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Overview (4)

Born in Gary, Indiana, USA
Birth NameJanet Damita Jo Jackson
Nicknames Dunk
J
JJ
Miss Janet
Jan
Miss Jackson
Jo
Mama Yoke
Height 5' 3½" (1.61 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Janet Damita Jo Jackson was born on May 16, 1966 in Gary, Indiana, to Katherine Jackson (née Katherine Esther Scruse) and Joe Jackson, a musician. She is the youngest of ten children. After her birth, her brothers formed a band later called The Jackson 5. She lived at home with her sisters, while her brothers and father lived an extravagant life in Los Angeles. She later moved in with them while her brothers were making a name for themselves, and signed a deal with Motown. Janet was in the shadow but later also made a name for herself.

As she was touring, and making appearances with her brothers, and the rest of the family, she co-starred with the rest of them in "The Jacksons". In 1977, she got the part of Penny Gordon on "Good Times". That showed her acting abilities early on. She also made a few memorable appearances on the hit TV show "Diff'rent Strokes" as Charlene Dupree. Soon afterwards came her role on "Fame".

She married boyfriend James Debarge, but they divorced just months later. She signed with A&M Records, and recorded her first solo album titled "Janet Jackson". The album did poorly on the music charts. Two years later she recorded "Dream Street" which turned out to be another disaster. A year later she signed on Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis to record a third album, this time called "Control". It was a hit, selling 5 million copies in the U.S. alone, spawning six hits, and the #1 "When I Think of You". Afterwards, she fired her father, her manager to truly gain control.

Janet was determined to make this happen again. She then recorded "Rhythm Nation 1814". This time it sold 9 million copies in the U.S. - a bigger hit than "Control"! She happened to fall in love with a dancer named René Elizondo, Jr. from one of her sister's, LaToya Jackson's music video and later secretly married him in March of 1991. That same year she got a star on the Hollywood walk of fame. Janet went to work on her fifth album simply called "Janet.". It was her biggest hit to date selling over 10 million copies in the U.S. alone and includes her biggest hit single to date, "That's The Way Love Goes". Two years later she released a Greatest Hits album "Design of a Decade" which included two new hits "Runaway", and "Twenty-Foreplay". Her seventh album "The Velvet Rope" clarified her pop culture status.

In the midst of the release of The Velvet Rope, she divorced Rene Elizendo, which is when it emerged they had been secretly married for eight years. Janet recorded her eighth album "All For You". Another hit. She was honored by MTV as an MTV Icon. In 2004, Janet went to work on her next album "Damita Jo" - it was another hit.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (3)

Wissam Al Mana (2012 - present) ( filed for divorce) ( 1 child)
Rene Elizondo (31 March 1991 - 13 March 2000) ( divorced)
James DeBarge (7 September 1984 - 18 November 1985) ( annulled)

Trade Mark (5)

Second soprano vocal range, her top note is an "e"
Her bright smile
soft, light tone, whispery vocals
One key earring
Facial mole above the upper left lip

Trivia (218)

