Show: “Fresh Prince” Mom: Viola ‘Vy’ Smith Played by: Vernee Watson-Johnson
Show: “Fresh Prince” Mom: Viola ‘Vy’ Smith Played by: Vernee Watson-Johnson Why We Love Her: Raising a Black son alone in America can have it’s challenges. When life got rough for Vy’s son Will in Philadelphia, she made the tough choice to send him to live with her sister and her family in posh California. Sassy Single Mom Stance: Even hundreds of miles away, Vy kept Will in check, and offered a shoulder for his tears and a cheer for his accomplishments. She also didn’t let the failure of her relationship with Will’s dad jade her on real love.