Janet Jackson Goes Deep on Her Early Challenges, Upcoming Music & the Joy of Motherhood

Billboard News Article

Janet Jackson remains the same, in many ways, as when we first met 29 years ago, while she was shooting the “Rhythm Nation” video at a power plant in Pasadena, Calif. She was 23. For hours, I watched her perfect the paramilitary moves of a thrilling dance exhorting the world to break the color line. She was fierce. At the end of the day, I was invited into her trailer, where she had changed from a take-charge black uniform to oversize jeans and loose white T-shirt. Here, she was hardly fierce at all. Instead, she was reticent, even timid. She was so soft-spoken that I had to lean in to make out her words. She was uncomfortable speaking to a stranger and, with elaborate politeness, made it clear that the shorter the interview, the better. [Read More Billboard News]

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Michael and Janet in the “Scream” video, 1995.Michael and Janet in the “Scream” video, 1995.mj-jj-bb13-fea-story-2018-billboard-a-1548