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A Different World

A Different World cast photo from Season 6: Top row: Bumper Robinson, Lou Myers, Kadeem Hardison, Patrick Malone, and Darryl M. Bell. Bottom Row: Jada Pinkett, Karen Malina White, Jasmine Guy, Cree Summer, and Ajai Sanders. Not Pictured: Glynn Turman.
Genre Sitcom/ComedyDrama
Running time 30 minutes
Creator(s) Bill Cosby
Executive producer(s) Marcy Carsey
Tom Werner
Debbie Allen
(Seasons 2+)
Caryn Mandabach
(seasons 5+)
Susan Fales
(season 6)
Starring Jasmine Guy
Kadeem Hardison
Darryl M. Bell
et al.
Opening theme performed by:
Phoebe Snow
(Season 1)
Aretha Franklin
(Seasons 2-5)
Boyz II Men
(Season 6)
Country of origin Flag of United States United States
Original channel NBC
Original run September 17, 1987July 8, 1993
No. of episodes

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TV.com summary

A Different World was an American television sitcom. It dealt with the life of students at Hillman College, a fictional historically Black college in Virginia, and ran for six seasons on NBC. A spin-off series from The Cosby Show, it was originally centered around Denise Huxtable (Lisa Bonet). Later seasons focused on Dwayne Wayne (Kadeem Hardison) and Whitley Gilbert (Jasmine Guy). The sitcom aired from its debut on September 24, 1987 until the show's final episode on July 9, 1993. A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... In the United States, Historically Black Colleges And Universities (HBCU) (a type of minority-serving institution or MSI) are colleges or universities that were established before 1964 with the intention of serving the African American community. ... Official language(s) English Capital Richmond Largest city Virginia Beach Area  Ranked 35th  - Total 42,793 sq mi (110,862 km²)  - Width 200 miles (320 km)  - Length 430 miles (690 km)  - % water 7. ... NBC, (Formerly an acronym for the National Broadcasting Company until 2004), is an American television and radio network based in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... A spin-off (or spinoff) is a new organization or entity formed by a split from a larger one such as a new company formed from a university research group. ... The Cosby Show was an American television sitcom that ran from 1984 to 1992. ... The Cosby Show, starring Bill Cosby, is an American sitcom that was first broadcast in 1984. ... Lisa Bonet Lisa Michelle Boney (born November 16, 1967), who is known in the entertainment world as Lisa Bonet, is an American actress who is a native of San Francisco, California. ... Dwayne Wayne is a fictional character from the 1980s Black sitcom A Different World. ... Kadeem Hardison (born July 24, 1965 in New York City) is an actor, best known for portraying Dwayne Wayne on the Cosby Show spin-off A Different World and playing Marlon Wayans brother in the basketball comedy, The Sixth Man. ... Whitley Marion Gilbert Wayne is a fictional character from the 1980s Black sitcom A Different World. ... Jasmine Guy Jasmine Guy (born March 10, 1964 in Boston, Massachusetts) is an American actress. ... September 24 is the 267th day of the year (268th in leap years). ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... July 9 is the 190th day of the year (191st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 175 days remaining. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ...


While it was a spin-off from the Cosby Show, A Different World addressed issues that the largely apolitical Cosby Show avoided, such as race and class relations, and the Equal Rights Amendment. One episode that aired in 1990 was one of the first American network television episodes to address the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Reruns can be seen on Oxygen, and Nick at Nite, as well as on many local stations around the United States. The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution that would guarantee equal rights under the law for Americans regardless of sex. ... This article is about the year. ... Human immunodeficiency virus or HIV is a retrovirus that causes Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), a condition in which the immune system begins to fail, leading to life-threatening opportunistic infections. ... Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS or Aids) is a collection of symptoms and infections in humans resulting from the specific damage to the immune system caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). ... For the womens television network see: Oh! Oxygen. ... Nick at Nite is an evening programming block broadcast over Nickelodeon from 9 PM – 6 AM Eastern and Pacific Standard Time. ...


