Category Archives: Flashback Friday

Flashback Friday – Tisha Campbell-Martin on Rags to Riches

Long before showed like Glee and the dearly departed, Smash ruled the airways, there was Rags to Riches. Way back in 1987, NBC aired the show that effectively combined comedy, drama, and music. The show revolved around millionaire Nick Foley and his five adopted daughters. One of the daughters was played by a young Tisha Campbell-Martin. Check her out in this clip below.

Flashback Friday – New Attitude

Do remember New Attitude?  It was a sitcom that aired briefly in 1990 as part of the TGIF line-up.


The show revolved around two sisters/business partners.  Vicky and Yvonne St. James, played by Sheryl Lee Ralph and Phyllis Yvonne Stickney respectively, were the owners of New Attitude Beauty Salon.  I knew the series was short-lived, but for some reason I thought it ran longer than the six episodes in which it aired (an additional two  episodes were taped, but never aired). She show also featured Morris Day of The Time and a very young Larenz Tate.

Check it out this extended clip I found on Youtube:

Flashback Friday – Jurnee Sings

In 1999, one of my faves, Jurnee Smollett starred in the film Selma, Lord Selma. In the film, she plays Sheyann, a young girl who participates in the march from Selma to Montgomery. In today’s Flashback Friday moment, I decided to share a clip from the movie in which Sheyann sings “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around.” I love Jurnee and she was such an amazingly talented little kid. Check her out!

Flashback Friday – Eartha Kitt on Love and Compromise

Happy Friday!!!

On the latest edition of Exhale on Aspire TV, actress Malinda Williams mention that her dream role is to play the legendary Eartha Kitt. When asked to give her best Eartha impersonation, she mentioned watching Eartha in an interview discuss her unwillingness to compromise. I was able to find the video I think Malinda was talking about. So in honor of Flashback Friday, here is Eartha discussing compromise and love. This is CLASSIC.

Oh how I love that laugh!!!

Flashback Friday – Celebrating Whitney Houston


Today would have been Whitney Elizabeth Houston’s 50th birthday. And what better way to celebrate to celebrate the singer/actress than through her music.  So in honor of Whitney’s birthday and Flashback Friday, I am highlighting some of the music from her films.


Whitney made her final onscreen appearance in the 2012 film Sparkle.  She played Emma, the matriarch of the family that included three daughters. In addition to acting in the film, Whitney contributed several songs to the soundtrack.  This song, “Celebrate” turned out to be a wonderful tribute to Whitney who passed away six months before the film was released.

“Celebrate” featuring Jordin Sparks from Sparkle 


This song is a remake of a Four Tops song, but Whitney put her spin on it and made it her own.

“I Believe In You and Me” from The Preacher’s Wife

“Count on Me” embodies the spirit of sisterhood exemplified in Waiting to Exhale. And because Whitney sang it with one of her best friends, the emotion and true meaning behind the song comes to life.

“Count On Me” featuring CeCe Winans from Waiting to Exhale

There really isn’t much one can say about “I Will Always Love You.” The iconic song has broken records and is one of the greatest vocal performances ever recorded. The song is a classic and it sums up exactly how we feel about Whitney.  May you continue to rest in peace, Nippy.

“I Will Always Love You” from The Bodyguard


How do you plan to celebrate Whitney on today?

Flashback Friday – Raven Raps

Everyone knows that Raven Symone is a actress, producer, singer, and entertainment mogul. But did you know that she is also a rapper? Yep, back in 1993, after wrapping up her three year stint as Olivia Kendall on The Cosby Show, seven year old Raven landed a record deal on MCA. On June 22, 1993, Raven released her debut album Here’s to New Dreams. The album was produced by Missy Elliot who can also be heard on her debut single (although another actress lip synced her part for the video).

Check out Raven in the video for her song “That’s What Little Girls Are Made Of”:

Flashback Friday – Tika Sumpter on One Life to Live

It’s Flashback Friday! Also, one of my favorite films of 2012, Sparkle, is being released on DVD and Blu-Ray. To celebrate Sparkle’s DVD release, I am dedicating today’s Flashback Friday to the amazing cast of the film.

Before her strong performance as Delores, the goal oriented sister in Sparkle, Tika Sumpter played Layla Williamson on the daytime soap-opera One Life To Live. In the scene below, Layla must convince her sister to let her stay in Llanview despite the fact that a deranged serial killer is on the loose. Gotta love soaps, right?

Check her out:

Flashback Friday – Carmen Ejogo as Sally Hemmings

It’s Flashback Friday! Also, one of my favorite films of 2012, Sparkle, is being released on DVD and Blu-Ray. To celebrate Sparkle’s DVD release, I am dedicating today’s Flashback Friday to the amazing cast of the film.

Before her amazing performance as Sister in Sparkle, Carmen Ejogo played the title character in the biopic Sally Hemmings: An American Scandal.

Check her out in part of the opening scene:

Flashback Friday – Whitney Houston on Gimme a Break!

It’s Flashback Friday! Also, one of my favorite films of 2012, Sparkle, is being released on DVD today.  To celebrate Sparkle’s DVD release, I am dedicating today’s Flashback Friday to the amazing cast of the film.

As we all know, Sparkle marked Whitney Houston’s final film performance. But do you remember her first acting gig? Before her convincing performance as Emma, the matriach of the family,  Whitney made her acting debut on the small screen. Way back in 1984, Whitney had a small role on the 1980s comedy series Gimme a Break! starring Nell Carter.

Check her out:

Flashback Friday – Lorraine Toussaint on Any Day Now

I am not ashamed to admit that I am obsessed with Lorraine Toussaint. I think that she is undeniably one of the most underrated actresses working today.

This week I got the opportunity to see her shine on the big screen in Ava Duvernay’s latest film, Middle of Nowhere.  I was first introduced to Lorraine’s work when I saw her on Law & Order as Shambala Green. But I fell in love with Lorraine during her work on the Lifetime series Any Day Now.  I never missed an episode of the series that co-starred Annie Potts.

Lorraine Toussaint and Annie Potts

On the show, Lorraine portrayed Rene Jackson, an attorney in Alabama.  I loved that the show dealt with issues of race in a frank, honest, and unsensationalized manner. Unfortunately, the show if not available on DVD or Netflix.  But I did find one episode uploaded on Youtube.

So, for today’s Flash Friday, I am highlighting a few clips from the Any Day Now episode entitled “It’s Who You Sleep With.” In the episode, Lorraine’s character Rene represents a lesbian couple who want to get married on public property.  She must  deal with the  views and reactions of family and friends.

Check her out: