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CLEVELAND, Ohio – Be prepared for Janet Jackson to take the mantle for social change when she brings her “State of the World” tour to Quicken Loans Arena on Sunday.

The tour, a revamped continuation of her “Unbreakable” tour from 2015, which was postponed for her to bear her first child, launched in Lafayette, Louisiana, in September.

“I decided to change the name of the tour,” she said when the tour was announced. “It’s not about politics. It’s about people, the world, relationships and just love.”

A reviewer for Essence magazine had this to say about that launch:

“The 51-year-old opened with a video showing the evils of white supremacy and xenophobia. Having a child of Muslim heritage, the message hit close to home for the always-conscious Jackson family member who’s raising a child in Trump’s America.”

Jackson’s marital issues surfaced in her Houston tour stop. She and husband Wissam Al Mana, the father of her son, Eissa, married in 2012 and are in the process of divorcing. During that Houston show, as she sang her 1997 hit “What About,” a tune that focuses on physical and emotional abuse and coming face to face with it.

According to ABC News, a fan’s Periscope video showed Jackson breaking down in tears as she sang, then telling the crowd “This is me.”

That doesn’t mean she’s not still gaining fans. And we’re talking NAME fans. Busta Rhymes has known the “Rhythm Nation” singer for a long time, but this month, he caught her live. Billboard reached out to him and described him as “gushing.”

It’s an accurate use of the word.

“Me being an artist myself, I’m super-inspired in a whole new way,” he told the magazine. “She is probably the most incredible, timeless, God-sent talent that I’ve ever seen in my life — I salute you queen!”

The Washington Post did its own gushing, and honestly made Rhymes’ effusiveness seem like that of a shy teenager:

The Post reviewer, writing said of her Nov. 16 show in the nation’s capital, that it made the artist “one of our greatest living pop stars, a singer whose zero-gravity falsetto can make heaviness feel light and lightness feel heavy. As a stylist and a utopian, she’s a bridge between Parliament-Funkadelic and Beyonce — or maybe a bridge into a future that still awaits us.”

Glenn Gamboa, formerly a critic for the Akron Beacon-Journal and now with Newsday in New York City, took in her show at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

“The first 40 minutes of her show was dizzying, moving from the socially conscious opening volley of ‘The Knowledge’ and ‘State of the World’ to the fast-paced medleys that gathered impressive strings of hits and fan favorites — including a trio of songs from her breakthrough album ‘Control’ — and updating the choreography without letting any of her trademark moves pass.” Gamboa wrote.

The Allentown Morning Call was equally impressed with her show there earlier in November, extolling her dance moves and energy first, and then moving to her vocals.

“Her voice was good, too — though it’s hard to say all the vocals were live, many certainly were; showing that Jackson’s voice was never the strongest, but she sang with aplomb, weaknesses and all,” wrote critic John J. Moser. “She even did a high falsetto on ‘Pleasure Principle,’ and sounded a lot like her late brother Michael on ‘Where Are You Now.'”

Janet Jackson
When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec.3.
Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Center Court, Cleveland.
Tickets: $55 to $135, plus fees, at the box office, at Discount Drug Marts, online at theqarena.com and by phone at 1-888-894-9424.

  1. RN1814 says:

    Luther Brown talks about his work with Janet on several of her tours: http://bit.ly/2sND4Kw

  2. Sherry says:

    I love you Janet but I think you need to do something unexpected career wise.. To connect to the community or give back. Like visit some schools or hospitals , donate — do a few duets like with debarg or others— or collaborate with Beounsa on a baby song or do a video or home video or a over 40 baby talk something page — also congrats on your baby. I just had one my self at 49. I am about try for my second at 50 with a little help. Trying to strength my body now.

  3. Nickcole Collins says:

    Hello Janet I Been Thinking About u I Still Listen To Your Music I,am So Thrill And And Excited And Cannot Wait To See u Go On Tour Again In Orlando,Florida.I W Wish You Goodluck Your Baby so Adorable Take Care With Love bye.

  4. Nickcole Collins says:

    Hey Janet How U Been It Been A While It So Good To Hear From You.Congralation Your New Baby.He so adorable.Enjoy Your easter Sunday With Love.

  5. BILL says:

    Where is that famous mole ? both you guys have moles, does he have his dad’s mole, or your mole ? moles run in the family you know! You look Happy ! What should I seen you and the baby; and where? He looks like a REAL PRINCE TO ME!

    Well, you got you REAL PRINCE… and that makes you a REAL QUEEN too ! How long before he Moonwalks, a couple of years? Janet Jackson, you always get what you want. Its always been that way, but remember, you’re the youngest, am the oldest, and nobody says go, until you say GO….Well, when you go to a shoe store now, you can’t just think about yourself now. And for the first time in your life… you’ve got to think about somebody else first before your self… that must be new for you, who has everything. But there’s one thing for sure; he has lots of family to play with, and now its official, when get to Beverly Hills, he’s going to drive TMZ fans nuts, you an him, getting of a flight at LAX. Elssa, looks like he’s ready for anything. Remember the song, your daddy’s RICH and your mama’s BEAUTIFUL, not just good looking, so hus-up, little baby and don’t you cry. remember that song?
    all Elssa, needs to do is eat and get strong, now, you know boys are always taller than their fathers, so he’s going to be taller than 6’4. Wow, are you ready to start looking up, at you own son.
    Janet, I know you’re going to give Elssa, every advantage, so look for all those Your Baby Can READ products, and let him grow up with those products: Then I want to see him on LITTLE BIG SHOTS with STEVE HARVEY.

    Janet you know I can talk to you all night, but keep showing and sending those wonderful baby shots.
    Your Old man!
    you know by now, that’s what you need; young guys aren’t ready to settle down, young women keep hitting on them just because they want to put themselves on your level, but young men think its them the girls want, so they fall for that sh.., not me… you’ve always been three times faster than all your guys… they are no match for a real Queen like you…don’t you see !

    If you’re ready for real love and a real family give me a chance. http://www.secretnotes.info our future is on these pages,
    Long, Long life and HAPPINESS with GOD.
    type this in youtube bazjaz1

    Lave ya !
    Bill Bass

  6. BILL says:


    Type that name in youtube if you want to see a man still in love! you’re going to be the greatest Mom, such a lucky boy,Great times are on their way… now, you’re better than ever; A Queen Gatta do; what a Queen Gatta do! Right? And now you’re doing it.Wish he were mine. Did He even dance with you? Or wright you EVEN one LOVE SONG?

    And remember, those songs on youtube, are just storybords, to my Music Videos I’ll dedicate to you. I have 14 songs you, and only you inspired, 323.338.2876
    Love you, PRAY FOR US, BILL BASS

  7. Spencer & Family says:

    Congrads Janet on the birth of your baby boy.

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  9. Nickcole Collins says:

    Hey Janet Jackson Like To Wish You A Great Happy Birthday. I will Celebrate and listen to your music.

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