King of Pop’s county: Michael Jackson fans celebrate at annual block party

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Thriller: Michael Jackson impersonator Sean K. hams it up at Spike Lee’s annual Brooklyn Loves Michael ackson block party.
With a child’s heart: Thirteen-year-old Kristofer Richberg and dad Kevin Richberg came from Long Island for the family-friendly celebration.
Man in the mirror: German tourists Julz Philipp and Samy De Ferera sport matching Michael tees.
Another part of me: Bedford-Stuyvesant resident Marko Huhen shows off his tattoo of Jackson 5-era Michael sitting on a throne — one of several he has, according to wife Nafisa Osman.
Rock with you: Live performers and disc jockeys provided Michael Jackson tunes for the crowd — plus a little Prince.

With these friends to call their own, they’ll never be alone.

Michael Jackson fans gathered in Bedford-Stuyvesant on Saturday for filmmaker Spike Lee’s annual block party celebrating the King of Pop’s birthday. And as always, the event brought people from all moonwalks of life together the way Jackson’s music did, attendees said.

“It doesn’t matter what your culture is, what your race is, economic status — Michael Jackson brings people together because of his music,” said Kim Richberg, a Brooklyn native who now lives in Long Island. “Thankfully Spike Lee recognizes that, he uses his memory to bring people together to have a good time.”

Disc jockeys, rapper Fat Joe, and a young guitar prodigy played the hits for the crowd assembled at “Do the Right Thing Way” — the block of Stuyvesant Avenue between Lexington and Quincy streets where the titular Lee joint is set — and included impersonators, tourists from abroad, and many kids who are too young to remember when Jackson was actually alive, according to guests.

“You see little kids dancing to Michael Jackson with some doing the moves — it’s an all around family event,” said Bedford-Stuyvesant resident Nafisa Osman, who came with husband Marko Huehen and some friends in town from Germany.

Richberg said her own youngsters — a 13-year-old and 9-year old — love the Gloved One’s tunes, but she also brings them so they can experience a real Brooklyn block party, like the ones she grew up with.

“This is what they used to do back in the day — there was always a block party in Brooklyn,” she said. “It’s bigger than Michael.”

Reach deputy editor Ruth Brown at or by calling (718) 260–8309. Follow her at
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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McCauly from UES says:
Michael was one big pain in the butt.
Aug. 30, 2016, 2:13 pm
Joëlle says:
Spike hates white people and has nothing to do with MJ's magic.
Sept. 1, 2016, 4:01 pm

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