The Representation Of Diversity In Herman Gray's A Different World
He discusses the way in which A Different World presented real life issues and concerns facing African Americans, while at same time being entertaining and educational. The writers and producers steered away from the whiteness that was often seen on television; instead they brought the audience into a world of Blackness.
Unlike The Cosby Show, A Different World was able to show blackness in its many forms, through its casting of diverse characters. Unfortunately, the cast of The Cosby Show were mostly one-dimensional due to the lack of diversity in class, race, and the story line. The shows casting directors helped to not only creating a show in which the diversity among African Americans is displayed, but also a show in which the topic of racial color coding could be discussed. Other popular “black shows” during the 1980s and