Becoming an actor/actress requires two qualities: hard work and dedication. Within the boundaries of the performing arts industry, individuals are fighting for the limelight, running towards the goal of recognition, and acknowledgement for their composed work(s) of art. Putting the cherry on top of this milkshake, black creatives have received no accolades for their publications, no “good job”, no “keep up the great work!” none of that positive energy. It seems as if today’s award shows, for instance, The Grammy’s seem to pass over the underground artists who have brought to the table stellar mediums of communication through motion pictures and dialogue.
When it comes to artistry, it dwindles down to the base of the artist creating new and innovative mediums that grow and manifest into something that’ll put a dent into modern culture. Artists, whether it’s in the field of movies or music have come from circumstances that only gave them three options: keep pursuing your dreams, give up everything or stop altogether. So, in saying that, multiple celebrities and/or artists who have done the sacrificing, giving all they got to put their hearts wholeheartedly into what they do are being jipped of their proper “exposure” or subjection. Not only is it hard for a creative to survive in such a dog-eating, cult following class of human beings but is also tough to stay true to yourself and stand out amongst millions of others competing for the same spot you’re after.
However, not all famous actors/actresses go unnoticed; most people pay attention to the one who is “quiet” and “reserved” or in this case, less appreciated. Those certain types of people tend to become the underdogs who will always prevail. Will Smith, husband of Jada Pinkett, and a father to his kids Jaden, Willow, and Trey Smith, has grown from a successful rapper to a Hollywood hit, who stared in independent productions such as Men In Black, Ali, Hancock, and the most infamous show, Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Ever since the age of 12 Smith has done nothing but devote his time and energy to the arts, chiming in on the different cultures he was surrounded by as a young boy. He not only deserves this award for his long-term commitment to such a slim industry, who gives POC’s no room for their talents to shine, but because of his humility and versatile persona. According to an article published on December 17th, 2008, Fox News sheds light to the Smith family by acknowledging his donation of $1.3 million given to religious, civic, and art groups by the Smith family. One big contribution given that year was $250k to Yesha Ministries of Philadelphia, a Christian based organization ran by Reverend James Robinson.
The MTV Generations Award should be given to a person who has sacrificed at wits end, believing in themselves when no one else did. His/her actions speak volumes to the world around them, striking and moving the hearts of many through their talents whether its politics, religion, acting, music, etc. A “generation” references a class of adolescents who are still progressing in life, trying to find ways to succeed and prosper. Therefore, Will Smith is a prime candidate for representing a generation; he inspires the youth through his measures of how he came to be hoping to illuminate the paths of aspiring kids, telling them that through surrendering, persistence and constant grind, your dreams and/or aspirations will come to light in due time.
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