Jada Pinkett Smith
Actor, singer
Jada Pinkett Smith
Jada Koren Pinkett Smith is an American actress, producer, director, author, singer-songwriter, and businesswoman. She began her career in 1990, when she made a guest appearance in the short-lived sitcom True Colors. She starred in A Different World, produced by Bill Cosby, and she featured opposite Eddie Murphy in The Nutty Professor. She starred in dramatic films such as Menace II Society (1993) and Set It Off.
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Sundance and Will and Jada Pinkett Smith foundation team up
LATimes - about 1 month
Sundance 2017 updates: 'The Big Sick,' from Judd Apatow and Kumail Nanjiani, emerges as a film to watch and sells for $12 million Jan. 22, 2017, 1:50 p.m. Though the March on Main is still very much on the minds of the filmmakers and attendees of the Sundance Film festival, attention has turned...
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The Inspiring Way This Small Business Owner Handled Social Media Backlash
Huffington Post - about 2 months
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You Should Never Wear Thumb Rings. It's A Juju Thing.
Huffington Post - 2 months
Embed from Getty Images In his book "Mystic's Musings", Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev has warned women to never wear any metal rings on their thumbs as it "will lead to attracting occult forms". Sadhguru, a name which means uneducated guru, is an Enlightened Yogi, Mystic, Humanitarian, New York Times Bestselling Author, and more than likely a genius. So as much as I am a long term fan of fashion guru and thumb ring advocate, Rachel Zoe, (I love receiving her quarterly Box of Style and fashion advice via The Zoe Report) I am going to have to draw the line here. Rachel is even quoted as saying "why are you asking me if I've read a book". I've read the book, Rachel, it's now up to you to stop just accessorising with gay abandon and enlighten your fashion followers! Sadhguru and Rachel Zoe both share an affinity for snake jewelry. Spiritual seekers and Isha meditators can buy copper snake rings from Isha Shoppe USA to be worn only on the r ...
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Willow Smith Releases Dreamy Post-Election Song To Inspire Us All
Huffington Post - 4 months
While many continue to mourn in the wake of last week’s election results, Willow Smith has been busy creating beautiful music to uplift us all.  Over the weekend, the 16-year-old daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith released her newest song, “November 9th.” The track, which features a dreamy, lullabylike melody paired with Smith’s soothing vocals, seems like a clear response to Donald Trump’s win.  “Baby girl, I know you’re tired, don’t let the world put out your fire,” the actress sings, somehow capturing the mixed emotions felt by the country while encouraging hope. “Take my hand and you will see, sadness and anger aren’t everything.” You can listen to the full song below:  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Jada Pinkett Smith Is a Lot Less Strict With Her Children Now
ABC News - 5 months
Jada Pinkett Smith is kicking butts and taking names in the TV series “Gotham.”
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Jada Pinkett Smith Calls Will The 'Fire Of Inspiration In My Heart' In Sweet Birthday Note
Huffington Post - 5 months
Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith are pretty much the definition of #RelationshipGoals.  On Sunday, Jada wished her husband a happy birthday on Facebook, thus putting all other birthday greetings to shame. (Seriously, everyone needs to step up their game.) The actress posted an old video from the couple’s visit to Ethiopia to help raise money for clean water.  “We do so much good in this world together, Will and there is so much more to come,” she wrote under the clip. “You have been the greatest gift to me in that way, by being a fire of inspiration in my heart.” And to prove just how serious these two are about birthdays, here are two of the adorable messages Will said about his wife.  This year, the “Suicide Squad” star kept things simple, writing, “Happy Birthday, My Queen. I’m looking forward to loving you through a thousand more hairdos!” alongside a collage image of Jada.  Last year, he got extra sentimental, writing, “I’ve told yo ...
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Jaden Smith Bought Mom Jada Pinkett Smith Gold 'Grillz' For Her Birthday, Because Of Course He Did
Huffington Post - 5 months
Most kids would buy their mothers chocolates or flowers on her birthday, but if your kid is Jaden Smith, you get gold “grillz.”  On Tuesday, Jada Pinkett Smith decided to show off the new bling she received from her Twitter philosopher son, and somehow, they look amazing on her.  Seriously, only Jada could rock these grills and look this good. As Nelly would say, she’s got a “smile on the rocks.”  When your son buys you grillz for your 45th birthday:) pic.twitter.com/Crysr6T3nf — Jada Pinkett Smith (@jadapsmith) September 20, 2016 Pinkett Smith talked about her new accessory during her appearance on “Live with Kelly” Tuesday morning.  “He literally had to bring a jeweler to the house, and I had to get a mold on my mouth,” she said. “Then they took the mold and they made gold grills.” Even though she didn’t ask for the grills, the actress revealed that the rule for gifts at the Smith household is to “get what you want the person to have versus trying to ...