With her 1986 song "When I Think of You", she and her brother, Michael Jackson, became the first siblings in the rock era to have #1 songs as soloists.
She was paid $3 million for Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (2000). She was paid an extra $1 million for the song "Doesn't Really Matter" for the film soundtrack.
Voted one of the "10 Sexiest Women of 2001" by the readers of Black Men magazine.
Ex-sister-in-law of El DeBarge.
The last five of her eight albums (excluding her first two albums "Janet Jackson", "Dream Street" and her greatest hits album "Design of a Decade: 1986-1996") have all hit #1.
Was to appear as Lena Horne in a biopic due to be released in 2004. But Lena changed her mind after the SuperBowl "breast-baring" incident.
Ranked #77 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll
During the half-time show of Super Bowl XXXVIII (38), her right breast was "accidentally" exposed when co-performer Justin Timberlake reached around and grabbed a detachable part of her breastplate-like outfit. They admit that they privately planned the move after rehearsals had ended, but still maintain that the exposure was accidental in that a red bra was to be revealed, not her bare breast. [February 2004]
Attended Lanai Road Elementary School in Encino, California.
Attended Portola Middle School in Tarzana, California. Was teased and harassed by kids because of her fame on Good Times (1974).
Attended and graduated from Valley Professional School, an institution where most children were entertainers or actors (1984).
Her nickname "Dunk" was coined to describe her sturdy body, which her brother Michael claimed remsembled a donkey.
Negotiated a new, $80 million recording contract with Virgin Records in 1996.
Is the only woman singer in the history of Rock & Roll to score five back to back #1 studio albums on the Billboard Album's chart. "Control", "Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation", "Janet", "The Velvet Rope" and "All For You" all reached #1, together selling more than 60 million copies worldwide. Her albums "Design of a Decade" and "Damita Jo" both reached top 3.
Has four dogs: Riley (a Rottweiler); Dylan (a Boxer); Madison (a miniature Schnauzer) and Pockets (an Australian shepherd-cross).
Her favorite singers are Ella Fitzgerald and Marvin Gaye.
Won nine Billboard Awards in 1990 for her album "Rhythm Nation 1814".
Her first self-titled album peaked at #63 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums and sold a disappointing 250,000 copies.
Her sophomore album "Dream Street" reached #147 on Billboard and sold only 200,000 copies.
Her third album "Control" sell over 10 million worldwide and produced five top 5 hits including "Nasty", "Let's Wait Awhile, and the #1 "When I Think of You".
"Rhythm Nation 1814" spend four weeks being #1 on both Pop and R&B charts in the United States. It sold another 10 million worldwide and the singles were even more successful. The album spawned seven top 5 hits including 4 #1s.
The album "Janet" produced six top 10 hits and sold over 15 million copies.
Eloped with singer James DeBarge, in 1984 and lived in the Jackson's Encino ranch for several months before she had the marriage annulled.
Is the #2 most successful artist on the Billboard Dance/Club Play Chart, behind only Madonna.
Her first biography was released in 1977 as a joint biography about her and brother Randy Jackson.
Daughter of Joe Jackson and Katherine Jackson
Became the first artist to score a #1 hit simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 and Mainstream Rock singles chart with "Black Cat" in 1990.
Brother Michael Jackson claims in his "Home Movies" documentary in 2003 that Janet emulated his choreography from his "Captain EO" short movie into her "Rhythm Nation" music video which she choreographed with Anthony Thomas four years later.
Has homes in Los Angeles, New York and Atlanta (with beau Jermaine Dupri).
Holds the record for most weeks spent at #1 on the R&B chart for her 1994 single, "Any Time, Any Place".
Has always wanted and still wants to go back school to study law.
The Rhythm Nation world tour was the most successful debut tour from any artist
Used to want to be a jockey when she was a little child but has been scared to ride horses since Christopher Reeve's accident.
The film clip "Again" was originally supposed to have Janet wearing her nightwear when she was sitting near her bed because that's what she was wearing when she was writing the song for Poetic Justice (1993).
Named #37 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement.
Is mentioned in Marshall Mathers's song "Ass Like That".
In Japan, she appeared in a television commercial for Pepsi-Cola with Ricky Martin in 1999. She also appeared in another Japanese television commercial back in 1990 for Japan Airlines.
She had endorsements with PepsiCo, American Airlines and Revlon.
Growing up before being a singer, Janet has always wanted to work at a McDonald's Drive-Thru window.
Ranked #10 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 1500 Vine Street in Hollywood, California on April 20, 1990.
The Jacksons were awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 1500 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.
Younger sister of Michael Jackson.
In the late 1980s, for a period of several months on a weekly basis, she was hospitalized at Brotman Hospital in Culver City, California.
When Janet appeared on the controversial cover of Rolling Stone magazine, she was topless except for the hands of then husband Rene Elizondo, who had "hand-cupped" her breasts for the shot as captured by photographer Patrick DeMarchelier. [September 1993]
Explained that one reason why she named her 1993 album "Janet" was because many people thought she was just riding her on last name. She even produced and helped write songs on the album without any of her siblings being involved.
