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Former “Different World” actress is now in a whole different reality

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Aryana Starr is an actress that you would only know about if you are into adult films.  She seems serious about her profession and is proud of what she does for a living. But what people don’t know is that Starr (aka Jonell Green) was also cast on the hit NBC show “A Different World” many years ago as a child actress.

Green played a girl named Dashawn Curtis.  She says that like actress Lisa Bonet, she knows that Bill Cosby would be unhappy with her career path.  Speaking during an interview with Rumor Fix, Green says, “I do think Bill Cosby would be disappointed in me, because he is for a majority of Black people to get higher education and things like that, you know.”

Green is now 33 years old and seems to love what she does.  She says that other people’s opinions of her don’t really matter and she does what she wants to do.

“I mean everybody has their opinion at the end of the day and that’s all that it is — an opinion,” she says.

Green says that her fascination with the industry started when she became intrigued with physical intimacy and became an exotic dancer at the age of 18.   Someone then asked her if she was interested in trying adult films out for a living and she said, “Why not?”


“I love having people watch me,” she says. “I love being in the limelight, and I’m not scared to be freaky or naked. So I thought why not?”

Green is educated, with a degree that qualifies her to work as a medical assistant.

“It didn’t satisfy my pockets and it didn’t satisfy my sexuality,” she said.

But she does say that if her acting career had gone better, she wouldn’t be doing what she does right now.   In addition to appearing in “A Different World,” Green says that she also played a role in “Bebe’s Kids,” “Roc” and “Sister-Sister.”   She says that she was on “A Different World” for four episodes before the series was cancelled, so she came in at the tail end of the great show.

“I honestly believe if the show as still on the air. I would have had a recurring role . I know for a fact,” she says, “because the director told me.”

You can watch the video below to hear Green talk about her life as an adult actress. Tell us what you think.

Someone recently created a Facebook group asking that the show, “A Different World” be brought back and put on the air.   Maybe if this wholesome entertainment had been kept on TV, Jonell might be doing something else for a living.

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  1. Aaron Campbell

    August 31, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Never heard of this person. ? I especially didn’t see her on any Different World episodes. ! She must to have been in one of those crowd scenes ! She definitely wasn’t featured ! wtf

  2. Barbara

    August 31, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    She should have heeded Bill Cosby’s advice and got an education. It’s very sad that she chose this path. I wonder if she had sexual abuse in her childhood. A majority of those Porn stars (about 80%) are said to have been sexually abused as children.

  3. Jean

    August 31, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Aaron Campbell, she appeared in the episode when Whitley became a teacher, then her father left her with Whitley & D’Wane because he had to leave town, she played the role of a kid who was bored in class, but was very intelligent, also D’wane came up with this computer game which landed him a job in Japan, all this with this kid

  4. Jay

    August 31, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Sad Sad Sad

  5. The Truth

    August 31, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    It’s reported that BW are entering the porn industry in record numbers.

  6. jboogie

    August 31, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    I’m so tried of people forever mentioning education like it’s the salvation of the world to a person choice of character. This woman has what many are so proud of; an education, she just simply choose to be apart of an industry that she enjoys and it makes billions of dollars. This isn’t a justification to what she does, but we live in just a hypocritical society, so who are we to point a finger at something that correlate to the quote, “If it makes money, it make sense”, even though it isn’t ethical. Education doesn’t make you a good person, but it does give you keys to an opportunity within a constitutional government. Our goodwill and our spiritual character can only be nurture by giving our heart and mind over to God or your higher being. And, then you will always work on demonstrating the stance of a good and peaceful person.

  7. Ginger

    August 31, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Porn stars are contracting HIV/AIDS as well.
    It seems like people have forgotten that this is life threatening. They are having unprotected sex on screen because producers want scenes to look natural in order to keep sales high. Is making large cash worth your life?

  8. Denise

    August 31, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Like she said at the end of the day, the way she lives her life is her business. She said she loves sex and is making more money that she would if she was working as a medical assistant. By the way, since when do you get a degree in the field of medical assistant? Isn’t that one of those programs you finish in less than a year LOL. WOW is all I can say about that.

  9. morgan

    August 31, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Medical assisting comes in a diploma or 2 yr. Degree.

  10. ericaf

    August 31, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    So she had a few cameo appearances in some shows and now she’s considered an “actress” on a different world? She wasn’t a major cast member so the only people who remember she was on the show are probably her family members. Stop sullying

  11. phoenyx

    August 31, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Who was she? Education does make a difference. Its supposed to show people a better way. However, if the opportunity were on an even racial scale success would be evenly distributed.

