Will Smith and Jada's foundation gave $122,500 to Scientology

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  1. TheBitch Member

    Re: Will Smith and Jada's foundation gave $122,500 to Scientology

    Umm, you're new hear rite? Heh, where were you when HandJob came out? or when his $cilon training academy got busted? We've been sayin it for damn near a year, but nobody wanted to believe the FreshMaker had joined the Cult of Mentos.
  2. Anonse7en Member

    Re: Will Smith and Jada's foundation gave $122,500 to Scientology

    I guess what i was trying to say, I cant believe you guys so gladly, trusted this ego whore when he showered you with his charisma. I remember all the reports from that day "OMG HE IS SO COOOOL HE NO SCI OMG I LOVE WOLLL SMOTH SOOO MUCH"

    Despite our motto, us Anons have an annoying habit of both forgiving and forgetting. We should have brought up the 2+2 interview, and said to his face we knew he was lying, he made us look like a bunch of teenyboppers.
  3. The Wrong Guy Member

    Exclusive: Will Smith and Jada Pinkett $150,000 Nation of Islam 2015 Donation Verified |

    By Roger Friedman, Showbiz411, January 17, 2017


    We always worried about Will Smith and Jada Pinkett’s flirtation with Scientology. For several years they underwrote their own private school in Calabasas, California that incorporated Scientology curriculum. They often gave money to Scientology organizations through their 501c3 tax free foundation.

    But now they have a new cause. In 2015, according to federal tax forms, the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation made possibly its largest donation ever: to the Nation of Islam. The 2015 Form 990 shows a donation to Muhammad’s Holy Temple of Islam, Chicago, for $150,000. The Holy Temple of Islam is a dba for Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam.

    Farrakhan had Tweeted news of the donation back in September 2015. He wrote: Last night in Philadelphia, The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan announced that he called upon Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith to support 10-10-15. And he said the couple happily donated $150,000 to offset the cost of hosting the upcoming historic gathering! Will Smith attended the Million Man March in 1995.” But the gift was not officially verified until now.

    The gift to NOI represents about a fourth of their total donations for 2105, which came to $680,983. That’s the most the Smiths – who average around a half a million dollars a year in charitable giving – have ever disbursed. The Southern Poverty Law Center has listed the NOI as a Black Separatist hate group, anti-Semitic, racist and anti-gay.

    The NOI donation is also three times their highest donation in 2015. They gave $50,000 each to the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking, the Runa Foundation (a group that helps the rainforests), and Youth Speaks, in San Francisco.

    The foundation lists only one paid officer, Karen Evans, of Baltimore, who received $95,000 in compensation and benefits. She’s the aunt of Jada Pinkett Smith.

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  4. RightOn Member

    So, they are still sending money to the COS
    Only in a round about way
    Damn they are dumb
  5. The Wrong Guy Member

    I wasn't able to find any other mention of this online. Did I miss something?

    Will Smith Targeted By Anti-Scientology Group | Entertainmentwise

    Tom Cruise’s buddy Will Smith has become the latest star to be targeted by anti-Scientology group, Anonymous.

    The organisation say they will picket the New Village Academy private school in Calabasas, California, which is funded by the actor and wife Jada Pinkett.

    Will has denied rumours that he is part of the controversial faith and, in June, Academy director Jacqueline Olivier stated, “We are a secular school, and just like all non religious independent schools, faculty and staff do not promote their own religions at school or pass on the beliefs of their particular faith to children.”

    Anonymous also recently announced that they intend to protest at the opening of Katie Holmes’ play All My Sons, in October.

  6. Incredulicide Member

    The year isn't given, and it's clearly from a time before either Katie Holmes or Jacqueline Olivier had left or spoke out.
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    Leah Remini: Jada Pinkett Smith Is a Scientologist

    The Emmy-winning actress behind the A&E series ‘Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath’ dishes to Marlow Stern about Jada Pinkett Smith’s history with Scientology.

    By Marlow Stern, The Daily Beast


    One of the more eyebrow-raising passages in Troublemaker, Leah Remini’s tell-all memoir about her escape from the clutches of Scientology, involves a trio of A-listers: Tom Cruise, Will Smith, and Jada Pinkett Smith.

