Jada Pinkett-Smith gets candid with daughter
Jada Pinkett-Smith has been an actress, a rock star and more and now the proud mama is taking a new approach in the entertainment world - trying to help parents be real with their kids. BET reports Pinkett-Smith recently launched a web series titled "Red Table Talks" in which she sits with her daughter Willow to talk about drugs, fame, women's urban clothes and parenting.
In the first episode, Pinkett-Smith discusses parenting and drugs alongside her daughter and her mother, Adrienne Banfield Jones. Pinkett-Smith's mother had her at a very young age and was addicted to drugs until she was 18. The three women discussed the past, present and the future of their relationships.
"Jada, how do all my efforts to be a better grandmother than I was a mother make you feel? Any resentments?" Jones asks her daughter in the web series. "It was a very difficult time for us. Jada did not have the kind of life that you have now. I was not a good mother in my eyes and I know that your mom believes that all experiences - good and bad - help make you the person that you are today. I just feel like during those times, the bad times outweighed the good."
For her response, Pinkett-Smith discusses how the past made her feel and how it also helped shape her life, to keep straight and to focus on her goals professionally and personally.
"I used those things as motivation. The experience that I had with you because you were so young we did a lot of growing up together, I had a lot of freedoms," Pinkett-Smith said in the video on her teenage years. "So I learned the power of freedom. You never once told me that I couldn't do something…We can't be perfect on all levels, but that you were intuitive enough to know who I was, now that's one of the best things that you can give a child and not to get in the way of a being of a person."
Willow gets in on the action as well, discussing her life in the spotlight - the perks and the hardships, SoulCulture.co.uk reports.
"If I were to change one thing about my life, it would probably be that I wouldn't be famous," Willow Smith said in the open diary-style series. "Because when you're famous, it's so hard."
The young actress and singer then went on to say there is also a plus side of being famous, including having a louder voice, being able to show her creativity through her music and hip hop clothes and being a role model for her generation.