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Not often do we get to see celebrities grow, mature, and blossom right before our eyes. But, some celebs became stars at a young age and we’ve been able to watch them become even bigger successes. Here are 14 black childhood stars then and now!
Before reality tv ran rampant, there was a such thing as a scripted program. Some of them were called situation comedies, more often known as sitcoms. Such shows featured a series of actors or actresses. And in rare instances these shows featured a predominately black cast. But not like a reality show, where bottles were thrown, tables were shook or altercations ensued, these cast members weren’t beefing with each other; but portrayed the notion of friendship. Though they had their differences, they ultimately had each others’ best interests at heart. Reminiscent of a younger, darker Golden Girls and the predecessor to Girlfriends, Living Single was one of the best examples of a black sitcom and here are just a few reasons why we miss tuning into new episodes on Fox.
This week we mourned the loss of television icon, Sherman Hemsley, who died at the age of 74. Whether you remember him from the ’70s sitcom The Jeffersons or have fond memories of him as Deacon Frye on Amen, we all remember that the 74 year old star’s career spanned decades. In addition to being a TV icon, his threads weren’t too shabby either. Remember those fly suits he wore? Like Hemsley, some of our favorite sitcom stars of the ’70s and ’80s influenced the way we dressed back then and still inspire us today. Maybe you were a fan of the glamorous Diahann Carroll, the playful Tootie on The Facts of Life, or Lisa Bonet’s boho style on The Cosby Show. These stars came into our living rooms every week and imparted serious style lessons.
Take a look at eight of our fave tv style stars of the ’70s and ’80s.
Sherman Hemsley, The Jeffersons
Check out the other seven style stars on StyleBlazer.com.
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Depression is still very much a taboo in this society where the open discussion of the mental illness is met with silence or people are told to “go to church” as opposed to seeking help from medical professionals. There is such a stigma still attached to the disease that cause many to choose to suffer all alone. This scenario is especially true in the African-American community.
For celebrities who are image conscious, there’s even more of a burden to maintain the status quo of assumed perfection. However, these seven courageous stars have pulled the veil down on the disease. They’ve shared their stories and inspired others to come out and seek help in the process.
Janet has always been open about the lows which have offset the highs in her incredible career. Her struggles with food, her weight, career ups and downs, self esteem and relationship troubles have contributed to her depression. Prior to the release of her album, The Velvet Rope and after the death of her brother, Jackson battled with depression. So many believe that life of a star is one of power, prestige and privilege, but Janet has never sugar-coated the underbelly of what so much success means. Despite her heavy heart at times, she still manages a smile that inspires: “I tend to, I have this thing where I tend to smile when things get a little…painful, that is just my, a protective shield I guess.”
Before the relaxed chicks start pouting and whipping their hair and the naturalista mafia starts throwing up Black Power fists please know that this post is not about celebrating natural at the expense of our relaxed friends. If your hair is healthy and it looks good then it looks good- I don’t care whether you put chemicals in it or not. Honestly there are some celebs who look better with a weave or a relaxer…no names. So with that said, here are the celebrities I just happen to want to see kinky rather than straight.