A trip down memory lane
Contains gifted item
Missoma did a recent collaboration with Lucy Williams based on the year 1987 (the year I was proudly born) and it inspired me to take a trip down memory lane and recall the things that shaped my childhood.
Born in the late 80’s my childhood was centred heavily in the 90s. If ever I need a trip down memory lane, these are the key themes that makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.
~ The Sound of Blackness ~
An anthem, if ever there was one that marked the early 90’s for me was the Sound of Blackness Optimistic blasting from my mum’s room as my eldest sister would dance in front of the folding four-door mirrored wardrobe, singing along as my middle sister and I joined her as willing backing singers. Now, whenever that song comes on, it takes me back to that moment. The words, the vibe, epitomised life: “You will always pass the test, as long as you keep your head to the sky…You can win as long as you keep your head to the sky…be optimistic.”
“A trip to the West End was an event for the seven year old me.”
~ The West End / Oxford Street ~
A trip to the West End was an event for the seven year old me. Before I was old enough to venture down to Trocadero to hang out with friends on weekends, and boujee enough to splash out on birthdays at TGIF in Piccadilly Circus, the West End was reserved for special trips with my mum, popping into Little Woods on the corner of Marble Arch to visit my sister at her weekend job, completing our adventure by viewing the latest light features that lit the streets and admiring the elaborate displays in the shop windows.
~ Classic movies – the rise of “Black” movies ~
What is the genre for these movies, does anyone know? That being said, if you know, you know. No childhood was complete in the African / Caribbean household without at least two or three of these movies being watched on repeat. It certainly made a dent in popular culture as we know it today and set the tone for childhood in the 90s, paving the way for the phenomenally talented and severely underrated black actors and actresses in cinema and mainstream entertainment today. My top favourites were and still are:
- Set it Off
- Love & basketball
- Waiting to Exhale
- The Bodyguard
- Best Man
- Sister Act 1 and 2
~ Cable TV – The Box ~
Cable TVeeeeeeee! Honestly, they don’t make it the same anymore (sorry Netflix). I remember our cable had an interactive games section controlled by a button marked “M” on the remote which opened up a selection of games that were played all day long in my household.
Side note: who remembers Teletext and Bamboozled??
The Box music channel which is the…well actually, what can you compare it to today? YouTube?? My sisters and I would spend a good part of our day dialling our request of song we wanted The Box to play next and eagerly wait, screaming with glee when our song would finally come on. I’ve never known how much we racked the phone bill up to, but the fact I’m still alive to tell the tale today means it wasn’t too bad…
~ Goosebumps and Point Horror ~
Not many people know this, but my love for writing came from my first Point Horror book that my sister bought me when I got full marks on one of my spelling tests at school, I think I was seven or eight years old. That opened the door to my fascination of reading teen horror books and somehow, I managed to convince my mum to sign me up to a monthly subscription of Goosebumps and Point Horror that lasted a year. Impressively, I nearly owned the whole collection! Unfortunately the box containing my collection got lost when we moved house a few years later, very sad times.