R. Kelly – “I Believe I Can Fly”

I believe I can flaaaahWhen: November 1996
Where: Everywhere
Who: Everyone
Weather: Cool

For a while, years maybe, you heard it on TV, at high school graduations, really anything that might be considered “inspirational.” And to think the song “I Believe I Can Fly” first appeared in a children’s film that flopped at the box office.

That last fact blew my mind as an adult; Space Jam was the movie of the decade. Everybody saw it, except for me of course, but I’ve vowed to give it a shot. Come to think of it, the song probably made more money than the movie. But it’s the same old symbol of empowerment chic showing its overserious head.

Next: How Encino Man ruined my life.


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