In searching for images to represent the Afrobella aesthetic, I did a Google image search for Janet Jackson. I’m sad to report that the first thing that comes up is a giant close-up of her breast on that infamous Superbowl Sunday, nipple firmly trapped in what looks like a ninja star. To quote Regina Spektor, it breaks my heart, and it breaks my heart. Janet is more than a flash-in-the-pan breast baring stunt. She’s an icon.

I love her hair in this picture so, so much.

Her “Together Agai”n curly haired phase was crucial in my deciding to go natural.

Janet is incredibly beautiful, and like Toni Braxton, shouldn’t feel the need to expose her (still hot) body to keep her fans’ attention. When I catch her doing stuff like this, it strikes me as a bit sad. And then I think; no wonder Lena Horne didn’t want you to play her in that biopic, Janet.

I’m not the only one who’s noted that she’s coming off as trying too hard these days. But I’d like to take a moment to address Miss Jackson directly.

I’ve been a fan since I was a little kid, since Penny Woods and Fame, girl. Rhythm Nation was the first album I ever bought. Now I’m grown, and you are too. So from one grown-ass-woman to another, I beg you to turn it down a notch, Janet. I get it, your body’s hot again. Everyone admires your determination, and I for one will definitely buy your workout DVD.

But for God’s sake, cover up a bit and show these young broads that sexy doesn’t have to mean slutty. And you know they all look up to you as an example.

All I’m saying is; don’t let this contrast be your defining moment.



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Shonquayshah says:
September 30, 2006, 6:10 pm
@Afrobella ditto, Janet...please think. We love you and you do represent us, sexy, not slutty. Unfortunately there is a double toes can get down-right raunchy...see Britney, Madonna and the rest of them hoe's...but're better than that. And we expect MORE from you! We know no one is perfect, but when you are handling your business, you represent us all beautifully...let's get back to that! peace to you and yours.........
Coffy says:
September 30, 2006, 6:53 pm
Janet reminds you of the low self esteem girl who will do anything to get attention. i would rather stay in the background, and leave a legacy instead of reappearing with a less than my best piece of ish. and that applies from Maddona to Janet.
Ursula says:
September 30, 2006, 7:42 pm
Yeah, I too have been quite disappointed by the latest round of publicity photos from Miss Jackson. She's really talented so I just don't understand why she feels the need to expose herself to get attention.
LIllah says:
September 30, 2006, 8:54 pm
I love Janet but she is sexually explicit at times. So you know that people are going to base their whole outlook of her on that.
TooXquisite says:
October 1, 2006, 4:08 pm
Janet's body looks great for her age, for any age really but, she should gon' sit down somewhere with all that half-nekkid bs. She's been in the game long enough to sell her album on her name alone, why keep sluttin' herself out? To compete with the lil' young chicks? Not even necessary. Age gracefully Janet, age gracefully... Love your blog Afrobella!!
jerseybred says:
October 2, 2006, 1:00 am
I love Janet and her body is sick. If she wants to show it and 'continuously' talk about her sex life so be it. I just won't listen. P.S. I love watching her perform NASTY!!!!!!!!
pt says:
October 2, 2006, 8:51 am
Have you seen the latest video, in it Janet goes from holding her bustier clad breasta to flashes that show her naked and covering her breasts in the same way. I have been unable to listen to the song, because of the breast thing,its far too distracting! I am sad to see Janet feel she has to compete with the Beyoncesand others, she is an icon. Less breastesess for me too JDJ. No matter what your fans will still buy the album,love and respect you.
Coffy says:
October 2, 2006, 11:35 am
she has so much more to offer, and she has been reduced to a one trick pony
Watch_and_Learn says:
October 3, 2006, 1:54 am
I've seen Janet's naked body more than my own these past few months. She needs to follow Mary J. Blige's path and stop trying to compete with teeny-boppers half her age. You see, Mary J. boldly stated that she is at a point in her career where she is not concerned about record sales or popularity but about putting out music she believes in. Janet needs to get a clue and put some damn clothes on!! Where's Papa Joe when you need him?!?! He needs to come get his child!
diamond says:
October 3, 2006, 12:17 pm
i think the whole jackson fam got low self esteem if you ask me!
Julia_Claudine_Deveraux says:
October 4, 2006, 9:46 am
I'm sick of seeing Janet's titty-balls! I LOVE Janet, but it's just becoming too much.
earthtone says:
October 4, 2006, 5:52 pm
I absolutely love Janet Jackson. Got all the albums even the ones that suck (damita Jo and 20). But like the rest of you all I'm sick of the way she is flaunting her body. We get it, your body is tight. Hey I didn't know she had an excerise Dvd. When is it coming out?


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