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May 31, 2019

Boyz II Men: Forging Through A Third Decade By Singing Memorable Love Ballads

I was watching the latest Charlize Theron-Seth Rogen movie Long Shot last week and one of the memorable scenes in the movie was a cameo played by the 90s American R&B all-male group Boyz II Men. Known mainly for their power ballads and acapella harmonies, the boys sang the upbeat “Motownphilly” in their cameo where they were performing at a party. Present at that party were the characters of Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen (not together yet as a couple at that point of the movie) Charlize is the current US Secretary of State and soon-to-be President of the United States, while Seth is an out-of-work journalist. As soon as Charlize’s hears “Motownphilly” being sung by the group, she races to the audience area and enjoy the performance. There is a bit of comic relief here in seeing her character who is the peacemaker of the world become a teenager again as she hears a song from her youth. It was truly a throwback moment for her character. In a way, it shows that music is the greatest leveler – that music can move the most powerful person on earth as well as all of us ordinary folks. That song is almost three decades old, but I admit, soon as I heard a whiff of a note of that song, my feet started tapping! The boys were game enough to be part of that scene and a very hilarious thing happens while the boys are singing it! You just have to watch the movie to find out LOL No spoilers here. Boyz II Men is actually a formidable act by themselves, as Billboard has acknowledged them as the most popular all-male R&B group for a certain time period which includes most of the 1990s. What makes their story more fascinating is that they are not a manufactured group – they are not a product of a reality TV show. Instead, they come from the same high school or have common friends within the community, giving their group a more organic make-up, forging a professional relationship which is now proceeding on welcoming its has now spanned more than two decades.

Written by @tonyfabelous from Fabelousity

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