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Tia Mowry

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Tia Mowry doesn’t mince her words when she speaks. Yes, the child-star-turned-grown-woman cracks jokes, laughs heartily and flashes a row of pearly whites often in conversation, but her words are always delivered with a certain precision. It’s the kind of sureness and measure that comes with knowledge, understanding, confidence and concern. Especially on topics beyond the lighthearted.

How is it being the mother of a black son when, in these times, other mothers have had to prematurely bury their black sons at the hands of the law? These thoughts have crossed her mind before. Many times, at that. When I ask the question after dining on fancy mushroom and chicken dishes at Carefree’s dinner, the actress and mother of one pauses for a moment, then holds nothing back, sticking wholeheartedly to the company’s campaign to “speak freely.” “I have a son who is black and who is going to be growing up in a society such as this,” she says, smile now on the back burner. “It’s a conversation that I have with my husband all the time about, what are we going to tell Cree?”

Here, she opens up to VIBE about the very real circumstances that guide her “honesty first” approach to parenting, the praises she does have about America right now, what music gets her through troubling times and more.

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