Bessie Smith And Other Influential Black Stars Who Shaped Pop Culture

May 13, 2015  |  


My favorite decade, the ’90s brought us so many shows and films that we broke our necks to see. Not only was Will Smith a household name because of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, but he was also a huge international star thanks to Independence Day and Men in Black. The Bodyguard and its soundtrack were the best things since sliced bread. Any performance by Mariah Carey and Toni Braxton needed to be taped to keep peace at home, and Scary Spice (Mel B) and the rest of the Spice Girls with their platforms and personality inspired our style and footwear. And Lauryn Hill’s music, message, and dreadlocks dominated magazine covers, charts, and awards shows, helping to usher in Neo-Soul. Gangster rap continued to grow; Tupac was the biggest rapper to listen to on the West, and the Notorious B.I.G. was the most prominent on the East Coast. The Chicago Bulls couldn’t be stopped in the NBA, and Naomi Campbell was one of the biggest supermodels on the planet. Rappers were showing everyone from kids in the city to suburban students how to dress, and with the help of LL Cool J, any and everybody was hoping to wear FUBU.

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