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Award-winning Actress & Comedian Kim Coles Will Host "A Different World" HBCU College Tour, at Howard University

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LOS ANGELES, CA – Award-winning actress, comedian, speaker, and host Kim Coles will host "A Different World" HBCU College Tour, which will take place at Howard University on today. This event will reunite the original cast of the popular NBC show and give fans a chance to relive some fond memories on campus for Hillman Day. The event will include a panel discussion at Cramton Auditorium, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., exclusively open to Howard University students.

Photo Credit: Kim Coles

Hillman Day at Howard University is a part of a celebratory movement. The event will commence at 1:00 p.m., with activities outside of Cramton Auditorium. This will include Howard student DJs, the Divine Nine sorority and fraternity step show and stroll competition, 80s/90s themed karaoke, "A Different World" character costume contest, and viewing of clips from the top 10 episodes.

"This is not just about looking back at the cast past," said Kim Coles. "This tour is about inspiring a new generation to choose HBCUs as their academic homes. I want to show students that these institutions offer so much more than just education – they offer community, culture, and opportunity."

The tour includes cast members such as Jasmine Guy, Kadeem Hardison, Darryl M. Bell, Cree Summer, Charnele Brown, Dawnn Lewis, and Glynn Turman, as well as producers Susan Fales and the legendary Debbie Allen. The purpose of the tour is to raise awareness and promote enrollment for Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the nation.

After more than 35 years since its debut, “A Different World” continues to resonate with viewers who credit the show as why they decided to attend an HBCU. The series followed students at Hillman College - a fictional historically black college in Virginia inspired by student life at real-life HBCUs.

"A Different World" was consistently ranked first or second among Black viewers during most of its 6-year run and is often cited as the defining reason many decided to attend an HBCU.

The NBC series (now streaming on Max) followed students at Hillman College, a fictional historically black college in Virginia. It was inspired by student life at historically black colleges and universities.

Their mission goes beyond nostalgia. They're on a quest to raise awareness and enrollment for HBCUs nationwide. By leveraging the star power and cultural impact of “A Different World,” the cast aims to inspire a new generation to choose HBCUs as their academic homes. Together with their presenting sponsor, Cisco, and premier finance partner, Wells Fargo, they are launching a scholarship program, ensuring that more students can access the transformative experience of HBCUs.

About About Kim Coles

Kim Coles is a well-known actress who gained popularity for her role as “Synclaire” in the comedy series Living Single, which ran for five seasons on FOX. She has also appeared on several other hit TV shows such as Frasier, Six Feet Under, In Living Color, One on One, and 10 Items Or Less. Kim has hosted many shows including In the Loop with iVillage and has also been a guest co-host on various shows such as The View, The Talk, and Good Day Live. She was the host of BET’s My Black is Beautiful, a show that aimed to celebrate the diverse, collective beauty of African-American women as part of a national initiative sponsored by Procter & Gamble.

Kim is a passionate business coach who helps various professionals such as business owners, speakers, authors, coaches, and visionary leaders. She guides them on how to mine and define their Signature Stories and life lessons, which can be used to captivate and connect with their customers, clients, and the world. Kim does this by conducting speaking engagements, courses, and workshops - both in-person and online. Her teachings empower, educate, and entertain her clients, enabling them to "Broadcast their Brilliance," become more visible, and make a more significant impact and income.

Kim is also a successful author with four best-selling books under her belt. These include "I'm Free, But It'll Cost You," "The Gratitude Journal," "Open Your G.I.F.T.S.: 22 Lessons on Finding and Embracing Your Personal Power", and "Open Your G.I.F.T.S.2: 42 Lessons on Finding and Embracing Your Blessings in Disguise".

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