Michael Jackson’s Dad Joe And Reverend Al Sharpton Plan Worldwide Tribute.

Joe Jackson, right, father of the late pop star Michael Jackson, and Rev. Al Sharpton are seen at the 9th Annual BET Awards on Sunday, June 28, 2009, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

Joe Jackson, right, father of the late pop star Michael Jackson, and Rev. Al Sharpton are seen at the 9th Annual BET Awards on Sunday, June 28, 2009, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

It looks like the late Michael Jackson’s funeral arrangements are underway. This is going to be a huge event and rightfully so. 

Reverend Al Sharpton flew from Atlanta to Los Angeles on Sunday to meet with the family, as well as to attend the BET awards, where the late performer was acknowledged and celebrated by his peers.

Whether or not you were a fan of his music, one has to accept that Michael Jackson was a musical genius.

His dancing and vocal skills were inborn and innate and rightfully earned him the title, King Of Pop.

He entertained like no other and one can only imagine the sacrifices he endured in order to raise his personal bar from performance to performance.

So, as we sit and wait and wonder, not only about the circumstances surrounding his death, but also about his celebratory memorial, we should also rejoice in the enormous outpouring of love and admiration for a young man who gave so much to the music world.

His stellar work ethic and his absolute love for his fans are legendary and his music will live in our hearts and minds forever.

Michael Jackson’s Dad Joe Attends BET Awards

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Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

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