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Ivirlei Brookes on What It Means to Be an Ally and How to Talk to Your Kids About Race

“I don’t think people realize that it was really hard to film,” Ivirlei Brookes revealed to WrapWomen. The actress turned business and mindset coach recently went viral after posting this emotional yet informative video on how the non-Black community can become better allies.

“I was feeling extremely low and exhausted from all the arguing I was seeing online,” said Brookes. “I decided to make a video for Black people to use as a tool – they could send the video link to their white friends when they didn’t have enough energy left to explain.”

Brookes recorded the video on Instagram live with 11 viewers tuned in. Afterwards, she uploaded it to IGTV and within one week the video had over 5.8 million views. It even caught the attention of white celebrities including Hailey Bieber, Lili Reinhart, Ellen Pompeo, Ariel Winter, Nolan Gould among others who reposted the call to action.

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During a recent interview, Brookes opened up to WrapWomen about being a good ally, how to talk to your kids about race and how she is using her platform to continue promoting change.

Has there been any feedback from the video that has really stood out? 

I received hundreds of messages from people and the experience of reading them was really moving. I had people saying they used the video to talk to racist family members for the first time. People saying, they used it

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