Will Smith and Janet Hubert reconcile in emotional Fresh Prince reunion: ‘You’re still my Aunt Viv’


In 2020, Hollywood is still in need of more diversity, both in front of the screen and behind, so you can imagine what a writers’ room in 1990 looked like. With a creative team that didn’t necessarily reflect Fresh Prince’s characters, the actors often spoke up to bring some much-needed truth to the situations. “We were able to share the experience, the real experience, and gave those writers our perspective,” says Ribeiro. “We would come across moments that they wrote that were like, ‘This wouldn’t happen, Black people don’t do this;’ we made sure that we were authentic every episode.” Adds Smith: “It is as relevant today as it was 30 years ago, unfortunately.”

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