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The Ethnic Tip 

Will proposes a black history class be instituted at Bel-Air Academy, and gets a surprise when Aunt Viv arrives to teach it.



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Episode cast overview:
Vivian Banks (as Janet Hubert-Whitten)
Ashley Banks (as Tatyana M. Ali)
Coach Smiley
Assistant Headmaster Armstrong
Jonathan Cartwell
Chadney Hunt
Cheerleader #1 (as Monica Beavers)
Kyausha Simpson ...
Cheerleader #2


When Will is having trouble with history he tries to pass the blame on the school for not including black history in their curriculum. Viv offers to teach and Will is hoping for an easy ride but instead Viv works him to the bone. And when she's about to leave, the entire class except Will asks her to stay on. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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14 January 1991 (USA)  »

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This episode was shot before "The Lucky Charm", but aired after it. This is made known by the fact that in "The Lucky Charm", Hilary opens her first paycheck, but in "The Ethnic Tip", she is asking Geoffrey about what to say at her job interview for the same art gallery. See more »


Vivian claims that the Underground Railroad was established during the 1840s. Actually it was formed in the late 1700s, and reached its height between 1850 and 1860. See more »


Vivian Banks: [After Will proposes a Black History class] That's not a bad idea
Will: It's not?
Philip Banks: It's not?
Carlton Banks: [offscreen] It's not?
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Wade In The Water
Performed by Janet Hubert
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You wonder why Janet Hubert is still bitter about leaving this show because of episodes like this!
5 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

Janet Hubert was marvelous on this episode as an African-American Studies teacher at Bel-Air Prep.

She sung, she acted, she was funny, and she educated the audience all in one episode.

Hubert was brilliant on this show. And you wonder why since about the late 2000s, she has publicly come out that she is angry about being let go from this show.

But her pregnancy around season 3 of this show and her attitude around the set during that season, helped exacerbate her exit from this show.

But all in all, she was fun to watch in her three seasons of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

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