A Public Service Announcement That Did Not Work
Not only does this throwback “One to Grow On” video feature Vanessa Huxtable and her hair freakishness in 3D, but the boy is unmistakable as a young pre-Urkel Jaleel White.
This PSA pre-dates hip-hop culture being flooded with the “Get Rich Or Die Tryin'” approach to earning, but what middle-class illusion were we aspiring to back then? Why were we being conditioned to believe that our parents would hook us up in the end? Meanwhile, I’m sure that neither Tempestt Bledsoe nor Jaleel White have ever done chores or mowed lawns to get anything. Do kids even do chores these days?
“Want some extra money? You better get on that corner and sell some crack…before you know it you’ll be pushin’ weight and nobody won’t be able to tell you nothin’…and that’s one to grow on!”