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Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind The Making Of “A Different World”

June 15th, 2015 - By Deron Dalton
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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.

Watch The Cast Of A Different World On Where Are They Now? + Raven Symone And Vivica Fox

September 17th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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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.

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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.


Celebrities Who Should Be Featured On Unsung’s Spin-Off, “Unsung Hollywood”

January 9th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Good news! After so much success catching up with the underrated and often off-the-radar music stars in music with Unsung, TV One is about to bring us Unsung Hollywood. Same format, but giving us a back story on all the ups and downs of the careers and lives of black folks we love from TV and film. They already have episodes with Pam Grier, Kadeem Hardison and Robin Harris (to name a few) on deck, but we couldn’t help but throw a few options of stars they need to also profile out there. Check ’em out!

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Talk about a beauty. Dorothy Dandridge was the first African-American woman to be nominated for an Academy Award, but the road to getting the nomination, and how life went for her after the fact wasn’t easy. Dandridge had the type of story that (if any of her colleagues are still alive to tell it) had everything from financial struggles (accountants swindled her out of thousands and she owed back taxes), nervous breakdowns, affairs, career explosions and moments that stalled, and the reinvention of her career later in life. She only lived 42 years, but her life and career has been one that has influenced everyone from Halle Berry, Cicely Tyson and more.

Jasmine Guy Named Spokesperson For ‘I Am Not Yours!’ To Fight Child Sex Trafficking In America

October 24th, 2013 - By Ann Brown
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It is America’s hidden secret–sex trafficking right in our backyards.

Jasmine Guy wants to stop these horrific crimes this from happening. She has signed on as the new spokesperson for the I Am Not Yours! campaign, which works to eliminate child sex trafficking of young girls and women by providing financial support to assist organizations throughout the US. The six-time NAACP-Award winning actress decided to join campaign co-founder Mona Stephen to raise funds to change the lives of sex trafficking victims.

In conjunction with the City of Atlanta’s Restorative Justice Center of Atlanta, the campaign is co-hosting their first “Diamond on the Half Shell” benefit tonight at the Atlanta City Hall Atrium in the hopes of raising $50,000 for the Restorative Justice Center.

Guy and Stephen recently spoke with CocoaFab about I Am Not Yours! Here are a few important points:

“Atlanta was very high, like one of the top 3, where it was going on. I was shocked. I learned that at major events like Super Bowl … they actually ship girls in for those major events and bring them to hotels, and it’s so awful. Young the girls are kidnapped and forced into this life, and it is difficult to then have a normal life when you come out,” explained Guy in why she decided to take part in the campaign.

“There are so many people who are unaware of the epidemic, and so what we’re providing is just that height of awareness for the restorative justice center, so that corporate sponsors and our citizens can contribute dollars,”added Stephen.

Guy noted that it is happening all over the country, citing Ariel Castro case in which three young women were held captive for a decade in a Cleveland home. “I go to these centers, meet the victims, meet the survivors, talk to them. It’s very difficult,” she said. “It’s slavery and they’re profiting from it… And nobody wants to call it what it is and talk about how brutal it is, just like how nobody talks about how brutal slavery was.”

For more information on the campaign, click here.

Werk! Shout Out To The Most Fashionable Black Women In Television History

May 7th, 2013 - By Jasmine Berry
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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.

Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind The Making Of “Harlem Nights”

November 26th, 2012 - By Veronica Wells
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Though critics would almost unanimously agree that Harlem Nights was a hot mess of a film, black folk absolutely love it. I personally, just saw it for the first time last night and I don’t understand what they missed. Sure it might not have been chock-full of Oscar worthy performances but it was a great story, hilarious dialogue between the characters and I’m sure you all have noticed that it was shot beautifully. It’s easily a cult classic. You know the movie, so let’s dig into the behind the scenes details.

Forget-Me-Nots! 10 Memorable Episodes from ‘A Different World’

November 14th, 2012 - By Jasmine Berry
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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.

Guess He Thought Child Support Was Optional: Jasmine Guy’s Ex-Husband Owes Her $40K In Back Pay

September 17th, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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It’s starting to feel like the week isn’t complete without a non-child-support-paying ex-husband/baby daddy story, which is so unfortunate. The latest celebrity to demand that the father of her child pay up is “A Different World” star Jasmine Guy who says her ex-husband hasn’t paid child support for the last two years and now owes her nearly $40,000.

As TMZ tells it:

Guy filed legal docs in L.A. County Superior Court recently, claiming Terrence Mitchell Duckett — who she divorced in 2008 — was ordered by a judge to pay $1,469/month in child support for the couple’s daughter.

In the docs, Guy says Duckett hasn’t paid a dime since May 2010 and now owes her a whopping $39,663 in back support.

Guy filed the docs because she wants a judge to hold her ex in contempt of court so that she can collect on the debt by garnishing his wages, going after his assets, or even having him thrown in jail.

A hearing on the matter was scheduled for last month, but was cancelled because Jasmine was unable to serve her ex with the papers.

Sources close to Jasmine tell TMZ the actress is still attempting to serve the papers, so the hearing can be rescheduled.

Her lawyer, Lisa West, tells TMZ, “Both parents have the financial responsibility of rearing a child. Jasmine has always met and will continue to meet her financial responsibility. She, however unfortunately, finds herself in the same position as are many single mothers in this country — she must enforce her child’s right to benefit from the financial assets of both parents.”

