A Different World

Season 6 Episode 11

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Aired Unknown Nov 19, 1992 on NBC
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Freddie organizes a mentorship program for teenagers detained at juvenile hall. They can receive parole by completing a week-long project. Dwayne is assigned two young gang members, who continually fight after learning that they are from rival sets. Much of the tension stems from the fact that members of one boy's gang killed the other's cousin. Dwayne tries to get the boys to turn away from violence and set some goals, but they don't think they have anything to live for. He tries to talk to their parents, with disastrous results. Billy's proud but violent father does not appreciate Dwayne's interference; he shoves him around and threatens him. Dwayne again emphasizes the fact that the boys can have futures; he tells them that they should not place limits on themselves because of the environment around them. Dwayne eventually gets through to them, as they perform a rap song that preaches for an end to violence. Billy's father listens to his son's performance and seems somewhat impressed.moreless

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    • TRIVIA (1)

      • One of the boys says he is from Coolidge and the other says he is from "220," implying 220th Street. It is unlikely that any city near Hillman College would be large enough to have a 220th Street.

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      • Jermaine Dupri makes an uncredited appearance as the teens' D.J. during their performance. He is a famed hip-hop producer and sometime rapper. Dupri was Kris Kross' producer at the time, and also wrote all their rhymes.

      • The series, struggling in its new 8:00 time slot, moved back to 8:30 after this airing.

      • Kelly and Smith were the teen rap group Kris Kross, best known for the 1992 #1 single "Jump." The song performed in this episode, "It's a Shame," comes from their debut album Totally Krossed Out. This version probably sounds much different from the one on the album, because they had gone through puberty in the meantime.

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