Jada Pinkett Smith fears for her son's future after police shootings
Jada Pinkett Smith and Halle Berry have shared their fears over their sons' futures following the deaths of two African-American men after they were shot by police.
There has been a spate of tragic police shootings in the U.S., most recently the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.
Following the most recent deaths, Jada and Halle were among the celebrities who took to their social media pages to ponder what these heinous crimes mean for their sons as they grow up in America.
Jada's post was particularly poignant as she and Will Smith's son Jaden turns 18 on Friday (08Jul16).
The 44-year-old actress wrote on her Facebook page: "As I prepare to celebrate the life of my son tomorrow for his 18th birthday, I also mourn our recent losses in Orlando, Turkey, Baghdad and that of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. I don't take for granted that my black male child is still with me to hold.
"With that gratitude, my heart goes out to the mothers who will not have their sons or daughters to hold on their child's next birthday. Those mothers are sitting in my thoughts tonight. How do we end this heinous violence that affects us ALL?
I'm at a loss."
Halle is a mother of two, daughter Nahla, eight, with ex Gabriel Aubry and two-year-old Maceo with ex-husband Olivier Martinez. And the actress echoed Jada's message in an emotional Instagram post about her little boy.
"What will my brown son's future be? What will your brown son's future be?" the 49-year-old wrote. "The uncertainty is real. I beg you not to be a bystander in this life, but to go out and find ways to make peaceful change. Our boys need us so rather than launching into deep sentiment here on this platform, I promise to find ways to get involved and help.
"Please do the same. You can start by reaching out to your local politicians, legislators & government officials NOW. Let us be heard. God bless all the victims and families of these senseless CRIMES."
- Cover Media