13 Jul, 2020
Over the past few days, there have been talks about a scandal between the couple of 25 years. Actor Will Smith and Actress Jada Pinkett Smith discuss what happened when the pair got close to singer August Alsina.
The entanglement<div class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="e7c6da35bf361c9f21b5f487bcdf06c3"><div class="fb-video" data-href="https://www.facebook.com/redtabletalk/videos/718425758995043/" data-allowfullscreen="true"></div></div><p>About four years ago, August Alsina came to Jada and Will because he was "really sick" and the pair wanted to help him with his health. The couple were both going through a very tough time in their marriage and the pair separated. During that time, Jada says she got into an "entanglement" or "relationship" with August Alsina.</p><blockquote>"In the process of that relationship, I definitely realized that you can't find happiness outside of yourself". </blockquote>
A very open and honest conversation<p>August Alsina spoke to the Breakfast Club cohost Angela Yee in an <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q91Z1gW_iHw" target="_blank">interview</a> and made claims that he and Jada had an affair. He also said that Will Smith gave his permission. On <em>Red Table Talk</em>, Jada said:</p><blockquote>"I could actually see how he (August) could perceive it as permission because we were separated amicably and I think he also wanted to make it clear that he is not a homewrecker."</blockquote><p>The couple ended the conversation on a light note with a joke from the <em>Bad Boys</em> movie starring Will Smith, saying: "We ride together. We die together. Bad marriage for life." </p>
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In an effort to be more inclusive, CBS is committing 25% of its script development budget to projects that were created by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.
<div id="0243f" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="b5604876b3f086ba040ecafce5a93640"><blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned data-instgrm-version="4" style=" background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:658px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);"> <div style="padding:8px;"> <div style=" background:#F8F8F8; line-height:0; margin-top:40px; padding:50% 0; text-align:center; width:100%;"> <div style=" background:url(data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAACwAAAAsCAMAAAApWqozAAAAGFBMVEUiIiI9PT0eHh4gIB4hIBkcHBwcHBwcHBydr+JQAAAACHRSTlMABA4YHyQsM5jtaMwAAADfSURBVDjL7ZVBEgMhCAQBAf//42xcNbpAqakcM0ftUmFAAIBE81IqBJdS3lS6zs3bIpB9WED3YYXFPmHRfT8sgyrCP1x8uEUxLMzNWElFOYCV6mHWWwMzdPEKHlhLw7NWJqkHc4uIZphavDzA2JPzUDsBZziNae2S6owH8xPmX8G7zzgKEOPUoYHvGz1TBCxMkd3kwNVbU0gKHkx+iZILf77IofhrY1nYFnB/lQPb79drWOyJVa/DAvg9B/rLB4cC+Nqgdz/TvBbBnr6GBReqn/nRmDgaQEej7WhonozjF+Y2I/fZou/qAAAAAElFTkSuQmCC); display:block; height:44px; margin:0 auto -44px; position:relative; top:-22px; width:44px;"> </div></div><p style=" margin:8px 0 0 0; padding:0 4px;"> <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CA3EjlmD7mC/" style=" color:#000; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none; word-wrap:break-word;" target="_top">Login • Instagram</a></p> </div></blockquote></div><p>This enhancement within the company will be seen by the 2021-2022 broadcast season. In addition to the 25% commitment, CBS is enforcing that writer's rooms must be staffed with a minimum of 40% BIPOC representation, with hopes of increasing the percentage to 50% by the 2022-2023 season. </p><p>According to <a href="https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/cbs-bipoc-development-writers-rooms-1234704857/">Variety</a>, president and CEO of the CBS Entertainment Group, George Cheeks, talks about the importance of CBS becoming more inclusive:</p><blockquote>"While steady progress has been made in recent years both in front of and behind the camera, change needs to happen faster, especially with creators and leadership roles on the shows. As a network with ambitions to be a unifier and an agent of change at this important time, these new initiatives will help accelerate efforts to broaden our storytelling and make CBS programming even more diverse and inclusive."</blockquote><p>This major move from the broadcast network comes in light of the increase of <a href="https://celebritypage.com/nfl-kneeling?q=Black%2BLives%2BMatter" target="_blank">Black Lives Matter</a> protests, sparked by the killing of <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/31/us/george-floyd-investigation.html">George Floyd</a>. In June, CBS donated $5 million to The Bail Project, Community Coalition, Equal Justice Initiative and many more organizations working towards ending racism. </p><p>In addition to Floyd's death, CBS has had a record of employees commenting on the diversity issues within the company. Back in 2019, former CBS executive, Whitney Davis published a piece with <em>Variety</em> in explaining how CBS had a 'white problem'. To read the full piece click <a href="https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/cbs-has-a-white-problem-whitney-davis-explains-decision-1203194484/">here</a>. <br></p><p>With CBS recently committing money and time to inclusivity in the industry, we are excited to see the content that will represent every type of person. </p>
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