We were jammin' in the shop today, per usual, and got stuck in a TLC moment. It goes without saying that TLC has had a direct influence on all of us, through their ability to create moments in fashion and music so authentically, that their legacy will always stand the test of time. We were doing a little research and it just so happens that this week in 1995, their iconic song "Waterfalls," hit the U.S music charts at number one.
If you were fortunate enough to be around during that time, whether as a child or adult, I'm sure you can recall a distinct memory surrounding the song or music video. For me, I remember the video being so captivating visually, while also introducing me to cultural issues that, unbeknownst to me, profoundly impacted our communities in the nineties. Even as a small child, I could tell that the ladies of TLC weren't only beautifully pushing boundaries with their aesthetic but also with their lyrical content. They were role models because they were real women discussing real issues in their own, real way. How empowering- take notes!
"I seen a rainbow yesterday
But too many storms have come and gone
Leavin' a trace of not one God-given ray
Is it because my life is ten shades of gray
I pray all ten fade away
Seldom praise Him for the sunny days
And like His promise is true
Only my faith can undo
The many chances I blew
To bring my life to anew
Clear blue and unconditional skies
Have dried the tears from my eyes
No more lonely cries
My only bleedin' hope
Is for the folk who can't cope
With such an endurin' pain
That it keeps 'em in the pourin' rain
Who's to blame
For tootin' 'caine into your own vein
What a shame
You shoot and aim for someone else's brain
You claim the insane
And name this day in time
For fallin' prey to crime
I say the system got you victim to your own mind
Dreams are hopeless aspirations
In hopes of comin' true
Believe in yourself
The rest is up to me and you"
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