    Remini recalls a strange night at Cruise’s lavish estate where she (then a Scientologist) was, along with the Smiths, were asked by Cruise to participate in a game of hide-and-seek. “At first I thought he was joking,” she wrote. “But, no, he literally wanted to play hide-and-seek with a bunch of grown-ups in what was probably close to a 7,000-square-foot house on almost three full acres of secluded land.”

    After realizing she was in Jimmy Choo heels, Remini wrote that she declined the offer—which is apparently rare when dealing with a high-ranking Scientologist like Cruise—only to have Cruise approach her, quip, “Well, good. So you’re ‘It,’ then,” and tag her before bolting.

    Well, according to Remini, there were three star Scientologists present that evening: herself, Cruise, and Pinkett Smith.

    “I know Jada’s in. I know Jada’s in. She’s been in Scientology a long time,” Remini tells The Daily Beast. “I never saw Will [Smith] there, but I saw Jada at the Celebrity Centre. They opened up a Scientology school, and have since closed it. But Jada, I had seen her at the Scientology Celebrity Centre all the time.” (Pinkett Smith did not return multiple requests for comment.)

    Remini is referring to the Scientology Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, California, where star-adherents regularly gather to do Xenu knows what. And the since-shuttered “Scientology school” she mentions is New Village Leadership Academy in the tony neighborhood of Calabasas, California, which was largely funded by the Smith family—who subsequently hired much of the staff, many of whom, including the Director of Learning, were Scientologists. Though the Smiths insisted that their school was secular, it touted “Study Technology” as one of its teaching methodologies on its website, a heavily criticized practice devised by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. Suri Cruise—daughter of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes—attended the school before it shut its doors in 2013. In addition to the school, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, who are good friends of Cruise’s, reportedly donated $20,000 to Scientology’s literacy campaign HELP.

    And while a former high-ranking Scientologist, Mike Rinder (who co-presents the A&E series with Remini), insisted to me a couple of years back that Will Smith was never a Scientologist, Remini claims that Pinkett Smith not only was a Scientologist, but still is.

    “I had hoped that she had left [Scientology], but this was the tell-tale sign that she was still in,” said Remini, nodding to the Cruise hide-and-seek anecdote she shared in her book. “She was on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live a few weeks ago promoting her film [Girls Trip], and Andy [Cohen] said to her, ‘Have you read Leah Remini’s book?’ and he was like, ‘What was that whole thing about playing tag?’ and she said, ‘Oh, she lied.’ He goes, ‘Isn’t that weird, to play tag?’ and she goes, ‘No, the kids were there.’ That was untrue. Bullshit. There were no kids there. I was like, okay, alright, you’re gonna do that? More power to ya.”

    As far as Remini’s book goes, the Church of Scientology called it “revisionist history” and, in their typical fashion, released a statement assassinating her character.

    The Daily Beast’s full interview with Leah Remini will run next week.


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    Jada Pinkett Smith Responds to Leah Remini: 'I Am Not a Scientologist' | Billboard

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    Exclusive: Jada Pinkett Smith, Disavowing Scientology, Is Attending High Holiday Services in Palm Desert, California

    By Roger Friedman, Showbiz411


    Actress Jada Pinkett Smith, disavowing Scientology, will be attending High Holiday services in Palm Desert, California. She is not Jewish. But Rabbi Andrew Bentley emailed me this message when I asked: “Just to confirm that Jada Pinkett Smith has attended our shabbat services, lit candles with us and has bought tickets and will be attending Yom Kippur and break the fast at Temple Sinai of Palm Desert.”

    When I queried Rabbi Bentley what Jada’s interest was in all this, he responded:

    “That’s between her and G-d. We enjoy having her and find her to be a lovely person.”

    There was no word whether husband Will Smith or children Willow or Jaden will accompany her. The only connection Jada has to Temple Sinai is through her publicist, Karynne Tencer, who is a member.

    Recently Leah Remini asserted that Pinkett-Smith was indeed a Scientologist, that she’d seen her a lot at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood. This much is true: Will and Jada, for a while, were being actively recruited by Tom Cruise for Scientology. That’s when Remini may have noticed their participation. The Smiths started a private school in Calabasas, California that used Scientology study techniques. The first principal of the school instituted Scientology curriculum. (The school went belly up after a couple of years.) They donated money to Scientology organizations through the Will Smith Foundation. Will and son Jaden made a Scientology-oriented movie called “After Earth” that flopped and almost killed Will’s career.