Jasmine and Terrence’s daughter Imani was born in 1999, one year after the couple married in August of ’98. Ten years later, the pair filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences, and it appears Terrence upheld his end of the child support bargain for the first two years after the split. For some reason, he got amnesia in 2010 and thought his mandated payment schedule was optional. He better get it together if he wants to stay out of jail and, you know, be a good father.

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Biracial Chicks Get No Love In Hollywood? Juliette Fairley Missed The Mulatta Is The New Black Memo

August 6th, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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The phrase “tragic mulatto” doesn’t conjure up negative emotions without reason but if there is one place where it pays—literally—to be a biracial woman, it’s Hollywood. Juliette Fairley, the child of a white mother and black father, doesn’t quite see it that way.

Shadow and Act recently published a press release from the actress who has decided to write, produce, and star in a series of short films titled, Mulatto Saga, Juliette Fairley’s Mulatto’s Dilemma, and Juliette Fairley’s Diary of a Mulatto Bride, and though the sheer use of the word mulatta, let alone the subject matter sounds a little 18th century vintage, Ms. Fairley insists this genre of film is necessary. She even got biracial actress Jasmine Guy along for the ride because as Fairley puts it:

“There’s a lack of roles in Hollywood for biracial women. So, I create my own content that I star in and in the process I create work for other actors of all races, genders and nationalities.”

I’ll just let that first sentence sink in for a bit. I understand everyone has to carve out a niche that makes them relevant and I won’t discredit the biracial struggle or even the lack of modern-day depictions of the issues women of mixed heritage face; however to say that there is a lack of roles for biracial women in Hollywood is just wrong plain and simple. Did Juliette Fairley miss the memo? Biracial is the new black honey.

One doesn’t have to look very deeply to see that there is only one acceptable hue and hair texture in Hollywood and it is that of the biracial woman—and it is that reality that is actually quite deep. It’s not even so much Halle Berry getting roles over say Viola Davis or Paula Patton becoming the greatest thing since sliced bread while Nia Long has been absent from the big screen for years (minus “Mooz-lum”), it’s the reality that non-biracial black women take second fiddle to mixed women even when it comes to being cast in parts that are clearly meant to represent a woman of sole African or African American heritage.

Less than a month ago we exposed the blatant colorism in the “Abe Lincoln Vampire Hunter” film in which fair-skinned Jacqueline Fleming, a Copenhagen, Denmark-born actress of African American and Danish-German descent was chosen to play Harriet Tubman, a dark-skinned African Ashanti slave. Regardless of the mythical nature of the film, the choice to cast Fleming for the part proves the fallacy of the “it’s hard out here for a mulatta” meme Fairley wants us to buy into. It’s quite obvious that Fleming’s role was that of eye candy in the fantasy horror film and since it would have been too ridiculous to cast a completely white woman—although the nature of the entire film is quite far-fetched—a light-skinned woman of black and white ancestry was the next best thing to play the heroic slave figure.

You could even use the controversial casting of half-English, half-Zimbabwean Thandie Newtorn as an Igbo woman in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s “Half of a Yellow Sun” to disprove Fairley’s point. As petitioners pointed out in their protest of the casting, yes Igbo people come in all shades of brown but none are like that of the biracial actress. When Africans can’t even get roles playing characters of African descent (Jennifer Hudson and the “Winnie” casting directors I’m looking at you), let alone Black Americans being allowed to take on characters without a light is right slant, it’s hard to feel much sympathy for the plight of the biracial actress, particularly when Fairley is trying to dredge up more empathy with such an antiquated term as mulatta.

It’s not the 1700s, mixed people no longer have to try to “pass” to be accepted in Hollywood or even the broader society. In fact, they’re at the top of the casting list no matter the medium, be it acting, singing, or modeling, due to their exotic features and ability to be black, but not really, when appearing on screen or in print. I know some would like us to think it’s simply because their light skin eliminates such hassles as having to adjust lighting to complement darker complexions (Acura I’m looking at you) but we all know it’s a little bit deeper than that. Issues certainly still remain when it comes to accepting biracial individuals, but let’s be clear, it’s the black community that still struggles with divisive attitudes and charges that people of mixed heritage act “too white” or aren’t down enough. Hollywood on the other hand welcomes them with open arms. I’ve yet to see a light-skinned or biracial woman complain she can’t find a decent role in Hollywood but the names of dark-skinned black woman who’ve repeatedly expressed that sentiment would roll off my tongue like bidding numbers at an auction if someone were to ask me.

We all need to tell our stories, and if Fairley has the means and the opportunity to tell hers then by all means she should do so—just don’t present it under the false guise of biracial discrimination. Let’s also not divide the black community any further than it already is. Though I’d like to say someone needs to put forth a concerted effort to employ darker-skinned actresses, let’s just work on showcasing the many facets of black women overall. We come in all shapes, shades, and sizes, let’s see that on the screen instead of segmenting ourselves further.

What do you think about Juliette Fairley’s film ideas and her claim that there’s a lack of roles in Hollywood for biracial women?

Brande Victorian is the news and operations editor for Follow her on twitter @Be_Vic.

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