Why Red Table Talk Is Absolutely Necessary

Why Red Table Talk Is Absolutely Necessary

Jada Pinkett Smith fosters honest conversations with her mother and daughter on the Facebook Watch series.

Jada Pinkett Smith fosters honest conversations with her mother and daughter on the Facebook Watch series.

Text: Dylan Kelly

Around the famous Red Table, Jada Pinkett Smith doesn’t hold anything back. In a true family affair, Jada brings intimate, honest, and necessary conversations with her mother, Adrienne Banfield-Jones, and her daughter, Willow Smith, to the forefront of pop culture on the insightful series each week. The trio outwardly discusses issues of substance abuse, sexuality, race, and infidelity among many other topics deemed too controversial for typical families to merely mention. There are no limits on Red Table Talk, and that’s the beauty of it.

There’s an obvious pressure for families in the limelight to act as picturesque as they look, but the Smiths would rather keep it completely real. Instead of locking up their secrets, the trio openly analyzes their familial issues and offers vulnerable insight to guests on the show. It’s a refreshingly real platform for people to speak their honest truth on controversial subjects, and over the past year since the show’s start, many truths have certainly been spoken. 

After cheating allegations between Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson cluttered media outlets across the country, Woods sat down at the Red Table to own up to her mistakes and explain the exact course of events. In another discussion, American singer-songwriter Ciara, now married to Russel Wilson, took a seat at the table to expound on her emotional struggles after splitting with Future and her altered perspective as she carried on as a single mother. After adopting two black children, actress Kristen Davis came on the show to open up about the challenges she faces as their mother. 

In a healing conversation with her husband Will Smith’s ex-wife, Sheree Fletcher, Jada admitted that she should have been more understanding of her fragile emotional state in hindsight. In a shocking episode, Willow courageously came forward about harming herself after her hit song “Whip My Hair” topped the charts when she was only nine years old. Covering a wide range of intense topics to their fullest extent, Red Table Talk is an honest forum that is absolutely necessary. 

“We’ve all been through various things from different generations,” Jada explained in a statement. “I realized, too, Willow didn’t really know my story or my mother’s story either because we live with people that we think we know and we don’t really know them and so that’s really how the whole concept was birthed.” Rooted in the idea of familial transparency, the Red Table is a space for the Smith trio to share their personal experiences navigating through life. While their stories may not always be pretty, their strengthened bond and their overarching commitment to honesty as a famous family is a much more admirable trait.   

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