Cover of the Day | Jada Pinkett Smith

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Jada Pinkett Smith

Featured on the Uptown June/July No 34 issue Jada Pinkett Smith talks love, kids and her ultimate sacrifices. The Smith clan is a multimillion-dollar enterprise. While superstar Will may rule the marquee, make no mistake: Mrs. Smith is running things. Entering the third season of her TNT series, HawthoRNe, JPS talks family, career, sacrifice, and the future. Read Uptown cover story and behind the scenes photos of Jada Pinkett Smith.

I love this quote:

“There are so many other kids you can worry about. My kids? They’re going to be all right. I get why people would criticize. But people need to know that Will and I would never put our children in a situation that would bring them detriment,” she says, her hazel eyes flashing.

“My kids have no idea how I grew up,” Pinkett Smith continues. “Even in knowing my story, they couldn’t know what that means. They have no RE-ALI-TY. None. My feeling is, my kids need to have challenges, in a safe way. If I survived everything that I survived in Baltimore and Will survived everything he survived in Philly, these kids surely can survive the Hollywood game. With so many heavyweights surrounding them—from Beyoncé and Jay-Z to Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith to Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony—if they can fail in a circle like that, then they weren’t going to win in the first place.”

“All I want for Trey (Will’s oldest son from his first marriage), Jaden, and Willow is happiness,” she says. “As long as they’re happy, and know how to maneuver in this world, I’m good.”

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