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It’s the holiday season and that has us thinking about one of our favorite holiday, family movies: Soul Food. It’s black cinema at its best and one of the most authentic and entertaining. So you know we have to highlight the crazy characters and actors portraying them, right? But if we do the movie, we have to do the equally successful series. And with great ensemble casts, we know you’re dying to know where the stars of both the motion picture and series are today after such a highlight in each of their careers. So let’s take a look and see what these characters have been up to since we last saw them on the big and small screen.
Some of the best shows from the ’90s and early ’00s had everything. Good writing, great acting, and good looking men. These brothas brought some of our favorite characters happiness, drama, and a good time, and for us, they brought eye candy we were looking for on our favorite TV nights (Monday used to be THE day to watch TV on UPN back in the day!). So where have some of our favorite crushes gone? Let’s take a look shall we! Be warned, some have changed not necessarily for the worst…but let’s just say they’ve changed a lot.
Quinton “Q” Brooks played by Fredro Starr on Moesha
Now they knew damn well that “Q” didn’t look like nobody’s high school student. On for two seasons and occasionally returning, Q was Moesha’s longest relationship, and probably the one that brought her the most drama. Fredro Starr of the hip-hop group Onyx played this role, and had some serious acting experience previous to playing Q (Clockers anyone?). Afterwards, he kept acting in a little bit of everything, including roles in Save The Last Dance, playing gunman Bird on The Wire, and still focusing on his music. He recently had beef with DMX of all people. As for what he’s looking like, these days, he looks okay…
With Father’s Day right around the corner (seriously, have you picked up a gift yet?), we thought we’d take a minute out to shout out some of our favorite black TV dads who made some of our favorite shows even better and see what they’re looking like now. Some of them we’ve highlighted in previous “Where Are They Now?” profiles, some of them we haven’t, but all of them are familiar faces we thought were outstanding dads in one way or another (and we thought we’d stick to the ones still in the world).
James Avery as Uncle Phil/Philip Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
“Big ‘ol uncle Phil was always known for his temper, but good heart. While he might throw Jazz out by his shirt and snap at Will at any given moment, he was also there for Will when he needed him (remember the episode where Will’s dad bailed on him??). After the show ended, Avery worked on the show “Sparks,” guest starred on “That ’70s Show,” “The Closer,” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” and also did movies including Hair Show and Who’s Your Caddy? He’s still working and still doing big things.”
I’m sure you were somewhere getting in your feelings to the jams of these ladies. If not, you were pretending to be more cultured because you knew the words to Tracy Chapman’s “Give Me One Reason,” either way, the women behind some of our favorite emotional jams had more talent in their pinky fingers than most singers had in their whole bodies. Many achieved a pretty good level of success, and some are happy just making music, but they’re very underrated to us.
These little ladies were some of just a few faces we used to see all over the place in the ’90s playing somebody’s daughter, sister, or friend. They were very talented, but like many people who start acting early, many of the young ladies on this list took a break at a certain point so that they could live normally. While a few got back into TV and film, others are trying their hand at new ventures. So where are they all now? Let’s see…
While she has worked on and off over the years in many different roles and guest roles, we loved Chlumsky as the feisty tomboy Vada in My Girl and My Girl 2, with My Girl being one of the most unexpected emotional films ever. I still can’t get over Macaulay Culkin’s death in that movie *sigh*
But anywho, Chlumsky became a pretty big star after doing the franchise, yet for a good span of years in the late ’90s, she just did guest roles. But recently, the now 32-year-old, who worked in journalism for a few years, has returned to film and TV. She has a role on the HBO series, Veep, is married, and just announced last month that she’s expecting her first child.
How great were the ’90s in all forms of entertainment? They were pretty awesome, and a big part of the success of a lot of the sitcoms and movies that we remember to this day were the performances by child stars and teen stars that we admired or secretly wanted to date on the low low. Their standout roles were YEARS ago, and as we’ve grown, so have they. So what are they doing and looking like now? We’ve found about 11 who were some of our faves back in the day.
