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After being seemingly snubbed be the Academy (along with like, every other Black actor in Hollywood) his wife Jada took the #OscarsSoWhite conversation to the next level by declaring she would boycott the Academy Awards.
But this awards show moment was not about boycotts and protests. It was about celebration. Will received The Generation Award at the MTV Movie Awards this year, highlighting his 25 year career in music and film.
Queen Latifah introduced the actor, remembering her guest star appearance on Fresh Prince Of Bel Air and praising Will for being the “king of blockbuster movies.”
Halle Berry jumped on the stage next to triumphantly announce “We love everything about Will Smith” and called him, “The voice of a generation.”
“With every performance, we see his soul,” she expressed.
In his speech, he reaffirmed the importance of diversity and his drive to light up the world with his gifts.
“When I first heard MTV wanted to give me the generation award, I thought it was code for the old ass dude award,” he joked.
He gave a quick antidote about being in Brooklyn recently when a fan recognized him for being Jaden’s dad versus Will Smith.
He concluded saying, “I’m dedicated to being a light in this world. A lot of people are suffering in this world…till i die I am dedicated to bringing light and love, thank you all.”