Back in the days of my youth, I was (and still am) an avid 40 Acres and a Mule, Spike lee fan. Name any Spike Lee joint pre-Drop Squad (you know that shit was horrible) and you can bet all your dough I’ve seen it a thousand times. In fact, I’ve seen them so many times, I made my own remix to Gator’s, “I Like Getting High” song from Jungle Fever. It’s called I Like Getting He*d. Hey, I was a Too Short fan… don’t ask. Anywho, I was so much of a Spike Lee fan, I copped some apparel from the 40 Acres and a Mule store in Los Angeles.
So what does all of this have to do with Drake’s HOV lane of an eyebrow? I’m glad you asked. After recently watching School Daze, which I hadn’t seen in about 10 years, there were a couple of things that stood out more than Rihanna’s aerolas on a Tuesday. Things I completely failed to notice before, or things I didn’t think twice about the last time I watched it.
Since I haven’t made a list in a while, I thought I’d dust off my counting skills and shit. Share with you my thoughts regarding Skool Daze….
1. Tisha Campbell, was/is really light-skinned. Believe me I am not color struck, nor do I hate my lighter complexion brothas and sistas, and it’s not like I didn’t realize she was light. I mean she practically radiated light beams in Little Shop of Horrors. But after watching School Daze, I realized that she was so light, that I thought she had an iron deficiency. I couldn’t tell who mas more florescent, her or Kid from Kid n Play, and that was a pasty motherfucker.
2. Spandex. Look I realize it was the 80’s and everybody and their drunk uncle had a pair of biker shorts (I know I did), but got-damn! It seemed like biker shorts was the standard uniform, like there was a clause written in an 80’s contract. Ladies wearing spandex with everything back then, as appealing as it was, is like women wearing leggings as an outfit today. It was far from being the best trend I’d seen. Nevertheless, I was crazy about seeing women wear them.
3. One word. HAIR. Big hair for women, and Caesar hair cuts with a shag in the back for men. A lot of people said that the 80’s was a wimpy decade. While I cannot agree with that, because I am an 80’s baby, I will say that the 80’s were where hairstyles went to die. Skool Daze proved just how fu#ked our hair game was during that decade. Dap had a Caesar with a slightly faded V cut into his head; Julian had the Charlie Chapman with the Larry Johnson part down the middle; while Leeds (Samuel L. Jackson) and the rest of Ready for the World looked like they were auditioning for a part in a soulglo commercial. And let’s not forget about Jane, who had hair so big that if she laid her head on my pillow, she would’ve suffocated me. More than enough to prove the 80’s had the worse hairstyles by far, since the 60’s.
4. The jigaboo/wannabe battle had to have been the best dance off/battle since “Beat It”. Who knew you could trade barbs/insults about skin color and hair texture while doing 1920’s tap dancing. After watching this So You Think You Can Dance? competition, I wasn’t sure if I was watching an Alvin Ailey show, or Westside story.
That’s it, these are just a few observations that I never noticed before. What do you think? Do you have any thing other observations, that you want to add.
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