Jada Pinkett Smith CNN Documentary on Child Trafficking


 


Atlanta Georgia: Actress Jada Pinkett Smith joins the list of celebrities such as Jasmine Guy, who are advocates against child trafficking.  Jada is currently shooting a documentary for CNN, in Atlanta, Georgia.  Her post on facebook about her first day shooting has created much social media buzz. She attended Well Spring , where she met three dynamic woman. This encounter opened Jada’s  eyes on persecution.

Her encounter with one young lady who’s gateway to trafficking was a stripping. Atlanta , Georgia is infamous for it’s strip club culture, often glorified in hip-hop music videos. The young lady shared that she wanted to be an independent woman, much like the girls in the music videos and songs.

“That’s the messaging that could get a young girl caught up in a situation that she can’t get out of”-Jada Pinkett Smith  

The sex trafficking industry is a 12 billion dollar industry. The average age of a girl sold into the sex trade industry is 12 years old.

“When we were coming up, stripping was the bottom” – Jada Pinkett Smith

Jada shared that she missed the messaging that young women were perceived independent and bold, by stripping for a living. In her  generation, stripping was not glorified and often look at as the bottom, often associated with drugs and other dysfunctional behavior.

Madd Factor: This is a major problem in the travel and sports industries, throughout the world. I commend all those who are supporting the efforts of Well spring and bringing to the forefront this social issue.

James Avery dies at 68

Actor James Avery
Actor James Avery

 

James Avery, 68, lovingly known as “Uncle Phil” (Phillip Banks) to Will Smith’s character on the “Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” has passed away. Having recently undergone open heart surgery, the beloved actor passed away from complications on New Year’s Eve.

A native of Atlantic City, NJ, Avery is a former military man. His first onscreen appearance was in an uncredited role in the 1980′s film The Blues Brothers.

Alfonso Ribeiro, who played his son Carlton Banks on the ’90s television comedy, posts on social media:

 

I’m deeply saddened to say that James Avery has passed away. He was a second father to me. I will miss him greatly. pic.twitter.com/UrW0EeBFbO

— Alfonso Ribeiro (@alfonso_ribeiro) January 1, 2014