From Struggle To Success: Black Women Who Learned To Soar

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Smith is the daughter of a single mother who gave birth at 15 to both Smith and her twin sister Sidra. Born in Camden, New Jersey, Smith grew up amongst gangs, drugs and poverty. Through much of Smith’s life, her mother was addicted to drugs and by 14, Smith herself was dating, smoking weed and ordering Hennessy at bars. Even when Smith moved to L.A. and began her stand-up comedy career, the actress stripped to make ends meet and finally had to face her own addiction to weed, cocaine and alcohol. After finding God and kicking her frightening habits, Smith was eventually cast in Tyler Perry’s Daddy’s Little Girls. Smith is most notably known for her role as Angela Williams in Perry’s films Why Did I Get Married?, Why Did I Get Married Too?,  and on the television series For Better or Worse.

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