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“I know my parents love me, stand behind me cooooome what may…” That was the first thing you would hear every time A Different World started playing on TV (usually on Thursday evenings). The sitcom came on during the good ‘ol days of television–before reality TV, and when there were a wide variety of black folks represented on the silver screen. And now, the cast of the show is reuniting for Oprah Winfrey.
Cree Summer, who played Freddie Brooks, posted pictures on Instagram with her old cast mates on set of what seems to be the taping of the OWN network’s Where Are They Now? show. While Lisa Bonet, Jada Pinkett Smith, Charnele Brown (Kimberly Reese), Karen Malina White (Charmaine) and Marisa Tomei weren’t present, all the other main characters showed up and still look pretty good! That includes Daryl M. Bell, Sinbad, Dawnn Lewis, Summer, Kadeem Hardison, Jasmine Guy and Debbie Allen, who produced and often directed the show.
This isn’t the first time that the cast has reunited for TV. In 2006, Nick at Nite did a week-long marathon of A Different World episodes, and some of the cast came together to reminisce.
In 2012, Allen said that she would like to reboot the show for a new audience, and many people seemed to like the idea. But nothing will touch the greatness of the original, and this cast of characters.
Check out pics from the cast’s time with Oprah below and on the next page.
Some of the best shows from the ’90s and early ’00s had everything. Good writing, great acting, and good looking men. These brothas brought some of our favorite characters happiness, drama, and a good time, and for us, they brought eye candy we were looking for on our favorite TV nights (Monday used to be THE day to watch TV on UPN back in the day!). So where have some of our favorite crushes gone? Let’s take a look shall we! Be warned, some have changed not necessarily for the worst…but let’s just say they’ve changed a lot.
Quinton “Q” Brooks played by Fredro Starr on Moesha
Now they knew damn well that “Q” didn’t look like nobody’s high school student. On for two seasons and occasionally returning, Q was Moesha’s longest relationship, and probably the one that brought her the most drama. Fredro Starr of the hip-hop group Onyx played this role, and had some serious acting experience previous to playing Q (Clockers anyone?). Afterwards, he kept acting in a little bit of everything, including roles in Save The Last Dance, playing gunman Bird on The Wire, and still focusing on his music. He recently had beef with DMX of all people. As for what he’s looking like, these days, he looks okay…
You know the saying that there can only be one star of the show. Well, when it comes to these ensemble casts it seems there can only be one star who survives the show as well. When you’re a part of a TV cast with four or more other actors, odds aren’t high that everyone will go on to flourish as a successful solo star. And for most of the shows in this list, there’s been only one breakout actor or actress whose managed to command roles and media attention since their series was cancelled.
Check out who’s still winning.
One of the best things about TV songs from years past, is the theme songs. With shows these days, you’re lucky to get a title card with the name of the sitcom or drama on the screen, but back in the ’80s and ’90s, theme songs ruled and these are our favorite.
The Wonder Years
This song gets you right in your feelings every time. It’s hard to listen to this theme song without a little twinge of nostalgia. The song With a Little Help From My Friends was originally a Beatles tune written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. English crooner Joe Cocker covered it with his sweet, gritty voice for The Wonder Years‘ theme.
Since the glamour of black and white TV, fashion on-screen has always been a major visual element for viewers, sometimes with audiences tuning in just to see the clothes. Whether you love the fashion, the characters, or both, you are not alone. Not wanting to spoil the entire list for anyone, here are a few of the most fashionable black women to ever grace the small screen — and a few non-brown honorable mentions.
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The snarky sidekick, the snooping sibling, the meddling friend, clumsy neighbor and elitist coworker are all characters that we’ve seen quite a bit of on the television screen. And, in the midst of being snarky, snoopy, meddling, clumsy and elitist, we, as viewers, notice that those characters are also really annoying. But, despite this, we do not totally hate them. In fact, we are drawn to them. In one way or another we know that the bothersome character not only has redeeming qualities, but sometimes they have the protagonist’s best interests in mind.
Tara Thornton, True Blood
Tara Thorton perpetually wakes ups on the wrong side of the bed–but with reason. She’s suffered neglect and abuse, she’s been abducted, she’s been attacked, she’s been brain washed, and she’s been vampirized. Because of her circumstances, Tara takes every opportunity she can to complain, whine, and overreact to lighter situations. The softer side of her can usually be seen when Tara deals with Sookie, whom she loves like a sister. Tara was there for Sookie when [SPOILERS] her grandmother died; Tara routinely helps with most vampire related drama, and she even sacrificed her (human) life for Sookie.
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Spinoffs are greatly appreciated for a few reasons: they allow viewers to see lesser characters develop independently; they give viewers a different take of the characters from the previous sitcom; and, finally, spinoffs are uniquely responsible for creating that ‘neighboring effect’ on television, allowing audiences and characters, alike, feel as if they are stepping from one living room into another. This has been seen time and time again in television. Cheers begot Fraiser, Grey’s Anatomy begot Private Practice, Buffy begot Angel, and Dr. Who begot Torchwood. Check out some our favorites over the years.
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Some things are so great, so classic, so epic that they don’t need to be repeated. That wasn’t the case with these incredible spin-offs. From “Family Matters” to “Melrose Place,” television has seen some wonderful follow-ups that made us laugh, made us cry, and made us fall head over heels in love with some very special characters, like they were the originals. Check out this list of the most amazing spin-offs to ever grace out TV screens.
Ever since Willow Smith was old enough to whip her hair, that’s all folks seemed to talk about. But the starlet’s mother, Jada Pinkett Smith, is finally giving her take on things declaring her daughter is not her hair.
In a short note on her Facebook wall, Jada wrote that Willow won’t be a slave to preconceived ideas of what “little girls should be.” Written to a friend, she says, “The question why I LET Willow cut her hair. First the LET must be challenged. This is a world where women, girls are constantly reminded that they don’t belong to themselves; that their bodies are not their own, nor their power or self determination.”
You can check out the full note over on ESSENCE.
What do you think? Is there a limit to a child’s freedom of expression?
Known for being a show created by Bill Cosby, as a spin-off of “The Cosby Show,” “A Different World” went on to become one of the longest running black sitcoms. We learned a lot of lessons from the show and had many laughs. And, who can forget those theme songs by Aretha Franklin and Boyz II Men? Here are 10 memorable episodes from one of our favorite black shows.