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Jada Pinkett-Smith celebrates her 44th birthday today, and her husband, Will Smith, took to social media to send his wife of 18 years a thoughtful and heartfelt birthday wish. The sweet message accompanied a throwback photo of the couple snapped at Pinkett-Smith’s mother’s house 20 years ago. The Focus actor writes:
This was taken at your mom’s house 20 years ago. That’s a long time ago!!! So I decided to do some math…
I have sung happy birthday to you 20 times and I have bought you 19 birthday presents (I was mad that one year). I have watched you blow out 693 candles (737 after tonite). I’ve told you “I love you” at least 8,285 times. And of the nearly 3.96 Billion women on the planet – there is only 1 that I want to spend the rest of my life with.
Happy Birthday, my Love!
Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith have had their parenting style come under question for year, frankly because moms and dads feel like the Smith’s ideals are either outlandish or just bit too forward.
We’ve culled together some of Jada’s bold parenting tips and quips over the years, so you can judge for yourself.
Tip 1: Don’t Project Your Baggage Onto Your Kids
We all remember when then 13-year-old Willow was caught on Instagram lounging in a bed with a shirtless 20-year-old actor Moises Arias.
When the Internet lost its mind about the image, here’s what Pinkett had to stay, staunchly defending her parenting skills and little Willow:
“Just don’t pollute something that’s not dirty,” Pinkett Smith, 42, told Net-a-Porter’s The Edit when asked about the controversy.
“I want my kids to be happy and I want them to be themselves,” she said, noting that parenting requires trust. “I was saying to a friend the other day, ‘Remember, our kids are not us.’ They’re not. Sometimes we’re trying to fix things that happened to us or projecting [onto them], and that’s a terrible, terrible trap.” — Us Magazine
Tip 2: Mothers Should Teach Daughters To Own Their Bodies
Once again the Internet went crazy when the Smith’s let Willow cut her hair back in the day. And here’s how Jada handled that on Facebook no less:
“The question why I would let Willow cut her hair, first the let must be challenged,” she wrote. “This is a world where women [and] girls are constantly reminded that they don’t belong to themselves — that their bodies are not their own, nor their power or self-determination. I made a promise to endow my little girl with the power to always know that her body, spirit and her mind are her domain.” — Us Magazine
Tip 3: Our Kids Don’t Break Rules, Because We Don’t Have Any
“We don’t have rules. We come up with agreements,” Jada, 39, explains to Style magazine. “Kids are little people, and we’re in life to guide them. Trying to rule someone is always an illusion, and it’s no different with children.”
Tip 4: Let The Kids Make Up Their Own Punishment
Going along with her “no rules” theory, which she said she came to after raising three kids prior to having her her own, Jada believes that punishment should be negotiated between parent and child. And here’s how that works out in real life: Jada gave an example of a situation that happened when Willow signed up for a social-networking site after being told not to do it.
“I told her not to, so I was so mad,” Jada explains. “I said, ‘What do you think I should do now?’ So Willow said, ‘Mom, take my computer away.’ And I said, ‘How long for?’ She said a month.” “So it’s negotiations,” Jada says. “I’m not saying it’s always perfect. I have my bloops and my blunders. But I’m doing my best.” — Hollywood Life
What do you think about Jada’s parenting tips and lessons?
“Blended families are NEVER easy, but here’s why I don’t have a lot of sympathy for your situation because… we CHOOSE them. When I married Will, I knew Trey was part of the package…Period! If I didn’t want that…I needed to marry someone else. Then I learned if I am going to love Trey…I had to learn to love the most important person in the world to him…his mother. And the two of us may not have always LIKED each other… but we have learned to LOVE each other. These are the situations that separate the women from the girls.” — Huffington Post/Black Voices
When asked why it was so important to her that “make things good” with Will Smith’s son, Trey, Jada discusses the scars that her parents divorce left on her:
“I wanted to do anything in my power to make sure Trey didn’t go through what I went through,” Jada said. “I had to learn to get out of my own ego and remember it wasn’t about me.” — Today’s Modern Family
But as we all know these things take time and adjustment on the behalf of everyone. Jada went on to explain that it wasn’t just about becoming a [step-parent] that took some adjustment on her part. It was having to understand that Will was going to have a relationship with Trey’s mom because they share a child. She said she had to support him in doing what was right even though it wasn’t easy.
“Greatness doesn’t come from ease. You want to do great things and you want it to be easy?? These don’t go hand in hand, but the fact that we enjoy holidays together with Trey’s mom and her new husband makes the tough part worth it. Trey knows we all get along, and that creates stability for him.”
And for those of you who are thinking that it maybe best to just “drop it and forget it” when it comes to the other parent, Jada will tell you that, that’s a definite No in her book: Jada has also been quoted saying that she actively included Sheree in their family unit in order to keep Trey from feeling torn between them.
