TV One’s Unsung series became an instant hit with viewers who tuned in for in-depth behind the scenes insights into their favorite soul, R&B, and hip-hop artists. Following the same format, the network launched Unsung Hollywood in 2014, which shines a spotlight on actors, comedians, TV series, and movies.
The new season of Unsung Hollywood kicks off on Wednesday, February 11 with one of the most beloved shows of all time, A Different World. From its premier in 1987, the show followed Lisa Bonet’s Cosby Show character Denise Huxtable her friends as they experienced life at the fictitious HBCU, Hillman College (Cliff and Claire’s alma mater). Over the course of its run, A Different World highlighted issues such as domestic abuse, hazing, racism, and the LA riots, all while keeping the laughs coming. The show also featured guest appearances by Lena Horne and Tupac, and proved to be a breakout vehicle for Jada Pinkett-Smith.
Stars Jasmine Guy, Kadeem Hardison, Cree Summer, Darryl M. Bell, Dawnn Lewis, Sinbad, and director Debbie Allen were featured on OWN’s Where Are They Now last year. A Different World went off the air in 1993.
Black Celebs Who Attended Non-HBCUs
1. Tyra Banks- Harvard University1 of 12
2. Denzel Washington- Fordham University2 of 12
3. Queen Latifah- Manhattan Community College3 of 12
4. Talib Kweli- New York University4 of 12
5. Tatyana Ali- Harvard University5 of 12
6. Forest Whitaker- University of Southern California6 of 12
7. Joy Bryant- Yale University7 of 12
8. John Legend- University of Philadelphia8 of 12
9. Nicole Ari Parker- NYU9 of 12
10. J. Cole- St. John’s University10 of 12
11. Kerry Washington- George Washington University11 of 12
12. David Banner- B.A. from the HBCU Southern U. and a Master’s Degree from University of Maryland12 of 12
“Unsung Hollywood” Kicks Off New Season With “A Different World” was originally published on theurbandaily.com