The success and popularity of A Different World is often said to be largely responsible for the increased enrollment at historically Black colleges and universities during the late 1980s and early 1990s.[citation needed] In the United States, Historically Black Colleges And Universities (HBCU) (a type of minority-serving institution or MSI) are colleges or universities that were established before 1964 with the intention of serving the African American community. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... See also 1990s, the band The 1990s decade refers to the years from 1990 to 1999, inclusive, sometimes informally including popular culture from the late 1980s and shortly after the year 2000. ...

Contents

Cast

A Different World was the popular spin-off from the American television series The Cosby Show. ... Mary Alice Smith (born December 3, 1941 in Indianola, Mississippi, USA) is an African-American actress. ... Darryl M. Bell (sometimes credited as Daryl Bell) was born in 1961, in Chicago, Illinois. ... Lisa Bonet Lisa Michelle Boney (born November 16, 1967), who is known in the entertainment world as Lisa Bonet, is an American actress who is a native of San Francisco, California. ... The Cosby Show, starring Bill Cosby, is an American sitcom that was first broadcast in 1984. ... This article needs to be wikified. ... Loretta Devine Loretta Devine (born August 21, 1949 in Houston, Texas) is an American actor. ... Jasmine Guy Jasmine Guy (born March 10, 1964 in Boston, Massachusetts) is an American actress. ... Whitley Marion Gilbert Wayne is a fictional character from the 1980s Black sitcom A Different World. ... Kadeem Hardison (born July 24, 1965 in New York City) is an actor, best known for portraying Dwayne Wayne on the Cosby Show spin-off A Different World and playing Marlon Wayans brother in the basketball comedy, The Sixth Man. ... Dwayne Wayne is a fictional character from the 1980s Black sitcom A Different World. ... Dawnn Lewis (born August 13, 1960 in Brooklyn, New York) is an African American actress, best known for her roles on sitcoms such as A Different World and in the first season of Hangin with Mr. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Lou Myers This article is about Lou Myers, the actor. ... Jada Pinkett Smith, 1996, in Set It Off Jada Pinkett Smith (born Jada Koren Pinkett on September 18, 1971) is an American actress and singer. ... Bumper Robinson Robinson as a JemHadar in DS9. ... Cast of A Different World: Top row: Bumper Robinson, Lou Myers, Kadeem Hardison, Patrick Malone, and Darryl M. Bell. ... Sinbad Sinbad (born David Robert Adkins on November 10, 1956 in Benton Harbor, Michigan) is an African American stand-up comedian & actor . ... CD Promo. ... Marisa Tomei (born December 4, 1964) is an Academy Award-winning American film and stage actress. ... Glynn Turman (born January 31, 1946 in New York, New York) is an African-American stage, television, and film actor. ... Actress Karen Malina White (born in 1965 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) performs as the voice of Dijonay Jones on the animated Disney Channel series The Proud Family. ...

Hillman College Reunion

In August 2006, Nick At Nite aired a weeklong marathon of A Different World episodes. Lisa Bonet, Jasmine Guy, Kadeem Hardison, Darryl M. Bell, Cree Summer, and Sinbad reunited for short vignettes that provide a glimpse of the current state of their characters. Nick at Nite's Hillman College Reunion website added details beyond those shown on television. Nick at Nite is an evening programming block broadcast over Nickelodeon from 9 PM – 6 AM Eastern and Pacific Standard Time. ...


