This weekend was the Charlie Mack celebrity weekend for peace in Philadelphia. Charlie Mack is one of Will Smith’s best friends and he lost two brothers to gun violence. Every year, he hosts a weekend for Peace. A march in a troubled neighborhood, concert, basketball game, etc.
We host lots of celebrities in town. Through my job, I had the opportunity to spend three hours in extremely close proximity to Mr and Mrs Smith (got a great picture and lots of hugs). Miss Jada is a very petite woman. She is short in stature and very small boned (probably a size 0). You can, however, sense that she is a powerhouse. She has a quiet strength about her.
Mr. Smith is just who you think he is. Very gracious, charming. A nice guy. They both had to arrive at about 7:30am. They were on time, they looked exhausted but they were here. Ready to help. They walked in and started to instantly speak to the Mothers of Victims, the families, etc. They went all around the room and hugged people and shook hands
What struck me was that twice I observed them get separated by crowds. This is Philly and you know, it’s Will’s hometown. Twice he and Jada were separated and the crowd around Will got larger and larger. Both times, he asked the crowd to hush and asked his security quietly, “Where’s my wife?” Everything stopped as they found her, and brought her back to his side. He then resumed whatever activities they were doing. I liked the quiet respect that he showed her no matter where they were and what was happening. He would then grab her hand and quietly kiss her on the forehead. She would give him that special smile…like, go on and handle your business, I’m fine.
Who knows about the rumors that circulate around these celebrities? I do know that Mr. and Mrs. Smith looked like nice folks that were very much in love. When you think about the level of power they control in Hollywood…it’s amazing. But underneath it all, they really are the girl from Baltimore and the kid from West Philadelphia.