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Willow Smith Gets A Haircut!!!

Normally, on a Friday, the number of visitors to my blog plummets like a stone.  Last week, the difference between Thursday and Friday was more than a fifty percent cut.  However, when I woke up this Saturday morning, my Friday closed with the highest numbers of the week.  Not that I don’t appreciate the big boost in numbers.  Having an audience interested in anything I had to say helps to give me a reason to write.  Having a larger audience gives me even more of a reason, although I will forever claim that I write because I have something to say and would do it if no one would ever come to my blog.  But whenever I see an anomaly in the numbers, I need to know what’s driving the sudden interest.

A quick look at the stats showed a sudden spike in attention for my article about Will Smith and how he was trying to promote his daughter Willow as the next Paris Hilton (Willow Smith’s Role Model Is Paris Hilton).  Written almost two years ago, the article never got much attention in a single day.  But yesterday, the article got a fifteen hundred percent increase in hits over its next highest day.  And if the numbers this morning are any indication, today will have even more hits.

Obviously Willow Smith is in the news.  The first thought in my mind was I hope nothing happened to the little girl.  I caught a glimpse of the Smith family during President Barack Obama’s address when he received the Nobel Peace Prize.  My concern for the girl was piqued.  I went to Yahoo! News to get the latest word.  Willow Smith’s name was right there in the headlines as the site came up on the browser.  What was all the big news?  Willow Smith had a new hairstyle.  According to the entertainment news article, little Willow was sporting a do in the style of Rihanna.  Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith made a big show in Norway by hosting a Peace Prize Concert on Mr. Obama’s behalf and Willow, speaking Mandarin, introduced Chinese pianist Lang Lang.

Somebody is working awfully hard to make Willow Smith an entertainment superstar.  At age nine, she already has three movies under her belt.  As far as her acting ability goes, I have to admit I’m not qualified to judge her.  The only acting I saw of her was the fifteen seconds or so she appeared in I Am Legend.  But if she’s to be recognized for her “work” in this particular movie, there are infant actors around the globe that should be recognized for their ability to cry on cue or whatever.  A fifteen second appearance in a mediocre or acceptable movie doesn’t make for a superstar.  But the handlers of the Smith children are pulling out all the stops.  Willow’s brother Jaden Smith is in a remake of The Karate Kid and the Karate Kid opposite Jackie Chan as Mr. Kesuke Miyagi.  Was he truly the best actor for the job or did someone pull a few strings to put him in the lead role.

Superstar Will Smith and his famous wife Jada Pinkett Smith are working hard to turn their daughter Willow and her equally popular but ambiguously talented, at least from an acting perspective, brother Jaden into tomorrow’s stars.  But without a natural inclination for acting it takes time to develop such talent.  And that should be okay.  A lot of famous people had children that had to learn their acting profession.  They didn’t just come out the box swinging homeruns and were able to pull the crowds to make a movie a box office success.

Willow Smith getting a haircut is probably the last thing I would have ever imagined people coming to my blog to see.  This ain’t no do blog.  Although I did write one article about people getting their locks cut for their initiations into the ancient African spirituality many moons ago, the last thing I want people to associate me with is somebody’s hairdo.

And I also hope people won’t be stopping here to see what I have to say about the latest drama from some black actor in Hollywood or some black rapper on the east coast.  While those things might be entertaining for a hot minute or two, the way some people follow celebrity gossip it is a wonder that they can follow the drama in their own life let alone anything else.  I don’t mean to contribute to anybody being distracted from what is actually happening in this world.  If people come to my blog to read about Willow Smith I hope it is with the intention of learning a little something about how this product of two black parents grows up so removed from the black community.  And that’s a crying shame.

Instead of their parents pushing her to be the next American Idol, maybe they should push her to know a little something about what it means to be part of the black community in America these days.  With every day that passes the Smith family acts more and more like the fictional family of the Fresh Prince of Bel Air from Will Smith’s first regular acting gig.  And every single day that passes Jaden and Willow Smith are acting more and more like the entitled children Hillary Banks and Carlton Banks.

