Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, and Others Share Advice They’d Give Their Younger Selves at ESSENCE Fest’s ‘Strength of a Woman’ Panel

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Essence Festival is heating up and some of Hollywood’s stars are dishing out sound advice.

Taking the stage for ESSENCE Fest’s Strength of a Woman panel, with Tamron Hall, Girls Trip co-stars Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith, “Claws” actress Niecy Nash, singer Monica, and more, revealed what advice they’d give their 15-year-old selves.

Kicking things off, Latifah urged young women to simply “Love yourself because people will love you for who you are in the future.” She admitted that she could only touch on the path she has taken. “It’s a tough question to answer because I don’t know anything other than this journey. I’d probably tell my 15-year-old self, ‘Yo, you’re gonna be in a movie with Jada Pinkett.’

“But, seriously, I would say love yourself because my teenage years I didn’t. I wasted a lot of my time on a lot of things, not wasted my life, but there’s a lot out there to see and do. And, I would have made myself have a conversation with my mother because by the time I was 17, I had that conversation with my mother and I probably could have saved her two years of crying, not knowing what she was going through while I was figuring out what I wanted to do. I probably would have gotten closer to who I’ve become,” she concluded.

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SOURCE: Rolling Out