Old School Friday: Singers Turned Actors, Actors Turned Singers
When it comes to black entertainers, there are so many double and triple threats that its no suprise when actors release albums or vice versa. As I’ve discussed before, the black sitcom has talent showcasing left and right, and more black c-listers than I can count have had moderate success in television and/or film but enjoy fruitful careers on Broadway. Having popular success in television/film as well as music is the true challenge.
That said, I’ve been waiting a long time to post these here videos so I’m loving this week’s theme. Tisha Campbell already has Fresh Black Girl status with me, but do you remember her 1992 single “Push”? As the child of voice coaches, conventional wisdom would have one believe that Tisha Campbell would be a singer first and actor second, but things didn’t work out that way in spite of the fact that she showcased her singing talent in almost every role (including singing “Push” on Martin). In my opinion, she waited to long to release her first single – pop stars can’t hit the scene at the ripe old age of 24. I really hope the hat that she’s wearing in this video never comes back into style.
Jasmine Guy has become somewhat of a tragic figure for me. I loved her as Whitley in A Different World, a role that occasionally spotlighted her dancing talent but usually had her singing like a buffoon for the sake of comedy. Jasmine Guy can sing, but her 1990 album Jasmine Guy kind of stunk – was she Jody Watley, Karyn White, or what? She wasn’t at all believable as a singer or in music videos. I feel sorry for ol’ girl these days. She is looking rather decrepit from head to toe and is on the verge of earning herself a spot in the Good Hair Gone Bad hall of fame. Remember, it’s good black that don’t crack. See if you remember 1990’s “Another Like My Lover.”
All Hail The Queen! I treated myself to a home pedicure and Living Single marathon last Saturday afternoon and realized that I really do love me some Queen Latifah. She’s a New Jack triple threat as someone who can sing, act, and rap; no other female has led the hip-hop generation’s domination of mainstream entertainment like Dana Owens. She kills it on 1991’s “Latifah’s Had It Up 2 Here.” Her blazer/shoulder pad game was a force to be reckoned with!
Bonus: You know I had to do it. Poor Eddie Murphy. He set the low end of the bar for actors turned singers with 1985’s “Party All The Time.” Twenty-three years later and with Rick James gone, this song is so bad that it’s good.
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