WILL SMITH LANDS A MAJOR ROLE
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(AllHipHop News) Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith have teamed up with bosses at the Sundance Institute to help encourage diversity among independent filmmakers and artists.
The movie stars’ foundation, The Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation, will work with the Sundance Institute’s Screenwriters Intensive and other projects in support of the new campaign.
The collaboration will last at least two years.
“We are honored and energised to collaborate with Sundance Institute to cultivate stories and storytellers reflective of the world at large, and we view today as the beginning of a productive, purposeful and powerful alignment with an enduring institution,” Jada Pinkett Smith says.
The Smiths hit the headlines last year, when Jada revealed the couple would be boycotting the Oscars in protest about the lack of African-Americans and minorities chosen to compete for Academy Awards.
(AllHipHop News) Jaden Smith has had several incarnations to his career, ranging from acting to Hip-Hop to fashion, but the young talent seems to be going through a personal crisis.
Jaden Smith said that he would have to “tell my dad that I failed, straight up.” The rapper’s time in LA has run out as well, he lamented.
“There’s nobody here that’s really supporting the youth, or the youth’s creativity,” young Jaden said of Los Angeles, the 18-year-old star’s home.
A friend nearby, seemingly at the DMV, told him that he was not a failure and we here at AllHipHop agree. Check out the video below.
(AllHipHop News) Will Smith has no plans to return to the rumored reboot of his hit TV show “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.”
The 48-year-old cemented his acting career in the hugely successful 90s U.S. sitcom, in which he starred as street-smart teenager Will, who moves from his home in Philadelphia to live with his aunt and uncle in the upscale Los Angeles neighborhood of Bel Air.
The show, which began in 1990, ended six years later with Will off to Hollywood to carve out a lucrative career in movies, landing roles in “Bad Boys” opposite Martin Lawrence, and the sci-fi smash “Independence Day” with Jeff Goldblum.
However, there have been rumors swirling that the popular 90s sitcom, which also starred Alfonso Ribeiro and Tatyana Ali, is the next in line to be rebooted for a new generation.
When asked about the possibility of the Fresh Prince returning, Will was quick to rule himself out.
“I’m not doing it,” he told Entertainment Tonight, while hinting he might have a problem with somebody else reprising his iconic role. “If somebody wanted to, I would probably let them, but I have no intention,” he added.
He later pointed out that the 90s seemed to be the “perfect time period” for the Fresh Prince, and isn’t sure how a reboot would play out more than 20 years later.
However, Will had fond memories of his time on the show, but revealed his co-stars might have got a bit tired of him.
“Now, I’m bouncy. Back then, I’m sure I was quite irritating,” Will laughed.
Will also explained his key to looking just as young as he did 20 years ago, at the height of his Fresh Prince fame.
“There’s a natural silliness that I gravitate to, so I think more than looking the same, I think energetically there’s a fun and a zeal and a joy that I embody that gives that impression,” he said. “I really enjoy what I do. I have fun every day in my life.”
(AllHipHop News) Will Smith’s father Willard Carroll Smith, Sr. has died.
The sad news was revealed by the “Hancock” actor’s ex-wife Sheree Fletcher, to whom he was married from 1992 to 1995 and shares 23-year-old son Trey, on Instagram on Monday (November 7).
Posting a sweet snap of Trey with his father and grandfather, Sheree wrote: “We’re gonna miss you Daddio! You lived & played by your own rules…you truly were 1 of a kind! You instilled discipline, and a work ethic that has created a legacy in your honor! #RIPDaddio#donttellmetheresnothingyoucantdo#WillSMITH1.”
Smith’s father served in the U.S. Air Force, and consequently required his family to follow a very structured and regimented routine.
However, the actor revealed in a previous interview with Britain’s Metro newspaper that this way of life has shaped him into the man he is today.
Describing how his bed had to be made perfectly every morning, Smith told the publication: “That’s what he demanded and so that’s how I began in my career and in my life. There’s been a certain obsessiveness to my career and to the things I was trying to accomplish.
“It was like, ‘We’re going to get that flag to the top of the hill no matter what. It doesn’t matter that your ankle is hurt or it doesn’t matter that somebody is sad. Imagine how sad you are going be if you have no food.’ That’s what’s driven me.”
After being discharged from the air force, Smith, Sr. began a business delivering ice in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
His son helped him, and the actor admits that “the lessons coming from actual work with your parents” influenced the way he raises his children, including Jaden, 18, and 16-year-old Willow, with his wife Jada Pinkett Smith.