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40th Thrill of it All – 40th Anniversary of Thriller Dance Re-enactment

It was an epic moment and gathering on December 2, 2023 for the 40th Anniversary of Thriller Dance 

Re-Enactment produced by  Panoramanow’s very own contributing writer Chicago Community Activist/ Producer Mother Diva. The event was sponsored in part by LA Valley Recovery Center. They help people detox from drugs and alcohol.

“Mr. Jackson always believed in doing things that had never been done before. Out of all the Thriller Dance tributes no one had produced a re-enactment in the same location the dance scene was shot which was at 3701 Union Pacific Ave in Boyle Heights East Los Angeles.” said Mother Diva. 

This was a partnership with Open Door Skid Row Ministries executive director Geraldine Hughes. They feed the homeless every Friday and Sunday for the past 15 years on 6th and San Pedro in the heart of Los Angeles Skid Row.  

Ironically Thriller song went to number 1 this past 4th Quarter 40 years later on the Billboard R & B Digital Sales Chart.

When it was first released on January 23, 1984 only went to number 4. The Thriller Short Film has received 947 million views on YouTube. The goal is to get it to 1 billion views. 

“I was hoping to see if Ms. Ola Ray could recreate her walk but her schedule was very tight. I had planned to use other performers and invite Ms. Ray to watch it. She agreed to come to watch and then it happened. I lost my actress and I reached out to Ms. Ray because she is a colleague of mine. I first met her in 2018 at the Dark History and Horror Con festival in Champaign IL. ” said Mother Diva. 

“We stayed in contact over the past 5 years. I asked her to come re-enact her walk and I got the City of Los Angeles City Councilman Kevin De’leon of district 14 where the short film dance sequence was shot to honor the event and Ms. Ray with a ‘Certificate of Acknowledgement,'” Mother Diva continued.

Ms. Ray agreed said Mother Diva. Open Door Skid Row Ministries was also honored. 

“I told Mother Diva I wanted to walk alone no one could replace MJ. I actually felt him around me as I was walking that same street 40 years later it was healing and closure for me. I will always be here for all the fans and supporters but I’m working on other projects now. I am an author. My book “about my life “The Thrill of it All” an autographed copy  can be purchased on my website www.olaray.com 

I’m also starring in a new TV series “Blue Hotel” being shot in the Bahamas produced by Mario Damina,” stated Ms. Ola Ray.

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Pictured at Boyle Heights City Hall: 

L to R- Mother Diva, Ola Ray, Area Director for Los Angeles Councilman Kevin Deleon, and  Susan Lopez.
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Open Door Skid Row Ministries Executive Director Geraldine Hughes, Mother Diva, Ola Ray. There was a Thriller Cake, Zombie Dancers, and MJ tribute artist Thomas Stone. 
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Pictured L to R 
Mother Diva and Manuel Ayala Consteniant Services for Councilman Kevin De’leon. He makes all the Certificates of Acknowkedgement.

 

Video of Re-Enactment
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Video at Boyle Heights City Hall Mother Diva and Ola Ray  being honored 
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VALENCIA “MOTHER DIVA” DANTZLER is a producer, writer, community activist, election campaign strategist and Madam Ambassador of House/EDM,  www.facebook.com/motherdivashouse, www.youtube.com/motherdivashousetvseries, Twitter @MotherDivaShow, Instagram @MotherDivasHouse

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Sue Baxter

Susie Young Baxter, CEO, has published PanoramaNOW Magazine for 31 years. Her hobbies are Camping, Boating, Hiking, Nature, Gardening and Outdoor Activities. She is an Artist, Graphic Designer, an Avid Seamstress, Dabbles in Homemade Crafts and Landscaping. Since her Father was a Health Teacher, she also likes homeopathic Health Solutions. Since blogging started over 10 years ago, PanoramaNow has been added to Newsbreak - a national news affiliate.