Janet Jackson is set to produce a Lifetime movie about Queenie, the only female gangster in Prohibition Era New York City, which will be set against the backdrop of the legendary Cotton Club. Kenny Leon, known for A Raisin In The Sun, will be directing the movie. The mobster, whose real name was Stephanie St. Clair, did not only run several criminal businesses out of Harlem in the 1920s, but was also a strong advocate for the black community, calling out police brutality and discrimination in columns she wrote for the local newspaper getting involved in “policy banking” (an illegal way of investment banking, at a time when many banks would not accept black customers). She spent ten years in prison after being accused of shooting her husband (although accounts vary on whether she actually did). She died peacefully (and rich) at the age of 82, in 1960.
Jermaine Jackson visited APC National leader, Bola Tinubu at his Ikoyi, Lagos home on April 28th. Photo credit: E.G Bakare.
The Jacksons just launched a new official website at www.thejacksons.live, and they arrived on Instagram with a new official account at www.instagram.com/hayvenhurst and they now have a page on Soundcloud at www.soundcloud.com/hayvenhurst. Follow the official pages to stay updated on the latest of Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon...The Jacksons!
Jermaine Jackson presented the Guinness World Records "Most Valuable Guitar" at Hong Kong Convention Centre on April 19th, 2016. The extravagant instrument art piece, a Gibson SG, titled ‘Circles of Life’ is encrusted with 16,033 Swarovski gemstones and is co-designed by Jermaine Jackson (and product director of Aaron Shum Jewelry Alice Trinh) and sponsored by Swarovski Gemstones. The guitar also holds the Guiness World Records title of "Most Jewels on a Guitar". Jermaine also Jackson paid a visit on April 19th, 2016 to HKTDC Design Gallery in Hong Kong where (his) Jermaine Jackson Fine Jewelry is on display and for sale!
Listen to an interview with 3T on did on April 5th on LA Talk Radio. Taj, Taryll and TJ share about their journey of grieving after the murder of their mother. Creators of the Dee Dee Jackson foundation, these men pour their heart and souls into helping children cope, heal and thrive following loss.
Jermaine Jackson signed a deal on April 15th, 2016 to set up a studio in Shanghai, consisting of a theme park and art school in honor of his late brother Michael Jackson. Jackson signed the deal with HoLLyWood Cultural Industry Development (Shanghai) Ltd. to launch "The EMPEROR Group" studio during his business trip to China last weekend. Jermaine also inspected several locations in Shanghai, looking for sites to build The Jacksons theme park and an art school and a concert in memory of Michael Jackson. In addition, Jermaine will also work with his Chinese partners to produce a theme song entitled "The Shadow of Heaven" for a Chinese-American film co-production about the story of the Jews in Shanghai during 1939.
Tito Jackson has paid tribute to David Gest after the reality star's shock death. David was found dead in his hotel room yesterday (April 12th, 2016) and his childhood friend Tito Jackson has opened up about his lifelong friend. "David was more like a brother to the family," he told Good Morning Britain. "He was always fun, always joyful. He shared some good times with us." Speaking about David's close friendship with Michael Jackson, Tito added: "They were very close friends, they spent a lot of time together as well. They had a very abundant relationship." He added: "He carried himself as a celebrity back in the day."
It was revealed yesterday that David's final interview saw him talk about the delight he felt about reuniting the Jackson 5. Music producer Gest grew up with the Jackson brothers in California, and was close friends with the family. Opening up about their bond in a radio interview with Compass FM in Grimsby, he recalled the moment he called Michael to ask him to perform with his brothers once again. David with his good friend Michael Jackson "I was very fortunate to produce his last concert when I reunited him with the Jackson 5 in 2001 and I’ll tell you how that happened," he said. "I was living in California and we were both living in a city called Encino and we lived about a few blocks from each other. I woke up and I heard The Love You Save by The Jackson 5 - that was always my favourite Jackson 5 song. Read more: David Gest was 'strung out' on sleeping pills before his tragic hotel room death Read more: David Gest to be buried in York as star revealed last wishes weeks before sudden death "I thought I want to hear this live and I said I’m going to reunite them. So I called Michael and I said I’m going to do a concert and it will be your 30th anniversary in show business and we’ll reunite you - and he said no." He continued: "So I called his assistant Frank and I said you’ve got to help him talk me into this and we decided we’d take a trip to San Francisco, we’d go there for a few days and we’d go to this memorabilia show because Mike loved memorabilia and we convinced him on that trip to do it. PADavid GestThe producer appeared on a number of reality TV shows "And I’ll never forget when we went into rehearsal the first day and they started to sing The Love You Save and I just looked at them and go, 'I can’t believe I’ve reunited The Jackson 5 and I’m actually doing a TV special and two live concerts.' "It was incredible because they were my favourite group as a kid and I grew up with their music." The 2001 television special was the highest rated in history.
David was married to Liza Minnelli from 2002-2003, but they only officially divorced in 2007. They were married in a star-studded ceremony with Michael Jackson as best man and Elizabeth Taylor as maid of honour.
Janet Jackson shared a new message on her official website and channels revealing that she is postponing her world tour because she is "planning a family". Janet has been ordered to rest by doctors, but is determined to get back on the road as soon as she can. She said in a video message to fans: "Hey you guys, on August 31 I launched the 'Unbreakable world tour. First I want to thank all the fans for coming out and seeing the show, you guys made it so enjoyable each and every night. We are in the second leg of the tour and there's been a sudden change and I thought it was important you be the first to know. My husband and I are planning a family so I'm going to have to delay the tour. Please, if you can, try and understand it's important that I do this now, I have to rest up, doctors orders, but I have not forgotten about you, I will continue the tour as soon as I possibly can."Janet concluded her message with thanks to all those involved in her tour adding: "I want to thank the dancers, the band, my entire crew, you were so professional, so incredibly talented, so supportive and loving each and every night, and I can't wait to get started again. I'd like to thank Live Nation for your loyal partnership and support, you guys are the best at what you do in your field and know that's why I'm with you. Once again thank you to all your friends for your love, your loyalty, it's truly appreciated. It's been a long journey and you've been there every step of the way and I really do appreciate that, thank you so much. Inshallah, I will see you soon, I love you, bye."
Classic Pop is a music magazine that every year shares a special Award Edition to celebrate the most inspiring music of the last 12 months. Categories include Best Album, Single, Film, Breakthrough Artist of the Year and more! The 2016 Awards Edition are about to be released and Brazilian Fansite Janet.br reports that Janet won SINGLE OF THE YEAR with the #1 hit ‘No Sleeep’! The issue includes an new exclusive interview with producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, talking about their careers, awards and favorite jams. Visit Janet.br to read the transcription of the part where they talked about Janet and the No Sleeep recording process.