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An Appreciation: What I Learned Re-Watching A Different World

When Friends hit Netflix in January, a nonstop, nauseating celebration followed. When A Different World got added in March, there was much quieter jubilation, mostly in black circles. This was a series that had as much influence—if not more—than its precursor, The Cosby Show, and found a space for an audience of… » 4/07/15 2:00pm 4/07/15 2:00pm

Lisa Bonet: The Cosby Show Kid Who Got Away

In the late 1980s, Lisa Bonet was simultaneously the coolest of The Cosby Show cast and the black sheep of the fictional family. The then-20-year-old actress endured a public fallout with Bill Cosby thanks to a "racy" movie called Angel Heart, marriage to fellow black hippie Lenny Kravitz and pregnancy with… » 1/08/15 12:10pm 1/08/15 12:10pm

What Ever Happened To The Black Television Sitcom?

One of my favorite sitcoms of all time is "A Different World," the "Cosby Show" spin-off series that followed the lives of students at Hillman College, a fictional historically black college located in Virginia. Though the series had a slow first season, "A Different World" ultimately managed to captivate audiences… » 5/26/11 6:05pm 5/26/11 6:05pm