manner.
Meanwhile, TMZ is reporting that Jackson’s family home in nearby Encino will be on “lockdown.”
According to the LAPD, there will be 30 to 40 officers — some uniformed, some undercover — patrolling a one block area around the Jackson home on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
“No parking” signs are being placed around the house and a ban on all MJ merchandise sales in the area has been put in place, the Web site reported.