"When I was a kid, I believed you would become a mermaid when you went in the water to swim".
I really loved the little mermaid as a kid growing up so I had the warped perception you became a mermaid when you entered the water ahaha. This is me learning to swim with my cousin! This piece is for a gallery show at work.
Flashback Friday: Jermaine Stewart “We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off”
The 80s were amazing. This Black queen was getting his LIFE and still hit #5 on the Billboard Hot 100. Can you imagine a hit by a Black male artist with this kind of visual expression today? The closest figure comes to mind is Andre 3000, but he’s so firmly and publicly heterosexual, no amount of no-lye relaxer and sequins could make a gay whisper stick.
Looking back, this was an interesting moment in pop music. Right in the middle of the Reagan administration and growing fears about AIDS, Jermaine Stewart released a song saying you can keep your clothes on which he further related to second-guessing all sorts of “negative” behavior like drinking and doing drugs. Regardless of the message, that chorus is going to live forever. Plus, Jermaine has some real pipes — somewhere between Michael Jackson and Martha Wash — and it’s a shame none of his other singles caught on the way this one did.