NY TIMES: Jaden and Willow Smith on Prana Energy, Time and Why School is Overrated

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People were quick to criticize these two child stars because when you’re the offspring of superstars Will and Jada Smith you’re supposed to shut up and be happy with your millions. Their viewpoints are a breath of fresh air and not the programmed garbage we hear from squeaky clean Disney stars who behind scenes are depressed and taking boatloads of drugs due to the faux images that they can no longer maintain once they begin to reach adulthood. Full interview below:

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So is the hardest education the unlearning of things?

WILLOW: Yes, basically, but the crazy thing is it doesn’t have to be like that.

JADEN: Here’s the deal: School is not authentic because it ends. It’s not true, it’s not real. Our learning will never end. The school that we go to every single morning, we will continue to go to.

WILLOW: Forever, ‘til the day that we’re in our bed.

One of the gifts of being young is that particular blend of self-confidence and self-consciousness.

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The Great White Hope: Do You Believe?

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THESE days the Asher Roth show begins after the concert is over. In late March Mr. Roth performed at the Sherman Theater here for East Stroudsburg University’s “I ♥ College” week. By 10:30 p.m. he was offstage, and the obstacle course began.

First came the well-wishers and the weed smokers, who kept this young rapper occupied for a long time in the basement dressing room. Then, outside the theater, came the frat boys, beers in hand. Was Mr. Roth, they wondered, man enough to party with them? Then there was the guy in the gray sedan who trailed Mr. Roth’s caravan back to the Budget Inn & Suites just to see what was going on. After that a return to town: house party crashed, beer pong played, pictures snapped.

“I have to embrace this role of ‘Asher Roth’ now,” he said the following morning in the hotel’s empty restaurant, wearing the same white T-shirt and grayish jeans as the night before and straining a bit after just a few hours’ sleep. “If I continue to behave this way, sure, people are going to love me, but I’m going to be run down into the ground.”

Mr. Roth is taxed because of another morning after, the one described in the woozy party anthem “I Love College,” his debut single, which has sold almost a million copies to date, peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has been streamed more than 30 million times on his MySpace page. It’s a wistful look back at his slacker student years: “I can’t tell you what I learned from school/But I could tell you a story or two.” In the video Mr. Roth winds his way through a surrealist frat party, dancing with people in animal suits, making out with girls and grinning madly. Continue reading