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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | September 16, 2012
Since Shelly Kizina adopted her pit bull Jada four years ago after finding the dog abused and tied to a tree in North Carolina, the Northeast Baltimore resident and her pet have been practically inseparable, she said. "I brought her here, and she's been like my best friend. She follows me everywhere," Kizina said on her porch in the Armistead Gardens neighborhood Sunday, as family members watched the Ravens game inside and Jada sat by her side. That Armistead Homes Corp., which manages the low-income housing cooperative, has demanded Kizina and other neighborhood residents with pit bulls get rid of their pets is "insane," Kizina said.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2013
For weeks the media has feasted on a Jada Pinkett Smith comment that implied she and her husband Will enjoy an open marriage. So she took to Facebook this week to put an end to the feeding frenzy. Or maybe to throw out another bone. "Open marriage?" she wrote.  "Let me first say this, there are far more important things to talk about in regards to what is happening in the world than whether I have an open marriage or not. " True that. But, hey, no harm in chatting about it, just a little, all the same.
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By Lynn Anderson and Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF | January 5, 2004
Jada Bottoms -- a 2-year-old with pretty braids and a lively personality -- was all smiles last night as relatives and friends held a candlelight remembrance for the mother she is too young to remember, fatally shot exactly two years earlier on the front porch of an East Baltimore rowhouse. For now, Jada's family -- her grandmother, great-grandmother, aunts and uncles -- do the grieving and pray that police will find out who killed her mother, Clarissa Ward. Ward, 17, was shot in the back of the head while taking down Christmas lights early Jan. 4, 2002, outside the house where she lived with her mother, Tammy Baker.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2013
Actress and Baltimore native Jada Pinkett Smith took to Facebook to condemn the media for "bullying" Justin Bieber and other young artists. In something of a treatise under the headline, "Are we bullying our young artists?" Pinkett Smith took the media to task, asking, "How can we ask for our young stars to have a high level of responsibility if we are not demonstrating that same level of responsibility towards them?" "It is as if we have forgotten what it means to be young or even how to behave like good ol' grown folk," she wrote.
SPORTS
By CANDUS THOMSON | March 15, 2009
Until last weekend, Jada Fulton had never caught a fish. The 9-year-old from North East was more interested in her soccer team, Cecil Fire, than what swam in the water not far from her home. On her first cast, she didn't catch a fish. She caught two. And then she caught two more. By the time she reeled in her line for the last time an hour later, Jada had landed nine yellow perch. Her soccer teammate, Rose Benjamin, caught six. Jada was hooked. "Better than a soccer win?" someone asked.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2010
Bessie Turner bought her house in a quiet Brooklyn Park neighborhood six years ago with a plan: She wanted to give her two sons a better place to live. She'd stay until January 2010, then pull out some of her equity and move to Myrtle Beach, S.C. Her sons would continue living there, paying less than if they were to rent a similar place, and she'd be there often. But that all changed two years ago Thursday. Her elder son, Rudolph Turner Jr., 25, was fatally shot in his bedroom.
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By Joanna Weiss and Joanna Weiss,NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | August 13, 2005
When Jada Chabot slammed her speedboat into a family's inflatable raft on a Massachusetts pond last week -- injuring several people -- the local media pounced with more vigor than they might on the average reckless 16-year-old. But then, Chabot is a TV personality, labeled a "brat" and a "liar" on ABC's reality series Brat Camp (Wednesday nights at 8 on WMAR, Channel 2). She's famous precisely because she's troubled and underage. And for ABC, she represents a ratings gold mine and an ethical dilemma.
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By Dennis Hunt and Dennis Hunt,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 1, 1997
BEVERLY HlLLS, Calif. -- "Tell Jada I love her -- make sure you tell her that," insists actor Will Smith to someone on the telephone, referring to his girlfriend, actress and Baltimore native Jada Pinkett."
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By Matthew Dolan and Matthew Dolan,SUN STAFF | February 12, 2005
A vacant East Baltimore storefront property co-owned by movie star Jada Pinkett Smith has been targeted for seizure by federal authorities as part of major drug-trafficking indictment unsealed last week. Sources familiar with the investigation led by the U.S. attorney's office in Baltimore said yesterday that Pinkett Smith is not a suspect in the probe of a violent Northwest Baltimore drug gang. The 33-year-old Baltimore native and wife of actor Will Smith was not among the 13 suspects charged in connection with a large racketeering operation known as the "Rice Organization."
