In just a few short months Red Table Talk as taken the world by storm by way of Facebook Watch. Since its debut on May 7, 2018, Jada Pinkett Smith, her daughter Willow Smith, and Jada’s mother, Adrienne Banfield-Norris “Gam” have given us access to the Smiths by way of the Red Table. What makes Red Table Talk so interesting are the generation perspectives on various family and social issues. The topics range from ex-spouses, blended families, domestic violence, divorce, mid-life crisis, body issues, hair loss, and so much more. I wouldn’t call Red Table Talk a “show” because it’s more than that. It’s an experience! As you watch Red Table Talk it feels more like a family gathering or sister friends getting together to chat it up. At the end of the experience many of us can relate in some form or fashion with someone at the table becuase in the end it's not about if you agree or not. The Red Table is about sharing our experiences and invoking further discussion with those in our community, family, and friends.
The table is symbolic of a gathering place where matters of the heart are discussed, secrets are revealed, and in some cases the table is the mediator for resolutions and the haven for forgiveness. I remember sitting down with my mom full of excitement as we opened college acceptance letters at the table. Then there were times when I had to ask her to sit down because what I was about to share might knock her off her feet. No doubt the table is a gathering place of sorts in many families and Red Table Talk in my opinion is a wonderful display of generational love, family, respect, and healing.
Extending it’s first season by 13 episodes the debut of Red Table Talk had been watched by appropriately 27 million viewers by July 2018. With that kind of viewer ship who wouldn’t take notice? Well Harper’s Bazaar has taken notice with this amazing trio gracing the cover of Harper’s Bazaar first digital cover. The cover ushers in the closing of season one in anticipation of season two! During your holiday download time check out Red Table Talk on Facebook Watch where the episodes are appropriately 20 minutes or so.
Here’s what Jada had to say about season two in Harper’s Bazaar, “And eventually, we will be having a show about colorism within the African-American community…we’re going to have to go there, “Jada mentions, adding to the list of prickly topics the show will cover in its next season.”