Season 2 Changes

During the summer of 1988, Lisa Bonet announced that she and husband Lenny Kravitz were having a baby. It was felt that viewers would not accept Denise Huxtable as an unwed mother, having grown to know her as a "good girl" after four seasons of The Cosby Show and A Different World. Thus it was decided that Denise would drop out of Hillman, return home to her family, and eventually travel to Africa throughout the fifth season of The Cosby Show, ensuring that viewers would not see a pregnant Denise. This led to Debbie Allen becoming the chief creative force behind A Different World, and to the revamp that placed Whitley and Dwayne at the center of a wider ensemble, dealing with more relevant issues of the day. Allen, an alumna of Howard University, made a conscious effort to make Hillman resemble an actual historically black college as much as possible. The first season of Hillman's student body consisted of both black and white students, but this was changed at the beginning of the second season and was maintained until the series ended. Leonard Albert Kravitz (born May 26, 1964) is a American rock singer, songwriter, producer, and guitarist whose retro-style amalgam of rock, pop, funk, and even techno is inspired by such music icons as Jimi Hendrix and John Lennon. ... Debbie Allen (born Deborrah Kaye Allen on January 16, 1950 in Houston, Texas) is an American actress, choreographer, film director, television producer and a member of the Presidents Committee on the Arts and Humanities. ... Howard University is a historically black university in Washington, D.C. Howard was established in 1867 by congressional order and named after Oliver O. Howard. ... In the United States, Historically Black Colleges And Universities (HBCU) (a type of minority-serving institution or MSI) are colleges or universities that were established before 1964 with the intention of serving the African American community. ...


Marisa Tomei and Marie-Alise Recasner were replaced by Charnele Brown and Cree Summer. Darryl M. Bell and Sinbad were promoted to the principal cast, which (coupled with the addition of Glynn Turman and Lou Myers) allowed the show to provide a more equitable balance of male and female perspectives.


Dwayne's status as the campus nerd was gradually phased out, and Ron was transformed from devoted boyfriend to notorious womanizer. The replacement of the passive Millie with the more confident Kim as Whitley's roommate and confidante helped to make Whitley a more sympathetic character.[citation needed] The addition of Freddie preserved other elements of Season 1, as the character represented both the Bohemian aspects of Denise and the studious nature of Maggie. Though a Bohemian is a native of the Czech province of Bohemia, a secondary meaning for bohemian emerged in 19th century France. ...


The Hollywood Reporter is quoted as stating that when Debbie Allen became the producer-director of A Different World after the first season, she transformed it "from a bland Cosby spinoff into a lively, socially responsible, ensemble situation comedy."[1] The Hollywood Reporter is one of two major trade papers of the film industry in the United States, the other being Variety. ...


The Museum of Broadcast Communications states that Debbie Allen:

a graduate of historically black Howard University — drew from her college experiences in an effort to accurately reflect in the show the social and political life on black campuses. Moreover, Allen instituted a yearly spring trip to Atlanta where series writers visited two of the nation's leading black colleges, Morehouse and Spelman. During these visits, ideas for several of the episodes emerged from meetings with students and faculty."[1]

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Notable episodes

In January 1991 (seven days before the beginning of Operation Desert Storm), Blair Underwood guest-starred in "War and Peace," an episode written by Jasmine Guy and Dominic Hoffman about the impending Persian Gulf War. It was one of the only television series to address this topic in the days leading up to the war. This is a complete list of episodes for the American sitcom A Different World. ... Combatants UN Coalition Republic of Iraq Commanders Norman Schwarzkopf Saddam Hussein Strength 660,000 360,000 Casualties 345 dead, 1,000 wounded 25,000 dead, 75,000 wounded The Gulf War (1990–1991) (also called the Persian Gulf War, Operation Desert Storm, or Second Gulf War) was a conflict between... Blair Underwood (born August 25, 1964, in Tacoma, Washington) is an American television and film actor. ... Combatants UN Coalition Republic of Iraq Commanders Norman Schwarzkopf Saddam Hussein Strength 660,000 360,000 Casualties 345 dead, 1,000 wounded 25,000 dead, 75,000 wounded The Gulf War (1990–1991) (also called the Persian Gulf War, Operation Desert Storm, or Second Gulf War) was a conflict between...