    But when Remini – who is bravely peeling back all layers of Scientology’s influence in Hollywood – made her assertion about Jada, the actress fought back. She posted: “I recently lit Shabbat candles with Rabbi Bentley at Temple Sinai… but I am not Jewish.I have prayed in mosques all over the world… but I am not a Muslim. I have read the Bhagavad Gita… but I am not a Hindu. I have chanted and meditated in some of the most magnificent temples on earth… but I am not a Buddhist. I have studied Dianetics, and appreciate the merits of Study Tech… but I am not a Scientologist.I practice human kindness, and I believe that we each have the right to determine what we are and what we are not. NO ONE ELSE can hold that power.”

    Indeed, I’ve reported on the money the Smiths have donated to various religions and causes over the years. The most surprising of these was the connection to Scientology, which many consider a dangerous cult. But it may just be that the Smiths – Jada especially – is just a spiritual person trying everything. I hope she has an easy fast on Yom Kippur.

    More on the Smiths and Scientology here and here and here.

  12. The Wrong Guy Member

    More proof that the Smiths are out — Leah!

    By Tony Ortega, The Underground Bunker, October 14, 2018



    Here’s a little something we’ve been keeping under our hat we can tell you about now. Leah Remini will be appearing on an episode of Jada Pinkett Smith’s Facebook Live show Red Table Talk this season.

    Producers reached out to us several weeks ago for permission to use some photos in the show, and that’s how we knew it was coming. We’re looking forward to these former Scientologists chat about their time as celebrities in the church.

    We’ve been telling people that Will and Jada have been out since 2015, and that Will was only a dabbler to begin with, but Jada was pretty hardcore, we were told. We’ll be interested to see how she describes it in the show.

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  14. The Wrong Guy Member

    I'm pretty tired of hearing about these assholes, but in order to make this thread complete, here we go again.

    Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith finally address those Scientology rumours and lift the lid on being labelled 'swingers'

    They cleared up rumours about their beliefs and lifestyle choices as they continued to speak honestly about their marriage

    By Amanda Devlin, The Sun


    Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith have quashed rumours they are swingers who believe in Scientology in a frank chat about their relationship.

    Speaking on Red Table Talk, which is broadcast on Facebook Watch, the couple set the record straight.

    Actor Will said: "Let's clear some rumours, just to have it on record. "We've never been Scientologists, we've never been swingers."

    Laughing, Jada added: "That's a very specific lifestyle!"

    The 47-year-old and her Men In Black husband were believed to have been Scientologists like celebrity pals Tom Cruise and Kirstie Alley.

    After clearing this up, Jada’s mother Adrienne Banfield-Jones, said: "You shouldn’t be worried about anybody else at the end of the day because people are going to believe what they’re going to believe."

    The couple went on to discuss their 20-year marriage.

    Will said: "You know why I haven’t gotten a divorce?"

    To which Jada joked: "It’s cheaper to keep me."

    Before Will replied: "Because I have never found anybody like you and I knew if I wasn’t with you I’d be searching in vain for the rest of my life."

    They have been open and honest about their relationship struggles in recent weeks.

    Will told how he cried “uncontrollably” in the toilet during a dinner date with his then wife, Sheree Zampino, after realising he was married to the wrong woman.

    The actor added that he knew “that there was something in our [his and Jada’s] energy that would be magic” and that Jada was the woman “I was supposed to be with but I was never getting divorced.”

    Meanwhile Jada said she never wanted to marry husband Will, and was "so upset" throughout the whole of their wedding day.

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  15. TrevAnon Member

    I'm interested in the episode (to be broadcasted) with Leah.

    #Curious if Jada is going to criticize COS publicly.

    As we have Jada confirmed as having been a scientologist by Leah Remini AND by Tony Ortega, that IMHO would mean she qualifies for the big list.

    Frankly I don't care if Jada herself says she has never been in. That's just a sound business decision these days.
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    Leah Remini tells Jada Pinkett Smith she tried to 'indoctrinate you into Scientology' as pair finally resolve their differences | Daily Mail


    They had a very public disagreement after Leah Remini accused Jada Pinkett Smith of being a Scientologist, leading her to publicly deny the claim. Now the two have sat down together to talk about the controversial religion for the first time, in an upcoming episode of Jada's Facebook Watch series Red Table Talk.

