Michael Jackson’s Thriller is a music and pop cultural classic. Each of us has the memory of first seeing Thriller and being terrified by the special effects, elated by the storyline, dancing, and of course, Michael Jackson (MJ). Fun Fact: In the 80’s Thriller was the first full-length video/film that MTV ever ran on television; and similar to an eerie 3D experience Thriller’s characters still come alive every Halloween.
Thirty years later we still commemorate the afterlife of Thriller and MJ. Harlem, NY one of Michael’s favorite stomping grounds has some of the biggest and boldest MJ fans. Even after Michael’s death in 2009, The Apollo Theater memorialized Michael for three months with banners, t-shirts, and dance parties.
This Halloween, staged on the streets across from the Apollo and down from the soon to arrive Whole Foods, Harlem’s community organized a Flash mob dance-party to Thriller. Hosted by newly infamous burger joint Harlem Shake and commentated by a masked President Obama, Harlem’s community experienced an interactive Thriller experience including all of Harlem’s teenage talents.
Harlem’s community came out in the hundreds and with the support of political leader New York Congressman Charles Rangel, NYC ‘s Police and Fire departments. It was enlightening to witness Halloween night turn from a personal trick into a definite communal treat and tribute.
—Kelly L. Mills
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