picture it. philly, 1991. it was the days of scrunchies, cross colors, big earrings, fanny packs — and homegirls / chumpies potato chips.
the back of the homegirls bag had inspirational messages to young women on marriage, motherhood and self-empowerment ending with the key phrase “no ring, no thing.”
on the back of the chumpies bag was this message for the young men:
Home Boys (H-Boys)
This product is an acknowledgement of our American urban experience, and culture. This experience can be found in the term “Home Boys”.
Many youth today are unaware that this term has been used in our community for over 25 years. And many of our “Home Boys” have gone on to become the pride of their neighborhood.
A lot of the time we weren’t the best kids on the block, but many of us went on to become Doctors, Lawyers, Judges, Ministers, and even Police. We salute the “Home Boys” of the past and dedicate ourselves to taking back the corner of today, from the dealers of drugs. We have to make the corners drug free again.
oh, philly in the early 90s, how i did love thee.