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A Different World is hands down one of the best television shows ever – period, full stop, end of sentence. Agreed? Agreed. Even though the groundbreaking show went off the air 23 years ago, its relevance and messages remain important today.
And though ADW producer and director extraordinaire Debbie Allen said she’s working on a reboot of the show, fans have yet to hear any good news when it comes to an update. While we wait patiently for that glorious day, there are still lessons we can learn from Whitley, Dwayne, Kim, Freddie, Ron (and let’s not forget Denise in Season 1) and the Hillman College crew.
Dwayne and Whitley’s love story is one for the ages. So is Freddie and Shazza’s. Seeing these couples on screen in all their goofy, sometimes awkward, and almost always fun glory is a reminder that we need more depictions (varied depictions, please) of Black Love on television and in film.
Netflix is truly the gift that keeps on giving. We all love a good Netflix binge-watching marathon. With thousands of hours of entertainment to choose from, it can be daunting to figure out what to watch next. We have some premium selections that you may love, including some new projects as well as some oldies (but goodies). Check out these 15 must-see Netflix movies and shows.
Beyond the Lights
One of the best independent movies to come out in 2014, Beyond the Lights was directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, the talented woman who brought us Love & Basketball. It tells the story of a young pop star who must navigate the murky waters of fame, tragedy, and circumstance. It’s a must-see film with a great love story, awesome acting, strong direction, and a bangin’ soundtrack.
A Different World was added to Netflix recently, becoming popular all over again. Newer generations can watch what life is like at a historically Black college or university as well as witness other relatable experiences to most young people. However, there are plenty of behind-the-scenes secrets you all might not know about this college-set sitcom, which was a direct spin-off of The Cosby Show.
Memba when Cree Summer and Kadeem Hardison were a couple #IRL? Us neither, but #FreddieBrooks and #DwayneWayne were @imanidawson's two favorite #ADifferentWorld characters. Who were your faves? @iamcreesummer @kahmoshun. #Hillman #younglove #tbt #throwback #naturalhair #teamnatural #curlcrush #ilovethe90s #tribecalledcurl
Thanks to Tribe Called Curl, I learned a new fun fact today. This might be old news to some of you, but I had no idea (or had forgotten) that Kadeem Hardison (Dwayne Wayne) and Cree Summer (Freddie Brooks) dated in real life.
Many of us watched the show and remember the undeniable chemistry between Dwayne and Whitley. So we were completely preoccupied with whether or not they were dating in real life. Turns out, it was another cast member who had his heart.
For those, like me, who didn’t know and need receipts, here they are. So, two years ago, Essence asked Hardison if it was awkward playing Jasmine Guy’s love interest while dating Cree Summer.
That wasn’t even my concern at the time. Dominic [Hoffman], Jasmine’s boyfriend at the time, did some spots on the show. It’s like you have your work wife and home wife. But your home wife also happens to work with you. As much as that could have been sticky, they were so in love with each, it was never an issue. Good God, if you thought me and Darryl (Ron) were close, he and Jasmine were inseparable. They brought out the silliness in each other.
According to People, who spoke with both Hardison and Summer, the two only dated for a year but there are plenty of images capturing their union, including this one Cree recently posted on her Instagram page.
Being that so many of us believed in Whitley and Dwayne’s love, one of my coworkers had a hard time seeing these two together.
I think they were pretty adorable.
Aahhh…days gone by.
Every few weeks, Netflix revamps its content and sends or takes away our favorite gems. The New York Observer has announced the news we’ve been waiting for: A Different World is coming to Netflix! The hit ‘90s show that inspired us to go to college never gets tired. And we’re excited to be locked up in the house to catch up on the lives of Denise, Whitley and Dwayne. Netflix will also be adding the seventh season of Mad Men and Halle Berry’s film Frankie & Alice.
It is a surprise, though, that Netflix is supporting the work of Bill Cosby after canceling his November 2014 comedy special due to the mounting sexual assault allegations against him. Cosby created A Different World as a spin-off for The Cosby Show to showcase Huxtable daughter Denise’s college experience.
The complete season of A Different World will debut on March 15.
The holidays are about a lot of great things, but there’s nothing quite like curling up to watch marathons of your favorite holiday sitcoms. Here are 15 of our favorites from over the years!
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air – “Twas The Night Before Christening”
Remember when Will told everybody he was going to bring Boyz II Men to Nicky’s christening and he actually made it happen? Man, I’m getting chills just from thinking about their soulful rendition of “Silent Night.” It took some serious convincing (especially since Will stole Wanya’s girl from back in the day when they all lived in Philly) but we’re glad the brotherly love prevailed.
When HIV and AIDS started spreading in the United States, there was all types of fear. And where there’s fear there’s usually hatred. People who were diagnosed were often shunned by coworkers, associates, friends and even family members. People didn’t understand the disease and how you could catch it. And so the media, executing one of their more noble functions, helped to dismantle the stereotypes. Check out some of the series who featured some memorable episodes dealing with HIV or AIDS.
You knew exactly what time it was when Aretha Franklin proudly proclaimed, “I know my parents love me! Stand behind me come what may.”At the sound of her soulful cry we didn’t just walk to the TV, we ran!
“A Different World” wasn’t just a spin-off of The Cosby Show, it was a series that continuously peeled back the layers on important issues in the lives of young people in our society, and was just simply a well-written, entertaining program. As a huge fan, I’ve seen most episodes of the show, so I thought I’d share a few of my favorites. Feel free to share your own!
Rudy and The Snow Queen (Season 1 Episode 6)
Who wouldn’t want Denise Huxtable as an older sister? Better yet, who wouldn’t want Whitley Gilbert as one as well? In this episode from the first season (you know, when Denise went to Hillman) Rudy tries to have the best of both worlds, but in the end, realizes there’s no sibling bond stronger than that of the Huxtables.
Nothing makes you feel more old and out of touch than realizing the fictional characters you fell in love with have grown up and look a lot different. Ever wonder what the cast of “Full House,” “The Little Rascals” and “A Different World” look like now? Check out this slideshow and find out, and see the reunions of a few of your other favorite TV and movie casts.
The impact of “A Different World” cannot be overstated. A television show that inspired students of all races and ethnicities to attend college? That’s major. And although the show has long since been off the air, its impact is still very strong.
So Oprah sat down with some of the cast members for her “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” series on OWN.
Hillman alum Jasmine Guy (Whitley Gilbert), Kadeem Hardison (Dwayne Wayne), Dawn Lewis (Jalessa Taylor), Sinbad (Coach Oakes), Darryl M. Bell (Ron Johnson), Cree Summer (Freddie Brooks) and executive producer of the show Debbie Allen all sat down to discuss the things they’ve been up to since they left the hit NBC series.
As you know, “A Different World” was a spinoff of “The Cosby Show” so the cast took time to pay homage to the genius of Bill Cosby in creating this groundbreaking show.
See what they had to say.
The cast of A Different World will appear on OWN on Sunday, October 26 at 9pm.
But before you catch up with these folks, Raven Symone sits down with Oprah to speak candidly about her life after childhood super stardom, including the Tweet that presumably announced to the world that she was a lesbian. You can watch Raven’s “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” episode on October 5 at 9pm. On that same day, you’ll have a chance to catch up with Jenna Von Oy (aka Six from “Blossom” and Stevie Van Lowe on “The Parkers.”)
And then on the following Sunday, October 12 you can see what Vivica Fox is doing these days.
Looks like a jam-packed season full of familiar faces. We’re here for it.