• 53 years old
  • Born on August 10, 1953 in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
  • Passed away on April 11, 2007 in Paris, France.

Janet McDonald   

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Harlem Prep




Paris University





Great Auntee

International Lawyer





English Lanuage

Spanish Language

French Language

World Traveler


Posted by Thomas Wilson on September 5, 2019
I just heard a podcast from NPR's THIS AMERICAN LIFE titled "Americans in Paris" and was saddened by Ira Glass' addendum, that you had passed away years earlier. It was so heartbreaking. But I immediately got PROJECT GIRL and read it. I am your de-facto brother, from a Queens project complex.  The only difference is that I attended school elsewhere and stayed stateside. But the writing, the activism, the challenges, the wariness of being a Black Intellectual...I hear you and I understand. Your music lives on, though you are gone!
Posted by Ruth Strauss on July 21, 2019
I just heard an interview, a riotous, raucous, fun, sassy, smart interview of you on This American Life--I loved it, until Ira announced that you had passed away at age 53--what a tragedy, and yet what a life well lived, well defined, well thought-out and well analyzed. I am blessed to have known you through this one short interview, but you have made an indelible impression upon me. God bless you for all you did, all you went through, and to your family whom I'm sure holds you dear and misses you so.
Posted by Makeeba Page on April 12, 2019
I can’t believe yesterday made 12 years you been gone I miss you so much I love you check girl number 1 ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Posted by Laureen Sabella on April 11, 2019
Forever Missed is a beautiful website and much appreciated. It makes us feel as if Janet keeps reminding us each year that she is not gone. Her books, her life story--everything about her spirit stays with us. The tears that flow must be like a rain that she sends down to help cleanse our souls. Thank you to her loving family for this internet memorial site.
Posted by Joyce Mcdonald on April 11, 2019
Posted by Angel King on April 11, 2019
Happy heavenly birthday beautiful soul ❤️
Posted by Joyce Mcdonald on April 11, 2019
Janet I know your heavenly time is awesome !!! Daddy and Mother lol you have they’ll to your self .. I love you so much , I wish I would have had more time with you .Such great memories . I will always celebrate you life. You left a great leagacy for those who think the can’t . I can allwats here your cagaling laughter !♥️♥️♥️ 12 years. I’m doing my best to help your Kevin . He loves you so much . S.I.P my middle sister .
Posted by Makeeba Page on August 10, 2018
I love and miss you so much I can’t believe you been gone for 11 years your #1 fan checkergirl #1 and my youngest who was named aft you is 11 yrs old Kayla Ann-Janet Page she read all your books you would be proud
Posted by Laureen Sabella on August 10, 2018
Never forgotten...just took a photo of her books but not able to attach it...
Posted by Deb Jackson on August 10, 2018
What fond and fun memories I have. Janet my heart longs for you and rejoices at the same time. Yet another angel is with you; our Mother!! I will miss you forever. Until we meet again my dear Sister.
Posted by Laureen Sabella on April 12, 2016
9 years have passed. I have a shelf of Janet's books. So I guess I have to read again. Her books for young people can also be for old people like me.
Posted by Jane Lang on August 10, 2015
It's been over a year since I first read Janet's autobiography. I'm a total stranger to her family and her life, but I've never had something impact me so powerfully. I think of her story and her experiences often and tell other people about her. I'm high school teacher, and I tell my teenagers about her too. I want to bring her back so she can be with her family and friends. Just think what more she could have brought us as she got older!
Posted by Makeeba Page on April 12, 2015
I miss you so much auntie, we all need you so much I know your watching over all of us may you rest in peace love you always and will never forget you, I remember my first time too the movies and you took me Tasha Natoya and Starlett to see Annie I will never forget it, you would love the remake
Posted by Laureen Sabella on April 11, 2015
I have to go roller skating for Janet!
Posted by Joyce Mcdonald on April 10, 2015
Janet we miss you so much. I can't believe  April 11 th makes 7 years
