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The first look into the Black college experience since "A Different World."

Paula Rogo
Oct, 06, 2016

It has been years since A Different World left our television screens, and with it a glimpse for many into HBCU life.

But BET is hoping its latest undertaking, The Quad, will fill in those shoes when it debuts early next year.

Led by Tony Award winners Anika Noni Rose and Ruben Santiago-Hudson, The Quad takes viewers inside the unique, culture-filled world of a HBCU in today’s climate. Rose plays "Dr.",  the newly elected President of the fictional Georgia A&M, who is juggling her new demanding job, a crumbling marriage, and a troublemaking daughter.

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She also has her hands full with the cast of characters that make up the new freshman class. Based on the three-minute trailer, it looks like there will be no shortage of drama.

The show is executive produced by Felicia D. Henderson (Soul Food) and Rob Hardy (The Vampire Diaries, Empire). It will premiere January 31, 2017.

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