Wednesday, November 19, 2014

#Share2Inspire: Lessons Learned from Jada


Resilient. Sensual. Confident. Brave. Strength. Beauty. Wisdom. Passionate. Genuine.  

These are just a few of the words that come to mind when I think of Jada Pinkett-Smith. She wears many hats in the industry that range from actor/writer/director to an active advocate for women. She is also happily married to actor, Will Smith, and mother to Willow, Jaden, and stepson Trey. One of my favorite things about Jada is her vulnerability and passionate expression about the things that are important to her, whether it be about family or fighting against sex trafficking (Check out the trailer for the documentary "Rape for Profit"executive produced by Jada Pinkett-Smith). She exudes a calming and peaceful energy and insurmountable strength. And I think it's safe to say that she epitomizes the essence of womanhood and female strength.

In light of her recent role, (Fish Mooney in the new FX series Gotham) I decided to share how Jada can serve as an inspiration to us all. For fun, I thought I'd take a trip down memory lane and bring this post to life by referencing a few of her past roles and the empowering messages that everyone can take away from them.

1. Jason's Lyric
Love Hard & Love FEARLESSLY!
Loving someone is not the easiest thing to do. But most of the time there are other factors that add to the difficulty of being in a relationship. We may become swayed by our family members/friends opinions about our partners and they may harass us with comments like "You deserve better" or " This person isn't for you".  In this movie, Jason & Lyric's relationship portrayed the beauty of African-American love and the hardships that come with it, especially when your family members/loved ones just can't seem to let you go. Sometimes we are in denial about the toxicity and negative energy that our family members/loved ones may hold and how that affects our relationships. But in order to fully love someone, you must first separate yourself from the negative energy surrounding your relationship and make a commitment to love fearlessly with your full heart.

2. Woo
Be Confident & Be FIERCE!
Most people don't remember this movie but... Woo was e-v-e-r-y-THANGGGGGG!!!! Every time she walked down the street, people were watching and heads were turning. She showed up and showed out at every outing and made an entrance everywhere she went. Personally, on a daily basis I may tell myself that I'm going to be brave no matter what happens but by noon most of that has gone completely out of the window. Watching Woo made me realize how effortless confidence can be. If you love and trust yourself, no one can tell you who you are or what you believe. Another important aspect of confidence is physical appearance and we all know that when you look good, you feel good. Just add a jazzy personality and a mean walk to that and you're on your way!

3. Menace II Society
Change Your Circumstances!
In this movie, Jada played a single mother trying to make it out the hood so that she could create a better life for herself and her child. Whether you work at McDonalds, live in the basement at your moms house, or you grew up in a low-income neighborhood... We all have things we want to change in our lives. But instead of making excuses or constantly comparing your life to others, change your circumstances. Set some goals and get to it! There may be disappointments, setbacks, and tragedies but you just gotta keep moving until you get to where you're going.

4. Set It Off
Always Look Out For Your Sisters!
For me, this movie has always represented a deeper meaning of friendship and sisterhood They fought, argued, and fell out but they still held each other down to the fullest. And the amount of emotion and strength portrayed by the characters is unteachable! I still cry at the same exact parts every time I watch this movie. The scene that always sticks out to me the most is when the girls split up in the tunnel after the last bank robbery. At this point, they all know that it's a rap but their love for one another overpowers they're fear of losing their lives.  Blood family doesn't always determine where your loyalty and trust lies. Sometimes our loyalty and trust lies deeper with the friends that we consider family.

5. Gotham
Embrace Your Sexy & Don't Be Afraid To Switch Things Up!
In the  television show Gotham, Jada Pinkett-Smith's new role as sexy villain Fish Mooney shows us that turning the sexy switch up a few notches can definitely capture people's attention. And if you're in an intimate relationship, it can definitely keep the heat burning a little longer. Fish Mooney serves to remind us that being open to explore our sexuality can help us develop personal autonomy, freedom, and discover ourselves in a new light.   

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