Friday, October 22, 2021

Gabrielle Union on Teaching Her Kids to ‘Live Your Best Black Life’

Dwyane Wade, Zion, Gabrielle Union

*Gabrielle Union is on a mommy mission.

The actress says she is focused on teaching her daughter Kaavia, 20 months, and transgender stepchild, Zaya, 13, the importance of loving their hair.

“Your hair is a part of you and it’s an extension of you, but it has to start with self-love and pride in your Blackness and Afrocentric features, whether that be your hair, your nose, your lips or your body,” Union tells PEOPLE

Union adds that she and husband Dwyane Wade “are constantly reaffirming our kids, especially now, when there are so many external forces that are anti-Black. It is always pride and live your best life and live your best Black life. And let your curls do what they do.”

She also addressed the folks who post disparaging comments about Kaavia’s hair.

“I’ll see comments and people are like, ‘Why is her hair never done?’ And I’m like, ‘She is a year and a half.’ I don’t want to give her a complex about what is an acceptable style.”

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Union added, “Some days Kav will hand you her brush and she’ll want a little afro puff. And some days she just wants to wake up and go,” Union says. “And Zaya went from pink hair to blonde. If you want to switch it up every day, great. What you do with your hair is your own personal choice. For me, the focus is on healthy hair, not on what you do with it.”

Gabby is hopeful that “more folks are going to lean into really celebrating how we are, naturally, because it’s all dope and amazing and beautiful and there’s no one right way or wrong way to exist.”

 

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Happy Monday. ? & Proud ? @kaaviajames ??????

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We previously reported…  Union visited the ladies of the View to talk all things parenting, including her new book “Welcome to the Party” being and how parents can support their transgender children.

Gabrielle gushed about how much her daughter Kaavia loves her 12-year-old transgender step-sister Zaya, D. Wade’s son from a previous relationship.

In the clip below, Gabby speaks on how parents can be more accepting of their children and she offered up these words of wisdom: “Love your child. Listen to your child. Reject the notion that your children are disposable if they are not little mini versions of you.”

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Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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