When her secret marriage to Rene Elizondo broke out in 2000, after he filed for divorce, Janet who had in the past denied being married apologized stating "To have a normal family life...Since I was a child, my personal life has been lived in the public eye," "At times this has been very difficult. I hope my fans will understand." Later Elizondo himself admitted that he was surprised they were able to keep it a secret for as long as they did.
Has a son, Eissa Al Mana (b.January 3, 2017), with her estranged husband Wissam Al Mana.
Her 1986 song "Nasty" was inspired by a bit of ancient Roman graffiti: VIRGULA TERTIO SU: INDECENS ES. ("Virgula to Teritus: You are a nasty boy").
Her album "Damita Jo" was titled after her middle name.
Friends with Tichina Arnold.
(June 16, 2017) Has filed for divorce from her third husband of 5 years Wissam Al Mana just 3 months after the birth of their son Eissa.
Has a West African Sankofa symbol tattoo on her inner right wrist.
Has five visible tattoos on her body, including Mickey & Minnie Mouse in a sexual position, located on the right side of her bikini line.
Cited Lena Horne and Dorothy Dandridge as her main inspirations.
Having sold over 100 million records, she is one of the best-selling artists in the history of contemporary music.
As of 2008, Jackson is the most-searched person in internet history, and upon the debut of her tenth studio album, ranked as the ninth biggest-selling pop artist and second most-successful female artist within contemporary pop.
Is good friends with Missy Elliott.
In 2008, Billboard placed her number seven on its list of the Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists, and in 2010 ranked her fifth among the "Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years". In December 2016, the magazine named her the second most successful dance club artist of all-time after Madonna.
Is mentioned in O-Town's 2001 song "Liquid Dreams".
In November 2014, she was voted 'Queen of Pop' by a poll conducted online by VH1.com.
Recipient of ten Billboard Music Awards, she is one of an elite group of musical acts, such as Madonna, Aerosmith, Garth Brooks and Eric Clapton, whom Billboard credits for "redefining the landscape of popular music.
Billboard magazine ranked her at number seven on their Hot 100 50th Anniversary "All-Time Top Artists", making her the third most successful female artist in the history of the chart, following Madonna and Mariah Carey.
In October 2015, she received her first nomination for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
She ranks as the top artist on the chart with 15 number ones in the past twenty-five years, garnering 27 top ten hits between 1985 and 2001, and 33 consecutive top 40 hits from 1985 through 2004.
Her album janet. was featured in the 1999 Guinness Book of World Records for "Top-Selling Dance Album of the Decade, Female".
Included in the 2007 Guinness Book of World Records for "Most Searched Person in Internet History", "Most Searched News Item in Internet History ", and "Largest Fine Ever Imposed on Broadcaster: Super Bowl incident".
Included in the 1991 Guinness Book of World Records for "Largest Recording Contract".
Was the first pop artist to perform at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in 1994.
Had to reverse the decision to use a live panther during the Rhythm Nation tour after several incidents, including the panther urinating on stage. Citing concerns from fans, and her own love of animals, she eventually did not use the cat in the summer leg of the tour.
According to StubHub, the State of the World Tour ranks as one of the top 10 most in-demand concert tours for the fall of 2017.
Once donated over $1/2 million to fund education projects from concert proceeds and also donated 25 cents from each ticket sold to the Cities in Schools program, which works to prevent kids from dropping out of school.[26] After the tour ended, she gave $500,000 to the United Negro College Fund in the form of a "Rhythm Nation Scholarship".
According to StubHub, a ticket resale site, the Unbreakable World Tour ranked the tenth most popular concert tour of the fall of 2015.
Britney Spears attended the Los Angeles date of the "Rock Witchu Tour" and said the show inspired the choreography for her "Womanizer" video. Spears also hired Janet's stylist from the tour for The Circus Starring Britney Spears tour.
Grossing $28.1 million in the United States alone, the Rhythm Nation tour ranked number five among the best-selling of 1990 within the US, making Jackson the only female artist to place within the top ten.
Is listed in Guinness World Records for Most Successful Siblings in History (with her brother Michael Jackson) in 1999.
Control is listed by the National Association of Recording Merchandisers and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the 200 Definitive Albums of All Time.
Rhythm Nation is the only album in the history of the Hot 100 chart to have seven singles peak within the top five.
She holds the record for most American Music Awards nominations from one album (with twelve) for Control.
"No Sleeep" became her 40th entry on the Hot 100 chart.
She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1990.
Rhythm Nation is the only album to produce No. 1 hits on the Hot 100 chart in three separate calendar years (1989-1991).
A biography revealed her father, Joe Jackson, was emotionally withdrawn, and told her to address him solely by his first name as a child.
At the age of 16, her father and manager Joe Jackson, arranged a contract for her with A&M Records.
Rejected a role in The Matrix (1999) to go on a concert tour.
She and her sister La Toya Jackson provided backing vocals for their brother Michael Jackson's song "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing). The two sisters sang "na na na" back at their brother towards the end of the song.
Was one of the zombie dancers featured in her brother Michael Jackson's music video "Thriller".
