Sister, Sister is undisputedly one of the top Black sitcoms for our generation. Not only did it gain a legion of fans during its initial runs on ABC (1994-1995) and The WB (1995-1999), it gained a plethora of new fans during its massive, syndicated runs on Disney Channel and ABC Family.
In the name of nostalgia, we’re taking a look back at 11 times that the show provided us with some great moments from Black pop culture:
1. When Tia was thinking about pledging a Black sorority in college.
From Spike Lee’s School Daze, to the controversial film Burning Sands, to the comedy film Step Sisters, there have been only a few times in television and film that have depicted aspects of Black Greek-Letter organizations. There are even fewer moments that depict the organizations in a multi-faceted nature. It was refreshing to see the portrayal in the Sister, Sister, when both Ray and Lisa were trying to get Tia to pledge either AKA or DST, and Jordan pledged a fictional fraternity.
2. Tamera sang “I’m Goin’ Down.”
Sister, Sister had lots of great musical moments, especially with Marques Houston, but who can forget when Tamera belted out “I’m Goin’ Down.” You can’t even lie and say you expected that!
3. Gabrielle Union portrays a shoplifter.
Known for the bevy of guest stars that appeared on the show over the years, one of the most notable was Gabrielle Union during her pre-Bring It On days. Prior to Sister, Sister, she also appeared on Moesha, Saved by the Bell: The New Class, Family Matters and Smart Guy.
4. The twins and Marques Houston sing “Count on Me.”
Again, another musical moment! It makes you wonder if there was an R&B siren or pop star deep in one of the sisters.
5. Mya and Blackstreet performed “Take Me There” at FreakNik.
“Take Me There” is hands down one of the most nostalgic songs for ’90s babies (as it appeared as the theme for The Rugrats Movie and was also a radio hit), so all of the nostalgia compounds when we think about these worlds colliding when the song was performed on Sister, Sister for a FreakNik episode — which in itself was a memorable moment on the show.
8. Kirk Franklin and a gospel “Revolution.”
Gospel music is such an integral part of Black culture, so it’s no surprise that our beloved Black comedies would feature elements of it. As Jordan is questioning his faith, Kirk Franklin guest stars and the classic, genre-bending neo-Gospel song, “Revolution,” is highlighted.
9. Kenan and Kel appear.
Kenan and Kel is one of our other late ’90s faves, and when the duo appeared on the show, it was true comedy magic.
10. The twins and Diavian perform “You Can’t Hurry Love.”
This time when Tia, Tamera and Diavian (Alexis Fields) performed “You Can’t Hurry Love,” during a talent show was reminiscent of a scene from the iconic Black sitcom, Good Times.
11. Tamera and Jordan dance to Monica and Usher.
Can we just take a moment and recognize that Tia and Jordan are an underrated couple of the ’90s? Period!
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