Yara Shahidi

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AC­TOR-AC­TIVIST

Shahidi may be equally as well known for her ac­tivism off­screen as she is for her work on­screen in “Black­ish” and “Grown-ish.” Some of Shahidi’s com­mu­nity ser­vice work in­cludes start­ing the stu­dent em­pow­er­ment or­ga­niza-

tion Yara’s Club and the voter ini­tia­tive Eigh­teenx18. Shahidi be­lieves Hol­ly­wood has the power to “nor­mal­ize cul­ture,” and she’s ded­i­cated to break­ing the mold. “Cul­ture is some­thing that has in­fi­nite im­pact, so be­cause we have this plat­form and this plat­form is of­ten­times peo­ple’s first touch­point — not only with a cer­tain type of hu­man, but with a cer­tain is­sue — it’s im­por­tant that we re­main open-minded to push­ing the nar­ra­tive.”

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