As a child, she would often do Mae West impersonations in comedy/variety shows.
Two tracks from Britney Spears 2001 "Britney" album, "I'm A Slave 4 U" and "Boys", were both originally intended for Janet Jackson's seventh studio album, All for You (2001), with her recording an unreleased demo version of the latter before handing the track to Spears.
Attended Montclair College Prep in Van Nuys, California, along with her famous siblings Michael Jackson, La Toya Jackson, Marlon Jackson, and Tito Jackson.
Her father, Joe Jackson, is of African and distant Native American Ancestry. His grandfather, Israel Nero Jackson, was the son of Jack July Jackson (1803-1908), an indigenous Choctaw of the Plantation of Gale.
"The Knowledge" from the Rhythm Nation album was her brother Michael Jackson's favorite song to dance to.
The only member of the famous Jackson family to ever be nominated for an Academy Award - in 1994 as co-writer of the song "Again" from Poetic Justice (1993).
The "Janet." album cemented her as an international icon and sex symbol, and is listed by the National Association of Recording Merchandisers and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the 200 Definitive Albums of All Time. Academics argued the erotic imagery in her music videos have contributed to a higher degree of sexual freedom among women.
Her favorite designers are John Galliano, Dolce and Gabbana, Jean-Paul Gaultier.
Has an estimated net worth of $175 million.
In 2015, she initiated her own record label, Rhythm Nation, thus becoming one of the first African-American female musicians to own a record label. Under it, she released a lead single "No Sleeep" which bagged the number one spot at Billboard and Twitter.
She became the first celebrity in the brand's history to endorse the fashion line Blackglama for two years.
Internationally, she earned the TMF Awards' 'Lifetime Achievement Award', MTV Japan's 'Inspiration Award', and World Music Awards''Legend Award'.
Is ranked as the third most awarded artist in history. Of the 435 nominations that she has been listed under in her more than four decades of career, she has bagged 214 awards and the numbers are bound to increase in the coming years.
In 2009, she released a second hits compilation "Number Ones." Its single, "Make Me" became her nineteenth number one on the Hot Dance Club Songs chart, making her the first artist to have number-one singles in four separate decades.
In 2011, she authored a self help book 'True You' which chronicled her life and struggles. The book topped The New York Times' Best Seller list.
Her humanitarian efforts have garnered APLA's 'Commitment to Life Award', amfAR's 'Award of Courage' and GLAAD's 'Vanguard Award'. She was even honored with a Humanitarian Award for her involvement in raising money for AIDS charities.
In 2006, she released her ninth studio album "20 Y.O." Despite having some awe-striking numbers, it failed to rise above the Super Bowl backlash and was in fact overshadowed by it. Due to being blacklisted by music channels and radio airplay, the album was affected profoundly. Braving all odds, '20 Y.O.' managed a platinum certification by RIAA and also receiving a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary R&B Album.
In 2008, she signed a record deal with Island Records. The same year, she released her tenth studio album "Discipline" that opened at number one place. Its lead single peaked at number 19 on the Hot 100 charts.
Her nickname used to be "Mama Yoke" as she explained during the song "Free Xone" on her The Velvet Rope album in 1997.
Wore a key earring throughout her tenure as a rising pop superstar in the 80s.
Her song "Anytime, Anyplace" was sampled in Kendrick Lamar's 2012 single, "Poetic Justice", which also shares the same name of the 1993 film she had starred in.
Her 1986 single "Funny How Time Flies (When You're Having Fun)" was sampled on Tinashe's song "How Many Times" from her debut album "Aquarius".
Was once considered a role of Tina Turner for the 1993 film "What's Love Got to Do with It (1993)". The role was then given to actress Angela Bassett.
Had vied for the role of Dorothy Dandridge in the 1999 HBO film "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999)". The role was later given to actress Halle Berry.
Is the first African American woman to ever win the Icon Award at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards.
During the 32nd Annual Grammy Awards, she became the first female artist to be nominated for Producer of the Year, following her production contributions on her fourth album, Rhythm Nation 1814.
According to Fuse in 2014, she is the third most awarded recording artist of all time, only behind Beyoncé and her brother Michael Jackson.
Her fans are affectionately known as "JanFam" or "J-Tribe".
Loves Brazilian bossa nova, jazz, and samba music.
Loves Indian food.
E!'s 30 Best Bodies [2003] (Ranked: 18).
Featured in Ebony Magazine's 50 Most Intriguing Blacks [2004].
E!'s 25 Most Eligible Bachelorettes [2003] (Ranked: 12).
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Celebrity Sleuth's 25 Sexiest [1995] (Ranked: 9).
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Blender Magazine's 50 Sexiest Artists of All Time (Ranked: 15).
10 Most Reluctant Autograph Givers [2003] (Ranked: 6).
Featured in Ebony Magazine's 15 Most Beautiful Black Women of the Year [October 1996].
Featured in Ebony Magazine's 100 Most Fascinating Black Women of the 20th Century [March 1999].
FHM-Australia's 100 Sexiest Women [2004] (Ranked: 99).
FHM-Denmark's 100 Sexiest Women [2002] (Ranked: 67).
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Entertainment Weekly's 101 Most Influential People [1993] (Ranked: 88).
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Featured in Essence's 50 Most Inspiring African Americans.
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Personal Quotes (67)