Saturday, December 12, 2009 - Posted by | African Americans, Black Community, Black Culture, Black People, Life, Thoughts, Will Smith, Willow Smith


  1. I’m sorry but, with all due respect there’s so much misinformation in this post and the last one you made in regards to little Willow it’s astounding.

    In the first place Will Smith never said his daughter wanted to be Paris Hilton or looks up to her in any way, shape, or form. He made a comparison (albeit a dumb one)about her liking the spotlight. He was even questioned about it on a talk show, and said that’s the only way he meant it, and admitted he shouldn’t have used Paris as an example.

    I’ve seen interviews this little girl has done and she seems like very bright, well mannered, confident and well spoken individual.Their kids weren’t at the concert to be put out as little superstars but to be a part of something their parents saw as historically relevant. They weren’t being pushed to be pop stars, they were singing (with others involved in the concert) Man in the Mirror at a concert about peace.

    It really seems like with these posts you’re questioning their “blackness”. How could possibly know that they’re not teaching their kids what it means to be part of the black community. The same “entitled” children, who became youth ambassadors for an African Aids charity this year, whose parents do a hell of a lot for inner city families in their own hometowns through their own charitable foundation, and have been a big part of Live 8 and Nelson Mandela’s 46664 for years now.

    Unless you know them personally it’s really bold of you to say that they’re “removed” from the black community. For the record, I think all the hoopla about her hair (and the assumptions she’s trying to copy certain popstars)is really silly, but it’s obvious people are missing the bigger picture. It was really refreshing to hear this little black girl speaking Mandarin, and considering the places they’ve traveled and the people they know it seems like Will and Jada are raising their children to be citizens of the world and not just of America.

    Comment by dee | Saturday, December 12, 2009 | Reply

  2. Thanks for the feedback dee,

    But you truly are mistaken. You want so badly to believe that your idols are without blemish that you will be willing to stick your fingers in your ears, close your eyes, and recite “la-la-la” over and over again in order to avoid anything that doesn’t paint the Smiths in a positive, wholesome image. I strongly suggest you get your facts straight before you show your ignorance.

    Since you’re too busy getting ear wax on your index fingers, let me do your research for you. Here’s an article from People Magazine online where Mr. Smith is saying that his daughter is a fan of Paris Hilton. This was confirmed when he did an interview with Prairie Miller for the News Blaze when he was talking about his I Am Legend movie and got side tracked with the family life. And the story was confirmed in The Insider online.

    So it appears that dee stands for “don’t know what you’re talking about”. It’s not very bold to quote somebody when they’re words are part of the public record. What’s bold is to hold some blind loyalty to people who don’t give a damn about you while attacking people who are trying to wake you out of your ignorant hero worship stupor. And it’s your contention that Will and Jada are raising their children to be citizens of the world? Yep, just like Paris Hilton was raised to be a worldly citizen as well.


    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Saturday, December 12, 2009 | Reply

  3. dee,

    Thanks for coming back, but you’ve made your position quite clear with your first comment. Your follow up with more disinformation really isn’t necessary. Like you said, the subject isn’t worth debating. 🙂

    So Will Smith back pedals when interviewed about his dumb comments. He also made dumb comments about racism being over with the election of Barack Obama. It seems like someone who is constantly making dumb comments about issues pertaining to the black community and working so hard to sweep the problems of race under the proverbial rug couldn’t possibly be doing his part to raise awareness of the problems that are still plaguing the black community to his children.

    But I am the first to admit that this is just my opinion. Of course there are others who think that Jaden and Willow dancing on stage in Oslo will be a big boon to the black community. Too bad few black people from the black community were there to enjoy it.


    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Saturday, December 12, 2009 | Reply

  4. This is all too familiar. Black people raise children to ignore the condition that the majority of blacks are in due to systemic racism. Yet, we then want to fantasize that they are doing so much for us. They live in an all white community, spend all of their dollars in white owned and operated shops, stores and boutiques. So how can we see this and then turn around and say that they are somehow helping the black community?

