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Will Smith Performs 'Fresh Prince' Bedtime Story During Fund-Raiser Event to Fight Homelessness

Will Smith made sure the New York participants of the World’s Big Sleep Out event had a very fresh night.

The actor and hip-hop star supported those taking part in the global fund-raiser to fight homelessness on Saturday by appearing onstage in Times Square and sharing a bedtime story.

That bedtime story, as it turned out, was the classic theme song to his hit show “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”

“Once upon a time, there was a young boy in a city far, far away,” Smith began, before breaking into the song’s timeless lyrics. “West Philadelphia, born and raised.”

The moment earned a big cheer from the audience, which featured a slew of people sleeping outside in the 30-degree weather in a night of solidarity in the fight against homelessness. Musical duo The War and Treaty also performed a few songs at the Manhattan event.

New York was one of more than 50 cities worldwide to host a Big Sleep Out event Saturday. Nearly 60,000 people took part in the fund-raiser globally.

“Having worked with homeless people for the last seven years, I know how invisible and forgotten people can feel," the fundraiser’s founder, Josh Littlejohn, said in a statement. “What the incredible 60,000 people who slept out all over the world have done tonight is to shine the spotlight on this global issue and show that we care.”



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