Peppermint’s Birthday Present to Janet Jackson

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Peppermint’s Birthday Present to Janet Jackson 
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Drag Race superstar Peppermint is back with another loving tribute to the legendary Janet Jackson. This busy queen, who not only competed on the most recent season of The Traitors but also shared the stage with Madonna, follows up her faithful recreations of Janet’s videos for “Rhythm Nation” and “If” with another gorgeous video for her 1997 hit “Together Again.”

In celebration of Janet Jackson’s birthday today as well as honoring the recent Transgender HIV Testing Day (April 18), Peppermint proudly releases another special video tribute for her all-time favorite pop artist and icon. Peppermint’s dance tribute video of Janet’s deeply personal song/video “Together Again” was a labor of love as Peppermint re-created the video almost frame-for-frame with costuming, dancers and all. This most recent video tribute has extra special meaning, as it is tied to Janet’s original 1997 release which was written as a tribute to a friend who had recently died of AIDS as well as AIDS victims and their families worldwide. 

In a statement, Peppermint says of the video:

“When “Together Again” came out I remember being captivated by the colors, the costumes, the choreography and the setting. Later, I learned about the inspiration of the song and the message and that despite sadness and loss, we will be reunited with the people we love and the people who loved us. Janet talks about a friend who had died of AIDS and wanted to shine a light on communities impacted by AIDS/HIV and even donating proceeds to AIDS charities.

It's also not lost on me that the video takes place in a sort of dream version of Africa which continues to be disproportionately affected by AIDS/HIV due to lack of resources, funding and attention. This music video shows all types of people from all demographics connecting with each other, the land and the animals, the original music video even featured elephants and giraffes from Michael Jackson's personal zoo.

It's important for me to use my platform to bring attention to communities that are still disproportionately affected by HIV in the United States including communities of color, black women and black Trans women specifically.

I've always been personally inspired by Janet Jackson and her artistry. Paying tribute is tough enough; recreating the videos with a fraction of resources was also difficult. Where we lacked in resources we overflowed in love. Learning the choreography and shooting the video in less than 24 hours thanks to an awesome crew and director, Assad.  I hope people enjoy this video knowing that it was made with love and that no animals were harmed in the filming of this music video, that's because we couldn't afford to get any animals.” 

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