‘A Different World’: 12 Things We Learned

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

Kadeem Hardison (YouTube); Jasmine Guy (YouTube); Darryl M. Bell (YouTube)
Kadeem Hardison (YouTube); Jasmine Guy (YouTube); Darryl M. Bell (YouTube)

You probably don’t want to try her famous prune cobbler, but Mrs. Wayne (LaBelle) loved her “Chipmunk” (Dwayne) — and eventually came around to love Whitley, too. As for Ms. Gilbert? She took a while to come around in accepting Dwayne, as well. Her classic line in the wedding episode? “Die. Just die!

3. Stepping is serious business on HBCU campuses.

Screenshot of A Different World (YouTube)

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.

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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