‘A Different World’ Cast Presents HBCU With $100,000 Check

December 8, 2018  |  

A Different World

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A Different World played an instrumental role in exposing people to what the experience at a historically black college was like. So it was only right that the cast of the former NBC sitcom partner with Ford to help support a HBCU in need.

As a part of Ford’s Ultimate Homecoming Takeover initiative, Southwestern Christian College in Terrell, Texas was presented with a $100,000 by Cree Summer, Jasmine Guy, Darryl Bell and Kadeem Hardison, EBONY reports. After presenting the hefty check, the cast stayed and discussed the impact of the show.

Jasmine Guy said even though the show had an African-American cast, the characters still showed diversity.

“We had different classes, different colorings, different backgrounds, different aspirations and that’s one thing I loved about A Different World. It showed the true spirit about what being Black is, and that it is diverse within itself.

Darryl Bell, who played Ron, continued Guy’s point saying that the show also offered different perspectives on the issues the show tackled.

“What was also great was that you saw different generations! From the youngsters like Bumper Robinson [and] Patrick Malone, all the way to Glynn Turman, and Lou Myers, who played Mr. Gaines, there was always a different point of view. So no matter what topic was discussed, it wasn’t a monolithic response; it was something that was always challenging and relevant, it was important and we managed to be funny while we did it! That’s why I think it lasted so long and stayed evergreen.”

A Different World not only influenced black folks to go to historically black colleges and universities but it also had a significant influence on black television. Recently the cast of grown-ish paid homage to the show with their season two teaser by re-creating the memorable opening sequence to the 80s sitcom.

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