Imagine being Jada Pinkett Smith and not feeling worthy to be recognised as an industry trailblazer? Insane, right?
Well, this was exactly how she felt when she received notice that MTV was honouring her with the 2019 Trailblazer Award. She said, “It’s a trip, because when MTV called me to receive an award for trailblazing, I was like, ‘I don’t know if I deserve this quite yet’.”
But then she thought about it and said to herself, “‘Jada, why don’t you think you deserve this award?’ And it was because I was comparing myself to all the many trailblazers that I admire.”
The actress, mother and creator of “The Red Table Talk” gave an emotional speech at the just concluded MTV Movie & TV Awards, revealing her vulnerable side and turning around to give us nuggets for days.
She said: “Often we applaud the trails people blaze in the external world that we can see, but very rarely do we applaud the trails that are blazed in the hidden rooms of the mind that are full of uncertainty, false beliefs, and pain. It’s these internal obstacles that must be challenged in order to muster the courage to forge new paths that we can see in the world.
“Every last person in this room must do that in some capacity. That means that every single person in this room is trailblazing. So as you honor me tonight, I want to honor all of you. And I want to say, here’s to us for all of our trailblazing.”