I just couldn’t help myself. I’ve been reminiscing on some of my favorite natural hairstyles from the ’80s and ’90s, especially those associated with music. Recently, it’s been back down memory lane (or at least what I can remember) for me. I guess I can say that after watching the BET’s Hip-Hop Awards this week and picking up on the Black style image and how it’s so different from when I was growing up, I’ve been wondering just how the drastic change took place and what we as “Black people” will look like in media another decade from now. That may be a bit much to get into, so I’ll just share my fondest memories of Black celebs in R&B. Sigh… if only we could go back in the days.

—LaParis Hawkins