Post By RelatedRelated Post
Jada Pinkett Smith came away inspired after seeing the documentary about the life of Angela Davis, a black freedom fighter who is now a professor. Smith says that she learned a great deal from the documentary,“Free Angela Davis and Other Political Prisoners.”
Pinkett Smith and her husband Will created Overbrook Entertainment, which is now in the business of making good films. They are using the platform to help bring serious issues to light and to also pay a few bills in the process. The documentary about Angela Davis marks the 40th anniversary of Angela appearing on the FBI’s most wanted list.
Davis was a member of the Communist Party, which led to her losing her job and being charged with murder and kidnapping back in the 1970s.
“I watched it and I thought I knew the Angela Davis story, and I even thought that I knew a lot about that era, and I didn’t,” the “Hawthorne” actress said. “And I was just amazed that I didn’t know more, that it was my right to have a thorough understanding of such a pivotal figure like Angela Davis and what that era was.”
Davis, who joined Pinkett Smith for the interview, looked delighted as she listened on.
Pinkett Smith explained that the film allowed her to see a side of Davis that she would have never known about otherwise.
“I knew that she was a pivotal part of the movement and I knew that she was powerful and I knew that she was intelligent, but what I didn’t receive was the beauty of her feminine side, you know, and her softness, and the strength in her vulnerable nature,” she explained. “I’ve learned a lot just simply being in her presence in that way, knowing that even in my own experiences, to be able to obtain a perspective that allows me to allow my experiences to deepen me and broaden me and make me more and not decrease me. So I would say that has been a gift.”
The talk of a deeper and more broad version of herself comes as no surprise considering the way she has been using her social media platform lately.
It seems as though Pinkett Smith has no problem making her opinions known on social media regardless of how the general public might feel about them.
From defending young celebrities like Justin Bieber and Rihanna to daily food- for- thought type posts that she hopes her followers, friends, and fans will reflect upon, she is always attempting to throw out some words of wisdom via social media.
Her latest message is for the ladies.
“One of the reasons that I did that is right now one of my very strong very focus at this point is trying to figure out how to engage women to flow power to one another,” she said after she was asked about a status that suggested white women needed to be able to hit the covers of African-American magazines. “The idea is that there’s a white woman’s issue. Or there’s a black woman’s issue. There’s a Latina woman’s issue. The idea for women to understand is that if we could come together and flow each other power for issues that affect us all, that we would get a lot done…”
She also revealed that as a community we can’t be afraid to share ideas, no matter how controversial they might be because it is often those touchy subjects that need to be addressed the most.