Community Post: 15 Invaluable Life Lessons We Learned From ’90s Pop Culture

I’m so…scared.

1. Bug Juice taught us that if you break the rules, there will be consequences.

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The mystery of what Eve did to get kicked out of Camp Waziyatah still lingers. Cigarettes? Drugs? Caffeine pills?

2. Clueless gave us important dating advice to use even today.

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Also, only trust Polaroids.

3. The Secret World of Alex Mack made us suspicious of chemicals and secret government agencies.

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4. Real men are in touch with their feelings, like Dawson from Dawson’s Creek.

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Let it out, Dawson, you hopeless romantic.

5. Full House reminded us it’s normal to have moments of self-doubt.

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6. Legends of the Hidden Temple showed us LIFE ISN’T FAIR.

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There are infinitely more wrong turns than right ones.

7. Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey taught us that sometimes the hardest thing is knowing when to let go.

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Shadow, you wonderful wise sage. We’re still crying!

8. Man of the House gave us fun pranks to try on our mom’s boyfriends before we ultimately accept them.

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And JTT showed us what human perfection looks like.

9. 3 Ninjas showed us the power of physical fitness, which extra handy in case you ever had to take on some kidnappers.

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*Signs up for karate class*

10. Two words: GIRL. POWER.

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They taught us well.

11. We knew to boycott Sea World early on thanks to Free Willy.

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The OG Blackfish.

12. The Secret of Nimh showed us that fear is real and occasionally justified.

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Even the GIF is terrifying.

13. Fashion, bedroom goals, and life advice was provided in abundance by Clarissa Explains It All.

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14. Your sleepover party game was on point because of Mary-Kate and Ashley’s inspirational You’re Invited series.

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15. And of course, you know to never — I repeat: NEVER — go near caffeine pills.

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Don’t even look at them.

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Jennifer Hudson Sings ‘Will You Be There’ At Michael Jackson Memorial

Hudson performed the 1991 song from Dangerous that was also featured in the hit movie ‘Free Willy.’
By Eric Ditzian

Jennifer Hudson performs at the Michael Jackson memorial service on Tuesday

Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

During a day of star-powered speeches and world-class performances at Michael Jackson’s public memorial in Los Angeles, Oscar- and Grammy-winning singer and actress Jennifer Hudson appeared at the Staples Center in front of a packed crowd to cover one of Jackson’s hits from the 1990s, “Will You Be There.”

The track originally appeared on MJ’s 1991 Billboard-topping album, Dangerous. The album went platinum seven times and stayed on the chart for 117 straight weeks. The biggest single, “Black or White,” went platinum and also hit the top Billboard spot. But “Will You Be There” became most well-known when it appeared on the soundtrack for the 1993 movie “Free Willy,” about one boy’s struggle to save an orca whale. The movie grossed almost $80 million at the box office, the track reached as high as #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and went gold.

Hudson wore a knee-length white dress as she belted out a gospel-tinged version of the song. She was accompanied by backup singers performing in unison behind her. Toward the end, lyrics from the song appeared on a large screen — popping in front of a star-filled outer-space backdrop — while a recording of Jackson’s own tear-soaked voice softly spoke the words:

“In my anguish and my pain/ Through my joy and my sorrow/ In the promise of another tomorrow/ I’ll never let you part/ For you’re always in my heart.”

“We love you, Michael,” Hudson said after the song drew to a close.

For complete coverage of the life, career and passing of the legendary entertainer, visit “Michael Jackson Remembered.”

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