Posts Tagged ‘Jada Pinkett Smith’

Why Would Terry McMillan Attack Will Smith’s Children?

January 29, 2011 1 comment

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse UniversityScholarship in Action 

I was surprised to see the esteemed author Terry McMillan slip to an all-time low by attacking the children of Hollywood power couple Will and Jada Smith. Using Twitter as her forum of choice, McMillan expressed her concern that the Smith kids were being "pimped and exploited" by their parents in their acting and singing careers. "It feels like the Smith children are being pimped and exploited. Or, they’re already hungry for fame. What about 4th grade?" said McMillan
McMillan then went on to write the following:
"The Smith children already act like child stars. There’s an arrogance in their demeanor and behavior. I find it incredibly sad."
Of course the entire world spread McMillan’s words quicker than wildfire. That then led to an apology from McMillan:
"I apologize for using the word pimp and exploit in referring to the Smith children. It was insensitive of me and wrong."

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Your Black Woman: New Documentary Examines “The Souls Of Black Girls”

December 19, 2008 Leave a comment

A new documentary, written, produced and directed by Daphne S. Valerius, takes a critical look into the fragile souls of Black girls, with emphasis on how media images are “instituted, established and controlled.” With appearances by Jada Pinkett Simth, Regina King and Chuck D of Public Enemy, amongst many others, The Souls of Black Girls seeks to uncover some of society’s less-known realities about color-coding and racialized-gender bias. By examining “historical and existing media images of women of color” the documentary asks if  Black girls are “suffering from a self-image disorder as a result of trying to attain the standards of beauty that are celebrated in media images.”

The Souls of Black Girls Trailer:

AOL Black Voices Interview with Daphne Valerius:

Your Black World Headlines: 09/18/2008

September 18, 2008 Leave a comment

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