John David Washington Said When You Talk About Talented Parents Don’t Forget His Mom Pauletta Washington

August 17, 2018  |  

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Sadly, it’s not every day that we see Black women be honored for their contributions, even from members of our own community. But when we do see those moments they leave an impression. They make us smile and give us just a little bit of hope to know that there are still some folks out there who have our back.

When John David Washington sat down for an interview with “TODAY,” Craig Melvin asked him what it was like to grow up as the son of Denzel Washington. But John David was clear that he’s the product of two talented parents and wanted to give a particular acknowledgment to his mother Pauletta Washington. See what he had to say.

Craig Melvin: As you get started in this business being the son of Denzel Washington was…

John David Washington: And Pauletta Washington.

Melvin: Thank you…

Washington: Who was earning more money than he was when they married—before they got married. She was on Broadway working. She paid for the first date. She paid the bill, paid the cab ride. Classically trained pianist, went to Julliard. She’s a great artist in her own right and I learned a lot from her.

My father taught me how to hunt. My mother taught me how to love.

You can watch the moment in the video below.

We can assume that the Washingtons have made a concerted effort to keep their children out of the limelight. So we don’t know much about their family life or dynamic. But even if Pauletta Washington weren’t a talented actress and musician, she still deserves her acknowledgment. We already know that she held it down when it came to her children. With a mega-star husband all throughout the nineties and even until today, Denzel was and is busy. We know she had to have put in her good work. Given the fact that we’ve never heard anything about these children getting into any trouble for as long as their father has been a recognizable name is a testament to both of their parenting skills.

We’re glad he made it known.

You can watch the full interview in the video below.

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