Jada Pinkett Smith reveals Will Smith split, August Alsina details

Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith confirm previous split, reveal details of August Alsina relationship

Rasha Ali USA TODAY
Published 6:02 PM EDT Jul 10, 2020

Jada Pinkett Smith is turning the tables — literally – as she brings herself to the Red Table to address questions about her relationship with R&B artist August Alsina.

On Friday’s “Red Table Talk,” Jada’s husband Will Smith joined her at the iconic table where her mother Adrienne Banfield Norris and daughter Willow Smith usually sit for the Facebook Watch series. 

The “Pursuit of Happyness” actor asked Jada the question everyone wants to know: “So what happened Jada?”

Smith revealed she  started a close friendship with Alsina about four and a half years ago, and said her family was trying to help him because he was “really sick.”

“It all started with him just needing some help. Me wanting to help his health, his mental state,” Smith said about Alsina, who has been open about battling an auto-immune disease.

The Smiths revealed this friendship with Alsina began when they were going through a tough time in their marriage. They “basically broke up,” Jada said.

The couple said they separated for an indefinite amount of time so they could figure out how to make themselves happy.

“I got into an entanglement with August,” Jada said before confirming she was in a relationship with the singer during that time.

“An entanglement? A relationship,” Smith said, prodding his wife to be more specific, alluding to the Facebook Watch show’s dedication to candid discussion.

“Yes, it was a relationship. Absolutely. I was in a lot of pain. I was very broken,” she replied. “Now, in the process of that relationship, I definitely realize that you can’t find happiness outside of yourself. … I would definitely say we did everything that we could to get away from each other, only to realize that that wasn’t possible.”

‘That’ll kill me’: Jada Pinkett Smith knew she, Will weren’t cut out for ‘conventional marriage’

The “Girls Trip” actress shared that her relationship with Alsina allowed her to grow and heal as she learned things about herself during their time together, including acknowledging her desire to be “drawn to people who need help.”

“Through that particular journey I learned so much about myself and was able to really confront a lot of emotional immaturity, emotional insecurity and I was really able to do some really deep healing,” Jada said. “And as I came through and started to realize certain things about you and I, he decided to break all communication with me which was totally understandable.”

Jada noted she hasn’t talked to Alsina in recent years, so she felt it was “weird” that he brought up their relationship now.

USA TODAY has reached out Alsina’s reps.

During a June interview for Complex with Angela Yee, Alsina addressed relationship rumors with Jada.

“What I’m not okay with is my character being in question,” Alsina said. “I actually sat down with Will and had a conversation due to their transformation from their marriage to life partnership that they’ve spoken on several times. … He gave me his blessing and I totally gave myself to that relationship for years of my life, and I truly and really, really, deeply loved and have a ton of love for her (Jada). I devoted myself to it, I gave my full self to it.”

In 2019, August Alsina released “Nunya,” a song many people thought was about his relationship with Smith. At the time, Alsina denied the song was about Smith’s wife and said they were good friends.

The celebrity couple agreed that though they’ve had issues in their marriage, there are no secrets between them. 

“We ride together, we die together, bad marriage for life,” Will and Jada joked, alluding to the classic “Bad Boys” movie line. 

At less than 13 minutes long, Friday’s conversation was significantly shorter than Smith’s usual “Red Table Talk” episodes, which usually clock in around 40 minutes.

Red Table Talk: Jada Pinkett Smith reveals how quarantine has changed relationship with husband Will Smith

Contributing: The Associated Press

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Kim Kardashian Is Worried About Kanye West Amid Presidential Bid and Forbes Interview

Kim Kardashian is privately concerned about her husband Kanye West’s behavior over the last week, People reports, particularly because the rapper, who suffers from bipolar depression, is currently experiencing a manic episode and is “struggling,” according to a source.

On Fourth of July, West announced he was running for president, despite missing several FEC deadlines. In a rambling and controversial Forbes interview, West said he was running under the Birthday party, wants to model his administration off of Black Panther‘s Wakanda, and that he is an anti-vaxxer who believes vaccines stop people from getting into heaven among other claims. (There’s zero science behind that dangerous conspiracy theory.)

People‘s source explained, “Kanye has been doing well for a long time. In the past, he has suffered both manic and depressive episodes related to his bipolar disorder. Right now, he is struggling again.”

That source added that Kardashian is in Los Angeles with the couple’s four children while West is in Wyoming. Everyone is worried about West. “Kim is concerned, as well as her whole family,” the source said. “It’s super stressful for Kim, because Kanye’s behavior is very unpredictable. She is worried. The episodes usually last for a few weeks and then things go back to normal. Kim hopes it will be the same this time.”

Kardashian has only tweeted one thing about West after he announced his presidential ambitions. She retweeted his video including information on how to register to vote. Beyond that, she has said nothing at length about his interview or Birthday Party 2020 ticket dreams.

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Ned Nwoko takes new mom, Regina Daniels, her co-wife and his kids on a shopping spree (Video)

Beautiful Nollywood actress, Regina Daniels has made her first public appearance since the birth of her son who doubles as the ‘Nollywood baby of the year’.

