Katherine Jackson at 90: Music, Motherhood & Legacy

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Born Kattie B. Screws, Katherine Jackson gave birth to more than one superstar. The incredibly humble great-great-grandmother gave birth and raised 10 kids, Rebbie, Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, LaToya, Marlon, Brandon (Marlon’s twin who died shortly after birth), Michael, Randy and Janet.

Now 90, Katherine became more famous after her son Michael’s death than she had ever been. She received roughly half her son’s estate in his will and acted as guardian to his three young children immediately after his death, a role her nephew T.J. Jackson has shared in recent years.

In 1984. Michael dedicated his legendary 1982 album Thriller to her. Janet Jackson did the same following the release of her 1989 album Rhythm Nation 1814. In 1985, acknowledging what was then a positive impact on her children’s successful music careers, national urban magazine Essence honored her as “Mother of the Year”.