The First African American Sex Symbol

Twenty Foreplay is a song by American singer-songwriter Janet Jackson from her first greatest hits album, Design of a Decade 1986/1996. It was released as the album’s second and final single on January 8, 1996. The title is a play on the word “foreplay” and “24 hours a day”.



The 1950s look of the video, directed by Directed by Keir McFarlane, was inspired by Dorothy Dandridge, whom Jackson considers to be America’s first African American sex symbol. The video was shot in black-and-white and depicts Jackson in the glamorous Hollywood life such as movie premiere, press conference, and videotaping of her on the backlot of a movie set. The video has never been released commercially. McFarlane is best known for Sheryl Crow‘s If it Makes You Happy (2004) music video


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Music, Stars and Stripes

The Beatles


Mick Jagger


Bruce Springsteen. Born in the U.S.A. promo picture by Annie Leibovitz


Axl Rose


Bon Jovi




Britney Spears


Christina Aguilera. Photo: Michael Caulfield




Katy Perry


Lenny Kravitz. American Woman music video (Paul Hunter, 1999)


Madonna. American Pie music video ( Philipp Stölzl, 2000)


Shery Crow. Live At Budokan (2002) album art cover


Lana Del Rey. Born to Die music video (Yoann Lemoine, 2011)


Azealia Banks. Liquorice music video (Rankin, 2012)