Hampton U the Real Hillman: Bledsoe and Bell Share with HU Students

 Tempestt Bledsoe and Darryl M. Bell

 Tempestt Bledsoe and Darryl M. Bell

The Hampton University Center for Public Policy and Leadership Spring Speaker's Series, and the Department of Performing Arts co-sponsored a Conversation with Tempestt Bledsoe and Darryl M. Bell on Feb. 17, in the Little Theater from 12-1 p.m. Bledsoe, known for her role as Vanessa in The Cosby Show and Bell, known for his role as Ron in A Different World, discussed the importance of artists using their creative influence to become activists in the community.

Bledsoe and Bell both discussed the influence The Cosby Show and A Different World had on the African- American community, and specifically, college-aged students. Bell even commented on how Hillman, the pretend college from the show, was modeled after Hampton University and even helped boost college enrollment during the 90's.

-Morgan Gusby '12