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During a recent appearance on “The Arsenio Hall Show” Jada Pinkett Smith took a stroll down memory lane and discussed her relationship with slain rapper Tupac Shakur.
“Pac was probably one of the first male figures that I had in my life that saw the beauty and my talent and intelligence separated from sex,” Jada explained.
Jada went on to say that Tupac offered something that most fathers offer their daughters.
“That’s something that a young girl gets from her father, I didn’t have that. Pac was the first one that it wasn’t about sex it was about, ‘You, you’re a beautiful woman, you’re talented, you’re strong, I respect you and you’re my girl. You’re going to sit right here, I’m going to protect you.’”
“And that was about our relationship was like,” she added.
The mother of two also discussed encountering her husband, Will Smith, for the first time.
“One time meeting him at Bullock’s. Bullock’s is like this department store in Los Angeles and I’m with my mother and Will’s like ‘Hey Jada’ and saying hello to my mother and just as cheery as ever and happy as he always is and my mother’s like, ‘Why can’t you date a nice guy like him?’ I said, ‘Will, that’s the Fresh Prince, what I’m going to do with him?’, and of course look at me now.”
Little did she know, she’d later audition to play Will’s girlfriend on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”
“When I was 19 I auditioned to play one of his girlfriends on Fresh Prince [of Bel Air] and they told me I was too short.”
While she didn’t get the original role she went out for, Will later circled back and asked Jada to play his girlfriend for another movie project that he was working on.
“Many years later once I started a film career, Mr. Smith decided he wanted to come and ask me to play his girlfriend and I had to tell him no.”
She adds that if she’d taken Will up on his initial offer, they probably wouldn’t be married today.
“I think if I had done it we would not be married today because you have to meet people at a time that you’re ready. Neither one of us were ready at that time.”
Watch a clip from Jada’s interview on the next page.
If there’s one thing you can expect when watching the Academy Awards, aside from the doling out of little golden men, that’s colorful fashion. And while the fashions at the 86th Annual Academy Awards weren’t necessarily mind-blowing (a la, Halle Berry in Elie Saab in 2003), I can say that I really haven’t seen anyone miss a step yet. Here are just a few of the ensembles we couldn’t help but love on people that we’re quite fond of too.
Jada Pinkett Smith in Versace
Jada Pinkett Smith said that she gained 8 to 10 pounds recently and was wondering how her Academy Award’s gown was going to fit. Could have fooled us! Her Versace gown hugged her curves and was just perfect for the red carpet with its bright blush color and billowing design. The Cartier jewels were also quite stunning. And we see you keeping it casual, Will!
News about love is hard to come by in the mainstream press. Whether it is due to willful ignorance or just not enough hours in the day, violent news gets more traction than an episode of Maury. Que sera, sera. There is a silver lining in all of this: couples are championing love in spite of negativity. (Full Disclosure: I’m a part of the Champion’s Club!)
With divorce rates and infidelity gossip creating headlines — and the recent news of Robin Thicke and Paula Patton’s separation — we want to salute good love with a list of the best representations of Black love to ever grace this place called Earth.
For the first time in five years, Jada Pinkett Smith is returning to television. Several sources confirm that Pinkett Smith will star in the Fox TV, one hour drama “Gotham.” A prequel to the “Batman” series, “Gotham” profiles the characters we got to know and love from the DC Comics.
The series is set to detail the origins of characters like Commissioner James Gordon and the other villains that terrorize the city.
So who is Jada playing? No, it’s not Catwoman. Her character is Fish Mooney. Reportedly, Fish is “a sadistic gangster boss and nightclub owner, she’s got the street smarts and almost extra sensory abilities to read people like an open book. Imposing and hotheaded, she’s not one to be crossed.”
Fish Mooney is also the boss of a young psycho named Oswald Cobblepot, played by Robin Lord Taylor. Cobblepot would eventually become The Penguin.
So this has us wondering if Fish Mooney is also a character who evolves into someone else? Hmm…
But perhaps not. Sources close to the project say Fish Mooney is probably going to be an original character. We’ll have to see about that. This could all be a ploy to protect the plot. And we’re not mad about that. There are far too many ruined surprises these days.
Jada joins Zabryna Guevara (“Burn Notice), Ben McKenzie (Southland), and Erin Richards (“Being Human).
Are you a fan of DC Comics and the Batman story? How do you think Jada will perform in this role?
Whether it be the big screen or television, these celebrities stand out from all others because of their stunning eyes, which we are proud to say are not contacts. Check out these Black celebs with light eyes that make us swoon — and jealous — all at the same time.
