Janet Jackson

“JANET JACKSON” Promised Honesty, But Delivered a Controlled—and Constrained—Narrative

For all its attempts at unabashed honesty, “JANET JACKSON.” is deceptively guarded: Jackson still seeks shelter in an unknowable self, hidden from even her closest family and friends.

Stripping Point: Nipplegate Exposed Our Deep Fear of Black Women’s Sexuality

Janet Jackson was punished for 9/16 of one second of nudity, while Justin Timberlake rose from her post–Super Bowl ashes. Read more »

Gimme a Beat!: Janet Jackson’s Induction to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Is Finally Here

As Janet sings on “Rhythm Nation”: “No struggle, no progress.” Read more »