Finally, Jada Pinkett-Smith's Red Table Talk show premiered its first episode, Motherhood, on Monday 7th May via Facebook Watch. Having seen the trailer a few times, I felt like I had a general idea of the show's premise. However, I was mistaken.
The show starts off introducing you to "two of the most important women" in Jada's life; her mother, Adrienne, and daughter Willow. She gives us a brief summary of how she views both of them and where she sees herself amongst them. From the trailer, I thought that we would be watching Jada interview different women that have been significant in her womanhood journey e.g. her mother, daughter, Sheree Fletcher, Will's ex-wife, and Gabrielle Union. However, in this first episode Adrienne, Willow and Jada watch Jada's candid "red table talk" with Sheree on a tablet. Nor Adrienne or Willow were aware that Jada had filmed a sit down with Sheree to discuss their past and how they got to where they are now as women and mothers so this made this episode even more interesting to watch.
It was intriguing to hear Jada and Sheree's points of view on the transitions they both experienced all those years ago and how the main basis of everything was them being the best parents to Trey, Will and Sheree's son. There was much to learn and admire about their candidness and genuine love for one another. To me, it was a honest account of difficult circumstances, hard decisions and how this affected everyone involved. These women who were just trying to be the best they could be for themselves, Trey and generally their respective households.
As someone who grew up with some dysfunction, I related to Willow's perspective as a child being very aware of the tension amongst the adults. Her and Jaden were constantly trying to bridge a gap between them and Trey, alongside their parents' continued trials and errors. It is such a common thing and I was grateful to hear Willow share this. Many children experience this when dealing with the aftermath of family break ups and/or siblings in different households. No matter how hard you try, there's always someone missing out on having both parents and/or consistently being in the same household as their siblings. Someone misses out on knowing what it is like to have that type of home life. You carry the guilt, even though none of this is your doing but you always feel like you have to take steps to heal the wound anyway. To be honest, I don't know if you heal from it but instead learn to live with it. This was something echoed by Sheree at 8:51 onwards when she stated that she carries the burden about her decision to break up their family by leaving Will and having to live with the fact that she feels she deprived Trey of having what Willow and Jaden have. It still hurts her to this day!
As mentioned before, there is much to learn from this episode and I feel a sense of admiration towards them all for sharing their personal lives with us. Especially, as it's on the basis to teach and help others. It's a selfless act that unfortunately opens the doors to the opinions of strangers, who are not always going to see the good in honest discussions about real life situations that many face.
Red Table Talk is such a great concept and I can't wait to see who Jada will be sitting down with next. Have you watched the first episode yet? If so, leave a comment below! If not, here's the link to the first episode - Motherhood. Don't forget to come back and let me know your thoughts.