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Walk Down Memory Lane: The Best '90s Movie Classics

The 90's was a great decade for movies and music. Before Tyler Perry’s controversial films with Kim Kardashian and Madea, Spike Lee and John Singleton took Black problems and tastefully displayed them for the world to evaluate and change.

We channeled our lives and situations through these flicks. Whether you were rocking Poetic Justice braids or looking for your brother of the night, you can't deny that the 90's was the best era for movies. The 90's produced the classics. No matter how many times we watch them, they never get old and they always bring us back to the days when life was much easier.

Flip the page to see our favorites.

 BAPS 31. B.A.P.s (1997)

"Livin' large and takin' charge!"

If you ever wondered where "ratchet" stemmed from you can thank Halle Berry and Natalie Desselle for their wild hair, long nails, outrageous outfits, and gold teeth. These tacky dancers flipped an elderly man's last days  into his best days and became Black American Princesses (B.A.Ps). This hilarious comedy, makes you forget that one of the most lustable woman portrayed the most ratchet woman.

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5 heartbeats30.  5 Heartbeats (1991)

This was a great 90's film because it told the story of former male stars through a fictitious group, the 5 Heartbeats. Told through the eyes of Robert Townsend's character, it touches on the ups and downs of a group as they deal with fast fame, dishonesty in record companies, and drugs. Through their story we were able to understand the trials and tribulations of Frankie Lymon, The Dells, The Temptations, and other groups and artist of that time.

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Why do fools fall in love29.  Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998)

The 90's was truly Larenz Tate's year. Telling the story of Frankie Lymon's struggle with romance, drugs, and his career through the bitter battle of his estate, Larenz gave a compelling and adorned performance in Why Do Fools Fall in Love.

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Bad Boys28.  Bad Boys (1995)

"We ride together, we die together, bad boys for life."

Martin Lawrence and Will Smith came together to portray narotic cops fighting the Miami drug world. Martin played the family guy while Will, aka Mike Lowry, was the lover and flashy guy. Although they fought every step of the way, they had each others back while keeping us on the edge of our seats and doubled-over with laughter. It would be eight more years until the release of the sequel but it was worth the wait.

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Don't Be a Menace in South Central27. Don’t Be a Menace in South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (1996)

It may not have been the first parody, but it's definitely is one of the most memorable ones. This Wayans-produced movie took aspects from various Black classics—Menace to Society, Juice, Boys in the Hood, Higher Learning—to create another day in the ghetto.

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CB426. CB4 (1993)

CB4 poked fun of the hip-hop community and we loved every bit of it. This comedic movie starring Chris Rock is about three kids who want a fast break into the music industry. Stealing the criminal background and identity of the kingpin Gusto, the trio formed "CB4" (cell block 4). If you want a laugh, CB4 is a must-see.

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Higher Learning

25. Higher Learning (1995)

Remember the days when Tyra was an actress, Omar Epps was the sexiest man on TV, and Busta had dreads? Well reminisce with Higher Learning. Based on real life racial issues at Columbia University, the director heightened the depiction of skinheads and black power's turmoil.

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Strictly Business

24. Strictly Business (1991)

A mail clerk (Tommy Lee Davidson) trying to move up the corporate ladder insisted on the help of his best friend (Joseph Phillips) and future partner of a big firm. But in order for everything to work out, they have to change their images. Strictly Business is a must see especially if you work in the corporate world.

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Thin LIne Between Love and Hate23. Thin Line Between Love and Hate (1996)

Brandy (Lynn Whitfield) told crazy women how to get their revenge as she taught Darnell (Martin Lawrence) the negatives of “hit it and quit it”. Although men still haven’t learned, when this movie premiered she definitely shook up players everywhere.

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Booty Call22. Booty Call (1997)

Before Jamie Foxx turned into Ray and Vivica Fox dated 50 cent, they engaged in a booty call. When Rushon (Tommy Lee Davidson) and his girlfriend Nikki (Tamala Jones) hooked up Lysterine (Vivica Foxx) with bad boy Bunz (Jamie Foxx), comedy ensued. The funny movie taught the importance of safe sex as both guys went on an adventure of a lifetime to find condoms.

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Menace II Society21.  Menace to Society (1993)

"In the end it all catches up to you!"

Menace to Society questions whether you care about living or dying as two friends Caine and O-Dog live on the edge just trying to survive in the hood.

