First things first...yes, I know I said I wasn't going to make this a weekly category. I still am not. You will note that it doesn't even have its own special category on the blog. Yet. I can't say it won't happen in the future. Afterall, I found myself talking about my Cyclones so much that I had no choice but to create a separate category just for them. It could still very well happen in this instance as well.
Anyway, as for the person named in this post...the name probably means nothing to about 95% of you, huh? Let me first give you a brief rundown of how she even crossed my mind. I was saw a photo of Gabourey Sidibe on the red carpet and there was conversation going on about her choice of wardrobe. All I could think about it was that it's quite likely that her time in the spotlight may be fading and she may be known as a one-hit wonder with "Precious". But it's not like she'll be alone in that category when it comes to young Black actresses.
And that's where Zelda comes in.
Zelda got a lot of pub at a very young age when she was propped up as the face of Spike Lee's latest joint "Crooklyn" back in 1994. Spike Lee was still hot back then since it was during the Black movie renaissance when Hollywood seemed enamored with such releases. This little girl was always seen on the entertainment shows being heralded as the next big thing because of her winning personality that could transcend the screen.
On paper it certainly appeared that she should have been destined for great things. Or at least bigger and better things. Look at all of the stars that have come from Spike Lee's early movies that are now permanent fixtures in Hollywood: Laurence Fishburne, Morris Chestnut, Cuba Gooding Jr., Ice Cube, Giancarlo Esposito and Angela Bassett just to mention a few. So if he had an eye for talent with folks in their 20s and 30s how come he couldn't do the same for a little girl?
Honestly, I think it's because "Crooklyn" just wasn't that good of a movie. I know there are some folks that swear by it. I'm not one of them. I wasn't feeling it at all. It didn't have the same passion that Spike's other movies had. It personally felt to me like the whole movie was just Spike going thru the motions. As a result, the buzz that Zelda got was limited to just the promotion for the movie. She couldn't very well use it to kickstart her career because the movie itself didn't have that type of juice.
Zelda would still stick around for a few more years. She did have a notable role as the sister to Ray Allen's character in Vault Pick "He Got Game" in 1998, but after that nothing. Unless you count an appearance on "NYPD Blue". I don't know if it would even be fair to call her a one hit wonder when her one starring role didn't make the splash of a "Precious".
No clue what Zelda is doing these days. Her Wikipedia page is rather barren. The best update it provides is that she attended Princeton and graduated in 2007. Maybe she's going to do a Keisha Knight-Pulliam and emerge trying to re-make a name for herself as an adult actress. Or maybe she intentionally bowed out of the Hollywood meatgrinder machine. Whatever the case may be she at least she is still remembered in some circles for her brief moment in the sun. That's still more than many of regular joe schmoes can say.