Jada Pinkett Smith nabs the cover of Rolling Out magazine where she opens up about starring in a stripper flick all while advocating for human sex trafficking. Did you know her daughter Willow Smith is who inspired her to fight against the modern day slavery? Get the deets inside….
Jada Pinkett Smith, who stars in stripper-comedy flick Magic Mike XXL (in theaters now), is still heavy on the promo trail for her recently released movie. By the way, she nails her role as a male brothel-like club owner...to a tee.
The gorgeous 43-year-old graces the newest cover of Rolling Out magazine and she’s effortlessly H.O.T.! Can she get any more perfect?
In the cover story, the Hollywood veteran reveals she was a tad bit reluctant to take the role in Magic Mike XXL because she's so involved in the fight to end sex trafficking. Jada is the proud founder of Don’t Sell Bodies, an organization that provides resources about human trafficking. And guess who got Jada revved up about the issue? Her daughter Willow Smith! She said Willow came to her one day really concerned about children being enslaved into these sex operations and that’s what kick-started her advocacy against sex trafficking.
The YBF chick said after getting involved with the film, she just wanted to bring the idea that no matter what anyone is doing, they should be treated as a human being. We agree.
As for her next project, the former “Gotham” actress will go behind the camera to produce a documentary that will shed light on the sex trafficking issue, set to air on CNN this month. (The actual airdate and title of the film is not available at the time of this post).
Below are the highlights from her RO interview:
On being hesitant to join the Magic Mike XXL cast:
“I had some reservations because of my work in human trafficking,” she confides. “I went into this role cynical. Oftentimes, we look at sexual energy as an energy that should be used when having sex."
“What I realized in my human trafficking advocacy is that the sex industry is going to exist. There is no way to eradicate this. The clothing industry is going to exist. There is as much trafficking in the clothing industry, in the chocolate industry, in the coffee bean industry. Instead of focusing on eradication, I wanted to bring the idea that no matter what someone is doing, they should be treated as a human being. I wanted Rome to embody an energy, which shows that a woman can have a sense of self-respect, dignity and demand that from whomever she deals with in a sexually charged environment.”
On what inspired her to advocate against human trafficking:
“It was my daughter [Willow]. She came to me and was like, there are people in this country who are selling children my age for sex. I went on the Internet and saw that it was true. She said, ‘I really want to lend a voice to this.’ I said, ‘Well, let me help you be a buffer.’ It’s how it all started.”
On her role as Rome in the stripper flick:
“The role was actually written for a guy. It was originally written with Jamie Foxx in mind. There were scheduling difficulties. I got on a Skype call with Channing and Greg [Jacobs] who is the director of the film. Channing said he wanted to change the role from a guy to a girl. He really wanted to infuse a responsibility in this component of adult entertainment. I was like, that’s a radical idea. That’s a wonderful challenge. I am down for that,” shares the Baltimore native.
On if she had fun filming the film:
“I did. To realize how much sexual energy can bring so much joy, it opens up so many gateways to creativity … to the soul, without actually engaging in ways we were told we should in sexually charged environments. And, that was really surprising: to be able to look at all these beautiful people and not think about sleeping with anybody. Just basking in that energy was just joyous. We were on that set for hours and no one was tired of being there and working. It was so much fun. It was just a joy. It is really a beautiful communication. It’s awesome. That’s what I learned. I really realized, maybe Channing’s right: maybe there is a way to be entertained in this adult way responsibly.”
Check out the full interview and a few more pics here.
The gorgeous one hit the carpet at the Amsterdam premiere of Magic Mike XXL yesterday. And, per usual, she looked AMAZING. Jada is clearly our ultimate girl crush of the moment.
Her co-stars Amber Heard and the sexy Channing Tatum joined her on the carpet to snap it up for the photogs:
Photo: Rolling Out/Getty
Omari Hardwick and Naturi Naughton stops by “The Wendy Williams Show” to chop it up about their hit series “Power," “Empire” comparisons. They also dish on those steamy sex scenes and Naturi gives a recap of the time Tasha St. Patrick met Cookie Lyon! Check it inside….
“Power” stars Omari Hardwick and Naturi Naughton (aka Ghost & Tasha St. Patrick) are heating up the small screen with their record breaking STARZ series. In every episode (and we mean EVERY), there’s a hot and steamy sex scene of some sort, most recently with LaLa Anthony putting her lady lumps on display.
While it seems Omari has pretty much mastered on-screen sex sessions (remember his sexually charged role on “Being Mary Jane”) as the leading man, he reveals it’s something he previously ran from.
