Working diligently for the last four decades on stage and screen has transformed Laurence Fishburne into a citizen of the world.
The Academy Award-nominated performer has been a UNICEF Global Ambassador since 1996, participating in several mission trips throughout Africa to raise awareness on issues affecting children. This spring he was awarded the Global Philanthropist Award from UNICEF USA.
"When I came into my adulthood I recognized how fortunate I was to be doing what I loved to do," Fishburne told NBCBLK. "I created a larger-than-life profile that that put me in a position to speak out about things that mattered to me."
The versatile dramatist — synonymous with his performances in "Boyz N the Hood," "What's Love Got to Do With It," "Deep Cover," "Akeelah and the Bee," "The Matrix, and most recently "Blackish" — vividly remembered watching young actors in the Soul Buddyz Club in South Africa perform educational plays. The morality plays illustrated how to prevent the widespread of HIV/AIDS.
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