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Willard Carroll Smith Jr. (born September 25, 1968) is an American actor, rapper, and film producer. Smith has been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards and two Academy Awards, and has won four Grammy Awards. During the late 1980s, he achieved modest fame as a rapper under the name the Fresh Prince. In 1990, his popularity increased dramatically when he began starring in the NBC television series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, which ran for six seasons until 1996. After the series ended, Smith transitioned from television to film and went on to star in numerous blockbuster films, including Independence Day (1996) and Men in Black (1997). He is the only actor to have starred in eight consecutive films which grossed over $100 million in the United States box office, eleven consecutive films which grossed over $150 million internationally, and eight consecutive films which opened at the number one spot in the US box office tally.In 2013, Forbes named Smith the most bankable star in the world. In April 2007, Newsweek called him "the most powerful actor in Hollywood". As of 2014, 17 of the 21 films in which he had leading roles have accumulated worldwide gross earnings of over $100 million each, with five taking in over $500 million each in global box office receipts. As of 2016, his films have grossed $7.5 billion at the global box office. For his roles as boxer Muhammad Ali in Ali (2001) and stockbroker Chris Gardner in The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), Smith received Academy Award nominations for Best Actor. Early life Smith was born on September 25, 1968, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Caroline (née Bright), a Philadelphia school board administrator, and Willard Carroll Smith Sr., a U.S. Air Force veteran and refrigeration engineer. His mother graduated from Carnegie Mellon University.He grew up in West Philadelphia's Wynnefield neighborhood, and was raised Baptist. He has an older sister named Pamela and two younger siblings, twins Harry and Ellen. Smith attended Our Lady of Lourdes, a private Catholic elementary school in Philadelphia. His parents separated when he was 13, but did not actually divorce until around 2000.Smith attended Overbrook High School. While it has been widely reported that Smith turned down a scholarship to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), he never applied to college, because he "wanted to rap". Smith says he was admitted to a "pre-engineering [summer] program" at MIT for high school students, but he did not attend. Career 1985–1992: The Fresh Prince Smith started as the MC of the hip-hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, with his childhood friend Jeffrey "DJ Jazzy Jeff" Townes as turntablist and producer. Townes and Smith were introduced to each other by chance in 1985, as Townes was performing at a house party only a few doors down from Smith's residence, and he was missing his hype man. Smith decided to fill in. They both felt strong chemistry, and Townes was upset when his hype man finally made it to the party.Soon after, the two decided to join forces. Smith enlisted a friend to join as the beatboxer of the group, Clarence Holmes (Ready Rock C), making them a trio. Philadelphia-based Word Records released their first single in 1986 when A&R man Paul Oakenfold introduced them to Champion Records with their single "Girls Ain't Nothing but Trouble," a tale of funny misadventures that landed Smith and his former DJ and rap partner Mark Forrest (Lord Supreme) in trouble. The song sampled the theme song of "I Dream of Jeannie." Smith became known for light-hearted story-telling raps and capable, though profanity-free, "battle" rhymes. The single became a hit a month before Smith graduated from high school.Based on this success, the duo were brought to the attention of Jive Records and Russell Simmons. The duo's first album, Rock the House, which was first released on Word Up in 1986 debuted on Jive in March 1987. The group received the first Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance in 1989 for "Parents Just Don't Understand" (1988), though their most successful single was "Summertime" (1991), which earned the group their second Grammy and peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. Smith and Townes are still friends and claim that they never split up, having made songs under Smith's solo performer credit.Smith spent money freely around 1988 and 1989 and underpaid his income taxes. The Internal Revenue Service eventually assessed a $2.8 million tax debt against Smith, took many of his possessions, and garnished his income. Smith was struggling financially in 1990 when the NBC television network signed him to a contract and built a sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, around him. The show was successful and began his acting career. Smith set for himself the goal of becoming "the biggest movie star in the world", studying box office successes' common characteristics. In 1989, Smith was arrested in relation to an alleged assault on his record promoter, William Hendricks; all charges were dismissed. 1993–1997: Solo music and film breakthrough Smith's first major roles were in the drama Six Degrees of Separation (1993) and the action film Bad Boys (1995) in which he starred opposite Martin Lawrence. The latter film was commercially successful, grossing $141.4 million worldwide. However, critical reception was generally mixed. In 1996, Smith starred as part of an ensemble cast in Roland Emmerich's Independence Day. The film was a massive blockbuster, becoming the second highest-grossing film in history at the time and establishing Smith as a prime box office draw.In the summer of 1997, he starred alongside Tommy Lee Jones in the hit Men in Black, playing Agent J. The film was released on July 2 by Columbia Pictures and grossed over $589.3 million worldwide against a $90 million budget, becoming the year's third highest-grossing film, with an estimated 54,616,700 tickets sold in the US. It received positive reviews, with critics praising its humor, as well as Jones and Smith's performances. During the summer of 1997, Smith also began his solo music career with the release of "Men in Black", the theme song for the film, which topped singles charts in several regions across the world, including the UK. "Men in Black" (and second single "Just Cruisin'") was later included on Smith's debut solo album Big Willie Style, which reached the top ten of the US Billboard 200 and was certified nine times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The third single from the album, "Gettin' Jiggy wit It", became Smith's first Billboard Hot 100 number one when it was released in 1998. 1998–2013: Leading man status In 1998, Smith starred with Gene Hackman in Enemy of the State. The following year he turned down the role of Neo in The Matrix in favor of Wild Wild West (1999). Despite the disappointment of Wild Wild West, Smith said that he has no regrets about his decision, asserting that Ke.... Discover the Will Smith popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Will Smith books.