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Jaden Smith Bought Mom Jada Pinkett Smith Gold 'Grillz' For Her Birthday, Because Of Course He Did
Huffington Post - 5 months
Most kids would buy their mothers chocolates or flowers on her birthday, but if your kid is Jaden Smith, you get gold “grillz.”  On Tuesday, Jada Pinkett Smith decided to show off the new bling she received from her Twitter philosopher son, and somehow, they look amazing on her.  Seriously, only Jada could rock these grills and look this good. As Nelly would say, she’s got a “smile on the rocks.”  When your son buys you grillz for your 45th birthday:) pic.twitter.com/Crysr6T3nf — Jada Pinkett Smith (@jadapsmith) September 20, 2016 Pinkett Smith talked about her new accessory during her appearance on “Live with Kelly” Tuesday morning.  “He literally had to bring a jeweler to the house, and I had to get a mold on my mouth,” she said. “Then they took the mold and they made gold grills.” Even though she didn’t ask for the grills, the actress revealed that the rule for gifts at the Smith household is to “get what you want the person to have versus trying to ...
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Jared Leto Sent Anal Beads And Used Condoms To 'Suicide Squad' Cast
Huffington Post - 11 months
What do you get the cast that has everything?  And by everything, we mean a dead pig, bullets, a live rat and the many other "gifts" Jared Leto sent his "Suicide Squad" co-stars to make his on-screen Joker as menacing as can be.  According to the "Dallas Buyers Club" star, anal beads and used condoms will do the trick. Note to self: never celebrate the holidays with Jared Leto.  "I did a lot of things to create a dynamic to create an element of surprise, a spontaneity and to really break down any kind of walls that may be there," he told E! News on the red carpet at CinemaCon. "The Joker is somebody who doesn't really respect things like personal space or boundaries." But his "Suicide Squad" co-stars, like Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, didn't seem to mind the surprise treats. Cut to Jada Pinkett Smith opening up the family mailbox: "He went full Joker," Will Smith told E! "He really set the tone. He wasn't playing with ...
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Jada Pinkett Smith Isn't Fazed By Chris Rock's Oscars Joke About Her
Huffington Post - 12 months
Jada Pinkett Smith has finally addressed Chris Rock's joke about her from the 2016 Oscars.  The actress, who spoke openly about the award show's lack of diversity (#OscarsSoWhite), famously decided not to attend this year's ceremony. As a result, she became the butt of one of Rock's jokes.  During his opening monologue, the comedian said, "Jada said she's not coming. I was like, 'Isn't she on a TV show?' Jada's gonna boycott the Oscars? Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna's panties. I wasn't invited!"  On Saturday, while she was walking through Los Angeles International Airport, photographers asked for her thoughts on Rock's jokes. Pinkett Smith basically brushed it off, telling the paparazzi, "It comes with the territory, sweetheart."  She continued, "Hey look, it comes with the territory, but we gotta keep it moving. We gotta keep it moving. We gotta keep it moving. There's a lot of stuff we gotta handle, a lot of stuff in our world righ ...
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Freedom Project: Children for sale
CNN - 12 months
Jada Pinkett Smith and the CNN Freedom Project reveal the human trafficking in the heart of America.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jada Pinkett Smith
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 44
    In 2016 she reprised her role as Mooney in many episodes of Gotham`s second season.
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  • 2014
    Age 42
    Beginning in 2014, she starred in the first season of the Fox's crime drama Gotham as the notorious gangster Fish Mooney.
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  • 2013
    Age 41
    In 2013, she appeared in a video clip for Gucci's "Chime for Change" campaign that aims to raise funds and awareness of women's issues globally.
    More Details Hide Details In 1997, Pinkett Smith was the emcee of the Million Woman March in Philadelphia. After meeting Tom Cruise during the filming of Collateral in 2004, Pinkett Smith and Smith donated $20,000 to the Hollywood Education and Literacy Program (HELP), Scientology's basis for homeschooling. The couple came under fire in 2008 when they decided to fund New Village Leadership Academy, a private elementary school located in Calabasas, California (now defunct). The school employed teachers dedicated to Scientology and featured controversial methodologies like Study Technology, created by Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. The couple have denied claims that they are themselves Scientologists.