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Players Club20. Players Club (1998)

Even if Lisa Raye ever regrets doing this movie, it's still a classic. Before she began wearing white she taught us the fundamental rule in life: “Make that money, don’t let that money make you.” Players Club was the first and only black movie of its kind to deal with the life of a stripper. It showed all aspects of stripping, and the ugly side of rape, drugs, and abuse.

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Crooklyn19. Crooklyn (1996)

Inspired by the memories of growing up in a brownstone in Brooklyn in the 1970's, Crooklyn was a Spike Lee joint that focused on the life of Troy Carmichael, the only female in her family of four brothers. It's a touching and entertaining film that depicts one family's growth while reminding us that every family has problems.

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Malcolm X18. Malcolm X (1992)

Denzel Washington deserved an Oscar for his role in this biopic film. This Spike Lee directed film goes from the days when Malcolm permed his hair, until he became one of the biggest leaders in the civil rights movement leading to his untimely death.

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Losing Isaiah17. Losing Isaiah (1995)

A drugged out Halle Berry gave a compelling story of one mother's fight to get her child back despite her wayward past. Berry played a drug addict who discarded her newborn in the dumpster. After finally getting her life back, she finds out her son isn't dead but adopted by a white social worker.

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Juice17. Juice (1992)

This movie evaluates what happens with power gets in the wrong hands. Would it be a stretch to say Tupac deserved more praise for his role as temperamental, gun slinging, and friend killing character Bishop? We don't think so.

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Boomerang16.    Boomerang (1992)

Give men a taste of their own medicine? Sure why not. Sweet talking Marcus Graham (Eddie Murphy) is a wolf in a well-tailored Italian suit. He's the cat's meow until he meets his match, Jacqueline (Robin Givens), and karma turns ugly. It takes the help of a special lady for Marcus to finally learn his lesson.

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Jason's Lyrics

 15 Jason’s Lyric (1994)

Jada Pinkett stars in our 2nd favorite role of her 90's career: Jason's Lyric. In it, she plays a no-nonsense girl with dreams of getting far away from the hood.

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Sister Act 214. Sister Act II (1993)

Despite the original being lack luster, Whoopi Goldberg came back with a better version starring Lauryn Hill. Before Fighting Temptations and Joyful Noise, Sister Mary Clarence made you "dance til' you feel better."

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House Party13. House Party 1 and 2 (1990-1991)

These movies captured the essence of a true house party. Before sex, drugs, and alcohol was a major concern at house parties, there was DJing, dance and rap battles. If we could take it back to the days of a real party, we’d be set.

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Mo Betta Blues

12. Mo' Better Blues (1990)

Gilliam may be an amazing musician but his business partner and friend tends to be the down fall of his promising career. Along the way, this sweet talking jazz player tries to keep two women happy.

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Soul Food11. Soul Food (1997)

Before This Christmas there was Soulfood, a movie that showcased a family's struggle after the death of their matriarch. This movie reminded us all about the importance of family belonging.

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Boyz n the hood

10. Boyz N The Hood (1990)

Boyz N The Hood had a clear message: “It takes a man to raise a boy.” This movie was John Singleton’s college thesis that emphasized that a boy should never grow up without a father.

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Friday9. Friday (1995)

The hilarious duo of Smokey (Chris Tucker) and Craig (Ice Cube) set the trend of other movies to follow in its footsteps like Method Man and Redman in How High.

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Waiting to Exhale8.  Waiting to Exhale (1995)

When everything in life tries to tear you down, it's friendships that build you up. Four women all faced with men issues rely on each other to get through them. Grab your close female friends, favorite bottle of wine, and press play to relive the times when life may have been bad, but you made it through.

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The Wood7.    The Wood (1999)

Sometimes when life takes you in different directions and you start to lose your way, you need to rely on your friends to take you back to where it all began. The Wood is the younger male version of Waiting to Exhale.  Two best friends take their drunk friend who has second thoughts on getting married, down memory lane.

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Poetic Justice5Poetic Justice (1993)

Making her film debut, as Justice, Janet Jackson alongside Lucky (Tupac) gave a compelling story of finding love when you aren't looking for it.

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Harlem Nights

4. Harlem Nights

"Now you're gonna shoot my pinky toe?”

