Jada Pinkett Smith and Gabrielle Union Talk Victimhood on Red Table Talk - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

This week on Facebook Watch’s, Red Table Talk, Jada Pinkett Smith substituted daughter Willow Smith and mother Adrienne Banfield-Norris to have a serious heart-to-heart with actress Gabrielle Union.

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Jada Pinkett Smith and Gabrielle Union Talk Victimhood on Red Table Talk (Facebook Watch)

During the conversation, the two caught up on topics surrounding the estranged relationship that has been plaguing them for years and additionally discuss victimhood and the type of reality that that mindset creates. “I had to hit rock bottom,” said Union. “I had to lose everything. For me that was my first marriage, going through the divorce process. I had to lose my show, my show was canceled, and I was having difficult relationships… It was everyone’s fault but my own.”

Claiming ownership is the key to one’s successes and failures. It allows you to take control. After getting with life coach AJ Johnson, Union soon realized that she was playing the victim. “While in the middle of working out, she would be shouting out questions and so one day she said, ‘make a happy list.’ She said, ‘tell me 10 things that make you happy.” Union came to the conclusion that she couldn’t think of one.

AJ hit Union in the face with a harsh reality. “Of course your marriage failed, you don’t know what makes you happy, why would you think somebody else knows how to make you happy.” By taking ownership of her own life and happiness, Union has been able to rebuild and get to a healthy place, including being able to sit down and have a very candid and uncomfortable conversation with Pinkett Smith.

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Jada Pinkett Smith listening to Gabrielle Union (Facebook Watch)

Catch the full recap and live conversation this Wednesday on Facebook’s Red Table Talk channel.

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Sequoia Blodgett

Sequoia Blodgett is a Reporter for Black Enterprise. She is also the founder of Commas, a virtual entrepreneurship resource center with that provides everything you need to know about product, marketing, publicity, and fundraising, to make your entrepreneurial journey a lot less stressful.


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