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Willow Smith's "Vanity Fair" Photoshoot + Terry McMillan Says Will And Jada Are "Pimping" Their Kids

Willow Smith rocks out in the February issue of Vanity Fair and we have the photos to share.  See pics from the shoot plus read Terry McMillan's apology for saying that Will and Jada Pinkett Smith are pimping their kids inside...

Willow Smith was shot by Art Streiber for the February 2011 issue of Vanity Fair magazine.  And she dished in the mag about her budding music career.  Here's some of her photoshoot flicks:

Talking about her music and management company she said, “It is very cool, because Jay[-Z] really welcomes me and makes me feel like the record label is a place where I can have fun and talk about my career.  He and his people make me feel like I’m a part of something. And I love Beyonce—she’s awesome!”

 

Up next for Willow is the video for her next single “21st Century Girl.”

 

But not everyone seems to be a fan of the Smith kids or the rapid pace their careers are taking. 

Author Terry McMillan is in hot water for a discourse she posted on Twitter that questioned the parenting choices of Will and Jada and suggested they are "pimping" their kids, Willow and Jaden

Here's Terry's initial tweet:

The Smith children already act like child stars. There's an arrogance in their demeanor and behavior. I find it incredibly sad.
It feels like the Smith children are being pimped and exploited. Or, they're already hungry for fame. What about 4th grade?


A lot of A-list movie stars shielded their children from the Hollywood-world until they were old enough to decide. Look at those who didn't.
Look at Lindsay. Phoenix. To name but a few. They miss out on childhood. It's more important than fame.

These kids don't already know what they "love". Total bullshit. They're not prodigies. They think Hollywood is real.
Why don't they do a remake of The Little Rascals and call it a day? Or, come up with an original film with some ethnic pride. Come on.

Okay. I've said enough about the Smith children. I'm not debating about them. It's just my opinion. People can justify anything, though.
In 4th grade my son came home complaining that the kids in his school said I was famous and rich. I told him that was not true.

That some of my books were popular but not everybody liked them. That we could afford a vacation. "Oh" he said, and went back & repeated it.
I wanted him to think of me as his mother. He didn't read any of my novels until he was 15. He only read 26 pages. Was bored.

Have a wonderful Wednesday everybody. I raised my son. I'm not wasting another minute worrying about how Will & Jada are raising their kids.
P.S. I loved the Karate Kid.
I am not getting started on the lack of diversity in film this afternoon. The Smith children was enough discourse for one day.

 

After she tweeted this, it set off a firestorm.  So Terry had to tweet a semi-apology.  Here's what she said:

I apologize for using the word pimp and exploit in referring to the Smith children. It was insensitive of me and wrong.

Twitter is not the best forum to express some things. I didn't know folks would take my opinion so personally.

 

Terry is always controversial and seems to state that Twitter is not the best place to vent her opinions more often than not.  Anywho, what do you think about the parenting choices of the Smiths?

 

The Randomness:

1.  Jay-Z's contract rider has been revealed.  Sour patch kids and drinks.  Gotta love it. Story.

 

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i like her very much every

i like her very much every thing she does is right to me so go to hell if you don't like her
cessebullet's picture

The thing is that these kids

The thing is that these kids r young and nobody is trying to hate or whatever childish people say but they r acting to too grown for their age, there is a difference in being mature and acting grown and these young kids are acting grown i agree 100% with Terry so all of u so called adults need to get a life
Anonymous's picture

The thing is that these kids

The thing is that these kids r young and nobody is trying to hate or whatever childish people say but they r acting to too grown for their age, there is a difference in being mature and acting grown and these young kids are acting grown i agree 100% with Terry so all of u so called adults need to get a life
Anonymous's picture

The thing is that these kids

The thing is that these kids r young and nobody is trying to hate or whatever childish people say but they r acting to too grown for their age, there is a difference in being mature and acting grown and these young kids are acting grown i agree 100% with Terry so all of u so called adults need to get a life
Anonymous's picture