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Hey Ya! book summary, reviews and downlod

Hey Ya!

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Since 1994 OutKast have been reinventing the rules of hip-hop, blending different styles of music into a Southern style that is wholly their own, soulful, outrageous, and addictive. They've ...

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Thief-taker Simon Westow must save one of his closest friends from a grim fate at the hands of the government in this compelling historical mystery. Leeds, May ...

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The Year of the Gun

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1944: 20 years after WPC Lottie Armstrong was dismissed from Leeds police for insubordination, she's back, now a member of the Women's Auxiliary Police Corps and driving for her old ...

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Ewan McGregor

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The radical star of Trainspotting and the hottest young member of the "Brit Pack," Ewan McGregor is Scotland's biggest export since Sean Connery. He now explodes into global stardom a...

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The Leaden Heart

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When an old friend asks Superintendent Tom Harper for help, he finds himself drawn into a deadly web of intimidation, corruption and misery on the streets of Leeds....

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Melissa Etheridge

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Chris Nickson's biography of Melissa Etheridge explores the pop star's life and music. Born in Leavenworth, Kansas, Melissa Etheridge faced years of struggle and hard work to make it in the ...

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Skin Like Silver

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The third intriguing historical mystery to feature Detective Inspector Tom Harper Leeds, England. October, 1891. An unclaimed parcel at the Central Post Office is ...

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Hanging Psalm, The

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This dark tale features a strong and sympathetic hero as well as equally appealing supporting characters … Likely to draw in readers of Andrea Penrose, Charles Finch, and Anne Perry

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The New Eastgate Swing

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Leeds, 1957: When enquiry agent Dan Markham and his new partner, retired Detective Sergeant Baker, take on a missing persons case, what appears to be a simple case soon turns into a murder i...

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The Molten City

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"Superior... Even minor characters are fully fleshed out in this trip down the mean streets of early 20th-century Leeds. Nickson's consistent high quality across multiple series continues...

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Will Smith

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From Bel-Air to The Wild, Wild West, Chris Nickson's biography of Will Smith details the extraordinary rise of today's hottest superstar. With #1 hit music singles and explosiv...

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Tin God, The

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When Superintendent Tom Harper’s wife is threatened during an election campaign, the hunt for the attacker turns personal. Leeds, England. October, 1897.

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Iron Water, The

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Two macabre discoveries in a single morning present an intriguing challenge for Detective Inspector Tom Harper Leeds, England. July, 1893. D.I. Tom Harper...

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Soundgarden

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Soundgarden has hammered together the strands of so many different elements - seventies metal, hard rock, punk, goth-into an alloy that's stronger and harder than any of its constituents, an...

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Winter is about to take a chilling twist... Thief-taker Simon Westow is drawn into a deadly puzzle when the melting snow reveals a dark secret in this gripping hist...

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On Copper Street

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Detective Inspector Tom Harper finds answers hard to come by in his latest, most challenging, investigation to date. Leeds, England. March, 1895. The da...

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Come the Fear

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With the discovery of a young woman’s charred and blackened body, Richard Nottingham tackles his most disturbing case yet March, 1733. Fire rages through an empty house in a rundown area...

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He blew critics away with his performance as a black infantryman in Glory, he stunned audiences with his powerful portrayal of Malcolm X, and he showed us a new kind of prejudice in his role...

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Free from all Danger

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Richard Nottingham discovers that a new, more ruthless breed of criminal has colonised the city when he returns as Constable of Leeds. October, 1736. Lur...

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Modern Crimes

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1924: Still reeling from the effects of the Great War, life in the city of Leeds is hard: poverty is rife, work is scarce and crime is becoming more sophisticated. Bravely entering this mael...

