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  1. Hello to my fellow Janet fandom. Looking for commentary on my latest project and would love to hear your thoughts. Funny How Time Flies - Janet Jackson (a JQ ReWork) 2021 Video Link
  2. With what's going on around the world, Live Nation has been trying to figure how it will continue live entertainment and follow international and local policies dealing with the pandemic. To keep capacity low and controlled, it looks like stadiums and arenas are out. While theaters & drive-ins will be the new norm, according to Live Nation by following the re-opening phases state-by-state, etc. This means Janet Jackson Black Diamond Tour may/will be defiantly scaled down. They have tested music festivals (smaller scale) and live performances at drive-ins overseas and people seem to be able to adapt. Even the possibility pay-for-stream concerts at home are a possibility. With time ticking away with the first scheduled Black Diamond Tour, just 47-days away as of this posting. It looks like her tour may/will defiantly be scaled down in some way. I suspected we should be hearing something from her lips soon.Here's an article about what Live Nation is planning and been doing during this pandemic: Live Nation’s Michael Rapino Talks Reopening and Renegotiating the Concert Business
  3. Just wanted to put this out to the supportive fan community... Is anyone out there an experienced Wikipedia editor? It would be great to do a little clean-up on Janet's Singles and Albums Charts. I try but I'm not the best and get dinged a lot for me edits. One major thing would be to update and expand her chart records to include the US R&B chart positions (for all decades, they're only listed for the 80s right now) AND add in the US Dance Club Songs Charts. She has 19 number ones on the Dance Club Songs chart, but none of them are reflected on the Wiki Discography page. It would be Epic to also list the UK R&B Singles charts (she has 4 number ones there I believe) and try to get some charts for countries like South Africa and Japan. As we all know, Wikipedia is a rather Anglo/Euro-Centric tool so people often forget about listing charts from other countries. Is anyone a fast editor that could possibly do this? Would be so cool to have it updated by the 16th, but I'm just not fast enough. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janet_Jackson_discography
  4. Another ominous tweet from Kelly Alexander. Could this be a long-awaited interview??
  5. I continue to be underwhelmed by the Merch selections from Ms. Jackson. In working on my own t-shirt design for the concert, just wondering what merch ideas other fans might have.
  6. I've posted on the subject before, but would like to know what others have seen in terms of members of the media that continue to try and erase Janet's legacy. If you find blatant omissions of Janet's work, unfounded comments or other subtle forms of shade, post them hear. If we all know about them, maybe we can all refute them as a community. For those unfamiliar with the issues, this post on The Inquisitr is a good place to start.
  7. Kendall Harris and Taylor Hatala discuss going on Tour with Janet. This was from the Unbreakable World Tour. It's very sweet, and I appreciate their playlist!! Can't wait to see these young ladies again for the State of the World Tour!! https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/6be2828f-6c0d-4059-99d4-fa18acf1a296
  8. Drops a little bit of tour prep info and baby news. Jimmy and Terry are being inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame THIS WEEK!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaKFUKJ6OUw
  9. I know it's not 'from her lips' yet, but if true this could yield a very interesting way to get back in the public eye. Done tastefully, I think it would be amazing... http://www.contactmusic.net/janet-jackson/news/janet-jackson-to-make-fly-on-the-wall-documentary_5705215
  10. I know some fans on here have been to several Janet Tours and have probably collected Merch from different eras. One thing I found somewhat lacking on the Unbreakable tour was the amount of merch (merchandise) that fans had available to purchase. At the show I picked up a tour book and a T-Shirt, but with Janet's long and incredibly iconic career, there's a bunch of merch opportunities left by the wayside. Since the tour, I've been on the hunt for a simple 1814 pin, and have had some serious trouble finding a decent one. But for the topic, what merchandise are you most interested to purchase if (hopefully when!!) you get to see Janet on tour next??
  11. Howdy everyone! As we all know, Janet's birthday is coming up on May 16th, and I was trying to think of some ways to celebrate. The tracking week for the Billboard albums and singles charts has moved recently from Friday to Thursday, and now those charts incorporate (rather heavily if you ask me) streaming data to make their chart determinations. So what I'm proposing is this... from Friday, May 12th through Thursday, May 18th, we can all up our Janet streaming, post birthday message videos and memes, and even buy some of her albums. I plan to complete my collection of Janet's albums that week by going out and buying the physical CDs that I don't already own. Whether we have any news by then about resuming Unbreakable, a new tour or new music, it can still be a great way to celebrate Janet and help her work get represented on the charts. What do y'all think?