Posted by Laureen Sabella on October 9, 2014
I still after more than 7 years have reminders of my email friend. I have reminders that she is not gone. My old computer crashed and my written communication is gone, but I still feel that Janet is too strong a presence to really be gone. Wish we could still see, hear, and read new books of hers, though. She is extraordinary and I can't believe I was so fortunate to be her friend.
Posted by JAMES SANFORD on August 10, 2014
Janet and I were more like brother and sister then just friends. Long conversations sitting on the bench behind 191. I was completely devastated upon hearing of her passing. She will always be in my heart. She will be missed dearly. RIP my sister, Love You ALWAYS
Posted by April Sneed on August 10, 2014
May Janet forever rest in peace.
Posted by Sheila Cox on August 10, 2014
Janet your spirit lives on ! You have and will influence ,and encourage many individuals that have come in the world . I find myself sometimes reading the postcards and letters you sent me and Mom ! Your LOVE lives in those who knew you.
Posted by Jane Lang on August 5, 2014
I find myself unsure of how to start. In April 2014 I heard a previously recorded interview with Janet on NPR. Her perspective on living in Paris was interesting, and her honesty, intelligence, and humor drew me in. It wasn't til the end of the program that they said she had died in 2007. I was shocked. Here was someone I'd heard only briefly, and wanted more of, silenced now except through the legacy of her books.  I bought and read Project Girl. Now finished, I have such mixed feelings-compassion, anger, sadness, gratitude... with no closure. Her brutal honesty both touched and disturbed me, which is what good writers do! I'm a high school teacher, and many of my students struggle between the same worlds of their upbringing and their ambition. I will share Janet's words with them. Those of you who knew her were given a gift, through all the good, the bad, and the ugly. I send my belated sympathy. I wish I could thank this total stranger who has deeply touched my life and given me much to think about.
Posted by Ellen Cates on August 12, 2013
Our many chats while sitting on the housing benches when we were children inspired me to dream, believe and achieve -
Your dreams came to fruition and built honorable memories. I thank God for your spirit which has been indelibly placed in all of us who came from those humble beginnings. We honor you in dreaming & achieving! Love always...
Posted by Deb Jackson on August 10, 2013
Never Forgotten. You are always with us!
Posted by Makeeba Page on April 11, 2013
I remember the morning my mom called and said aunt Janet had passed my baby girl was one month her name is Kayla Janet-Ann Page. My heart is still heavy as the tears roll down my face I remember all the laughs and jokes we had had together . We always was and still is a strong family, I sure miss those days when she came to town that was the only time we had my grandma flo's apple pie lol
Posted by Makeeba Page on April 11, 2013
Oh and I am the first and oldest checker girl Taheesha, Natoya,Starlett lol I love you and miss you so much auntie Janet, I now you and Obama would have been great friends. RIP
Posted by Freedia Jeans on September 12, 2012
Janet, you are sorely missed (Like Crazy I still miss you). What a privilege it was to know you…though for a short spell you were allowed to grace my life. I thank God for the special talks we had. I still recall them, and I smile with a bit of rain mixed in between those memories. Rest on and I pray God has you safely in his His arms.
Posted by Joyce McDonald on August 17, 2009
I light on behalf of your great nieces and nephews Your ligth continue to shine in our memories.
Posted by Joyce McDonald on August 10, 2009
I light this candle in memory of my beautiful daughter Janet McDonald.I will always love you. You will always live in my heart forever.Love Your Mother Florence McDonald
Posted by Martha Sea on August 10, 2009
Your spirit lives on in the world where you left your footprints, and in our hearts where we try to soothe the painful space with your bright memories. Nam myoho renge kyo peace&blessings
Posted by Deb Jackson on August 10, 2009
You light will always shine brightly. Our lives together will always be forever remembered! I miss you deeply. With my deepest love ~ Your Sister Deb McDonald Jackson

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