I spent my Sunday evening binge-watching A Different World. (And, I conveniently overslept this morning). The Cosby Show spinoff premiered 30 years ago giving American viewers a comedic glimpse of life at a historically Black college. I’m a superfan and run a fanfiction account dedicated to great moments from the show and my predictions on what the cast would be doing if the show existed in 2017.
ADW is a cultural staple. As I live-tweeted the marathon with other fans last night, I was amazed at how many individuals admitted that the show shaped their decision to pursue higher education. During A Different World’s six-season run, college enrollment for African-American students saw a spike. The show hit on several social and political issues impacting young Black people.
A number of Black men have admitted to pursuing the STEM field due to their admiration of Dwayne Wayne (and his flip glasses), a character who studied engineering and became a math professor, then later developed software to teach reading and grammar. The show is timeless and ages like a fine wine.
The positive images from A Different World continue to inspire Black life, Black education, and Black tech.
|New Magazine Focuses on Research at HBCUs|
|Gia Savage | Diverse Issues in Higher Education|
|According to its publisher and Editor-in-Chief, HBCU Research was created to help “tell the stories of research in HBCUs. All those great scientists, the ones that were past, and the ones that are present,” she said, “And to connect these three communities: HBCU academia, government and then industry.”|
|Adcolor 2017 Highlights Progress and Challenges on Diversity as Tech Scoops Up Young Talent|
|Patrick Coffee | AdWeek|
|While advertising has devoted a greater share of its resources to finding and nurturing minority talent in recent years, the tech industry may ultimately prove better equipped to do so.|
|Black Girl Vision’s ‘Boss Up’ Pitch Competition Helps Fund Entrepreneurs|
|Stephen Babcock | Technical.ly DC|
The crowdfunding aspect adds a third element. Proceeds from ticket sales are used to pay for a pot of money called the Vision Fund, which ultimately provides backing for the winning check.
|Binghampton Launches Kitchen Incubator for Underserved Entrepreneurs|
|Elle Perry | Memphis Business Journal|
|The commercial kitchen is available to Binghampton residents at $12 an hour and $15 an hour for nonresidents.The six-month entrepreneurship training is designed for low to moderate income and minority entrepreneurs.|
|Big Data Shows the Way to Healthier Playgrounds for All|
|Meghan Talarowski and Taylor Chang | NextCity|
|This is particularly timely in Philadelphia, as the city is about to embark on an unprecedented $500 million investment in public infrastructure known as Rebuild.|