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Newsday - Long Island, N.Y.
Author: By Brian Huggins, Andrea Roberson, Antonio Rodriguez
Date: Feb 19, 1989
Start Page: 02
Section: PART II
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We spoke to [LA TOYA JACKSON] at RCA Records in Manhattan recently. Her latest album, "La Toya," is her first in four years. Surprisingly, as a child, La Toya had no interest in the music business. But once she and sister Janet joined the Jackson 5 on stage, there was no stopping her. She's pretty, very nice, single and lives in Manhattan. Q. Tell us why you dedicated your album to "the children of the world." A. I did that because I love children and am very interested in any cause to help them. I'm involved with the anti-drug campaign "Just Say No," which is designated to children between the ages of 3 to 7 and tries to prevent them from ever starting to take drugs. Q. Where do you get the ideas for your songs? A. It depends on when you're working, where you are and who you are with. If I'm writing with my sister Janet and we hear a great melody, we just get into the groove, start writing and think of a title to call it. Q. Were you ever jealous growing up when your brothers were the famous Jackson 5? A. No, probably because we knew the Jackson 5 were just our brothers. The girls never thought about singing. I never wanted to be a part of the Jackson 5. It was my father's decision to put me in the act and that's when I started singing. Q. Who's your closest brother or sister? A. I'm pretty close with all of them but the ones I speak to the most are Janet and Michael. I try to speak to Janet every day. The others are married and busy with their families.

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