Monday, November 24, 2014

Willow Smith | WOODS

Willow Smith — the 14-year-old daughter of Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, and mystical Mother Earth — has been the recent subject of derision. Alongside her brother, Jaden, she waxed philosophic in an interview for T Magazine about paranormal life energies, illusive properties of time, and how much school sucks. The pair were ridiculed for every line. It’s fun to mock New Age aphorisms and it’s fun to mock teens. Feel-good fuzz told with posturing confidence is an irresistible combination to deflate.

What We Really Talk About When We Talk About Doofy Teens is self-deprecation for our past lives as teens. And this specific type of teen — this wide-eyed junior philosopher excited about lofty mental rubrics for considering the world — is ripe for teasing.

But if Willow is slightly ribbed, she should also be praised. She's confident, ambitious, creatively motivated: Why deride these wonderful qualities? It's kind of fantastic to use a standard publicity interview to talk over sky-scraping ideas about existence. In every conversation, she mentions a new way of thinking: a refreshing substitute for peppery anecdotes or false humility. Willow Smith doesn’t waste your time with a cute confession about insecurities: She wants to talk about truth.

Take a listen below to Willow's latest release!

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