Just the other day my mother and I were discussing the younger generation and how they have no clue who certain icons and talented people from our past are. The weirdest thing, I was flipping channels on the television and came across a special on OWN about Rock Hudson. That’s when I realized that anyone born in the 80′s would probably have no idea who this person was.
It’s funny how time dictates who we know and what we remember. When you think of history you think of civil wars, dead presidents, Nobel prize winners, or individuals who accomplished something significant. This lead me to write this post. I wondered, how do we record and remember elements of pop culture? How is the history of pop culture being recorded?
From indie artists, not so famous actors and actresses, and pop culture icons; are they being remembered with respect? For me some music groups that come to mind from my adolescent years are Culture Club, Tears for Fears, De La Soul, Lauryn Hill, and Simply Red. Then there are movies like Soul Food, Set it Off, The Wiz, and Boomerang that undeniably play a part in the history of pop culture. It’s important that we honor pop culture elements and the contributions they’ve made by sharing them with our younger generations. “Generation Y” is probably more immersed in pop culture than any other generation, but can they appreciate it unless they see the progression and the evolution of what we call, “Pop Culture?”
I was inspired to search high and low to find a music video of a music group that impacted my life and was a treasure to the past. “Angel” by Simply Red was that treasure in my life. Hearing it again tonight, I believe it’s necessary for our younger generation to learn about historical pop culture elements that paved the way for performers like Adam Lambert, Nicki Minaj, and Lady Gaga, and TV shows like Rupaul’s Drag Race. It’s the pop culture from the past that made the change for something better today. That’s why I love pop culture; it creates a path for something better. Share your memories of the past today or else they may be lost.
So I ask you to think about the future. What Will Be Next? What Will Be New?