Jada Pinkett Smith reveals lessons from the Oscars event

Jada Pinkett Smith opened up about learning to “detach” her hair after the 2022 Oscars.

During the ceremony, her husband, Will Smithwas slapped by comedian Chris Rock after he joked about the actress’ autoimmune condition, alopecia, which causes hair loss in the affected individual.

The “Red Table Talk” co-host shared that it was hard to let go because her hair is an identifying part of being a black woman. Finally, he was able to “dig deep and see the beauty of himself” “beyond aesthetics.”

On February 15, the actress will debut a new documentary on Netflix called “African Queens”.

Read on to learn more.

‘It was difficult’

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In an interview with UK Guardian, Jada revealed the lessons she learned from the aftermath of the slapping scandal at the 2022 Oscars. Deadline.

At the time, the actress’ husband, Will, slapped comedian Rock, one of the hosts of the ceremony, for making a joke about Jada’s lack of hair.

The “King Richard” actor later came under fire for his actions, which indirectly affected his family.

Jada said of the event that she learned a lot about “detachment.” Her comment reflected her decision to accept that she will be hairless for the rest of her life due to the disease alopecia.

Deciding to let go was not easy, however, as it required a lot of introspection.

She said: “It was hard, it was scary – because specifically as black women we identify so much with our hair. And it was scary. I had to dig really deep and see the beauty of myself beyond my aesthetics.”

Jada Pinkett Smith on navigating the entertainment industry

Will and Jada Pinkett Smith attend the 28th SAG Awards in Santa Monica, California

Jada also talked about the challenges she faced when she made her debut in the entertainment industry decades ago. At the time, fewer blacks were pursuing acting, and he challenged Jada to “take yourself to the necessity of being less black.”

He said: “Even something as simple as coming into the game at such a young age and how I had to navigate the need to be ‘less black’. How do you find your way around people threatened by your blackness? You really don’t have to take this personally and understand.”

Speaking further about the experience, the actress shared that it was difficult to balance being scorned for her color and not letting such reactions irritate her.

“Okay, this is the land where I am now,” the actress recalled her feelings at the time. “How do I navigate this without letting their discomfort with my blackness weigh on me? It’s hellish to navigate.”

“It’s about making it clear who you are”

Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith

Jada went on to say that such experiences had different effects depending on the perspective of the individual involved.

He said: “It’s something that can either make you bitter or something that you can look at and not take personally and then object to.”

In the end, it was necessary to find the right balance between wise compromises and adherence to his principles.

He continued: “There are always compromises that you make and you hope that you don’t completely pull away from your roots. It’s the difference between being confused or being consumed by becoming someone else to get what you need. It’s about making it clear who you are.”

Jada Pinkett Smith’s new docu-series, African Queens


The actress will soon present her documentaries.African queens” on Netflix. It follows the lives of royal figures in African history, with the first season focusing on a 17th-century warrior queen from Angola named Njinga.

In the film, which opens on February 15, expert interviews and re-enactments show how the warrior queen ruled the country as the first female monarch.

Jada told about why she chose the project Netflix Knowledge in an interview that she did it to represent black women.

She said, “It’s not often that we see or hear stories about black queens and it was really important to me and my daughter (Willow) and just to let my community know these stories because there are so many of them! The sad part is that we don’t have access to these historical women who were so powerful and were the backbone of African nations.”

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