The delectable actress and her billionaire husband, Ned Nwoko, were spotted in a recent video picking different outfits, clothes and shoes.

They also went along with Regina’s co-wife, Laila and their kids.

It was indeed a moment of celebration for the entire Nwoka family, as they happily announced the birth of Regina Daniels’ baby boy via different social media platforms.

Regina’s brother, who broke the news first, congratulated the new mum and also shared photos on his Instastory channel. In the photos, Regina was seen taking a video call barely a few hours after she put to bed.

Watch the video of the Ned Nwoko’s family shopping;

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Batman Forever Extended Cut Has Bruce Wayne Face Off With Giant Bat – UNILAD

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Somewhere, in the depths of Warner Bros., a 170-minute ‘Schumacher Cut’ of Batman Forever exists. 

Pre-Nolan and Snyder’s gritty caped crusader, Batman’s tone was all over the place. Tim Burton’s vision of the character was dark but quintessentially ‘nuts’, lurking in the shadows of a misty, towering Gotham filled with penguins and Prince.

Then came the neon. Joel Schumacher’s 1995 Batman Forever spelled trouble for the hero, with its pantomimic, campy theatrics and luminescent colours inspiring the calamitous Batman and Robin. However, once upon a time, there was a ‘more serious’ version of the film – one that featured Bruce Wayne (Val Kilmer) facing down a giant human-sized bat.

Check out the deleted scene from Batman Forever, which features Bruce and the big bat:

Last week, Castle Rock writer Marc Bernardin tweeted: ‘I have it on VERY good authority that a 170-minute cut of Joel Schumacher’s Batman Forever exists. Warner Bros. is unsure if there’s any hunger for what was described to me as a much darker, more serious version. So, should WB #ReleaseThe20000Cut?’

In the fallout of Schumacher’s death on June 22, as well as the recent hysteria around Zack Snyder’s Justice League – the result of a fervent campaign – Batfans are now focusing their efforts on seeing the original cut of Batman Forever.

In addition to Bernardin’s source, Variety reported that a source close to the film’s production has confirmed a longer assembly cut does exist, at a whopping 170 minutes long – a huge difference compared to the 129-minute theatrical version.

This cut allegedly opens with a sequence featuring Two-Face (Tommy Lee Jones) escaping from Arkham Asylum, before he shoots Batman in the head, leaving him with temporary amnesia. Reportedly, there’s also extra scenes with the Riddler (Jim Carrey), including one where he invades the Batcave and uses his iconic cane as a weapon.

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However, the most fascinating scene of all is a sequence featuring Bruce’s emotional struggles, reportedly a much stronger theme throughout the longer cut. In it, he reads his father’s diary in a cave, prompting a panic attack as the trauma of his parents’ murder rushes back.

That fear then manifests itself as a huge bat, with the pair staring off until Alfred interrupts. When Bruce walks out of the cave, he says confidently with a smile: ‘I’m Batman.’

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Representatives for Warner Bros. said there’s no plans or discussions regarding releasing the longer version, with concerns over whether all the footage has even survived the past 25 years.

However, if the Snyder Cut proved one thing, it’s that DC fans don’t give up that easy. Prepare to hear about this Forever.

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Eminem has harsh words for Drew Brees in new song with Kid Cudi | Sporting News

Eminem has started yet another rap beef with, uh, Drew Brees?

The Detroit emcee threw in a harsh line about Brees as part of his appearance on Kid Cudi’s new song, “The Adventures of Moon Man and Slim Shady,” which was released late Thursday. Eminem gives a shoutout to New Orleans rapper Lil’ Wayne, who also goes by the name Lil’ Tunechi, before lashing out at the Saints quarterback.

From Eminem’s verse:

I had hoop dreams, now I shoot threes
Got a little green, but I don’t do weed
Purp nor lean, that’s Tunechi
That’s New Orleans, f— Drew Brees

It’s unclear exactly why Eminem decided to attack Brees, but his words are likely a reaction to Brees’ feelings about NFL players kneeling in protest of racial injustice and police brutality during the national anthem.

“I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country,” Brees said in June.

Several athletes criticized Brees for not understanding the purpose of the protests, and he later apologized multiple times, saying his initial comments were “insensitive and completely missed the mark on the issues we are facing right now as a country.”

After President Donald Trump said Brees shouldn’t have apologized, Brees shared a response to Trump on Instagram.

“Through my ongoing conversations with friends, teammates, and leaders in the black community, I realize this is not an issue about the American flag. It has never been,” Brees wrote. “We can no longer use the flag to turn people away or distract them from the real issues that face our black communities.” 

You can listen to the full Eminem and Kid Cudi collaboration below. (Note: Strong language, so don’t play this if you’re on a Zoom call with your boss.)

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Eagles’ DeSean Jackson Fined for Detrimental Conduct After Anti-Semitic Posts

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The Philadelphia Eagles have fined receiver DeSean Jackson after he posted anti-Semitic messages on social media.

