Strange Times for Janet Jackson

What strange times for Janet Jackson.

The songstress has been on the scene this week for the highly-emotional preliminary hearing on an involuntary manslaughter charge against Michael Jackson’s physician, Dr. Conrad Murray.  (She has been quite vocal in blaming the doctor for her brother’s death.)  At the same time, she has her own imminent business — including planning of her soon-to-launch Number Ones, Up Close and Personal world tour.  Tickets go on sale today (1/8).

There’s also the launch of her “True You” book dealing with diet, exercise, self-image and self-esteem to contend with.  The tome hits stores Feb. 8.

And on top of that, Janet could easily find herself in this year’s Academy Awards running come Jan. 25.  Her hit “Nothing” (written and produced by her in association with Johnta Austin, Bryan-Michael Cox and Jermaine Dupri) from Tyler Perrry’s “Why Did I Get Married Too” is being buzzed by Oscar prognosticators everywhere as a good bet for a Best Song nomination.

Janet has been balancing moving on with life and dealing with the aftermath of Michael’s death for more than a year and a half now.  You may recall that “Why Did I Get Married Too” briefly shuttered production after his passing, while Janet flew to join family in L.A. for the funeral.  When she returned to the movie location, her friends on the production “decided, in unison, to give her space and respect whatever feelings she was feeling,” as Jill Scott recalled it to this column.  “If she wanted to be quiet, we’d step back.  If she wanted to talk, we’d be there for her.  I think she did find escape in her work.  She definitely did.”

Janet’s tour will definitely keep her busy — if all goes according to plan — with 35 global cities involved including Singapore on February 7th, Hong Kong on February 14th, and Taipei on February 19th.  She’s taking the unusual step of having fans determine her route by voting on her web site.  In each of the 35 cities Janet will dedicate one of her number one songs to the city and she will also recognize 20 young people whose lives and work have enriched their communities in a major way.

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About Stacy Jenel Smith

I grew up in the San Fernando Valley when it was a kids' Shangri La in the 60s and we had Fabulous Eddie's miniature golf and trampolines on Ventura Boulevard. My big brother frequented The Third Eye psychedelic shop back in the day, but he wound up turning out anyway. Dad was an NBC video man who worked on "Laugh-In," Dean Martin's show, and specials by everyone from Sinatra to Fred Astaire. Mom was a first class home maker and PTA and GCA volunteer. They're still doing great. Anxious to get going in life, I quit college and jumped into journalism when I was still a teenager, and was writing for the New York Times syndicate and People magazine before turning 20. But that was a long time, many adventures, lots of traveling around the world and thousands of interviews ago. I go back to the very last days of hot type and getting to talk to Henry Fonda and Bette Davis, and Sammy Davis at the old Brown Derby...What a ride. That's in no small part thanks to my amazing writing partner, Marilyn Beck, one of the grand old-school Hollywood columnist stars -- a true star -- who knows how to do it right. I'm lucky, for sure. Now is fun, too. I love going out to events with my 17-year-old daughter (Jonas Brothers!). Seeing everything fresh through her eyes renews my excitement about the game. In-between I went back and finished school -- University of Redlands -- married, divorced, and at long last found my true love. My favorite things outside of the show business realm are being with my family, my faith and spiritual growth, learning new things (from doing Qigong to uploading stuff on Facebook), and running. See you on the trail.

One thought on “Strange Times for Janet Jackson

  1. Tina

    She’s Beautiful inside and out.Great article and i hope Janet continues to stay strong and keep forward with her career and life. I also would love to see her win that Oscar she deserves it “Nothing” is a beautiful song and she sang it so amazingly on American Idol last year. I wish her all the best.

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