Words By Preezy Da Kid
Twenty years ago today, Spike Lee released what is arguably the quintessential family movie of the Hip-Hop era with his 1994 flick, Crooklyn. Largely influenced by his childhood as a kid in Brooklyn, New York, we were taken on a cinematic carpet-ride back to ’70s when blow-out afros and platform shoes were all the rave. The film’s fictional family, The Carmichaels, were far from Cosbys, going through the adversity and strife the average family faces, but persevere and make the best of what they have, together.
Starring Alfre Woodard, Delroy Lindo, and the pint-size leading actress Zelda Harris, who captured all of our hearts all those years ago, Crooklyn has official classic status. Troy, Clinton, and the rest of the clan will forever live in all us, not matter how old we get.
In celebration of its anniversary, we’ve decided to list the top 10 things about Crooklyn the kid in us can all relate to. Thank us later for the trip down memory lane.
1. Not Wanting To Finish Your Dinner
As children, we all have that one dish we dislike that turns the dinner table into a torture chamber. And no matter how hard you tried to evade eating it, your mother had no remorse for your pleas. In poor Nate’s case, that dish was black-eyed peas. While I used to resort to the old food in the napkin trick, Nate had ideas of his own.
2. The Neighborhood Crew
Unless you were overly protected as a child or scared of the world, we’re sure many of you had your neighborhood crew you hung out with from dusk ’til dawn. More than the average friend, you all were bonded through the different rites of passage you experience while coming of age. The Carmichael clan was no exception, with Clinton, Wendell and Nate hanging with Tommy La La and crew, and Troy making the rounds with Puerto Rican Minnie. From singing oldies on the stoop to jumping rope, the neighborhood crew played a big role in the families’ lives and Crooklyn as a whole.