  • 2012
    Age 40
    In 2012, on behalf of PETA, Pinkett Smith wrote a letter to Baltimore's mayor, asking that the visiting Ringling Brothers Circus "comply with Baltimore’s absolute prohibition of the use of devices such as bullhooks" and not harm the elephants.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2008
    Age 36
    Starring Paz Vega and Idris Elba, it debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2008.
    More Details Hide Details In January 2009, she started working on the TNT medical drama Hawthorne, in which she was executive producer and a starring cast member. In September 2011, the show was cancelled by TNT, after three seasons. In spring 2012, Pinkett Smith launched a web series entitled Red Table Talks, with the first episode featuring her daughter and her mother, in order to encourage dialogue within families.
  • 2007
    Age 35
    The Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation was presented with an award in 2007 at the 4th Annual Lupus Foundation of America Awards.
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    When Pinkett Smith's aunt, Karen Banfield Evans, was diagnosed with lupus, the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation, in association with the Lupus Foundation of America and Maybelline, held the first annual "Butterflies Over Hollywood" event on September 29, 2007, at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details The event raised funds for LFA public and professional educational programs.
  • 2006
    Age 34
    In December 2006, she donated $1 million to the Baltimore School for the Arts in memory of her friend Tupac Shakur.
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    The band's self-titled debut album was released on February 21, 2006, by Pinkett Smith's production company 100% Womon and Suburban Noize Records.
    More Details Hide Details Will Smith served as the project's executive producer. The album made it to Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart, and peaked at number 44 during the week of March 11, 2006. AllMusic reviewer Alex Henderson said of the album, "Smith shows herself to be an expressive, commanding singer" and that "Wisdom shows considerable promise". The band promoted the album in 2006, touring with heavy metal band Sevendust. Wicked Wisdom landed a slot on Britney Spears' Onyx Hotel Tour in 2004, one of the year's highest-profile tours. The band opened for Spears for eight dates in April and May 2004, during the European leg of the tour.
  • 2005
    Age 33
    In 2005, Pinkett Smith became one of many celebrities to invest a combined total of $10 million in Carol's Daughter, a line of beauty products created by Lisa Price.
    More Details Hide Details She became a spokesperson for the beauty line, and said, "To be a part of another African American woman's dream was just priceless to me." She also is a shareholder the Philadelphia 76ers with her husband Will Smith and other partners. Together with Smith, Pinkett Smith has created the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation in Baltimore, Maryland, a charity which focuses on youth in urban inner cities and family support. Her aunt, Karen Banfield Evans, is the foundation's executive director. The charity was awarded the David Angell Humanitarian Award by The American Screenwriters Association (ASA) in 2006. The Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation has provided grants to non-profit organizations such as YouthBuild, and Pinkett Smith has made personal donations to organizations such as Capital K-9s.
  • 2004
    Age 32
    Pinkett Smith published her first children's book, Girls Hold Up This World, in 2004. "I wrote the book for Willow and for her friends and for all the little girls in the world who need affirmation about being female in this pretty much masculine world.
    More Details Hide Details I really tried to capture different sides of femininity. I want girls in the world to feel powerful, to know they have the power to change the world in any way they wish."
  • 2003
    Age 31
    In 2003, Pinkett Smith and Smith helped to create the television series All of Us, which originally aired on UPN.
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  • 2002
    Age 30
    Under the stage name Jada Koren, Pinkett Smith formed the metal band Wicked Wisdom in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details The band consists of Pinkett Smith performing lead vocals, Pocket Honore (guitar, vocals), Cameron "Wirm" Graves (guitar, keyboard, vocals), and Rio (bass, vocals). The band is managed by James Lassiter and Miguel Melendez of Overbrook Entertainment, a company co-founded by Pinkett Smith's husband Will Smith.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    Age 27
    Perhaps her best-known role to date is the part of human rebel Niobe in the films The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003), and video game Enter The Matrix (2003) sequels to 1999's The Matrix.
    More Details Hide Details The character was eventually written, specifically, with Pinkett Smith in mind. Directly after she filmed her scenes for Ali, Pinkett Smith flew to Australia to work on the Matrix sequels. The sequels earned over $91 million and $48 million during opening weekends, respectively. In 2008, Pinkett Smith portrayed Alex Fisher, a lesbian author, in The Women. Pinkett Smith's directorial debut was The Human Contract; she also wrote and acted in the movie.
  • 1998
    Age 26
    She participated as the maid of honor in Banfield-Jones' 1998 wedding to telecommunications executive Paul Jones.
