Jada Pinkett Smith

[INTERVIEW] Jada Pinkett Smith Talks New Projects, and Why We Shouldn't Hate on Reality TV

The Madagascar 3 star speaks with EBONY on her "Red Table Talks" series, and why we should all be responsible for the TV we watch

Geneva S. Thomas

by Geneva S. Thomas, June 06, 2012

Jada Pinkett Smith

Photo courtesy of Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images

of creating a television show, I have a couple of people coming after me for a television deal for "Red Table Talks". And also a couple of web deals, which are interesting.

And so I will continue it, and I want to focus on issues in regards to relationships that will eventually and extend into other areas. But not just relationships in regards to familiar or even like love relationships. But like we have the Human Trafficking Report is about to come out. I don’t know if you know, but African American women and Latino women hold the number one and number two spot as far as women who are trafficked in the United States of America. Right? So I want to do a red table talk with a fantastic beautiful woman name Rachel Lloyd, who is head of the GEMS organization here in New York in regards to this issue. And I have another special project coming out on June 19 with Selma Hayek that I’m doing in Spanish in regards to that particular issue as well.

And so, you know, I want to use "Red Table Talks" as a form in which you can come and be real. And it’s really that simple. And I think that any relationship that you have with anyone you have to be able to put it on the red table. Meaning it has to be raw. And so whether you are dealing with love, whether you are dealing with family, whether you are dealing with a social issue, whether you are dealing with creation it has to be raw. And I think that now in this particular culture people go so hard at artist. And to be able to create a place where just people, and artist, can come and feel safe to just be raw and not feel that they are being attacked, you know, stripped down. And so that’s the only way that we can keep our authenticity as people, as human beings, to be able to keep those genuine relationships to ourselves and to whomever we are interacting with. So to me that is the reason for the red table.

EBONY: It’s exciting.

JPS: Thank you.

EBONY: Think real and raw are two very appropriate adjectives for watching it. You know your openness was inspiring.

JPS: Oh thank you.

EBONY: And even watching Willow she displayed a lot of vulnerability and strength, and it was very interesting to see you interacting with her and kind of getting her to put words to her emotions. What was it like for you in that moment?

JPS:  I have to be honest with you, I don’t know which segments you watched because there’s been so many segments dispersed but there was a segment where Willow comes to the table and she says, “I just want to tell you how much you mean in my life.” And she bursts into tears. The Red Table Talk was over, okay. And, you know, we’ve gone to the other room, and she goes, “Mommy, I still have something that I need to put on the table.” And I was like the lights, the guys, technicians had taken the lights. The cameras were down, but she was so adamant. Because you can see it’s dark outside, right, versus when we started it was light, right? And I was like, “I’m sorry guys but we’ve got to put these lights back.” And she got on the table, and I didn’t know what Willow was going to say. And when she started to cry I was like, you know, I was just like, “Okay. Just let this flow. This is her moment. This is what she wants to express.” But it was challenging because as a mother you want to go, “Cut. Cut it. Okay. Cut it.” You know what I mean? But she wanted to come to the table, and her expression and words…like the things that she said, I was in utter shock. I had no idea. I was just like…and just her perspective I was just like, “Willow, I never even thought about it like that.” You know, so the red table for us was just as I mean because it was…you guys saw, it was a bowl with questions. You know what I mean?

So I learned more about my daughter and my mother in that day, and I think that Willow learned a heck of a lot about us. And I mean I still have probably, we were at that red table for about two and a half hours. So I think we’ve shared with you guys maybe 45 minutes of that. But she has another segment that’s crazy. She has another segment that’s out of sight. You know I had to just figure out when to, but she was just amazing throughout the whole

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