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Gabrielle Union Opens Up About Raising African American Boys In America 2016 — 'Until They Walk Through The Door, I'm Terrified'

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Gabrielle Union

This is such an important conversation.

In the November issue of Essence, Gabrielle Union opens up about what it's like to raise three African American boys during such a time of violent racial divide in the United States.

As you know, the 42-year-old actress became stepmom to Zaire, 14, Zion, 9, and Xavier, 2 when she married NBA player Dwyane Wade back in 2014.

Related: Gabrielle Says Being Friends With Beyoncé Is Like 'Fight Club'

Speaking on her concern to keep her boys safe as we continue to witness so much gun violence and police brutality, the Being Mary Jane star admits to constantly worrying about her three, growing boys when they're not with her:

"Teens get teen-y. It's harder. I never understood that. 'You won't sleep.' I always associated that phrase with babies. Crying, teething babies. No. Until they walk through the door, I'm terrified. Sometimes I just want to stay off my timeline, because it makes those waits until they walk through the door a thousand times worse. Just envisioning them as a hashtag on some bullsh*t."

Wow. That is so powerful.

No parent should never, ever have to worry whether or not their child will make it home. This just goes to show you how far we have to go as a society.

You can catch Gabrielle's full interview on newsstands October 14.

[Image via Essence.]

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