Full Name: Willard Carroll Smith Jr.
Date of Birth: September 25, 1968
Born: Philadelphia, PA
Occupation: Actor, rapper, producer
Status: Married to Jada Pinkett Smith (1997)
The Fresh Prince
Television and the tall and talented Will Smith go together like peanut butter and jelly. The '90s were all about sitcoms - a genre perfectly suited for the silly and always-smiling Smith. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was a six-season series that had fans eagerly tuning in to see the "West Philadelphia, born and raised" young Smith take a seat in the lap of luxury in ritzy Bel-Air. The premise was perfect for the decade and Smith couldn't have been better in the role. A breakout star with more than the small screen on his radar, Smith moved from television to film in a flash.
Moving Into Movies
Smith has starred in some of the biggest blockbusters; he's a powerhouse at the box office. Fan favorites include Men In Black, Bad Boys, Independence Day, Ali, and Focus, to name a few, but the list is lengthy and the offers aren't running dry. When Smith is on screen, audiences rush to theaters for a much-needed laugh, a good thrill, or an action-packed performance delivered with Smith's "special sauce."
Will isn't the only Smith with a famous name and fans worldwide. His wife, Jada Pinkett Smith is an A-list talent, with plenty of roles under her belt and looks that could kill. Smith's kids are in the biz too, from music to acting to modeling and more. Jaden and Willow are Smith's children with Jada, and he has an older son, Trey, from a previous relationship. The multi-talented and ridiculously attractive family was born to be in the spotlight.
Nifty at 50
Smith just turned the big 5-0 and for the guy that has everything, there was only one way to celebrate…jump out of a helicopter over the Grand Canyon! Not only was the feat impressive, but Smith did the deed for charity. A good spirit with a good heart. Alongside former co-star Alfonso Ribeiro and his wife, Smith took the plunge like a champ, proving age ain't nothin' but a number.
Rapping it Up
Smith's success began with his music. Rapping as part of hip-hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince put Smith on the map, leading to a solo career filled with songs we're still "Getting' Jiggy Wit." Smith's sense of humor paired with his knack for creating clever lyrics set to a fresh beat makes his songs relatable and memorable. Who doesn't still get a kick out of "Miami" or "Summertime?" Something about Smith's style is always entertaining and universally enjoyed.
What's in store for Smith? Basically whatever he sets his mind to. The 'Fresh Prince' will never get stale.
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Breaking down the bias of comfort films.
With the constant onslaught of complicated news that 2020 has brought, sometimes you just want to be able to shut off your brain, relax, and feel happy.
Enter comfort films. These are the feel-good movies that feel like a warm hug when you finish them, the ones that allow you to escape for a short while. We often turn to these types of films in times of trouble or extreme stress, and when we're not sure what films of this nature we should watch, we turn to the Internet for options.
Alfonso Ribeiro, familiarly known as Carlton Banks from Fresh Prince of Bel Air to those who spent the mid-'90s watching NBC, led a enthusiastic dance collective in Los Angeles in an attempt to break the North American record for most people "flash-mobbing" at the same time. (Welcome to 2012!) Because... what else is he doing right now? Those who remember that Uncle Phil's older son enjoys the sounds of Tom Jones will appreciate the crowd revisiting "It's Not Unusual" at Universal Studio's City Walk, with Riberio breaking out the same hip-swinging and snapping that Carlton first introduced us to back during the Clinton administration. There was also the show's famous take on The Sugarhill Gang's slightly culturally insensitive "Apache (Jump On It)," which we know you still bust out at parties—your secrets are safe with us—as well as LMFAO, because, they're only human. Watch below.
POST-LICENSING PHYSICAL THERAPY CHOSEN FOR DAEMEN'S FIRST MASTER'S PROGRAM
The Buffalo News (Buffalo, NY) January 3, 1993 | KAREN BRADY - News Staff Reporter For the first time in its 45-year history, Daemen College will offer a master's degree.
A master of science degree in physical therapy will be offered. The accompanying program at Daemen will be the only post-licensure master's program in physical therapy in the state outside the New York City area, according to the chief of the state Education Department's bureau of post-secondary planning, Byron P. Connell. this web site physical therapy salary
"Physical therapy is a profession with a great deal of demand in the state," he said. "In addition to training more physical therapists, we need programs that provide advanced training for practitioners -- and the Daemen program is designed to do that. As the first such program north of New York City, there is a clear need for it." The state Board of Regents approved the Daemen master's program at its December meeting, Connell added.
College President Robert S. Marshall noted that Daemen already has an undergraduate physical therapy program.
Developed over the past 18 years, it is the college's strongest program, one of the largest among U.S. colleges and one of the most academically rigorous at Daemen, according to Charles J. Reedy, dean and vice president for academic affairs.
"The college developed the new master's program in response to a community need," Reedy said. "Several practicing physical therapy clinicians approached the college about three years ago and asked us to start the program." Before applying to Albany for authorization, the college surveyed 450 licensed physical therapists in Western New York.
"They not only indicated a clear need -- but 58 percent of those responding indicated that they would be interested in earning a post-licensure master's degree in physical therapy, with specialization in orthopedics or general practice," Reedy noted.
"I think the Daemen master's program will be utilized by a lot of therapists," said Sheri Scavone-Calieri, chairwoman of the Western District of the American Physical Therapy Association, which counts 430 of the area's approximately 600 physical therapists as members.
There are other undergraduate physical therapy programs in Western New York -- including an entry-level master's degree program, leading to licensing -- but no other post-licensing master's program, she noted.
"What we're seeing is a trend toward concentrating in a particular area of physical therapy, and advanced studies in that particular area," Ms. Scavone-Calieri said. go to site physical therapy salary
"Orthopedic concentration within physical therapy is the largest practicing population of physical therapists both nationally and locally -- so the new program at Daemen will certainly meet a need for those individuals who need further study in that area." The new master's program will start at Daemen in the fall of 1993 -- and will offer specialization in either orthopedics or general practice, Reedy said.
Three new full-time, and six part-time, faculty members will be hired to teach the total 34 to 37 credit hours in the two-year program. The 10 full-time and five part-time faculty already teaching in the undergraduate physical therapy program "will offer support as well," Reedy added.
The new $2.2 million Schenck Science Building, dedicated at the college in September, "was constructed primarily to house the graduate program in physical therapy," he said.
"We see the new program as one to allow licensed practitioners to increase their knowledge base and upgrade their clinical skills, giving them advanced expertise," he continued.
"As the profession grows, there is a greater need for supervisors and educators in the physical therapy field. We see our graduates going to other college programs and functioning as teachers." The college is preparing applications now for the program, Reedy said. Applicants to the clinically oriented, post-professional program must be licensed physical therapists and each must hold a bachelor's degree.
The program is modeled as a two-year, full-time master's program -- but it will be possible to complete it on a part-time basis over a longer length of time.
"We have no immediate plans for another master's degree at the college," Reedy said. "We're going to take this degree and see how it goes for now." KAREN BRADY - News Staff Reporter