The Eagles announced they have “penalized” Jackson for conduct detrimental to the team in a statement released Friday:

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ESPN’s Tim McManus reported Jackson was fined and that he “intends to donate a significant portion of his fine to Jewish community efforts.” 

Jackson made headlines when he posted a quote falsely attributed to Adolf Hitler to his Instagram account:

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He also shared quotes from Louis Farrakhan, who has been criticized for anti-Semitic behavior throughout his time as leader of the Nation of Islam.

The receiver later apologized in a statement and in a video on social media:

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The Eagles released a statement calling the messages “absolutely appalling.”

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Philadelphia said it would evaluate the situation and take “appropriate action,” which was seen with the latest move.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the organization first had to determine how this situation would affect his contract, which featured $4.8 million in guaranteed salary for 2020.

Jackson is going into the second year of his second stint with the Eagles after a trade from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last March. The 33-year-old showcased his upside in Week 1 last season, totaling eight catches for 154 yards and two touchdowns.

A core muscle injury derailed his season, however, resulting in just two more games and one more catch.

The wideout is an impact player on the field when healthy, earning three Pro Bowl selections while leading the NFL in yards per catch four different times in his career. He is one of five active players with over 10,000 career receiving yards.

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Deception, Control, and Seduction: Starz New Drama ‘P-Valley’ Great Series for Thrill-Seekers

Written By: Beverly Kwakye

For anyone who favors the thrill of a good heist, deception, control, and the art of seduction, they will also enjoy this edge of your seat drama series coming soon to Starz. 

P-Valley takes viewers into the world of exotic dancing, the lives of those dancers, and the all-around hustle of money over power and control. Based on American Playwright Katori Hall’s play, P-Valley stars actors Brandee Evans as Mercedes, Nicco Annan as Uncle Clifford, Shannon Thornton as Miss Mississippi, Elarica Johnson as Autumn Night, J. Alphonse Nicholson as Lil’ Murda, and other notable faces. 

In P-Valley money talks. The common theme this series channels is how money plays into deceit, lust, and jealously, which in turn leads to the control of broken women. In this series, every dancer has a story, but regardless of that hardship or story off-stage, every dancer smugly carries themselves by keeping friends close but enemies closer. Viewers will see this theme emerge repeatedly with the club’s top dancers Mercedes, as she interacts with the other dancers whom she feels may be competitors or obstacles to her success at Pynk. 

Mercedes has a love-hate relationship with her mother Patrice. Patrice can be viewed as an obstacle in Mercedes’s life because she symbolizes the overtly religious parental guide who disapproves of her daughter’s profession thus knocking off some of her daughter’s confidence and pride. Despite the disapproval, Patrice still relies on Mercedes’s dirty money to fund her godly deeds. 

This is when deceit comes into play. Mercedes’s character embodies jealously and deceit through her interactions with those around her. When the newcomer Autumn comes around, the amount of money she easily makes despite her lack of skills and experience in the profession angers Mercedes. This anger turns into a mental competition of cat and mouse between the two dancers, who mentally act as competitors when at the club. 

P-Valley is a thematic series. Multiple themes are explored in this Starz show. There is the transparent theme of escaping demons in search of a new beginning and the less obscure theme of forgiving enemies through partnership. The theme of escaping demons first emerges in Autumn’s introduction as she develops her alias and ultimately establishes her character. This is important because this is how she begins to find her strength. She is first introduced as a woman with a broken spirit. 

This series strays away from using a common narrative by working multiple storylines into one. The act of doing so creates a compelling and complex series. Each character appears to be battling inner demons off-stage but in different avenues of life. From abuse to neglect to the attempt to get by in life, Pynk serves as a haven of escape for the dancers, but unfortunately, the trouble they desire to flee from exists in that very place, too. While the dancers carry the burdens of their outside life in their subconscious, they harbor their inner burdens of their work-life through their behaviors. 

The women wish to abandon their real-life demons while working, but they continue to act in ways that exemplify the characteristics of those demons. Finessing men, the control clients have over dancers, and the money they tolerate for exploitation are all concepts that mirror the abusive relationships present in several of the women’s lives outside of the club. Many of the dancers come from abusive relationships or broken families consisting of maltreatment. The women get the exact treatment from their clients as they do from the outside, their families, and significant others. This is proof that it is not entirely the money that drives these women to do what they do, but it is the vision of using the club to find their escape. Ultimately, they cannot find their escape if they cannot find themselves first. 

P-Valley is the show that leaves viewers asking whether the dancers will ever truly find their escape. Trouble seems to follow in the form of friends, backstabbing, and deceit in every direction. Working with abrasive women on stage contributes to the characters’ inability to find inner peace with themselves. Because this show deals with various complex situations, every character’s struggle is somewhat of a domino-effect to the next character. Each character is distinct in their own way and is important to the storyline without overshadowing the other.

Money is a central theme that shows how one character’s misuse of funds can somehow fall onto others, leading their issue to become damaging to everyone. Whether their escape is mental or physical, the stage has proved to deliver divisiveness more so than provide an escape or solace from the mental baggage that was intended to be left behind. 

Starz subscribers can catch P-Valley premiering this Sunday, July 12 on Starz.

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