In the fourth-season episode "Ms. Understanding", Shazza peddles a book he has written and self-published that is highly critical of African-American men and their allegedly sexist behavior. The episode is a thinly-veiled commentary on the controversy surrounding the book The Blackman's Guide to Understanding the Blackwoman. The latter book, written by an African-American woman named Shahrazad Ali, blamed many of the problems within the Black family and the Black community on African-American women. Though most Black women found the book highly offensive and intellectually deficient [citation needed], African-American men purchased hundreds of thousands of copies in 1989 and 1990, leading to a temporary rift between many African-American men and women. Ali's book also is mentioned specifically in the 1990 episode, "Time Keeps On Slippin'," where Ron suggests putting it in the time capsule to represent a female point of view, but is shouted down by the women in the group. The sign of the headquarters of the National Association Opposed To Woman Suffrage Sexism is commonly considered to be discrimination and/or hatred against people based on their sex rather than their individual merits, but can also refer to any and all systemic differentiations based on the sex of the... A time capsule is a histori c cache of goods and/or information, usually intended as a method of communication with people in the future. ...


The fifth-season episode "Mammy Dearest" addresses two subjects almost never discussed on prime-time television: the "mammy" image and its negative effect upon African-Americans' sense of beauty and self-worth, and the little-known fact that some well-to-do African-Americans actually owned slaves themselves. Mammy is a variant of mother, used most prominently by blacks in the Southern United States since the days of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. ... Slave sale in Easton, Maryland The history of slavery in the United States began soon after Europeans first settled in what in 1776 became the United States. ...


Various episodes in the last two seasons of the series referenced contemporary high-profile cases of sexual harassment, such as the Mitsubishi scandal and the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill hearings. In the episode "Bedroom at the Top," Whitley is sexually harassed at her job. The Anita Hill hearings also are mentioned in the episode "The Little Mister," in which Dwayne dreams about the 1992 elections. Sexual harassment is harassment or unwelcome attention of a sexual nature. ... Mitsubishi Logo The Mitsubishi Group ), Mitsubishi Group of Companies, or Mitsubishi Companies, all refer to a large grouping of independently operated Japanese companies which share the Mitsubishi brand name. ... Clarence Thomas (born June 23, 1948) is an American jurist and has been an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States since 1991. ... Anita F. Hill (born July 30, 1956) was a colleague of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas prior to Thomas appointment to the Supreme Court. ...


Trivia

The opening credits

Like its parent series The Cosby Show, A Different World altered its opening credit sequence at least slightly almost every season. Kadeem Hardison is the only person featured in every variation of the opening credits.

  • Season 1 - Joint and individual scenes featuring Lisa Bonet (Denise), Marisa Tomei (Maggie), Dawnn Lewis (Jalessa), and Kadeem Hardison (Dwayne) frolicking on the campus of Hillman College. Jasmine Guy (Whitley) and Loretta Devine (Stevie) are named but not shown, nor is Mary Alice (Lettie) when she replaces Devine. Episode 22 removes the names of Hardison, Guy and Devine/Alice, replacing them with Ted Ross (Dr. Harris) and Vernee Watson-Johnson (Carla). The theme song is sung by Phoebe Snow.
  • Season 2 - Series of individualized scenes featuring Jasmine Guy, Dawnn Lewis, Kadeem Hardison, Mary Alice, Darryl M. Bell (Ron), Sinbad (Walter), Charnele Brown (Kim), Cree Summer (Freddie), and Glynn Turman (Col. Taylor). Lisa Bonet and Marisa Tomei are not present. The theme song is sung by Aretha Franklin.
  • Season 3 - Same as Season 2, except Lou Myers (Mr. Gaines) replaces Mary Alice.
  • Season 4 - Same as Season 3.
  • Season 5 - Same as Season 4, except Sinbad is removed, and Darryl M. Bell's scene is re-shot to reflect this.
  • Season 6 - Completely new series of individualized scenes. Dawnn Lewis is removed. Many of Jasmine Guy's and Kadeem Hardison's scenes are together, reflecting Whitley & Dwayne's new marital status. Charnele Brown and Lou Myers share scenes. Ajai Sanders (Gina), Jada Pinkett (Lena), and Karen Malina White (Charmaine) are added. Dominic Hoffman (Julian), Gary Dourdan (Shazza), Patrick Malone (Terrell), Bumper Robinson (Dorian), and Jenifer Lewis (Dean Davenport) are not named but clearly shown. The theme song is sung by Boyz II Men.

