Within a recently released episode of the beloved FacebookWatch series The Red Table Talk Willow Smith revealed that she and her brother Jaden Smith felt shunned by the Black Community for being too different!
Willow, 19 tells her mother and fellow co-host #JadaPinkettSmith that she ultimately felt outcasted by her own people at a young age.
“Specifically with the African American community, I kind of felt like me and Jaden were shunned a little bit, like, ‘We’re not gonna take pride in them because they’re too different.”
Willow continues, “Even some of our family members, I would feel they thought, ‘You’re too different,'”
According to the Insider , the conversation originally derived from Jada being mom shammed when Willow shaved her hair off at 11 years old and when Jaden had worn a skirt within a Louis Vuitton fashion show.
It has been indicated that Willow shaved her hair off and then dyed it green in response to the success of her hit single Whip my hair.
“When he was wearing a skirt, then he isn’t what people consider your ‘typical Black man,'” states Jada.
As Jaden got older he has often been spotted proudly going against societal norms of acceptance within fashion.
“It’s something that we as a community have to learn how to let go of. It felt like, it’s dangerous. You cannot afford to raise your children this way because it’s dangerous. You know what it’s like to be a Black or brown person in this world. You are doing your kids a disservice,” says Jada.
“I understood where that fear came from, but I also understood from having been on the streets and … not [being] your ‘conventional Black girl’ in the streets of Baltimore, I knew that self-confidence is what helped me survive.”