Stacey Dash starred in a couple episodes of “The Cosby Show” and “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” early on in her career but her big break came in 1995’s Clueless as the self-centered Dionne Davenport, opposite Alicia Silverstone and Brittany Murphy. Part Barbadian, African-American and Mexican, the former “Single Ladies” star caught a lot of flack in 2012 for endorsing Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Using her platform to express her conservative views, Dash also criticized Jay Z and Beyonce for their 2013 trip to Cuba.
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A few weeks ago, we shared Willow Smith’s new song “5”, featuring her brother Jaden Smith. As the record played, we heard a new Willow Smith- more mature than the little girl we met via “Whip My Hair.” “5″ offered Willow up as a sound young woman and even better she recently showcased her growth on the cover of V Magazine. Photographed by iconic creative director of Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld, our sister site StyleBlazer noted:
“You see as ‘regular’ as Willow wants to be, she’s still a child of Hollywood, and that comes with a certain set of demands–ones Willow doesn’t necessarily want. She recently pulled out of playing Annie in the film’s revival, which is being produced by her father, saying, “I just wanted to chill, and be at home, and decompress, and just find out what I wanna do and where I stand on this planet, with the little tiny place we have.” “
For the shoot, Lagerfeld instructed Willow to bring some of her favorite pieces and surprisingly, she paired boy-drag boxer shorts with low rider jeans and oxford shoes. She told V Magazine: “I kind of just put on what feels right. Sometimes that’s Converse and a T-shirt, sometimes it’s Givenchy heels and leather pants.” During her time with Lagerfeld, whose aura comes off as mysterious, Willow shared he was extremely friendly despite being a legend in the fashion world.
Given the constant chatter that’s surrounded her upbringing, with wisdom Willow told V Magazine, her present goal is to be stress free. She noted: “I just wanna do things that make me feel good and not stressed. I just chill and open my eyes and think, just relaxing and being silent. Because the world is so loud.”
Although the world may nag her, Willow shared her music career will not end, even if people do not support her music. After releasing her summer jam, “Summer Fling,” incumbents of social media wagged their fingers too hard at Willow, noting the song was not age appropriate. To keep it light, Willow created a plan to keep her music to herself until she thinks the world can receive her art. She may release a track here or there on SoundCloud but Willow claimed:
“I just feel like I want to do it different than the world’s ready for. It’s like a pearl—I’m reading that book right now. You put a piece of sand in it, which is the imagination. You close it over a bunch of years, making it awesome, and then Bam! It comes open. And I’m it! I’m the pearl.”
You go girl!
Get into the pictures from her V Magazine shoot below.
Singers often look into their own personal lives as inspiration for songs. These 15 artists got very heartfelt and emotional by singing about the joys of parenthood and their children. Here are some of our favorite songs singers wrote for their children.
Superstar singer Beyonce is normally a private person but after having her first child, Blue Ivy, the former Destiny’s Child member has opened up about the joys of motherhood. In addition to sharing intimate photos of mother and child, Beyonce penned the song “Blue.” In the song, which is on her latest album Beyonce, Blue sings about feeling alive when she looks into her daughter’s eyes. At the end of the song, Blue Ivy joins in and sings with her mommy before asking if they can go see daddy.
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Being in love is always a great feeling and it’s even greater to share it with the world, like these artists who weren’t shy about having their boos star in a music video with them for all to see.
Usher and Chilli
In 2001, Chilli made a lot of women jealous after she started dating Usher. Although their relationship only lasted for two years, that was enough time for Chilli to appear in two of Usher’s videos: “U Got It Bad” and “U Don’t Have To Call.” After their relationship came to an end, many speculated the songs off of Usher’s Confessions album (which hinted of an affair and a love child) were about their relationship, but the TLC member revealed that Jermaine Dupri’s love life was really the inspiration behind it all.
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Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority the founded at Howard University on January 15, 1908. The founding group comprised of 20 women and was led by Ethel Hedgeman Lyle. The sorority consists of college-educated women who come from diverse backgrounds. There are more than 250,000 women who are AKA sisters and the sorority has branched out to Europe, Africa and Asia. The mission and purpose of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority is to improve the quality of life for world citizens. Here are 15 celebrities who crossed or are honorary, who embody their sorority’s giving mission and purpose.
Will and Jada Pinkett Smith celebrated 16 years of marriage on New Year’s Eve.
To mark the occasion, the couple gathered many of their close friends for a party in Dubai. The soirée eventually carried over to the piano where Maxwell and Tyrese sang the couple a little fun ditty about marriage. Will even took to the piano to show off his skills! Thanks to the magic of Instagram (via Maxwell’s account), we know how fun the party was.
For an inside peek of Will and Jada’s anniversary party, log on to Essence.com