Jan 23, 2015

Roots & Rhythm: "I Can Love You" - Mary J. Blige F. Lil Kim

"Some people say the 90s made them.  I say I made the 90s." -Misa Hylton

This week, the ultimate 90s baby turned 21 and celebrated with a nod to the decade that made him and his parents.  

Sean "Diddy" Combs and Misa Hylton celebrated their son Justin's 21st birthday with one of the most appropriate birthday themes ever: a 90s Party.

Misa Hylton
Even if you disagree with Misa that she made the the 90s, she most certainly brought her share of fabric and thread to the table.  With clients like Mary J. Blige, Lil Kim, Lisa Raye, Missy Elliot, Queen Latifah and Diddy (probably known as "Puffy" at the time) her fashion sense inevitably inspired of all at some point.  More recently, Misa has moved into the role of teacher, mentor and life coach through Misa Hylton Fashion Academy, continuing her influence on fashion and styling.  

Mary J. Blige, LaTonya Blige, Misa Hynton, and Faith Evans. Original 90s flavor.
Music videos seemed to come alive in the 90s through producers like Hype Williams and stylists like Misa.  The shift in the culture of music that began in the 80s with the birth of rap and a conscious artistic culture was fully realized in the 90s.  While many feel the conscious energy of the music has shifted, those who were the catalysts of 80s culture also realized that their craft and a luxurious lifestyle could go hand in hand.

And here we are today, watching the grandchildren of that movement reach 21 and continue the legacy of their parents and grandparents before them.

The 1990s version of Lil Kim.  Things were a bit simpler for all of us then.
While it is a controversial topic for many, most would agree with the thought that our gifts make room for us.  And many artists from this era used their magnetic personalities, personal style and creative energies to secure the legacy of their children.

Here's one of my favorites from two women who ruled the 90s.  Both of them shared a freedom that helped to revealed the many facets of womanhood to me during some of my most formative years.

What are your favorite moments from the 90s?

The 90s version of Mary J. Blige.  Classic Mary in combat boots with the face to match.



Here's one of my favorites from two women who ruled the 90s.  Both of them shared a freedom that helped to revealed the many facets of womanhood to me during some of my most formative years.

What are your favorite moments from the 90s?



             


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