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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.
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November 12, 2013
Ever since the pop-punk band All Time Low was founded by three Dulaney High students, lead guitarist Jack Barakat has been a teen heartthrob. Now one teenage girl might be able to claim she is close with the musician: Abigail Breslin, who came to fame as the star of the 2006 film "Little Miss Sunshine. " According to US Magazine, Breslin, 17, and Barakat, 25, cozied up last week at the premiere of "Ender's Game," the recently released sci-fi film in which Breslin plays a supporting role.
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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 Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2013
Jada Pinkett Smith sounds maybe a little jealous of her kids? Not really. The Baltimore native is a good mom, and she's happy for the success 15-year-old Jaden and 12-year-old Willow (who turns 13 this month) are realizing. But maybe she can't help but wish she had the head start they're both enjoying. "Their start is going to be far beyond anything that Will or I could have imagined," she says, casually bringing husband Will Smith into the conversation. "Will and I, we had to come into Hollywood and make something out of it, we were first generation.
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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.
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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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November 12, 2013
Ever since the pop-punk band All Time Low was founded by three Dulaney High students, lead guitarist Jack Barakat has been a teen heartthrob. Now one teenage girl might be able to claim she is close with the musician: Abigail Breslin, who came to fame as the star of the 2006 film "Little Miss Sunshine. " According to US Magazine, Breslin, 17, and Barakat, 25, cozied up last week at the premiere of "Ender's Game," the recently released sci-fi film in which Breslin plays a supporting role.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | March 8, 2012
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blakewants to teach Jada Pinkett Smith a lesson in that old, scratch my back, I'll scratch yours thing. Earlier this week the actress sent the mayor a letter, asking her to make sure the elephants are well treated when the Ringling Bros. circus comes to town later this month. She feared the circus would be jabbing the animals with pointy sticks. But the mayor is something less than moved to act. Particularly after the actress didn't exactly help her out. “We've reached out about homelessness, about school issues,” Rawlings-Blake told WJZ. “I would have loved to gotten some feedback, support or concern about those issues that are very pressing to the city.” And that's not all. The mayor, a known fan of the circus, who's accepted free tickets to the show and even a ceremonial role in the event, said she's still looking forward to it this year.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2013
Jada Pinkett Smith sounds maybe a little jealous of her kids? Not really. The Baltimore native is a good mom, and she's happy for the success 15-year-old Jaden and 12-year-old Willow (who turns 13 this month) are realizing. But maybe she can't help but wish she had the head start they're both enjoying. "Their start is going to be far beyond anything that Will or I could have imagined," she says, casually bringing husband Will Smith into the conversation. "Will and I, we had to come into Hollywood and make something out of it, we were first generation.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | March 9, 2012
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake wasn't exactly jumping when Jada Pinkett Smith asked for her help in protecting elephants earlier this week. The mayor more or less says she had bigger fish to fry -- that and the actress didn't help her out when the city needed it. But Friday Pinkett Smith's aunt, who runs the Baltimore-based charity of the actress, said her niece has done quite a bit for the city -- and she's surprised that the mayor doesn't...
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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 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.
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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 | 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.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | March 23, 2012
He stands on a grassy slope, right arm extended upward with an alfalfa treat, addressing his 4-ton companion in the tones of a tender friend. "You're a sweetie, aren't you? You're special," Mike McClure says. And Dolly plucks the treat from his hand, curls it into her mouth and emits a guttural rumble. That's the sound of a pachyderm purring, says McClure, the director of animal programs at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore and an internationally known handler of elephants. Dolly, 36, is an African elephant.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | March 9, 2012
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake wasn't exactly jumping when Jada Pinkett Smith asked for her help in protecting elephants earlier this week. The mayor more or less says she had bigger fish to fry -- that and the actress didn't help her out when the city needed it. But Friday Pinkett Smith's aunt, who runs the Baltimore-based charity of the actress, said her niece has done quite a bit for the city -- and she's surprised that the mayor doesn't...
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By Annette John-Hall and Annette John-Hall,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | February 10, 2005
He's fought off aliens, drug lords, the CIA and -- ay! -- robots. Heck, he even brought George Foreman to his knees. Now, in Hitch, his first romantic comedy since he burst onto the small screen as the Fresh Prince, Will Smith finds himself in the battle of the sexes. Smith, the quintessential ladies' man -- who's resplendent with his actress wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, on the cover of this month's Essence -- plays "date doctor" Alex Hitchens, creating situations to help ordinary guys snag the girls of their dreams.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | March 23, 2012
He stands on a grassy slope, right arm extended upward with an alfalfa treat, addressing his 4-ton companion in the tones of a tender friend. "You're a sweetie, aren't you? You're special," Mike McClure says. And Dolly plucks the treat from his hand, curls it into her mouth and emits a guttural rumble. That's the sound of a pachyderm purring, says McClure, the director of animal programs at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore and an internationally known handler of elephants. Dolly, 36, is an African elephant.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | March 8, 2012
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blakewants to teach Jada Pinkett Smith a lesson in that old, scratch my back, I'll scratch yours thing. Earlier this week the actress sent the mayor a letter, asking her to make sure the elephants are well treated when the Ringling Bros. circus comes to town later this month. She feared the circus would be jabbing the animals with pointy sticks. But the mayor is something less than moved to act. Particularly after the actress didn't exactly help her out. “We've reached out about homelessness, about school issues,” Rawlings-Blake told WJZ. “I would have loved to gotten some feedback, support or concern about those issues that are very pressing to the city.” And that's not all. The mayor, a known fan of the circus, who's accepted free tickets to the show and even a ceremonial role in the event, said she's still looking forward to it this year.
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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.
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