He pledged into Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (Delta Zeta Chapter) in Spring 1982. He portrayed a fraternity member on both A Different World (1987) (Kappa Lambda Nu) and in School Daze (1988) (Gamma Phi Gamma). Ironically, actual members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., were featured in both productions, but he portrayed a member of a fictional fraternity.
Attended and graduated from Syracuse University in 1986. He was awarded the Chancellor's Citation from Syracuse for prominent alumni
Darryl M. Bell and Tempest Bledsoe have been together since 1993 but have never married. They choose not to marry, citing the divorce rate of friends and acquaintances. ("Househusbands of Hollywood", 2009). They are living together.