Character-related trivia

  • A Different World frequently presented the viewers with romantic pairings where the two individuals were complete opposites, such as Ron and Freddie, Dorian and Lena, and of course, Dwayne and Whitley.
  • Dwayne earned a perfect score on the math portion of the SAT, a fact that he mentioned frequently (particularly during Season 1). Terrell's combined SAT score was 1500 (at a time when a perfect combined score was 1600).
  • Whitley's horrible singing was a recurring feature on the series, but during the first two seasons she was depicted as an excellent singer, once even competing with Jaleesa for a job as a back-up singer for Gladys Knight. The actress was also a professional singer.
  • Both Freddie Brooks and Terrence Taylor were biracial, having African-American fathers and White American mothers.
  • Both Whitley and Gina were fluent in French (Whitley as a result of her upper-class upbringing, Gina because her family hailed from Martinique).
  • After graduating, Jaleesa lived in an apartment with fifth-year senior Whitley (across the hall from Dwayne and Ron).
  • Many of the characters -- including Dwayne, Ron, Whitley, Kimberly, and Terrence -- were depicted as members or pledges of traditionally Black fraternities and sororities. Kadeem Hardison, Jasmine Guy, Darryl M. Bell, and recurring cast members Dominic Hoffman and Roger Guenveur Smith all appeared in the 1988 Spike Lee film School Daze. The movie depicted life at a fictional historically Black college, including a look at a Black fraternity.

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Cosby connections

As a show developed by Bill Cosby for a character from The Cosby Show, A Different World naturally had many connections to its parent program, even before the latter program was created. The third-season finale of The Cosby Show, entitled "Hillman", was essentially a pilot episode for the new show.


The theme song was co-written by Stu Gardner, Bill Cosby, and Dawnn Lewis — who later became a cast member. In the online interviews related to the 2006 "Hillman College Reunion," Lewis revealed that her being approached to write the song and to audition were two separate events within a short time of each other, such that she thought it was a practical joke by her friends. The song was performed by Phoebe Snow in Season 1, by Aretha Franklin in seasons 2 through 5, and Boyz II Men in Season 6. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Phoebe Laub (born July 17, 1952 in New York City) is a singer-songwriter, who performs under the stage name Phoebe Snow. ... Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American gospel, soul and R&B singer born in Memphis, Tennessee, but raised in Detroit, Michigan. ... Boyz II Men is an American R&B/soul singing group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ...


The spin-off program featured many appearances by characters from the parent program, especially in the initial season, in which Denise's father, mother, younger sister Rudy, brother Theo, and grandfather all appear in the show, either at Hillman or on the other end of a phone call. Denise's departure from Hillman after Season 1 did not stop her mother from reappearing on the show. Three of Phylicia Rashad's four appearances as Hillman alumna Clair Huxtable took place after Season 1, and in one of these, she brought her younger daughter Vanessa to tour the college. In a Mothers Day survey, Rashads character on The Cosby Show, Claire Huxtable, was named, TV mom closest to your own mom in spirit. ... Clair Huxtable is a character from The Cosby Show. ...


Producer/director Debbie Allen is the sister of Phylicia Rashad and the former sister-in-law of sports personality Ahmad Rashad. Ahmad Rashad was a guest star in the third-season episode "Success, Lies and Videotape", along with his then-wife. (Allen likewise made one guest appearance on Cosby Show, playing an aggressive aerobics instructor who helps Clair Huxtable (Phylicia Rashad) slim down for a special occasion.) Dwayne and Whitley also visited the Huxtable home in an episode featuring the revelation that Denise had married and would not return to Hillman. Ahmad Rashad Ahmad Rashad (born Bobby Moore November 19, 1949 in Portland, Oregon, raised in Tacoma, Washington) is an Emmy award-winning sportscaster (mostly with NBC Sports) and former American football wide receiver for the St. ... Clair Huxtable is a character from The Cosby Show. ... In a Mothers Day survey, Rashads character on The Cosby Show, Claire Huxtable, was named, TV mom closest to your own mom in spirit. ...


