Janet Jackson Spotlights Racism and Terrorism ... At Panorama Music Festival

7/29/2018 7:13 AM PDT

Janet Jackson Spotlights Racism and Terrorism at Panorama Music Festival

Janet Jackson changed up her act Saturday night at the Panorama Music Festival in Randall's Island, New York, by starting her set with a song that not many people know but has a deep message.

Janet hit the stage with "The Skin Game (Part 1)," the b side of a 30-year-old record. Before she started singing, the audience heard audio of reporters doing stories about white supremacists and terrorism. Then the names of black men killed by police -- unarmed black men -- appeared on the big screens next to the stage.

Janet did not disappoint ... singing a number of her hits from her catalog. There was definitely a message beyond just singing hits.   

There was no doubt from anyone in the audience ... Janet stole the show.

She's had a tough year ... with a nasty divorce and the passing of her father, Joe