(The Root) — John Singleton’s Poetic Justice was released in 1993 during a watershed period that saw a number of black films entering theaters. Janet Jackson starred as Justice, a poetry-loving hairstylist (the works of Maya Angelou were prominently featured), and Tupac Shakur played Lucky, a postal worker with dreams of making it big as a rapper.
Twenty years later, Poetic Justice continues to influence black culture. Here are five ways the movie predicted the future. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
1. Box-Braids Comeback
Regina King and Janet Jackson (YouTube)
You may think it was Solange who made these braids stylish, but it’s clear that her inspiration came from Janet Jackson’s portrayal of Justice. Justice and her friend Lesha (Regina King) rock box braids throughout the film. It looks like the style’s revival is here to stay.
2. Black Poetry Renaissance
Scene from Poetic Justice (YouTube)