Jada Pinkett Smith | Humble Beginnings & Rise to Fame

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Jada Pinkett Smith

Jada Pinkett Smith is a successful businesswoman, talented actress, singer-songwriter, and even a children’s book author. With an astonishing career and a fulfilling family life, she truly has it all.

Early Life

Jada Smith was born in 1971 in Baltimore, Maryland. Daughter of a head nurse, Adrienne Banfield-Norris, and a contractor, Robsol Pinkett, Jr., she was raised by her mother and beloved grandmother.



Jada showed great passion for the performing arts early on in her childhood, which is why her grandmother enrolled her in piano, ballet, and tap dance lessons. She recently opened up about her drug dealing days in high school and how she met and became close friends with Tupac Shakur at the Baltimore School for the Arts.

She attended the North Carolina School of the Arts and focused on pursuing an acting career. Moving to LA, she met LaVern Whitt who helped Jada get started in the movie industry.

Rise to Fame

Jada started her acting career in the ‘90s when she appeared in an episode of True Colors. She had a few cameos along the way before landing a recurring role and getting her big break on Bill Cosby’s NBC sitcom A Different World in 1991.

Her acting career took off with the movie Menace II Society, which led to her roles in films like Set It Off, Return to Paradise, and The Nutty Professor alongside Eddie Murphy. She rose to fame with her role as Niobe in The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolution. Most recently, Jada’s appeared in Magic Mike XXL and Bad Moms.

In 2018, Jada, her mom Adrienne, and daughter Willow Smith started a web television talk show Red Table Talk on Facebook Watch. Among their guests were Will Smith, Cesar Millan, Toni Braxton, Ellen Pompeo, Jordyn Woods, and others.

In the News

With her show, Red Table Talk, Jada Smith opens up about her own life, and together with her mother and daughter, she provides a space for various celebrity personas to talk heart-to-heart about the latest drama surrounding them.

Most recently, she hosted a long-time family friend, Jordyn Woods. Kylie Jenner’s best friend allegedly had an affair with Khloe Kardashian’s boyfriend at the time, Tristan Thompson, and had her life turned upside down.

Empathizing with Jordyn, Jada says she’s encountered racism and sexism throughout her career and states how easy it is to target young black women and place the blame on them.

Jada married Will Smith in 1997. Together they have two children, Willow and Jaden. She is also the stepmother of Trey, Will Smith’s son from a previous marriage.

Jada doesn’t shy away from sharing any and all personal information, so stay tuned with The Shade Room to find out more about her.