Global icon, trendsetter, businesswoman, and multi-talented entertainer,
Janet Damita Jo Jackson is a woman who needs no introduction. Her resume
reveals an impressive combination of professional achievements and
philanthropic endeavors, and she is currently ranked as one of the top ten
best-selling solo artists in the history of contemporary music.
True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself
by Janet Jackson
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Kam Williams: Hey, Janet, thanks again for the time.
Janet Jackson: Hi Kam, how are you?
KW: Great, and you?
JJ: Very well, thanks.
KW: FSU grad Laz Lyles would like to know what it is about Tyler Perry that enabled him to assemble such an accomplished cast.
JJ: First of all, he's a wonderful person and a great director who gets it right when he does an ensemble piece, so naturally everyone's really dying to work with him. Secondly, what he creates resonates with audiences which all the more makes you want to be a part of that magic.
KW: Reverend Florine Thompson asks: How did you come to play Jo? Did you pick that role or did Tyler pick it for you?
JJ: Her name originally was Carmen when Tyler approached me with this role in mind. I had not read the script. He told me a lot about her, and I asked him "Do you really think I can do this?" He responded, "I wouldn't be asking you, if I didn't think so." Then, when I read the script, I said to myself, "Well, this is really different from anything that I've ever done." I knew it would involve a great deal of hard work, but I felt up to the challenge. And I fell in love with the character in so many different ways. That's really how it all came about.
KW: Well, you really did a terrific job, further expanding the range you exhibited in Why Did I Get Married, Too. Children's book author Irene Smalls asks: Do you think this movie will have cross-over appeal, even though it's about African-American females?
JJ: Of course, the issues that are addressed by this film are relevant to all women, so I'm sure it will have a universal appeal and resonate across all demographics.
For Colored Girls 
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JJ: No, but in doing research, one of the things that was very helpful to me was watching old movies. One in particular was Adam's Rib with Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. And, a friend of mine, Glenda Bailey, the editor of Harper's Bazaar, actually allowed me to visit her office so I could get a sense of the inner workings of the fashion magazine world. That enabled me to make sure my dialogue was credible. Not that Glenda's anything like my character. I also spent some time with another friend, Laura Brown, who's at Harper's Bazaar as well. They were both very helpful. Besides that, I just dove into what Tyler was trying to bring to life.
KW: Is there any question no one ever asks you, that you wish someone would?
JJ: I can't think of one.
KW: The Tasha Smith question: Are you ever afraid?
JJ: Of course. I wouldn't be human, if I never experienced fear.
KW: The Columbus Short question: Are you happy?
KW: The Teri Emerson question: When was the last time you had a good laugh?
JJ: [Chuckles] Just a little while ago.
KW: What is your guiltiest pleasure?
JJ: Caramel apples.
KW: The bookworm Troy Johnson question: What was the last book you read?
by Megan Abbott
A young woman hired to keep the books at a down-at-the-heels nightclub is taken under the wing of the infamous Gloria Denton, a mob luminary who reigned during the Golden Era of Bugsy Siegel and Lucky Luciano. Notoriously cunning and ruthless, Gloria shows her eager young protégée the ropes, ushering her into a glittering demimonde of late-night casinos, racetracks, betting parlors, inside heists, and big, big money. Suddenly, the world is at her feet -- as long as she doesn't take any chances, like falling for the wrong guy. As the roulette wheel turns, both mentor and protégée scramble to stay one step ahead of their bosses and each other.
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