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Jada Pinkett Smith Explores Complexities Of Motherhood In 'Red Table Talk' Ep 1

Jada Pinkett Smith's new Facebook series, Red Table Talk premiered on the digital platform on May 7, and the first episode definitely unpacks a lot. Pinkett Smith initially sits down with her husband Will's ex, Sheree Fletcher to unpack the complexities of motherhood, co-parenting, and more.

While the episode is centered on a discussion amongst Pinkett Smith, her daughter Willow, and mother Adrienne Banfield-Norris, the 19-minute video opens with Jada introducing an earlier sit down she had with Flecther. There, the two women recall their rocky relationship amid Fletcher's separation from Will. Admittedly, tensions between the two earlier were previously at an all time high. "I called back and I happened to say, quote, 'b***h you living in a house I picked out," Fletcher of one heated interaction she had with Jada. "You said, 'it's my house now.'"

Things may have gotten off to a bad start, but the two were able to put aside there differences and learn to respect and love one another. Now, they've bonded over co-mothering Sheree and Will's son Trey.

Following Jada and Sheree's conversation, Jada turned the camera on her discussion with Willow and Adrienne, where they analyzed the episode and other layers of motherhood. Each woman discussed their understanding of being a parent, whether they've been through it or not. Adrienne explained the struggle of being a mother in high school; Willow admitted she couldn't imagine having kids considering our current social and political climate. Jada's epiphany was a little broader" "As mothers, there's so much expectation to be perfect for your kids. It's okay. Your kids are going to be mad at you about s***, and they're going to need therapy. But guess what? It's okay," she said.

New episodes of Red Table Talk will reportedly appear on Mondays. Watch the premiere episode below.

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"The cast is upset," he admitted. "It is a sad time and we are slowly healing."

Daniels did not reveal whether the cast believes Smollett staged his alleged hate crime earlier this year, but he said that he will not judge him. "What I am learning right now is that I can’t judge," he explained. "That that judgment is for that man wearing that black coat with a gavel and God. I can only support him because he is like my son, he is my son, so I am with him. I can only support him and I can only give him compassion."

As previously reported, the actor, who stars as Jamal Lyon on the hit Fox drama, told Chicago police that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack on Jan. 29. As the investigation continued, the attention turned to Smollett. He was arrested on Feb. 20, and indicted on 16 counts of disorderly conduct for making a false report and allegedly staging the incident. Those charges were subsequently dropped, but the city of Chicago is suing the actor for $130,000 for the time spent investigating the matter.

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Police Conducted Welfare Check On Wendy Williams Over Alleged Poisoning

Police reportedly conducted a wellness check on Wendy Williams at her New Jersey home earlier this year after an anonymous caller claimed the TV personality's husband, Kevin Winter was poisoning her, People reports.

The incident reportedly occurred during Williams' television hiatus in Jan. 2019. According to the police report obtained by People, police arrived at Williams' residence shortly after the call was made. Hunter reportedly answered the door, claiming his wife was recovering from an illness.

Authorities noted that Hunter was "hesitant" to let the police inside the house but eventually did. There, they found Williams in bed with a "blanket covering her from neck to toe." Williams told the cops she was recovering from a broken shoulder.

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