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Jay-Z 'Has So Much Love & Respect' for Willow Smith

Jay-Z 'Has So Much Love & Respect' for Willow Smith

Willow Smith playfully sticks her tongue out while leaving Barnes & Noble on Tuesday (June 12) in Calabasas, Calif.

The 11-year-old singer is in the “getting the script together” process of her Annie remake, which her parents, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, are producing.

Jay-Z will be working on the film’s soundtrack and has also been a mentor figure for Willow.

“He really understands that process. He’s so artist friendly, and he has so much love and respect for Willow,” Jada told the Huffington Post.

“And he’s doing such a fantastic job being in partnership with us, in regards to her career and really helping her develop as an artist,” she added.

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  • samsam

    this girl really needs to go home and spend some time studying because i bet her brother is.

  • Julie

    Amazing boots Willow. She’s growing up so fast.

  • vic

    i was never like that at 11! she’s so young why is she not playing with dolls or something?!

  • kiki

    always good to know the right people..

  • Carbon Copy

    Stick ou tongue in. So gross!!!

  • tsquared

    Doesn’t this belong on JJ Jr?

  • KissThis

    this little girl needs to learn manners.

  • Tami

    Geez I swear you guys act like you know the kid. What is she doing that’s wrong ? Sticking her tongue out like the kid she is? Wow she has no manners now . She’s a kid. Kids do stuff like that. And heck I’d stick my
    Tongue at weird guys taking my pictures while I am at the bookstore too!

  • Lisa

    @Tami: I agree she just a kid let her be! so what if you played with dolls when you were eleven does every other eleven year old have to do that too! she’s a kid… it’s sad grown ups are criticizing her like this

  • sillyme

    She’ll be too old to play Annie, or too old looking. She’s 11 now. By the time they get the script ready, etc., she’ll probably be a teenager. I could have seen her doing it a few years ago, but she looks to be as tall as her mom now.

    Since Jay’s going to be on the track, I guess he’ll recycle is Hard Knock Life song from a decade ago.

  • Barb

    I didn’t play with dolls when I was 11

  • Mary H.

    She looks pretty decent here, if you ask me. I still don’t she should be trying to make in the business right now though.

  • Mey

    This girl seems like a typical narcissist in training. Parental fail.

  • Nancy

    The only reason this CHILD gets any attention is because her father is Will Smith. If her father was not Will Smith, she would be home living like an NORMAL 11 year old should.

    Just sayin . .

  • anonymous

    She is not cute enough for Annie. Another black young talent in this role would be great, but Willow is not it. She should me named WEED not WILLOW.

  • LOLz

    Respect from a thug really…isn’t their a video beating a girl.

  • jade

    i think the girl who played Rue and Columbiana as a child should play Annie, she clearly has skills

  • parenting 101

    If my dad liked the thug types and mom likes the ladies and be really confused too.

  • Anna

    People need to get over the success of the Smith family . You always want to put those two down. Who cares if they cast their kids in movies? Guess what. It’s Will and Jada’s production company. They can do whatever they want. If you want to whine so much. Go start your own! White people in Hollywood have been putting their family members in things forever . But as soon as its a black family, it’s a problem.

  • Looky

    Willow is awesome. How many 11 year olds go to the book stores for fun? I agree with Anna the Smith’s can do and will do what ever they want with there production company. Who can blame them? She is already famous and they can keep the money in the family. Why put another kid in that role? That would be stupid and they didn’t get rich by being dumb.

  • weird

    O.o the tonge is the same color as mine.

  • @Looky

    Ya you talk a big game now but if you went up for a job and didn’t get it because the owner desided to hire his less then qualified son/daughter to keep the money in the family, let’s see what you have to say then.

    Point is Willow not that great of an actress and no one besides her family is looking to put this kid in there movie just like no one is knocking on doors for her music.The part should go to a more qualified child actress, If she wants to act she should try going to school and taking acting classes.

  • Looky

    @@Looky: @@Looky: I’m a fan of her music and think she has talent so I would be knocking down the door plus she has been in a movie and also tv shows that they did now produce.

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  • Asha

    Well, I think it’s kind of sad that their parents have to produce the movie so they can try to be stars. I mean, most celebrity kids that start into acting go to castings, like everybody else. Of course, they still hace more chances than regular kids, but at least they can be proud of themselves when they get the role.

    I liked Jaden in Karate Kid, but still, it’s pathetic that their parents spoil them by making movies for them, instead of trying to teach them how you have to work hard to earn it.

  • AMIC

    I love those boots. Anyone know where I can get them?

  • lol

    ugly black kid.