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Lou Myers, the actor most known for playing Mr. Vernon Gaines on the NBC sitcom “A Different World,” is dead. TMZ reports that the actor died on Feb. 19 at Charleston Medical Center in West Virginia after undergoing a heart-related emergency and falling into a coma. He had previously been hospitalized in December for pneumonia. AP reports that Myers was 76 years-old.
“A Different World” ran from 1987 to 1993 and was conceived as a spinoff from the hugely successful “The Cosby Show,” in which the characters attended a historically black university. Myers starred on the show alongside Lisa Bonet and Jada Pinkett. In his later years, Myers would also make memorable appearances in numerous other television shows and films such as “The Wedding Planner,” “How Stella Got Her Groove Back,” “Tin Cup” and “All About the Andersons.”
Myers is survived by his mother and a son.
Scribe’s “Arts On Air” project highlights five community based organizations in West Philadelphia.
Keepers of the Culture – Stories of Community Advocates
Sade T.M Alexander (Storyteller: Queen Nur)
Paul Robeson (Storyteller Denise Valentine)
Louise Williams Bishop (Storyteller Mildred Crig)
Falaka Fattah (Storyteller Nashid Ali)
Joan Myers Brown (Storyteller Sis. Dr. Caroliese Frink Reed)
Philadelphia Folklore Project with the Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change
Al-Bustan: Seeds of Culture
Community Education Center – Unsung Heroes
Part 1: Listen Here
Part 2: Listen Here
Mighty Writers West – 3 Tre Trio/Open Mike Night
Arts On Air is sponsored by PNC Bank
Sonny “The Mighty Burner” Hopson is one of the pioneers of Black American Soul radio.Sonny’s cool sounding rapid rhythmic style set a new standard for Philadelphia radio broadcasting. Later, Sonny with the Concerned Communicators, were instrumental in challenging radio station programming policies as it relates to the African American community.