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BET’s new show The Quad is giving us all the HBCU feels, but for Anika Noni Rose, it’s so much more!

On the new scripted drama, Rose plays Dr. Eva Fletcher, the newly elected president of fictional college Georgia A&M. And while she has to fight the men for respect, she finds a place of refuge in colleague Ella Grace Caldwell, played by Jasmine Guy.

It’s been more than 20 years since Guy walked the hallways of Hillman College as Whitley Gilbert on A Different World, but the character has definitely lived on. It was a role that Guy played to perfection; a performance Rose admired. However, even though she now works side by side with Jasmine, she still hasn’t told her just how much she has inspired her. But, she did tell HipHollywood during our #HHConvos.

You can see Anika, Jasmine and more as they star on The Quad, which premieres tonight, February 1st on BET at 10 pm ET.


Review: ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Is Bigger & Better Than The First



If you liked Kingsman:The Secret Service, get ready for The Golden Circle. Hands downs this Kingsman is bigger, badder and better than the first.

Director Matthew Vaughn really takes it up a notch and gives fans much more action and fight sequences. Right off the top we see Eggsy (Taron Egerton) in this amazing car chase scene that will have you applauding as soon as the Prince track ends.

And while we’re talking music the film has an amazing sound track. And if you didnt know, Elton John is also in the film acting and singing some of his classic tunes.

What I also loved were the new editions.  Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges and Pedro Pascal who play the Statesmen – the American version of the Kingsman –  and the dynamic between the two is pretty comical. Vaughn really explores the difference between the two cultures – mannered men in suits versus macho men in jeans and cowboy boots.

Then there’s Julianne Moore who plays the villain, she’s like this maniacal Martha Stewart esque drug lord and she’s quite good at it.

Now there are some obnoxious moments (like that sex scene between Egerton and Poppy Delevigne).  But I think that’s the point. This franchise is all about turning the spy genre on it’s head and introducing the younger generation to a new type of Bond flick … And we think they are going to love it.

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