    While Leah has been in conflict with the Church Of Scientology since breaking from it in 2013, Jada insists that while she once studied the religion, she was never a member.

    During their heart to heart, Leah told her that during their long friendship, she was never authentic - because she was tasked with recruiting Jada and other celebrities to join Scientology.

    'Regardless of what was being presented to you, from me as a friend, you were seeing a side of me that wasn't 100 percent authentic because my job was to always be a perfect person in front of you, or any celebrity, to solely get you into Scientology, fully indoctrinated, fully on board and deserting any other beliefs or systems of learning,' Leah told Jada. 'You cannot dabble in Scientology.'

    Jada replied: 'I just never got any of that.'

    'Of course you wouldn't,' Leah said.She later added: 'So there's a certain protocol and there's certain things you would not see, you would not be privy to.'

    Leah first claimed Girl's Trip actress Jada was a Scientologist last September.

    Jada admitted she was grateful that the Old School actress was the bigger person and 'reached out' to resolve their differences.

    She said: 'It was really beautiful and she reached out to me. She was much more bigger than me in that way. It was nice to reconnect and release ourselves from all that nonsense that doesn't matter...'

    'What was really emotional about it was realising that there was two broken little girls in us that were abandoned by their fathers and turned into fighters who clashed.'

    And Jada - who has 20-year-old son Jaden and 17-year-old daughter Willow with husband Will Smith - learned a lot from Leah after sitting down with her to learn her story.

    She said: 'You have to treat people with kindness because you don't know what they're going through.'

    'When she told me her story, I had so much more compassion and it reiterated the necessity to just be gentle and kind because we're all fucking devastated.'

    Sharing the advance clip of the show to Instagram on Saturday, Jada explained: 'This episode revealed something to me about myself that hit me like a ton of bricks. '

    'Often when I'm in the midst of a conflict with another person, my narcissism will lead me to believe that I'm the only one hurting in the situation...and that's NEVER the case. Anger can be a great liar.'

    A summary for the sit-down, bore the tag line: 'A misunderstanding divided them, but the truth will reunite them.'

    Jada and her husband Will Smith have long been rumored to be Scientologists. Indeed they were among the select guests at Tom Cruise's wedding to Katie Holmes in 2005, along with Leah.

    Leah, 48, was raised in the controversial religion but left and became an outspoken critic in 2013.

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    Jada Pinkett Smith reconciles with Leah Remini and puts herself in Scientology’s crosshairs

    By Tony Ortega, The Underground Bunker, November 5, 2018


    A highly-anticipated summit between Leah Remini and Jada Pinkett Smith took place on Jada’s Facebook series, “Red Table Talk,” which was released this afternoon. The 20-minute episode was billed in pre-show publicity as a way for the two women to reconcile after a public spat between them over Scientology.

    Well, come on, it wasn’t much of a spat to begin with, and we were just glad to see that Leah took advantage of another opportunity to expose an audience to Scientology’s abuses, specifically its “Fair Game” harassment of people who speak out after leaving the church.

    “Scientology has policies, called Fair Game. And that’s to discredit and attack anyone speaking out about Scientology,” Leah explained. She also got in several mentions of Shelly Miscavige, the wife of Scientology’s leader who vanished more than 13 years ago.

    If Leah made the most of her appearance, we were disappointed to see Jada Pinkett Smith continue to deny that she was involved in Scientology, claiming that she took only a few courses because she was interested in Scientology “Study Tech,” which became the basis for a California private school that she and Will financed for three years, from 2008 to 2011.

    We have interviewed Will and Jada’s former principal, Jacqueline Olivier, and we could go into some detail about how dedicated to Scientology Jada was at one time, and how Will, who never seemed to be more than a dabbler, still made sure the school strictly adhered to the ideas of L. Ron Hubbard. But the thing is, we have it on really good sources that both Will and Jada had washed their hands of Scientology by 2015, so maybe it’s not worth belaboring the point. Even if Jada is still not being very forthcoming about her Scientology involvement, she did have Scientology’s biggest enemy on her Facebook show, and you know what that means.

    Jada just made sure that she and Will are Scientology’s newest “Suppressive Persons,” and we won’t be surprised if the Scientology smear machine now starts up against them.

    Or will Scientology continue its hypocrisy about who gets declared and who doesn’t?

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