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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.

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