On Wednesday, Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith and Adrienne “Gammy” Banfield Norris discussed drug addiction, with a particular focus on the increase in alcohol use among women in recent years. Red table talk episode titled “Are You Drinking Too Much?” A wake-up call for women.
The episode synopsis via press releases sent to The root via Facebook Watch:
“Are you drinking too much?” A wake-up call for women ”| For the first time in history, women now drink as much as men, and the results are life threatening. In this revealing RTT, Jada reveals her own personal issues with alcohol and a renowned liver specialist shares some alarming information you need to know. Plus, poignant tales of substantive abuse and drinking from successful and powerful women: Teacher of the Year, a New York lawyer, and a Global Vice President.
“One of the reasons that this particular show was really important to me was because wine, to me, was like Kool-Aid. Because, like, I was a – you know, a dark alcohol drinker, like vodka, I was a hard drinker. Like, I could drink almost anyone under the table, ”Jada started.
Jada recalled that she mixed drugs such as alcohol, weed and ecstasy, which ultimately affected her job, especially one time when she passed out on the set of The mad professor (1996) due to consuming the wrong batch of ecstasy.
“I had an incident,” Jada said. “It was also an eye-opening incident for me. I had an incident on Nut teacher. I fainted. Makeup trailer.
That, along with “throwing up all over” in Debbie Allen’s house, was Jada’s “rocky bottom” – it was her awakening.
The episode also features Khadi Olagoke, who launched Sober Black Girls Club, “a virtual support group for other black women struggling with alcoholism” after quitting her job at a law firm where she experienced a heavy drinking culture.
Khadi specifically created this safe space for black girls due to the intersectional issues to discuss that may not occur in a traditional 12-step program.
“When George floyd passed away, I was actually in a 12-step meeting, ”she recalls. “I went to support a friend. We are talking about it. We are really pissed off. And I’m at this meeting, but there’s no feeling of hopelessness, anger, sadness. Like, everyone’s faking it. We act as if a black man has not just been killed.
“I really felt what you’re talking about,” Jada assured. “It was just – culturally not what I needed, and I really felt like an outsider, and so because of my specific experiences of being a black woman and the traumas I came from it, some programs that I would go I couldn’t understand and there was hardly anyone who looked like me either.
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