  12. Thanks in part to a share by THE Jimmy Jam, this post has gone viral over the last few days. Do you think there's a case to be made for Janet Jackson's appeal for Millennials? https://texasleftist.com/2016/09/janet-jackson-the-first-millennial/
  13. So the Dammn Baby video has finally arrived, and for Janet fans, it did NOT disappoint. But her new single is NOT getting played on the radio!! Stations across the country are refusing to put Ms. Jackson on the air. While other artists' new singles have rocketed immediately into heavy rotation, stations are silent on Dammn Baby. Please call, text, tweet and facebook your local stations and #RequestJanet!! Let's get Dammn Baby out into the world! Is anyone hearing the song played?? If so what stations?
  14. So this ad for Empire showed up yesterday, and I Dammn near lost it. Could Janet and Missy show on sometime this season?? Similar to Fresh Off the Boat, members of the Empire Cast are always showing some love to Janet Jackson. And of course Missy and Timbaland are thick as thieves. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dje6KWfiOuU&feature=youtu.be&app=desktop
  15. Hello everybody my name is Raj! I am new to this forum. Here's a little about myself. I live in San Francisco Bay Area, I love Janet (of course), as well as I'm a big fan of these following ladies/Artist. Aaliyah If you're familiar with the parody "The Legends Panel" I play Aaliyah's voice in the 3rd Season. Gaga And Tinashe! I'm one of the biggest Tinashe fans you'll ever know. Any questions about her I'm usually the person people go to lol. I also created and run with other fellow members the Tinashe Facebook Fan Group Page You can join the group here @ Tinashe Wildfire I also sing, dance, act, and write music. I love music, it's my life. Plus love having fun with others who have the same interests as me. Ok that's enough about me. Hi my fellow #JTribe members!
  16. How Janet Jackson took control again with Jam and Lewis http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/music/kot/ct-jimmy-jam-terry-lewis-ott-1030-20151026-column.html Producers Jimmy Jam, left, and Terry Lewis collaborated with Janet Jackson on her new album "Unbreakable.” (Christopher Voelker)Greg KotContact ReporterJimmy Jam details how the Jam-Lewis partnership with Janet Jackson was rekindled. Jimmy Jam knows Janet Jackson well enough to know what works. Their first few albums, including "Control" (1986) and "Rhythm Nation" (1989), were basically three-person operations: Jackson, Jam and coproducer Terry Lewis working without interference or input from anybody else. When talk turned to Jam and Lewis rejoining Jackson in the studio for what would become her latest studio album, "Unbreakable" (Rhythm Nation/BMG), the producers stipulated one condition. "We insisted that had to be that process again — just us, no record company, no A&R or anything like that," Jam says. "Let us make the record we want to make. It felt like 'Control' again. It was a rediscovering of that, except her voice has matured and our chops in the studio have gotten better." It's no coincidence that "Unbreakable" is Jackson's best and most focused work since the '90s, back when she was regularly working with the Minneapolis duo, and debuted at No. 1 on the pop album chart. For most of the last decade, Jackson worked with different collaborators and bottomed out in 2008 with her previous studio album, "Discipline," recorded with a bevy of contemporary hitmakers. Only months after releasing the album, it drifted off the charts and Jackson parted ways with her record label. Then Jackson's personal life got complicated. Her brother Michael Jackson died in 2009, then she broke off a romantic relationship with producer Jermaine Dupri, scrapped an album she was working on with Rodney Jerkins, and married a Qatari businessman, Wissam Al Mana. Two years ago, the singer reconnected with Jam and Lewis. In an interview, Jam described how that relationship was rekindled. Here are few excerpts from that conversation: Q: How did you and Terry get back to producing Janet Jackson albums after so many years apart? Janet Jackson announces Chicago showsA: A couple years ago we had a catch-up lunch. We talked about family, life, not music. But she said that time will come. Later, her manager called and said, "Let's get you guys together and see what happens. If a record happens, great, if it's just a bunch of dinners and hanging out, it's fine too." We started trading ideas long distance or through email about a year ago. We decided to meet in New York, sit in a room together and see what we came up with. We got three, four ideas that we thought were kinda cool. We're not talking about what the album should be yet, but confirming our desire to work together. We give Janet a comfort zone to try things, where there really are no bad ideas, just ideas that won't get used. You can't undo the 30 years we've been working together, and she had things she wanted to say. On the albums from "Control" (1986) to "All for You" (2001), they were done in a vacuum with us. The first three were done in Minneapolis, where we were left alone, we picked singles, sequenced the album, and there was no input from anyone else. That was the combination that made good records. More recently, there were a couple (Jackson) records that weren't like that because there were too many cooks in the kitchen, and those records weren't as successful as ones that came before. They didn't have the continuity that the first five albums we did with her had. We all wanted to get back to that. Janet Jackson to release 1st album in 7 yearsQ: What took so long to get back together? A: A lot of it was just life taking its natural turns. I've always been a big believer you make records when you have something to say, and going back, we never made a Janet record where she didn't have anything to say. … Later