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For years, after “The Cosby Show,” and “Family Matters,” there seemed to be a void shows that exhibited the life of a black family that wasn’t just stereotypical, but could also cross social, racial, and economic boundaries so it was enjoyable to all audiences. ”My Wife and Kids” was that show. With a predominantly Black cast, and lead by the comedic stylings of Damon Wayans, the show was a hit for five seasons. But, where are these actors now?
During the days when black music was a very viable commodity, but African Americans weren’t getting their pay, due, or credit, Berry Gordy Jr. decided to create a home for talented musicians. Born in Detroit, Michigan, also known as “Motor Town,” Mr. Gordy created Motown records, which allowed talented people of color the means of getting their voices and talents out to the masses. Many great talents came out from the Motown label and its subsidiaries. Happily we know the success of people like Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, The Jackson 5 and others. On the other end of the spectrum, sadly, we know the fate of a few, like: Marvin Gaye, Mary Wells (The Queen of Motown), The Temptations, Rick James, and Teena Marie, but where are the others now?
“It’s the truth. Besides Jennifer and myself there wasn’t any [actual wives]. I’m rich. She definitely wasn’t talking about me. My man got a championship ring. She definitely wasn’t talking about us. I got the ring. The wives ring.
Oprah’s had plenty of memorable guests over the course of her 25 year talk show. You may remember one of those people was Hydeia Broadbent back in the 1996. With her hoop nose ring, thick braids and squeaky voice, an 11 year old Hydeia explained what it was like living with AIDS. Born HIV positive Hydeia had symptoms of full blown AIDS at just 5 years old.
“I had had fungus in my brain, blood infections, pneumonia. I went Code blue a couple of times. And when I was 5, that’s when they said I had full blown AIDS.”
Hydeia, who had up until that point, appeared to be the pinnacle of composure and poise, broke down when Oprah asked her what was the hardest part about living with the disease. She said: “When your friends die. That’s the hardest part because you love them and you always lose a friend to AIDS…a lot of my friends have died of AIDS.”
But despite the unimaginable struggles of he life, Hydeia, even at 11, had a positive outlook. She told Oprah, “If you stay in your bed and feel sorry for yourself…and say, ‘I’m going to die’ then why get up and try to make a difference? But if you say, ‘Today’s another day. I can get up, I can do something, you can make something positive.’”
Though Hydeia had not been expected to live past childhood, today, at almost 30, caught up with the people over at OWN to speak about her life since the show, the emotional struggles of her childhood, the challenges she still faces, dating with AIDS and what she hopes to accomplish next.
Check out her inspirational story in the video below.
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.”