For the love of Michael
CHRIS HARRIS and MARQUITA AMOAH | 4/12/2011, 5:26 p.m.
Harper impersonated the Jackson from his 1987 hit music video "Smooth Criminal," with the full white suit and blue vest. She stated that she was "devastated and hurt" upon hearing the news of his passing.
Thirty-eight-year-old Raven has been impersonating Jackson for the last 32 years, specifically impersonating Jackson from his Jackson 5 days during the 1970s. He said that many impersonate the "Billie Jean" and "Thriller" versions of Jackson, but he wanted to show people the old Jackson that people do not see often.
When describing his feeling about the passing of Jackson, Raven said, "All I could feel was shock and disbelief, but we are still keeping him alive."
Raven added that his 14-year-old daughter also has such a strong love for Jackson that when he cannot find his records and CDs of Jackson, they are often in his daughter's room and she writes "MJ" on her wrist everyday.
Moses and Raven have performed at events, including at Spike Lee's big Michael Jackson birthday party at Prospect Park last year and at the Apollo Theater a few times. The Jackson 5's rise to stardom began with their performance at the Apollo's Amateur Night in the late '60s. Jackson was recently inducted into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame with soul singer Aretha Franklin.
Around 4:30 p.m., fans will be able to voice their remembrances of the King of Pop outside the theater. At 5:26 p.m., the time of Jackson's death, there will be a moment of silence.