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1. “A Different World” Cast

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Whether you’re an 80s, 90s, or 00s baby, you’re familiar with the Hillman College crew from the hit television show, “A Different World.” The sitcom premiered 32 years ago and over the course of six seasons, the whole gang became a household favorite and a model about college life. Even if you weren’t old enough to enjoy “A Different World” during it’s six year run, you can recall the rocky relationship of Whitley and Dwayne, the smoothness of Dwayne’s sidekick Ron and the wittiness of Mr. Gaines and Coach Oakes. While we’re taking a trip down memory lane, let’s see just what Whitley, Dwyane, Denise, Mr. Gaines, Ron and the whole crew have been up to since the show’s cancellation.

2. THEN: Whitley Gilbert (a.k.a Jasmine Guy)

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Jasmine Guy exploded on the screen playing the bourge Whitney Gilbert on “A Different World”. During the show’s run, the Boston native released her first and only album; self- titled “Jasmine Guy” in 1990. Although her music career was short lived, her ties to the music industry were extremely strong, as she became good friends with the late rapper, Tupac Shakur, through her co-star, Jada Pinkett- Smith.

3. NOW: Whitley Gilbert (a.k.a Jasmine Guy)

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4. THEN: Dwayne Wayne (a.k.a Kadeem Hardison)

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How could you not love Dwayne Wayne? With his corky glasses, nerdy yet charming personality and cute relationship with Whitley, Dwayne Wayne a.k.a Kadeem Hardison was one that definitely stole the show. After the conclusion of “A Different World,” Kadeem found himself playing Fantasia Barrino’s father in her Lifetime movie, “Life Is Not A Fairytale.”

5. Dwayne Wayne (a.k.a Kadeem Hardison)

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6. NOW: Coach Walter Oakes (a.k.a. Sinbad)

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7. NOW: Lena James (a.k.a Jada Pinkett Smith)

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8. NOW: Winifred “Freddie” Brooks (a.k.a. Cree Summer)

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9. NOW: Ronald “Ron” Johnson (a.k.a. Darryl M. Bell)

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10. NOW: Denise Huxtable (a.k.a Lisa Bonet)

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