“What About…” Janet Jackson’s “State of the World Tour”



Janet Jackson’s “State of the World Tour” last night at the Hollywood Bowl was epic. Hollywood Bowl was sold out and the audience danced non-stop to the high-energy upbeat show.

Her performance of “What About” from her 1997 album The Velvet Rope caught everyone’s attention. What About is about domestic violence and Janet Jackson’s performers acted out the troubling lyrics of the song:

What about the times you yelled at me?/ What about the times I cried? You wouldn’t even hold me/ What about those things?/ What about that, what about that?/ What about the times you hit my face?/ What about the times you kept on when I said, ‘No more please’/ What about those things?” the lyrics ask.

At the end of this volatile song and performance, Janet uttered “This is me”. It ignited a conversation among the concert attendees especially in the light of what was publicized about why Janet is seeking a divorce after five years of marriage. Rumors that her husband had become too controlling during the pregnancy, and that she had already allowed him to dictate her appearance and even the way she performed at concerts, ” it drove her crazy, and she felt she was losing her fan base.”

Domestic violence can happen to anyone, it transcends, race, gender, status, national origin, profession or where you live. It cuts through all socio-economic boundaries.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Know what domestic violence and learn the warning signs. Please watch all four parts of our discussions on Domestic Violence.

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