You don't have to hold onto the pain to hold onto the memory.
We all have the need to feel special.
In complete darkness we are all the same, it is only our knowledge and wisdom that separates us, don't let your eyes deceive you.
[on the day her father told her to stop calling him Dad] I will never forget that. I was really young, about 6 or 7, and as a kid, that was very hurtful to me. I went through a lot, from age 15 to about 19 years. I was very young. I used to hurt so badly that I'd ask God, "Why, what have I done to deserve this?".
[on her 1997 recording "The Velvet Rope"] We're all driven to premieres or nightclubs and seen the rope separating those who can enter and those who can't. Well, there's also a velvet rope we have inside of us, keeping others from knowing our feelings. In this album, I'm trying to expose and explore those feelings. I'm inviting you inside my barrier. During my life, I've been on both sides of the rope. At times, especially during my childhood, I felt left out and alone. At times, I felt misunderstood... But no human heard those feelings expressed. They stayed buried in the past. But now the truth has to come out, and for me, the truth takes the form of a song.
[1993 interview in Rolling Stone magazine] It made me so happy. On my song "Whoops Now", I even used the lyrics, "I'm out in the sun having fun with my friends". There's also The Turtles' "Happy Together" and The Association's "Windy" and Simon and Garfunkel's "Feelin' Groovy". Those songs are all precious moments to me. They're about just plain feeling good.
I was very independent growing up, but there were things that were bothering me that I never told anybody. I would talk to our animals at home. We had fawns that Michael [brother Michael Jackson] and I raised until we weaned them and we'd feed them every morning. And I would talk to them... I felt they understood me. We had four dogs, and I would climb in the bushes and sit down and speak with them... and that's how I dealt with my life in the very, very beginning, when I was a kid.
I was never pushed into the religion by my mother or anyone else. I made up my own mind when I was old enough. I am not a religious person, but I am spiritual. But I don't believe in things like guilt. I believe in a higher power. I believe in inspiration.
[on Rene Elizondo] I've been very fortunate to have found someone who has been so incredibly caring... I don't think anybody else would have stuck around because I had some really difficult times... and I know he probably would wake up and say, "Okay, who is she today?". I think anyone else would have said, "You know what? I am out of here because I cannot take this." But he was there, right by my side the entire way.
I set out to please myself, hopefully in the end, the listeners will enjoy what I've created.
If I wasn't singing, I'd probably be, probably an accountant.
Dreams can become a reality when we possess a vision that is characterized by the willingness to work hard, a desire for excellence, and a belief in our right and our responsiblity to be equal members of society.
[on Jermaine Dupri] You know that it's something different when your whole family falls in love with him, when your brothers and sisters love him. And with me having eight brothers and sisters, there are some major eyes on him. And they all adore him. So that's really good.
[on people disapproving of Jermaine Dupri] People need to stay out of other people's business. Honestly, how can they say what is a good match for me and what is a good match for him? They really don't know us. That's for us to decide. They need to stay out of other's people's business and deal with their own issues.
Getting back to that child and giving the child what the child may have missed - the reassurance of a nourishing and accepting love, a love that says you are special - is hard work. It can be scary, but like the song says, we have to deal with the past to live completely -and freely - in the present.
Life is a journey, and I'm still walking it. And, like everyone, I'm going to have some days that are better than others, some days that are tougher than others. But I'm in a much happier place, the happiest place I've ever been in my life, and that's why it feels so good to me, finally being able to say I do like who I am.
We are a nation with no geographic boundaries, bound together through our beliefs, we are like minded individuals sharing a common vision, pushing toward a world rid of color lines.
To a world sick with racism, get well soon.
We had the kind of night were morning comes to soon... we used the light from a flickering candle across the room to make the kind of shadows that only one thing could make... love.
Pain like water it dry away so love come in without pain how can love think about.
I kinda see everyone as competition. I'm a very competitive person. But I think that's good. Competition is great. And as long as it's friendly and not a malicious thing, then I think it's cool.
