A young man’s fantasy became reality when he held Janet Jackson in his arms for several moments during Anderson Cooper’s 100th episode of his daytime talk show. Jackson walked onto the stage of the young dancers set. interrupting their routine but sending the trio into a frenzy.
On Whitney Houston as a performer
Incredible. She was known as ‘The Voice’ and when she would open her mouth and this instrument would come out and you would obviously understand why. She was such a sweet, sweet soul especially back in the late 80s; early 90s is when I connected with Whitney the most. It doesn’t matter if we were doing an award show, we would always take the time out to find one another. Either she would come to my dressing room to say hey and I would be in make-up or I would find her to say hey in her dressing room. We would always find time to talk to one another. She was such a sweet soul.
On seeing drugs for the first time
I use to go to [Studio] 54 a lot when I would be on hiatus from ‘Good Times.’ My mother said, “What do you want to do” and I said, “I want to go to New York and visit Mike.” She’d come out; mother and I and we would go to [Studio] 54. I was 10 or 11 years old at 54 dancing.
It was the first time I had ever seen drugs. I couldn’t figure out why people were putting flour up their noises. I thought that was the stupidest thing.