The actor opened up, alongside Chris Rock, Kevin Hart, and Mahershala Ali, and more in Jay-Z's new video "Footnotes of Adnis." According to E! News, the men discuss what they've learned from their fathers and what their children have taught them. In the beginning of the video, Jay-Z can be seen talking about his own tumultuous relationship with his father and how he has expressed that anger through music. Will Smith's story revolves around Willow, who buzzed her head at the age of 11 in the middle of her "Whip My Hair" tour.
Smith says that Willow expressed she wanted to leave the tour, but he pushed her to continue on until the end. "We came downstairs and she had shaved her head bald," he says. "She shaved her head bald in the middle of her 'Whip My Hair' tour. I was like, 'Oh, s---.'" Smith realized that he had been overlooking his daughter's needs. He continued, "I'm looking at that girl and I'm like, 'Got it. I understand. You will not have this trouble out of me ever again. Let's go, baby. We can go.'"
So what did Willow teach Smith? "For me, it was that soldier that was pushing and wasn't paying any attention whatsoever to what was going on emotionally with this beautiful little creature in front of me," he said. "That was the first part of the collapsing of my father's suit that I was wearing that wasn't mine."
Jada Pinkett Smith spoke out about Willow's hair at the time, posting on Facebook, "The question why I would LET Willow cut her hair. First the LET must be challenged. This is a world where women, girls are constantly reminded that they don't belong to themselves; that their bodies are not their own, nor their power or self determination. I made a promise to endow my little girl with the power to always know that her body, spirit and her mind are HER domain. Willow cut her hair because her beauty, her value, her worth is not measured by the length of her hair."
She can definitely rock any hair style—shaved head, pink Mohawk, or otherwise.
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