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If you have never seen "A Different World", you wouldn’t know why there was a mutual disappointment in the realization that you could not apply to the HBCU "Hillman" because along with "The Pit", it did not exist. This show followed Denise Huxtible from the Brooklyn based sitcom "the Cosby Show" down to the family Alma mater Hillman located in Virginia. Fun fact, the show was taped in the ATL on Spelman's campus, an actual HBCU. Although this show was a spin off it became a whole other entity within itself. It told a whole new story of black excellence in a way America had yet to see. There were black Greeks, stepping, parties and yet a lot of the plot lines focused on academics. This time period is what I consider, as a 30 something black woman, the golden age of TV. It was also the first time I had a whole actual crush. Dwayne "Cleophus" Wayne, played by Kadeem Hardison, was absolutely amazing to me. I was only about six when the show started but I promise you I remember. I loved everything about him, from his high top to his flip glasses. He was bae. When I look back on it I still have major feels for Dwayne. People have laughed at me about this but I can make a pretty impressive argument that he was one of the flyest characters on TV with 10 Reasons Dwayne Wayne is Bae!
1. HE CAN MAKE YOU LAUGH
A sense of humor is everything in a relationship. What is better than a man who can make you laugh when you are having a bad day?
2. HE WAS SOMETHING LIKE A GENIUS
This man was a math whiz and graduated top of his class. If you need tutor…call Bae!
3. HE WAS WOKE
He was well aware of the struggle and was not afraid to express himself.
4. HE WAS A GREAT FRIEND
Everyone knows the best relationships are based on a great friendship.
5. HE WAS ROMANTIC
The more romance the better! I never heard any woman complain her man was too romantic.
6. HE WAS NOT AFRAID OF COMMITMENT
He liked it so he put a ring on it
7. HE WILL FIGHT FOR HIS WOMAN
Who doesn't remember this scene. He got his woman!
8. HE WAS A GOOD KISSER
This is definitely an assumption, but he looked like a natural!
As much as it may keep you feeling warm and fuzzy, love can't heat a house!
HE WILL LOVE YOU LIKE HE VOWED
Okay, I know this is a stretch but in my mind Dwayne and Whitley are still currently happily married. Even with an occasional disagreement they put in the work and are still the epitome of Black Love!