Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of ‘A Different World’: Where Are They Now?


A Different World

Kadeem Hardison: Dwayne Wayne

Kadeem Hardison has appeared in a variety of television shows following A Different World. In 2006, he played American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino’s father in her Lifetime biopic, Life Is Not A Fairytale. In his personal life, Hardison was once married to singer Chante Moore, with whom he has a daughter.
Sinbad: Coach Walter Oakes

Sinbad continued doing stand-up after leaving A Different World and fronted his own short-lived television series entitled The Sinbad Show. He also starred in Necessary Roughness, which was a box office hit and hosted the longtime syndicated television talent competition Showtime at the Apollo.

Mary Alice: Leticia “Lettie” Bostic
In 1987, Mary Alice took home a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her work in the August Wilson play Fences. She later won an Emmy Award for her supporting actress role in the hit television show I’ll Fly Away. In 2003, she played the Oracle in The Matrix movies after the death of Gloria Foster, who originated the role.

Jada Pinkett Smith: Lena James
Since her start on A Different World, Jada Pinkett Smith has become the biggest star to come out of the series. She appeared in movies like Jason’s LyricDemon Night, Lowdown Dirty ShameSet It OffThe Nutty ProfessorAliCollateral and two ofThe Matrix films, among others. The Baltimore, Maryland native is also married to box-office superstar Will Smith, with whom she has two children.

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