I remember vividly the first time I came to know the name Jada Pinkett. It was in the last days of â€œA Different World,â€ when the â€œThe Cosby Show â€ spin-off sitcom set on a Historically Black College campus was struggling to keep its freshness as it transitioned in to the early 90â€²s. Beloved characters Dwayne Wayne and Whitley Gilbert were all grown-up and professional, and the showâ€™s once authentic connection to college life, youth culture and energy was dwindling. Insert Jada Pinkettâ€™s Lena James, a powerful pint-sized freshman who boomed with energy and breathed new life in to cast. She joins the cast as a freshman, Lena James, introducing her self to the common area with a not so humble solo step routine: â€œL to the E, to the N, to the A, Step off, you ainâ€™t getting no play!â€ From that moment on, in my 9 year-old mind, I was pretty sure I wanted to be her. She exemplified the spirit of what largely came to define the creative Black experience in the 90â€²s: loud, colorful and unapologetically proud. That was 20 years ago.