The thing is that these kids

The thing is that these kids r young and nobody is trying to hate or whatever childish people say but they r acting to too grown for their age, there is a difference in being mature and acting grown and these young kids are acting grown i agree 100% with Terry so all of u so called adults need to get a life
Anonymous's picture

The thing is that these kids

The thing is that these kids r young and nobody is trying to hate or whatever childish people say but they r acting to too grown for their age, there is a difference in being mature and acting grown and these young kids are acting grown i agree 100% with Terry so all of u so called adults need to get a life
Anonymous's picture

They are grooming their

They are grooming their children with the illuminati!
Anonymous's picture

i like to know how can i go

i like to know how can i go bye taking my son for a photo shoot alot of people say that i should put him in modeling and i dont know where to start can you help me
martha torres's picture

Just wondering if Dakota

Just wondering if Dakota Fanning's parents are pimping her too? Or the little boy from Two and a Half Men, who works with an alcoholic drug addict? Or the Cosby Kids, or any other kids who we see on TV and in movies everyday. Some who we don't even know their name. Hell, is the Etrade baby being pimped too. Drew Barrymore, Jamie Lee Curtis, the Disney and Nickelodeon kids?????? Interesting how "we" always end up being associated with negative stereotypes. Pimps??? Really, Terry??? You're a writer by trade, couldn't you have used a different term? You sound like a hater. And like someone else said, wasn't she on Oprah talking about how SHE had basically been pimped by the down low hot boy that gave her her Groove back???
Anonymous's picture

How DARE she say anything

How DARE she say anything about anyone and the choices they make....Did she not marry a guy who was clearly gay who took her for everything....Did she not write the bitter women's novel....You would think that her grown a$$ has something to do better than to hate on children....let them do what they want to do, they are kids, that's all they have to do right now, reality will kick in when they get older.....
Anonymous's picture

By then it might be to

By then it might be to late.........
Anonymous's picture

Wow sooo they teach their

Wow sooo they teach their kids how to NOT rely on mommy and daddys money and all of a sudden it's pimping ???? Just because they aren't in a classroom with other children and riding the school bus does NOT mean that they are missing out on their childhood I think it's very smart that they are able to teach their kids to be indpendent so young and use their god given talents , look at the simmons chidren they all have their own thing and seem to be living not just alive !!! I'm sure those children are very aware that they can get an education and pursue whatever they want but I think it's every kids dream to be in the spot light hell you only live once why not make the best of it and do what YOU want to do ... haters !
Anonymous's picture

You darn real Jada and Will

You darn real Jada and Will are pimping their children. They see their children as assets and means of generating an income. But, I bet they are saving that money up for those children, as well as taking a percent. But, the coolest thing would be if they are putting all of their money in an account. That would be awesome. But, see, the African way is communal and community, historically and traditionally speaking. Everybody in the household has to contribute to the family's livelihood and survival. And just think of all the Grown A** Negros that live with their Mammys (and sometimes live with their pappys, like Greg Leakes (NeNe Leakes husband) children use to live with him and off of him, until he put them out and they RAN STRAIGHT to the mammy's house). While is the African way of community living, far too few Black households have only the female head of household working, and the children (whether children or adults) are laying around eating greasy fried chicken and drinking kool-aid and watching reruns of Good Times. smh
goddess's picture

ok Terry i guess youre just

ok Terry i guess youre just trying to drum up some interest in your "new" book, but i would caution you not to fcuk with the Smiths, it doesnt look good to fcuk with black royalty
mizfinething's picture

There's nothing wrong with

There's nothing wrong with terry's oppinion. It's her right
Anonymous's picture

There's nothing wrong with

There's nothing wrong with terry's oppinion. It's her right
Anonymous's picture

Are you getting paid for

Are you getting paid for doing that---you sound like a publicist or lawyer or something. How can you position yourself like that? It is not healthy; it is rather extreme and crazed.
goddess's picture