One of our best and memorable acting moments of Della Reese was in Harlem Nights. The depiction of Harlem in the 80's definitely made us want to back to the Harlem Renaissance and enjoy gambling and being an honest hoe.

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3.    New Jack City (1991)

“Am I my brother’s keeper? Yes I am.”

This movie had you questioning all your allies in your circle, while every wanna-be boss renamed themselves Nino Brown.

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Set it off
2.    Set it Off (1996)
Four women tired of their current situation and the law ruining their lives, take their friendship and financial status in their own hands. When these women said they were ride or die they meant it...literally. Frankie, Lida, Cloe, and Stony, set it off in a way we couldn’t have imagined while addressing issues in the black community such as poverty, police brutality, child welfare, and prostitution. This black version of Thelma and Louise was a classic.
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Love Jones

1.  Love Jones (1997)

"Who am I? Well, they call me Brother to the night. And right now I'm the blues in your left thigh... trying to become the funk in your right."

Darius and Nina had a love that was so pure, complicated, and passionate that we overlooked the fact that they followed none of the rules in the “Think Like a Man” manual. The chemistry between Larenz Tate and Nia Long extended past Love Jones. "My relationship with Nia is an incredible," Tate dished in a recent Vixen interview on reconnecting with his former co-star on House of Lies. "We spend more time laughing at ourselves and enjoying the fact that people want to see more of us together."

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That Glow, Tho: How To Revive Your Skin After A Brick A** Winter

Whew, chile! Freshly fallen snow may be nice to look at, but the dry skin that accompanies the winter months ain’t it. And by the time the first tulip blooms come springtime, best believe your skin—which just endured months of humidity-deprived conditions—is super parched. Pass the moisturizer, please!

“The lack of humidity during the winter months is the main cause for the ‘winter’s itch’ and dryness,” Dr. Meena Singh, board-certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon, told VIBE Vixen over email. And let’s not forget how the shorter days rob us ladies of the melanated variety of our warm and natural glow.

Luckily, there are many ways to combat such cold weather woes, both during and after the winter.

“I personally change my regimen significantly between seasons,” Singh added. “In the winter time, I am more prone to use heavier ointments and butters. Whereas in the spring, I can typically get away with moisturizing with emollient creams and lotions.”

But that’s not all you can do to whip your skin back into shape. Looking to bring your fly and radiant self back to life? Look no further. Vixen reached out to five women of color dermatologists, who’ve shared the following tips to help you get started.

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Hydrate From Within.

How many times have you asked a woman with bomb skin what her secret is and been met with the “I drink a lot of water” response? Did you figuratively roll your eyes? We’ve been there and we get it, especially since science says genetics do play a role in how your skin behaves—but homegirl wasn’t wrong!

Dr. Fran E. Cook-Bolden, board-certified NYC dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon, tells Vixen that while you may not feel as thirsty when it’s cold out, it’s still important to stay hydrated and drink your eight glasses of water a day.

“The best way to avoid dry skin in the winter is to tackle it from the inside out,” she says.

Other ways to stay hydrated? Health.com suggests eating fruits such as apples, pears, and clementines, which are all over 80% water. Plus, not only will the vitamin C content of these fruits help you ward off the flu in the winter, but they’ll also keep you cool and refreshed once the weather warms up.

We stan a multifaceted solution.

Don't Forget To Cleanse.

As important as it is to drink your eight glasses a day, it’s also important to keep up with your cleansing routine—even if you’re not sweating as much.

In fact, board-certified Chicago dermatologist Dr. Caroline Robinson tells Vixen that maintaining moisture during the harsh winter months begins with cleansing. Washing our face removes makeup, dirt, and debris from the day, preventing buildup and breakouts. This also means the expensive serums and moisturizers you’ve probably splurged on are better absorbed by the skin.

But don’t overdo it!

“I find that many patients are over-cleansing, over-exfoliating or using cleansers that are not appropriate for their skin type and this is causing excess dryness,” she added. “Using a more mild cleanser can help tremendously in the battle against dryness.”

Our dermatologist-recommended favorite? CeraVe’s Hydrating Cleanser Bar.

It may also help to reconsider what you’re washing with when the weather changes. Dr. Rosemarie Ingleton, Medical Director of Ingleton Dermatology, adds that as the temperatures go up, your routine should become “less heavy.”