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | October 16, 2012
Baltimore native Jada Pinkett Smith and her husband, Will, are expecting Michelle Obama over for lunch -- and some other very fancy guests. The Smiths are opening their home in Calabasas, Calif., on Oct. 25 for an Obama fundraiser that the first lady will attend. Also expected to be there are co-host Salma Hayek and Lady Gaga manager Troy Carter. According to The Hollywood Reporter , it will cost people $2,500 just to get in the door, and $10,000 per couple to have a photo snapped with Michelle Obama.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | October 16, 2012
Baltimore native Jada Pinkett Smith and her husband, Will, are expecting Michelle Obama over for lunch -- and some other very fancy guests. The Smiths are opening their home in Calabasas, Calif., on Oct. 25 for an Obama fundraiser that the first lady will attend. Also expected to be there are co-host Salma Hayek and Lady Gaga manager Troy Carter. According to The Hollywood Reporter , it will cost people $2,500 just to get in the door, and $10,000 per couple to have a photo snapped with Michelle Obama.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | September 16, 2012
Since Shelly Kizina adopted her pit bull Jada four years ago after finding the dog abused and tied to a tree in North Carolina, the Northeast Baltimore resident and her pet have been practically inseparable, she said. "I brought her here, and she's been like my best friend. She follows me everywhere," Kizina said on her porch in the Armistead Gardens neighborhood Sunday, as family members watched the Ravens game inside and Jada sat by her side. That Armistead Homes Corp., which manages the low-income housing cooperative, has demanded Kizina and other neighborhood residents with pit bulls get rid of their pets is "insane," Kizina said.
FEATURES
By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2012
Jada Pinkett-Smith is inviting the world to listen in on an intimate family conversation with her daughter and her mother. The three generations -- Pinkett-Smith, Willow Smith and Adrienne Banfield-Jones -- sat down this year around a round, red table and taped the talk that ensued. They just released the trailer for the short film they made from the discussion which they're calling the "Red Table Talks. " The Baltimore-born actress and her family are calling it "an intimate and honest conversation about love, life, fame, and family.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | March 6, 2012
Actress Jada Pinkett Smith is appealing directly to Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on behalf of elephants. In a letter dated Tuesday, the actress said she was appealing to the mayor "as a mother and proud Baltimore native. " Pinkett Smith wanted to make sure no elephants were jabbed with bullhooks during the upcoming performance of Ringling Bros. Circus' at 1st Mariner Arena. She reminded Rawlings-Blake of the city's law against any “mechanical, electrical, or manualdevice that is likely to cause physical injury or suffering” to a performing animal.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 24, 2011
After a day of false speculation resulting in millions of page views for web sites around country, Will and Jada Smith issued a statement Tuesday saying their marriage is not in trouble and they are not separating. Here is the statement: "Although we are reluctant to respond to these kinds of press reports, the rumors circulating about our relationship are completely false. We are still together, and our marriage is intact. " A spokesperson for the Baltimore School for the Arts graduate Jada Pinkett-Smith also spiked reports that the actress was involved with Marc Anthony, a costar on TNT's "Hawthorne.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2011
After more than 20 years in TV and feature films, Baltimore native Jada Pinkett Smith could hardly be blamed if she wanted to slow down and ease back a bit. It seems as if the Baltimore School for the Arts graduate has been working nonstop on the national stage since her breakthrough TV debut in 1991 as a member of the cast of Bill Cosby's hit NBC series, "A Different World. " But at 39, the wife of actor Will Smith and mother of two children — who are already launched on their own show-biz careers — sounds like she is pushing herself harder than ever.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2013
Actress and Baltimore native Jada Pinkett Smith took to Facebook to condemn the media for "bullying" Justin Bieber and other young artists. In something of a treatise under the headline, "Are we bullying our young artists?" Pinkett Smith took the media to task, asking, "How can we ask for our young stars to have a high level of responsibility if we are not demonstrating that same level of responsibility towards them?" "It is as if we have forgotten what it means to be young or even how to behave like good ol' grown folk," she wrote.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | March 6, 2012
Actress Jada Pinkett Smith is appealing directly to Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on behalf of elephants. In a letter dated Tuesday, the actress said she was appealing to the mayor "as a mother and proud Baltimore native. " Pinkett Smith wanted to make sure no elephants were jabbed with bullhooks during the upcoming performance of Ringling Bros. Circus' at 1st Mariner Arena. She reminded Rawlings-Blake of the city's law against any “mechanical, electrical, or manualdevice that is likely to cause physical injury or suffering” to a performing animal.
NEWS
By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2010
Bessie Turner bought her house in a quiet Brooklyn Park neighborhood six years ago with a plan: She wanted to give her two sons a better place to live. She'd stay until January 2010, then pull out some of her equity and move to Myrtle Beach, S.C. Her sons would continue living there, paying less than if they were to rent a similar place, and she'd be there often. But that all changed two years ago Thursday. Her elder son, Rudolph Turner Jr., 25, was fatally shot in his bedroom.
FEATURES
June 14, 2009
Kyra Sedgwick, Holly Hunter, Angela Lansbury - Baltimore native Jada Pinkett Smith is about to join some pretty exclusive company when her new weekly TV series, HawthoRNe, debuts Tuesday on TNT. Like those other actresses who made their reputations in feature films, she is coming to TV as both star and executive producer of a series designed to showcase her talents. The trade-off is a simple one: The TV network or cable channel gets a film-caliber star who will attract new viewers, and the star gets a steady paycheck and control of the material in which she appears.
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