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Jada Pinkett Smith's Mom Adrienne Banfield Norris Shares Throwback Pic of Her Family with Nelson Mandela

Manuela Cardiga
Jul 23, 2020
05:30 P.M.
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Adrienne Banfield-Norris shared an inspiring throwback snap of her family with the revered Nobel Peace prize winner, Nelson Mandela.

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Co-host of "Red Table Talk" Adrienne Banfield-Norris, Jada Pinkett Smith's mother, and movie star Will Smith's mother-in-law shared an inspiring throwback snap of her family with the revered Nobel Peace prize winner, Nelson Mandela.

The Smiths, including Banfield-Norris, met South Africa's first black president in 2004, when the family accompanied Will on a trip to Johannesburg to promote his movie, "I Robot."

Norris, 66, is the famously glamorous mother and co-host of actress and presenter Jada Pinkett Smith in the multi-generational talk show, "Red Table Talk"

Adrienne Banfield Norris and daughter Jada Pinkett Smith in, 2018 in New York City | Source: Getty Images

Adrienne Banfield Norris and daughter Jada Pinkett Smith in, 2018 in New York City | Source: Getty Images

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MEETING NELSON MANDELA

The proud Norris shared a photo that shows Mandela surrounded by her family, sitting next to Will, with a baby on his lap. The baby is not identified, but since the photo was taken in 2004, it is too young to be either Willow or Jaden. Norris captioned the snap:

"It was an overwhelming honor to meet Madiba. This trip was probably the most memorable experience I will ever have and to be there w most of my family made it even more special!"

Mandela asked Will to be one of the ambassadors for his AIDS awareness campaign alongside U2 frontman, Bono, Peter Gabriel, and Sir Bob Geldof.

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A MAN FOR PEACE

Mandela, who was 86 years old at that time, had been the President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. Madiba, as he was known to his people, became a symbol for peace and reconciliation throughout the world, and Norris declared that meeting him was one of the high points of her life.

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Meeting this icon for peace and equality was a milestone for the Smiths and for Norris. Norris, 66, is the famously glamorous mother and co-host of actress and presenter Jada Pinkett Smith in the multi-generational talk show, "Red Table Talk," along with granddaughter Willow Smith.

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FACING HER PAIN

Norris has been very open on the show about her own struggles with addiction, which included a dependency on heroin. Norris admitted that her problems affected her relationship with Jada. She said:

"I think people have this idea that Jada and I are so close and it's this amazing mother-daughter relationship. It absolutely is not."

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Jada herself reminisced that as a teenager she could always tell when Norris was under the influence of drugs, something which left an indelible mark on their relationship. Norris has been sober since the 90s and had revealed that the COVID-19 pandemic has motivated her to become involved in online AA meetings again.

Adrienne Banfield Norris is also working on keeping her enviable trim and ripped figure shipshape, putting in plenty of hours at her home gym.

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