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Let me just say: WOW! I’ve been doing these “Where Are They Now”s for a minute, and I wasn’t expecting the reaction from the first part of the”College Hill” article. But when I asked: “Tell me which ones you wanted to see for part 2 in the comment section,” you all did not fail to deliver.
So, my gift to you, is the second part, including Virginia State University cast, South Beach cast, and Atlanta cast. Now if I included everyone that you all asked for, this article would be 19 pages and I know how you all feel about the multiple pages. So, I’m going to focus on the most requested, and the ones that I could find the most information on.
I hope I make you all happy, let’s get it started with:
Fame ain’t loyal and these almost favorite celebrities know it better than anyone else. Even though it looked like their careers were headed straight to the top, Hollywood had other plans. But we’re still holding out hope for a comeback!
When Bill Bellamy broke onto the comedy scene he had the charm, looks and talent to take him all the way to A-list celebrity status. But Bill Bellamy never really made it out of the 90s. But now that he’s been slowly popping back onto the scene and we don’t think we’ve heard the last from him yet.
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.
“College Hill” first came on the scene in 2004. It’s agenda was to show a primarily African American cast in the confines of different HBCUs as they pursued their education, while also sifting through personal drama.
Since the show ran for six seasons, trying to narrow down the list was a task. So, I broke it up into two parts. However, if I didn’t include your favorite (or the one you wanted to know the most about), add their name in the comment section, and I’ll add them on the next go ’round!
Also, let me know who you want to see from South Beach and on!
Laughter, just like music, is a universal language. However, getting a laugh can be a daunting task, so it’s great if you can make a living off of it. Every person on this list has made a name for themselves in the comedic arena, and were, in some cases, household names.
Now, not everyone on this list “fell off,” but if you’re not into following people’s careers, then this is a good source to find out where some of your favorite comedians have been. If I missed your favorites, sound off in the comment section and I’ll make sure to add this on the next go ’round.
Where are they now? Well…
In 2002, Brandy made a big announcement. She had married secretly and was six months pregnant. Then there was that reality tv show, “Brandy: Special Delivery” where we saw Brandy and her “husband,” Robert Smith together and watched the process of her giving birth to her daughter Sy’rai. Watching the show you could tell something was off between Brandy and Robert– I just never assumed that their whole relationship was a sham.
Either way, on a recent episode of Oprah’s “Where Are They Now,” Brandy comes back to sit on Oprah’s couch (or chair) and explain why she felt she needed to lie about having a child out of wedlock.
Oprah: I asked if you were married at the time and you said you were. Why did you say that?
Brandy: I said that I was married. Because at that time being pregnant out of wedlock was not a trend. It was not something that people praised. It was a sin. And I felt like I could not be honest about that. I felt the pressure of, again, having to be perfect. And I was scared. I thought that everything that I had worked hard for and everything that I worked to build, the image that I worked so hard to build was threatened. And I felt like having a child out of wedlock would ruin my career, everything that I had built.
And I’m really sorry for that because you just don’t lie to Oprah, okay?!
You can watch the video below.
In another part of the interview, Brandy explains why she doesn’t think she would have made it as a celebrity growing up in this day and age because people on social media can be so cruel. See what she had to say in the video below.
You can catch Brandy’s episode of “Where Are They Now” this Sunday, August 3 on OWN at 9 pm ET/PT.
If you’re pursuing a dream of “making it,” it seems as though getting fame might be difficult, but maintaining it is even harder. Let’s take a look at people who were able to make an impact in the music world, and then slowly faded for now.
Hey, you awesome readers! I hope you’re ready for another “Where are they Now?” This time, we’re going back to the sweet-sweet days of the 90s with this gem: “Sparks.”
“Sparks” was about… the Sparks, a central California family with their own law firm, and the details from their daily lives as well. Though it was only on for two seasons, a lot of talent has come from this cast, so let’s see: Where are they now?
You don’t even have to have read Terry McMillan’s How Stella Got Her Groove Back to know her story. The art inspired by her life that was in a book, on the big screen and then all over television for the world to see when things went left. Most of us remember the episode of Oprah where McMillan confronted her gay ex husband Jonathan Plummer for the deception and betrayal of marrying her when he knew–or at least had an inkling–that he was gay.
The encounter was not exactly comfortable. You may remember that McMillan’s head was on lean the entire interview and there were more eye rolls than a little bit.
Obviously, the dissolution of a marriage is not easy on anyone but the circumstances behind the ending of this one and the way it played out in the public presumably made it even harder to get over.
But in this Sunday’s upcoming episode of OWN’s “Oprah: Where Are They Now,” McMillan seems to have gotten to that place.
In the video below she talks about the process of forgiving her ex husband.
“People do a lot of things to hurt each other but it takes a different kind of energy, positive energy to forgive someone. And I think mostly, It’s forgiving yourself because being angry is stupid. It really is stupid and it weighs you down and everybody around you feels it. I was not fun for three years.”
McMillan’s episode of “Oprah: Where Are They Now” airs this Sunday, July 6 at 9pm.
“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.