Like Lisa Bonet, Karen Malina White brought her Cosby Show character to Hillman. Charmaine was the best friend of Clair Huxtable's cousin Pam Tucker. Her Cosby costar Allen Payne turned down an offer to bring his role as Charmaine's boyfriend Lance Rodman to A Different World as a regular during Season 6, preferring instead to pursue a movie career; he and Jada Pinkett starred in the 1994 film Jason's Lyric, which is considered to be a milestone in both of their careers. Payne did appear in one episode in which Charmaine visits Hillman as a prospective student, bringing Lance along to see if he can gain admission as well. When Charmaine arrives at Hillman, she and Lance are maintaining a long-distance relationship and he is mentioned in multiple episodes. Photo of the entire cast of The Cosby Show. ... Allen Payne (born July 7, 1968 in Harlem, New York, USA) is an African-American film and television actor. ... Jasons Lyric is a 1994 film about a young black man named Jason, who must learn how to deal with love and maturity. ...


1970s connections

Many of the main characters' parents were portrayed by individuals who were icons of African-American film, television, and music of the 1970s. Denise's father, of course, is played by Bill Cosby, who had come to public attention in the 1960s and '70s in I Spy, The Bill Cosby Show, Uptown Saturday Night, Let's Do It Again, and Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids. Whitley's mother is played by Diahann Carroll of the groundbreaking TV series Julia and the film I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, while her father was at one time played by Ron O'Neal of Superfly fame. Note: This page is 84 kilobytes long. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... The I-SPY books were spotters guides written for British children, and particularly successful in the 1950s and 60s. ... The Bill Cosby Show was a sitcom that aired for two seasons on NBC from 1969 until 1971. ... Uptown Saturday Night is a 1974 comedy-blaxploitation film written by Richard Wesley, and directed by Sidney Poitier. ... This article is about Fat Albert, the television series. ... Diahann Carroll, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1955 Diahann Carroll (born July 17, 1935) is an American actress and singer. ... Diahann Carroll as Julia, Fred Williamson as Steve in Julia Julia was a groundbreaking television series which was the first to show an African American main character in a non-stereotypical role. ... Ron ONeal (September 1, 1937 in Utica, New York, USA – January 14, 2004 in Los Angeles, California, USA — of pancreatic cancer) was an American actor, director and screenwriter. ... Post of film Superfly is a 1972 (see 1972 in film) blaxploitation film known primarily for its soundtrack by soul singer Curtis Mayfield (see Superfly (soundtrack)). In fact, Superfly is the only movie ever to have been outgrossed by its soundtrack. ...


Kimberly's father, a police officer, is played by Richard Roundtree, well-known as the character "Shaft" in the films Shaft, Shaft's Big Score, and Shaft in Africa. Art Evans, who played Ron's father, had appeared with Carroll in the films Claudine and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Popular R&B singer Patti LaBelle played Dwayne's mother, and at one point, her character is even told, "You look like that singer, Patti Lulabelle," to which she replies that many have told her that, but she doesn't see the resemblance. Richard Roundtree Richard Roundtree (born July 9, 1942 in New Rochelle, New York) is an African American actor and hero famous for portraying John Shaft in the film Shaft (1971) and in its two sequels: Shafts Big Score in 1972, and Shaft in Africa in 1973. ... Shaft is a 1971 film used as a model for blaxploitation films, but many debate whether it actually falls under the category of blaxploitation itself. ... Shafts Big Score, released in 1972, is the second film in the trilogy in which actor Richard Roundtree starred as the private-eye, John Shaft. ... Shaft in Africa, released in 1973, is the third film in the trilogy of films that starred actor Richard Roundtree as John Shaft. ... Art Evans is without a doubt a hero of the film industry, with his new found acting techniques and ability to light up the screen, Art Evans is the actor everybody else in the industry wants to be. ... Diahann Carroll portrays a welfare mother with six children in the 1974 film Claudine. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... Patti LaBelle Patti LaBelle (born Patricia Louise Holt on May 24, 1944 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a hugely revered African-American R&B/soul singer who fronted two moderately successful groups before rising to stardom as a solo artist in the late 1970s, influencing a new generation of female singers. ...