Listen will smith was also a

Listen will smith was also a child star and probably knows all the challenges they go through, also he has been in this industry for over 22 years do you ever hear anything scandalous like chris brown or charlie sheen type scandals which means he knows how to deal with the pressures of this industry... Him and jada probably have a game plan stop villyfying them get your own children and raise them how you see best...
Anonymous's picture

Listen will smith was also a

Listen will smith was also a child star and probably knows all the challenges they go through, also he has been in this industry for over 22 years do you ever hear anything scandalous like chris brown or charlie sheen type scandals which means he knows how to deal with the pressures of this industry... Him and jada probably have a game plan stop villyfying them get your own children and raise them how you see best...
Anonymous's picture

People need to learn to

People need to learn to control their thoughts before opening up their mouth. I do not think Ms. McMillan is sorry...if the heat wasn't coming out of the kitchen (that is Twitter) would she apologize then...I doubt it. Like my Granny would say...if you have nothing good to say don't and mind your own beewax!
Toni's picture

I have read most of the

I have read most of the comments here and have come to a conclusion: People still haven't learned to mind their own business. The Smiths are raising their children; what they do, as any parent does, is what THEY feel is best for their children. People, worry about your own children and those of you that don't have children...you KNOW you have no business saying anything at all...a parent will do what they feel is best and it is NO ONE else's business!
AnonymousJohn's picture

I have read most of the

I have read most of the comments here and have come to a conclusion: People still haven't learned to mind their own business. The Smiths are raising their children; what they do, as any parent does, is what THEY feel is best for their children. People, worry about your own children and those of you that don't have children...you KNOW you have no business saying anything at all...a parent will do what they feel is best and it is NO ONE else's business!
AnonymousJohn's picture

Its crazy how almost everyone

Its crazy how almost everyone is commenting on how Willow Smith is not going to school but have you thought about ur own damn kids!!! Most high schoolers arent making it across the damn stage and y'all worried about a child y'all never meet! Get a life!
Anonymous's picture

I'm not knocking what the

I'm not knocking what the Smith children are doing, but as a mother. I don't care what they are into or good at. Going to school is non-negotiable. She is too young and she already admitted that she's behind in Math and that's because she doesn't get to go to school like the rest of the kids. I think that just because their parents are great actors, doesn't mean they will have the same success. It's the same as gymnastics, figure skating, etc., but they all went to school (well, most of them did). I say let them be kids and do whatever craft they are trying to perfect. They are sending the wrong message to their young fans.
NJ1SHOPPING GAL's picture

TERRY M is totally rite!!

TERRY M is totally rite!! they are HUNGRY FOR FAME!!! hints illuminati hmmmmm think about that but idc what it is they are the hottest child stars so far rite now :)
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Me's picture

Willow Smith Doesn't Have

Willow Smith Doesn't Have Time for School http://www.theroot.com/buzz/price-stardom This is so sad. And anyone who thinks that its alright for a 10 year old to not be in school should not be having kids. But anywho she isn't my child. So she can go on entertaining me. Just hope no children look up to her.
Queen Safira's picture

Homeschool and tutors, they

Homeschool and tutors, they work wonderfully. I wouldn't want my child to have any contact with the public or private school systems in America. Will and Jada are educated and I am sure they make education a priority for their children.
Sondra's picture

Will and Jada only received

Will and Jada only received their high school diplomas. While that may be a big achievement for many, I don't know if they shuld fall umder the term "educated." Wealth does not equal good sense.
Anonymous's picture

Will and Jada are already

Will and Jada are already rich. So the whole idea of pimping their kids is silly. Most pimps need money and by far the Smiths were well off before the kidos. I am going to need Terry to start writing better books. The sequel to Waiting To Exhale.. was boring..
MsCece's picture

At first I thought she was

At first I thought she was too young but if your child has a gift like that maybe she should go for it..Not all child stars turn out bad look at Raven simone, lil romeo, keke palmer they all have been very succsessful...
Jane Doe's picture