on there was an album where she said to Terry, "You do the lyrics, I don't have any ideas," and I said to management that this is a total red flag to me. But so much happened after "Discipline" came out — her brother passing, that's a life changer, and she also fell in love and got married and moved to the other side of world to live. All that went into this record. Q: It's extremely rare in pop and R&B these days to see just one set of producers working on an entire album with an artist, instead of a bunch of producers all vying to create singles. How were you guys able to cut against the grain? A: It's timing and opportunity. When we did "Control," she had already done two albums before with multiple producers. With "Control," we got an opportunity to make a whole album with her, without scrutiny, because no one was saying, "I can't wait for the new Janet record." So we were left alone. There's a little of that vibe here. The aim is to make a complete album. You don't have to make singles, you just make songs, and arrange them in an order that tells a story or a feeling, a continuity. And out of that there will be certain songs that will raise their hands: "I wanna go first!" It's a whole different mindset. … It's fun to do a project where you come in to work on one track. But there's nothing like getting into a project for the duration. I always felt our best work with Janet or someone like New Edition or Alexander O'Neal was when it was all of us working on the whole album together. Q: What songs set the tone for this record? A: The first song we recorded was "After You Fall," one of the most intimate and strongest vocals on the record. It happened organically. I had this idea, played it for Terry, and sent it to her. She called right back, "Oh my God, what is this?" I said I think it should be called "After You Fall," but I don't know what it's about. She sent it back the next day with the lyrics totally done. … Once she sang it, we played it back, and she never gives herself credit, but for this one she goes, "I don't mind that." That was our starting point. Q: This is a warmer-sounding, more intimate album for her in contrast to some of the more contemporary dance-oriented stuff she was dabbling in on the last few albums. Was that by design? A: The idea of the record sounding warm, that was just the way we were all feeling. There are some dance tracks, because she loves to dance, but it's also important to pay attention to lyrics. It's the strongest album she's done lyrically because she's writing from a standpoint of maturity and perspective that she didn't have before. "Broken Hearts Heal" is about her brother, which is the first time she opened up about that. And "The Great Forever," a lot of (oppressed) communities have already embraced that as their anthem. Q: The previous album, "Discipline," sounded desperate to keep up with pop trends. This one sounds like it was made without that sort of agenda. How much do you pay attention to what's trending in pop? A: There was really no concern about what is going on today. It wasn't about reintroducing her, because her fans are there. We wanted to make a record for those fans who have been there. What would they like that next album to sound like? We were aware of what's out there, and we always play records we love before we start recording. She loves Brazilian music, Gilberto Gil and artists like that — we listened to a ton of that. We love Basement Jaxx, then Azealia Banks, Big Sean, and I went to Coachella because I wanted to see FKA Twigs. We want to soak everything up, and then shut it down and make our own album. If it sounded like it was forced, or we're chasing something, that's not what we're trying to do. We did isolate ourselves. Our partners in BMG did not know what the album would sound like till we finished. She's an indie artist with her own label, which is cool, because it allows her to make an album without pressure or expectations of sales. That was refreshing. Q: How tough was it to record the song about her brother, "Broken Hearts Heal"? A: It was more a celebration of his life. It's a short song with few words, and the rest is feel, like you're leaving room for everyone to have their own memory of Mike. When we worked with Michael and Janet on (the 1995 single) "Scream," as soon as the music came on, Michael started dancing, stomping his feet, snapping his fingers, jangling his jewelry. He was off mic when he sang. He broke every studio rule. Janet, on the other hand, is very disciplined in the studio. You never have to change mic position because she walks in and nails it every time. But on the second verse of that song, she started snapping her fingers while she was singing and she would say, "Oh, man, I know you don't want that in there." But it fits. It's cool. That's exactly how your brother records. It was almost like his spirit had gotten in her. Q: Do you feel her career was unfairly tainted by the "wardrobe malfunction" at the Super Bowl in 2004 or has that been overblown? A: If anything the unfairness of it has been underblown. The attention to it was overblown. To me, it's about an African-American female being swept under the rug, and that's the travesty. We, I say that collectively, have no desire to bring it back up again. It's a blip on a 40-year career. … You see a woman's body part for two seconds and it becomes this major issue? It's sexist, it's racist. … If you live long enough, eventually you get measured by the deeds you do throughout your life. I think it's wonderful that Janet has persevered. "Come a long way, got a long way to go," as she says in the song "Well Traveled." You never stop learning, growing, that's the thing she always did. Even in the firestorm after the Super Bowl, she got better at her craft, she became a better singer, songwriter, dancer. That's the culmination of what you see on "Unbreakable."
