My love for Heavy D stemmed from his guest appearances on two of my favorite shows of all time: A Different World and Living Single. On A Different World, he was the featured musical guest for Hillman’s United Negro College Fund Benefit.
He was suave, refined, a fan of opera, light on his feet, and nothing like the pretentious main character Whitley Gilbert presumed he’d be as a rapper. However, on Living Single, he was Darryl— a love interest. He had a respectable job, knew how to cook, was thoughtful & considerate, and loved giving hugs.
From a fashion standpoint, big & tall men have been getting more representation and more love through various mainstream campaigns including Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty line.
Not to mention that Heavy D was a trailblazer for the refined big gentlemen, which lead to more men like him dressing up, regardless of size. What The…