Lena James is a character from A Different World who appears in 46 episodes of the series. Lena was introduced in the Season 5 season premiere "We've Only Just Begun". The part of Lena is played by Jada Pinkett Smith.
A native of Baltimore, Maryland, . She was originally an engineering major, but later switched to journalism. Lena was named after singer Lena Horne.
Lena worked part-time at The Pit. She ended her high school relationship with boyfriend Piccolo (with whom she later rejected his attempt to get back together with her) and developed a brief crush on Dwayne Wayne. Lena later entered a serious (yet celibate) relationship with Dorian Heywood.
Lena would later move off-campus with Charmaine, Gina, Dorian and Terrell Walker. By the end of the series, she had completed her sophomore year at Hillman and was still enrolled at the school.