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Jada Pinkett Smith Covers 'Redbook' August 2011

Jada Pinkett Smith Covers 'Redbook' August 2011

Jada Pinkett Smith is all smiles on the cover of Redbook magazine’s August 2011 issue, on newsstands July 12.

Here’s what the 39-year-old HawthoRNe actress and famous mama had to share:

On putting family first: “I had to make choices. Believe me, I would still be on the road with my band, Wicked Wisdom, and making as many movies as I can a year, and doing all sorts of other things if I didn’t have the responsibility of a family. But I have children with their own talents and dreams, and I know I have to be standing next to them for that journey.”

On giving up on her rockstar dreams: “It was excruciating, completely excruciating. When Jaden was auditioning for The Pursuit of Happyness, my band had just gotten an offer to open for Guns N’ Roses in Europe. For me, that was unbelievable. But the choice was: I could be a rock star, or I could be on the set with my son to make sure he was healthy and happy. We all know how that story ended!”

On raising her kids in Hollywood: “Let me tell you what I fear most: Them growing up like I did, in a house with drugs in a war zone, where if I walked out my door I could be shot. Hollywood ain’t nothing compared to that! Growing up in the streets of Baltimore, or the streets of Philly where Will grew up – I’d rather have my kids here. It still makes me nervous that they’re part of something that isn’t totally real, but it’s up to Will and me to teach them what’s real and what’s not.”

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  • kiki

    she is so fake and annoying!!! trying to shove her family down people’s throats.

  • QQ

    I miss the old Will Smith. The cool, wacky and hilarious dude from the 90s!

  • superman


  • CC

    How is she shoving her kids down people’s throats or fake in any way? If you don’t care for Willow and her music, don’t listen. If you find Jaden annoying, don’t see his movies. What is so hard about that? lol
    There are many artists/actors I’m not crazy about, so I don’t watch their movies or listen to their music. It’s a choice, so don’t blame her or Will for raising their kids, albeit different than most, their way. Let them grow up in their own way, and if they mess up, it’ll be on them. Judging sure isn’t going to help.

  • kenal

    Beauty. Femme Fetal.

  • http://bettyj2u betty

    You tell them CC !!!!!!!!!

  • Namerequired

    Umm, I love Jada but Willard C Smith Jr. grew up in the suburbs of West Philly with a father who OWNED his company and a mother who worked for the school board. Will’s streets were quite safe, unless he was tramping to some other not safe street, he was perfectly safe. The man grew up middle class Cosby-kid style, just listen to what he used to Rap about.

  • Cookie_Monster

    I”m sorry.. don’t think Jada is teaching her kids what’s real, buying theim record deal or movie deal thinking they are entitled and earned the right to fame while many unfortunate kids with talent will never see the light of day

  • Rocky


    ITA! I’m not a fan of her or her children, but like you said, you can turn the channel or not see any of their movies or listen to their music. I used to love Will Smith until he started to hang out with crazy Tom. Tom got into Jada’s head with the ‘SciFi’ religion of his and then she got into Will’s head. I thought he was much smarter than that. I love when she says she could be doing as many movies as she could. Excuse me, but what movies has she done where she’s ‘memorable’ in? She’s a ‘B’ actress and that’s what she’ll always be. She’s never been a fav of mine, not even when she was in that TV show ‘Different World’.

  • Anon56

    There are good parts of MD and PA just like if you go to Hollywood which I’ve been and there are bad parts, down the street from Rodeo Drive they drugs dealers, prostitutes on the corner after dark Roman Chinese Theater turns into prostitutes central and let me tell you the freak do come out at night. It’s not as glamorous as it is seen in movie and TV shows, now were the rich live in the Hollywood mounts I’m sure it’s very glamorous but not ever part. She could come up with a better reason than the whole song and dance she just gave and be true full and say hay we like living in Hollywood and that’s where we what to raise our family, Jada could raise her kids in MD and PA was the rich live and have their kids be safe if they wanted to.

    Rocky@ Your being nice with the ‘B’ actress I would say ‘C’ actress even when she was at the top of her game she still wasn’t that big. She a TV actress who did a handful of movies and a couple of them that actually did every will. The only thing that could make her a B’ actress is her marriage to Will.

  • torrance

    too skinny. scary looking.

  • Laurie

    She and her kids are NOTHINGS!!

  • vickey guinyard

    Jada I love love how she always look good I am a shoe queen also I wish I could meet her .

  • mplo

    Jada and her family give me the creeps! Who the hell needs to see them?