  12. Lisa Gardner

    August 31, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Omg, y’all dnt have anything to do besides critize other people, let her do her she happy…..WTF.

  13. reaper

    August 31, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    At the end of the day, she has to live her life. She’s doing nothing wrong in the eyes of the law and who are we to judge….many of those judging are more than likely bigger freaks than she. In the end, bills have to be paid and she has to live HER LIfe: not mine, nor yours

  14. Samuel

    August 31, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    At this point she is what she is. I think I can live with that…..

  15. Lola

    August 31, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Jboogie makes a great point. Who are we to judge her in any way. She enjoys it, so why look down upon her, why criticize her!! That’s the problem with people to busy judging other when your shits stinks as well!!
    Ginger- they usually require std, HIV/aids test, and besides how many people you have sex with doesn’t determine if you catch anything.

  16. Arneader

    August 31, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    She should move to ATL and get into Tyler Perry films Hollywood is not equitable to AA

  17. Karima

    August 31, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    A degree is something you get in a college i.e. associates, bachelors, masters DEGREE. Medical assistants get certifications of completion..not degrees

    • Regina

      September 4, 2014 at 4:32 pm

      There are a few schools that have associates in medical assistant.

  18. Al Hill II

    August 31, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    Morality is much more than “what you do with your body” & many more people outside the “adult industries” than in contract HIV/AIDS both in percentage of the population & direct numbers. I pray for her not judge her

  19. jaime

    August 31, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    And you can get an associates of applied sciences as a degree. Counts as a two year degree …can open other doors as well

  20. Liz

    August 31, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    She played one of Whitley’s kids, she was the girl who stayed with Whitley and Dwayne when her father went to DC for an interview and she messed with all of their electrical appliances in the house. Whatever she’s doing it’s her life. Nobody’s perfect so who are we to judge. At the end of the day the ONLY person that can judge us is God.

  21. tasha

    August 31, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Let her do what she’s doing everyone don’t wanna be a nurse or medical assistant she is doing something she wants to do and if anyone read the interview sh clearly says she don’t care what anyone has to.say about her so it’s a waste of time talking about her

  22. Akbar

    August 31, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    Oh well, the tough moral decision is to be apart of the working poor, or make some money than the working poor? Funny how religious people seem to have less than everybody but talk the biggest game. Even their insides are poor!

  23. M1

    September 1, 2014 at 3:16 am

    Sorry folks. Once you CHOOSE to put yourself in the public eye, ( in any way, shape, or form) then you WILL be subject to the scrutiny of others. Like it or not. And selling your ass for money on films is HER CHOICE, but it’s my choice to view that as a CHICKEN HEAD MOVE, and to discourage young ladies that are in my circle from emulating such foolishnish.

  24. Pernell Parham

    September 1, 2014 at 5:01 am

    Everyone, even me, preaches getting an education, but does it really help? Most can’t get a job in their field, and blacks need more than an associate’s just to sweep the sidewalk. I am currently in school for my Bachelor’s, but will it help? Who knows?

  25. Brother Joseph

    September 2, 2014 at 12:21 am

    All these Prohet’s having there say so and just an opinion of this young lady. whatever the situation is ” so called saints of GOD” why instead of speaking down to the devil with that gospel of gosip and negativetivity, take your time to write with your hands and with your mouth speak up the ” word of the living GOD, but it takes a child of GOD to that.

    • Regina

      September 4, 2014 at 4:34 pm

      Your post is not making any sense. Have you tried to improve your spelling?

  26. Tiamtte

    September 2, 2014 at 9:07 am

    This is a terrible way to earn a living. That statement is a fact, not a judgement. Porn is not the answer to any problems, it only leads to more problems. I don’t recall seeing her on that show, but if she was, she should have taken a cue from the series and completed her education in a field that was both personally and financially rewarding. People today place too much emphasis on making a dollar at any cost.

  27. wanda

    September 2, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Of course, everything that’s going on around her looks okay. She’s so blinded by money, that she can’t see that her circumstances are destroying her. It’s like the frog in the Petri dish full of water on a burner that doesn’t realize that the heat’s slowly been turned up – until it’s too late. I pray for her and other young women like her. Pornography is nothing to make light of, even if it is labeled as “adult”. It’s addictive and has destroyed many lives.

  28. Summer

    September 3, 2014 at 1:06 am

    At the end of the day, how we choose to live our lives; is what we will be judged for. If it weren’t for people watching porn, there wouldn’t be money to be made in that industry. My motto, is simple, live and let live. If we all practiced this, the world would be a better place for us all. We have become so critical of one another, while offering no solutions to what we view as problems. Regardless to whether we like the actions of another, we should still strive to love one another…have compassion for one another, and love the other wo/man like your brother man. ..LOVE is the only thing that truly drowns out hate. May you all be blessed and live with no regrets.

