#179: State Of The World by Janet Jackson
Janet Damita Jo Jackson was born in 1966 in Gary, Indiana. She is the tenth and youngest child of the Jackson family. Her brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Michael became the Jackson 5. They received three Grammy Award nominations and later had three of their songs inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. The Jackson 5 (later named The Jacksons) charted four singles to number-one, and seven more singles into the Top Ten on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1973, at age seven, Jackson with brother Randy performed a skit on TV and a month later performed at the MGM Casino in Las Vegas. Janet started acting in the variety show The Jacksons in 1976. In 1977, she was selected to have a starring role as Penny Gordon Woods in the sitcom Good Times, starring Ester Rolle as Florida Evans, and John Amos as James Evans. Janet Jackson later starred in A New Kind of Family as Jojo Ashton.