  17. http://host.madison.com/daily-cardinal/record-routine-unbreakable-janet-jackson-stands-strong-on-seventh-lp/article_5ca82a3e-714e-11e5-94b8-5766e7c7ce62.html This one is unique, in that it praises one of my absolute favorites, "Gon B Alright" as the best song on the album. It's great seeing just how well-received this album is day after day. Janet has truly won back her toughest critics with this offering...it's such a nice event to watch unfold.
  18. http://theboombox.com/janet-jackson-lawsuit-seven-aurelius-hoax-song/ I wonder if there's any truth behind this, or just a bogus article. If so: 7, you're petty bruh. It's not that serious. As much as I like "S.E.X.L.I.N.E.S"...You leaked it just to capitalize off Janet's album buzz, let's keep it real. A gift to Janet fans my ass.
  19. Janet Jackson: 'I’ve always wanted to own a king cobra because they’re so dangerous'As the shy star and snake enthusiast returns after a seven-year break with new single No Sleep, Rock’s Backpages sees Janet Jackson talk animal attraction, marriage and famous families with Smash Hits, originally published on 27 August 1986 Sitting in an executive-styled chair in the executive-styled “conference” room of her record company’s Los Angeles headquarters, Janet Jackson’s stomach makes a gurgling sound. “Oh, my!!” she squeaks in gross embarrassment, not knowing where to look. It’s as if she’s wet herself or done something equally unspeakable. Janet Jackson, you see, is a very shy person. She has the most bashful smile you ever did see and her enormous eyes, set in a baby face that’s just like brother Michael’s only smoother and prettier, peer constantly at the floor or thereabouts. Janet Jackson: 10 of the best Read moreFrom her left ear lobe dangles a house key – quite a grown up – looking fashion accessory this – but apart from that she looks and acts and talks, in soft tones and nervous whispers, just like a little girl. Janet Jackson is 20 years old. Her LP, Control, has gone “double platinum” (ie sold 2m copies) in America. She is on her way to being as popular as Madonna – and yet the brash self-confidence of Madonna is something Janet Jackson quite clearly lacks. Not entirely surprising when you consider the way she was brought up, protected and in some seclusion, the youngest of the super-successful showbiz siblings. “My parents are very strict and we were very sheltered growing up,” she quietly recalls, “but it was my brother Jermaine who was most protective towards me. Guys would come up and ask me for a dance and he’d tell them no, I can’t dance, I don’t feel good, I have a headache or something. He just didn’t like them touching his little sister, I suppose. But I didn’t really do any of that, going out dancing, until I was 18. My first time ever going out dancing was in Japan and I was 18. No, I guess I was 19. And I went out every night with my sister and my mother and we had the best time. “And my very first party I’ve ever had was last Thursday – my double-platinum party– so that was very exciting. Usually I would pretty much stay at home because everything is at home. We have a screening room if we want to see a movie or something, and we have the animals...” Ah, the animals. Animals are the one and only topic that Janet will chatter about happily and freely until the cows (haw haw) come home. But we’ll come back to them later. What did Janet do all day, hanging around the Encino, California, homestead when she was a wee girlie? “I would talk to the animals.” Oh. “I would talk to my dogs. I felt that they understood me – everything that I was saying to them. They’re the greatest listeners because they sit there and look at you and listen.” Anything else? “Oh, our next door neighbour – we would play together all the time. There’s a brick fence that separates the two houses and we’d get on top of the fence and we’d play and we’d bring cookies and punch and we’d have a little party of our own up there and just play little games. “And I would write songs. I was eight years old when I wrote my first song and it was called Fantasy. I sang it to my brother and my sister and my mother in the car when we went for a drive and they said they liked it. I hope they were telling me the truth. “And I would watch TV: The Three Stooges and cartoons. Bugs Bunny, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Speed Racer – those were my favourites. I always tried to do an impression of Donald Duck but I could never get my voice to sound like that. The first impression I did was of Mae West but I can’t do it any more. And I loved to draw and colour and so my brothers would send back all types of crayons and felts and colouring books from Switzerland and London when they were out of town.” The brothers. The famous Jacksons. What were they like as children? “With my friends, their older sisters and brothers would yell at them and tell them to get out and leave them alone and shut up, but my brothers and sisters never did that to me. They always wanted me around. I was a tomboy, actually, and they always told me I’d grow out of it but I told them that I never wanted to and I wouldn’t. “We used to go horse-back riding and swim and play baseball and climb the fruit trees and pick the fruit off the trees and just get into trouble. Michael was the naughtiest – he was a real bad little kid and he was sassy and everyone would say ‘Oh, God, here comes Michael!’ What’s the worst thing he ever did? I think he looked up under a lady’s dress once. I think he did. I’d say that’s probably the worst that I know of. Me? I was good. I never got punished. I got hit a few times but that was all. One time I got hit for saying something I shouldn’t have said. A bad word. I shouldn’t have spoke it but I opened up my big mouth and my mother hit me for it. “Another time I got hit was when I had an argument with my brother Randy. He would tease me and I’d get upset and start crying and I threw pool balls at him but not once did I ever really hit him. I’d always miss and my mother would hit me and hit him for that. There were other times when you couldn’t separate us, Randy and I. He’d hold my hand, when we walked across the street. We were just glued together. These days I’m very close to Randy and I’m close to Marlon and I’m very close to Michael.” As the “baby” out of nine children, was she spoiled? “My mother says that I’m spoiled and my friends say that I’m spoiled ... so I guess I am. But we don’t celebrate Christmas and don’t celebrate birthdays, so I didn’t get everything I wanted. I’ve always wanted a horse and I still don’t have one. My brother Michael has an Arabian stallion and I want a black stallion but I don’t have a horse.” Facebook Twitter Pinterest We are family … The Jackson 5 and sisters Photograph: Newspix/Rex FeaturesDespite her reclusive upbringing, Janet did go to a “normal” neighbourhood school. For a bit, anyway. Until she got too famous. For, when she was 10, she became a child actor, appearing in the TV situation comedy Good Times. “I played an abused child. I would come in and my arm was broke or I had iron burns on me. The make-up job was really neat. It was a lot of fun.” But at school... “The first year in junior high I missed the first two weeks because I was working on the show – I had a tutor on the set – so finally when I did come to school in the third week I was walking down the hallway and I saw a friend of mine from elementary school and we hugged and everything and then she yelled my name down the hallway and, everyone turned and they said, ‘Wow, that’s Janet Jackson’ and all the kids started running towards me so I dropped my lunch and started running too, and for the next week I had school in the principal’s office...” And then she went to Valley Professional (“a school for kids who are in the business and ice skaters and things like that”) from which she took “time out” to further her acting career with parts on another comedy show, Diffrent Strokes, and the all-dancin’, all-sobbin’ all-lurvin’Fame. Fame, on which the participants were expected to dance’n’whoop’n’glow from dawn to dusk, was an exhausting experience for Janet. “I’d get home and I couldn’t eat. I’d just flop into bed. I’m not very fit. At elementary, school I liked track – I used to be a good runner. I used to come in first all the time and I won some ribbons, but not any more. One time I ran and I came in first but I got sick to my stomach and I turned pale and I was about faint and they took me to the nurse’s office and they let me go home. I was so happy. “I can’t run any more because I have back problems and I don’t like exercising at all. I like clowning around. So I’ve put on a few pounds but I’ve stopped porking out. At lunch time I used to pig out. I’d eat everything. I used to make a lot of chicken with wine sauce and melted cheese and mushrooms and stuff on top of it. I’m not really into candy that much but I like bubble gum...” Bubble gum isn’t fattening, is it? “Too much sugar. And one of the vice-presidents of the record company told me to stop chewing so much gum because when you chew gum it exercises your jaw muscles and makes them bigger and they start swelling out. I laughed so hard when he told me that, that I spit my gum out. “One time I blew a huge bubble and it burst and it got in my hair and in my eyelashes and I was so mad. I couldn’t get it out and I was just washing my face all night long and I was scrubbing so hard I was turning red all round my eyes and they said to use peanut butter to get it out. I guess because peanut butter is so oily it comes right out. So if you ever get bubble gum stuck in your hair, use peanut butter.” So on that useful health’n’beauty tip, we return to the chronology of Janet Jackson’s career. Well, actually, we don’t. We continue on the bubble gum