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Swizz Beatz clarified controversial comments he made about Janet Jackson not being a good match for Missy Elliott.

Speaking on potential matchups for future lip sync battles on Verzuz, Swizz told music producer Timbaland, 48, that he didn't think Janet and Missy would be a good matchup.

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Swizz, 42, began trending on Black Twitter for insulting Ms. Jackson. After the backlash, Swizz took to Instagram blog The Shaderoom to explain that he didn't think the good fit was 49-year-old Missy Elliott, whose name should not be spoken in the same breath as 54-year-old Janet.

"LETS BE CLEAR. I don't think Missy & Janet is a good match up at all! Much love to Janet she's ICON but I just didn't feel that was a good match up. Janet got hits on hits but she should have a better person to celebrate with that's all. Blessings...."

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Janet Jackson penned an emotional tribute to her friend Ja'Net DuBois, after news of the star's death broke on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

The famed character actress died of natural causes after passing away in her sleep at her home in Glendale, California on Tuesday. She was either 74 or 82 (her exact date of birth is unknown).

Jackson, 53, posted a heartfelt tribute to her former "Good Times" co-star and personal friend after hearing the news.

"I am so very saddened to hear my longtime friend Ja'Net DuBois has passed away," Jackson wrote, alongside a slideshow of snapshots of the pair taken over the years.

"I saw first hand how she broke stereotypes and changed the landscape for Black women in entertainment. I'm grateful in recent years I had a chance to see her and create more lasting memories."

She added: "I pray for comfort for all her family and friends. Thank you Ja'Net, I’ll miss you."
 

DuBois is best known for her portrayal as the projects gossip Willona Woods in the 1970s Norman Lear TV sitcom Good Times, which ran from 1974 to 1979.

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Jackson, then 11, joined the cast in the fifth season as Penny - a young girl adopted by Willona after she's abandoned by her abusive mother.

The pair reunited in 1987 when DuBois played the R&B icon's mother in the music video for her single "Control."

Lear also posted a tribute to the late actress and singer, sharing on Twitter, “Ja'Net DuBois was all light and will be missed. I love that she wrote the theme song for her passing, 'Movin’ on Up'," referencing the theme song to The Jeffersons, which DuBois wrote and sang.

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Janet Jackson is a huge Colin Kaepernick fan. The superstar singer went the extra mile to get a hold of Kaepernick's sold out Air Force 1 sneakers.

According to The Blast, the shoes sold out within minutes after going on sale last month. Millions of sneaker heads tried to buy the sneakers which retailed for $110.

Janet reached out to one of her contacts who hooked her up with a pair.

"Thank you CK for my sneaks. I love'em [sic] @Kaepernick7," she wrote in the caption of a photo that shows her rocking the coveted sneakers.
 

The sneakers feature a logo of Kaepernick's signature afro on the heels and they bear the date "08 14 16" on the right sole. The date marks the first time Kaepernick refused to stand for the national anthem before a game.

The shoes hit the market weeks after Kaepernick attended a workout for NFL teams in Atlanta. One of the wide receivers who caught Kaepernick's passes that day was offered an NFL contract, but Kaepernick is still unsigned.

Nike made the 32-year-old activist the face of an ad campaign for Nike's 30th anniversary year in 2019.

On Saturday, the former NFL quarterback angered his Twitter followers when he slammed the United States as an imperialist country after a precision drone strike killed Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, 62.

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Janet Jackson heaped praise on Ciara's "too cute" children for dressing as her and big brother Randy Jackson for Halloween.

Ciara shared a snap of 5-year-old son Future Zahir Wilburn and 2-year-old daughter Sienna Princess as they rocked out in matching pink costumes on her Instagram page.

Ciara, 34, captioned the shot "The Jacksons", and the picture quickly caught the attention of Janet, 53, who commented with a sweet and simple: "Too cute," WENN.com reports.

While many fans assumed Future was dressed as Janet's late brother Michael, others were quick to point out that he was actually dressed as Randy, now 57.

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Janet and her brother Randy were the youngest members of the musical Jackson family from Gary, Indiana. The two siblings joined their famous brothers - Michael, Marlon, Jermaine, Tito and Jackie - when they performed on the road during summer breaks.

Janet and Randy were popular for their grown up skits during the Jacksons' dinner & show tours. Little Janet brought the house down when she delivered Mae West's famous line to Randy: "Why don't you come up and see me sometime?"

Randy became an official member of the Jacksons in 1976 when he replaced older brother Jermaine, who left the group to pursue a solo career with Motown after contract negotiations fell through. Motown kept the "Jackson 5" name.

 

Future and Sienna's costumes were created by designer Michael Costello, who told E! News that Ciara was "very hands on" during the process of designing the outfits. Future's tuxedo and Sienna's dress both took between three to four days to complete, and cost between $1,200 and $1,400 apiece.

