It’s been more than 20 years since the doors of Hillman College opened and introduced the world to Whitley Gilbert, Dwayne Wayne, Ron Johnson and the gang at the fictional HBCU.
Oprah Winfrey talks to the trailblazing cast about the impact of the hit ‘90s series and how it affected a generation of TV viewers and made pop culture history.
The show, a spinoff of “The Cosby Show,” eventually surpassed the family sitcom to become one of the most watched comedies ever.
Cree Summer shared with Oprah that she still hears from fans who wouldn’t have attended college if it weren’t for the series.
Dawn Lewis chimed in, “…and it’s not just African Americans.”
Jasmine Guy, who gave Whitley her infamous southern drawl, credited Bill Cosby with using television to shine a light on HBCUs.
“That’s the genius of Dr. Cosby. He understood the power of the medium. He chose a setting that would influence people, as well as make them laugh,” she said.
A new season of “Where Are They Now” begins Sunday, October 5, on OWN.