- Jada Pinkett Smith has acted in a number of films, including Bad Moms, Girls Trip, Scream 2, Ali, The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, Madagascar, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, and Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
- Pinkett Smith hosts Red Table Talk alongside her daughter, Willow Smith and mother, Adrienne Banfield-Norris - a talk show where they discuss a range of social and cultural issues including sex, relationships, parenting, blended families, and body image among others
- She is passionate on a variety of issues, most notably race and class discrimination, unequal pay, and human trafficking - Pinkett Smith was one of the original pioneers to bring to light the issue of unequal pay in the entertainment industry, and was featured on the special CNN Report Children for Sale: The Fight to End Human Trafficking
- She and husband Will Smith continue to dedicate their efforts to the Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation, a non-profit organization that focuses on the arts, education, sustainability, and social empowerment
Award-Winning Actress & Humanitarian
Hollywood trailblazer Jada Pinkett Smith proves that in her vast thirty year career there is nothing she can’t do. Her natural poise, undeniable confidence, and unshakable drive have paved the way for her longtime success as an actress, producer, director, activist, and humanitarian. Choosing to use her celebrity stature for good, she spreads a positive message of strength and resilience that inspires audiences worldwide.
Raised in Baltimore by her mother and grandmother, Pinkett Smith attended the Baltimore School for the Arts and majored in dance and theatre. She continued her studies at the North Carolina School of the Arts before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting. In Los Angeles she landed a role in the sitcom True Colors and held many other TV Guest Star roles before a breaking role in Bill Cosby’s sitcom A Different World . In 1993, she starred in her first feature film, Menace II Society, opposite Samuel L. Jackson. Over the next three years her career skyrocketed, garnering roles in the films The Nutty Professor and Set It Off.
Pinkett Smith has since acted in a plethora of films including Scream 2, Ali , The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions , Madagascar, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, and Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted. She has held starring television and film roles including the character Fish Mooney, a gangster nightclub owner in the FOX Television Series Gotham, as well as the role of Rome, a strip club owner in the film Magic Mike XXL, opposite Channing Tatum. In 2016, she starred in the comedy Bad Moms and in 2017 she appeared in the comedic hit Girls Trip, opposite Queen Latifah. Next Pinkett Smith is set to star in Millennium Films’ action feature Angel Has Fallen, the third film in the Olympus Has Fallen trilogy. She will play the head of FBI, opposite Gerard Butler.
She has also produced many projects such as The Secret Life of Bees starring Queen Latifah and Dakota Fanning for Fox Searchlight Pictures, the Tony Award winning Broadway musical Fela, and the film remake of the 1982 musical Annie . Her executive producing credits include the 2010 film The Karate Kid, the 2014 documentary Free Angela and All Political Prisoners. She is currently a co-producer of the critically acclaimed Broadway production of American Son, starring Kerry Washington and also Hala, which premiered at the 2019 Sundance film festival.
Known for her keen observation, authentic voice, and esteemed taste, it is no surprise that this year she was also a Sundance Film Festival judge. Her grace is contagious, having the rare gift of being able to empower and educate seemingly effortlessly. She is passionate on a variety of issues, most notably Race and Class Discrimination, Unequal Pay, and Human Trafficking. Pinkett Smith was one of the original pioneers to bring to light the issue of Unequal Pay in the entertainment industry, and now after the surge of the Times Up movement, the rest of Hollywood is following suit.
As a longtime advocate to stop human trafficking, she has spearheaded these efforts to raise greater awareness and educate the public on the worldwide issue. Her work led her to be featured on the special CNN Report Children for Sale: The Fight to End Human Trafficking in 2015 in which she traveled to the highly trafficked zone of Atlanta to film the program. The hour long special documented Pinkett Smith working with local aid workers and officials to investigate, uncover, and rescue real-life victims of the crime. This cause is deeply important to her and she continues to be an advocate for Don’t Sell Bodies, an organization that focuses on educating and preventing the spread of Child Sex Slavery in America. Don’t Sell Bodies supports and partners with organizations such as GEMS, Girls Educational & Mentoring Services, a New York State non-profit serving girls and young women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking, and CAST, the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking, the largest direct service provider to survivors of human trafficking in the United States.
Currently, Pinkett Smith brings her knowledge and voice to a new platform: Facebook Watch, where she host a talk show titled Red Table Talk alongside her daughter, Willow Smith and mother, Adrienne Banfield-Norris. The multigenerational triad discusses a range of social and cultural issues to encourage an open discussion and dialogue between women of all ages. Topics such as sex, relationships, parenting, blended families, and body image are discussed among others. Red Table Talk is filmed in the Smith family home.
It is clear from her impressive resume that there is more to come from Pinkett Smith. She and husband Will Smith continue to dedicate their efforts to the Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation, a non-profit organization that focuses on the arts, education, sustainability, and social empowerment. Careers in Entertainment (CIE), a Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation program, provides access and opportunities to high school students and college students from diverse backgrounds who are interested in pursuing careers in the entertainment industry and Jada specifically focusing on the female voice and gender equality. Students are introduced to a network of industry professionals and mentor and can take part in a professional development program during their participation in CIE.
Partners of the Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation are Discovery Communications, My Brothers Keeper Alliance, The Rockefeller Foundation, NYC Media & Entertainment, and Just Water. In 2017 the Foundation began an alliance with The Sundance Institute, providing a two-year commitment to support the Screenwriters Intensive, a two-day workshop on the creative process for ten emerging screenwriters from underrepresented communities, as well as support for the Institute’s year-round work with diverse independent filmmakers and artists. The Foundation is also a backer of the AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women and the Tisch Fusion Film Festival for up and coming female filmmakers.
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