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Lauren London recently appeared on the latest episode of Jada Pinkett Smith’s Red Table Talk and discussed raising black sons as well as how gun violence affects women.

The actress and mother of two said that the main thing she teaches her sons about is how to interact with law enforcement. “What I instill in them is more about the police and how to handle yourself if you get pulled over,” London said.

She also said that she has to teach her sons about ” being black men in America.”  London shares a son, Kameron Carter, with rapper Lil Wayne and another son, Kross Asghedom with the late Nipsey Hussle, who was her partner of six years before his passing, last March.

During the interview, Lauren London also discussed how she has been affected by gun violence, how she copes with grief after losing Nipsey Hussle, and how her community supports her.

LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 07: Nipsey Hussle and Lauren London attend the Warner Music Pre-Grammy Party at the NoMad Hotel on February 7, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for Warner Music)

“I kind of got numb but used to hearing it,” London said regarding gun violence. “For me what’s really been important is connecting with God, and that’s been a struggle because something horrible happens in your eyes and you’re like, ‘how God?’” London said regarding her coping mechanisms with grief. “And knowing that there is life after this life. It’s not easy. I don’t always wake up on the enlightened side of the bed, and days that I don’t I let myself because I’m human.”

“I’m not always going to feel so, ‘I’m gonna be okay,.’ I don’t and that’s okay too. So, I let myself be human and I’m gentle with myself and I find things that matter. And so I try to live with a purpose,” London continued.

“When I run into to people who tell me how he’s [Nipsey Hussle] changed their lives. What they’re doing with their lives right now. It fills me up.,” London said. “And when my kids are there they hear it and they’re proud.”

“I think it’s important for people that love you to remind you of who you are because trauma and violence and just life can make you feel down, so to have people that you love to remind you that, no,  you matter,” London said. “People that see me, like my heart, that’s really important.”

Lauren London "Red Table" talk with Jada Pinkett

Watch in 720p* LL. Sorry about the background noise but just listen to the strength of this strong woman!

Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth. Follow her on Twitter @GlennishaMorgan.