“My thing was, just, not having protection. That’s my biggest wound that comes out in all my relationships,” said Pinkett-Smith. “And I’ve looked for [the] craziest kind of protection, and I don’t have a really good sense of what’s safe and what’s not. I’m either extremely protective or extremely defensive.”
Black women are more likely to become suffer from domestic violence and become victims of police brutality victims. They also have to fight inequality and discrimination in work, healthcare and education.
“This action we are taking today in response to Will Smith’s behavior is a step toward a larger goal of protecting the safety of our performers and guests, and restoring trust in the Academy. We also hope this can begin a time of healing and restoration for all involved and impacted,” Academy President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson wrote at the time.
“And I’ll tell you why. The environment. It was my addiction. She found her security through my mother,” Banfield-Norris explained. “But, when Mommy died, that’s when my addiction really took off.”
Banfield-Norris added, “That’s a really important time to feel secure and safe. And that’s when your womanhood starts. My mother was her backbone.”
“Her house was safe,” Pinkett Smith shared. “And so, once she was gone, there was no safety, so then I went into the world and created my own safety, and that was crazy.”