Samuel L. Jackson To Receive Lifetime Achievement Honor At This Year's BET Awards
Samuel L. Jackson is one of the most important black actors of our time. The man's resume spans decades and genres, with fans of the 67-year-old being able to pick and choose their favorite roles from the talented entertainer. There's JungleFever's Gator Purify; Pulp Fiction's Jules Winnfield; Unbreakable's Elijah Price; Snake On A Plane's Agent Neville Flynn; The Incredibles' Frozone; Django Unchained's Stephen; and many, many others.
So, it's only right that the critically acclaimed and internationally known actor and film producer is receiving the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's BET Awards. Alongside Jackson, fellow actor and activist Jesse Williams will be receiving the annual ceremony's Humanitarian Award.
Marking the event's 16th year this particular BET Awards will be important not only because of Jackson and Williams, but for the Prince tribute the television station will be having. The Purple One's unexpected death is still fresh for fans across the world, today marking two months since his passing. But this homage to the Purple Rain creator will surely celebrate his timeless influence, with artists The Roots, D'Angelo, Sheila E. and Janelle Monae taking the stage to honor him. The BET Awards will air this Sunday (June 26).
Shortly after Prince Rogers Nelson's death, Jackson took to his Instagram and shared an old picture of himself and the guitar virtuoso sitting courtside at a Lakers game. "Laker game one Christmas Day. Looks like we were losing. He did confirm the Charlie Murphy Bball story, though. 'They had on Church Shoes!'" captioned the actor.
2016 looks to be a promising year for Jackson as he adds a couple more movies under his belt (he's appeared in over 100 — that's right, over 100): The Legend Of Tarzan and Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children.