Pop music can be a fickle industry. Typically, folks like their favorite pop star to be the opposite of woke. However, Janet has always marched to her own drum. The Princess of Pop, like her big bro the King of Pop, has always made her views on the world known as part of her image. Here are 5 times she showed and proved that she is more than a pretty face, nice voice, and amazing dance moves.
1 Poetic Justice
While there may have been challenges behind the scenes, starring opposite Tupac guarantees a “woke pass” for life. Not only did she flex her acting chops but Janet also set a trend with her character’s long braids in a way that celebrated a Black hairstyle in popular culture.
2 The Got Til It’s Gone Video
Remember when Janet transported us back to Apartheid South Africa? Yeah, the Q-Tip assisted Got Til It’s Gone is a classic for both Hip Hop and R&B. In the visual, she used her music as an act of rebellion. This is an example of Janet’s consistent feature of diverse people in her videos.
3 New Agenda
This deep cut from the Janet album has a Chuck D feature. If starring with Pac granted a lifetime woke pass, to have Chuck D on your record grants her the platinum version. The song is currently an encore on her recent tour and contains lyrics about empowering women and race issues. From the helicopter on the intro, you know this song is nothing to play with.
4 Her roles in Tyler Perry movies
Whether it was her performance in For Colored Girls or her repeat role in the Why Did I Get Married franchise, Janet has shown that portraying black women as strong is important in the film industry. Her characters buck stereotypes and show that her talent has grown with each movie in which she’s been a star.
5 State of the World Tour
Janet has used her rescheduled Unbreakable tour to address the recent rise in White terrorism, homophobia, and Islamophobia with her music. A new mother, she is making it clear that she wants a better world for her newborn.The tour kicked off earlier this month and runs through December.