“I refused to have Trey feel like a step-child. He is not from my body, but he is a huge part of my spirit and soul. I wanted him to feel like he was a part of this circle. In order to do that, I had to make his mother a part of this circle, because your mother is your pulse to the world. Your mother is your everything. How can I truly appreciate and love Trey without embracing his mother?” — Atlanta Black Star
Additionally, she never wanted to treat him as a step-child and doesn’t like using the term. Instead, she calls him her bonus son.
Honestly, whether you’ve got a blended family or not, there are some real gems here from Jada.
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith are one of the most prolific and successful couples in Hollywood. And despite rumors of swinging, infidelity, and impending divorce, they remain a shining example of Black love in Tinseltown. Together, they have raised a family in which their daughter Willow and their son Jaden have been able to become empowered and unique artists; even if their point of views are oft-applauded and denounced in the culture. And while trying to be the best parents possible, Will has still found time to reignite his film career, and Jada has remained a constant in television and movies. She has had a banner year so far with her roles in the hit Fox series Gotham and her scene-stealing turn as “Rome” in Magic Mike XXL.
Will and Jada have never given anyone reason to think that their marriage is in the dumps. And yet, they are so often plagued with rumors of a split that Will, who virtually ignores any and all rumors about his family, finally spoke out about the situation. He said this on his Facebook page on Monday:
Under normal circumstances, I don’t usually respond to foolishness. (Because it’s contagious) But, so many people have extended me their “deepest condolences” that I figured – “What the hell… I can be foolish, too!”
So, in the interest of redundant, repetitious, over & over-again-ness… Jada and I are…
NOT GETTING A DIVORCE!!!!!!!!!!!!! : -)
I promise you all – if I ever decide to divorce my Queen – I SWEAR I’ll tell you myself!
#Dumb People Should Have to Wear Scarlet D’s
A short while later, Jada hopped on social media to support her husband’s statement with a simple response:
My king has spoken.
— Jada Pinkett Smith (@jadapsmith) August 3, 2015
And if that weren’t confirmation enough, Willow tweeted out her thoughts on the constant reports:
The media thinks my parents are getting divorced like every second hahaha !
— Willy (@OfficialWillow) August 4, 2015
The family delivered the ultimate “Bye Felicia” to the rumors. Will dropped that Facebook message and then went on and partied at the OVO Fest with Kanye and Drake. Jada threw on a bikini and flaunted her flawless figure on a beach in Hawaii, completely unbothered. So with the death of that latest rumor, fellow media outlets, haters, and naysayers, can you finally leave Will and Jada alone?
The entertainment dynasty they’re creating is important. To see Will Smith be a caring Black father and husband while maintaining his position among Hollywood’s elite is necessary as we often don’t see many positive representations of the Black family in entertainment. To see them support their daughter who is quickly becoming a role model by choosing to stay true to her unique look and perspective is important. Watching Jaden become a young international star and an individual who motivates young people to think outside the box is a beautiful thing. There’s been no family like the Smiths, and whether you hate them or love them, they’re living their lives their way and doing nothing to hurt others. That’s why it’s maddening that the media has been on a mission to split Will and Jada up for so long. It is the plight of the A-list star. Once you become very successful and your fame elevates to a prominent level, the media seeks to find a chink in your armor in order to feed the obsessive public. Many people like to watch people reach success, but a lot of people really enjoy watching the mighty fall. And while we’ve seen the end of several long-term A-list celebrity marriages within the last year—Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin, Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale, and Chris Rock and Malaak Compton—I am thrilled that Will and Jada are not a part of that list.
No one knows what really goes on behind closed doors. At the end of the day, I’m going to take Will and Jada’s social media word as bond. If the day comes where they say they are splitting up, I’ll believe it. If they say they’re staying together and they love each other, as they have, then I believe it, and I champion it. May we see more examples of prominent Black love in Hollywood in the future.
And while celebrity marriages are ending quicker than Meek Mill’s rap career, the Smiths have put their collective feet on the ground and set the record straight. Now, can they live?
All day long, media outlets have been claiming that Will and Jada are ending their 17 year marriage. The story gained such traction that it was one of the top trending topics on Facebook. It was everywhere.
But if you fell for the trap and clicked on the story, you probably noticed that there were no receipts to speak of. There was an unnamed source and there were no official documents.
This has happened far too many times for us to take this seriously. But it kept growing and growing.
And just as people were starting to doubt the authenticity of Will and Jada’s love, our boy released a statement through his own Facebook page.
See what he said.
And then Jada came through with a co-sign.
My king has spoken.
— Jada Pinkett Smith (@jadapsmith) August 3, 2015
Well, there you have it.
Jada Pinkett Smith is a flawless vision in white on the cover of American Way Magazine’s August issue.
The 43-year-old actress, director, producer, and philanthropist sat with the magazine for American Airlines for intimate chat about all things Jada. The wife and mother of two divulged her secrets on just how she made it through from her tough upbringing in Baltimore to becoming a revered talent on the Hollywood scene and more.
Continue clicking to check out exclusive photos from Smith’s fly cover shoot, accompanied by highlights from the interview.
