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How Gabrielle Union Finds Strength in Fellow Moms at the Grocery Store 'Keeping It Together'

Union — who's mom to 20-month-old daughter Kaavia James and stepmom to husband Dwyane Wade's children, including 13-year-old Zaya — also chatted with PEOPLE about what she tells her girls about 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," says the Being Mary Jane alum, adding that she and Wade, 38, "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."

Union is brushing off the haters on social media who make disparaging remarks about her toddler's hair, too: "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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