Though Michael Jackson’s 52nd birthday would’ve fallen on this past Sunday, his music was pretty much the official soundtrack for the whole weekend in Prospect Park, blasting out of vendor trucks and ballfields, picnics and stereo-mounted bikes–pretty much everything with a speaker on it. Spike Lee handled the official ceremony; his second annual Brooklyn Loves Michael Jackson Birthday Celebration, headlined by Brooklyn-born Jackson obsessive DJ Spinna (“I honestly feel like while I’m playing, he’s living through me and talking to me,” he told us last week), took over the park for most of yesterday. Snoop Dogg, already in town for Rock the Bells, decided to drop by, donning a sparkly glove and rapping a few bars from “Gin and Juice.” Then he used “Drop It Like It’s Hot” to wish MJ a happy birthday.
The Daily News–and Al Sharpton, of course–were there to capture the whole thing. “I knew Michael well,” Sharpton says, “and he was a much more intelligent and thoughtful person” than people gave him credit for. Who could doubt it?
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on August 30, 2010