'A Different World': 12 Things We Learned

It's been 20 years since The Cosby Show spinoff dispensed life lessons while making us laugh.

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There is a dorm stepping competition in the second season where Whitley goes all Debbie Allen in Fame when trying to help Freddie (Cree Summer) learn how to step. Mara Brock Akil (creator of Girlfriends and The Game) has a cameo as one of the steppers. And in this clip, poetry and stepping merge as a new art form.

4. Easiest way to throw shade at your boo's new girlfriend? Mess up her name -- multiple times.

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Screenshot of A Different World (YouTube)

Whitley is never interested in learning Dwayne's girlfriend's name (Kinu). She calls her every K name in the book, including Kimono and Kekoko. (Black Twitter took note when referencing Chris Brown's on-again, off-again boo, Karrueche Tran.)

5. You should never let others make you ashamed of your history.

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Kim Reese as Mammy (ourlegaci.com)

In "Mammy Dearest," Kim Reese (Charnele Brown) is not feeling her role as Mammy in Hillman's dorm-dedication ceremony. While talking to Mr. Gaines, she relives the horror of once being called Aunt Jemima even though she actually had been dressed up as a Nubian princess for a Halloween-costume contest in grade school. Mr. Gaines convinces her that she's beautiful and shouldn't be ashamed of African-American history. She emerges victorious with a powerful reading of Nikki Giovanni's "Ego Tripping."

6. We gained a mantra for life: 'Relax, relate, release.'

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Screenshot of A Different World (YouTube)

Say this 10 times a day with a woosah? Zen.

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