“Switch from more hydrating cleaners and oils to foamy, gel-based cleaners” and to “a lighter weight daily moisturizer,” she advises. And if you’ve been skimping on the SPF don’t—you’ll definitely need it when the sun is back in these streets.

Keeping Up With "Wash Day" Is Important, Too.

Otherwise, you may end up with a condition called seborrheic dermatitis, which often appears on the scalp as a result of product buildup, but can also show up in skin folds such as behind the ears, under the breasts, etc.

“A dry, itchy and flaking scalp is very common in the winter and becomes more common as the frequency of washing the hair decreases,” Cook-Bolden tells Vixen. “When seborrheic dermatitis presents, it’s a common belief that applying scalp lotions, gels or pomades will help to treat the condition and is indeed sometimes helpful in temporarily soothing the itching and irritation.

However, as these products build up on the scalp, they can actually worsen the inflammation and overall worsen seborrheic dermatitis.”

So keep up with your hair care regimen, and if you do find yourself with a case of the seborrheic itchies, don’t hesitate to reach out to your dermatologist for an anti-inflammatory treatment.

Ceramides & Antioxidants Are Your Friends.

If you’re not familiar with ceramides and their superpowers, now’s the time to get familiar. Why? Because they can be extremely healing for desiccated skin.

As Atlanta board-certified dermatologist Dr. Tiffany Clay explains, ceramides are fats in the surface of the skin. When added to skin care products, they not only help your skin retain moisture, but they also give your skin a boost after being exposed to the elements like pollution and icy wind.

In terms of what to use, you’ll want to look for products described as “non-comedogenic,” which means a product is less likely to clog your pores. Additionally, products containing hyaluronic acid (HA) are also a win because of its ability to attract and hold water at the surface of the skin.

“I typically recommend patients keep their antioxidant serum/lotion (vitamin C) and their retinol on board no matter the season,” Clay also notes. “Over- the- counter retinols and prescription retinoids are vitamin A derived medications that most people use in a topical form.”

And they’re a major win-win. Using retinols/retinoids short term will help exfoliate your skin and give you that Kelly Rowland glow. Their long-term use helps to promote collagen production in the skin, minimizing fine lines and decreasing excess melanin production, which will even your complexion, reduce hyperpigmentation, and help reduce photo-damage.

As for vitamin C, look at it as SPF’s best friend.

“Vitamin C is an antioxidant that, when applied topically in combination with daily sun protection, decreases free-radical damage from ultraviolet exposure,” Clay shares.

Those rays don’t stand a chance.

Exfoliate, But Make It Gentle.

It may be tempting to grab the St. Ives but don’t. Instead, Clay suggests, get acquainted with chemical exfoliants like glycolic acid, lactic acid, mandolin acid, or salicylic acid.

These strong but gentle powerhouses typically come labeled as AHAs and BHAs (alpha hydroxy acid and beta hydroxy acid) and are way less harsh on the skin. Those over-the-counter scrubs you’re used to? They tend to leave scrapes and cuts on the skin, which can lead to inflammation and—you guessed it—hyperpigmentation... and we ain’t ask for all’at.

If you do decide to use a traditional scrub, Ingleton suggests trying Dove’s Exfoliating Body Scrub.

“This will help to slough away dry, dead cells on the surface and also hydrate/moisturize the skin in the process,” she says. “Apply a hydrating body lotion after doing the scrub.”

But again, be gentle!

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Kylie Jenner Doubles Down On Being Crowned A "Self Made" Billionaire

The premise of "self-made" and its interpretation when it comes to privileged celebrities has been a huge debate. When Kylie Jenner was named Forbes' youngest self-made billionaire, debates were raised due to her timeline in the limelight and her wealthy family. The 21-year-old defended her title, explaining how she doesn't fall into any ofter category.

"There’s really no other word to use other than self-made because that is the truth," she said in Q&A with Interview Magazine's German edition. "That is the category that I fall under," she started.

She acknowledged how her fan base equated to her success but refuted claims that she used her family's money to jump-start her wildly successful Kylie Cosmetics line.

"Although, I am a special case because before I started Kylie Cosmetics, I had a huge platform and lots of fans. I did not get money from my parents past the age of 15. I used 100 percent of my own money to start the company, not a dime in my bank account is inherited… and I am very proud of that."