Brandon Quintin Adams
You remember Adams as the little boy Zeke dancing in Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker, Jesse in two Mighty Ducks movies, and Kenny in The Sandlot–the lone black face in that movie. And when he got older, he was stud material playing a boo of Moesha on the show of that same name, a boyfriend for Ashley Banks on Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and many other guest roles. He grew up nicely, and just a few years ago he was trying to pursue a rap career under the name B. Lee. He’s also trying to get back into acting, doing short films, and voicing characters in video games. In an interview with the Chicago Defender, Adams also opened up about his late best friend, Merlin Santana, who played Romeo on The Steve Harvey Show and was killed in 2002: “It took me a long time to recover from that. (Merlin) was my best friend, and (the murder) was a senseless thing.”
Children of the ’80s and the ’90s should know all about “Clarissa Explains It All,” the show that was centered-around Clarissa Darling and all of her life happenings, including school, puberty, boys, and so on.. The show first aired on March 23, 1991 and ran until December 3, 1994, airing a total of 65 episodes. With the show having been off the air for almost 20 years, it’s definitely time for an update on the cast.
Where Are They Now? The Former Harlem Shaking, Diddy Boppin’ 10 Obscure Faces Of Bad Boy (We Found ‘Em!)
Well, make that most of them at least. Not too long ago we did a slideshow about Bad Boy artists under Diddy who were dope, but whose talents couldn’t fully flourish with him. Listening to some Bad Boy classics earlier, we were moved to try and figure out what the hell happened to some of these artists, more specifically, the ones who fell off the face of the earth. We know where Shyne is (NOT in the U.S., but talking crap about everybody who is), we know what Mase is doing, we know Carl Thomas is back on the road, we know Dawn Richard is making it, and Faith Evans got away from Puff just in time. But hey, where’s Black Rob? Loon? The ladies from Total? We have a clue. Take a peek and be ready to click!
It’s been a long time since we saw kids REALLY Harlem Shaking in this guy’s video for the song “Let’s Get It” in 2001, and since then, things have been pretty tough for Trevell Coleman, better known as G. Dep. After meeting Diddy (Puffy back then) in ’98, getting signed and having success with his album, Child of the Ghetto, it didn’t move B.I.G. or Mase numbers, and Coleman was dropped. He went on to make an independent album with former Bad Boy artist Loon in 2007, suffered with PCP addiction, and soon enough found himself in trouble with the law. In 2010, Coleman made the huge step of turning himself in for a murder he committed in ’93 while trying to pull off a robbery. He was recently sentenced to second-degree murder and sentenced to 15 years in prison. Daaaaamn.
So they weren’t classic films, but I don’t know anybody who doesn’t get excited and drop what they’re doing to watch House Party (the original) and Class Act. The dancing is amazing, the storylines are easy to follow and you can’t say you aren’t fully entertained. These two movies dropped more than 20 years ago and it’s been a while since we’ve seen all the stars that made them must-see films in black homes years ago. Some, well, you know what they’re up to because they’re still doing big things, while others have stayed under the radar. Shall we be nosey and find out their whereabouts? Be prepared to click!
Adrienne-Joi Johnson captured everybody’s attention with her yellow spandex jumpsuit and killer dance moves in House Party. Playing Sharane, the cool chick from the hood (no for real, her neighborhood was mad sketch), both Kid and Play battled for her affections for most of the movie, but her finger wave and curl-wearing behind played coy with both fellas cause she had it like that. So where is she nowadays? Out here flexing on folks as a fitness and wellness coach. Check the abs for proof of how that’s working out. After her role in Baby Boy, Johnson did a few TV roles here and there (including hosting the show Flab to Fab), but she’s been more about weight loss and overall health over the past few years, even being a spokeswoman for the American Cancer Society.
From 1994 until 2000, many of us watched Party of Five, a show that took many by storm. Despite it’s low ratings, the show went on to win a Golden Globe Award and lasted six seasons. The show is credited for being the launching pad for several actors and actresses including Jennifer Love Hewitt, Neve Campbell, and Matthew Fox. Let’s see what your favorite cast members from Party of Five have been up to since the show ended.