Jada Pinkett Smith shines on the September cover of Essence, wearing an open-back sparkly gold gown that shows off her trademark killer body.
The actress opens up about her newest passion — fighting child-trafficking, which she took an interest in after seeing the Kony 2012 viral video focusing on reputed war criminal Joseph Kony and his reported explotation of children in Uganda. After some research, she rang up Hollywood's No. 1 activist, Angelina Jolie, for inspiration… and a little education.
“I called Angelina Jolie and said, ‘Ange, I need you, girl. Did you know we have slaves in this country?’" she told the magazine. "She said, ‘Jada, I’ve been working on this for years – are you kidding me?’ So I sat on the phone with Angelina and, of course, it was like going to college. She schooled me.”
Jada describes her passion for the cause, which culminated in a visit to Congress this summer to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and how she's got to "move like a rocket" to get anything done.
However, she realizes the only thing most people seem to care about is whether she and husband Will Smith are getting divorced.
“It seems like that happens at least once a year, or at least once every two years – it’s rumored that we’re getting a divorce. But no, we’re not getting a divorce. Where am I going to go? That’s my boo. It’s like he’s another part of me," she said.
The couple, who wed on New Year's Eve in 1997, will celebrate their 15th anniversary this December.
"I was just doing the Today show, and there was a couple there who was celebrating 59 years of marriage," she told People earlier this year. "I thought to myself, '15 years ain't nothing, you know?' It's just the beginning. That's the way I look at it."