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Monday, July 24, 2006

Will Smith & Jada Pinkett-Smith March Against Violence

Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith, right, took it to the street last Saturday in Philadelphia to protest gun violence. Will grew up in Philadelphia and Jada grew up in Baltimore. It is good that they are using their fame to address the most serious environmental issue in the black community today. Philly had 385 homicides in 2005 (More Murder Stats). Charles "Charlie Mack" Alston is a long-time friend and former employee of Jada and Will Smith. He moved back to Philly in 2003 and is bringing Hollywood stars to the streets of Philly and using their star power to draw attention to important causes.

Activities included a visit to the Youth Study Center, a VIP gala at the African American Historical & Cultural Museum and a march from 50th Street and Chester Avenue to the Frances J. Myers Rec Center at 58th Street and Kingsessing Avenue. After the march, there was a youth rally at the center followed by a concert by Young Leek. More black Hollywood stars need to step up and draw attention to the black violence epidemic that is ruining inner city communities all over the country. (Photo by H. Rumph, Jr. courtesy Associated Press)
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