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Mariah Carey Revisited

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One of the hottest pop divas in the world, this hip, gutsy, talented superstar is the top-selling female singer of the nineties.Mariah Carey Revisited is a must-read for i...

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Gods of Gold

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Introducing Detective Inspector Tom Harper in a brand-new historical mystery series. June 1890. Leeds is close to breaking point. The gas workers are on ...

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The Holywell Dead

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1364: the plague has returned and fear fills the air as the pestilence claims its first victims in Chesterfield. When the local priest vanishes, John the Carpenter believes the man is simply...

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Emerald CIty

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Seattle, May 1988: Why would up and coming musician Craig Adler OD on heroin just days before signing a major record deal? Craig’s band was the first of the new Seattle music scene to brea...

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Fair and Tender Ladies

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1734. When a young country lad requests the Constable’s help in finding his sister who has run away to Leeds to seek her fortune, Nottingham is not optimistic. Such girls usually end up a...

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John the Carpenter has been happy to leave the investigation of death behind. For six years now he’s been content to work with wood. His life looks prosperous, but times are growing desper...

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Sink your teeth into Hollywood's hottest young actor.As the intense, brooding Angel on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, David Boreanaz is a 243-year-old vampire struggling with t...

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Two Bronze Pennies

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The second intriguing historical mystery to feature Detective Inspector Tom HarperLeeds, England, Christmas Eve, 1890. DI Tom Harper is looking forward to a well-e...

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Solid Air: the Life of John Martyn

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For over four decades, John Martyn was a musician’s musician (lauded by artists as disparate as Eric Clapton, Phil Collins and Bob Marley), a superb guitarist and singer who straddled the ...

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Superhero is a book on the life of Christopher Reeve, by Chris Nickson, author of biographies of David Boreanaz, Melissa Etheridge, and Matt Damon. Reeve was well known fo...

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The Crooked Spire

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1361: Orphaned by the Black Death, all young John has left are the tools his father, a carpenter, leaves behind. Before long, however, John realises that he too has a way with wood; it speak...

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Always outrageous but equally compelling, Ozzy Knows Best is THE book to have on Ozzy, MTV's The Osbournes, and everything in between.Meet the Osbournes: children K...

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A gripping murder mystery set in fourteenth-century Chesterfield and sequel to The Crooked SpireJohn the Carpenter, married and soon to become a father, has plenty of work to keep him b...

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Dark Briggate Blues

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Leeds, 1954: When enquiry agent Dan Markham takes on a case for Joanna Hart, she simply wants to know if her husband Freddie is being unfaithful. But when Freddie Hart is killed, Markham sus...

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Brass Lives

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A dangerous American is in town, but is he really responsible for a deadly crime spree in Leeds? Leeds, June 1913. Deputy Chief Constable Tom Harper is a busy man. He's over...

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Lauryn Hill

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Lauryn Hill: She's Got That Thing is an engaging look at the life of the musician who was originally raised in South Orange, N.J. Author Chris Nickson shares with fans how Hill create...

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The Broken Token

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Sometimes a man needs to bargain with the devil to stop evil. Especially when it reaches his own door. …  Introducing Richard Nottingham, Constable of Leeds Leeds, 1731: ...

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At the Dying of the Year

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As an atmosphere of fear and suspicion pervades the city, Richard Nottingham and his team find themselves hunting a ruthless child-killer, a monster who preys on abandoned street children, t...

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West Seattle Blues

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It’s March 1994, and Laura Benton is still working as a music journalist. But she’s married now, living in West Seattle, and the mother of a son who’s about to reach his first birthday...

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Emerald City MP3 Audiobook

Emerald City

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Seattle, May 1988: Why would up and coming musician Craig Adler OD on heroin just days before signing a major record deal?Craig's band was the first of the new Seattle music scene to b...

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Dark Briggate Blues

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When Joanna Hart came into his office, enquiry agent Dan Markham thought it would be an easy case. All the blonde with red lips and swinging hips wanted was to know if her husband was unfait...

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The Broken Token

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Pickpockets, pimps and prostitutes: All in a day’s work for the city constable – until work moves too close to home… When Richard Nottingham, Constable of Leeds, discovers his former h...

West Seattle Blues MP3 Audiobook

West Seattle Blues

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It’s 1994 – and in West Seattle, new mom Laura Benton is busy juggling work as a freelance music journalist with the constant demands of a young baby.Life is crazy enough, but it t...

Dark Briggate Blues (Unabridged) MP3 Audiobook

Dark Briggate Blues (Unabridged)

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When Joanna Hart came into his office, enquiry agent Dan Markham thought it would be an easy case. All the blonde with red lips and swinging hips wanted was to know if her husband was unfait...

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