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Jada Pinkett-Smith Reveals She Was Once Picked on for Having Lighter Skin

Afouda Fortune
May 30, 2020
03:30 A.M.
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In a recent episode of Red Talk Table, while addressing discrimination within the Black community actress Jada Pinkett-Smith admits to once being a victim of colorism.

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Despite the lock-down effect of the novel coronavirus pandemic, the “Set It Off” star has managed to keep her talk show going with previously recorded episodes.

Jada Pinkett Smith at the Photocall For Lions Gate's "Angel Has Fallen" at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on August 16, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

Jada Pinkett Smith at the Photocall For Lions Gate's "Angel Has Fallen" at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on August 16, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

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The show often features herself, her daughter, Willow, her mother, Banfield Norris, and other family members and friends when necessary, including her husband, Will Smith, and her son, Jaden.

[Jada Pinkett-Smith] realized she didn’t know [Will Smith] as much as she thought after the lock-down forced them to spend a lot of time together.

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The most recent episode of the Red Talk Table, which was uploaded to Facebook on Wednesday, confronts colorism within the Black community.

The trio of Jada, Willow, and Adrienne sat down with Pinkett-Smith’s best friend, Mia, and her daughter Madison, to share their personal experience with the spiteful bias that has infiltrated into African American culture since the days of slavery.

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According to Essence, Jada reckoned that the “discrimination or prejudice based on skin tone from members of the same race,” was causing disunion within the community.

The actress using herself as an example, revealed that she was bullied because she was light-skinned. Her daughter, on the other hand, mentioned that her experience was hair related.

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She explained that some of her family and friends teased her about her hair, saying, “I {Willow} would be so much prettier if my hair wasn’t so kinky or if I had longer hair.”

People shares that on the show, the mother of two also admitted that she had some bias towards blonde-haired white women, but she tries her best to suppress the feeling.

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Trying to understand where her daughter’s bias might have stemmed from, Adrienne enquired from her daughter if she had any personal experiences with a blonde. In response, the 48-year-old shared that she recalls being bothered by white women concerning her hair.

This recent episode comes a month after her shocking revelation on the show regarding her 23 years marriage to Will Smith. Like her latest episode, it had made headlines.

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InStyle reports that on the series, Pinkett-Smith revealed that after her over two decades union with her husband, she realized she didn’t know him as much as she thought after the lock-down forced them to spend a lot of time together.

As the couple continues to discover more about each other during the global shut down, the actress continues to offer words of reflection to her fans on Instagram.

Just last week, Daily Mail shared that she admonished her fans on Instagram to love their imperfections and stop putting so many expectations on themselves.

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