HBCU’s Hollywood Influence
“A Different World”
Leave it Bill Cosby to provide “mainstream America” with one of it’s first glimpses of the HBCU college experience. Originally conceived as a spin–off of “The Cosby Show,” “A Different World” was about Denise Huxtable (Lisa Bonet) and her friends at a fictional Hillman HBCU in Virginia. Once Bonet left the series after the first season after becoming pregnant, the series found its footing, grounding the sitcom with stories about race relations and the HIV/AIDS epidemic.