First things first, Rest in Peace Uncle Phil!
I def didn’t expect to get as emotional as I did. And what’s funny is that this isn’t their first reunion. But every time we saw pictures of the reunited cast, there was always a noticeable absence. A presence was missing. Someone we all knew, adored, and respected. And that was the “OG” Aunt Viv: Janet Hubert, who had an almost 30 year beef brewing with THEE Fresh Prince. A silver lining of 2020 was a deep and bitter hatchet buried between Janet, Will, and the rest of the cast of the iconic 1990s show: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
The inclusion of Janet Hubert signals necessary healing and growth from all parties. In a world that loves to put Black women put against each other, it was heartwarming to see the display of sisterhood and village mentality between both Aunt Vivs.
This reunion felt like a real family reunion where everybody arrived at the same time and started catching up in the front of the house. Even Nicky made a cameo. Also, how has no one aged? (Maybe they’re born with it. Maybe its Melanin.”
Takeaways: Never underestimate someone else’s struggle. Did you know the average cloud weighs 1,000,000lbs. I saw that to say that what may look light to you may feel like 1,000,000lbs to someone else. Be mindful before placing judgement.
What we witnessed in this reunion was a peek into the Black experience. No matter how much drama a certain Auntie may seem to bring, she is always welcomed back with open arms. It doesn’t even matter why you fell out, so long as accountability is taken and true bygones can be bygones. Also, we got to celebrate one of the most iconic shows of our lifetime. 2020 did that. I am grateful.
#9 coming tomorrow.