Jada Pinkett Smith Has Some Wisdom to Give to Us All

7/22/2014 10:00 AM PDT, by
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Jada Pinkett Smith
, despite her weird parenting choices in being OK with her 13-year-old daughter hanging out in bed with a half naked 20-year-old, is known for her ability to tell some truths. Like, she has a remarkable ability to drop some wisdom at any given moment. And that's why this thing she told some reporters at a panel recently is so great, because it's important, relatable, and just plain smart. Here, let's check it out:

"My niece was given a date rape drug that weekend. 
She's 20 years old – thank God nothing happened because she was with some responsible guys that took care of her. She was safe because she was with a group of friends that realized – she said, 'Oh, my god, I can't feel my …, ' and she started losing consciousness. There is an epidemic going on out here in regards to the treatment of women. We have to figure out how we can empower people in different ways. I had my niece sit down with my daughter and a couple of her friends and tell her about that experience. It's one thing to sit with me as her mother: It's like 'Okay, Mom, yeah, I get that.' But when you have your 20-year-old cousin that comes in, and she's like, 'This is what happened,' and it was somebody you looked up to as well, it's like, 'Oh, man, this is really real.' I give her the opportunity to be empowered by having herself first, because when you allow a person to be an individual and you allow a person to have power within and have confidence with who they are, she'll never have to look in the eyes of a man and question whether it's a 'yes' or a 'no' – she's going to be very clear." 

What a horrible story, but what a great thing to take away from it. It's also good that Willow Smith was able to benefit from all this as well, because goodness knows that's a girl that needs some real talk.

By the way, Jada's story here, that's not a case of her talking about her niece while really talking about her "niece," is it? This story didn't actually happen to someone else? OK, just checking. Just making sure we're all on the same page with Jada's wisdom here. 
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