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Regina King Has 'Ongoing Conversations' with Her Son About Police Brutality

Regina King is opening up about raising a young black man.

The 48-year-old Oscar winner appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! where she opened up about the racial injustice protests, and talked about having difficult conversations with son Ian Alexander Jr, 24, about how to interact with police.

“I think in most homes, black homes, it’s not just a conversation. It’s an ongoing conversation,” Regina shared. The anger that they have, it just compounds every time something like this happens. It’s another moment that’s telling them that they’re not worthy … their lives are not valuable once they walk outside of the comfort of their homes.”

Regina shares Ian Jr with her ex-husband Ian Alexander, whom she was married to from 1997 to 2007.

“The conversation shifts every time,” Regina continued, “because you have to find a way to support their feelings and make sure that you’re letting them know that you hear them and that you do mirror the same sentiment. But you don’t want them to do anything that’s going to put themselves in a situation that they may not come back home, they may not talk to you again.”

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