Rest in peace Beauty… Jada
Tupac Shakur's close friend Jada Pinkett Smith has paid tribute to his mother Afeni Shakur following her death on Monday (02May16).
The actress was close friends with the rapper and his family for years after they were classmates at Baltimore School for the Arts, and she took to Facebook on Tuesday (03May16) to share her memories of Afeni and Tupac's family after hearing about Afeni's death.
"My first thought was of Sekyiwa (Tupac's half-sister) and the entire clan that loved Afeni," she wrote. "Then I remembered that I was in NY to attend a Mother's Day event named after a song written about Afeni, Dear Mama. My heart tightened and then all kinds of memories flooded in. I quickly remembered how calm Afeni was especially during any crisis. She always had a way of making me believe all would be well."
She recalls her best memory of Afeni was when they had an intimate chat following Tupac's death in 1996, aged 25, and Jada could see where her friend had got his "passion" and "depth of thinking".
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Jada Pinkett Smith never thought she would be lucky enough to be part of a family.
The 44-year-old actress is mother to 17-year-old Jaden and 15-year-old Willow with husband Will Smith, as well as being stepmother to the actor's 23-year-old son Trey.
But as she spoke at the VH1 Dear Mama event in New York on Tuesday night (03May16), Jada admitted her own upbringing had made her believe she would never be lucky enough to be part of a unit like she is now.
"I never thought about being married or having a family. I didn't know anything about that because I came from a single mom so I always though I'd be a single mom and have a career," Jada said. "But then I found this beautiful man, Will. I got married to him and I got my bonus son Trey and then I got Jaden and I got Willow and I was able to create, for myself, something I never had – which means family."
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Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith are teaming up with U.S. President Barack Obama to launch a youth initiative.
The world leader launched the My Brother's Keeper campaign, which aims to support programs that keep young people of colour out of legal trouble, in 2014, and the superstar couple has now announced it will host a Careers in Entertainment Tour through its The Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation in support of the initiative. The tour will serve underprivileged youth interested in entertainment industry careers.
"The Careers in Entertainment Tour is an engine for change in our industry, and a means of closing the gap between dreams and the tools necessary to achieve them," reads a statement from Jada.
The tours are scheduled to begin in the autumn (16) and will be held in partnership with bosses at the U.S. Small Business Administration and other organisations. Industry professionals will appear at events for the tour.
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The actor described Prince as “one of the most magnificent artists to ever grace this earth.”
Actor Will Smith has posted a heartfelt tribute to his friend Prince, revealing he spoke to the musician the night before his death. Writing on Facebook, Smith expressed his shock and sadness at hearing Prince had died on Thursday (April 21st) aged just 57.
Will Smith has revealed he spoke to Prince the night before his death.
“I am stunned and heartbroken,” Smith wrote. “I just spoke with him last night. Today, Jada & I mourn with all of you the loss of a beautiful poet, a true inspiration, and one of the most magnificent artists to ever grace this earth.”
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Will Smith and his wife Jada were "stunned" to hear of Prince's passing after speaking to the music icon on Wednesday night (20Apr16).
The news of the legendary artist's death emerged on Thursday (21Apr16), and sheriff's officials in Minnesota have since revealed the 1999 singer was found unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park compound.
Paramedics were called to the property and performed CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), but the 57-year-old, who was briefly hospitalised for the flu last week (ends15Apr16), was subsequently pronounced dead.
Movie star Will has become the latest celebrity friend to share his heartbreak online, revealing the loss was all the more shocking as he had just touched base with Prince hours before his death.
Continue reading: Will Smith Spoke To Prince On Eve Of His Shock Death
Jada Pinkett Smith - STX Entertainment Presentation Following CinemaCon's "State of the Industry: Past, Present and Future at Caesar's Palace Resort and Casino - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Tuesday 12th April 2016
Will Smith's wife Jada Pinkett Smith loved the rugged look her husband cultivated for his new film Suicide Squad.
The actor stars as Deadshot, a highly skilled assassin, in the new comic book movie, which sees a team of incarcerated supervillains team up to undertake a series of dangerous missions in exchange for their freedom.
For the role, Will modelled his appearance on imprisoned music mogul Suge Knight, growing an unkempt beard and shaving his head, a look which apparently went down very well with his spouse.
“She thought it was pretty hot,” the star tells Entertainment Tonight. “I went with the Suge Knight look. I was using my model. I went with the rough, rugged and raw. She appreciated that.”
Continue reading: Will Smith: 'My Suicide Squad Look Rocks My Wife's World'
Willow Smith refuses to let her clothes define who she is, because she knows it's what is on the inside that really matters.
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith's daughter is known for her eclectic style and was recently named an ambassador for high fashion brand Chanel. However, despite her affinity for high-end labels, the 15-year-old feels it is more important to embrace your true self.
