Will Smith Will Read You a Bedtime Story For a Very Good Cause

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If you’ve ever longed to have Will Smith read you Jack and the Beanstalk or Where the Wild Things Are before bed, your dreams are one step closer to reality, as the former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air will be reading bedtime stories later this year for a very good cause.


According to the Seattle Times, the Men in Black star will join actress Dame Helen Mirren for a one-night fundraiser to fight against global homelessness.

From the Seattle Times:

Smith and Mirren will each tell their [bedtime] story from different locations during the World’s Big Sleep Out on Dec. 7. The campaign will encourage people in 50 cities globally to sleep outside for a night in hopes of raising $50 million for the charity.


Smith’s reading is scheduled to take place in New York City at Times Square, while Mirren’s will be in London at Trafalgar Square. Other major cities throughout the world that will be hosting sleep outs including Los Angeles, Manchester, Philadelphia, and Hong Kong, with each location expected to feature live performances and entertainment.

Proceeds will be split down the middle: 50 percent will go to local charities like United Way and the Robin Hood Foundation that are committed to combating homelessness, and the remaining 50 percent will go to supporting individuals who are displaced internationally.

For those interested in attending, you can register on their website.

This is a great cause and in a perfect world, Samuel L. Jackson will read Go the Fuck to Sleep at the next one of these.

Menace to supremacy. Founder of Extraordinary Ideas and co-host and producer of The Extraordinary Negroes podcast. Impatiently waiting for ya'll to stop putting sugar in grits.

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