I also experienced serious rejection. I auditioned for dozens of commercials, for example, but was never chosen. That might have devastated other children, but somehow my attitude was "Well if I don't get this one, I'll get the next." Looking back, I see I had a built-in toughness.
There was also loneliness. I had few friends. Work consumed me. in some ways, it still does.
I was sheltered by my parents, work and school. I walked out into the world and saw things I'd only read about. I learned the hard way. It was scary, but I saw I had two choices - sink or swim. I swam. And discovered I could actually make it to the shore, all on my own. Not that I wasn't frightened or didn't experience moments of panic. I did.
Being from a famous family is a blessing. I'm challenged to live up to the expectations. I'm happy, grateful for what I've inherited and excited about what I want to contribute.
The pain is necessary. Sometimes pain is the teacher we require, a hidden gift of healing and hope.
After my disillusionment, I felt hollow inside, as though someone had scooped out my soul. It took a while, but deep within I discovered a core of determination I never knew existed. That's when I got serious about myself and my career. I saw what I needed to do, and I did it.
All kids rebel. My way was to dye my hair half pink and half blue. It was a mess.
Freedom means choices.
My dad taught us that there's no greater distance than that between first and second place.
Self-expression is my goal, I want to be real with my feelings. Singing and dancing-and all the joy that goes with performing- come from my heart. If I can't feel it, I won't do it.
A lot of times I felt so alone. But I also thought there has to be other people that have experienced either what I have, or close to it.
Another side to me is this very sexual being. When I look back on my life, it's always been there. It's been there since I was 10 years old, having the imagination that I had.
I am the baby in the family, and I always will be. I am actually very happy to have that position. But I still get teased. I don't mind that.
I love working with organizations. I love giving. I want to do more of that. You got to give back. I love helping people, especially children.
People do see me as sweet and innocent. Not to say that I am not those things. But I have other sides to me.
Big sisters and brothers... I am telling you, it never changes.
I've never been into what am I going to do next, trying to reinvent myself.
I have a pretty bad temper. But you have to really push me to see it. But everybody has their things.
I had a pretty sexual imagination for a kid.
[on her Disney tattoo] I have a tattoo on my most private part of Mickey and Minnie Mouse involved in a sexual act. It's my sense of humor. My boyfriend thinks it's terrible. He loves Disney too much, but I just laugh. It's fun.
[on her tattoos] All the tattoos are real and especially the one that's on my wrist. I put it there to remind me of the difficult time that I had in my life since the last album, the examination, self-examination and self discovery. It's from South Africa...and it means "to go into your past and deal with your past in order to move into the future".
[on Aaliyah] I've loved her from the beginning because she always comes out and does something different, musically.
[on creating "The Velvet Rope" album] Singing these songs has meant digging up pain that I buried a long time ago. It's been hard and sometimes confusing, but I've had to do it. I've been burying pain my whole life. It's like kicking dirt under the carpet. At some point there's so much dirt you start to choke. Well, I've been choking. My therapy came in writing these songs. Then I had the find the courage to sing them or else suffer the consequences - a permanent case of the blues.
[Rolling Stone, 1993] Sex isn't just fire and heat, its natural beauty. Doing what comes naturally. It's letting go, giving and getting what you need. In the age of AIDS, it certainly requires being responsible. On a psychological level, though, good sex, satisfying sex, is also linked with losing yourself, releasing, using your body to get out of your body. Well, for the first time, I'm feeling free. I love feeling deeply sexual-and don't mind letting the world know. For me, sex has become a celebration, a joyful part of the creative process.
[on dating, 2001] I always have to do the asking. I don't mind, because I've gotten used to it. But I do sometimes wonder why I have to do it.
I have so much more confidence in myself now than I ever did before.
[In her self-help book "True You", 2011] It has taken me most of my adult life to come to terms with who I am. To do that, I had to break free of attitudes that brought me down.
[In her self-help book "True You", 2011] You can never be happy until you understand why you're doing what you're doing.
[In her self-help book "True You", 2011] I can be happy with who I am, not what I should be, or what I might have been, or what someone tells me I must be.
