It’s ‘A Different World’: 10 Times The 90s Sitcom Hit Life Right On The Head was originally published on hellobeautiful.com
1. The AIDS Epidemic
Tisha Campbell starred on the series as a student infected with HIV. During a class, “Josie” read an essay she’d written, revealing her diagnosis. The ignorance many of the students bestowed upon her reflected the ignorance in our society. She’d gotten it from her high school boyfriend and “looked” nothing like HIV positive. This revealed that anyone could be affected. Slowly, she gained support and love.
2. Domestic Violence
Whitley gave advice to Gina, who was being abused by her boyfriend. She didn’t know how to leave and Whitley advised her to sacrifice the relationship as opposed to sacrificing herself or her life.
“They have no respect. They don’t care about this country at all. All they do it sit on their butt and complain…” says the White college student who tried to spray paint, “N*gger” on the hood on Ron Johnson’s car. The following speech from Dwayne tackled just how America sees us all as “just another n*gger.”
4. Subtle Racism
When Whitley wanted to spend her daddy’s money at an expensive jewelry store, she was automatically ignored and the only attention she received was when the woman assumed she was stealing. Stereotypes are very real and “ADW” truly explored the intricacies of subtle racism. Whitley handled it expertly by buying way too much and returning it, stripping the saleswoman of her coveted commission.
Dwayne’s friend told him that women often say no with their mouths, but their bodies are begging for them. He told Dwayne that it’s the man’s job to lead the woman to sex because she doesn’t know what she wants.
6. Caring About Young & Impressionable Black Minds
Kriss Kross appeared on the show, both a part of a youth outreach program Freddie Brooks was a part of. Many people would have written them off as hoodlums, but Dwayne Wayne, Colonel Taylor & Mr. Gaines made sure they received support and education.
7. True Love Will Always Find Its Way Back To You
Dwayne and Whitley’s love affair may have faced several obstacles, but even on her wedding day with Poppa Pope lol Byron, Dwayne still had to have his woman. Love may not be a fairy tale and busting up a wedding isn’t the best thing to do, but following your heart is brave and won’t steer you wrong…hopefully.