Y’all Come Back Now, Ya Hear? 7 Stars Whose Careers Need to Be Revived

May 11, 2012  |  
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What goes up inevitably must come down. It’s the law of gravity by Isaac Newton, but he may as well have been talking about the peaks and valleys of celebrity life. Stars are made and seemingly replaced by brighter ones almost overnight and one can’t help but wish for the originals to reclaim their place in the spotlight. So many rise and fall, but here are seven stars who need to shine even brighter once more.

Halle Berry

Her name and face have been all over the news for everything from her baby daddy drama, engagement to her questionable choice of lacefronts. Paula Patton seems to be Hollywood’s go to woman of color these days, but there’s still a place for Ms. Berry on the silver screen.  Some may still debate whether or not she deserved her Oscar for Monster’s Ball, but she is still the first African-American actress to have been awarded the Best Actress statue, and that’s not by accident. It’s past time that she fully redeem herself from Catwoman with a role worthy of her talents.

Lauryn Hill

L Boogie dropped the classic The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill in 1998, won some Grammys, became one of music’s biggest stars and then fell off the radar. There hasn’t been a sequel or even a teaser of the greatness of that disc, and aside from her Unplugged joint, if she’s been in the studio, only she knows. In an era of Nicki Minaj and her Barbz, wigs and female MC’s taking to Twitter to air each other out, the genius of Lauryn is sorely needed. She dropped rhymes that made you think and not these sing along tracks that have taken over radio.

Janet Jackson

Miss Jackson says she’s in the best physical shape of her life, but the same can’t be said of her career. The music icon hasn’t released an album of new material since 2008’s underperforming Discipline.  So many have tried to mimic Janet’s swag and have failed because they’re only selling sex. She has all the tools at her disposal: sophistication, style and substance. The success is hers for the taking if she puts her mind to it.

Allen Iverson

Before Andre Iguodala was leading the Sixers on the court, the first A.I. had the city of Philadelphia revering him for helping to bring the team to the NBA Finals. A.I. wasn’t about practice, coming off the bench or being a team player, but he could ball. The one time shoo-in for the Hall of Fame should be wearing another jersey again, and not here doing a “War of the Roses” with his wife or in Turkey trying to get a check.


X has been in and out of jail in such a repetitive manner, it’s almost as though he’s starring in his own personal version of Groundhog Day. X is raw, unfiltered and tells it like it is. It’s all the more reason why he needs to be back in the studio and spittin’ a few verses on wax. A decade ago, no one would’ve believed that Ja Rule was ahead of the curve with all the singing he did in his raps, but it’s time to show X and his brand of truth some love again. We’d definitely like to see him do more than “Couples Therapy.”


Mariah Carey

MC has been cherishing her time as a new mother with dem babies. The first few years of their lives is a time that she’ll never get back, but given all the teasers on Twitter, it seems as though she is ready to balance motherhood and superstardom. And it’s not a moment too soon. The age of iTunes has allowed anyone to have a good sales week and claim #1 on Hot 100 with disposable tracks. While her last album didn’t go over too well (2009’s Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel) this chart leader, with 18 #1’s, still needs to come back and remind everyone that songs of substance still have a place at the top.


The obituaries for R&B as a genre are being written as we speak. D’s sprinkling of brown sugar may not revive it, but at the very least, it’ll help it show some signs of life. Trey Songz and Chris Brown are holding it down for the Y generation but an experienced man just has that voodoo to cast a spell. There’s nothing sexier than a man who knows exactly what he’s doing and can do more than hold a note and bust a move.

Stephanie Guerilus is a journalist and author. Follow her @qsteph.

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