Dawnn Lewis, who co-wrote the theme song for the 1990s sitcom It’s a Different World and played the lead part in it, is now 61 years old. Additionally, she is currently the recipient of an honorary doctorate in humane letter from Next Dimension University in recognition of her dedication to and support of underserved areas.
Dawnn, a Brooklyn, New York, native, began acting at the age of eleven and singing at the age of four. Her love for singing and acting inspired her to enroll in classes at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, which is now known as New York City High School of Music and Arts. She then continued on to the University of Miami in 1982, where she graduated with a major in musical theater.
She played Jaleesa Vinson-Taylor on It’s a Different World, a Cosby Show spinoff that was executive produced by Bill Cosby, from 1987 to 1993. All six seasons of it were broadcast on NBC, but it is now syndicated on several streaming services, including Hulu. By being the first to depict what life is like for students attending a historically black college or university, the sitcom broke through barriers.
Dawnn Lewis has acted in a number of well-known comedies, TV episodes, and movies throughout the course of her career, including Hanging with Mr. Cooper, Star Trek: Lower Decks, Major Crimes, Futurama, The Rich and the Ruthless, Rick and Morty, Grey’s Anatomy, and others. She has also earned an NAACP Image Award. Additionally, she is now lending her voice to Ms. Washington in the Netflix animated series Karma’s World, created by rapper Ludacris and his daughter.
Formerly married to Johnny Newman, a former NBA player, the multi-talented personality is a single, independent lady. She serves as the company’s president and chief executive officer. Morning Jewel, Inc. produces content for several platforms, including music, video, television, and animation.
She also founded the nonprofit A New Day Foundation, which provides funding and support to underprivileged youth and grassroots communities. She also uses her foundation to regularly offer workshops for teenage boys and girls on self-awareness and self-esteem.