I would hope my legacy would be bringing smiles to faces. Happiness with my music.
[on her inspirations] I have been inspired by Lena Horne, Dorothy Dandridge and so many other women in the industry. Growing up, we always listened to all types of music. In one room you would hear classical music, in another jazz. As kids we would sing while we were doing our chores, writing music while cleaning the kitchen [laughs]. I was inspired by jazz, Bossa Nova, samba and artists like Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Sly & The Family Stone. With Bossa Nova, it's the rhythms; the mood and tone put me in such a euphoric state. I fell in love with it the first time I listened to it. With jazz, I found the moodiness very sexy. I love the beat of the drums.
Believe in yourself. Have faith in yourself because no one else is going to.
I'm convinced that we Black women possess a special indestructible strength that allows us to not only get down, but to get up, to get through, and to get over.
I don't believe in luck. ... It's persistence, hard work, and not forgetting your dream.
Dreams can become a reality when we possess a vision that is characterized by the willingness to work hard, a desire for excellence, and a belief in our right and our responsibility to be equal members of society.
I like to have a lot of fun. I just don't see myself as being sexy. It's more sass - more attitude - than sex.
I feel everyone is put here for a reason. Everyone has a calling. I always thought my real calling was to help other people.
The greatest achievement to any human being is to love God, yourself, and others.
[on listening to her brother Michael Jackson's advice] Michael told me when you hear bad things about yourself, just put your energies into something else; it's no good crying about it. Just put it into your music-it'll make you stronger.
I feel most people's sexuality is enormously complicated. That's what it means to be human. Wouldn't it be great if we honored that complexity rather than turn it into gossip or ridicule? Wouldn't it be great if we accepted sexual diversity, in ourselves and others, without condemning it?"
To have someone to relate to and hopefully enjoy the music and get a positive message out of it, to make the best music that we possibly could, those were the goals.
[on whether she chooses singing or acting] Singing will always be a part of my life. But I have more of a passion for acting than I do singing, because singing comes so much easier to me. Acting is more of a challenge. I always say to people, "I'm really in the wrong business because I don't like being in front of huge crowds, and I don't like it when a lot of people are looking at me." It really is the truth. But when I'm on stage, I'm constantly moving. In a film you're completely naked. Music can be that way, too, if you allow it to be when you write. And I think I've allowed myself to be vulnerable several times with my music. But acting is a challenge for me, and I love that.
[on her book "True You"] I guess I'm not finished with all that I want to do in life. You can write an autobiography at any point, and I'm not ready to yet. But in True You I tell a lot of stories about my life. I wanted to help people understand the things I've gone through to bring me where I am today, so they understand that journey of the weight loss, the weight gain, the self-esteem issues. I wanted to touch people and bring out the true you within yourself.
[on receiving body criticisms and body shaming as a kid] It was hard from a very early age. My first true experience with it was when I did Good Times, and they used to bind my chest because I was developing breasts at a young age. I got the part when I was 10 years old and started shooting when I was 11. I was a very quiet kid. A really sweet kid I might add. [Laughs.] I never said no. I said, "OK, that's fine if that's what you want to do." I would always cave in still as an adult I continued to [cave in]. I never told anybody that for so long. Not until I became an adult did anyone ever know. It immediately makes you think, "The way I am isn't good enough." That's the message that it sent to me: "The way you look now isn't right." And also on that show they thought I was too heavy and that I needed to lose weight. When I look back at the show, I was your average-size kid. It would make me sad. It wouldn't make me mad. It would hurt.
[on what makes her happy] The beach really calms and relaxes me. That's why I'm always running to an island if I can. I love to travel! Another very important thing is your support team who you surround yourself with, whether it's at work or at home.
When I finally make up my mind that I want to do something, it's never been hard for me to do.

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Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (2000) $5,000,000

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