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 Tia Mowry Discusses Raising Black Son

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Actress Tia Mowry spoke candidly to Vibe about the reality of raising a Black son during such difficult times in the African-American community.

As a part of Tia’s Carefree partnership, the mom-preneur spoke freely about the challenges of raising a Black man in this country.

“I have a son who is black and who is going to be growing up in a society such as this. It’s a conversation that I have with my husband all the time about, what are we going to tell Cree?”

She continued explaining she believes talking to kids about these issues should happen early, not later.

“You tell them early,” she told the site. “And what’s interesting is, I’m comfortable speaking about this because my dad’s white and my mom’s black, so my point is that I see two sides. Growing up, when I was in my mom’s house, I just saw my mom. I just saw my dad. But it was after I was called a name, which was the n-word when I was in third grade, I went home, I told my mom and that’s when she had to say, look Tia, you’re black, your dad’s white… But again, I credit my mom and my dad to… I was eight! Third grade. We had to have the conversation. I think you should talk about it, you know? Because it’s the reality of the situation.”

Do you agree with this approach to parenting?


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