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African-American Breakout Roles vs. Now

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Will Smith Then

After high school, Will Smith decided to pursue his rapping career under the name of “The Fresh Prince.” He achieved little fame, but Smith’s career kick-started when he got signed for the sitcom, “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” The series ran successfully for six years and since then, Smith has become an international icon. —XFINITY Entertainment Staff

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