Last week, we made note that Jada Pinkett Smith would be releasing a mini-documentary on Mother’s Day of the groundbreaking discussion she had with her daughter, Willow, and mother, Adrienne. And it turned out to be much more than I would’ve expected. From her mother Adrienne expressing her pitfalls with drug abuse and the effect it had on Jada’s upbringing; Jada’s opening up about the difficulty of balancing life; and Willow’s change of heart about singing and dancing in the spotlight. Peep Willow’s touching reaction following the taping of the Red Table Talk below, and follow up with the actual footage from the Red Table Talk where Jada, Adrienne, and Willow openly express their heart-felt opinions and questions to one another.
The red table begins with the spotlight on Mama Pinkett, who opens up for the first time in front of Willow about her drug habit she suffered with during Jada’s upbringing, the pitfalls it made between the two, and how they overcame on their own terms.
What I look for is the power in all things… I didn’t go to college. I learned all that on the streets. So it’s all relative. That’s why it’s very difficult to look at something and go ‘that’s right; that’s wrong.’ Because you don’t know. You don’t know where your gift life; you don’t know where your treasures are. You just go with the flow and make the best of it.
Jada Pinkett opens up about how she has struggled with balancing her world, and the contrast with modern-day society’s pressure on women to reality.
You have to understand that life is a journey; communication creates partnerships… That we can’t make your life for you and we can’t help you with the things that we don’t know… And you always have to remember to take care of you first and foremost, because when you stop taking care of yourself, you get out of balance, and you really forget how to take care of others.
The table turns on Willow, when she is asked about her aspirations in life and how they have seemingly changed from being a singer and dancer to something other, still in the making. They discuss the perils of being famous and the journey to come with finding yourself.
And I’ll tell you what makes being famous difficult for you, and it was the same for me: you lose your freedom.