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Interview: Jada Pinkett Smith Plays Host in ‘Magic Mike Xxl’

Chicago – Jada Pinkett Smith was doing it her way long before she became half of one of Hollywood’s biggest power couples. From modest beginnings, she worked her way up through the entertainment ranks on television, movies and in a metal band (more on that below). She portrays Rome in the sequel “Magic Mike Xxl.”

Jada Pinkett Smith was born in Baltimore, and was raised by her mother and grandmother. After graduating from the Baltimore School for the Arts – where she majored in dance and theatre – she moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. After some minor TV parts, she appeared as a regular on the series “A Different World.” She recently came back to TV, portraying the mysterious Fish Mooney on the dark comic book series called “Gotham.”

Jada Pinkett Smith as Rome in ‘Magic Mike Xxl

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Pinkett Smith broke into film with
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Salli Richardson-Whitfield Tells S&A About Playing A Stripper, TV Work, Her Lena Horne Project & More!

Salli Richardson-Whitfield has been working steadily for the past several years. Aside from big screen roles in films including A Low Down Dirty Shame, Antwoine Fisher, I Am Legend, Black Dynamite and Ava Duvernay’s indie darling I Will Follow, Whitfield-Richardson has further proven her versatility as an actor on TV in shows such as Family Law, CSI Miami, Rude Awakening, among numerous guest-starring turns. On the small screen however, she is probably best known as Dr. Allison Blake in the sci-fi hit show Eureka. Despite recent news of the cancellation of her new Lifetime series’ pilot Secret Lives of Wives, the stunning actress isn’t disheartened. “In my mind,...
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Kim Wayans Photo: Governors Awards 2011

Kim Wayans Actress Kim Wayans attends the 2011 Governors Awards in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood, on Saturday, November 12. [Photo: Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S.] James Earl Jones (The Great White Hope, the voice of Darth Vader in the Star Wars movies) was a long-distance Honorary Oscar honoree, as he's co-starring with Vanessa Redgrave in Driving Miss Daisy on the London stage; veteran makeup artist Dick Smith (Starman, Altered States, The Exorcist), however, was present at the ceremony to receive his Honorary Oscar. TV celebrity Oprah Winfrey, a 1985 Best Supporting Actress nominee for Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple, was the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Among Wayans' movie credits are I'm Gonna Git You Sucka, Talking About Sex, Critics and Other Freaks, and A Low Down Dirty Shame. Wayans was also a regular on the television series In the House and In Living Color.
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