Will Smith hopes to show his BET Awards audience how much impact Hip Hop and Black culture has made on the rest of the world.
Will Smith has one big introduction to make at Tuesday night's BET Awards: Gangster rappers, meet the rest of the world. Smith told The Associated Press he hopes to impress the global significance of U.S. black culture on the show's audience and artists.
“The kids that are making these trends, making these songs, don't understand the level of effect that black Americans have around the world,” he said in an interview. ” … Black Americans are so elevated, it's almost worship.”
Smith…said he witnessed the phenomenon recently while in Africa. Touring a village in Mozambique, he came across a shack on which someone had scrawled the name of slain rapper Tupac Shakur.
“I was asking the kids: What is it about Tupac? Why is that there? I kept asking why. They were saying we want to dress like you dress, wear all the things you wear, talk how you talk.”…”The impression is that black Americans are the dragon slayers. Here we are 13 percent minority in a foreign land, and yet we can make laws, change laws. If Jesse Jackson shows up at Coca-Cola, something changes.”
I'm interested to see how that's gonna pan out…