‘A Different World’ cast kicks off HBCUs tour in Atlanta

The tour will raise money for scholarships at each school where it stops

"A Different World", cast kicks off tour in Atlanta.The tour will stop at HBCUs around the country.The event, which will reunite eight of the show's characters, will raise money for scholarships.Atlanta resident Jasmine Guy, who played Whitley Gilbert, will be participating.Jada Pinkett Smith, who joined the show in 1991 at age 19, will not be joining the tour, however

It’s a different world than where they came from 35 years ago, so the cast of the popular ‘80s/‘90s sitcom “A Different World” is reuniting for a 10-city tour, stopping at historically Black colleges and universities.

Much of the cast — including original members Jasmine Guy (Whitley Gilbert Wayne), Kadeem Hardison (Dwayne Wayne), Dawnn Lewis (Jaleesa Vinson Taylor) and Darryl M. Bell (Ronald ‘Ron’ Johnson) — will kick off the event Feb. 29 in Atlanta, according to People magazine.

“Our mission goes beyond nostalgia. We’re on a quest to raise awareness and enrollment for HBCUs nationwide. By leveraging the star power and cultural impact of ‘A Different World,’ we aim to inspire a new generation to choose HBCUs as their academic homes,” the tour’s website states. “We’re not just telling a story; we’re rewriting the narrative.”

The event coordinators told People the tour will raise money for scholarships, “ensuring that more students can access the transformative experience of HBCUs.”

A spinoff from “The Cosby Show,” the half-hour sitcom ran for six seasons on NBC and is credited with inspiring many Black students to attend HBCUs.

The four original cast members will be joined by Charnele Brown (Kimberly ‘Kim’ Reese), Cree Summer (Winifred ‘Freddie’ Brooks), Glynn Turman (Col. Bradford ‘Brad’ Taylor), Sinbad (Walter Oakes), and producers Susan Fales and Debbie Allen.

Atlanta’s kickoff will be at Atlanta University Center — home to Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College and Spelman College, which are hosting the event.

Perhaps Guy influenced the decision to start here, considering she grew up in the Collier Heights neighborhood and attended the former Northside Performing Arts School, which is now North Atlanta High School. She still lives in Atlanta.

“The cast of ‘A Different World’ has come together to celebrate our 35 year legacy and make more history with today’s HBCUs and tomorrow’s leaders,” Bell told People.

If you were a fan of the sitcom and would like to participate, we have some bad news. Event tickets are available only to AUC students and faculty with .edu email addresses, the website states.

It should also be noted Lisa Bonet — the “Cosby Show” alum around whom the spinoff was centered — and Jada Pinkett Smith are not on the list of those participating.

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