The New Edition 3 part biopic recently concluded and I must say I was thoroughly entertained. The Biopic triumphs the R&B quintet through personal and financial trials while taking fans on a nostalgic roller coaster with some of their greatest hit records and beefs. Here are some of my favorite highlights of the show:
10. Kid Bobby’s Stage Fright-As much as Bobby Brown snatched mics throughout the three-part show, who would’ve thought the self proclaimed King of R&b would be afraid to sing in front of an audience on stage. Well, as a kid he was, and he was booed for it.
9.The firing of Brooke Payne-I suppose this was a lowlight of the show. Ironically, the mothers of New Edition were in favor of getting rid of the former manager of the group when he seemed to be the only father figure for all of the men throughout the movie.
8.The group split two dollars five ways-After watching the biopic, you will learn the downside to being in the industry as kids is being naive. That was an understatement for the group. Because of them being naive, their residuals from their first tour was chump change, literally.
7. The haircut-The gumby hair cut was a wonderful mistake! In Bobby Brown’s “Every Little Step video, the gumby haircut made its debut. Unsurprisingly, it is still a trend in 2017. Thanks Bobby.
6.The Birth of Boys to Men-Michael Bivins was introduced to R&B soul group, Boys to Men. Didn’t their performance remind you of New Edition’s impromptu performance of “I Want You Back” when they performed for former manager and father figure, Brooke Payne? Yea, me too.
5. Ricky Bell’s Drug Use-As the group was slowly sinking to their demise,1/3 of the BellBivDevoe group started to indulge in drugs frequently.
4. The Brawl-Well after Bobby Brown has departed from New Edition, egos flare at the Home Again Tour which caused Brooke Payne to have a heart attack.
2. The group came back together in honor of Ronnie and Shamari Devoe’s marriage.
1.The group performed their biggest hits together on BET’s stage.
So, there you have it. New Edition was the Five Heartbeats of their era who individually dealt with their own temptations. Despite the rivals and egos, their was a mutual love for music from all six members and an unconditional love for each other, hence them breaking up and always getting back together. Because of this biopic, New Edition’s contribution to R&B music will never go unnoticed.