theme ... “Louis, our llama, he likes to chew gum. He loves gum. I think I’m the only one who gives him gum, so every time he sees me coming he tries to put his lips through the fence and I give him a piece of gum and he just sits there and chews.” And on that useful zoological tip we... “Jabar doesn’t chew gum. Jabar, that’s the giraffe – J-A-B-A-R – he’s so big and he’s still a baby. He’s so tall and he eats up my mother’s trees. All the leaves off my mother’s trees – she has a fit. He has big eyes and those beautiful, long eyelashes...” And on that subject, we return to the chronology of Janet Jackson’s career. When she was 16, already a TV star, she made her first LP, Janet Jackson, a mediocre poppy thing that sold hardly any copies at all. When she was 18, she made a second LP, Dream Street, which was slightly better because she got to sing a duet with our very own Sir Clifford Richard on one track, Two To the Power of Love, although “I didn’t get to know him that well ... he’s English.” And then, also when she was 18, Janet ran off and got married to soul singer James DeBarge. After eight months the marriage was annulled. This is a subject Janet does not care to talk about at all. “It was something that I just needed to do at the time,” she says, “something that I needed to experience right then...” She smiles a secret smile and giggles a secret giggle. I ask why. “Oh ... I was just thinking about him, that’s all...” Him? You’d think “him” meant James DeBarge, but it might just as well be, for all we know, Muscles, the Jackson’s late, lamented rainbow boa snake... “There was something about Muscles that I just loved. He was very different from the rest of our snakes – the pythons – because the rainbow boas are known for squeezing, not for biting, and I would let him sleep on my headboard. I used to sleep with him and I’d wake up in the morning and he’d still be sleeping on the headboard or he’d sleep in the bed next to me and he’d rest his head on the pillow and he’d have his tail curled up on the bed and he’d still be there the next morning and I’d carry him around my neck a lot and he never tried to squeeze me. I just trusted him. I find more guys are afraid of snakes than girls and I just trusted him a great deal. “The only time I got in trouble with the animals was with our parrot Ricky; he used to bite me all the time and I got bit by one of our pet rats and he was hanging from my finger and I was trying to shake him off and he wouldn’t let go and finally he let go and I had to go to the hospital and my whole hand got so fat and they put a cast on my whole arm and it was my first time wearing a cast and I was real proud of it because all my friends in school had all had casts and I’d always wanted to know what it sort of felt like to break your leg or your arm...” Well, and, um, so, does Janet feel ready for marriage again? “I’d like to get married again at least by 30 so I can have kids and grow with them. I’ve always wanted 16 kids but I suppose I should have started a little while back. I’ll never make it now, so I’ll just have between five and seven...” She’s had training for motherhood, has Janet. “We used to bottle-feed the deer, Michael and I. We have two deer and we have a fawn because they had a baby...” And she feeds Bubbles, the chimpanzee, too. “He’s the sweetest thing. He’s so cute because he greets you. He goes ‘uuh uuh’. He greets you like that and he’ll walk in the room– ‘uuh uuh’ – and he’ll walk over to you – ‘uuh uuh’ – and he’ll give you a hug and rest his head on your chest and then he’ll start rocking and he’ll look up at you and you say, ‘Bubbles, give me a kiss’ and he puckers his lips and gives you a kiss. “My mother treats Bubbles like one of the kids. One day Bubbles was crying because he didn’t want to have class that day and my mother was standing there watching Bubbles cry and she started crying too. It made her very sad because Bubbles was sitting there crying and screaming because he didn’t want to have class.” And why, dare one ask, should a chimpanzee have “class”? “Oh, it teaches him to hear no evil, speak no evil and see no evil. It teaches him to shake his head no and to wave goodbye and to kneel down to beg and look up to the sky...” Of course ... but time is running out. Janet Jackson’s stomach is groaning in spectacularly embarrassing fashion and I decided to pose one last question – a predictable and orthodox “Do you have any burning, unfulfilled ambitions, Janet?” I suppose I should have known the answer ... “Yes. I’d like to own a king cobra.” Janet, eyes off the ground for once, notices my ruffled brow. “Ok, that might sound like a crazy ambition to you but I’ve always wanted to own a king cobra because they’re so dangerous and poisonous, and to make him my friend ... that would be a serious achievement. And I think I could do it.”
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