Even before Pinkett-Smith’s bank account surpassed seven figures, she dreamed of sharing stories that laud the strength of women. “It’s not okay for people to dictate what you’re going to be because of how you look,” she says. “That’s one of the reasons I plan to do a lot more producing. I have more influence that way.” A common purpose— and affluence— connected Pinkett-Smith, 41, with hip-hop mogul Jay-Z to co-produce Free Angela. The acclaimed documentary chronicles the high stakes political activism and trial that catapulted Davis, then a 26-year-old philosophy professor, into a 1970s revolutionary icon.
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