Today, Omari and Naturi hit the couch on “The Wendy Williams Show” where Omari opens up about being reluctant to play super sexy roles. Surprisingly, he says his wife, Jennifer Pfautch (who is a publicist), was the one who encouraged him to do “Being Mary Jane." And yes, she knew another woman would be all over her husband. He said,
“It’s ironic. She’s a publicist and she actually promoted me doing ‘Being Mary Jane.’ She was kind of like you really need to do ‘BMJ’. I was trying to run from the position of leading man for a long time. Between she, Courtney [Kemp Agboh] & Curtis [“50 Cent” Jackson] all of them got on me and said stop running from it and embrace it. She’s pretty secure with it.”
Well…a wife's co-sign certainly helps.
Meanwhile, Naturi talks about the “Power” and “Empire comparisons saying, “I respect that Hip Hop competition. We battle. We’re in a whole different lane. We are on cable premium, they are on FOX. It’s so different right? Why can’t we all just get along?”
She also talks about the first time “Tasha St. Patrick” met “Cookie Lyon,” Taraji P. Henson’s character. She spilled,
“I met Taraji P. Henson on the ABFF carpet. I was so excited because I’ve been a fan of her since ‘Baby Boy.’ She turned around and was like ‘Heeeey Baby!’ and gave me a hug. We're sisters, we're all love and I am inspired by her.”
Wendy also asks Naturi about her former bandmate Kiely Williams from the girl group 3LW. The “Power” actress says she has no clue where she is and has not spoken to her. On the flip side, she says she has run into her other former bandmate “The Real” co-host Adrienne Bailon and she’s always pleasant.
Check out their interview below:
A new episode of "Power" returns to Starz July 11th.
Photo: Naturi's IG
Actors Nicole Ari Parker and Boris Kodjoe are headed to FOX with a new "He Said/She Said" style talk show. Since they're all about talking these days, we chatted up the ridiculously good looking couple about something we've been wondering about -- how THEY avoid the "cheating" trap. The answer and our other questions inside...
Hollywood power couple Nicole Ari Parker and Boris Kodjoe (shown above on the set of their new FOX talkshow) are heading to the small screen next week (July 6th) with a brand new talk show that they will co-host…together.
TheYBF.com caught up with the busy duo (who've been happily married with kids for 10 years) earlier this week. Since they seem to be pros at this We're-hot-as-hell-AND-makin-our-marriage-work-long-term thing, we had to get the tea from them on how they avoid those cheating issues (and rumors) that seem to take down plenty of Hollywood couples.
Nicole Ari Parker tells about the idea of a "cheating option" in Hollywood:
"It’s always there when things between you are your partner are a little off. If you guys are off, any sideways glance can draw you into a fit.
But when both partners have a connection and WANT to be there, and want to stay together, then there’s no reason to trip on each other. Ya know. It’s always when the other person starts acting funny that someone gets upset. If you guys are right by each other and you’re connected and you know you’re connected, NO ONE can mess with what you’ve got."
Since a couple who makes coins (usually) together stays together, Boris explained to us how he and Nicole came up with the concept of their show and what they hope to accomplish. He told us,
"We first came up with the concept of the show, five years ago as a radio show. And then last year Nicole and I thought the timing was perfect to take it to tv. We’re not reinventing the wheel. It’s a talk show. The difference is it’s both of us. Female and male perspective. Husband and wife. Mother and father. So everything we talk about whether it’s current affairs, local heroes, relationships, love, sex, parenting food, fashion – there’s always two perspectives. We rarely agree on anything. It will be interesting to see how we connect with people and how we come to conclusions on the show."
Luckily, it won't all be fluff. Boris and Nicole will also cover current affairs, hot button issues like police brutality and even the Rachel Dolezal/NAACP fallout.
Nicole joked, “And no I don’t think I’ll be playing [Rachel] in the Lifetime movie.” Ha! But she will give her two cents....
"It’s about the perspective. The news will only give you a broad update on what’s going on. But I want to hear all sides of the story. I’m from Baltimore.....so I have very deep connection to what’s going on there. I want to talk to people that are affected by what’s going on," Nicole told us.
The twosome also won't be slacking off on their duties at home. Doting daddy Boris tells us about juggling the show, their OTHER tv and movie jobs, and the kids:
It’s less of a balance and more of a priority. You have to set priorities and our priorities are our kids and everything else sorta falls around it. And another reason we wanted to do the talk show is it’s really tough on the family when one of us is gone for 4 or 5 months at a time to shoot a movie or a tv show somewhere else.
This tv show allows us to bring the kids to school in the morning and pick them up at night and it’s way more conducive to a healthy family life for the kids to group up without any distraction than if we travel around the world 6 months out of the year. So it's all about setting priorities and we’ve always been very clear and ready to sacrifice for our family.
That moment when a man is even hotter because he just flexed his Fatherhood skills...
"The Boris & Nicole Show" will premiere on Fox outlets in several markets, including New York and Los Angeles. Who’s tuning in?
Photos via Boris' Instagram/Getty