Several characters among the faculty and staff also were in prominent films and shows in the 1970s. Glynn Turman (Col. Taylor) had starring roles in Cooley High and JD's Revenge, Mary Alice (Lettie) appeared in Sparkle, Rosalind Cash (Dean Hughes) appeared in Uptown Saturday Night and Cornbread, Earl and Me, and Roscoe Lee Browne (Dr. Foster) appeared in The Liberation of L.B. Jones and Uptown Saturday Night. Cooley High is a 1975 feature film produced and released by American International Pictures and written by Eric Monte (creator of Good Times). ... Mary Alice Smith (born December 3, 1941 in Indianola, Mississippi, USA) is an African-American actress. ... Sparkle is a 1976 blaxploitation film directed by Sam OSteen and released by Warner Bros. ... Rosalind Cash was an actress whose career endured and flourished on stage, screen, and television, despite her staunch refusal to portray stereotyped black roles. ... Uptown Saturday Night is a 1974 comedy-blaxploitation film written by Richard Wesley, and directed by Sidney Poitier. ... Roscoe Lee Browne (born 2 May 1925 in Woodbury, New Jersey) is a prolific American character actor (Topaz) and voiceover actor of film, theatre and television. ... Uptown Saturday Night is a 1974 comedy-blaxploitation film written by Richard Wesley, and directed by Sidney Poitier. ...


Guest star Bebe Drake (Velma Gaines) appeared in Which Way Is Up?, while Joe Morton (Byron) appeared in the Sanford and Son spin-off, Grady, and Phylicia Rashad (Clair Huxtable) was a member of the original cast of the Broadway musical, The Wiz. Final-season guest stars Leslie Uggams and Billy Dee Williams also had been entertainment fixtures for the previous two decades. Which Way is Up? is a comedy film starring Richard Pryor. ... Joe Morton (born October 18, 1947, New York, New York, USA) is an African-American stage, television, and movie actor. ... Sanford and Son is an American television sitcom, the U.S. remake of the British sitcom Steptoe and Son. ... Grady was a spin-off from the highly successful sitcom, Sanford and Son. ... For the New York area electronics stores, see Nobody Beats The Wiz. ... Leslie Uggams (born May 25, 1943 in New York City) is an African American actress and singer, best known for her Tony Award-winning work in Hallelujah, Baby! Uggams first started in show business in 1950, playing the niece of Ethel Waters on the television series Beulah. ... Born William December Williams Jr. ...


DVD Releases

Season Releases

DVD Name Release Date Ep # Additional Information
Season 1 November 8, 2005 24 Cast interviews, Out-takes, A retrospective overview of the series with cast members, Additional sixth-season "lost" episode featuring the rapper Tupac Shakur and Jada Pinkett-Smith.
Season 2 Cancelled 25
Season 3 TBA 25
Season 4 TBA 25
Season 5 TBA 25
Season 6 TBA 25
  • The show's DVD release is rated PG for suggestive dialogue by MPAA.
  • Season 2 was originally planned for May 2006, then July 2006, then September 2006, and is now cancelled due to licensing issues with Urban Works. [1] Later seasons of The Cosby Show have the same problem.

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See also

  • Historically black colleges and universities

In the United States, Historically Black Colleges And Universities (HBCU) (a type of minority-serving institution or MSI) are colleges or universities that were established before 1964 with the intention of serving the African American community. ...

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