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    Willow Smith Opened Up About How Jada Pinkett Smith's Response To Misogynoir Inspired Her

    "Obviously, she was scared. But she really showed me what 'womaning up' really was."

    Willow Smith needs no introduction — she is the moment, and she is singlehandedly bringing back pop punk.

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    She's collabed with Blink-182's Travis Barker on "Transparent Soul," will soon team up with icon Avril Lavigne, and covered a song by her mom Jada Pinkett Smith's nu metal band Wicked Wisdom for Mother's Day.

    In a recent interview with L'Officiel USA, she reflected on witnessing the violent misogynoir her mother faced as a Black woman in rock music.

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    Jada began fronting Wicked Wisdom in 2002.

    "My mom got so much hate," Willow told the magazine. "It was intense racism and sexism, just packed on to the tens. People giving her death threats, throwing glass at her onstage. Some crazy stuff went down when she was touring with her band."

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    “I got to see that hate firsthand,” she continued, saying it was "so scary" to witness and that she "internalized" the hatred on display.

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    But Willow said her mother's response to such bigotry taught her to overcome her own insecurities about her music: “Every time I feel that coming on, I just go back to my memories of my mom and how she would deal with actual physical danger — she just rose above it."

    And now, Willow is following in her mother's footsteps and picking up the mantle: “I just wanted to fulfill that desire that I had ever since I was 10 or 12 of singing rock music, of being a Black woman singing rock music,” she said.

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    Kudos to the Willow for not letting bigoted haters get to her, and for continuing to grace us with her ground-breaking music.

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    Like mother, like daughter!

    To read the full interview, click here.

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