    • Tiamtte

      September 11, 2014 at 8:41 am

      Grow up Summer.

  29. Fee

    September 3, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    She doesn’t fit the mode of hollywood actresses so she is clinging to what is profitable. I do not condone it, if it keeps food on the table, so be it. Face it folks, black people can have all the education in the world and still cannot hired on to a decent job. A medical assistant diploma is not enough and unless I am out of touch with higher learning, but her program of study is nothing more than a certificate program.

  30. Fee

    September 3, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    I should have proofread prior to posting. Sorry folks.

  31. Malin

    September 3, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    Aryanna has a prominent career in the adult film industry. She is a down to earth person and like she said, she does what suits her. At the end of the day it’s her life and I admire her. She’s happy living it and i’m glad of it! #silverback ent all day!

  32. Stew913

    September 4, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    i get so mad when i read about people say what is right and what is wrong. We don’t know how thing might have turned out after the show. We have rent and other thing to pay so if that what she has to do to make a live. I say go for it and be the best porn star. God have nothing to do with it. People have to remember life has many up and down. The street are filled with homelessness would rather be on the street or working. Yes, there are risks (STD’s) in the porn industry. She just have to be careful. I cannot judge anyone or pass judgement cause i have a few skeletons in my closet lol.

  33. Michelle mach

    September 4, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    Medical Assistant can make up to 21.00 dollar an hour..People!!!! High demand in healthcare she couldn’t have further her career.. But what she does is her Life her decisions, her choices, Who are we to judge..while your judging….somebody is judging You!

  34. Michelle mach

    September 4, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    She could have further her career. Cell phone mistake..ha!

  35. Jamdownting

    September 5, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    I’m not judging anyone but this chick need to get her whole life in order.

  36. dowhatuwant

    September 6, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Funny that everyone seems to have an opinion about what she has chosen to do and how open she is about it. She owning it and that is commendable. Regular people contract hiv too. And since 80% of these judgemental chics are absolutely screwing folks they ought not be who cares. And porn stars have to get tested regularly for disease. Just because you think she ought to be ashamed doesnt mean that she will be or would even care. Yall probably just mad that you dont have the confidence to do what it is that you really want to do that embraces all of the things you actually enjoy. How many people are music teachers instead of musicians because they did what someone else wanted them to do instead of what they wanted. Kick rocks and worry about your ownself instead of putting someone else down. All the men know how many hypocritical chicks there are spewing this ‘eww she wrong’ nonsense.

  37. jbetheathc

    September 7, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Why are people so critical it doesn’t matter what episode she was on. It doesn’t matter what she does now . its her life, she happy and not afraid to stand up to you non educated closet freaks! For once accept someone else’s happiness and don’t drag them in your misery! Way to go girl! Kudos to you!!

  38. Andrea

    September 9, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Agree with M1!!!

  39. Sheron Vazquez

    September 11, 2014 at 6:27 am

    I have an associate of science as a medical assistant and I got it from a University now working towards my BA as a nutritionist.
    what she does is her business, is her life and she can do whatever she want. I do not approve but I am not judging. This is a free country.

  40. Tiamtte

    September 11, 2014 at 8:57 am

    The danger of the porn industry to a young mind is the consequences. People don’t talk about the tragedies associated with this industry: (1) You can only do it for a short number of years because you will eventually get older, (2) by the time you are in your early 30’s, you are basically too and have nothing to fall back on, (3) your body can only take so much as the appetite of the public demands more to be stimulated, (4) many of these actors are drug addicted, (5) there is a high rate of suicide due depression after the public has finished with you.

    No one on this site has passed judgment on this young lady and yes it is a free country (free to screw up your life is the only thing that is truly free in America). People have to speak out about issues that are destroying young people and hopefully we can build people up and let them know that they have value beyond their body. You are only young for a very short period of time. If there is a porn star who is satisfied with her life, I would like to see what is going on with that person 10 years down the road.
    The actress from Deep Throat totally regretted ever being involved with that industry and eventually found peace with God before dying of Cancer. The great porn actor John Holmes was a legend in the industry, but died drug addicted and with the Aids virus. The list goes on and on. I hope she gets out before she is destroyed. This industry destroys people.

  41. Monique

    September 11, 2014 at 11:09 am

    HER CHOICE!!!!!!!!

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