When A Different World hit the scene in 1988, no one knew the longevity that the show would hold.

Featuring a cast of powerful, educated, and revolutionary Black students, the series grew to become the inspiration behind many of television’s most memorable Black characters to date.

Opening up the conversation on usually avoided issues such as race, sex, and equal rights, A Different World found a way to provide comfort to an under appreciated class of people and remind us that being Black was meant to be beautiful. Though the show only ran for five years, its impact is one that will last for a lifetime.

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