Flashback Friday: Cynda Williams

Cynda Williams, born Cynthia Williams in Chicago, burst on to the scene in Spike Lee’s 1990 film Mo’ Better  Blues. She played the beautiful and complicated Clarke Betancourt. Two years later she starred in the thriller One False Move.

From that meteoric start Cynda’s career seemed to have settled into mostly supporting roles. Which is a shame since Cynda is an amazingly charismatic and beautiful actor.

Since her film debut Cynda has done more than 20 films and countless television guest starring roles. Her latest film, released in 2012, is Turning Point which stars Ernie Hudson.

Cynda with Denzel in Mo’ Better Blues

According to Cynda’s Facebook page she continues to act on stage and in film. And, the talented Cynda Williams is also an accomplished singer. Check out her classic performance singing Harlem Blues from the film Mo’ Better Blues below.

I’ve always thought that Cynda was one of the most underrated actors in the business. I look forward to seeing her for many years to come.

Did you see One False Move?
What did you think of Cynda in Mo’Better Blues?

Flashback Friday: 1993

This week for Flashback Friday I thought that we would check out three number 1 hits from 1993.

By 1993 hip hop was well on its way to dominating the R&B charts. And on February 20th of that year a rap group Naughty By Nature from New Jersey hit number 1 with “Hip Hop Hooray“.

The music video to the song was directed by Spike Lee. Queen Latifah and Monie Love appeared in the video. “Hip Hop Hooray” spent one week and number 1.

Despite the rise of hip hop in the early 1990’s, R&B was still strong. And, R&B groups were hot. The next number 1 single of 1993 we’ll check out is “Weak” by the trio SWV (Sisters with Voices). The song hit number 1 on July 3 and remained at the top of the R&B chart for two weeks.

On Christmas Day 1993, then 17 year old, singer Tevin Campbell hit number 1 with the song “Can We Talk“. The song was written and produced by Babyface and spent three weeks at number 1.

Do you remember these songs?
Did you jam to these songs?