Jada Pinkett-Smith's Mother Explains Her 'No White Boys Allowed' Rule

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Jada Pinkett-Smith's Mother Explains Her 'No White Boys Allowed' Rule

The two opened up about a time when she disapproved of the actress' white boyfriend.

Published November 19, 2018

Jada Pinkett-Smith and her mother, Adrienne Banfield-Jones, through the actress' Facebook Watch series, Red Table Talk, have shared some pretty intimate details of their relationship and her upbringing. 

Most recently, the two expounded on Banfield-Jones' disapproval of one of Pinkett-Smith's Caucasian ex-boyfriends, and she did not hold her tongue while sharing that she did not want her daughter to have a white lover.

The Matrix actress started out by sharing that her mother instilled in her from a young age that though there were white people in their family, she was never to bring one home. Therefore, when John, her white boyfriend at the time, came into the picture, her folks weren't pleased.

"It's really difficult for me, because we have white people in our family," she said. "I repeated what mommy told me, was that you have to learn to get along with white people, but don't ever bring them home."

Banfield-Jones then shared a bit more details on the history of the two races interacting within their family and how she would purposefully make them feel uncomfortable.

"Just like I said, we have people in our family [who are white] and I've given them a hard time," she said. "Jason is married to a white woman... She will tell you we gave her a hard time because we didn't welcome her with open arms and she really had to prove herself."

She did admit, though, that she has some regrets about her approach, adding, "I feel bad about that."

Interestingly, she further admitted that when a Black family member wed a white man, they tended to accept him more because he acted "more Black."

Watch the full episode, below:

Written by Moriba Cummings

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