Flashback Friday: A Different World

This Friday’s Flashback will be the 90’s classic TV show, A Different World!

The Cosby Show spin-off A Different World aired on NBC from September 24, 1987 until July 9, 1993. The show featured Cosby kid Lisa Bonet and an ensemble cast which included Jasmine Guy, Kadeem Hardison, Cree Summer, Darryl M. Bell, Dawnn Lewis, Charnele Brown, Marisa Tomei and later in the series, Glynn Turman, Sinbad, Jada Pinkett (Smith) and more.

The show took place at the fictitious Hillman College which was located in Virginia. HIllman was supposed to be a Historically Black College. The first season featured star Lisa Bonet as Denise Huxtable. But, Lisa was only on the show for that first season and starting in season two, Jasmine Guy’s Whitley Gilbert became the star of the show.

A Different World pilot teaser

The show’s plots were mostly about college life and relationships. But, it also covered more serious topics such as “race”, class and HIV/ AIDS. A Different World was the first show aimed toward African Americans to deal with the topic of HIV/ AIDS. A Different World also featured plots involving Historically Black Fraternity and Sorority life on campus.

Co-ed Step Team episode teaser

The show also featured a long list of recurring roles filled by well-known actors such as, Mary Alice, Gary Dourdan, Diahann Carrol, Patti LaBelle, Roger Guenveur Smith, Rosalind Cash, Ron O’Neal, Robert Guillaume and Bill Cosby and Phylicia Rashad.

A Different World also featured a long list of guest stars such as, Richard Roundtree, Art Evans, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Lena Horne, Tupac Shakur, Billy Dee Williams, Reverend Jesse Jackson, Kris Kross, Heavy D, En Vogue, Halle Berry (as Ron’s girlfriend) and David Alan Grier.

A Different World ranked as the number one most watched show among Black households for four of its six seasons and in all households ranked number 2 in its first season, number 3 in its third and number 4 in its fourth season before dropping to 17 in its fifth year and finally to 71 in it’s final year.

The show had a huge impact on African American youth. Many who grew up watching A Different World site the show as a reason they chose to attend an Historically Black College.

A Different World open, theme sung by Pheobe Snow

Bill Cosby created A Different World and Debbie Allen directed most of the episodes. Bill Cosby and Dawn Lewis composed the opening theme which was performed by Phoebe Snow for the first season and seasons 2 thru 5 performed by Aretha Franklin. For the final year it was performed by Boyz II Men.

There were 138 episodes of A Different World and it is currently in syndication.

Did you watch A Different World?
Who was your favorite cast member?
Do you consider A Different World to be classic TV?

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Flashback Friday: Sinbad

Very few and I mean very few comedians can literally make me cry with laughter. Sinbad is one of the few. So, for this Flashback Friday, rather than highlighting some of my favorite music, I will showcase some classic material from Sinbad. Get your tissue ready. 🙂

(Safe for Work)

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Have a great weekend!

Flashback Friday: 702

702 Info

The group 702 (named for the Las Vegas area code) was a trio and sometime quartet formed in 1994 consisting of twin sisters, Irish and Orish Grinstead, their sister LeMisha Grinstead and Kameelah Williams. They hailed from Las Vegas and met while attending Las Vegas Academy of Performing Arts. Orish eventually left the group and passed away in 2008 at age 27. She suffered from kidney failure.

The group was discovered while singing in the lobby of Caesars Palace by comedian/ actor Sinbad. Soon after they met Michael Bivins of New Edition and Bell Biv DeVoe. Who took them in the studio to record.

702 released a total of three studio albums.

In 1996 they released their debut album, No Doubt, which included the hits, “Steelo“, “All I Want” and “Get It Together“.

In 1999 they released their second album, the self-titled, “702“. Which included the hit single, “Where My Girls At?“.

Their final album, Star, was released in 2003 and did not contain any hit songs.

702 never won any Grammy Awards but won a Soul Train Lady of Soul Award in 1997 for their album, No Doubt, for Best R&B/Soul Album of the Year .

702 Trivia: Band member Kameelah Williams has a child with singer Musiq Soulchild.

702 – Steelo (1996)

702 – Where My Girls At? (1999)

Where you a 702 fan?
Do you have a favorite song by them?