“There’s a family that feels betrayed by you, and you’re clear about that, right?” Jada Pinket-Smith asked as she kicked off her Red Table Talk interview with Jordyn Woods, making it strikingly clear that she had no intention of beating around the bush with the 21-year-old.
While various other media outlets dragged Woods for her role in allegedly “hooking up” with Khloé Kardashian’s boyfriend, Tristan Thompson, Red Table Talk became a safe space where she recounted her side of the story, without any intrusion or manipulation. And that’s the beautiful thing about what Jada Pinkett-Smith has managed to do with RTT.
Since its inception in 2018, Red Table Talk has become platform where topics, generally overlooked, especially as they pertain to Black women, are brought front and center. The comforting, nurturing environment shared between the 47-year-old actress, her mother, Adrienne Banfield-Jones, and daughter, Willow Smith, who often serve as co-hosts, has initiated important conversations surrounding intimate discussions on addiction, self-harm and love.
The multi-generational dialogue often found within the show’s touching conversations adds nuance and perspective to the everyday issues they address on the show. In the most recent episode, Banfield-Jones said, “We let our little girl behavior get us into some grown woman mess," in response to the accusations against Woods. Offering women, young and old, the chance to discuss their highs and lows, is one of the many things that has made RTT a standout program among fans on social media.
The tone, comfortability and firm decision to hold their guest accountable for their actions is reminiscent of the style of daytime television veteran-turned-television mogul Oprah Winfrey. RTT’s ability to give Black women the opportunity to share their own stories and shape their own narratives is extremely important. In a society where Black women are often regarded as angry, Red Table Talk provides a comfortable environment for them to be vulnerable and honest about their plight, and not be judged for it, but be offered heartfelt advice instead.
Pinkett-Smith candidly shares intimate details from her personal life in a way that has not been done before. Smith eloquently revealed, “I had to tell many lies and get the consequence of telling lies to learn that you’d rather take the pain of telling the truth than having to take the pain of telling a lie and then take the pain of having to rehabilitate whatever the lie created,” after Woods admitted to omitting the truth during her initial conversations about the night in question with Khloé Kardashian.
This episode isn’t the first time Pinkett-Smith has been vulnerable on RTT. She’s previously fessed up to flaws in her marriage, admitted to being petty during her silent 17-year beef with Gabrielle Union and occasionally stepping out of bounds with Will Smith’s ex-wife, Sheree Fletcher.
The openness and honesty Pinkett-Smith continuously exhibits on the show helped turn RTT into a platform where conflict can be addressed from a place of understanding and met with genuine resolution. And that’s a very important narrative to showcase, considering most instances of Black women addressing conflict resolution in the media ends with drinks being thrown on reality television.
With almost a year of consistently crafting quality, uplifting content under her belt, it’s clear that Pinkett-Smith has something amazing with Red Table Talk. We can only hope it inspires more dialogue, and the creation of even more safe spaces for Black women to share their own stories.
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