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One day I was watching an episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and it sparked my curiosity to find out the history of the sitcom. I looked it up on wikipedia and discovered something that wasn’t even a thought in my brain.  Before Will Smith was the star of the sitcom Fresh Prince of Bel Air, he started as the MC of the hip-hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. They gained critical acclaim for winning the first ever Grammy in the Rap category (1988). Smith spent money freely during his early career and underpaid his income taxes. The Internal Revenue Service eventually assessed a $2.8 million tax debt against Smith, took many of his possessions, and garnished his income. Smith was nearly bankrupt in 1990 when the NBC television network signed him to a contract and built a sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, around him. The show was successful and launched his acting career.

When I discovered this it gave me a new found appreciation for Will Smith’s career and the show. If it wasn’t for that hardship he went through, whether self inflected or not, he may have never had the determination to be a successful actor.  That hardship created a show that has been sown to my life and others. I’ am happy that I discovered he really did have a story about how his life got twist turned upside down and his success in a town called Hollywood.

Posted By: Q.Whitening