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A Different World

A Conversation with Dawnn Lewis

Bryan Cain-Jackson | Posted 12.15.2016 | Black Voices
Bryan Cain-Jackson

The beautiful actress and GRAMMY award winning singer, Dawnn Lewis is just as busy as ever these days.

Lights Go On: Part LXVI -- Perspective

Thomas Bähler | Posted 06.08.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Thomas Bähler

How often do I hear "Why does this always happen to me?" or "This idea came to me, I don't know why" or "Why do I do these things?" this word ...

What Whitley Gilbert Taught Us About Style

The Huffington Post | Dana Oliver & Chanel Parks | Posted 03.10.2015 | Style

As teenagers who grew up emulating the funky fashions and hairstyles on the NBC sitcom "A Different World," no other Hillman alum had style like Whitl...

On the 'A' w/ Souleo: Unsung Hollywood Challenges Diversity Issues

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 04.15.2015 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

Receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame takes longevity, success, the right connections, and, for some, your own episode on TV One's popular docu-series Unsung Hollywood. On February 2, groundbreaking comedian-activist Dick Gregory, who was featured on the hit show in 2014, was finally celebrated with the honor.

What Collateral Damage Could the Cosby Quagmire Inflict on the African-American Community?

Chandra Thomas Whitfield | Posted 01.31.2015 | Black Voices
Chandra Thomas Whitfield

While many of us have celebrated and enjoyed Cosby's talents, he is one man who in no way represents an entire race of people. We all must do our part to ensure that no matter how this situation ultimately unfolds, that it does not end up casting an unwarranted negative shadow on an entire community.

What The Cast Of 'A Different World' Is Doing Today (One Voices The Green M&M!)

OWN | Posted 10.27.2014 | OWN

In the late '80s to early '90s, "A Different World" often pushed the boundaries of television. The "Cosby Show" spinoff about a group of Hillman Colle...

Why Jasmine Guy Used That Accent On 'A Different World'

OWN | Posted 10.23.2014 | OWN

Jasmine Guy's character on "The Cosby Show" spinoff "A Different World" was a proper (if not fussy) Southern belle. She was from a prominent family, o...

Jasmine Guy On The Big Lesson She Learned After Stardom

OWN | Posted 09.26.2014 | OWN

Though most people remember her as Whitley Gilbert, the southern belle on "A Different World," actress Jasmine Guy has had an incredibly versatile car...

'Black-ish': Horrible Parody of Black Family Life

Frances Cudjoe Waters | Posted 11.25.2014 | Black Voices
Frances Cudjoe Waters

I cringed when I saw the name and promos for Black-ish. But, I tried to reserve judgment until I saw it. And sure enough, its premise and the actual show is as offensive as its name.

Reunited: 'A Different World' Cast On Show's Major Impact, 20 Years Later

OWN | Posted 09.18.2014 | OWN

It's been more than two decades since "The Cosby Show" spinoff series "A Different World" ended, but the show continues to have a lasting impact on an...

Vh1's 'ATL: The Untold Story of Atlanta's Rise in the Rap Game'

Nsenga Burton | Posted 11.03.2014 | Black Voices
Nsenga Burton

Despite a strong introduction, the film quickly falls into a narrative that is hyper focused on rap music, yet fails to include in a meaningful way, other musical movements that were taking place simultaneously and contributed significantly to the rise of Atlanta rap.

Jaimie Etkin

Looking Back On 'A Different World,' 20 Years Later | Jaimie Etkin | Posted 07.10.2013 | TV

The Huxtables of "The Cosby Show" lived on in "A Different World," the NBC comedy's 1987 spinoff that followed Cliff (Bill Cosby) and Clair's (Phylici...

'Different World' Actor Dies

The Huffington Post/AP | Posted 02.21.2013 | Celebrity

Lou Myers, the actor most known for playing Mr. Vernon Gaines on the NBC sitcom "A Different World," is dead. TMZ reports that the actor died on Feb. ...

A Different World: The Post-Millennial Perils of Black Family T.V. Programming

Michael W. Waters | Posted 12.12.2012 | Black Voices
Michael W. Waters

It appears that to find meaningful black, family television programming in the new millennium, we must return to the old one. It's a different world from where we came from.

Lessons From 'A Different World'

Danielle Moodie-Mills | Posted 12.01.2012 | Black Voices
Danielle Moodie-Mills

I still entertain dreams of moving my wife to Brooklyn Heights on a quest for the Cosby dream -- kids, a brownstone, and community engagement. The Cosby's taught us so much without being a public service announcement.

LOOK: 'A Different World' 25 Years Later

Posted 09.24.2012 | Black Voices

25 years ago today, comedian and icon Bill Cosby introduced America to a spinoff adapted from his very own -- and hugely successful and influential --...

Jasmine Guy's Favorite Hotspots In Hotlanta

Posted 07.06.2012 | Black Voices

A sprawling metropolis, Atlanta is made up of different communities that each have their own distinctive personalities. From the high-octane energy of...

UFW Concerts: Chatting With Kris Kristofferson Plus Gerald Albright & Norman Brown, and Shevy Smith's Video Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 08.19.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Filmed in Brooklyn by way of Southern California, "Rocket Fuel" is off Shevy Smith's Ad Astra record, which was released this May.

Bones' Tamara Taylor Has Overcome Shyness and Orthodontia to Conquer Hollywood

Tamar Abrams | Posted 07.09.2012 | Entertainment
Tamar Abrams

Show business was an odd career aspiration given that little Tamara was, by her own admission, really shy. "I was an only child and my mom threw me into some modeling classes to get me out of my shell," she says.

'90s Black Sitcom Stars Return To TV

Posted 02.01.2012 | TV

Everyone loves a good comeback and as of late, TV has been chock-full of them. When "The Voice's" Cee Lo Green had the former "Family Matters" star...

Five Black TV Couples Who Shouldn't Have Married

Stacia L. Brown | Posted 12.24.2011 | Black Voices
Stacia L. Brown

For TV couples, the titles "husband" and "wife" are just the beginning. They also have to convince viewers that they're compatible -- that they belong together. Here's a list of matrimonial pairs who may've missed the mark.

'A Different World' Actress Jasmine Guy, 48, Steps Out (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

Look who it is! Below is Jasmine Guy, best known as Whitley Gilbert Wayne from 'A Different World.' Nearly 20 years later she has a recurring role ...