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Comedian Cocoa Brown is focused on building a career that matters

How do you explain the Black Lives Matter movement to your child?

When the Black Lives Matter issue came to the forefront, I was shielding him at first, especially with the video of George Floyd. I wasn’t ready for my 8-year-old to see that. This is a child that watches cartoon [characters] get killed but that’s cartoons and mommy’s always stressing that it’s make-believe, but this was real. When CNN did the “Sesame Street” special on racism I had to hit up my boy Don Lemon and say, “I don’t know if you had anything to do with this, but it was the best thing ever.” I sat and watched that with my son and his biracial friend down the street.

I asked his grandmother if she minded if I showed it to him and she was so grateful because she didn’t know how to have this conversation. We watched and we had this amazing conversation because they had questions, they just didn’t know who to ask or what to ask. Don’t think that our kids don’t see what we try to hide from them because my son was like, “Why did they kill that guy?” That’s when I realized that somehow my child had been exposed to what had happened to George Floyd. One of the greatest things is that it opened up the dialogue so that now he understands.

Tell us about your upcoming comedy show.

I’ll be at the Uptown Comedy Corner in Hapeville, Georgia this weekend on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. There are two shows Friday, two shows Saturday, one show on Sunday. You can get tickets at, or you could just slide in my dm. I haven’t been on stage in almost two months, so they’re about to get one hell of a show.

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