    More Details Hide Details Pinkett Smith has shown great admiration for her grandmother, saying, "My grandmother was a doer who wanted to create a better community and add beauty to the world."
  • 1997
    Age 25
    On December 31, 1997, about 100 guests attended their wedding at The Cloisters, near her hometown of Baltimore, Maryland.
    More Details Hide Details Regarding her marriage, Jada said that they are "private people" and told one interviewer, "I will throw my career away before I let it break up our marriage. I made it clear to Will. I'd throw it away completely". Jada and Will have two children, Jaden (b. 1998), and Willow (b. 2000). She is also the stepmother of Trey Smith, Will's son from a previous marriage. Will commented in 2008 on their parenting styles: "We're not strict but we definitely believe it's a very important component for rearing children. It creates safety for them. They understand that they need guidance." Jaden and Willow are attending public school once again. The family resides in a home, on, in Malibu. After opening her music company 100% Womon Productions, Pinkett Smith created her own fashion label, Maja, in 1994. The clothing line features women's T-shirts and dresses embellished with the slogan "Sister Power", sold primarily through small catalogs.
    In 1997, Pinkett Smith had a cameo role in Scream 2 as Maureen Evans, a college student who is brutally murdered in front of hundreds of cinemagoers.
    More Details Hide Details The film made over $100 million at the US box office. In 2000, Pinkett Smith was cast in Spike Lee's film Bamboozled (2000), as Sloan Hopkins, a personal assistant to the main character portrayed by Damon Wayans. Although the film met with mediocre reviews, it won the Freedom of Expression Award by the National Board of Review.
    In 1997, she married actor Will Smith.
    More Details Hide Details They have two children, Jaden and Willow. She also has another son named Willard Christopher Smith. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Jada Koren Pinkett was named after her mother's favorite soap-opera actress, Jada Rowland. Pinkett Smith is of African American, West Indian (from Jamaica and Barbados), Creole, and Portuguese-Jewish ancestry. Her parents are Adrienne Banfield-Jones, the head nurse of an inner-city clinic in Baltimore, and Robsol Pinkett, Jr., who ran a construction company. Banfield-Jones became pregnant in high school; the couple married but divorced after several months. Banfield-Jones raised Pinkett with the help of her own mother, Marion Martin Banfield, a social worker. Banfield noticed her granddaughter's passion for the performing arts and enrolled her in piano, tap dance, and ballet lessons. She has a younger brother, actor/writer Caleeb Pinkett. Pinkett Smith has remained close to her mother and said, "A mother and daughter's relationship is usually the most honest, and we are so close." She also added: "mother understood what I wanted and never stood in my way."
  • 1996
    Age 24
    Following a role in Demon Knight (1995), Pinkett Smith co-starred with actor and comedian Eddie Murphy in the 1996 remake of The Nutty Professor.
    More Details Hide Details The film opened in 2,000 theaters and earned $25 million in its first weekend. Next, Pinkett Smith had a role in Set It Off (1996), a crime drama about four women who rob banks to escape from poverty. With Queen Latifah, Vivica A. Fox, and Kimberly Elise, her acting in the film was noted in the San Francisco Chronicle where they named her as "the one to watch".
  • 1995
    Age 23
    Jada and Will became friends, and began dating in 1995.
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  • 1994
    Age 22
    In 1994, Pinkett Smith acted with Keenen Ivory Wayans in the action and comedy film A Low Down Dirty Shame.
    More Details Hide Details She described her character, Peaches, as "raw" with "major attitude", and her acting garnered positive reviews. The New York Times noted, "Ms. Pinkett, whose performance is as sassy and sizzling as a Salt-n-Pepa recording, walks away with the movie."
  • TEENAGE
  • 1991
    Age 19
    She earned a role on comedian Bill Cosby's NBC television sitcom A Different World in 1991, as college freshman Lena James.
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  • 1990
    Age 18
    She began her acting career in 1990, when she starred in an episode of True Colors.
    More Details Hide Details She then appeared in a television pilot for a supernatural drama titled Moe's World that was never aired. She received guest roles in television shows such as Doogie Howser, M.D. (1991) and 21 Jump Street (1991).
  • 1989
    Age 17
    Pinkett Smith attended the Baltimore School for the Arts, where she met and became lifelong friends with classmate Tupac Shakur. She majored in dance and theatre and graduated in 1989.
    More Details Hide Details She continued her education at the North Carolina School of the Arts, and became fully invested in pursuing her acting career. She ultimately moved to Los Angeles, California, where she quickly found success in show business.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1971
    Born
    Born on September 18, 1971.
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