The singer put on a powerful show that addressed racism and xenophobia.

Danielle Kwateng-Clark
Sep, 08, 2017

Janet Jackson kicked off the first concert of her State of the World tour on Thursday in Lafayette, LA with a performance to remember. The singer, who promised a special show in light of the recent damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, hit the stage with a troupe and powerful visuals.

The 51-year-old opened with a video showing the evils of white supremacy and xenophobia. Having a child of Muslim heritage, the message hit close to home for the always-conscious Jackson family member who's raising a child in Trump's America.

Jackson went on to perform "The Knowledge" her 1989 song denouncing bigotry and hate. She also did "That's the Way Love Goes", "Pleasure Principle", "Control" and more.

"You know I came to snatch a couple wigs," she said before performing "Control" in a black jumpsuit.

Jackson's next show is in Houston Friday evening, where she plans to help in relief efforts before hitting the stage.