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Before Roc-A-Wear, Sean John, G-Unit Clothig, Baby Phat and Phat Farm, entertainers were not very well-known for attaching their names to fashion brands. The few and rare celebrities who did however quickly distinguished themselves from the pack and ushered in a new era for famous style and fashion icons.

Check out this vintage commercial for example:

LMAO. Just jokes. I’m a huge fan of “In Living Color” and as I do research for some upcoming projects and performances, I found myself watching clip after clip of the groundbreaking sketch comedy show. In Living Color first debuted in 1990, the brainchild of brothers Keenan and Damon Wayans. In addition to the elder Wayans brothers writing, directing and starring in the show, several other members of their large family co-starred, dj’ed and were featured as extras. The show was also a launching pad for several well known actors and comedians including; Jim Carrey, Jamie Foxx, Tommy Davidson & David Alan Grier. It was also the jump off point for Jennifer Lopez who appeared on the show as one of the “Fly Girls”, a troupe of dancers who kept the show rooted in hip hop culture with their choreographed interludes.

The show  ended after only 4 seasons and creative differences between the Wayans and Fox Network (yes folks, Fox Network was concerned about some of the “content” of the show). Still, In Living Color holds a special place in my heart and the hearts of many others with timeless sketches and characters like:

Cephus & Reesie

Oswald Bates

Calhoun Tubbs

Fire Marshall Bill

And no one can forget Herman Simpson a.k.a. Homey D. Clown:

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