Will Smith, Norman Lear to Be Honored at Russell Simmons' New Awards Show

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Norman Lear, Will Smith

The event will take place just days before this years Oscar ceremony.

Will Smith and Norman Lear will be honored at the All Def Movie Awards, the event created by Russell Simmons, which is set to go up days before the Oscars.

Smith will be receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award, while Lear, the legendary television writer-producer, will receive the Vanguard Award for his enduring contributions to entertainment that helped foster an essential dialogue about race and race relations.  

"Will Smith has broken all barriers in music, film, theater and television. As a Grammy Award-winner, television star and the most accomplished and bankable film artist in the world, Will uses his powerful voice for social change," said Russell Simmons.

Simmons continued: "As a writer, director, producer and author, Norman has been a true champion for people of color. He wrote aspirational and inspirational roles for minorities. He gave us dignity with Good Times. He gave the working class a voice in Sanford and Son. And most important to me, with The Jeffersons, he showed us that a black man could be rich and successful and do the unthinkable: he could curse at the white man while standing up for what he believes in."

The All Def Movie Awards were created in reaction to the lack of diversity among many of the awards shows, and will feature categories like Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Director, as well as Best Bad Muh F**ka and Best Helpful White Person.

In a previous statement that announced the awards show, Simmons said the All Def Movie Awards "are not the Black Oscars, but they could be." 

The All Def Movie Awards will take place at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres on Feb 24, and will be hosted by Tony Rock. 

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