We’ll kick off this nostalgic post with a 1997 performance of “The One I Gave My Heart To” from the late R&B Singer Aaliyah at the UNICEF gala. In this rare clip we get a glimpse at the singer’s range and smooth vocals. Since her death in 2001, Aaliyah has remained a respected figure in the realm of Hip Hop and R&B and in recent years she has been featured on tracks with artists such as Drake and Chris Brown. Enjoy the performance below.
There are certain events that have occurred that we will always remember in life. The election of President Barack Obama, the death of Osama Bin Laden, and of course where were you when The OC ended. That last one may be a little bit of a stretch but the impact the series that surrounded the lives of a group of teenagers and their families all of whom resided in the affluent seaside community of New Port Beach in Orange County, California is undeniable. For a little more than 3 years (with a total of 4 seasons) we laughed, cried and pretended to “completely understand” all of their problems. So when the show came to an end it was definitely a memorable moment for many of us. Check out the last 5 minutes of the series finale.
Next up with a historical throwback fact and update. Henrietta Lacks was African American woman who was diagnosed with cervical cancer which subsequently caused her death in 1951. Unknowingly to herself and her family, her cancer cells were used without anyone’s expressed permission to further medical research. She has received a lot of recognition from several institutions such as Morehouse College of Medicine and Morgan State University posthumously acknowledging this injustice. This past week, an agreement by the family and the National Institutes of Health was announced that gave the family some control over access to the cells’ DNA code and a promise of acknowledgement in scientific papers.
And last but not least in our adventure to the past, we bring you an ad that has certainly remained memorable over time. In 1987, the Partnership For a Drug-Free America (PDFA) began ad campaign known as This is Your Brain On Drugs. It featured a man who used an egg to symbolize someone’s brain and what occurs when they begin to use drugs. In 1998, a more modern take of the commercial was presented when actress Rachel Leigh Cook (known for her roles in She’s All That and Josie and the Pussycats ) focused on the effects of heroin on your brain. What started off as a similar approach to the original commercial took a slightly more violent commercial but probably had more lasting impact. Take a look below…
Did we bring back any memories?
-The Students of Happy Hour