Jada Koren Pinkett Smith
Jada Koren Pinkett Smith is an American actress, singer-songwriter, and businesswoman. A native of Baltimore, she studied at the Baltimore School for the Arts, where she befriended Tupac Shakur in the late 1980s. She began her career in 1990 when she made a guest appearance in the short-lived sitcom True Colors. She starred in A Different World, produced by Bill Cosby, and she featured opposite Eddie Murphy in The Nutty Professor (1996). She starred in dramatic films such as Menace II Society (1993) and Set It Off (1996). She has appeared in more than 20 films in a variety of genres, including Scream 2 (1997), Ali (2001), The Matrix Reloaded (2003), Madagascar (2005), Bad Moms (2016) and Girls Trip (2017). Pinkett Smith launched her music career in 2002 when she helped create the metal band Wicked Wisdom, for which she is a singer and songwriter. Smith also created a production company, in addition to authoring a book, published in 2004. In 1997, she married rapper and actor Will Smith. They have two children, Jaden and Willow, and Pinkett Smith is stepmother to Willard “Trey” Smith III, Will’s son from a previous marriage. The couple founded the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation, a charity organization which focuses on inner-city youth and family support and has worked with non-profit organizations like YouthBuild and the Lupus Foundation of America. In Red Table Talk (2018), Jada Pinkett Smith, her daughter Willow, and mother Adrienne open their home for a series of candid conversations with family and friends in the Facebook web television talk show.
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