The HBCU experience served as the template for both narratives.
“And For Record. SCHOOL DAZE Was Shot Before DIFFERENT WORLD. Robbi Reed Cast Both. Bill Cosby Jacked Us. #Fact #schooldazeonnetflix,” Lee tweeted on April 3.
Lee’s “School Daze” hit Netflix this month and Lee’s comment came after his live tweeting session along with viewers.
The 1998 drama stars Larry Fishburne, Giancarlo Esposito, and Tisha Campbell-Martin, and is based in part on Lee’s experiences as a Morehouse student in Atlanta during the 1970s.
Check out Spike’s post below.
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“A Different World” was a spin-off of “The Cosby Show” and followed the lives of students at the fictional HBCU Hillman College. The show premiered in September of 1987 and starred Jasmine Guy, Kadeem Hardison, Dawnn Lewis, Lisa Bonet, Cree Summer, Darryl M. Bell, Charnele Brown and Lou Myers.
Both stories tackled issues of race, class and colorism.
“30 years later, people still come up to me and say, ‘Spike, you are the reason I went to a black school. I didn’t even know there were black schools. You are the reason I went to college. You are the reason I am in this job,” Lee said in 2018 for the 30th anniversary celebration of the film. “That film really changed people’s lives.”
Robbie Reed, who also starred in “A Different World,” was the casting director for both projects.
Here is her account of it: