News: Michael Jackson Remembered On 51st B-Day, Spike Lee Throws NYC Party

Saturday, Aug 29, 2009 8:00PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Renowned director Spike Lee helped celebrate the memory of late iconic singer Michael Jackson Saturday (August 29) afternoon by hosting a public party in Brooklyn, New York.

In addition to celebrity turn-outs including comedian Tracy Morgan and radio personalities like Ed Lover, the event was reportedly packed with thousands of fans.

The rain didn't stop Michael Jackson fans from celebrating his birthday in Prospect Park Saturday, where thousands of one-gloved moonwalkers remembered the King of Pop. Several thousand dancers packed themselves close together on the muddy Prospect Park grass facing a huge stage. Deejays played Jackson's music spanning his whole career - from his childhood with the Jackson Five to his final tracks. There was a giant white birthday cake that read "Happy Birthday Michael Jackson" in red frosting. Balloons dotted the sky. (New York Daily News)

Lee also expressed the singer's impact on his life.

"I was just like everyone else. I loved his talent," said Lee, who directed two music videos for Jackson in 1996. He also reminisced how Jackson had visited him in his home in Brooklyn to talk about their music video collaboration. (Associated Press)

The event was also reportedly ignited by non-stop selections from Michael Jackson's extensive catalog of music.

DJ Spinna played a roughly five-hour set, with Lee and other famous Brooklynites and Jackson fans cutting in -- including Ed Lover and Tracy Morgan introducing crowd karaoke to 'Black or White,' 'The Way You Make You Feel,' and 'Wanna Be Startin' Somethin.' People got the lyrics, but just waved the cards in excitement at the wrong time, despite Lee's attempts to dissuade them: 'You gotta wait till your part comes up! Put it down!' (Wall Street Journal)

Jackson was reportedly buried in California during the birthday celebrations today (August 29).

In its release, the publicity firm Sunshine, Sachs & Associates said that Michael Jackson would be buried on August 29 at 10 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, at Holly Terrace in the Great Mausoleum at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California. The release said the burial ceremony would be private and limited to the Jackson family and close friends, but that there would be nearby accommodations for the news media. (New York Times)

Check out a fan's footage from the event below:

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