Degradation Doesn’t Have To Be A Part Of Adult Entertainment: Jada Pinkett Smith Talks Deeper Message Behind “Magic Mike 2”
A lot of people may think that a move like Magic Mike will do nothing but objectify and perhaps even degrade men for the pleasure and entertainment of women. You know, kind of like in strip clubs patronized by men.
But according to Jada Pinkett Smith, you won’t see that with her character Rome.
She spoke with Rolling Out to discuss the way adults consume erotica and explained how he tied into her work with human trafficking.
Rolling Out: How did you prepare for this role?
The role was actually written for a guy and so when I got on a Skype call with Channing and Greg, who is the director of the film, Channing said he really wanted to infuse a sense of responsibility to this component of adult entertainment.
A lot of my human trafficking advocacy helped me understand–if I had a club what I would change about how clubs exist now. I really just used everything that I’ve learned during my human trafficking advocacy to really give me just the idea of making people who are in this industry feel empowered. And understanding that men and women can communicate in an erotic, sensual way without degradation. There’s absolutely no reason why degradation has to be a component of adult entertainment.
Rolling Out: What was the turning point or tipping point that made you say I’m going to back this cause?
It was really my daughter. Because she came to me and she said, ‘There are people in this country who are selling people my age for sex.’ And I was like ‘That is not happening.’ I went on the internet and saw that it was true. And she was like ‘I really want to lend a voice to this.’ And I said well, why don’t you let me be a buffer and that was how it all started.
While some of y’all are focused on Willow’s hair styles, this young girl is focused on important work. Kudos to her and kudos to Jada for taking such a cause so seriously.
Do you think there’s a way for men and women to appreciate adult entertainment with degradation?
You can check out the rest of Jada’s brief video interview with Rolling Out, here.
Ariel Archer has been formally charged with misdemeanor trespassing after breaking into a home belonging to Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith back in March, My FOX LA reports.
The 26-year-old was discovered in the kitchen by a housekeeper at the Smith residence, who says that she refused to leave premises. Will, Jada and their two children, Willow and Jaden, were not present at the time of the incident. Archer was eventually arrested and later pled no contest to misdemeanor trespassing.
Monday, Archer was sentenced to three years of summary probation. The Van Nuys courts also issued a restraining order against the young woman, which prohibits her from coming within 150 yards of the Smiths’ Calabasas home.
In recent years, multiple celebrity home intruders have made headlines. In May, Chris Brown was stunned to find a naked woman waiting for him in his Augora Hills mansion. Just two years earlier, Brown’s ex-girlfriend, Rihanna, also experienced a home intrusion encounter of sorts. A man was apprehended for breaking into a house belonging to the singer’s neighbor. He was reportedly under the impression that he was breaking into the “Diamonds” singer’s home.
People are really bugged out.
No matter how many times Jada tells the world otherwise, folks are hell bent on believing that she and Tupac had a romantic relationship. Not so. In fact, at the time of Tupac’s death, their friendship was strained.
She explained the nature of their relationship, why it wouldn’t work romantically and then how they fell out.
“He was a revolutionary without a revolution if that makes any kind sense,” Pinkett Smith told Stern. “And that kind of energy just transferred to a whole ‘nother thing.”
Then Howard asked her why nothing ever happened with them romantically.
“You know, it’s so funny. Now being older, I have more of an understanding of what that was between us… because when you have two young people that have very strong feelings, but there was no physical chemistry between us at all, and it wasn’t even just for me! It was him too. There was a time when I was like, ‘Just kiss me! Let’s just see how this goes.’ And when I tell you it had to be the most disgusting kiss for us both.
“The only way I can put it is just the higher power just did not want that. Because I feel as though if Pac and I had any kind of sexual chemistry, we might have killed each other. Because we were both so passionate and you know, we loved deeply. It was hard enough with us just being friends. It was volatile relationship.”
What caused them to fall out.
“Jail was a very difficult experience for him. And of course, we were on two sides of the spectrum. Pac and I have always had very intense, conversations…arguments. And if we disagree with each other, we disagree hard core.
I just wasn’t in agreement with the direction that he was taking. And I just told him that it was a destructive direction. A very scary direction and he felt as though I had changed. I got Hollywood. I had gone soft. And I understood all that. And looking back now, I totally understand where Pac was because at that particular point in time, that mentality was a part of his survival at that moment. And it was actually a mentality he started to come out of before he was murdered.”
Since the two weren’t speaking when Tupac passed, Stern asked her if she felt guilt when he was tragically killed. Jada got a bit emotional as she responded.
“I don’t think I was guilty as much as I felt just sadness for not having just the opportunity to tell him that I loved him. But I know he knew that. Because it wasn’t the first time that we had had a bad argument and had stopped speaking. That was kind of a constant in our relationship. So I didn’t really look at it as a reason to feel guilty. But it definitely taught me a lesson, which is, life is too short. Do not let disagreements stand in between you and people that you love and care about.”
You can listen to the portion of her internet where she talks about Pac in the clip below.
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