The topic over the last 24 hours has involved the fashionably talented spawn of Willard and Jada Pinkett-Smith. Willow has been raising eyebrows over the last few months with her style and her hair cut. Most recently, how mature she sounds on her first LP, "Whip My Hair."
Here's my take:
- On her hair- While it may not be what you typically find on the head of a 9 year old, I can appreciate Will and Jada wanting their kids to have the freedom to express themselves creatively, whether through acting, singing or through their fashions. I mean, we have 4 year olds getting weaves and PERMS. Her having an edgy haircut, in the grand scheme of things, really isn't a big deal.
- On her fashion- Yes, it's quirky. Yes, it's non-conventional. But as a fellow non-conformist who believes in being authentically yourself, again, kudos to the Smiths for letting her be herself. She isn't hurting anybody with her fashion sense. She's not wearing revealing clothes or makeup. Get over it.
- On her music- So there's been debate over how "grown" she sounds. How "Whip My Hair" is "too grown". I can understand both sides. The song will be a club banger, no doubt. And I think we keep focusing on her age and how the sound evokes thoughts of grown women and men grinding against each other on cramped dance-floors. Let's be real, though. Do you honestly think either of her parents would let her release ANYTHING inappropriate for a tween? No. If we can get past her age and the audience we think will gravitate towards the song, let's look at it for what it is. A catchy song/hook from a talented young lady during a time where there are NO younger role models in the music industry. Everyone is either an adult and/or singing of suggestive themes that are HIGHLY inappropriate for kids. Yet many of our kids are listening and memorizing lyrics from "Rude Boy", while dancing suggestively to the lyrics. Wouldn't you rather have a young lady who respectively caries herself singing about being okay with being yourself or the former? Exactly.
Again I ask..... what's wrong with this? Let her be and let her shine. We haven't even given her a chance before making judgments. Our little [Black] girls are idolizing The Jonas Brothers, Justin Bieber, and Miley Cyrus, who has decided that it's okay to wear lingerie and kiss girls on stage as a 17 year old. I think Willow is a refreshing change, and I welcome it. Why not have our girls looking up to girls who look like them and are telling them it's okay to be who you are?
And I'm not gonna lie, I've been playing her track and it's now my ringtone. LOL!