This 7-year-old is living her dream as Will Smith’s ‘daughter’

Декабрь 18, 2016     Автор: Юлия Клюева
This 7-year-old is living her dream as Will Smith’s ‘daughter’


Move over, Al Sharpton. There’s a new — more conservative — reverend on the political scene.

“We don’t have a black advocate on the right,” said Dr. Darrell Scott, the Cleveland pastor who is a member of Donald Trump’s transition team. “Think about it: Jesse Jackson — he’s a dinosaur now. Al Sharpton — he’s all the way left. All the black activism and all the black advocacy is on the left.

She’s just 7 years old, but this Brooklyn girl’s already on the big screen. Alyssa Cheatham plays Will Smith’s daughter in “Collateral Beauty.” And the Flatbush resident has only just begun: She has another movie coming out next year, “Bikini Moon,” with Condola Rashad; a song, “The Weekend,” on iTunes and Google Play; and her sights set on Broadway. Here’s what else she told us:

When did your career get started?

I’ve been acting since I was 3. I like to be in front of the camera a lot. Every time my mommy took the camera off, I would say, “No, I want to keep it going.”

More than 100 other girls were also going up for this part. How did you celebrate once you got it?

My friends and family went to CoolMess in Manhattan — you can make your own ice cream there.

What’s Will Smith like?

I loved working with him because he was funny and made jokes. He gave me advice and told me to keep going, never give up, and follow your dream. My favorite part of the movie is when he spinned me around. It was fun, but I was getting dizzy.

Was it scary doing those red-carpet interviews?

I wasn’t nervous at all. I was born for this.

What’s your dream role?

I would love to play Zendaya’s little sister.

Any downside to all this fame?

Some of my classmates are a little jealous, but are proud of me. They say I don’t work hard and all I do is hang out with celebrities all day. But I tell them, “Just because good things are happening to me does not mean good things can’t happen to you.”
“But I’ve got the [next] president’s ear now.”

Scott, 58, was among the clutch of prominent black figures, including NFL legends Ray Lewis and Jim Brown, “Apprentice” Season 1 contestant Omarosa Manigault, and Kanye West, who met with Trump in Manhattan on Tuesday.

On the agenda: “Black people, black stuff,” said Scott, who sits on Trump’s National Diversity Coalition.

The former drug dealer and head of the New Spirit Revival Center rails against the welfare system, believes life begins at conception and wants to flip the “racial narrative” plaguing Republicans.

“The Democrats put a victim mentality on black people and make us feel as if we’re being oppressed and identify the Republican Party as the oppressor,” he told The Post.

“Hillary Clinton is further from the black community than Mr. Trump, no matter what accent she uses in the South,” Scott said. “Donald Trump didn’t pull a Hillary Clinton when I first met him: trying to ‘act black.’ She pantomimes us. That proves how far away she is from us.”

The pastor, who said he voted for President Obama but was “never a fan,” is well aware that not everyone in his community agrees with his political views.

“I don’t care if they call me ‘c–n,’ ” Scott said. “[Trump] is my friend and I’m black, so, automatically, the black community has a friend in the White House.”

Introduced in 2011 through televangelist Paula White, Scott was skeptical of Trump at first. “‘What makes you think black people are going to vote for you?’” he recalled asking the mogul, who was then mulling a run for the White House in 2012. “‘You’ve got the reputation on the street of being a racist.’”

Scott, who said he has visited Trump Tower “about a thousand times,” educated Trump on potential linguistic land mines. “I said to him, ‘You can’t say black anymore. It’s African-American now.’ He said, ‘Why not? You say white.’ He said it’s too many syllables.”

Jim Brown, Ray Lewis and Darrell Scott speak to reporters at Trump Tower.Getty Images

As the two got to know each other — “We joke around with each other. We’ve gone on road trips together” — Scott and Trump grew comfortable talking about race.

“We don’t tiptoe,” the pastor explained. “We can have this conversation with each other,” he said. “I’m not supporting a racist.”

Trump, he said, “reminds me of me. He’s hospitable, gracious, charming and humble — in private. He has a gift for making everyone in the room feel special. He goes out of the way to take the smallest guy in the room and make him feel like the biggest guy in the room — guys who don’t expect the time of day from him.”

There was a point in Scott’s life when he likely would have felt that way.

Long before finding religion, he started selling dope at 13. “I knew what I wanted to do when I grew up,” he recalled. “I wanted to be a pimp and a drug dealer.” His teen years were a life of crime: snorting cocaine, breaking and entering, stealing cars, even bringing his father’s 9mm gun to school at 16 — and getting expelled for it.

The real miracle? “I never got caught,” he said.

As for his role in the Trump administ