Not a good comparison. Non of

Not a good comparison. Non of these kids were growing up as fast.......
Anonymous's picture

I dnt like the way Willow

I dnt like the way Willow smith dress....its not flattering at all......
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SALLYONE, WHO GIVES A DAMN IF

SALLYONE, WHO GIVES A DAMN IF YOU DONT LIKE THE WAY SHE DRESS, IT AINT UR MONEY THATS BUYING THE CLOTHES!! SHE IS A KID FOR CHRIST SAKE!! HER WHOLE OUTIFT PROBABLY MORE THAN UR WHOLE CHECK!! WHERE THEY DO THAT AT?!
Anonymous's picture

LOL

LOL
Bree's picture

You haters should get a life.

You haters should get a life. They are still going to do what they like whether u like it or not, so plzzzzzzzzzz enough, infact, keep it up, u guys are just making dem more popular by hating.....lol
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Anony12's picture

Terri's judgement is

Terri's judgement is questionable. After all, look who she chose for a husband. Really Terri? Just because Will and Jada choose to be non-conformists to what the idea of "normal" is, who are we to judge? I am sure they are doing what is in the best interests of those kids. And why would they need to pimp them? They've got money. Terri probably needs book sales for he sequel to "Waiting to Exhale"..... STFD and STFU Terri.
Arbor Mist Is the Bomb!'s picture

Why are you so angry, it's

Why are you so angry, it's just her opinion......
Anonymous's picture

Its crazy how everyone of u

Its crazy how everyone of u are pissed at terry for how she feels and how she shoudnt judge the smith kids but aren't u all doin the same stop and think about that, yeah mayb she should not have posted it but she has the rite to her own feelins don't u
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Anonymous's picture

THANK YOU! I thought the same

THANK YOU! I thought the same damn thing--based on her selection of a husband alone, this women should not be judging anyone. And then to say it publicly?? She's an idiot.
Lauren's picture

I feel like the Smith's are

I feel like the Smith's are planning,preparing, and securing a future for their children as they get older & teaching them how to make a way for themselves--the same way hopefully us "regular" people are doing for our children..Being celebrities,they just have different ways & means of doing so.I do feel like it's a bit of overload in the way that they are doing it though.
Anonymous's picture

it's clear that will and d

it's clear that will and d jada got to b high because their kids need for nothing so its not a money thing !! willow and jaden r just to young to running around dressing crazy and acting like grownups they r kids and i think should have waited a while thats all
nlanell's picture

This is obviously a post by a

This is obviously a post by a very young person who does know any better. Responsible adults/parents want children to be children and to grow and learn at the same level as their peers. This is not a sweatshop, we don't need to put babies to work just yet. Kids go to school, parents go to work. Celebrities follow that way of life all the time so the Smiths should not be the exception.
Sheila's picture

Well said and very correct

Well said and very correct Ms. McMillian, no need to apologise. While as black folk, we are proud of the Smith family's achievements, we must be forever conscious that they are not normal folks but a showbiz family and therefore not automatically good role models. Their kids are set for life financially so they don't have to go to school, fortunately, our kids don't have that luxury. While we applaud the Smith family's success, it does not necessarily mean that we agree with lifestyle and that they should be role models for the Black Community, because they are not.
Anonymous's picture

Children are given to us as

Children are given to us as gifts...It is totally up to us, as parents what we ALLOW. Some things that we may think is OK at the time, may later down the line prove to be either the best or worst thing that could have ever happened. These children have been given to Will and Jada. It is their choice come-what-may. Being in an industry that is so completely unreal and padded (as long as you make money), is very difficult for many adults, let alone children. will be something that cost a great deal...A GREAT DEAL in the long run. So, the best we can do is hope that these children turn out as healthy and whole as possible. THE GIFTS CAN BE BROKEN, BUT YOU CANNOT RETURN THEM!!
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