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African-American Breakout Roles vs. Now

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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