"I think the costumes are just super special because they're fun, they're youthful, they're a timeless classic," he explained. "I like that Ciara wanted to do something vintage-inspired and super adorable. I love the thought and creative process behind it. It's just fun! And it's refreshing because I'm kind of sick and tired of seeing superheroes and zombies everywhere."

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Ciara and husband Russell Wilson's costumes weren't as original or as cute as their kids' costumes. CiCi and Russ dressed up as Beyonce and Jay-Z visiting the Louvre Museum in Paris, France.

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La La Anthony opened up about her struggles raising her teenage son as a single mom during an appearance on The View on Thursday. She said Kiyan Anthony, 12, refuses to be featured on her social media pages after years of having his photos taken without his permission. "He doesn't want me to take any pictures of him and he doesn't want to be in any pictures with me," Anthony said. "That's for sure. He never gives me approval. Even yesterday when I took pictures, he goes, 'Don't post that. Whatever you do, just don't post that.'"
 

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Khloe Kardashian and her half sister Kendall Jenner teamed up with The Heal the Bay initiative to clean up the beaches in Malibu. The reality stars joined a group of volunteers in saving the beaches of Malibu by picking up trash on Wednesday, Oct. 9.
 

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Janet Jackson had a busy day shopping and laughed out loud when she was spotted with a small bag filled with toys of Trump, Johnson, Farage, and Corbyn dolls at the greeting card shop, Scribbler, according to BACKGRID.com.
 

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Power couple Omar and Keisha Epps took their daughters (not pictured) to the 2019 Screamfest premiere of "Trick" at TCL Chinese 6 Theatres on Wednesday, Oct. 9, in Hollywood, California.
 

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Rapper French Montana was dressed head to toe in a custom Gucci outfit designed by Harlem legend Dapper Dan. Montana was spotted while out and about in the Los Angeles area.

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Lil Kim exchanged a few words with anti-fur PETA activists who waited to ambush the Queen Bee outside the AOL Build Series event in New York City on Tuesday. As she stepped out of her limo, the 45-year-old NY native told one PETA activist to "Back up!”
 

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The activists carried a sign that read: "LIL KIM ANIMAL ABUSER" and a poster that shows a slaughtered animal. "Animals get electrocuted!… Lil Kim stop wearing fur!" the female protester yelled at the rapper. As they moved closer to Kim, she repeated, "Back up, back up, back up, back up!" Lil Kim was held back by one of her bodyguards before fur and nails flew.
 

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What FUPA? Halle Berry, 53, showed off her trim figure after working out with her personal trainer at a gym in New York City on Tuesday.
 

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Janet Jackson, 53, is ready for fall as she rocked an orange bomber puffer jacket and black baggy pants with platform sneakers as she headed to catch her flight out of JFK airport in NYC.
 

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Cardi B was spotted out and about in West Hollywood on Tuesday. The rapper dressed conservatively in a white mini skirt with a powder blue cropped top, brown leather boots and topped it off with a chic matching beret. What do you think of Cardi's new look?
 

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Kelly Rowland was seen heading to the gym for a workout. Kelly was all smiles as she jogged to her car before heading to her workout. The 38-year-old Aquarius wore a black DOGPOUND sweatshirt and black leggings with black Nike sneakers. She didn't confirm rumors that she split from Tim Weatherspoon, her husband of 5 years, and the father of her only child, Titan, 4.
 

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Amber Rose is still pregnant. The 35-year-old mom-of-2 stepped out with her boyfriend Alexander Edwards for some wig shopping at a beauty supply store in Studio City, California on Tuesday. A spy said Alexander helped her pick out the perfect wig. The socialite wore an animal print dress paired with black Nike Shox sneakers.

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Your auntie received yet another demand letter from Janet Jackson's disgruntled ex-husband, Wissam Al Mana. I have a small folder of demand letters sent by him over the years.

The reasons vary from violation of his privacy rights to now violating the rights of his son, Eissa, for posting the toddler's photos on my blog.

He insists the 2-year-old's face should be pixelated even though there is no law in the United States that requires bloggers or publications to pixelate a baby's face in photographs.

His lawyer insists this blog is under UK jurisdiction since Wissam can see my blog from London, where he lives.

"The publication of the Photographs is a gross invasion of Eissa's privacy for which there is no justification," his lawyer writes. "The only reason for publishing unpixelated photographs of our client's son is the notoriety of Ms Jackson. But for that notoriety, you would not be publishing photographs of an infant in the circumstances depicted in the Photos."

A quick Google search brings up thousands of unpixelated images of Eissa Al Mana on thousands of blogs in America.

This smells like a personal vendetta.

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Popeyes crispy chicken sandwich is still all the rage in Black communities. The sandwich is in such demand that lines queue down the block and chair throwing brawls have broken out inside restaurants. Janet wanted to see what the hoopla is for herself. But she's Janet Jackson, so she needed a police escort to jump the lines.

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Janet Jackson has landed the headlining spot at Britain's Glastonbury Music Festival, according to UK's The Sun newspaper. Glastonbury is England's most iconic music festival. This will be Janet's first ever Glastonbury appearance.

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