Jada Pinkett Smith Willow Smith
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EBONY: Do you feel like women are harder on women?

I think what we have to do in our womanhood, is if we’re asking for certain freedoms from other people, we have to learn to:  (A): give those freedoms to ourselves, and (B): give those freedoms to one another because if we can’t do it, if we’re going to sit up here and slam 11 year old child for wanting to cut her hair, how we going to ask these men to back off these issues dealing with our bodies?  I believe that we want to take a stand to be individuals, that has be across the board and we have to give it to one another and it can’t be “we can have freedom there, but we can’t have freedom there”. And I think you have to be responsible about it. A lot of people don’t understand the process that we went through with Willow. It wasn’t that Willow just decided this in one day, that was a three-year process. Because from day one she said, “I want my hair like Gammy’s”.

EBONY: You both are so alike in your personalities and confidence. What would a Willow and Jada musical collaboration sound like?

That’s so crazy because she and I have been talking about that. She loves music and I have expanded a little bit more from the Burn thing that I did for Will into like an R&B rock thing, into more edgier rock stuff. [I’m] not doing the metal stuff, I’m a little too old for that! So you know we’ve kind of evolved into something else. But we  [Willow and I] actually have been talking about that.

EBONY: With the evolution of your family and all of your successes, especially Willow,  are you anxious to see what’s going to come next?

I’m very excited, you still have a little anxiety, because I’m still a mother, and these are my most vigilant years with these kids. Willow is on my hip, I'm watching every step. Willow’s going through womanhood training right now, you know what I mean, so it's that balance between giving her enough room, but also staying right by her side so when she bumps a little it's like, okay I'm there. And being there but not dictating and its scary because, lets keep it real, we know that the best lessons we’ve ever learned is when we fell on our ass. You learn more from your failures. Your mother could sit here all day and tell you "baby don’t do that,  I can tell you right now what that’s going to look like".  So you kind of have to, without judgment, and without guilt, kind of have to step back. And when your baby falls down, you just got to be there. That’s it. That’s all it is.