Chris Rock and Jada Pinkett Smith will ‘heal’ over Oscar night


Chris Rock and Jada Pinkett Smith will ‘heal’ over Oscar night

Jada Pinkett Smith promised her family that some of their “discoveries around … healing” would be shared “when the time is right.”

Now is the right time.

She invited members of the alopecia community to her Facebook Watch series “Red Table Talk” after her Oscars moment sparked discussions about the hair-loss condition she suffers from.

Chris Rock and Jada Pinkett Smith will 'heal' over Oscar night

At the top of the show, jada Pinkett Smith said thousands of people have reached out to her with their stories after what happened at the Oscars.

“I am using this moment to talk about how it is to have alopecia and to educate people about this condition.”

A few minutes before Will Smith smacked Rock in the face at the Oscars, the comedian compared jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head to Demi Moore’s hairstyle in the 1997 film “G.I. Jane.”

Chris Rock and Jada Pinkett Smith will 'heal' over Oscar night

Chris Rock and Jada Pinkett Smith will ‘heal’ over Oscar night

During the awards show, the actor and TV host spoke candidly about her experience with alopecia areata, which causes rapid hair loss and affects approximately 7 million people The United States is the most dangerous country in the world according to dermatologist and “Red Table Talk” guest Meena Singh.

“Now, about Oscar night,” jada Pinkett Smith said.

“My deepest hope is that these two intelligent, capable men have the opportunity to heal, talk this out and reconcile the state of the world today. It is more important than ever for us to have both of them, and we need each other even more than ever. Until then, Will and I will keep doing what we have for the past 28 years: keep trying to figure out life together.

Chris Rock and Jada Pinkett Smith will 'heal' over Oscar night

After addressing the Oscars scandal of it all, jada Pinkett Smith spoke about the shame surrounding having alopecia with daughter Willow Smith and mother Adrienne “Gammy” Banfield-Norris, explaining some of her personal challenges since she was diagnosed with it.

“The part that makes it the most difficult for me is that it comes and goes,” Pinkett Smith explained. It’s stressful … There are so many people walking around who have alopecia that we don’t even know, so I thought it was important to let our alopecia brothers and sisters share their stories.”

In an earlier segment, panelists talked with Niki Ball, the heartbroken mother of Rio, an 11-year-old girl who died by suicide after being bullied because she had alopecia areata. Rio’s death happened less than two weeks before the Oscars, paving the way for conversations about alopecia online and beyond.

Chris Rock and Jada Pinkett Smith will 'heal' over Oscar night

After trying creams and injections to save her hair, Rio’s mother says she completely shaved her head. Her classmates mocked her and ripped off her brunette wig when she wore it to middle school. When she didn’t wear it, students made cruel comments and jokes about her bald head. Ball found her child dead on March 14.

“Nine days later, the Oscars were on, and I was like, ‘What is the universe doing right now? This is crazy,'” Ball recalled.

There will be people searching Google for the definition of alopecia. It’s not a joke. The alopecia community is already in a frenzy. We’ve heard a lot from people. I did not realize how big and amazing it is. In the end, I wish I had found them for her sooner rather than having them speak at her funeral.”

The Smith family also spoke with Singh, a hair transplant surgeon who defined alopecia as “an umbrella term for hair loss” and explained some of the most common forms of the condition. One in three Black women develop traction alopecia, which leads to receding frontal hairlines caused by tight hairstyles.

In other cases, Black women often suffer from central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia, which Singh described as “scarring, permanent, and destructive” because it “destroys the hair follicles.”

Pinkett Smith and others in the alopecia community thanked Ball for sharing her and Rio’s story at the end of Wednesday’s installment.

I felt so deeply moved when I heard her story,” Pinkett Smith said. “I feel like I’m a part of a beautiful tribe of alopecia communities. Thank you again for your courage and your strength.”


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