    So now we see the two Smith kids on stage and that somehow does something for black people. And exactly what would that be? I guess I can’t even begin to understand that at all. But it is seriously obvious that the Smith’s aren’t teaching their children to be citizens of the world as much as they are teaching them to be the full of themselves, trust fund kids they are. Just like Paris Hilton and the majority of celebrity children.

    These kids have no more talent than Paris Hilton or a lot of celebrity children who end up with celebrity status careers. And in fact there are probably a whole lot of children with far more talent who will never be discovered because these children have the right surname. And then we wonder why Hollywood is looking more and more talentless.

    As black people we need to stop clinging on to these half wit celebrities who, like the Smith’s, could care less about all the Dee’s, Black Sentinel’s or Brotherpeacemaker’s of the black community. Because they are too busy leaving the black community as well as their black identities in the dust as they clamor to become citizens of the world. Instead of becoming a more influential citizen of the black community.

    No other people in this country work so hard to distance themselves from their racial background like our people. By whatever means some of us rise above the fray of racial disparity then not only do we look down on the continuous struggle of our people with disgust, we begin criticizing them for not being able to get all the right breaks or help that the Smith’s received, as some sign that our people are unwilling to help themselves. And then downplay the same racism that he Will Smith the nobody complained about before he became Will Smith the superstar.


    Comment by theblacksentinel | Sunday, December 13, 2009 | Reply

  5. i cant see how you all get race or lack of it from a nine yr olds haircut and a little mandarin. Sure race sould not be dismissed easily but why attack a childs character for som percieved wrong you think her parents are in flicting on her. i cant see it or understand where you are getting it from but she is a child. lay off her. ther is a saying to each his own. you do wat u do and they’ll do the same.

    Comment by jael | Monday, December 21, 2009 | Reply

  6. Thanks for the feedback jael,

    Have you ever seen a car accident or a train wreck in the making? Have you ever seen somebody doing something that was going to end badly? I guess that’s what I’m witnessing with the Smith children. The Smiths are trying to manufacture star status in their children before they are ready. If they were truly all that talented, if they truly belonged on the big screen pulling off a leading role, it would happen.

    But all that I can see is a couple of ordinary kids getting shoes way too big for them to fill. And as they grow, and become more convinced that they are all that everybody says they are and a bag of chips, they will have to deal with the situation that was manufactured for them. For the most part, child superstars don’t do well in their later years. The overwhelming majority of child actors whose light shines like a superstar in the beginning will end up losers in the end. A good example would be Gary Coleman or any of the Diff’rent Strokes kids. If these children were truly talented, their time will come. But they shouldn’t be pushed before they’re ready.

    I beg your pardon, but this article isn’t an attack on Willow Smith’s character. This article merely points out the fact that the Smiths are out of touch with the black community. Everyday there are black families doing their best to keep their children grounded and focused on the long term goals in their life. There are young adults who put off fame and fortune in sports in order to focus on their education. The Smiths will serve as an example of what can happen when character is rushed and develops out of balance.

    Lastly, you said “you do wat u do and they’ll do the same”. Why don’t you follow your own advice? Why not let me do what I’ll do and you do the same. The very fact that you would critique me critiquing the Smiths proves you don’t actually believe what you say. To each his own is what you said. However, you appear to be somewhat hypocritical.


    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Tuesday, December 22, 2009 | Reply

  7. Wow, you guys are funny and very emotional…me personally…I do not take any entertainer seriously or their children, cuz that’s all they know how to do. Especially when you are as popular as they are, you think they are really gonna give up all the glitz and glamour for the black community?? Or ANY community?? Naw, of course not. The day I see an entertainer give up money and all other material things and still remain true to themselves and their community, I’m probably about to wake up because it was a dream.

    Comment by happyplace | Sunday, September 26, 2010 | Reply

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