As time marches on, nostalgia becomes commonplace and such is the case with a lot of our Black 90’s sitcoms. While some are starting to gain traction again, others have yet to be brought back to life by a streaming service or otherwise. Their stars, however, are still around – even if the reasons for them being in the press are a bit different from their heyday decades ago.
Will Smith’s latest phase of his career has been explosive, with the beloved multi-hyphenate continuing to prosper in many mediums. 30 years later, the original franchise that brought rapper Will Smith into the hearts of America is getting a true reboot and finally, a reunion special, with all of the original cast.
HBO Max has announced that the iconic sitcom family is reuniting for a special to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the show. Fans were surprised to see the original Aunt Viv, Janet Hubert-Whitten, back for the special as well. She’s been very vocal about her exit from the show.
It’s great timing, as Bel-Air, breakout director Morgan Cooper’s dark, drama tinged, self-made The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reboot, has officially been picked up for two seasons at Peacock. Quite the way to celebrate 30 years of a successful, iconic, Black television show.
Will, mastering yet another medium and getting another check, has now joined with Airbnb to offer fans the chance to stay in the Banks’ mansion in “Beverly Hills.” Guests can wear outfits seen on the show, hang in the pool and sleep in his room. Unfortunately, only Los Angeles County residents can book one-night stays and a maximum of two people are allowed for each stay. Stays are only $30 a night, a steal.
While there’s been no word on an official reunion for another loved 90’s show Family Matters, which aired on ABC from 1989-1998, at least two of the show’s stars will be reuniting on their own – Darius McCrary and Kellie Shanygne Williams, who played Eddie and Laura Winslow, are getting back together for a Christmas romantic comedy called Christmas in Carolina. Fans noted, however, that the brother/sister character duo is now playing against type as a couple.
Even more eagle eyed fans noticed something else recently about Darius McCrary’s internet activities this week and pointed it out. While “Eddie Winslow” was a character that went off the air over 20 years ago, it seems Darius is fully ready to shoot his shot on the internet, possibly. It’s a whole new world since the show went off the air and his “sister” went upstairs.
Transgender actress and influencer Sidney Starr recently joined the cast of Love and Hip-Hop for the latest season and quickly became a favorite as she pursued her dreams of being a rapper and influencer in the transgender space. It seems as if she’s got a new fan in the person of McCrary.
McCrary posted a video of Starr dancing to Lloyd’s “Bass Line,” captioning the post, “The #Undeniable@sidneystarrbad what’s understood don’t need to be explained xoxoxo …” Starr responded, “Thanks, baby baby!” – which piqued fans’ interest in if the two were possibly dating.
Later on, McCrary gave Starr the chance to respond in kind by posting his own thirst trap , shirtless, to his Instagram. “Sexy daddy goodnight xoxos.” McCrary replied — with a bunch of emojis, with the last being a heart eye emoji.