"I have some cool shoes on, and I wear crazy eyeliner, but it's really all about emulating the colors you feel inside," she tells Teen Vogue. "A lot of clothes are cute, but after you buy the Yeezy shoes, after you get your hair done with a weave, you're still the same person. I feel like more and more kids are starting to realise this."
Willow reveals she went through a bit of an identity crisis in 2011 and had to step back to figure out who she was.
Continue reading: Willow Smith: 'Fashion Doesn't Define Me'
Jada Pinkett Smith - STX Entertainment Presentation Following CinemaCon's "State of the Industry: Past, Present and Future at Caesar's Palace Resort and Casino at Caesar's Palace - Phoenix, Arizona, United States - Tuesday 12th April 2016
David Harewood has noticed a "real boom" in the amount of parts for black actors following the Oscars diversity row.
Stars such as Will and Jada Pinkett Smith opted to boycott the Academy Awards last month (Feb16) following the lack of black nominees. Since then, there have been significant attempts to increase diversity in Hollywood, and Supergirl actor David has noticed a change.
"Since the Oscars there has been a real boom in scripts and parts for black actors and black actresses which is fantastic," David said during an interview on This Morning on Tuesday (22Mar16). "There are some great parts coming through for black actresses, and we really do need to catch up here, because studio heads seem to be getting the message that there's not only an audience out there but there is also a desire to see people of colour in essential roles and authoritative roles - because they're great actors and because there's a demand for it. There's a real demand to see diversity on screen."
David, 50, has enjoyed roles on the small screen in series such as Homeland and the recent The Night Manager, as well as movies including The Merchant of Venice and Blood Diamond. He splits his time between the U.S. and his native England, but admits the British acting world still has a long way to go in terms of its diversity inclusion.
Continue reading: David Harewood Notes Demand For Diversity Onscreen
Jada Pinkett Smith shrugged off the Oscars row to attend Chanel's Fashion Week show in Paris on Tuesday (08Mar16).
The former Gotham actress emerged from her self-imposed seclusion following her decision to boycott the Academy Awards and the resulting furore.
She was pictured with daughter Willow at the world-famous design house's Autumn/Winter 2016 show at the Grand Palais.
Jada looked chic in a fashionable high-necked pussy-bow blouse, ripped jeans with turn-ups and a grey flecked boucle overcoat worn over her shoulders.
Continue reading: Jada Pinkett Smith Returns To Spotlight After Oscars Diss
While Pinkett Smith boycotted the ceremony, Rock used his opening monologue to make at joke a her expense.
Actress Jada Pinkett Smith has spoken for the first time since last weekend’s Oscar ceremony, where host Chris Rock took a swipe at her during his opening monologue. The wife of Will Smith had announced she was boycotting this year’s ceremony due to the lack of diversity among the nominees, but Rock joked that she hadn’t been invited anyway.
Jada Pinkett Smith has spoken out after Chris Rock’s Oscar joke.
“Jada [Pinkett Smith] said she’s not coming,” Rock said during the February 28th ceremony. “I was like, ‘Isn’t she on a TV show?’ Jada’s going to boycott The Oscars? Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna’s panties. I wasn’t invited!”
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Phylicia Rashad, Adrienne Banfield-Jones, Debbie Allen , Jada Pinkett Smith - 'Freeze Frame' U.S. Premiere at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 5th February 2016
Date of birth
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Rest in peace Beauty… Jada
There are really no words to express what we have all lost today. To quote my friend Paress, “Music has lost its heart beat.” (pt 4)
and extremely intelligent. He showed me early the power of living one's life by one's own rules and no one else's. (pt 3)
He was not only a genius artist, he was kind, funny, beautifully eccentric, curious, imaginative, magical, spiritual, rebellious (pt 2)
Prince was one of the first artists to put me on game in regard to the industry. (pt 1)
Change will come...one move...one step at a time. To Karl Lagerfeld and the entire Chanel team...thank you.
3 words. Kendrick. Lamar. Power!
Had a chance to speak to families being treated. It's been an informative, wonderful day:) (Pt. 2)
Hurley Children's Hospital treats the children of Flint affected by the crisis. The staff and facility was magnificent. (Pt. 1)
Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha's research revealed the amounts of lead in the children of Flint. What an amazing woman! https://t.co/v1c8kvhQn6
In Flint Michigan meeting with Mayor Karen Weaver discussing long term support to help the residents of her city. https://t.co/5UlhzDclw4
for such a quick response in regard to the issue at hand. I look forward to the future. (pt 2)
I would like to express my gratitude to the Academy, specifically Cheryl Boone Isaacs, (pt 1)
We must stand in our power. https://t.co/jaCJf4b9rH
People can only treat us in the way in which we allow. With much respect in the midst of deep disappointment. J (pt 3)
But we are rarely recognized for our artistic accomplishments. Should people of color refrain from participating all together? (pt 2)
At the Oscars...people of color are always welcomed to give out awards...even entertain, (pt. 1)
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