Jada Pinkett Smith feels “helpless” to stop senseless acts of violence. The Gotham actress wrote that she was having a “deeply reflective Saturday”, and posted an image of herself alongside late rapper Tupac and a friend, Maxine. “In this picture I'm flanked by two extremely close friends of mine... They both died tragically not too far apart from one another,” she explained.
'Grateful that my own children don't have to confront the loss and violence in their neighborhood in the way their parents had to'“I flipped through more pictures of my youth only to come across at least 6 other friends who had been taken from this world...violently. I can't even count acquaintances. There was a time all that loss felt like the norm; today it felt unnatural, strange, downright wrong.”
Jada, born in Baltimore, Maryland, explained that “half of my life was surviving a war zone”, which she compared to living in a time of “genocide”.
While she has risen above those difficult times, the actress, 43, couldn’t help but reflect on how it’s affected her outlook today.
“I’m grateful for what I have survived,” she continued.
“GratefuI that I can spend an evening with [TV comedian Jimmy] Fallon playing a pie in the face game. Grateful I didn't become a statistic like I often thought I would. Grateful that my own children don't have to confront the loss and violence in their neighborhood in the way their parents had to. But, I also feel helpless, a bit depressed that there are so many of us who still do. And it feels like it's only gotten and getting worse (sic).
“I’m hurting today,” she signed off. “Love you guys. J.”
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