Spike Lee, boro honor Michael Jackson at block party

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This party was fit for a king!

Hundreds of Michael Jackson fans danced the day away in Bedford-Stuyvesant on Saturday at a block party where celebrants paid homage to the King of Pop’s singular sound — and style — according to one eye-catching attendee.

“An original is worth more than a copy, you have to be yourself, that’s what Michael did,” said Lam “Legend Already Made” Sanchez, who stepped out in a red top hat, Victorian collar, and chartreuse jacket. “A lot of my style has to do with Michael, whom I watched as a kid.”

Sanchez, who came out with his older brother, Jed “Walkaway Smiling” Sanchez, and girlfriend, Darcy “D3” Dawson, joined hundreds of revelers who packed the pavement on Stuyvesant Avenue between Lexington Avenue and Quincy Street for the eighth-annual Brooklyn Loves Michael Jackson block party hosted by borough-bred filmmaker Spike Lee.

The dapperly dressed 26-year-old, who described his look as “chevalier,” traveled all the way from his home in Texas to attend the event for a third time after first going in 2016, when he missed a flight to make the bash — a last-minute decision that led to a meeting with Lee, a longtime idol, who has warmly welcomed him back ever since, Sanchez said.

“I ended up meeting Spike that year, in 2016,” he said. “Now he points me out and brings me on stage every year. It’s such a dream come true.”

Local disc jockey DJ Spinna manned the turntables as Lee and other entertainers — including singer Erykah Badu, who with the host led a special tribute to the recently deceased Aretha Franklin — pumped up the spectators, some of whom joined him to bust a move on stage like Sanchez, while others broke it down on the street, which the city in 2015 co-named “Do The Right Thing Way” after the director’s movie, which he filmed on that block of Stuyvesant Avenue.

Another fan who dressed to impress at the party, held days before Jackson’s Aug. 29 birthday, said he went to great lengths to show up in his getup — a sequined red band jacket with a lone white glove modeled after the late musician’s iconic outfit at the 1984 American Music Awards.

“There are costume websites in China where they do celebrity jackets,” said Queens resident Gaston Franco, who coordinated with pal Amy Sutherland on their matching ensembles for the soiree. “I gave my measurements, and they made it.”

Franco — who in October is hosting his own bash honoring Jackson and still-living director Tim Burton, a pair he said never worked together in life, but “maybe could in the afterlife” — hailed the annual party as a reminder of the legendary performer’s artistry and influence, which he said prevails over popular music nearly ten years after he died in 2009.

“You can change the rules of the game, but nobody will beat the talent that Michael had,” he said. “That is hard to beat, and is still considered the best.”

Posted 12:00 am, August 28, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Michael from Spike's Fantasy says:
How much fantasy does political correctness require us to endure. Spike Lee sponsors his annual block party is Bed Stuy Brooklyn, ranting about the terrible white gentifiction and ruination of black ghettos there. Easy for him to say, he lives in a mansion in the middle of the richest, whitest block in the world, East 63rd Street between Lexington and 3rd avenue, Manhattan
Aug. 28, 2018, 6:22 pm
Re: Michael from Spike's Fantasy says:
Mr. Lee describes being forced by his wife to move to Manhattan because his family's address across from Fort Green was widely known. Randos would show up at his door to try to meet him at all hours of the day and night.

Appreciation, love, and respect for a place and the people who live there doesn't require a personal, permanent residence in that neighborhood. I don't understand your comment about gentrification.
Aug. 28, 2018, 7:40 pm
Patty Waggin from Vanilla Hill says:
In a few years Bed Stuy will be hosting a country music festival, can’t wait! Hope and Change!
Aug. 29, 2018, 7:14 pm
Gross says:
Dressing children as a child molester and making them perform? This community is disgusting.
Aug. 30, 2018, 11:41 am
byebye bigots from bk says:
So many people here are afraid of black people, maybe they should move to iowa where its a sea of whites!
Aug. 30, 2018, 7:30 pm

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