Earlier this month (March 5) the mother-of-one officially surpassed Mark Zuckerberg as the youngest person to reach billionaire status, when Kylie Cosmetics hit a billion dollars in revenue.

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'Boomerang' Episode 7 Recap: Family Matters And Pride

Bryson and Simone are a thing, like for real for real. They can’t keep their hands (or tongues) off of one another. As the two of them get steamy in the jacuzzi, a sexually riled up Simone tells her new beau that she wants to treat his face like a bean bag. They are in it, y’all. There’s just one problem — they may be half-brother and sister (insert vomit emoji here). The excitement of finally landing the girl of his dreams is shut down when he reveals that his mother, Jacqueline, informed him that Marcus Graham may be his papa. (Wait. Does that mean Marcus cheated on Angela back in the day? Regardless, what a way to ruin a mood.)

As they wait for the DNA test results, Simone and Bryson still try to be business as usual, you know, chillin’ like they used to. Speaking of business, Bryson is all that. Ari may be his boy and all, but when it comes to directing Tia’s music video, Bryson wants an Italian dude to shoot it instead. He just doesn’t believe Ari can execute. All great directors have vision and through Bryson’s eyes, Ari has none. Simone can’t help but agree. It’s obvious that Tia and her bae are not at all pleased with the video production of her single. Bro gotsta go. Tia has never been one to hold back and in a fit of frustration, she does what Simone couldn’t verbalize; she fires Ari.

Like the “big bad boss” he is, Bryson harshly tells Ari that not only will he basically fail at being a producer, but people will notice that he doesn’t belong here. Hold up. Are we sure Bryson and Ari are friends? Tough love is understandable but to completely obliterate the dreams of someone you’ve been rocking with? That’s foul. Unlike Ari, Bryson knows that he was brought up with the keys and basically helped himself to whatever role he wanted in the industry, a luxury he can afford to extend. Why not help your friend out now even with a little guidance knowing his career aspirations?

Bryson may be able to but Simone is not willing to give up on Ari just yet. She lets Ari collaborate Bryson’s pick, Shayan, who is also seemingly having a hard time capturing dope shots. A conversation with Simone about perfecting his craft leaves Ari somewhat disappointed but open to the constructive criticism.

While enjoying the Atlanta Black Pride festivities, an old filing recognizes Ari and waves him down. In catching up, the discussion quickly takes a turn to sexual orientation labels with a judgemental tone and Ari is not having it. Sure, while he was with her, he liked women but sometimes he’d rather be with a man. “Bisexual,” “Gay,” call it whatever, he just likes who he likes, refuses to be put in a box, and there’s nothing wrong with that. What is not about to happen is him being judged by a woman with five kids and three baby favas. Yikes.

That frustration instantly births inspiration. Instead of dryly shooting Tia performing with Pride weekend just happening around her, Ari points out how the world needs to see all black people not caring about what anyone has to say about them, especially when the world includes women rocking $12 jewelry. Sashayers, milly-rockers, and twerkers galore, the video shines on the culture, highlighting Kings and Queens of all shades, ages, genders, and sexualities. It’s a good time. Even Bryson can give up his props and that lead director credit to Ari. You see, Bryson? You gotta have a little faith like David always has.

Speaking of our fave pastor, unlike many Baptist churches, it’s amazing to see that David embraces and participates in the Atlanta Black Pride weekend. With the help of Crystal, David is preaching a message of loving who you are and loving others. His sermon last week no doubt spoke to the soul but if you recall, Crystal did notice that a lovely lady attended the service moreso for David and less so for Jesus. That obviously triggered something. Crystal and David may not have been able to work out their marriage but the attraction is absolutely still there. Could it be one-sided though?

You didn’t think we forgot about Bryson and Simone, did you? It should be noted that for his entire life, all Bryson ever wanted was to be like Marcus Graham, but not like this. David is right: be careful what you pray for. No matter the outcome of the paternity test, Simone and Bryson will undoubtedly be in one another’s life (maybe less like Whitley and Dwayne and more like Denise and Theo).

Well, folks, the results are in (insert Maury voice). In the case of Bryson J. Broyer, Marcus, you are NOT the father! But, you may still have some ‘splaining to do. Now that they are officially not related, Simone can finally go ahead and have that seat. We know, sis has been tired all day. Ow!

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