We are proud that Yara Shahidi, who graduated last year from our Dwight Global Online School, continues to make headlines with an impact.
We are proud that Yara Shahidi, who graduated last year from our Dwight Global Online School, continues to make headlines with an impact. A powerhouse not only for her acting talent but also for speaking out against social and racial injustice and for girls education around the world ... for combating stereotypes and promoting greater diversity in Hollywood ... Yara speaks up and out for what she believes in. For doing so, she has been recognized with numerous awards over the last few years, including the inaugural NCAAP LA Youth Award and the Essence Generation Next Award Black Women in Hollywood Award, just to name a few.
In addition, Yara's name has appeared recently on two big lists: the Forbes 2018 30 Under 30 for the Hollywood & Entertainment category; and following her spot on TIME magazine's 2016 roster of most influential teens, Yara is on the 2017 list. Here is what it says:
"Most network TV stars tend to avoid talking politics, so as to appeal to the widest possible demographic. But as the child of an Iranian father and an African-American mother, Shahidi, who plays Zoe on popular ABC sitcom Black-ish, has felt compelled to speak out. When President Trump first tried to enact his travel ban against several Muslim majority countries, for example, she took him to task for xenophobia. 'Immigrants don't threaten safety — stereotypical narratives that promote hate do,' Shahidi wrote on Instagram, noting that she herself is the product of 'Black and Iranian love.' If Shahidi is no ordinary sitcom star, it's because Black-ish is no ordinary sitcom. The show examines issues of race and class through the lens of a black, upper-middle-class family; in January, Shahidi will star in her own spinoff, Grown-ish, about college students wrangling with those same issues in the age of Trump. 'My family taught me to use my voice, my work, to help better society,' she tells TIME. Next year, after Grown-ish wraps, Shahidi is heading to Harvard to double major in sociology and African-American studies — thanks in part to a recommendation letter from Michelle Obama. – Eliana Dockterman
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