Kadeem Hardison*One of the most iconic shows in African American history is “A Different World.”

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The show, which debuted in 1987, took us into the lives of teenagers at a fictional HBCU called Hillman College in Virginia.

The series primarily focused on Southern belle Whitley Gilbert (Jasmine Guy) and mathematics whiz Dwayne Wayne (Kadeem Hardison).

The show, which aired on NBC, was well known for touching “touchy” subjects like AIDS, race and class.

But since the show ended in 1993, many of the main characters on the show have disappeared from the tube and the big screen.

Our partner site, MadameNoire, decided to take a look at some of the actors on this show and ask, Where are they now?


Dwayne Cleophus Wayne. Kadeem Hardison’s character was clearly a fan favorite with his flip-up sunglasses/glasses that everyone was wearing back in the day and his kind heart. He was the nice guy everyone was rooting for (remember the wedding episode?). After doing a lot of movies like A Vampire in Brooklyn with Eddie Murphy and shows like Between Brothers, nowadays, you can catch him doing a lot of TV guest work. He was a recurring guest on Everybody Hates Chris for a while as sadity and crazy Judge Watkins (I miss that show!), was Lynn’s pastor boyfriend on Girlfriends, played Fantasia’s dad in the TV movie, Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story, and was most recently on the NBC show Parenthood. At 46, he’s still looking pretty good.

Check out where the rest of these cast members at MadameNoire.